Class 108 Restoration Update, May 2017

We are now able to share the latest photographs of the restoration work carried out on our Class 108 DMU during April at the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley.

Discussions had taken place over the winter months with the people at Butterley, about what work to carry out first, and to fit in with their workshops busy schedule of work. A convenient slot came up during April and May allowing the welding work to be carried out on the Driving Trailer Lavatory Composite (DTLC) M56484.

What work has taken place?


The main body shell of a Class 108 DMU is aluminium, but both the cab front ends and rear corridor area are fabricated in steel and were badly corroded in places. The wasted metal work has been cut away above the buffer beam ready for new steel plate to be welded in place.  In addition, some steel work needed replacing around the windows and head code box.


This photograph shows the new steel plate now welded in place above the buffer beam and trimmed down to the required profile.


The final photo shows the areas repaired around the cab windows and now painted in red primer. At the same time the glass has been reinstated in the head code box replacing the steel plate substituted during the mid-life refurbishment by British Rail.

We still need to raise further funds.

Unfortunately, the overall projected costs of restoring the DMU have increased. This is partly due to some items now costing more than originally expected, and, additionally some new work has been identified. This was always a possibility when you start work on a DMU which is now 57 years old.

If you would like to help us restore our DMU, donations can be made using the following methods:

  • By completing the Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form) available through the website and enclose a cheque or cash.
  • By PayPal or Credit Card using the Donate link below the right-hand menu opposite.
  • Or donations can be made electronically direct to the Society’s bank account:
    – Bank: Santander
    – Account Name: Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
    – Account Number: 89012757
    – Sort Code: 09-01-28

Nigel Kirkpatrick
On behalf of the Rolling Stock Fund

A Tribute to Jeff

Following the sudden death of our chairman Jeff Banks, his family requested that donations be made to the Society in his name.

Anne Banks (Jeff’s sister) handed over the amazing sum of £580 and I thanked Anne on behalf of the PWRS.

The committee will decide how best to spend this generous gift which will a include a permanent memorial to Jeff, one of our founder members.

Eddie Fisher,

Generous Donation for the DMU

At the Fleetwood Back on Track meeting held at Fleetwood Town Football Club on 14/12, a cheque for £1,000 towards the restoration of the DMU was presented to the PWRS by the Masons.

It is a Masonic Mark Lodges grant and was suggested by Mason and PWRS member Jimmy Rodgers.

Also in attendance from the PWRS were Pete Williams (receiving the cheque) and Eddie Fisher.

On behalf of the PWRS I should very much like to thank Jimmy and the Lodges for this wonderful gesture.

Eddie Fisher

Northwest in Bloom, 2016

We’re proud to announce that the Royal Horticultural Society and North West in Bloom recently awarded PWRS Thornton Station with a certifcate of achievement (pictured below) for our 2016 entry.


Congratulations to all those involved and many thanks for helping to make the station an attractive site of local interest and a pleasure for all those who pass by it.

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Alternative Plan B

Following a series of meetings with Network Rail (NR), the future layout of the railway at Poulton has been agreed. The pictured Alternative Plan B, a short term fix for car parking and new Fleetwood branch terminus, is the preferred option.

While some will be disappointed that the junction is to be removed, NR have offered to help us set up two steering groups. One will look to develop a new step free interchange between the Fleetwood branch and Poulton station, while another will look to develop a decent car park.

Our alternative option will be just one of a number of plans that will be looked at by the new group. We are also hopeful of electrification project gifts and will keep you updated.

The electrification masts will be placed to ensure a full reconnection would be relatively straight forward and the signalling system will allow for plug in additions when required.

Network Rail are hopeful that the funding for the extra 22 car park spaces will be found in the project budget. They have also offered to help us identify funding to design the new step free PWRS interchange.

The NR electrification project team have offered to come and volunteer on a number of days through next year and 2018 and we look forward to meeting them all.

All in all there are exciting times ahead and we look forward to building an excellent relationship with the electrification project team.

Eddie Fisher

Railway Library Donation

The Society has had another railway library donated.

This was from Brian Fare of Wesham and consists of over 300 titles to be used to raise funds for the refurbishment of the DMU.

