Here D5004 appears in pretty much 'as delivered' state, though with very grimy paintwork. This machine features the split radiator frost screen found on the first handful of Type 2s delivered from Derby. The cab front also carries the additional headcode disc brackets carried by those Type 2s allocated to Hither Green (in practice it appears these additional brackets were rarely used). And unique to this batch is the five ventilators on the top row, instead of the more normal four found on the later series. The locomotives also came with a curved panel to cover the roof access to the boiler water filler. As seen here on D5004 this has been removed, in later years a number of the Inverness allocated Class 24s would have this sheeted over as they were overhauled at Glasgow Works.
The sixteen year ten month career of D5004/24004 saw allocations to London Midland Region, Southern Region & the Scottish Region.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
The frames for D5004 were laid down at Derby Works during the late summer of 1958 and was delivered new to Crewe South (5B) on December 22nd 1958, but then immediately loaned to Derby (17A). Further transfers were:
January 27th 1959 to Hither Green (73C) on loan.
Renumbered February 1974.
24004 was stored at Carlisle from July 1975 to March 15th 1976 when it was forwarded to Glasgow Works, being mostly scrapped during May 1977, the cabs lingered until December 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Eastleigh Works June & August 1962.
The condition reports assume that throughout the life of D5004/24004 the bodysides had four upper/four lower ventilators on BIS side, five upper/four lower ventilators on non-BIS side, split radiator screens on both sides and SR headcode disc brackets on both cabs until an undetermined point when those on the No.2 cab were removed.
The use of D5000 - D5014/17 on the Southern Region was not without problems. Like a number of the early classes the Derby built Type 2s were found to be overweight, in this case almost five tons overweight. This heavier than expected axle loading was a major concern for the SR Civil Engineer, leading to D5004 & D5005 visiting Eastleigh Works in February to see what could be done to reduce the axle loadings. The easiest solution was to remove the train heating boiler and boiler water tanks, this being done on locomotives D5002 - D5006, which made them a little more versatile in regard to their route availability, though the boilers were sorely missed during the winter.
During the afternoon of March 10th D5003, D5004 & D5005 were noted on Ashford shed.
The summer dated Margate - Birkenhead had been in the hands of the Type 2s from June 15th, working as far as Redhill, noted on the first four days were D5001/02/05/04. On the heavier Saturday working double heading was frequent.
On August 8th 1958 D5004 was noted on the Deal portion of the down Birkenhead.
With the arrival of the BRCW Type 3s and the successful start up of the Kent electrification plan the Type 2s were slowly returned to the LMR, D5004 transferred to Willesden (1A) in September. At Willesden D5004 was a frequent runner on the local commuter services, occasionally to be found on the Birmingham - Coventry - Rugby locals as well.
In October D5004 was were transferred to Rugby (1F).
During December D5004 was noted under repair at Eastleigh Works, one of several sent to Eastleigh to ease the workload on the LMR workshops. The locomotive received a repaint, green livery with small yellow warning panels, with curved upper corners, with the warning panel covering the frame level stripe. The frame level stripe is of interest as it was much narrower than those applied at other Workshops.
Condition December: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panels cover frame level stripe, frame level stripe is narrower than normal, full size fuel tank, shortened water tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, all valencing in place.
Condition date uncertain: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panels cover frame level stripe, frame level stripe appears narrower than normal, full size fuel tank, shortened water tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, all valencing in place.
5004 remained in service until suffering fire damage in the Stoke area, being noted with an uncertain future at Derby Works in November. However a shortage of power on the Eastern Region and the loss of four Class 24s in a runaway accident at Chester, saw all but 5005 returned to service.
5004 was noted at Derby Works during September.
1975 - 1977
24004's spell at Eastfield was broken briefly when it moved to Longsight during January (with 24001/005) and then headed back north in February (with 24001). This was its last official move, for like a great many others it was stored in July, never to turn a revenue earning wheel again. Stored with many others at Carlisle, withdrawal came officially in October. On March 15th 1976 a convoy of 24002/04/10/11 travelled from Carlisle to Glasgow Works for component removal. The end finally came in May 1977 when the remains of 24004 were broken up at Glasgow, athough parts of the cabs lingered until December 1984.
Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headcode discs centered on cab front, no SR headcode disc brackets on No.2 cab, full size fuel tank, shortened water tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
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