56491 Class 108 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Keith & Dufftown Railway

Location History

East Anglian Railway Museum Jul 93-06

Current Location

Keith & Dufftown Railway


Keith & Dufftown Railway 06-Present

Current Status



Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

Visited Railways

Bressingham Steam & Gardens ?-?

TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

50628 or 51568




Keith & Dufftown Railway






Record Last Updated

20 March 2013


Preservation Modifications
Named "Spirit of Speyside"

Preservation Information
56491 was latterly based at Reading before withdrawal in December 1992. Preserved the following year by Diesel Unit Preservation Associates Limited (DUPA), the vehicle was moved to the East Anglian Railway Museum with 50599, starting a fleet of Class 108 vehicles.

In 1994, 56491 was repainted into BR Green and interior restoration was undertaken.

However the size of the fleet combined with the EARM's small running line resulted in 56491 not seeing much use. It was therefore employed on loan to Bressingham where it was used as a hauled coach on busy days behind steam locomotives on their short demonstration line. The vehicle was later returned to the East Anglian Railway Museum.

When DUPA decided to downsize their Class 108 fleet to one 2-car set they wished to retain two matching early build vehicles at the EARM. To facilitate this, 56223 was recalled from its loan to the Keith & Dufftown Railway and 56491 was sent north to replace it and then sold to the KDR.

Since 2010, the arrival of new vehicles and maintenance requirements meant that 56491 now operates with several different partners.

56491 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.


56491 stabled at Dufftown, 9/4/12. Anon Mouse


56491 stabled at Duffown, 19/8/11. Ian McLoughlin


56491 in service at Keith Town, 17/5/08. David Beardmore


56491 at the East Anglian Railway Museum, 31/5/01. Stuart Mackay


Corridor view of 56491 at Chappel & Wakes Colne, 11/10/99. David McGuire