The sixteen year ten month (excludes time stored/withdrawn) career of D5073/24073 was split between the London Midland Region and the Scottish Region.
Built Derby Locomotive Works.
The frames for D5073 were laid down at Derby Works during October 1959, D5073 was new to March (31B) on March 3rd 1960. Further transfers were:
March 1960 to Willesden (1A), on loan, made permanent April 1960.
Renumbered December 1973.
From August 1975 to January 1977 24073 was stored at Carlisle. On January 29th 1977 24073 received repairs at Carlisle sufficient to put it back into service. It was moved to Crewe and re-entered service (unofficially?) until finally withdrawn during September 1978. 24073 was moved to Doncaster Works on October 23rd 1978 and broken up there during December 1978.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July & November 1960.
On the afternoon of May 4th D5073 was at Rugby light engine.
On the afternoon of June 18th D5013 & D5073 were down light engines at Rugby.
On July 2nd D5073 worked the 3K07 11.27 Euston - Crewe parcels.
Noted at Camden on the morning of July 14th were D5026, D5028, D5035, D5073 & D5076.
On July 24th D5073 expired at Bedford whilst working the 04.55 Chaddesden - Brent, once repaired it spent several days in the Bedford area.
Effective December 5th Chester & Crewe depots became home to a number Class 24s, recently reallocated to Stoke Division (D05), whilst Holyhead depot closed to steam. The Class 24s took over all freight workings along the North Wales coast. As the New Year began Shrewsbury diagrammed Class 24s to handle the Cambrian freight workings, on January 2nd 1967 D5073 handled the 04.20 to Aberystwyth, D5140 the 05.00 to Machynlleth and D5144 the 07.25 to Newtown.
On the evening of July 27th D5154, D5073, D5058, D7671 & D5046 were up light engines at Crewe.
On the afternoon of September 17th 5073 was light engine at Basford Hall.
During February 20068/84, 20142/43/48/59 were transferred from Toton to the Eastern Region, these were quickly returned to Toton but not before the LMR authorities had taken steps to cover their expected loss. The intention was to reactivate five stored Class 24s, 24073 was removed from storage at Kingmoor on January 29th and made ready for traffic. By February 19th 24073 had moved from Carlisle to Crewe for re-entry into revenue earning service. With the Class 20s quickly returned to Toton the other reinstatements were cancelled, but 24073 remained in service assisting the other Class 24s in their regular duties. On February 28th 24073 was noted on a special freight from Crewe to Adderley Park.
On the morning of March 2nd 24073 worked a round trip Croes Newydd - Dee Marsh turn. On March 30th 24073 was eastbound at Guide Bridge with a short freight.
24073 was stabled at Crewe Diesel depot on May 14th.
On June 25th the London Euston - Blaenau Ffestiniog M&GNJRS 'Conway Bay Express' railtour utilised 24073 & 24057 on the roundtrip Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog portion of the tour.
On July 18th 24073 was light engine at Chester. On July 20th a Class 25 and 24073 were noted at Llandudno Town with an excursion. On the afternoon of July 23rd 24073 & 25043 were noted arriving light engines at Llandudno Junction. 24073 was stabled at Crewe on July 26th. 24073 was noted at Croes Newydd on July 30th.
On the evening of August 1st 24073 was noted at Chester on a terminating down freight. On August 22nd 24073 worked the 4B06 18.00 Chester - Rugby via Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton parcels service.
24073 & 25271 were noted at Bidston Dock on October 7th with an iron ore train. On October 23rd 24073 was at Springs Branch. On August 26th 24073 & 24082 were noted at Warrington Bank Quay with a sand train.
24073 was light engine at Crewe station on June 3rd.
On the early morning of June 18th 24073 was noted at Crewe diesel depot.
24073 was stabled at Crewe Diesel depot on August 22nd.
24073 was withdrawn during September 1978.
Final condition: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, discs centered on cab front, yellow applied to top of bufferbeam, shortened fuel/water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over.
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