The nineteen year two month career of 5063/24364 saw allocations to Eastern Region, London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
Built Crewe Locomotive Works.
The frames for D5063 were laid down at Crewe Works during November 1959, D5063 was new to March (31B) on January 26th 1960. Further transfers were:
October 1960 to Willesden (1A) on loan.
Renumbered March 23rd 1974.
After withdrawal 24064 was stored at Crewe from April 1979 until July 2nd 1979 when it was towed to Derby, attaching 74010 & RDB968007, then to Tinsley and arriving Doncaster on July 4th 1979. It was broken up at Doncaster Works during August 1979.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Stratford Works June 1962.
24063 & 25103 were noted at Bidston with iron ore for Shotton on March 16th.
24063 was noted at Bescot on December 1st.
The additional summer services and holiday extras provided plenty of unusual diesel haulage on the North Wales line, but the star turn was still the diagram commencing with the 09.42 Llandudno - Manchester. June 28th - 30th & July 3rd & 4th saw 24082 on this diagram, July 6th & 7th had 24023. On July 10th 24047 got as far as Chester on 16.42 to Crewe, being replaced by 40145. July 11th & 12th saw 24023 again except it was replaced on the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor by 24063, getting only as far as Chester before 24035 took over, which succumbed at Llandudno Junction! The significant diagram started with the 09.42 Llandudno - Manchester Victoria, then the 13.30 to Llandudno, the 16.42 to Crewe, the 20.30 to Bangor and finally the 22.45 to Llandudno Junction. 24023 worked this diagram on July 6th, 7th (a wet day, the train comprised six coaches), 11th & 12th, on the latter date it was replaced at Crewe. On July 13th 24035 & 24063 were moved from Llandudno Junction to Crew depot for attention.
On October 11th 24063 was noted at Healey Mills, the following day (12th) it was in charge of the 01.25 Manchester Victoria – Bangor, but called for help at Chester whilst experiencing difficulties en-route.
24063 was noted at Bidston on December 11th.
The snowy weather of January continued into February with 24063 being noted at Crewe Diesel depot on February 2nd attached to a snow plough with large quantities of snow on it, it is not known where the plough had been.
On February 7th 24063 & 25290 worked an early morning Healey Mills - Northwich freight, returning to Northwich with a freight later that morning. On February 8th 24063 was noted at Chester depot, and on February 20th was noted at Crewe Diesel depot.
On March 27th 24063 was noted with a brakevan at Partington Junction, and was also noted this day at Skelton Junction with a lengthy mixed freight.
Late into March the two remaining Class 24s 24063 & 24081 were still soldiering on, observed on the Oakamoor sand train were 24081 & 25215 (28th) and 24063 & 25159 (29th). Regrettably from April 10th 24081 would be the last remaining Class 24 in service following the withdrawal of 24063 the previous day. Whilst working the 14.20 Bidston Dock – Shotwick iron ore service the locomotive collided, at Shotwick, with some wagons from the local trip working hauled by 25158. 24063 sustained a lengthy scrape down the BIS side of the locomotive with the secondman's side of the No.1 cab sustaining considerable damage. All was not lost for 24063 however as it would later surrender its power unit to the Derby Research locomotive, 24061.
On July 2nd 24063 departed Crewe for the final time, as the 9Z50 09.00 Crewe – Tinsley freight, adding RDB968007 (24061) & 74010 at Derby. The cavalcade reached Doncaster Works on July 4th (or 7th) allowing for an engine swap between the two Class 24s. By the end of the month 24063 had been reduced to scrap, the last of this class to be broken up here.
Page added June 9th 2016.