In a period view at Peterborough East D5054 awaits departure with an eastbound service. This locomotive was new to Ipswich (31B) during the middle of December 1959, being one of a number of machines used to dieselise East Anglia, one of the first areas in the country to have all its train services in the hands of dmus or diesels. Presumably fom the condition of the locomotive it is not long out of Crewe Works. The machines coming out of Crewe had minor styling differences on such items as the sandboxes and fuel tanks. During January 1961 D5054 was transferred to Finsbury Park (34G), being featured frequently on the surburban services out of Kings Cross.
Built Crewe Works (from batch 5030 - 5065).
The sixteen year seven month revenue earning career of 5054/24054 saw allocations to Eastern Region, Scottish Region & London Midland Region depots.
The frames for D5054 were laid down at Crewe Works during the late summer of 1959, D5054 was new to March (31B) on December 18th 1959. Further transfers were:
January 1961 to Finsbury Park (34G).
Renumbered February 16th 1974.
After withdrawal 24054 was stored at Crewe Basford Hall until August 1976 when it was reacvtivated into Departmental stock and renumbered ADB968008, departing for Exeter on August 31st 1976.
The allocation histories of 24054, 24055 & 24056 are virtually identical, although 24054 last an extra year in ordinairy service.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October & November 1965.
On November 1st 70035 failed at Ipswich on the down Harwich - Liverpool Central working, D5054 substituted as far as Sheffield, returning somewhat late with the up working!
Another fine period view of sisters D5053 & D5054 on shed at Hornsey. The locomotives are not long out of Crewe Works, but enough time has passed for D5054 to have lost its curved roof panel that covered the boiler water filler. The locomotive sports the smaller fuel tank. They are also fitted with trip-cock equipment.
On May 1st 24054 & 24133 handled the Crewe Ė Llandudno leg of an excursion from Euston. The next day 24054 was placed in store at Crewe.
24054 awaits in the deadline at Crewe Basford Hall, July 26th 1976. In its final condition 24054 carries blue/yellow livery, the gangway doors have been sheeted over, the bodyside valencing has been removed, blanking plates are fitted, the hand/footholds are plated over. The full size water tank has been replaced with a shortened version and both fuel & water tanks have circular gauges. Two-rung bogie footsteps are fitted.
At the end of August 24054 & 24142 were pulled from the deadlines at Basford Hall and sent to the WR for further use as carriage heating units. On August 31st they arrived at Exeter as part of a milk train, their eventual destination being Laira.
As a train heating unit changes included having the boiler exhaust plated over, eth connections fitted and external controls added to the valencing on the driver's side of the cab.
The move of ADB968008 (24054) and the two former Class 31 train heating units to Cambridge proved to be short-lived due to the excessive noise created especially with the close proximity of a residential neighbourhood. By mid December all three machines had moved to March.
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