This 1950s promotion leaflet marked the first introduction of the then new trains to the Manchester area and sparked an interest which has lasted to this day. The photographs included in the leaflet are given first followed by the original text.
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"You are sure to like the new Diesel passenger trains which, for local services, have so many advantages over their steam train predecessors. For the traveller, the principal of these are the comfort of the new coaches, their neat and attractive design, their cleanliness and their speed.
The coaches, which have been designed in the modern open style, are light, airy and easy to keep clean and the seats are very comfortable.
They are operated in units of two or multiples thereof, which can be driven from either end (with obvious advantages when reversing at the end of a journey) and the two coaches are connected by a corridor. First and third class accommodation for about 125 passengers is provided and there are toilet facilities and ample space for luggage.
The units are powered by two horizontal engines of at least 150 h.p. each slung beneath one of the coaches between the two sets of wheels. Where steep gradients occur it may be necessary for both vehicles to be powered. Diesel trains, like electric trains, can accelerate and decelerate very quickly, an important factor in the operation of local services, because it makes it possible to speed up the services and often add to their frequency as well.
These trains have proved very popular indeed wherever they have been introduced and more and more will be brought into use in various parts of the London Midland Region as part of the plan to provide better, faster and more comfortable railway services."
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