CLASS 124 SWINDON INTER CITY TRANS-PENNINE DMU

THE PROTOTYPE

The Class 124 was specially designed to work the Trans-Pennine route. They were built by British Rail at Swindon Works, and designed like all Swindon units as inter-city sets. Eight of the six-car sets were built and introduced in 1960.  Each set had four power cars with two 230hp Leyland Albion engines in each to cope with the steep gradients on the route.  They were all based at Neville Hill initially.

Swindon-built DMUs, including the Class 123 and 124, had a structure and internal construction with much more in common with BR Mk1 coaching stock than they do with many DMU classes. The carriage underframes were standard main-line 63 ft 6 in frames, as opposed to the 57 ft 0 in frames common to most 1st generation DMUs. The units were provided with Mk1-style “Pullman” gangways instead of the “British Standard Gangways” fitted to most contemporary DMUs of the period. The Class 124 was easily distinguishable by its wrap around windscreens.

These sets were not kept in fixed formations and were gradually reduced in size from six to four and then 3 car units, with a number of non-driving motor cars rebuilt as trailers and renumbered.  Six car units ran as DMC-MBSK-TSL-TFLRB-MBSK-DMC.

None of these units have made it to preservation.

READY TO RUN

3 Car – £300

4 Car – £375

6 Car – £525

Fitted with Hornby DCC ready chassis

LIVERY OPTIONS

BR Standard Green

BR Standard Green with Small Yellow Panel

BR Grey over Blue Full Yellow Ends

CONVERSION KIT

£96

Comprises :

  • Bodyside Overlays
  • Resin Cabs
  • Underframe and other ancillary parts as illustrated

To complete requires :

  • Mk1 coaches : TSO/SO x3, CK x1, SK x2
  • Mechanism : Hornby Class 121 or Replica Railways 64′ Powered Chassis
  • Paint
  • Transfers

Instructions included.

BODYSIDE OVERLAY KIT

£42

Comprises :

  • Bodyside Overlays
  • Glazing
  • Vinyl Door Handles
  • Guard and Driver Grab Rails

Instructions included.

CAB

£14 each

Comprises :

  • Resin Cab End
  • Flush Glazing