This distant signal post on the extreme left was removed when the junction signal outside the box was renewed as a colourlight. This created a rather interesting signal as it was cleared to green by the up starter or the down March starter, basically cleared to green by signals in completely opposite directions...
The fifteen year seven month career of 5061/24061 saw allocations to Eastern Region, London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
Built Crewe Locomotive Works.
The frames for D5061 were laid down at Crewe Works during October 1959, D5061 was new to March (31B) on January 15th 1960. Further transfers were:
October 1960 to Willesden (1A) on loan.
Renumbered March 5th 1974.
After withdrawal 24061 was stored at Crewe until November 1975 when it moved to Derby (noted Derby Works at least by November 14th 1975). It was transferred to Departmental stock and allocated the number RDB968007 during July 1976. 97201 was withdrawn from Research stock on December 10th 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works April - June 1961.
Noted Derby Works August 1974.
A Works visit took D5061 to Derby from April to June.
On the eastern side of the country the Easter holidays brought many extras including D5061 + D5276 noted on April 11th on a Manchester - Newcastle express.
Condition June: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners, bottom of panel covers frame level stripe; gangway doors in place, shortened fuel tank, full size water tank, ridge sided sandboxes, two rung bogie mounted footsteps, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds partially plated over.
A visit to Derby Works took place for 5061 during August & September for collision damage repairs. Following its releaase from the Works 5061 was transferred to the Stoke Division (D05) joining a large fleet of Class 24s recently arrived from the southern end of the LMR.
24061 was present at Derby Locomotive Works during August.
24061 was initially stored at Crewe, however the sudden abandonment of many serviceable Class 24s allowed the Research Department at Derby to take a look at replacing their two venerable machines, the Baby Deltic 5901 and the MetroVick 5705, with something a little more reliable. Their choice was 24061, which from an external viewpoint looked a little the worse for wear, and was one of those examples that had not had its gangway doors sheeted over. Presumably its internal workings were in better condition. By October 24061 was noted at Derby Works.
24061 was parked in the Derby Locomotive Works holding sidings on September 4th.
After its return from Doncaster Works the Class 24 was renumbered 97201, whilst still in blue/yellow livery. It appears to have spent some time parked in the Derby Locomotive Works holding sidings, being noted there on November 3rd.
On September 22nd freshly painted 97201 'Experiment' was stabled at York depot.
97201 was noted parked on the London Road curve, Derby on November 26th.
97201 was noted at York depot on February 5th. 97201 hauled a Derby - Carlisle (via York, Berwick & Edinburgh) test train on February 12/13th.
Shortly after mid-day on a very gloomy March 13th 97201 was noted passing Watford with a working from Carlisle, eventually destined for Derby.
On April 3rd 97201 was noted passing Morpeth with three Research vehicles.
Another Open Day for 97201 was at a very warm Coalville Open Day on September 1st.
On September 24th 97201 & 97403 (ex 24061 & 46035) were noted passing Walton propelling a special adhesion test train on the Merseyrail network, on its way to Ormskirk. The train was comprised of the two locomotives and three Research Department vehicles, a laboratory coach, a short wheel base van and an auto trailer.
On February 19th 97201 & 97403 were noted passing through Crewe station. On February 21st 97201 & 97403 were noted with a test train at Derby.
On March 19th 97201 & 97403 (with 97201 leading) were noted on the WCML at Low Gill with three test coaches.
On May 12th 975076 (ex E34500) Auto-Trailer & Tribology stock with 97403 & 97201 were noted passing through Crewe.
June 1st saw the well attended Coalville Open Day featuring many exhibits including 25912 'Tamworth Castle', 97201 and 97403.
On July 4th 97201 was present at the MRT 'Diesel Spectacular' at Butterley. Time had now run out for this machine, it lacked train air brakes and the almost complete rundown of the Class 25 fleet saw it withdrawn during July. Tragically it was replaced by a piece of junk, 31298, transferred from Immingham and renumbered 97203.
When 25244 left Vic Berry's September 23rd, destined for the Swanage Railway it was assisted on the journey by being hauled by 97201 (with 97403 & D4) en route to the Basingstoke Railshow (26th & 27th).
1988 - 1991
On May 28th 1988 97201 was on display at Bedford Rail Day.
During November 1988 97201 was sent to Vic Berry's, Leicester for a cost estimate with regard to the removal of asbestos. The locomotive was put up for tender, bids were placed but it was not until June 1989 that the process moved to the next stage with a deposit placed to allow commencement of the asbestos removal. Again the locomotive drifted off into obscurity, with Vic Berry eventually contacting BR for storage charges! Shortly afterwards Vic Berry's business went into receivership followed by more delays and worries for its intended owner, Dave Edleston. Fortunately the identified issues between Vic Berry and BR were quickly resolved allowing for the locomotive to leave Vic Berry's yard by road on July 19th 1991, just in time to allow for its display at the Midland Railway Center 'Diesel Spectacular' on July 20th/21st 1991. Despite its extended stay at Leicester there was still life left in the locomotive's batteries when they were tested at Butterley.
Now preserved 97201 stands at Butterley during August 1991, some thirty one years after emerging new from Crewe, and now displaying a livery certainly far removed from it original Brunswick green and grey.
97201 was on display at Worksop Open Day on September 1st 1991.
On September 13th 1991 97201 & 45135 were resplendent in fresh paint on show at a rail event in Cambridge.
Page added April 17th 2000.