The eighteen year seven month career of D5087/24087 was spent entirely on the London Midland Region apart from its very brief (paper only?) allocation to the Eastern Region.
Built Crewe Locomotive Works (from batch 5076 - 5093).
The frames for D5087 were laid down at Crewe Works during spring 1960, D5087 was new to March (31B) on June 9th 1960. Further transfers were:
June 1960 to Willesden (1A) on loan, made permanent June 1960.
Renumbered February 2nd 1974.
24087 was stored at Crewe from February 1978 until July 1978 whjen it was moved to Doncaster Works, being scrapped there during September 1978.
Movement: 24087, 24133 06.30 Crewe - Doncaster July 24th/26th 1978, hauled by 31211.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1960.
On June 10th the first F&W railtour took passengers from Gloucester to Pwllheli on 'The Snowdonian' with 5079 & 5087 in use west of Birmingham New Street.
An Ideal Home Exhibition at the National Exhibition Center opened on October 16th with many visitors arriving by train. A number of specials ran that day including 24087 & 24133 from Aberystwyth.
On March 19th (or 20th) a Chester - Ramsgate mystery excursion started its journey behind 24087, hopes of a trip to the south coast were dashed for the Type 2 when it was replaced at Wolverhampton by 81003! On the return leg 47538 took over at Wolverhampton.
During May the Stoke - Healey Mills freight was a regular Type 2 diagram, usually a Class 25 but May 23rd produced 24081 & 24087, whilst 24087 made the run solo the next day. The Stoke area could normally guarantee workings for the remaining Class 24’s, they were still regular visitors on the stone trains from Oakamoor and Caldon, and Cockshute stabling point was a favourite place for them to layover.
24087 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on June 7th.
Lenton permanent way yard was host to 25306 & 24087 on the afternoon of July 4th arriving with a load of rails, returning light engines to the west. Six days later 24087 & 24133 worked a Crewe - Manchester - Preston - Carnforth railtour.
24087 was stabled at Cockshute on September 3rd.
On October 8th 24087 and another Class 24 were noted at Shrewsbury heading in Craven Arms direction, presumably a Cambrian lines service?
November 3rd's 06.15 Crewe - Cardiff failed somewhere north of Hereford, 24087 was on hand to take the service forward to Cardiff (about 30 minutes late). 24087 returned with the 11.30 Cardiff - Crewe, the return working featured 46028.
On December 1st 24087 was noted at Croes Newydd. On December 22nd an extra Holyhead – Euston was laid on, with 24087 provided as far as Crewe. Arrival here was nearly fifty minutes late due to the heavy train.
On January 27th 24087 & 24133 ran from Crewe to Bescot in preparation for the next day's railtour. The Mercia Railtours 'Cambrian Coast Express' on January 28th was advertised as the last chance to ride behind Class 24s on an advertised passenger service. The thirteen coach railtour started at Euston behind 86224, with 24087 & 24133 taking over at Birmingham New Street. The late running of the train at this point saw it routed via Tipton to Wolverhampton rather than the advertised route via Bescot. it is reported that due to a fault with the jumper cables, both locomotives were manned after Wolverhampton.
At Machynlleth the railtour split in two, 24133 and six coaches made a roundtrip to Barmouth whilst 24087 & 25165 made a roundtrip to Aberystwyth. 25165 assisted 24087 as the latter was reported as suffering a traction motor fire and/or not being able to restart. When the portions combined at Machynlleth for the return leg 24087 was left behind, with 25165 & 24133 taking the train as far as Birmingham New Street.
It is presumed that the failure which afflicted 24087 on this railtour led to its withdrawal three days later.
Final condition: blue & yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, shortened fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.
Page added May 14th 2016.