The sixteen year career of D5050/24050 started out on the Eastern Region, transferred to the Scottish Region before heading to the London Midland Region for the remainder of its career.
Built Crewe Locomotive Works.
The Class 24/0 (D5000 - D5049) when built were in excess of their designed weight by at least 4.8 tons for the first 20 examples (D5000 - D5019) and lesser amounts for the remaining 30 (D5021 - D5049). Commencing with the Class 24/1 subgroup the weight was brought down to 74.2 tons, made possible by the removal of the separate exciter, the fitting of smaller fuel tanks to all of the subgroup and smaller water tanks to some of the later locomotives and the continued use of the lighter Stone 4610 train heating boiler (rather than the Stone 4616 model fitted to many of the Class 24/0).
The above view features one of the 6LDA28 power units that were fitted to the first fifty Class 24s, including D5000. Excitation was provided by a separate four-pole machine with separate, self & differential series excitation windings, being belt driven from a shaft extension on the main generator. The function of the belt driven exciter was handled by the main generator from power units fitted to D5051 onwards.
The frames for D5050 were laid down during the late summer of 1959 at Crewe Works. D5050 was new to March (31B) on November 27th 1959. Further transfers were:
September 1960 to Stratford (30A).
Renumbered March 22nd 1974.
After seven years allocated to the Stoke Division/Crewe 24050 was stored unserviceable during August 1975, along with many others, and finally withdrawn on October 4th 1975. Initially stored at Crewe, 24050 was moved to Derby Works during October 1975 for asbestos cladding removal, spending two months here.
On December 18th 1975 24042/45/48/50 were moved from Derby Works to Swindon Works. This move cleared Derby Works of its withdrawn Class 24s and set the trend for the delivery of withdrawn LMR Class 24s to Swindon Works for scrapping. 24050 was scrapped at Swindon during early December 1976.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Doncaster Works September/October 1961.
Page added April 22nd 2012.