Brian, whose son is a Society member, worked as a locomotive fireman based in Preston in the last days of steam and was subsequently trained to drive diesels.

He particularly enjoyed the Fleetwood run when he could purchase a stone of fresh fish for a half a crown.

I thanked Brian on the Society’s behalf.

Jeff (Chairman)

Day Trip to Butterley

On 22nd September, ten members set off early at 6:00 am for Butterley. Their mission was to give the powered car, or the Driving Motor Brake Second (DMBS) M51937, to be precise, a good cleaning inside and out. In addition, we wanted to use the visit to assess what additional work was needed to put it in running order.

Arrival in Butterley was about three hours later, and most of us headed off for a bacon roll and a brew, before getting stuck in to the task in hand.

Once fed, the cars were unloaded of the multitude of cleaning materials and a tools, and we headed onto the station, but there was no sign of our DMU. However, we needn’t have worried as the people at Butterley had got everything in hand and we could see that it was stabled up the line, coupled to their 08 shunter. Within minutes 08590 towed our DMU into platform 2, and positioned close to the water supply and hose pipes. Work started as soon as the Butterley people confirmed nothing else was moving that day and we had permission to work safely on the track.


A quick appraisal noted that M51937 was covered in a layer of green grime, which some of the team attacked with scrapers, brushes and hose pipes. Fortunately, it came off fairly easily, to reveal that the bodywork was in excellent condition.

The previous owner had completed the necessary welding repairs and one side had been repainted in 1970’s Refurbished Livery along with full yellow ends. The other side of the coach is partly in primer with several areas rubbed down ready for painting.


Our President, Eddie Fisher, spent much of the day cleaning up the (his) cab and the above picture shows the results of his work. Plus, you can now see out of the windows, thanks to the cleaning team outside. Most of the cab controls are still present but some will be replaced by refurbished equipment as part of the restoration.


The previous owner had made a start on restoring the seat frames in the front passenger compartment and they had been rubbed down and repainted.  However, the larger passenger area behind, needs much more work having been used to store surplus cushions and chair backs.

The front compartment had been used as a workshop and there were bits and pieces of the carriage lighting lying around so it was cleared out, and the floor swept and given a good wash down.

Many of the seat cushions and backs are no longer in good condition, having been damaged or the colour is badly faded. We spent a great deal of time swapping them for ones in better condition from the extra stocks stored in the trailer carriage.

The picture above shows the carriage after we put the seat frames back in place and sorted out the better conditioned cushions and seat backs.

Guards Compartment (Sorry no picture)

We were only able to quickly examine the guard’s compartment. This has also been used as a storage area of various spare parts and restoration materials. We did spot that some of the woodwork in the roof needs replacing, following damage by water, so measurements were taken so that we can plan how it will be replaced.


At the end of a long but productive day, we had a team photo in the front passenger compartment.

Lastly we would like to thank the Midland Railway Centre and Llangollen Railcar staff for their assistance on the day.

Help us restore our Class 108 DMU

We still need to raise the funds to pay for the restoration of the diesel multiple unit. Please see the article about how your donation can be specifically used to sponsor a particular part of the restoration.

Nigel Kirkpatrick

Class 108 DMU: Sponsor Part of the Restoration

At the Annual General Meeting, we indicated that agreeing a long term lease with Network Rail may still take some time to complete, and this has made us rethink our plans about the restoration of our two car Class 108 Diesel multiple unit.

Our original plan had been to start with welding work on the trailer car, but we have now decided to firstly restore the Power car (Driving Motor Brake Second) to an operational condition.

There are several other factors which have influenced this decision:

  • We cannot bring our diesel multiple unit to our line until we have a lease in place,
  • A restored but unused diesel multiple unit, would incur storage charges elsewhere.
  • However, a fully restored power car, could be hired out to another heritage line* whilst we wait to gain access to the line. This would generate an additional income which could then be used to help fund the restoration of the trailer car.

We have already received one enquiry from another heritage line, about hiring our power car for the 2017 season, and discussions about a potential hire agreement are now underway. In addition, we are in discussions with the people at the Midland Railway Centre about putting the power car through their workshops, to complete the work in time.

