Class 108 [Updated]

The Class 108 was the second of the so-called "Derby Lightweight" DMUs being a lot lighter in construction than other units like the Class 114. The Class 108 was designed for branch line and local services having a low-density interior and toilets and were allocated to British Rail's London Midland and Eastern Regions. They served as 3-car sets, some later reverting to 2-cars, until the early 1990s.

Number built: 333 cars
Built: 1958-61
Builder: BR Derby
Engine: 2 BUT AEC / Leyland 6-cyl diesels
Power: 300 hp (220 kW)

Because of the good condition of the Class 108 units on withdrawal a number went into departmental service and also preservation. Over 30 cars are currently preserved and most of these operational on various heritage lines.
Preserved Class 108 on the Severn Valley Railway

Cab view
Preserved Class 108 DMU at Duffield