The nineteen year career of D5047/24047 included allocations to Eastern & London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Crewe Locomotive Works.
D5047 was new to March (31B) on November 21st 1959. Further transfers were:
September 1960 to Stratford (30A).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
After withdrawal 24047 was stored at Crewe depot until December 13th 1978 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and scrapped there during February 1979.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Stratford Works August 1962.
Condition date uncertain c1967 or earlier: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, gap between bottom of warning panel and frame level stripe, full size fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie footsteps, engine exhaust in original position, steam style shedplate on cabfront.
Condition date uncertain c1969: green livery with small yellow warning panels, squared upper corners, bottom of warning panel does not completely cover frame level stripe, full size fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie footsteps, engine exhaust located above engine room.
On June 7th 24047 worked the 12.45 Llandudno - Manchester and later in the day came to the rescue of the 18.00 Llandudno – Blaenaeu Ffestiniog diesel multiple unit which had failed near Llanrwst with insufficient power to climb the steep gradients. 24047 pushed the unit to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
During April 24047 visited Derby Works for a scheduled repair, this included a repaint from green to blue livery.
On June 3rd the 17.20 Llandudno – Manchester used 24047 as a replacement for 47205 which had arrived from Manchester but sustained collision damage at Llandudno(?).
The iron ore trains in the Shotwick/Bidston Dock area were now in the hands of Class 25s following the general demise of the Crewe based Class 24s. However 24047 & 24080 were frequent performers on these trains during early September.
25161 & 24047 were noted with empty sand hoppers between Leek Brook & Oakamoor during the morning of April 12th, later they returned to Stoke with loaded hoppers.
24047 was noted at Llandudno Junction on December 1st.
More passenger duty befell 24047 on April 29th when the 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff failed at Donington behind 25058 (or 25055??), the Class 24 taking the train as far as Hereford where 47358 took the train forward.
24047 & 25153 worked the 04.50 Grange Junction (BSC Skelton Works) - Shotwick freight on June 2nd, comprised of mineral wagons.
On June 17th 24047 and fourteen empty vans worked the 5H09 Bangor - Manchester Mayfield. 24047 & 25220 were noted at Cockshute on June 19th.
24047 and a breakdown train were noted at Barmouth on July 2nd (date assumed from less than precise photo caption details).
The addition summer services and holiday extras provided plenty of unusual diesel haulage on the North Wales line, but the star turn was still the diagram commencing with the 09.42 Llandudno - Manchester. June 28th - 30th & July 3rd & 4th saw 24082 on this diagram, July 6th & 7th had 24023. On July 10th 24047 got as far as Chester on 16.42 to Crewe, being replaced by 40145. July 11th & 12th saw 24023 again except it was replaced on the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor by 24063, getting only got as far as Chester before 24035 took over, which succumbed at Llandudno Junction! On July 19th 24047 worked only the first trip.
A rare visit to Bedford with a rail train on July 20th was 24047, quickly returning north light engine.
On August 26th 24047 was noted at Curzon Street.
On September 3rd 24047 was at Bescot depot, heading out the next day (3rd) with a freight to Stoke. September 25th (and/or 27th) saw the 19.30 Huddersfield - Wakefield Kirkgate parcels in the hands of 24047. On September 25th pair of Class 24s, one of which was 24047 were noted at St Helens goods yard with empty sand wagons, presumably having brought in a loaded sand train from Oakamoor.
Nineteen years of service came to an end for 24047 on November 11th when it burnt out its main generator at Mickle Trafford whilst working the 08.39 Shotwick – Stoke freight. It was assisted to Northwich by 40020, where it was left on shed. 40125 towed it away on November 15th in the 22.44 Northwich – Bescot freight, being taken out at Stoke and dragged alone to Crewe by 40125. By December 13th it was on its way to Doncaster Works accompanying 24035.
Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, full size fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps fitted, straight sided sandboxes.
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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added August 7th 2014.