Built Crewe Works (from batch 5030 - 5065).
Shortened fuel tank, full size water tank.
The sixteen year five month career of 5053/24053 saw allocations to Eastern Region, Scottish Region & London Midland Region depots.
The frames for D5053 were laid down at Crewe Works during the late summer of 1959, D5053 was new to March (31B) on December 3rd 1959. Further transfers were:
March 1961 to Finsbury Park (34G).
Renumbered November 9th 1973.
After withdrawal 24053 was stored at Crewe Basford Hall until February 12th 1976 when it was moved to Swindon Works and broken up there by the middle of May 1976.
Movement: 24053/75, 24143/145 06.45 9X22 Crewe – Swindon February 12th 1976.
The allocation histories of 24053, 24054, 24055 & 24056 are virtually identical, although 24053 & 24054 had slightly longer careers whilst allocated to Crewe.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Stratford Works April & July 1962.
Condition August: two tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, being the same width as the light green band; full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, trip cock fitted, all valencing present, cantrail water filler cover present.
On Good Friday (12th) things were truly interesting, the ScR operating a weekday service, the LMR a Sunday service! On the eastern side of the country the Easter holidays brought many extras, D5053 (new to the Longsight workings) worked a round trip Manchester – Newcastle passenger on 11th,
Condition November: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over.
5053 was noted at Derby Works during in August.
Condition July: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, both cab roofs have no ventilators above the doors.
Neither did it linger long once it had arrived at Swindon for by May 1976 it was no more.
Other Class 24s to carry the two-tone green livery
During the spring & summer of 1965 Derby Works was, as usual busy with scheduled repairs to a variety of diesel locomotive classes including the Class 24s. At the same time Derby was well into its production run of Class 25s, turning out about thirty Class 25s during this same period.
According to my incomplete records Class 24s receiving Classified repairs at Derby at this time included 5006, 5027, 5037, 5038, 5039, 5040, 5053, 5073 & 5089. In the course of completing their repairs a number of these locomotives were repainted in the two-tone green livery then being applied to the Class 25s & 47s.
5005 was scheduled for repair at Derby during the spring of 1965 but my records show it was not recorded at Derby until October 1965 (or possibly September, I have no records for Derby Works in September 1965). This date seems a little late for its repaint into two-tone green when compared to other known examples. It is believed that only Derby repainted the Class 24s into two tone green livery, but a question mark surrounds 5072. It was noted at Derby Works and Doncaster Works during August 1965, possibly at the latter for rectification of faults after outshopping from Derby in two-tone green.
Other views of the two-tone green Class 24s
D5072 - Diesel Days - Scotland, page 5 by BJ Dickson, Ian Allan 2005.
Page added June 10th 2006