D5077, 5077, 24077
D5077, 5077, 24077

Photograph courtesy Rex Conway collection
Green liveried D5077 and 5055 wait departure from Barmouth with a return excursion on an unknown date. It seems that photographs of the LMR Class 24's carrying the three piece miniature snowploughs are quite rare, particularly at Barmouth where there have been several recorded incidents of these miniature snowploughs damaging the check rails on Barmouth bridge.

Built Crewe Works (from batch 5076 - 5093).
Shortened fuel tank, full size water tank.

The sixteen year career of D5077/24077 was spent entirely on the London Midland Region apart from a brief six month allocation to the Eastern Region.

Allocations

The frames for D5077 were laid down at Crewe Works during November 1959, D5077 was new to March (31B) on February 17th 1960. Further transfers were:

July 1960 to Willesden (1A), on loan, made permanent August 1960.
April 1966 to London Division (D01).
December 1966 to Stoke Division (D05).
May 1973 to Crewe.
February 1976 to serviceable store.
July 17th 1976 - withdrawn.

Renumbered April 1974.

After withdrawal 24077 was stored at Crewe from February 1976 until May 19th 1977 when it was moved to Oxford, remaining here until May 31st 1977 when it completed its journey to Swindon Works, and scrapped there by the third week of June 1978.

Movement: 24052/77/78/84 as the Crewe - Oxford - Swindon during May 19th-31st, hauled by 25130 for at least one leg.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works January & February 1962.
Noted Derby Works January, February & May 1964.
Noted Derby Works January, February, May, June, September & November 1964.
Noted Derby Works November 1966.
Noted Derby Works June & July 1967.
Noted Derby Works May 1968.
Noted Derby Works March & April 1972 (collision damage).

Highlights

1960
D5077 was one of a batch of eighteen machines (D5076 - D5093) built at Crewe, initially delivered to March (31B), but after six months transferred to Willesden (1A) during July. D5077 was used for crew training between Rugby and Crewe in the second week of March.

1962
D5077 was at Derby Locomotive Works during January & February.

1964
D5077 appears to have spent much time at Derby Locomotive Works during 1964, being noted at the Works at some point during the months of January, February, May, June, September & November.

On October 13th a hanging obstruction in Linslade Tunnel caused minor damage to two trains, with D307 working the 17.05 ex Euston being replaced at Bletchley by D5077.

1966
With electrification virtually complete at the London end of the WCML and Willesden receiving the latest Class 25's from Derby Works the mass exodus began to the Stoke Division (D05), with D5077 transferred north in December, as part of the first batch (D5073 - D5081) to reach here.

The year end brought the curtain down on steam haulage for the 07.40 Llandudno-Manchester and 16.30 return ‘Club’ services, Black Five No. 44766 handling both trips. On 27th D5077 had done poorly on this working, losing about 30 minutes. From the New Year Newton Heath allocated BRCW diesel multiple units took over.

1967
As the New Year opened Shrewsbury commenced diagramming Class 24's for the Cambrian freight working, which would have included 5077, and would work these services for the next seven years.

D5077 was present at Derby Works during June & July

Deep in the south of England 5077 was noted early in the morning of June 26th at Eastleigh on empty tank cars bound for Fawley.

Condition August 1970: green livery with small yellow warning panels with curved upper corners, snow plough equipped, exhaust located over engine room.

1972
5077 was at Derby during March & April for collision repairs.

Condition August: blue and yellow livery, gangway doors still in place, shortened fuel/water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, valencing removed. At the No.1 end, driver's side near the radiator screen high up on the side was a minor scrape, this remained visible until the locomotive was withdrawn.

1973
With the discontinuance of the LMR Divisional allocations, 5077 was now allocated to Crewe.

1975
On September 3rd 24077 was noted on a ballast train heading north on the ex-Midland line at Wath Road Junction.

1976
24077 missed the massive withdrawals of the LMR Class 24s during the summer of 1975, but was placed to store during February 1976 and finally withdrawn during July 1976.

Three views from Swindon Works featuring 24077 & 24078, seen here is 24077 on June 12th 1977. It still retains its gangway doors and carries the smaller sized fuel and water tanks.
Nine months later on April 30th 1978 little has changed, though now it is raining hard, which refreshens the paintwork, giving the suggestion that 24077 could almost be waiting for its next turn of work.

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