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GCRN 2nd Generation DMU Group - The Home of 144003


Part of the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), We are custodians of former Northern Rail Class 144 DMU NO.144003 which is now based here at GCRN.Recently released from mainline service after 34 years of sterling service to join us here at our Ruddington Site on the 3rd of Sept 2020. Thanks to our friends at Porterbrook.

Love or loath them, since the mid 1980's, right up until withdrawal during 2020, Class 142, 143 & 144 Railbuses have been a low cost & efficient way of transporting passengers to their destination over lines which may otherwise have seen not just a large decline in passenger services but in some cases, no services at all.


Over the next couple of months, 144003 will undergo a comprehensive deep clean both inside and out along with a comprehensive electrical & mechanical inspection plus fixing any faults that become apparent during this time.

Once that is completed and the unit is ready to enter traffic, a period of training will begin here at Ruddington to ensure that our crews are familiar with the Class 144 before it enters passenger service during mid 2021.


You can find out more about the GCRN 2nd Generation DMU Group or contact us by visiting our website. You can visit by clicking any of the images on this page or by clicking this link: GCRN 2nd Generation DMU Group