The fifteen year ten month career of D5026/24026 saw allocations to Eastern Region and London Midland Region depots.
Built Derby Locomotive Works.
The frames for D5026 were laid down during the summer of 1959 at Derby Works. D5026 was new to Ipswich (32B) on October 22nd 1959. Further transfers were:
September 1960 to Stratford (30A).
Renumbered March 18th 1974.
24026 was stored at Reddish from July 1975 until August 1975, it was then moved down to Crewe, remaining here until October 20th 1976 when it was forwarded to Swindon and broken up there during the first week of January 1977.
Movement: 24026/31/44/76 Crewe - Swindon October 20th 1976 by 25245.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1961.
Condition original: green livery with frame level stripe, full size fuel & water tanks, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
D5026 was noted at Derby Works from August to October.
Condition August: blue livery, small yellow warning panel, squared upper corners, full size fuel tank, shortened water tank, ridge sided sandboxes, two rung bogie mounted footsteps, hand/footholds present, valencing fitted; non-BIS side BR double arrow on driver's cabside, number located on bodyside and 2nd man's cabside.
Condition February: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.
The 08.45 Holyhead - Euston was normally a Class 40 working, on May 26th it was worked by 5026 to Crewe, with the return working, the 10.20 Euston - Llandudno worked forward from Crewe by 5044 & 51xx.
At about 6pm on September 19th 5026 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with an up freight, the banker this day was 5025.
Whilst under repair at Derby Works the No.1 cab front gangway doors of 24026 were sheeted over. One wonders about the expense incurred in such repairs when within twelve months the locomotive would be taken out of service and withdrawn. It may have been difficult to anticipate future traffic patterns but certainly the completion of the WCML eletrification was drawing near and the introduction of the HST passenger trains was also not far off. Both would lead to the cascading of locomotives and the withdrawal of surplus machines. And recent history had certainly shown that the Class 24s were expendable.
Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over No.1 cab, gangway doors present No.2 cab, full sized water tank, shortened fuel tank, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over.
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Page added February 25th 2000.