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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.


13th September 1990
Graeme Phillips


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