- British Rail Class 119
name = British Rail Class 119
imagesize = 240px
background = #0033cc
Manufacturer = Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. Ltd
InService = 1958-1990s
CarLength = 64 ft 6 in
CarWidth = 9 ft 3 in
CarHeight = 12 ft 8 1/4 in
Weight = 37 tons 10 cwt
MaxSpeed = 70 mph (112 km/h)
Engine =BUT (AEC) of 150 hp
The British Rail Class 119 DMUs were used throughout the Western Region and on services in the Midlands sourced by
TyseleyDepot. Shortly after their introduction, sets were transferred from Cardiffto serve the intermediate stations on outer suburban services from London Paddington to Oxford. These were as 7-car sets, with the addition of Hawksworth composites adapted to run as DMU trailers.
Sets worked over most of the Western Region, notable early use being the last passenger train over the Plympton branch. Minehead, Calne and Bridport branches that have since closed were also served by the sets, which also covered main line services in company with the Swindon Cross Country sets.
Visually, the body design was based on the Swindon Cross-Country sets, but with a Derby cab.
As with most asbestos contaminated stock, there were heavy withdrawals, but a number were rebuilt internally after asbestos removal. The rebuilt sets were concentrated on Reading and the Reading-Gatwick link.
*DMBC 51052 - 51079
*DMSL 51080 - 51107
*TBSL 59413 - 59437
Other technical details
* Coupling Code: Blue Square
* Transmission: Standard Mechanical
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
* [http://www.railcar.co.uk/his110-119/119intro.htm The Railcar Association - History of Class 119 DMUs]
* [http://www.railcar.co.uk/Gallery/119vehicle.htm The Railcar Association - Class 119 photo gallery]
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