D5080, 5080, 24080
D5080, 5080, 24080
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Withdrawn 24080 & 24091 appear to have just arrived in Doncaster Works, suggesting the date is May or June 1978.
Built Crewe Works (from batch 5076 - 5093).
Full size water tank & shortened fuel tank fitted from new.
Boiler water tank removed.
The sixteen year seven month career of D5080/24080 was spent entirely on the London Midland Region apart from its very brief (paper only?) allocation to the Eastern Region.
The frames for D5080 were laid down at Crewe Works during December 1959, D5080 was new to March (31B) on March 1st 1960. Further transfers were:
March 1960 to Willesden (1A), on loan.
April 1960 to Rugby (2A) on loan.
September 1960 to Willesden (1A).
April 1966 to London Division (D01).
December 1966 to Stoke Division (D05).
May 1973 to Crewe.
September 22nd 1976 - withdrawn.
Renumbered April 1974.
After withdrawal 24080 was stored at Crewe until May 11th 1978 when it was moved to Doncaster Works, where it was scrapped by the middle of June 1978.
Movement: 24036/57/80/91 12.30 Crewe - Doncaster via Derby May 11th 1978 (layover at Derby), powered by a Class 47.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June, September & December 1960.
Noted Crewe Works September 1961.
Noted Derby Works March & August 1962.
Noted Derby Works May & June 1964.
Noted Derby Works June & July 1967.
Noted Derby Works April 1970.
From April 11th a Type 2 was rostered for the 7.53am Norwich - Birmingham and 3.55pm return, a working once familiar to 10800 (retired August 1959), on April 12th D5080 was noted on this run.
D5080 was a frequent performer on the Rugby – Norwich services during late July.
D5080 worked the 9am Nottingham Midland - Liverpool Central on September 10th, returning with the 1.15pm to Harwich, taking this service as far as Manchester. This working was at this time, at least from Sheffield, a Brittania working.
The Southern Region still operated a Glasgow - Newhaven car-sleeper, being frequently worked by BR/Sulzer Peak and English Electric Type 4s, though both classes were banned from the diversionary route between Herne Hill & Tulse Hill. D181 on July 8th did use that route following blockage of the proper route through Clapham, however on 10th when the diversionary route was again required D5023 & D5080 were diagrammed for the train.
Condition date uncertain: blue & yellow livery, shortened fuel & water tanks, both with circular gauges, no blanking plates, valencing still present, hand/footholds in place, exhaust located over engine room, BR emblems on each cabside, number inboard of cab doors with 'D' prefix.
The investiture of the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon created much special traffic for the region, including the use of Class 40s 216 & 233 on the Royal Train. The only recorded use of a BR/Sulzer Type 2 was the stationing of 5080 at Caernarvon as a shunting locomotive!
On March 6th the WCML at Stafford sustained serious delays when 5080 hauling three tankers caught fire. This led to the power being switched off with major delays on both sides of the obstruction. 151 assisted E3118 into Wolverhampton High Level where the Peak ran round and took the train on to Crewe via Shrewsbury, running about two hours late, power was finally restored about 10.30pm. 5080 had reached Derby Works by April for repairs.
On September 3rd 5080 was noted at Cardiff having worked the 07.35 from Shrewsbury.
Condition September: blue/yellow livery, shortened fuel and water tanks, both with circular gauges, valencing in place apart from above the batteries, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, exhaust located over engine room.
On January 22nd 5080 was noted on the WCML at Acton Bridge hauling Class 47s Nos.1836 & 1839 for Crewe Works, 1836 had sustained considerable collision damage.
On April 8th a Crewe – Pwllheli enthusiast special started out behind 5056 & 5062. At Welshpool 5080 replaced an ailing 5056, which quickly headed back towards Shrewsbury, complete with the Welshpool – Newton “staff” still onboard! The locomotive was finally stopped at Westbury and promptly reversed course back to Welshpool, where the special finally got away over an hour late.
Condition November: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, shortened fuel and water tanks, both with circular gauges, valencing mostly in place apart from above the batteries, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, exhaust located over engine room, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
The iron ore trains in the Shotwick/Bidston Dock area were now in the hands of Class 25s following the general demise of the Crewe based Class 24s. However 24047 & 24080 were frequent performers on these trains during early September.
Final condition: similar to September 1972 condition except gangway doors sheeted over, blanking plates fitted, boiler water tank and buffer beam steam pipe removed.
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Last updated February 1st 2017
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