D5133, 5133, 24133
D5133, 5133, 24133|
24133 at Birkenhead, December 19th 1976. A bit of a grainy shot for sure, but the steam sheds tended to be a challenge for photographers at the best of times, especially with colour. The view also reveals the modified headcode/roof panel which was carried by a number of Class 24/1 & Class 25/0s, the angular headcode box has added fairings to each side, the later Class 25s had their air horns fitted here. This modification, for 24133 was only carried at one end.
The seventeen year six month career of D5133/24133 was spent allocated only to London Midland Region depots.
The frames for D5133 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during June 1960, D5133 was new to Longsight (9A) on September 24th 1960. Further transfers were:
December 1960 to Willesden (1A) on loan, made permanent January 1961
May 1962 to Carlisle Canal (12C)
July 1962 to Willesden (1A)
July 1962 to Longsight (9A)
September 1962 to Crewe North (5A)
March 1966 to Bletchley (1E)
April 1966 to London Division (D01)
September 1966 to Stoke Division (D05)
May 1973 to Crewe
March 21st 1978 withdrawn
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
After withdrawal 24133 was stored at Crewe from February 1978 to July 24th/26th 1978 when it was forwarded to Doncaster Works and broken up by October 1978.
Movement: 24087 & 24133 06.30 Crewe - Doncaster July 24th/26th 1978.
|A grainy view of the cabs of 24133 at the back of Doncaster Works sometime in 1978. With the cabs side by side a comparison can be made of the differing roof styles.
Photograph collection of webmaster.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1961.
Noted Derby Works March & April 1962.
Noted Derby Works June, August & September 1963.
Noted Derby Works February & March 1966 (repainted).
Noted Derby Works November 1969 & January 1970.
Noted Derby Works October 1970.
Noted Derby Works May 1975.
After completing nineteen Class 24s (D5114 - D5132) for the Scottish Region, Derby Locomotive Works continued the order with ten Class 24s (D5133 - D5142) for Longsight (9A).
Condition January: green livery with frame level stripe, shortened fuel & water tanks, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
During July D5133 was loaned to Carlisle Canal (12C) shed for crew training, frequently working the Silloth branch alongside Canals LMS 2-6-4Ts. Its stay was brief, returning to Longsight (9A) by months end.
Condition March: green livery with small yellow warning panels, squared upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, gangway doors not removed, shortened fuel & water tanks, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, all valencing still present. The locomotive is ex-works out of Derby.
The running of scheduled services over the Cambrian Lines on Sundays, made possible by a Ministry of Transport grant, was handled by diesel multiple unit sets, two of the services being extended to/from Birmingham. With the line open other excursions could be expected, July 12th brought 5133 & 5145 to Welshpool on a excursion from London. Their return was hampered by the failure of 5145, with no relief available 5133 worked through to Wolverhampton unaided.
5133 was a regular visitor to the Cambrian Lines. On February 24th 24133 was noted shunting wagons at Aberystwyth, whilst two days later (26th) 24133 was at Aberystwyth to work the York mail, two coaches (one a half brake) and three parcels vans.
Condition February 1975: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place, shortened fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds sheeted over, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, circular plate on cab front for radio communication wiring for Royal working (No.1 & No.2 cabs).
July 16th: 24133 noted in service in very ex-works condition. The gangway doors had been sheeted over and the circular plate on each cab front for radio communication wiring for Royal working had been retained, now centered low down on the cab front.
Photograph courtesy Robert Riley
A sunny afternoon at Chester depot finds quite a selection of Class 24s between duties. Prominent in the scene is 24133 the last of the box headcode equipped Class 24's to remain in service, and one of only two Derby built machines to make it to 1977.
On March 20th the Wirral Railway Circle's 'Cambrian Coast Express' operated from Crewe to Pwllheli via Chester & Shrewsbury.
On April 3rd 24133 & 24079 were noted at Shrewsbury with a mystery excursion from Manchester to Swansea, the 24s were replaced at Shrewsbury by 37181.
