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Closed 09/08/2021

raised of £20,000 target by 10 supporters

    Weʼve raised £330 to Recreate a Class 210 Prototype DEMU

    Funded on Monday, 9th August 2021

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    The Class 210 DEMU was developed in the early 1980's as a prototype to compare the options for replacing the first generation units then in use which were starting to show their age.

    Two units were built, a 4-car unit for longer distance services and a 3-car unit designed for suburban services. BR took the chance to compare different engines and electrical systems. They started trials on the Great Western lines around Reading in 1982, moving to different areas before ending testing in Scotland.

    The units were based around the Mark 3 coach body and shared many features with the new EMUs then being developed for both the AC lines and Southern Region 3rd Rail system. Although they were very well received the production cost was too high for a cash strapped British Rail. This led to the coaches being used to replace damaged coaches in EMU's including a Class 455 vehicle which was crushed when a cement mixer fell off a bridge.

    The surviving coaches are now approaching retirement and we plan to rebuild them into a 4-car unit so that a new generation can enjoy the experience of the Rolls Royce of diesel multiple units.

    We are now raising money to secure the remaining coaches and othe similar design coaches to be converted to the original specification. The plan is to carry out the work at the Birmingham Railaway Carriage & Wagon Company Museum which should be opening in Smethwick later in the year.

    We have now acquired the Paxman 6RP200L engine that was originally fitted to 210 001 from the Anson Engine Museum which will be a boost to the project.



    • Simon Altham2 years ago
      Simon Altham

      Simon Altham

      2 years ago

      We have been able to purchase the Paxman 6RP200L engine that ran in 210 001 from the Anson Engine Museum. This will be a great help in bringing 210 003 to life.

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    3 years ago

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    • Anonymous


      Jul 16, 2021

      I confirm that I am a UK Taxpayer and I wish this, and any further Donations to be treated as Gift Aid for UK Tax purposes. My Home Address is 24/NE16 3HZ .John Lavender


    • Charles


      Jul 9, 2021

      Best of luck to you on this project!


    • Daniel Cartwright

      Daniel Cartwright

      Jul 3, 2021

      Good luck team! Not sure if you knew but the 210 is in the video for Smalltown Boy. #DEMU #History


    • Neil D

      Neil D

      Jul 2, 2021

      Good luck to you.


    • Ralf Edge

      Ralf Edge

      Apr 25, 2021

      Good luck guys!


    • Anonymous


      Apr 24, 2021

      Good luck! Always preferred DEMUs😁


    • PDL


      Apr 21, 2021


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