The Derby Lightweight units were among the first types of diesel multiple unit to enter widespread service on British Railways in the 1950s. Making full use of the modern aluminium materials to create a lightweight coach body the units could easily be propelled by compact but low-powered diesel engines being produced forï¿½buses. The design was a classic in styling, although more familiar today the use of all-round glazing, open-plan seating and the ability to see through the drivers' cabins were novel features.
Luckily, due to use by the engineering and research sections of BR, one of these units has survived, revealing the remarkably innovative construction and use of materials.
Eras 4 and 5. DCC Ready. 1x8-pin and 1x6-pin decoders required for DCC operation. The second decoder is required to control directional lighting in the trailer car.