On a snowy winters day Buxton based BRC&W class 104 dmu headed by the first of the class, M53420 with M59152, M53474, stand in my home villiage of Furness Vale,with a Buxton-Manchester Piccadilly service, 27th January 1985. Andrew J Crowther.
Buxton based BRC&W class 104 dmu (M53420, M59152, M53474) breezes through Heaton Chapel with a Buxton-Manchester Piccadilly service, overtaking 25kv class 304 emu 304013 as it slows for its station stop. 9th March 1985. Andrew J Crowther.
On the approach to Manchester Piccadilly is Buxton based BRC&W class 104 3 dmu M53421, M59148, M53487 arriving with a service from Buxton, 26th January 1985. Andrew J Crowther.
A 6-car set, headed by set BX481 and M53421, enters Manchester Piccadilly on 17/8/85. Malcolm Clements.
M53421 enters it's platform at Manchester Piccadilly on 17/8/85. Malcolm Clements.
53421 of set BX421 is stabled beside a Class 108 in Buxton station on the 13th October 1985. Chris Lings.
A White roofed Buxton based BRC&W class 104 3 car dmu BX481 (M53421 + M59148 + M53487), climbs the 1-60 bank up towards Norbury Hollow level crossing whilst working a Manchester Piccadilly - Buxton service, 22nd December 1985. These units truly worked nationwide, but it was the Buxton route which they became synonymous with. Andrew J Crowther.
53421 / 53529 are seen at Normanton on 19/3/88 while working the 15:43 Leeds - Sheffield. Stuart Mackay Collection.
A pair of DMBS 1957 BRC&W built class 104 dmu's are seen at Buxton, M50428 in the centre road and M50423 on the right in platform 2, 13th August 1981. Andrew J Crowther.
Blue-grey liveried set BX486 arrives into Manchester Piccadilly on the 1st April 1984. The formation is believed to be 53424 + 59207 + 53434. Dennis Taylor.
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.
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.
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.
Bletchley allocated 53425 + 53439 at Leicester on the 22nd December 1984. Dennis Taylor.
M53425 (CH614) + M53466 (CH612) on Chester Depot, 24-9-89. Kevin Dowd.
Class 104 53427 is seen at Leeds on 21.04.1987. Most of these units stayed in BR blue livery until withdrawal. Andy Cole.
The reason I took this at the time is because it was the only BRC&W vehicle, definitely in the Northwest, that still retained its original two-figure route indicator which necessitated the use of a tail lamp, as seen here. Seen leaving Manchester Victoria ECS after arrival from Liverpool, allocated to Newton Heath M53428 was withdrawn a few months later. 13th July 1985. Andrew J Crowther.
Set BX482 with 53429 at the front arrives into Manchester Piccadilly on the 24th April 1984. Dennis Taylor.
Class 104 53429, set number BX 482, is seen stabled at Tyseley carriage sidings on 07.12.1985 while allocated to Buxton. Note the addition of white cab roof and black window surrounds. Andy Cole.