D5059, 5059, 24059
D5059, 5059, 24059|
Photograph courtesy Tom Sutch.
24059 at Springs Branch on July 5th 1975. The missing paint on the cab reveals their aluminium construction, the Class 25s carried steel cabs as evidenced by the susceptability to rusting, especially where the front skirt joined the cab sheeting.
The fifteen year nine month career of 5059/24059 saw allocations to Eastern Region & London Midland Region depots.
Built Crewe Locomotive Works.
Shortened fuel tank & full size water tank (retained until withdrawn).
Four upper and four lower air filters on non-BIS side, three upper and four lower on BIS side.
Original exhaust port covered but not immediately removed.
Gangway doors never removed.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 25 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 17 months.
The frames for D5059 were laid down at Crewe Works during September 1959, D5059 was new to March (31B) on December 29th 1959. Further transfers were:
October 1960 to Willesden (1A) on loan.
February 1961 to Camden (1B).
March 1961 to Finsbury Park (34G).
July 1966 to London Division (D01) on loan, made permanent August 1966.
April 1967 to Stoke Division (D05).
May 1973 to Crewe.
October 4th 1975 - withdrawn.
Renumbered February 25th 1974.
After withdrawal 24059 was stored at Crewe until December 7th 1976 when it moved to Swindon Works and was broken up by the first week of March 1977.
Movement: 24040/59/89/135 Crewe - Swindon via Banbury December 7th 1976 by 25157.
24059 alongside Swindon Works on a damp January 23rd 1977, still with at least one builder's plate attached. Regretably this seemed to be typical weather for many of our visits around the Workshops.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Stratford Works September 1962.
Noted Derby Works May 1966.
Noted Crewe Works November 1968.
Noted Derby Works June 1970.
Noted Derby Works June - August 1973.
The 4.55pm Newcastle - Kings Cross on October 23rd saw its locomotive, D279 encounter mechanical problems coming to a complete stop at Holme. Here D5059 & 5094 were removed from a freight and triple headed the train into Kings Cross, running some ninety minutes late.
The Easter holidays saw the regular cavalcade of excursions to the familiar coastal resorts. Brighton, of course received a fair number, including D5059 from Hitchin, whilst Bedford sent D5381.
Condition no month: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, gap between bottom of warning panel and top of frame level stripe, shortened fuel tank, full size water tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, steam style shed plate on cabfront, engine exhaust located above engine room - original port extent but plated over.
Condition October: green livery (reasonably ex-works), small yellow warning panels, squared upper corners, the yellow covers the frame level stripe; steam style builders plate on cab front, trip cock fitted, blanking plates in place, hand/footholds present.
A Type 2 diagram handling the Nuneaton - Leamington parcels was revised, effective March, as follows:
02.43 Leamington - Coventry (light engine)
03.30 Coventry - Leamington
05.30 Leamington - Coventry (light engine)
06.15 Coventry - Nuneaton
09.18 Nuneaton - Leamington (arrive 10.39am)
19.32 Leamington - Nuneaton
21.38 Nuneaton - Leamington (arrive 23.36)
For many days in March D5059 worked the above diagram.
During March & April demolition of the former Midland Railway Bedford - Northampton line took place. London Division (D01) allocated D5057 & D5059 were recorded on March 17th & April 10th working trains recovering a variety of materials, including sleepers and track.
Condition April: green livery, small yellow warning panels, squared upper corners, the yellow covers the frame level stripe; steam style builders plate on cab front, trip cock fitted, blanking plates in place, hand/footholds present.
Condition August: green livery (very work stained), small yellow warning panels, squared upper corners, the yellow covers the frame level stripe; full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, valencing in place, blanking plates in place, hand/footholds present.
Condition June: blue/yellow livery.
24059 was withdrawn on October 4th 1975.
Page added June 12th 2016.
Last updated October 31st 2020.
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