The ten year career of D5005 saw allocations to London Midland Region and Southern Region depots.
The frames for D5005 were laid down at Derby Works during the late summer of 1958, with D5005 delivered new to Crewe South (5B) on January 3rd 1959, but then immediately loaned to Derby (17A). Further transfers were:
January 25th 1959 to Hither Green (73C) on loan
After withdrawal 24005 was moved to Derby Works and reportedly broken up there by December 1969. However in reviewing the available photographic evidence it appears the identities of 5005 & 5025 were swapped whilst both were at Derby Works. Thus the locomotive broken up at the end of 1969 is that of 5025.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1960.
The condition reports assume that throughout the life of D5005 the bodysides had four upper/four lower ventilators on BIS side, five upper/four lower ventilators on non-BIS side, a split radiator screen on the non-BIS side and a standard screen on the BIS side and SR headboard/disc brackets on both cabs until withdrawal.
1958 - 1959
The use of D5000 - D5014/17 on the Southern Region was not without problems. Like a number of the early classes the Derby built Type 2s were found to be overweight, in this case almost five tons overweight. This heavier than expected axle loading was a major concern for the SR Civil Engineer, leading to D5004 & D5005 visiting Eastleigh Works in February to see what could be done to reduce the axle loadings. The easiest solution was to remove the train heating boiler and boiler water tanks, this being done on locomotives D5002 - D5006, which made them a little more versatile in regard to their route availability, though the boilers were sorely missed during the winter.
Freight workings using the Type 2s included the 3.05pm Hoo Junction - Hither Green freight, noted in April were D5005 (6th), D5009 (7th), D5010 (8th), D5000 (9th) and D5005 (10th). The next day (11th) D5005 worked the 1.32am Dartford - Hoo freight returning with the 3.10am to Hither Green.
Condition May: green livery with frame level stripe, full size fuel tank, water tank removed, engine exhaust in original position, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, SR headboard/disc brackets not yet fitted.
The summer Margate - Birkenhead had been in the hands of the Type 2s from June 15th, working as far as Redhill, noted on the first four days were D5001/02/05/04. On the heavier Saturday working double heading was frequent.
On November 1st SR EMU 7111 derailed at Dover, the lead coach hitting the tunnel brickwork. D5005 was used to bring a crane to the site to assist with the clean up.
Repairs during 1962 included D5005 at Eastleigh in March and at Derby during October.
On July 28th a Coventry – Skegness excursion utilised D5005 to Peterborough, replaced here by B1 4-6-0 No.61174.
On June 5th D5005 was noted on the 07.00 Lowestoft - Birmingham New Street (via Market Harborough & Rugby), the external condition of the locomotive was poor, however a visit to Derby Works was imminent.
After three years at Rugby shed (2A & 1F) D5005 moved to Bletchley (1E) during June and spent some time at Derby Works during October. It is most likely that D5005 gained its two-tone green livery (similar to the Class 25 & 47s) on the occasion of this visit Derby.
Condition October: two-tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, full size fuel tank, shortened water tank, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, all valencing in place, engine exhaust located above engine room.
After almost five years generally spent at the southern end of the WCML D5005 was transferred to the Stoke Division (D05) in April, with Crewe depot its new home. Between April & August the entire batch of D5000 - D5049 would migrate to the Stoke Division, more would follow in 1968.
One of these early casualties was 5005 which was withdrawn in January and eventually reached Derby Works for scrapping. However a shortage of power on the Eastern Region and the loss of four Class 24s in a runaway accident at Chester, saw all but 5005 returned to service. 5005 would be scrapped at Derby at the end of 1969, the only Class 24 broken up at Derby Works and the only Class 24 to be broken up at its birthplace. It was also the only Class 24 from the original Modernisation Plan order to carry the two tone green livery........ Well, that is what the official records would say, but it is known that 5005 & 5025 swapped identities at Derby Works during 1969. The body and cabs of 5005 became 5025 whilst what was 5025 is the locomotive presumed scrapped at Derby and identified as the withdrawn '5005'.
With thanks to Martin High of Transport Topics for allowing use of the D5025 view at Derby Works during 1969, Thank You!!
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