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Vehicle 50453 / 53453

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


w/e 05/10/57 New to 9A (Longsight)
Dec-57 Transferred 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)
06/01/84 Transferred to AY (Ayr) - cover for fire damaged vehicles
Feb-84 Transferred to CW (Cricklewood)
10/05/87 Transferred to OO (Old Oak Common)
May-87 Withdrawn from OO (Old Oak Common)


1989 - Seen with crash damage at Old Oak Common depot

1st July 1989 - Listed at Old Oak Common depot

19th October 1989 - Listed as withdrawn/out of use

12th October 1990 - Listed as being in coach stack in Vic Berry's yard, to be cut up

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50453 - original number
53453 - from Oct-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:

50453 59161 50505 As delivered to 9A - w/e 05/10/57
50453 59161 50505 Noted 14/02/81



Date: 25th May 1978

Class 104, M50453 stands at Blaenau Ffestiniog after arrival with an excursion from East Lancashire on May 25th 1978. The 10-Car formation has been moved out of the platform road to enable the service train from Llandudno Junction to use the station. It was to be another 4 years before the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway made a triumphal return to the town and sharing a new joint station with BR, enabling the former LNWR Station seen here to be closed. Martyn Hilbert.


Date: 4th December 1983

Class 104 DMBS 53453 is on stands during work at Doncaster Works on the 4th December 1983. Chris Lings.


Date: 20th January 1986

M53453 leads a two-car Class 104 into Leytonstone High Road station with a Gospel Oak - Barking service on January 20, 1986. Michael Mensing.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 14th February 1981

The Rossendale Farewell railtour seen at Bury Bolton Street, formed of M50794 (105 DMC), M59207 (104 TS), M50761 (105 DMBS) and M50453 (104 DMBS), M59161 (104 TC), M50505 (104 DMC). 14/2/81. Andy Pullar.


Date: 14th February 1981

Plenty of locals have turned out to greet the last BR train to traverse the line from Bury to Rawtenstall, 'The Rossendale Farewell' Railtour, from Manchester Victoria on February 14th 1981. This was the scene at Ramsbottom, at around 1.30pm on the outward journey, as the six-car DMU set paused for the level crossing gates to be opened by the train crew. Cravens Class 105 M50794 brings up the rear, the other vehicles were 59207, 50761 and M50453, M59161, M50505. The Newton Heath allocated Cravens DMU's were frequent visitors to the route until the regular passenger services ceased on June 3rd 1972. Martyn Hilbert.


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