The frames for D5031 were laid down during the spring of 1959 at Crewe Works. D5031 was new to March (31B) on June 25th 1959. Further transfers were:
August 1959 to Stratford (30A)
Renumbered February 27th 1974.
24031 was stored at Crewe from July 1975 to October 18th 1976, when it was forwarded to Swindon Works and scrapped there by the end of October 1976.
Movement: 24026/31/44/76 Crewe – Swindon October 18th, 1976 by 25245.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February, May & June 1961.
Condition new: green livery with frame level stripe, full size fuel & water tanks, ridge sided sandboxes, two rung bogie mounted footsteps, side ventilators 4/4 non BIS side, 3/4 BIS side.
Condition no month: green livery with frame level stripe, full size fuel & water tanks, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler cover present, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
With the southern end of the WCML electrification now complete D5031 became part of the large migration northwards, being transferred to the Birmingham Division (D02) during November.
Condition date uncertain: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper & lower corners, warning panel does not cover frame level stripe, full size fuel & water tanks, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, all valencing in place.
Chaos reigned at Chester in the early hours of July 9th after the 02.25 Birkenhead - Etruria iron ore train, weighing approximately 1,000 tons and hauled by Class 47 No.1617 was reported out of control, headed towards Chester station. Fortuitously the Mollington box signalman, who had accepted the ore train to his outer home signal, was allowing a locomotive from the coast line (Mold Junction) onto Chester shed. The light engine crew saw all was not well with the iron ore train and stayed put on the down Birkenhead. The iron ore train ran through all the signals at danger and took the route set for the light engine onto the shed. Two locomotives and eleven wagons were derailed, with various levels of damage to 5031/43/93 & 5138/39. The crew escaped major injury, though were treated for shock, not surprisingly. The latter four machines were quickly placed to store at Chester and then withdrawn during August, joining stored machines 5007/10/17/19 already there.
Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, full size fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
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