D5088, 5089
D5088, 5088

Built Crewe Works (from batch 5076 - 5093).

The ten year career of D5088 was spent entirely on the London Midland Region apart from its very brief (paper only?) allocation to the Eastern Region.

Allocations

The frames for D5088 were laid down at Crewe Works during spring 1960, D5088 was new to March (31B) on June 13th 1960. Further transfers were:

June 1960 to Cricklewood East (14A) on loan, made permanent July 1960.
September 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
January 1965 to Cricklewood Division (D14).
February 1965 to Willesden (1A).
April 1966 to London Division (D01).
March 1967 to Stoke Division (D05).
June 27th 1970 - withdrawn (fire damage).

After withdrawal 5088 was moved to Derby Works, being present here from June 1970 to October 15th 1971, when it was moved to G. Cohen, Kettering, being broken up there during January 1972.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February & September 1961.
Noted Derby Works April & May 1962.
Noted Derby Works March 1963.
Noted Derby Works November 1964 - January 1965.
Noted Darlington September 1965.
Noted Derby Works June - August 1967.
Noted Derby Works June 1969 (Intermediate repair?).
Noted Derby Works November 1969.

Highlights

1960
D5088 - D5090 arrived on the Midland for crew training, one machine each being allocated to Bedford, Cricklewood and Kentish Town, working local parcels trips and the Moorgate services. They would be a very familiar sight on the St Pancras - Bedford line until the arrival of the Class 25/1's.

1965
Passengers on August 28ths Dudley - Nottingham day excursion enjoyed the delights of D5088 in both directions, the next day the Type 2 was used to haul D5288 & D6843 from Saltley to Derby. Whilst exiting the down goods loop at Elford D6843 became derailed and ended up blocking all lines, the line was not cleared until the evening, with the help of the Bescot & Saltley breakdown cranes. On the Bank Holiday (Monday?) D5088 worked the 1Z66 Birmingham - Blackpool, one of eighteen specials at Blackpool that day, twelve of which were steam hauled.

1968
Undated but presumably after March 1967 when D5088 was transferred to the Stoke Division: 5088 was noted at Crudgington with a demolition train. The ex-GW Wellington - Nantwich line had lost its passenger service from September 9th 1963.

1970
July brought another withdrawal for the Class 24 fleet, 5088, another Crewe based machine and the eighth Class 24 to be retired. On May 1st whilst working the 4A19 14:33 Chester - Camden freight the locomotive caught fire at Beeston Castle. The locomotive was removed to Derby Works for inspection and withdrawn there on June 26th.

The fire damage to 5088 was located above the bogie at the No.2 end and spread to the boiler room.

Condition at withdrawal: green livery with full yellow ends, gangway doors still in place, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, exhaust in original location, blanking plates fitted, valencing missing from above the batteries.

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Page added May 13th 2016

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