50926 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second

Home Railway

Great Central Railway (North)

Location History

Great Central Railway (North) ?-Present

Current Location

Great Central Railway (North)



Current Status

Under Restoration



Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Ruddington DMU Group






Record Last Updated

1 October 2017


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
It is presumed 50926 was preserved in the early 1990's in common with most Class 108 vehicles.

During the first 20 years at the GCR(N), the vehicle appears to have seen little if any use.

However in 2011 the vehicle came under control of a new management team who aim was to actively push forward the restoration of the vehicle to operational condition. The team was made up of two of the original owners plus two new members with all four parties owning a quarter share.

In 2011 work was concentrated on the roof of the vehicle so as to ensure it is water tight before interior work starts. A large number of the rivets which join the sheet sections together were been replaced with modern polyurethane sealant being used between the roof joints to ensure a water tight joint. All the original roof covering was removed and then painted with a specialist etch primer and multiple coats of undercoat and top coat.

In 2012 the vehicle received new engine filters, fluids, a close examination and was barred over in preparation for starting of the engines for the first time in four years.

Work is ongoing on stripping paint, cleaning and painting of all the lower sections including the buffer beam where two failed Oleo buffers have been removed for overhaul.

Future Plans
Seats and cushions for use within 50926 are available on site and will shortly be moved into one of the buildings for painting of the frames and a deep clean of the upholstery prior to fitting.


W53926 under restoration at Ruddington, 1/7/17. Craig Nicklin


W53926 stood at Ruddington during mechanical restoration, 20/2/16. Brian Battersby


W53926 in the line up at Ruddington, 28/11/15. Nottingham Railcar Group


W53926, patiently awaiting resources outside whilst its partner's restoration progresses inside the shed, 18/6/14. Zoe Hunter


50926 undergoing restoration work at Ruddington, 15/5/11. David Beardmore


50926 in store at Ruddington, 17/5/09. Simon Edwards


50926 in store at Ruddington, 12/10/08. Simon Edwards


50926 & 50645 stored at Ruddington, 11/10/04. David Beardmore


50926 in store at Ruddington, 3/5/04. Simon Edwards


50926 at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, Ruddington, 20/7/01. Stuart Mackay