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.
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.
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.
Birmingham R.C.& W.Co class 104 units 53507-53429 forming the 17:40 Bolton service at Manchester Victoria on 2 June 1987. Gordon Edgar.
With the Buxton tracks having been temporary slewed for the Hazel Grove chord, two Buxton allocated BRC&W class 104 dmu's, BX484 (left) and BX483 (right, presumably with 53491 closest), with their white trademark cab roofs pass each other, working the Manchester Piccadilly - Buxton services on 16th November 1985. Andrew J Crowther.
Buxton based BRC&W class 104 3 car dmu BX484 (M53431, M59137, M53496), is seen at Bankend between New Mills Newtown and Furness Vale, whilst working a Manchester Piccadilly - Buxton service. 20th January 1985. Andrew J Crowther.
There's no doubting that the independent snow plough has been out doing a successful job overnight! Buxton DMU depot on 17th February 1986 with BRCW Class 104 set BX484 (M53496 nearest to the camera) adding to the fumes in the shed. DMU depots had a unique atmosphere of their own, although I doubt that those that had to work in these conditions felt the same about it! Remember the sound of Leyland, AEC and Rolls Royce engines turning over, slip, trip and fall hazards, and the inadequate fume extraction systems in depots such as Marylebone, Leith Central, Hull Botanic Gardens, Lincoln, Chester and Corkerhill, to name but a few. Memories! Gordon Edgar.