Rare trip for ‘spruced-up’ East Somerset two-colour DMU

CLASS 108 DMU DMBS No. M51909 and DTCL No. M56271 has received considerable attention, including reupholstered seats and re-flooring within the interior. 

The driving trailer has been repainted in BR blue but not yet lettered. The driving motor will be repainted over the coming winter. The pair are owned by the Mendip Traction & Rolling Stock Group.

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Only occasional use occurs on the East Somerset Railway, which is one of the most strictly steam-operated heritage railways.

Running dates remaining this year are September 11 and October 9, departing Cranmore at 11.45 and 14.45. 

The DMU is seen returning to Cranmore station on July 23 with blue trailer car No. M56271 leading, having departed at 12.30. Picture: PETER NICHOLSON

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Sam Hewitt