Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 20th July 2012
Thomas the Tank Engine galas are not really my thing but I had my name in the roster and ended up as Secondman on the Renaissance Railcars Group's Class 101 Metro-Cammell diesel multiple unit. As you can see we had just got back to Sodor station & were waiting to leave for Rothley again on the 14.28 from Loughborough. The Daisy face was on the other end!
Note the beautifully restored platform awning. As good as new.
Powered by 4 Leyland 150hp diesel engines with semi-automatic gearboxes, Daisy has a nice turn of speed when needed to keep to the timetable. The 101s were built by Metro Cammel in Birmingham between 1955 and 1960. 688 individual cars were built. It was by the far the biggest class of DMU and was allocated across the entire network. It is very possible some saw use on the Great Central, particularly between 1966 and 1969 when the units operated the remaining Rugby Nottingham commuter service.