D5055, 5055, 24055
D5055, 5055, 24055

Built Crewe Works (from batch 5030 - 5065).
Shortened fuel tank, full size water tank.

The fifteen year ten month career of 5055/24055 saw allocations to Eastern Region, Scottish Region & London Midland Region depots.

Allocations

The frames for D5055 were laid down at Crewe Works during the late summer of 1959, D5055 was new to March (31B) on December 18th 1959. Further transfers were:

January 1961 to Finsbury Park (34G).
October 1966 to Eastfield (65A) on loan, made permanent December 1966.
March 1968 to Carlisle Kingmoor (12A on loan, made permanent April 1968.
April 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
September 1968 to Stoke Division (D05).
May 1973 to Crewe.
October 4th 1975 - withdrawn.

Renumbered February 9th 1974.

After withdrawal 24055 was stored at Crewe until September 7th 1976 when it moved to Swindon Works and was broken up by the second week of December 1976.

Movement: 24055/56/60/136 9X75 06.45Crewe - Banbury – Swindon September 7th 1976 by 25063.

The allocation histories of 24055 & 24056 are virtually identical.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Stratford Works August 1962.
Noted Doncaster Works May 1963.
Noted Doncaster Works March & December 1964.
Noted Derby Works May 1966.
Noted Derby Works July - September 1971. Noted Derby Works October 1972.
Noted Derby Works March - August, November 1973.

Highlights

1967
The Class 24’s did not get the chance to haul many named trains but on April 14th D5055 & D5365 were noted through Ayr with the Up ‘Northern Irishman’.

The Liverpool/Manchester services still brought steam into the border capital changing here to diesels for the continued run north. Typical of this was on August 12th with D7674 taking over the 06.40 Birmingham - Glasgow at Carlisle, only to fail at Kirkconnel and be rescued by D5055!

1973
During November the two complete cabs from withdrawn D5114 were sent from Glasgow Works to Derby Works for re-use, at Derby 5055 was noted having one of these cabs grafted on.

1975
On July 24th & 30th excursions ran from Coventry to Aberystwyth with 24055 & 24145 and 24056 & 24146 respectively.

Final condition: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over (at least for No.1 end), full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, bodyside valencing removed, steam pipe connections removed from buffer beam.

Final condition - No.1 cab: the No.1 cab was fitted from withdrawn D5114, the headcode indicator was retained but blanked over, the headcode discs remained functional, the driver's side window was of the horizontal sliding type (fitted to D5114 onwards) rather than the vertically opening coach style window. The No.2 end cab remained unchanged with regard to the 1973 repair at Derby.

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Page added June 15th 2016.

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