52053 Class 108 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Keith & Dufftown Railway

Location History

East Anglian Railway Museum Nov 94-01

Current Location

Keith & Dufftown Railway


Keith & Dufftown Railway 01-Present

Current Status



Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

50628 or 51568




Keith & Dufftown Railway






Record Last Updated

23 February 2015


Preservation Modifications
Named "Spirit of Banffshire" which it carries on the cab front

Preservation Information
52053 was latterly used as Sandite vehicle 977807 at Longsight (Manchester) after withdrawal in September 1992. It is thought to have seen little use however, and was purchased for preservation in 1994 by Diesel Unit Preservation Associates Limited (DUPA). The vehicle was moved to the East Anglian Railway Museum where it joined a growing fleet of Class 108 vehicles.

Considerable work was required to make 52053 serviceable as some parts were removed and it had suffered from vandalism prior to preservation. By Easter 1996 the mechanical overhaul of the vehicle had been completed and the vehicle seen in use partnered with 51568.

However the size of the fleet combined with the EARM's small running line resulted in 52053 not seeing much use. The vehicle, still paired with 51568, was put on loan to the then embryonic Keith & Dufftown Railwayin 2001, where it was named "Spirit of Banffshire". Shortly before going out on loan, the vehicle was repainted into BR Green.

When DUPA decided to downsize their Class 108 fleet to one 2-car set, they disposed of 52053 and the vehicle was sold to long term custodians the KDR.

Since 2010, the arrival of new vehicles and maintenance requirements meant that 52053 started operating with several different partners.

During 2014, 52053 was repainted and also received rather garish yellow speed whiskers, "Spirit of Baffshire" name on the cab front and a permenant "Keith" destination in the former 4-character route indicator box.

52053 remains in traffic and is one of a fleet of five Class 108 vehicles which operate all of the KDR's ordinary passenger services.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.


M52053 at Keith Town during a Santa Special. During the year, the vehicle had been repainted and also received rather garish yellow speed whiskers, "Spirit of Baffshire" name and permenant "Keith" destination in the former 4-character route indicator box, 12/12/14. Ben Angus


M52053 in service on the KDR, 19/8/11. Ian McLoughlin


M52053 stabled at Dufftown, 19/8/09. Brian Battersby


M52053/M51568 stabled at Dufftown, 17/5/08. David Beardmore


M52053 after repainting at the East Anglian Railway Museum in preparation for going on hire to the Keith & Dufftown Railway, July 2001. Lawrence Beeching




52053's middle saloon, note the unusual purple coloured panels and bulkheads! 19/8/11. Ian McLoughlin


52053's rear saloon, 19/8/11. Ian McLoughlin