Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30465
25th April 1986 - Seen at Shields Road depot in ex works condition in retro green livery
50964 - original number
53964 - from Apr-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
The retro-green set 54247 /53964 is seen at Barrow in 1986. Gery Miller.
Retro-green set 53964 / 54247 has some admirers at Carlisle station on 19/7/86. Stuart Mackay Collection.
Retro-green Class 108 set 53964 + 54247 seen at Carlisle Upperby on the 19th July 1986. Jerry Glover.
Carlisle's green 108, M53964 and M54247 is seen in Citadel station, 20th July 1986. Malcolm Clements.
M53964 and M54247 in Upperby TMD on 20th July 1986. Malcolm Clements.
Retro-green Class 108 DMU M53964 and M54247 arrives into Carlisle station, 26-03-87. Vincent Haworth.
53964 + 54247 with another Class 108 set at Bingley on a Carlisle - Leeds service. Date unknown. Rex Holt.
53964 / 54247 - the retro green Class 108 set - leads two other sets near Sellafield on the 20th August 1987. Eastwestdivide.
53964 and 54247 on the BLS 'Cumbrian Ranger' railtour at Heysham on the 3rd October 1987. Chris Lings.
Retro-green 53964 and 54247 at Sellafield on the BLS 'Cumbrian Ranger' tour, 3/10/87. Chris Lings.
53964 + 54247 at Whitehaven on the BLS 'Cumbrian Ranger' tour, 3/10/87. Chris Lings.
Retro-green 53964 + 54247 stopped in Horton station on May 6, 1989. David Christie.
Retro-green liveried Class 108 M53964 + M54247 in Carlisle station on October 7, 1989, with the 08:40 Carlisle - Millom service. Still carrying a Chester set number, they were now allocated to Neville Hill. Hamish Stevenson.
Two 1959 Derby built class 108 DMU's now Longsight allocated, 53958 (still with its Heaton allocation sticker) part of LO297 and green liveried LO296 (53964 + 54247) stands in Manchester Piccadilly's platform 11, since this photo was taken the trackless platform on the right has been reinstated and is now platform 12. 24th December 1991. Andrew J Crowther.
53964, the DMBS from the retro-green set LO298 at Booth's in 1993. Michael Kaye 55A.
Carlisle's green Class 108 set 54247 and 53964 is seen at Lancaster in March 1987. Michael Kaye 55A.
Retro-green M54247 + M53964 are seen in Carlisle station on March 14th 1987. They failed working the 10:27 ex - Skipton, and were rescued by 47 630. Hamish Stevenson.
A blue/grey Class 108 set is on the rear of retro-green Class 108 54247 + 53964 leaving Bingley on a Carlisle - Leeds service. Date unknown. Rex Holt.
54247 + 53964 at Whitehaven on the BLS 'Cumbrian Ranger' tour, 3/10/87. Chris Lings.
M54247 and M53964 at Newcastle, 09/11/1987. Based at Carlisle Kingmoor depot at the time, they have evidently travelled across the Tyne Valley, perhaps due to the failure of a Heaton (HT) unit, which would usually work these services. Upon closure of Kingmoor in May 1988, most of the Class 108s were transferred to Heaton for continued use in Cumbria, but M53964 M54247 were amongst the remainder which went to Chester (CH) depot for north Lancashire services. However, M53964 M54247 was later transferred to Heaton in Spring 1989, from which time it made semi-regular appearances at Newcastle. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Retro-green liveried Class 108 set CH274 (54247 + 53964) with two blue-grey sets arrives into Horton station on Mat 6, 1989. David Christie.
Dandry Mire Viaduct seen from a six-car Class 108 formation on May 6, 1989, with retro-green set (53964 + 54247) at the front. David Christie.
M54247 leads M53964 with a service to Barrow-in-Furness at Millom, Cumbria, on 22/09/1990. This pair had been painted into this version of BR green livery in the mid-1980s. Having dominated the West Cumbria line services since the late 1960s, the Class 108s' reign was now entering its final year, with the remaining examples being withdrawn late 1991 and replaced by the then newly-converted Class 153 single cars. Nowadays (2016), the line sees a mix of Northern units, with Classes 153 / 156 being most common, plus some Class 142s. The units are supplemented by some Class 37-hauled services. Graeme Phillips Collection.
The retro-green Class 108 54247 + 53964 arriving at Doncaster in 1991. John Law.
Retro-green Class 108 set 54247 + 53964 is on the rear of a four-car formation in Bingley station on July 9, 1991 with a Leeds - Carlisle service. Rex Holt.
A six-car formation passes Bingley signalbox with a Leeds to Carlisle service on July 19th, 1991. The middle vehicles are retro-green 53964 + 54247. Rex Holt.
LO298 M54247 + M53964 on 2D40 18:22 Piccadilly to Chester at Altrincham on 24-12-91 (the last day of BR service for the line to Oxford Road before Metrolink). Kevin Dowd.
Longsight allocated class 108 DMU LO296 (54247 + 53964) stands in Manchester Piccadilly's platform 11, since this photo was taken the trackless platform on the left has been reinstated and is now platform 12. 24th December 1991. Andrew J Crowther.