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British Railways Derby Works Class 108 M51567

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Ordered by the British Transport Commision, 51567 is a Driving Motor Composite with Lavatory. It was built of aluminium by British Railways Derby Work as part of a power twin set and delivered to the Midland Region. It carried the British Railways lined green of the era and featured the two character route indicator box underneath the front windows. It featured the standard two BUT 150hp engines driving Wilson gearboxes.

Later in service, the vehicle was allocated to Longsight as set LO911 where it was used in Departmental Service. It is not confirmed what the set was used for in Departmental Service as the interior of the vehicle was unaltered from passenger use. It could be assumed that it was for route learning purposes due to the non-standard plug socket on the front of the vehicle for a high powered headlight.

The vehicle was withdrawn in the early 1990s and was purchased for preservation at Peak Rail. There it stood dormant until 2008 when the entire fleet of DMUs was disbanded there. The vehicle was purchased and moved on to the Midland Railway at Butterley where it was used as a stores vehicle for the Derby Lightweight restoration project. Nothing of note happened to the vehicle there and it moved to Wirksworth in July 2016 to assist with the restoration of the Derby Lightweights which have also moved. It is currently unclear what the future holds for this vehicle.

Builder: Derby Works Built: 1958
Class or Type: 108 Works No: 30461
Weight: 28 T Running No: 51567 / 977854
Brake Type: Vacuum Operational Status: Not Operational
Owner: DLPG Arrived: 20/07/16
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