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British Multiple Units (Paperback)

P&S History > British History Transport > Trains & Railways

By Andy Flowers
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
Illustrations: 180
ISBN: 9781913870591
Published: 1st August 2022



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Multiple units are the unsung heroes of the modern railway system. Although they make up the main form of rolling stock for the majority of rail passenger services operated worldwide, particularly in high-density inner-city and urban traffic, they see much less media coverage than the more popular locomotive types. The many advantages of these units, as opposed to locomotive-hauled trains, include higher capacity, less track damage and lower operating costs, making them an ever more popular choice for modern, cost-conscious railway operators in Great Britain and around the world.

Illustrated with more than 180 photographs, this book details the history of the major unit types that have operated on the UK’s rail network, beginning with the earliest Victorian-era steam railcars and the first late-Victorian experiments with electric-powered traction, and going right up to the modern hybrid-powered multiple units currently under development. The story is told through a selection of photographs, class details and tables listing the major unit types classified by propulsion method and generation.

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The Broad Gauge Society

This is a useful overview of multiple unit operation in Britain.

West Somerset Railway Association

This book has many photos of each type within each of their generation groupings and will interest the growing number of enthusiasts who are at last treasuring electric and diesel units, especially with many now being saved by heritage railways.

Dana Wiffen

A nice paperback and a useful first reference. Some nice photographs and the text is informative.

James Simmonds

About Andy Flowers

Andy Flowers has been a freelance railway photographer and journalist for over 25 years. He has worked for a wide range of UK-based railway magazines including The Railway Magazine, Railway World, Traction, Railways Illustrated, Rail Express and Todays Railways. He also worked for railway publishers Platform 5 as a news editor and features writer and has prepared a number of articles for foreign railway magazines.

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