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Vehicle 50959 / 53959 / 977749

Class 108

BR Diagram 543

Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Length: 57ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30465
Diagram: 543

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50959 - original number
53959 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
977749 - from Oct-91 (departmental stock)

Department Use as ADB977749

Sandite / Route Learner From 10/91 to 2/92.



Date: 22nd June 1988

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.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 3rd June 1988

A Class 108 set (54243 + 53959) awaits departure from Newcastle platform 9 with the 17:33 Newcastle - Hexham, 03/06/1988. Graeme Phillips Collection.


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