The fifteen year eight month career of D5085/24085 was spent entirely on the London Midland Region apart from its very brief (paper only?) allocation to the Eastern Region.
Built Crewe Locomotive Works (from batch 5076 - 5093).
The frames for D5085 were laid down at Crewe Works during February 1960, D5085 was new to March (31B) on August 20th 1960. Further transfers were:
August 1960 to Willesden (1A) on loan, made permanent September 1960.
Renumbered May 1974.
24085 was stored at Crewe from May 1976 until May 31st 1977 when it was moved Swindon Works, where it was scrapped by the second week of November 1978.
Movement: 24079/85, 24134/41 Crewe - Swindon May 31st 1977.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works January, May & June 1961.
On November 11th D5081 & 5085 were in Scotland having arrived on the Luton - Bonnybridge car train.
Passenger services between Rugby and Peterborough ceased on June 6th, so ending a cross-country route long familiar to the BR Sulzer Type 2s. The line was used by a number of long distance services including the Birmingham - Yarmouth, which on the last day had D5085 with ten coaches including a buffet. It was running about twenty minutes late after holding a connection at Rugby for a Perth service. En route it passed, at Welford, D5145 on the Harwich - Rugby (the 16.13 off Peterborough). The Yarmouth service was re-engined at Peterborough with D5526, allowing D5085 to handle the four coach 20.12 final service back to Rugby. This left D5185 working the final 20.20 Leicester service, with Peterborough East closing completely after the 23.15 to March.
D5085 worked the 14.38 Marylebone - Nottingham on September 2nd.
Condition: December, blue & yellow livery, gangway doors still in place, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, foot/handholds plated over. Locomotive appears recently ex-works, maybe from its visit to Derby during April 1973? Apart from renumbering into TOPS there was no measurable change to the locomotive's condition from this point in time until withdrawal.
24085 was withdrawn on July 17th 1976.
Condition: Final, blue & yellow livery, gangway doors still in place, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, foot/handholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
Page added May 17th 2016.