56490 Class 108 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Llangollen RailwaySep 93-Nov 17

Current Location

Midland Railway Butterley



Current Status


Visited Railways

Midland Railway Butterley Nov 17-Present

Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Llangollen Railcars Limited






Record Last Updated

11 November 2018


Preservation Modifications
A public address system is fitted to the vehicle which is used both for scenic tours of the railway and for educational tours for Welsh language learners.

Preservation Information
Withdrawn from British Rail's Longsight depot in Manchester during 1993, M54490 was selected for preservation on the Llangollen Railway, which at the time was expanding the DMU fleet. The vehicle was in good condition, having been through works as late as 1990, so entered service at Llangollen immediately after the fitting of a few replacement seats.

In 1999 the vehicle received a full body overhaul & repaint.

In 2009, the vehicle was partially repainted and revarnished on one side.

More recently a refurbished first class interior has been fitted.

Late 2017 saw the vehicle sent on hire to the Midland Railway Butterley where it was to replace their Class 127 set which required repairs.

An interesting feature of the vehicle is that it is preserved in its final condition, with later Blue & Grey colour scheme, and the refurbished orange Formica interior & strip lighting. As and increasing number of railways "backdate" their DMU vehicles back into original condition (the interiors losing the orange and the exteriors going green), vehicles such as M54490 which truly represent the 1970's/80's/90's are becoming increasingly rare. Interestingly, M54490 & M51907 have never seen separated. They have run their entire BR lives as an original pairing and continue to do so in preservation.

Future Plans
To maintain in service. 56490 is currently on hire and is expected to continue as such for the forseeable future.


M54490/M51907 stabled at Pentrefelin, 14/10/17. Richard Moxon


M54490/M51907 pass Class 108/127 M56223/M51618 at Carrog during the annual railcar gala, 12/6/16. Michael Cawood


M54490/M51907 cross the Dee Bridge, 18/10/15. Peter Dickinson


M54490/M51907 arrive into Llangollen during the "Railcar 60" event, 5/10/14. Chris Moxon


M54490's cab front in primer, 11/11/13. Llangollen Railcar Group


M54490's cab front prepped for a repaint, 11/11/13. Llangollen Railcar Group


M54490/M51907 at Berwyn during the Railcar Gala, 24/6/12. Chris Moxon


56490 is seen here during the bus rally weekend entering Deeside Halt, 29/8/11. Llangollen Railcar Group


M54490/M51907 depart Glyndyfrdwy bound for Llangollen, 2/10/10. Chris Moxon


With Glyndyfrdwy station behind it the class 108 accelerates away in the direction of Deeside Halt, the trailing unit is the Wickham, June 2010. Llangollen Railcar Group


The class 108 set is often used on the first and last trains of the day during the summer months and is seen here approaching Llangollen Goods Junction with the first Carrog-bound train of the day, 3/5/10.Llangollen Railcar Group


M54490/M51907 in the beautiful countryside around Glyndyfrdwy, 17/5/09. Chris Moxon


With the Berwyn mountains in the background M54490 crosses the River Dee and begins its climb into the hills. Llangollen Railcar Group


An unusual movement during the 2007 gala was of units using tracks to the West of Carrog station for the first time - here M54490 runs back into platform one and is seen from the station overbridge, June 2007. Llangollen Railcar Group


M54490 rattles across the Dee Bridge at Pentrefelin, with about a mile and a half left to complete its journey to Llangollen, 25/5/07. Llangollen Railcar Group


M54490 undergoing a repaint at Glyndyfrdwy, 1/5/99. On tour with the class 13 army


M54490 & M51907 in service at Carrog, 18/6/98. Stuart Mackay




Old and new driving controllers to be fitted to M54490. Llangollen Railcar Group