Set 458 is a 104/101/104 hybrid with two brake vans, formed 53530 + 59082 + 53478. It is seen in Perth station on July 27, 1988 with a Class 101 working the 20:20 Perth - Kirkcaldy service. Hamish Stevenson.
53530 + 59082 + 53478 pass through Princes Street Gardens with the 12:52 Kirkcaldy - Edinburgh service on August 17, 1988. Hamish Stevenson.
Norwich set 55 is a Class 104 / 105 hybrid and has a van on the rear when seen on a Yarmouth service leaving Norwich on November 17th, 1979. Steve Davies Collection.
53530 + 53478 sit in Chester depot on June 3rd, 1989. Both were official withdrawn a few days later on the 7th. The DMS has a window missing, an engine missing, and has a charging lead plugged in. Hamish Stevenson.
Class 104 53530 shell and stacked behind are Manchester Pullman and sleeper cars, 14th October 1989. Surface Stock.
BRC&W set 78 and a Cravens set at Haughley Jct - north of Stowmarket on GE main line to Norwich. The destination blind shows Ipswich, date unknown. Steve Davies Collection.
Three car BRCW dmu sets were allocated to Norwich for the first time in late 1975. All except one came from Hull Botanic Gardens and were replacements for Metro-Cammell sets which had been gathered by Norwich from 1968 onwards. The Class 104 sets were in pretty poor nick, but here's one which has had some TLC at Doncaster Works. Photographed on April 25th 1980 whilst working the 13.36 Peterborough - Cambridge service, E50578 ended up being part of the last three car set at Norwich. Most of them left in 1980, but this one lasted until February 1981 when it went to Stratford. Refurbished Metro-Cammell triples were their replacements. The BRCW units were numbered 80 - 88 and the refurbished Cammells commenced with set 90. Gerard Fletcher.
Class 104 set 84 at Yarmouth Vauxhall on 25/3/78. Ian Francis.
Two 3-car Class 104 sets at Eccles Road. The closest - set 86 - has Norwich on the destination blind. Date unknown. Steve Davies Collection.
This is set 86 comprising E50590, E59221 and at the rear out of frame E50583. The train is the 17.23 Peterborough - Norwich of Friday 28th March 1980 which was pretty much an all stations affair I seem to recall. It is seen arriving at a rather wet March station. Gerard Fletcher.
Class 104s at Buxton, undated. The closest set carries the unusual set number BN462 (presumably BN is for Buxton), the vehicle number is possibly 50431. Hamish Stevenson.
Three-car Class 104 set BX452 is seen at Manchester Piccadilly on the 1st April 1984. Dennis Taylor.
A Class 104 at Longsight depot in March 1974. Embellished with a white dome and red buffer beam, it still retains an old style destination blind with Manchester London Road (it had been renamed to Piccadilly 10 years before). It also carries a set number in the cab number - 457 - possibly BX457. John McIntyre.
A six-car set, headed by set BX481 and M53421 (presumably with M59148 + M53487), 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 BX481 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.
Set BX482 with 53429 at the front arrives into Manchester Piccadilly on the 24th April 1984. Dennis Taylor.
53507 on the back of BX482 arriving into Manchester Piccadilly on the 24th April 1984. Dennis Taylor.
On 7th July 1985, coming out of the New Mills turn back tunnel, as we called it as it was used to turn back the 2 car dmus back to Manchester, is a Buxton "White Roofed" allocated BRC&W dmu BX482 (M53507, M59195, M53429), officially called Hayfield Tunnel it was the start of the 2.5 mile branch to Hayfield which closed to all traffic on 03/01/70, the tunnel is 197 yards long and was only half bricked up at the other end. Today the tunnel is trackless but the tunnel mouth is still there, at the other end of the tunnel is the start of the Sett Valley trail which is on the old track bed to Hayfield. Andrew J Crowther.