Type: Low Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30291
|Apr-57||New to||9A (Longsight)|
|Sep-57||Transferred to||9D (Buxton)|
|Sep-63||Depot code change||9L (Buxton)|
|May-73||Depot code change||BX (Buxton)|
|09/07/84||Withdrawn from||BX (Buxton)|
|circa Mar-85||Reinstated||ED (Eastfield)|
|Oct-85||Stored||GC||- then reinstated for Summer 1986.|
|Dec-87||Withdrawn from||ED (Eastfield)|
3rd May 1985 - Seen in 'Mexican Bean' livery
50424 - original number
53424 - from 1983 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
|50420||59132||50424||As delivered to - Apr-57|
|50420||59132||50424||Noted 20th April 1957|
|104325||53434||53424||Formed May 1985|
|104325||53424||53434||Noted 3rd May 1985|
|104325||53434||53424||Listed at Eastfield - Summer 1986|
|104325||53434||53424||Listed at Eastfield - August 1986|
|104325||53434||53424||Listed at ED - 23/03/87|
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.
SC53424 in Crainlarich station on May 31st, 1985, while working the Oban - Crainlarich shuttle. Hamish Stevenson.
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Withdrawn "Mexican Bean" Class 104 set 53424 and 53434 stored at Thornton Junction on 08/12/90.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.
An official image of M50420 + M59132 + M50424, probably at Wirksworth. British Railways.
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.
"Mexican Bean" set 104 325 (53434 / 53424) in Eastfield depot, 30th April 1986. Neil Cannon.
Mexican Bean Class 104 Sc53434 + Sc53424 is seen in Oban after arriving on the rear of the 18:20 Glasgow - Oban on June 16, 1987. They made this move regularly to Eastfield depot for servicing and fuelling, and were locked out of use for the journey. Hamish Stevenson.
Out of use vehicles at Thornton in Fife on January 27, 1991. Closest is 59794, which wouldn't be officially withdrawn until the end of the year. It had been transferred on paper to Neville Hill but never moved there. At the far end of the line are 53187, 53179, 51453, 59113, 53424, TDB977223 and 59073. Hamish Stevenson.