LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Nuneaton
Stockingford Station: mrs406
A two-car Gloucester RCW DMU is seen arriving on the
diverted 1.10pm New Street to Rugby local train on 8th December 1963.
Diversions were common in the early 1960s because of the electrification
programme being implemented on the West Coast Route including the Rugby -
Birmingham - Wolverhampton - Stafford line. To the writer the arrival of a DMU
(Diesel Multiple Unit), as seen above, epitomised the growing decline of steam.
Whereas just a few years previously a day out trainspotting would be rewarded
by plenty of steam hauled trains by the early 1960s they were increasingly
rare. In some ways the DMUs were worse than the introduction of diesel
locomotives as they were in his eyes glorified motorised carriages whilst at
least a Type 4 still hauled trains in the manner of a steam engine.