Built Derby Locomotive Works (from batch 5066 - 5075).
Shortened fuel tank, full size water tank.
One of the first Class 24s to receive blue livery.
The twelve year nine month career of 5068/24068 saw allocations to Eastern Region, London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
The frames for D5068 were laid down at Derby Works during September 1959, D5068 was new to March (31B) on December 31st 1960. Further transfers were:
November 1960 to Willesden (1A).
April 1961 to Finsbury Park (34G) on loan, made permanent June 1961.
August 1966 to Haymarket (64B) on loan, made permanent October 1966.
October 9th 1972 - withdrawn (collision damage).
5068 was noted at Glasgow Works during March 1972 with collision damage, it was withdrawn whilst at Works and scrapped there by April 1973.
5068 was the 12th Class 24 to be withdrawn.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works December 1960.
Anticipated Derby or Glasgow Works August 1966??
Anticipated Glasgow Works circa 1971??
During the summer the Eastern Region started a shake up of its motive power. Intent on stabilising its fleet principally with Classes 31/37/47, it began to divest itself of the Class 24’s, with D5057 – D5060 to Willesden (D01) and eleven others moving to Haymarket (64B). The first arrivals were D5061/65 on August 4th, with D5068/71 on 9th. On transfer to Haymarket they were used on the local empty coaching stock workings and the passenger services to Carstairs, Hawick & Carlisle. This move released the temperamental Claytons to the Thornton/Dunfermline/Dundee area, joined here by the ex WR EE Type 3’s, to subdue the local steam fleet.
Blue livery finally reached the Class 24’s late in the year, possibly the first outshopped was D5068 (from Glasgow or possibly Inverurie?).
Condition (date uncertain): blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place, steam style shed plate fitted to cab front, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, exhaust in original position, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, valencing fitted, two numbers with 'D' prefix on each side under cab windows, BR emblems on each cab door, on the drivers side the emblem is upside down, non-standard numberstyle (similar to 25217), no data panel.
Condition July: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headcode discs centered on cabfront; full size water tank, shortered fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, bodyside valencing removed, shed code allocation (64B) painted on secondman's side of No.2 cab; non-standard numberstyle (similar to 25217).
On May 12th Glasgow Works held its first Open Day, remarkably there were sixty four diesels on display that day, although twenty seven of those were condemned Claytons. Two Class 25’s were present, 5178 and 5157, the latter having a replacement cab fitted from withdrawn 5149. Class 24’s noted were 5006/19, 5121/27 under repair and elsewhere withdrawn 5067, 5114/49. Parts of 5068 were still present.
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