The nineteen year career of D5023/24023 began with eighteen months on the Eastern Region before transferring to the London Midland Region for the rest of its career.
Built Derby Locomotive Works.
The frames for D5023 were laid down during the early summer of 1959 at Derby Works. D5023 was new to Ipswich (32B) on September 25th 1959. Further transfers were:
March 1961 to Watford (1C) on loan, made permanent April 1961.
Renumbered March 30th 1974.
24023 was finally withdrawn on September 3rd 1978 (noted on Crewe depot on September 29th) and moved to Doncaster Works with 24073 on October 23rd 1978 as the 05.00 Crewe - Doncaster 9Z10. The end came for 24023 by the end of December 1978.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September 1961.
Of the first thirty Class 24s built at Derby (D5000 - D5029) two received overhauls in the summer of 1975, 24009 at Glasgow and 24023 at Derby. Because of this classified repair late in the life of the Class, 24023 soldiered on for several years after her numerical sisters had gone to the scrapyard. Along with 24073 (which was withdrawn at the same time as 24023), 24023 represented the last of the Derby built Class 24s remaining in service.
Condition March: blue/yellow livery, full size fuel tank, shortened fuel tank, hand/footholds plated over, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.
24023 was noted at Birkenhead Mollington Street on March 19th. 24035 & 24023 were noted at St Helens Junction on the evening of March 24th.
24023 & 24035 were noted southbound at Stechford on April 15th with a freight headed for Rugby. 24023 was noted at Gloucester depot on April 30th.
The empty stock for a morning relief service from Birmingham New Street to Norwich was brought from Oxley to New Street by 24023 (need date).
On October 17th 24023 was noted at Nuneaton. On October 24th 24023 was noted northbound through Leamington Spa with an engineer's ballast train.
24023 was noted arriving at Stoke on Trent with a freight on December 1st.
On February 2nd 24023 & 24133 worked the morning Cockshute - Oakamoor sand empties.
A Glazebrook - Warrington Arpley freight was worked by 24023 on March 18th.
On April 12th 24023 worked a Llandudno Town (?) - Crewe.
On May 25th 24023 worked the afternoon Stoke-on-Trent to Stafford freight and its return working.
24023 & 24081 were noted on the Shotwick iron ore workings on June 8th & 14th.
During 24023's final summer in service, it was noted on passenger workings on the North Wales mainline. The significant diagram started with the 09.42 Llandudno - Manchester Victoria, then the 13.30 to Llandudno, the 16.42 to Crewe, the 20.30 to Bangor and finally the 22.45 to Llandudno Junction. 24023 worked this diagram on July 6th, 7th (a wet day, the train comprised six coaches), 11th & 12th, on the latter date it was replaced at Crewe by 24063. 24023 was also noted on this diagram on July 31st and August 1st, 2nd & 14th (another wet day.
24023 was finally withdrawn on September 3rd 1978.
Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, full size fuel tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes, bufferbeam steam pipe connection removed.
Page added May 10th 2012.