Famous trains

The theme of famous trains will be met on the 00-scale model railway in Derby by running examples of well-known trains from different periods in the twentieth and twenty first century history of railways in Britain. We have aspirations to run trains similar to those listed here (not all at the same time!). Our aim is that every visitor will recognise at least some of these trains from his or her own life experience, many of which are trains that run or ran in the Derby area. The most famous trains are highlighted in red.

21st century

High speed train (HST) – East Midlands Trains

Voyager – Cross Country and/or Virgin Trains

Diesel multiple units – East Midlands Trains 158 or 153, Northern Pacer

Class 66 diesel with bogie coal wagons – Freightliner Heavy Haul

Class 60 diesel with bogie stone wagons - EWS

1980s to 1990s

HST – Midland Mainline

Diesel multiple unit – Central Trains

BR DMUs of classes 142, 150, 156, 158

Class 56 diesel with MGR coal wagons – EWS

Class 60 diesel with ICI limestone train


HST – BR InterCity, BR blue-and-grey

Class 45 with mark 1s – as on Midland main line

Mixed freights with BR green or blue diesels

BR steam and early diesel years 1948-1965

The Midland Pullman diesel unit

The Palatine London St Pancras to Manchester via Derby with Britannia, Royal Scot or Jubilee

Early DMUs

Steam-hauled local and branch line trains

Slow goods trains, especially coal trains and stone trains

Former railways – LMS, LNER, GWR, SR

A Model of the Silver Jubilee Express

The Flying Scotsman train with a Gresley Pacific pulling it

The Royal Scot with a Royal Scot or Stanier Pacific pulling it

The Cornish Riviera Express with a GWR King class

The Coronation Scot (London Euston to Glasgow streamliner)

The Silver Jubilee (London King’s Cross to Newcastle streamliner)

The Golden Arrow – Southern Railway Pullman train with Bulleid Pacific

The Bournemouth Belle  Pullman luxury train with Merchant Navy 4-6-2

The Bournemouth Limited –pre-war Southern express with Schools 4-4-0

Steam hauled local and branch trains

GWR diesel railcar

As the model railway in Derby becomes well established, further trains will be added. We reserve the right to substitute any or all trains on this list as suitable models come on the market and/or as existing models wear out.

NB: When this web site is further developed, you will be able to follow links to more detailed, historical descriptions of many of these famous trains.

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This web site was originally developed by volunteer Clark Johnson and is now managed by volunteer Thomas Madar, recently graduated from a Master's in Web Development at Edge Hill University
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