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Vehicle 50456 / 53456

Class 104

BR Diagram 556

Builder: BRC&W
Type: Low Density
Length: 57ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30293
Diagram: 556


Nov-57 New to 5D (Stoke)
3w/e 30/04/66 Transferred to 9A (Longsight)
4w/e 04/02/67 Transferred to 9D (Newton Heath)
May-73Depot code changeNH (Newton Heath)
May-80 Transferred to LO (Longsight)
circa Dec-83 Transferred to BX (Buxton)
27/04/86 Transferred to NH (Newton Heath)
02/11/86 Withdrawn from NH (Newton Heath)
08/02/87 Reinstated BX (Buxton)
25/10/87 Withdrawn from BX (Buxton)

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50456 - original number
53456 - from 1983 (53xxx / 54xxx change)

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:

50456 59164 50508 As delivered to 5D - November 1957
50456 59164 50508 Noted 04/01/78
50456 59164 50508 Noted 04/09/80
BX485 53456 59230 53504 Listed at BX - circa Jul-85 - with white roof domes
BX485 53456 59230 53504 Listed at BX - circa Dec-85
53456 53504 Formation change - NH - Apr-86
53456 53514 Listed at Newton Heath - Summer 1986 - on loan BX



Date: 17th August 1985

Set number: BX485

M53456 is the DMBS in set BX485 when seen at Manchester Piccadilly on 17/8/85. Malcolm Clements.


Date: 18th April 1987

Class 104 53456 is seen at Tyseley on 18.04.1987 with Buxton's depot trademark of the white cab roof. Andy Cole.


Date: 28th April 1988

53456 at Vic Berry's in Leicester on the 28th April 1988 Dennis Taylor.


Date: May 1988

A May 1988 shot of Vic Berry's scrapyard, with many high density vehicles and Class 104 53456 on the right. Michael Kaye 55A.


Date: 20th July 1988

M53456 is seen stacked upon some Mark I coaches at Vic Berry's on July 20, 1988. Surface Stock.


Date: 20th July 1988

Class 104 DMBS M53456 up top, a suburban centre car on the row below. Vic Berry's on July 20, 1988. Surface Stock.


Date: 6th August 1988

Built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, its Buxton allocation given away by their trade mark white roof, this is DMBS M53456 is ending it's days at Vic Berry's scrapyard in Leicester, these units truly worked nationwide, but of all the routes worked by the the class the Buxton route was the one with which they beacame synonynous. 6th August 1988. Andrew J Crowther.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 10th April 1985

Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon 1959 built Class 128 parcels unit M55994 is seen tagged into the rear of the 13.29 Manchester Piccadilly-Buxton service, which was worked by class 104 units M53456, M59230, M53504. At New Mills Newtown, 10th April 1985. Andrew J Crowther.


Date: 6th July 1986

Class 108 and 104 (M53456 + M53514) vehicles at Buxton on the 6th July 1986. Vincent Haworth.


Date: 3rd September 1986

Set number: BX496

Class 108 M51947 beside Class 104 M53456 at Buxton on September 3, 1986. Surface Stock.


Date: 30th January 1988

Class 104 driver trailer sits in front of several 101 vehicles in Newton Heath depot on January 30, 1988. Beside it sits withdrawn M53456, boarded up for its journey to Vic Berrys. Hamish Stevenson.


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