Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Lot Number: 30466
56243 - original number
54243 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
27/11/73 - Near Whitehaven, LMR
Collision involving Class 108 / Freight
Info from Peter Mullen.
Irregular blockworking allowed a DMU to run into the back of a freight train. Image shows 50961 stripped at Carlisle a few months later David Mant. More Details.
Class 108 DTS 54243 at Tyseley on May 9, 1987. Andy Cole.
A Class 108 set (54243 + 53959) awaits departure from Newcastle platform 9 with the 17:33 Newcastle - Hexham, 03/06/1988. Graeme Phillips Collection.
53959 + 54243 arrive at Newcastle on 22/06/1988 with a service from the Tyne Valley. This was one of the majority of Class 108s transferred from Kingmoor (KD) depot, Carlisle, to Heaton (HT) depot, Newcastle, in May 1988, upon closure of the former. They were still intended for work in Cumbria, but, being based in the north-east, made frequent appearances in the region, especially certain generously timed Carlisle-Newcastle services, presumably to allow them to come to their home depot for maintenance. They finished working in Cumbria in November 1991, replaced by then newly converted Class 153 single car Sprinters. Graeme Phillips Collection.
M54245 (left), E54243 (center), E59249 (right) grounded in C.F.Booths Rotherham 15-12-91. Kevin Dowd.
M54245 (left), E54243 (center), E59249 (right) grounded in CF Booths Rotherham, probably late December 1991. Robert Frise Collection.