The Severn Valley Railway is primarily a preserved line using steam locomotives However,
it was recognised that the heritage type of diesel multiple units or, DMU's as they
are termed, still deserved a place on the railway.
Many hundreds of these trains
were built in the 50's and 60's for use all over Britain as part of a modernisation
scheme. All have now disappeared forever and only due the dedication of the
members of the DMU Group (West Midlands)have 5 of the coaches been saved for use
Severn Valley Railway. They have now been in preservation action here for more than
Today the DMU's do not replace steam operated trains and instead they
supplement them with extra services, including a very popular 'Saturday Evening Rail
Cruise' . As the name implies this is an excursion along the scenic Severn Valley
line on Saturday evenings from May to September.
What is a DMU
DMU's are groups of 2 or 3 interconnected coaches using diesel engines as a method
of propulsion, which are located underneath the floor. The grouped coaches can be
joined to other similar groups to form a multiple of these units requiring only one
driver to control them in this situation.
In the end coaches of each group the glass front offers splendid panoramic views
the Severn Valley Line for the travelling occupants and prove to be very popular.
You can also see what the driver gets up to.
Did you know that it is possible to hire out the DMU for your own exclusive charter
or special excursion along the Severn Valley Railway?
Event organisers should contact
the Railway Headquarters for more information
click here(links through to the external Severn Valley Railway website).
information about the variety of DMU coach combinations that
The DMU comes complete with a refreshment counter service offering hot and cold drinks,
alcoholic beverages plus light snacks such as chocolate, crisps, etc. This is called
the 'Travelling Tavern' and is normally open on most services.
For the less able passenger, the group has converted our car number 50933 to allow
wheelchair users and their party to travel on the DMU.
Unfortunately there is no disabled toilet facilities on board.
Details on how to Join the DMU Group Can be found Here