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101685 - Daisy

101685 climbing the 1 in 49
Diesel Multiple Units were envisioned to be the saviours of rural branch lines. Of the many designs introduced in the 1950s, the Metro-Cammell one was one of the most successful.

A total of 527 class 101s and a further 102 similar class 102s were built. Before the Malton to Whitby (via Pickering) route closed in 1965, the MetCams shared passenger duties with class 40s and steam locos.

By 1997 set 101685 had been formed as a 3-car and was repainted in a version of BR green, regularly working between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Before long 101685 had gained the nick-name 'Daisy', after the DMU featured in the Rev Awdry's books.

101685 was also one of the last 10 MetCam sets to be in service, working around Manchester until 2003.

Currently on loan to the NYMR while 101680 is laid up, 'Daisy' is 'borrowing' the centre car (number 59539) which was bought for use with 101680. Ironically this is the same vehicle which was part of 101685 in its North Wales days!