British Rail Class 126

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British Rail Class 126
In service1957-
ManufacturerBR Swindon Works
Number built1957
Operator(s)British Rail
Car length64 ft 6 in
Width9 ft 3 in
Height12 ft 9 1/2 in
Maximum speed70 mph (112 km/h)
Weight38 tons
Prime mover(s)BUT (AEC) 150 hp

The introduction of what became the Class 126 diesel multiple units originated in a British Transport Commission report of 1952 that suggested the trial use of diesel railcars. BR's Swindon Works were chosen to design and build express units for the ex-North British Railway Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street route. Swindon built a second batch in 1959/60 for use on services from Glasgow to Ayrshire.