Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30465
50957 - original number
53957 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
977751 - from Oct-91 (departmental stock)
Sandite / Route Learner From 10/91 to 2/92.
A location less often visited by most modern traction photographers in the 1970s and ‘80s was Barrow-in-Furness. On Monday May 25 1987 53957 + 54236 arrive at the station (which was rebuilt after wartime bomb damage) with the 1337 Millom-Lancaster. Mel Holley.
Believed to be an empty coaching stock (ECS) move, cars E53957 E54236 are captured at Millom (Cumbria) on 9/2/90. These were part of the batch of Class 108s that had long been allocated to Kingmoor (KD) depot, Carlisle, but were transferred to Heaton (HT) depot, Newcastle, upon closure of the former in May 1988. They continued to operate Cumbria services until displaced by Class 153s in 1991. Graeme Phillips Collection.
A Class 108 set formed of 53957 and 54236 are seen departing (12 minutes late) from Seaham on the 11:03 Middlesborough - Hexham, 13/6/90. This was one of the majority of Kingmoor (Carlisle - KD) depot's units that were transferred to Heaton (Newcastle - HT) depot in May 1988 when KD closed (the remainder went to Chester - CH), but still intended for use in Cumbria. Thereafter, these power-trailer sets appeared on certain generously timed Newcastle-Carlisle services, presumably as a means of getting to / from their new depot. They also made occasional appearances on other north-east local services, but their inferior power:weight ratio meant they usually struggled to keep time on Pacer schedules, as was probably the case on the service illustrated. Graeme Phillips.
A 2-car Class 108 DMU arrives at Sellafield on 26th June 1991. In the background 31312 can be seen in the siding with a nuclear flask wagon. Syd Young.
M56236 + M50957 pass along the Cumbrian Coast at Seascale, 12/8/80. Robert Frise.