D5031, 5031, 24031
D5031, 5031, 24031

Photographer not known
Although the view is undated the location is recorded as Camden. It must be early in the career of D5031 since there is no yellow warning panel on the cab front, the roof mounted water filler cover is still present and the paint still holds some of its lustre.


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)
January 1961 to Willesden (1A)
September 1961 to Watford (1C)
February 1963 to Willesden (1A)
April 1966 to London Division (D01)
November 1966 to Birmingham Division (D02)
August 1967 to Stoke Division (D05)
May 1973 to Crewe
July 6th 1975 stored serviceable
October 4th 1975 - withdrawn.

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

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February, May & June 1961.
Noted Crewe Works December 1961.
Noted Derby Works November 1962.
Noted Derby Works March & December 1963.
Noted Glasgow Works April 1965.
Noted Derby Works September 1966.
Noted Derby Works August 1968.
Noted Derby Works July - September 1971.
Noted Derby Works November 1973.

D5031 was delivered from Crewe Works to March (31B) on June 25th 1959. After about six weeks at March D5031 was transferred to Stratford (30A).

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.

During January D5031 moved to Willesden (1A). D5031 visited Derby Works in February, May & June. In September D5031 moved to Watford (1C) and paid a visit to Crewe Works in December.

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.

D5031 was at Derby Works during November.

In February D5031 returned to Willesden (1A). D5031 visited Derby Works during March & December.

Photograph courtesy Alec Swain/Transport Treasures
Watford maintained a very small allocation of Class 24's during the early 1960's. In this view dated July 3rd 1965 Crewe Works second built Class 24, D5031 shunts coaching stock along side Watford station. The locomotive appears to have been outshopped recently with a strange variant in its paint job, the white band does not continue acroos the cab front!

Presumably deputising for a Type 4 D5031 & D5141 worked the 19.40 Euston - Perth out of Euston on August 7th.

D5031 visited Derby Works during September & October.

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.

The migration northwards continued during August with D5031 transferred to the Stoke Division (D05).

Atmosphere oozes from this undated view of D5031 passing through Sutton Park. Presumably this is after 1967 when D5031 was transferred to the Stoke Division. Enjoy the nostalgia. Photograph from collection of Rex Conway.

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.

Derby Works was graced by 5031 in August.

On April 1st the 10.50 Elswick (Newcastle) - Ellesmere Port special (7Z21) had 5195 & 5031.

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.

5031 was at Derby Works for repair from July to September.

A visit to Derby for 5031 occurred during November.

The summer of 1975 brought major inroads into the Class 24 fleet, including 24031 which was stored during July and was withdrawn in September.

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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