Sponsor Part of the Restoration

We currently have enough funds available to make a start on this work, but still need to raise further funds.

Below is a list of the costings for the restoration of the Class 108 Power Car (supplied by Midland Railway Centre).

  • We are inviting donors to use their donation to sponsor specific items on the list.
  • Alternatively, donations can instead still be made into the Rolling Stock Fund and we will decide which item the money is used to pay for.
Power Car – Class 108 DMBS (M51937) Cost (including VAT) Suggested sponsor amounts Amount raised so far Notes
Oil Filters, etc. for service
(For two engines)
£120 4 X £25 amounts and 1 X £20
Oil for engines £150 6 X £25 amounts
Replacement batteries £675 27 X £25 amounts
Replacement cab gear and throttle controllers (£300 per item – two in each cab £600 24 X £25 amounts £100
Second hand corridor connection for rear of power car £425 17 X £25 amounts
New step-boards (8 on this vehicle – £18 each) £144 8 X £18 amounts £117 £27 left to raise for step -boards
Repaint the vehicle £1800 72 X £25 amounts
Total for vehicle £3914   £217  

We are keen to allow individuals to sponsor items which fit in their personal budget.

The “suggested sponsor amounts” are just suggestions, and some people may be able donate an amount which covers multiples of the “suggested sponsor amounts”.

Alternatively, and we realise that some people may only wish to donate a lower amount. We welcome all donations, whatever the amount, to help us achieve these targets.

Other Restoration Costs

The Society has agreed to take on the external cleaning of the diesel multiple unit along with much of the interior work. Some expenditure will be required for cleaning materials, paint, wood, electrics etc. and we will use some of the funds already raised to meet these costs.

We will provide similar sponsor details for the Trailer car in the near future.

How to make a donation to the Rolling Stock / Loco Fund

Please use one of the following methods to make a donation:

  • By completing the Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form) available through this website and enclose a cheque or cash.
  • By PayPal or Credit Card using the Donate link below the right-hand menu,
  • Or donations can be made electronically direct to the Society’s bank account.
    Account Name: Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
    Account Number: 89012757
    Sort Code: 09-01-28

Nigel Kirkpatrick
On behalf of the Rolling Stock Fund

Rolling Stock Appeal Update

Image8A quick update on our rolling stock fund.

It now stands at £19,250, meaning that we’re well over half way there.

Many thanks and congratulations to all those who have contributed and been involved in raising funds.

If you would like to donate further, full details can be found below.

How to make a donation to the Rolling Stock / Loco Fund

Please use one of the following methods to make a donation:

  • By completing the Rolling Stock Fund (Donation Form) available through this website and enclose a cheque or cash.
  • By PayPal or Credit Card using the Donate link below the right-hand menu,
  • Or donations can be made electronically direct to the Society’s bank account.
    Account Name: Poulton & Wyre Railway Society
    Account Number: 89012757
    Sort Code: 09-01-28

Nigel Kirkpatrick
On behalf of the Rolling Stock Fund

Logs For Sale, Thornton-Cleveleys

If you live in the Thornton-Cleveleys area and have a wood burning stove or open fire, why not stock up with some logs from PWRS?

As part of our work to re-open some of the old Poulton to Fleetwood railway line, our volunteers are constantly clearing away tree growth over and around the tracks.

Monies from all logs sold will go towards the society’s aim of renovating and running our purchased Class 108 DMU on the line.

How Much and Where?

We’re asking for a suggested donation of £4 a bag with possible local delivery for orders of four bags or more.

Collection is available from Thornton Station on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, approximately 8:30am until noon.

Thanks to the Volunteers

It was a great mornings work replenishing the log stock, a massive thank you too all involved, especially the team from Burn Naze who had the task of loading and delivering the logs from society member Dave Evans house to Thornton station. They did get a brew for their efforts and they ate the last of our custard creams!

There are as many logs still to come so society member Nick Mccrudden will be busy cutting with his chainsaw for the foreseeable future.

Rick Rossall,
Member 215