D5022, 5022, 24022
D5022, 5022, 24022

An undated view of 5022 at Manchester Victoria.

Built Derby Locomotive Works
Full size fuel & water tanks
Ventilators 4/4 (non-BIS side)

The sixteen year four month career (includes six months in store) of D5022/24022 included allocations to the London Midland Region & Eastern Region.

The allocation histories and working careers of 24020, 24021 & 24022 are very similar although 24022 was first allocated to Norwich and was never allocated to Willesden.


The frames for D5022 were laid down during the late spring of 1959 at Derby Works. D5022 was new to Norwich (32A) on September 7th 1959. Further transfers were:

November 1959 to Ipswich (32B)
March 1961 to Camden (1B) on loan, made permanent May 1961
December 1965 to Bescot (2F)
April 1966 to Birmingham Division (D02)
June 1967 to Stoke Division (D05)
March 1972 to Manchester Division (D09)
May 1973 to Longsight
July 6th 1975 stored serviceable
January 31st 1976 - withdrawn

Renumbered April 12th 1974.

After withdrawal 24022 was stored at Reddish until July 21st 1978 when it was moved to Doncaster Works, being broken up there by August 1978.

Movement: 24022 12.00 Reddish - Doncaster July 21st 1978.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works May & June 1961.
Noted Derby Works March, April & August 1962.
Noted Derby Works January 1963.
Noted Derby Works December 1963 & January 1964 and also at Doncaster Works January 1964.
Noted Derby Works May - July 1964.
Noted Derby Works May & June 1966.
Noted Derby Works October 1971.
Noted Derby Works March 1973.
Noted Derby Works April 1975.


A number of changes were taking place within the Class 24 design, principally to reduce the locomotive weight. The use of the separate differential exciter had received mixed reviews leading to an experiment with D5022. Here the exciter was eliminated, the control field of the main generator being fed direct from the auxiliary generator through the load regulator. This then became the norm from D5050, allowing further weight saving.

Condition September (new): green livery, frame level stripe; full size fuel & water tanks, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, SKF axleboxes.

Condition November: green livery with small yellow ends, curved upper corners, warning panel does not completely cover the frame level stripe, full size fuel & water tanks, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, steam style shedplate on cabfront.

On November 1st in thick fog D5022 derailed on the fast line crossovers at Bletchley, causing traffic disruption until late in the afternoon.

Perhaps because of the continuing ASLEF dispute 5022 & 5269 were unusual visitors at Featherstone, noted heading east on January 10th with a coal train. Crewe based 5033 spent almost a week in the Tees area on local workings from January 17th 21st.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors still present, full size fuel tank with circular gauge, shrtened water tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.

24022 & 24005 at Reddish on December 12th 1976.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
24022 at Reddish during October 1977.

On July 6th 1975 24022 was placed into serviceable store and was dumped at Reddish alongside Longsight allocated 24005, 24020, 24021 & 24024, all of which had been placed to store on July 6th 1975. For about eighteen months the five Class 24s lingered at Reddish, on a variety of visits during this period the Class 24s were noted in various places about the depot. However on February 15th 1977 24005/20/21/24 were hauled away to Swindon as the 9X45 04.38 Reddish - Crewe - Banbury - Swindon special freight, leaving 24022 at Reddish keeping company with a variety of withdrawn Class 76s.

Seventeen months later on July 21st 1978 24022 departed Reddish as the 12.00 Reddish - Doncaster Works, and would be broken up there during August 1978.

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