Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30406
50601 - original number
53601 - from Apr-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
E50601 at York on 22/3/80. Chris Lings.
23/07/1977: Class 108 E50601 E56192 are seen heading out of Newcastle. Does anyone know the history of this unit operating in the north-east? Was it a demonstrator for the refurbishment programme? There are plenty of photos showing unrefurbished Class 108s in the area in blue livery up to around 1977, but this is the only example I've seen in Refurbished livery, as if they were transferred away at refurbishment. Unrefurbished Class 104s and 105s seemed to appear at around the same time as replacements - was the north-east treat like the poor relation and sent tatty units while Yorkshire got the refurbished ones? Graeme Phillips Collection.
Class 104 4-car set (E50566 + E59191 + E59242 + E50545) and 2-car Class 108 (E56192 + E50601) at Morecambe on 10th August 1980. Robert Frise.