The week prior to Easter saw the re-instatement of service between Aberystwyth and Dovey Junction following the severe flooding in January. Only one excursion ran during the Easter period, a mystery excursion from Lichfield with 24087 & 24133 on April 19th.
24085 & 24133 worked a Crewe Holyhead railtour on April 24th, whilst a week later on May 1st 24054 & 24133 handled the Crewe Llandudno leg of an excursion from Euston.
|24133 & 24085 head through Rhyl with a railtour on April 24th 1976.
Photograph collection of Ian Hammond.
An Ideal Home Exhibition at the NEC opened on October 16th with many visitors arriving by train. A number of specials ran that day including 24087 & 24133 from Aberystwyth.
|An undated view of 24133 as it assists a trainload of Derbyshire limestone out of Great Rocks. Having reached Buxton at some point 24133 was used briefly on the banking duties out of Great Rocks.
Photograph collection of webmaster.
24087 & 24133 were the chosen machines on February 19th 1977 when called upon to work the NSPCC/Western Tours 'Lledr Valley Express' from Crewe to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return. In the view above the train is seen departing from Crewe, whilst in the view below the locomotives are noted at Holyhead.
|It was not all bad new for the Class 24s. Several railtours utilised pairs of them, on February 19th 1977 24133 & 24087 took a railtour along the North Wales main line, which included a run down to Blaneau Ffestiniog. In this sunny view 24133 & 24087 await time at Holyhead.
Photograph courtesy P Slagel.
The remaining boiler equipped Crewe based Class 24s were now popular on railtours, on June 5th 24082 & 24133 took twelve coaches on a roundtrip Crewe - Barmouth.
|Talerdigg June 5th 1977.
On July 10th 24087 & 24133 worked a Crewe - Manchester - Preston - Carnforth railtour.
Cockshute was host to four Class 24s on August 20th, being 24035, 24081, 24082 & 24133.
A pair of Class 24s 24133 & 24082 paid a visit to York on October 1st whilst in charge of the RCTS Roses No 2 Rail Tour. Originating from Crewe and picking up at Stockport, it traversed the Pennines via the Woodhead route. The Great Central route was used to Treeton Junction, north to Rotherham, Mexborough & Doncaster then onto York via Knottingley. The return was via Normanton, Wakefield Westgate, Mirfield, Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge for the run across Copy Pit, then Accrington, Blackburn, Bolton and Manchester Victoria. The Type 2s made a fine run up Miles Platting bank before turning at Ashton Moss N & S junctions to reach the outbound route at Denton. The next day a number of their sisters (24023/35/36/47/63/81/91) were put to store, but promptly returned to service on October 3rd!
Visitors to Cockshute stabling point On November 27th included 24133 and 44005.
December 3rd saw 24082 & 24133 handling a charter from Crewe to Aberystwyth via Chester.
|Towards the end of the Class 24's it was a very common sight to find them at Cockshute laying over between duties. Here is 24133 & 25154 on August 27th 1977.
Better times were still with 24082 & 24133, they worked a ten coach St Pancras - Liverpool charter on January 14th, outwards from London St Pancras Bedford Station (via MML) Wigston South Nuneaton Water Orton (via Sutton Park line) Walsall Portobello Junction Wolverhampton Wellington Shrewsbury Wrexham Chester Helsby Halton Junction Runcorn & Liverpool Lime Street. On the return the route was Liverpool Lime Street Runcorn Weaver Junction Crewe - Alsager - Stoke-on-Trent Uttoxeter Stenson Junction Sheet Stores Junction Loughborough Leicester (via MML) & London St Pancras.
The above mentioned railtour most likely led to the last Class 24s to visit St Pancras and perhaps the last to visit any London terminii.
On a rainy overcast January 21st 24133 had an unusual duty being used on the last advertised passenger working of the Class 44s, working the Crewe - Chester leg behind 44008 to provide heating following the non-appearance of the heater van.
24133 was withdrawn on March 21st 1978.
Class 31 No.31211 was noted passing through Derby on July 26th hauling withdrawn 24087 & 24133 to Doncaster.
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