Stabled in the yard at Oban along with a YCV Turbot open ballast wagon are two former Buxton allocated 'White Roofed' class 104 DMU power cars, which now form 104325 'The Mexican Bean' and allocated to Eastfield Depot as their SC53424 and SC53434, for services on the 42 mile Crianlarich to Oban branch for the summer tourist traffic, they worked three summer seasons for ScotRail and the Highlands & Islands Tourist Board being taken out of use in the autumn of 1987. 1st June 1985. Andrew J Crowther.
53525 on the rear of a Dunblane service at Falkirk Grahamston on the 30th September 1984. The centre car is presumably 59559 and the other power car is 53473, labeled set 104 451. Hamish Stevenson.
Two former Buxton allocated 'White Roofed' class 104 DMU power cars, which now form 104325 'The Mexican Bean' and allocated to Eastfield Depot as their SC53434 and SC53424, for services on the 42 mile Crianlarich to Oban branch for the summer tourist traffic, they worked three summer seasons for ScotRail and the Highlands & Islands Tourist Board being taken out of use in the autumn of 1987. 1st June 1985. Andrew J Crowther.
The "Mexican Bean" (53424 / 53434) glimpsed at Dalmally from a passing train while working an Oban to Crianlarich shuttle on a rainy day in August 1985. John McIntyre.
"Mexican Bean" set 104 325 (53434 / 53424) in Eastfield depot, 30th April 1986. Neil Cannon.
Seen at Oban on 11/08/1986, 104325 consisted of vehicles SC53424 + SC53434 and was painted in this so-called "Mexican Bean" livery of maroon and white for use on the Oban - Crianlarich summer shuttle services. It was often attached to the rear of a loco-hauled service to be taken back to its home depot of Eastfield (ED), Glasgow, for servicing / refueling. Note the white West Highland Terrier symbol on the bodyside, representing the said depot. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Withdrawn "Mexican Bean" Class 104 set 53424 and 53434 stored at Thornton Junction on 08/12/90. Stuart Mackay.
104 450 enters Johnstone. The DMBS is a 104, but the centre car seems to be a 107, and the DMC is a 101! And there are at least another four vehicles behind. Undated. Andrew McConnell.
53473 leads 104 451 into Falkirk Grahamston station with a Dunblane service on the 30th September 1984. The rear car is 53525, the centre car is probably 59559. Hamish Stevenson.
A class 104 / 120 hyrid (presumably 53473 + 59264 + 51583) departs Newton on Ayr with the 15.15 Ayr - Glasgow Central on 27-09-1986, the last day of diesel services. Stored 107s can be seen in the yard ahead. Gordon Thomson.
Class 104 SC53473 at Snailwell in November 1987. Surface Stock.
104 452 (presumably with 53461 at the front and with two Class 107 vehicles) seen in Glasgow Central station in October 1984. Mike Cooper.
104 452 (with presumably 53461 at the front) leads a six-car formation on the 15:22 Edinburgh Waverley - West Calder into Slateford station, 6th October 1984. Hamish Stevenson.
Class 104 53461, set number 104 452, is seen stabled at Corkerhill on 25.05.1986. This was one of the few Class 104's to be painted into blue and grey, and was also one of the few Class 104's allocated to Scotland. Andy Cole.
Hybrid set 104 452 runs into Edinburgh Waverley on the 11:04 from North Berwick, 28th November 1986. The set of formed of a Class 104 DMBS, a Class 101 centre car and Class 120 DMS. Hamish Stevenson.
Hybrid DMU formed of a Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Co. built class 104 driving trailer E56186 and Cravens built Class 105/2 motor unit E51266 forming a Peterborough station to Nene Valley Railway shuttle service on 4th May 1981. Gordon Edgar.
Class 104 TBS M59210, newly transferred from Buxton, is seen running in set 453 at Haymarket on the 27th July 1984. Hamish Stevenson.
The DMBS from set 454 donates some spare air receivers for a preserved Class 126 at MC Metals. Date unknown. Andrew McConnell.
BRCW Class 104 DMBS 53598 is the trailing power car in mixed Set 455 seen here leaving Prestwick station in August 1986. The wires are in place for the Ayrshire electrification which would go live the following month. The centre car is a Metro-Cammel vehicle (59090). A typically mixed set in the final fling of the DMU in Scotland. Andrew McConnell.
Class 104 set 456 with M53504 at the front seen in Edinburgh Waverley station in April 1987. Alan Rintoul.