The sixteen year five month career of 5053/24053 saw allocations to Eastern Region, Scottish Region & London Midland Region depots.
Built Crewe Locomotive Works.
The frames for D5053 were laid down at Crewe Works during the late summer of 1959, D5053 was new to March (31B) on December 3rd 1959. Further transfers were:
March 1961 to Finsbury Park (34G).
Renumbered November 9th 1973.
After withdrawal 24053 was stored at Crewe Basford Hall until February 12th 1976 when it was moved to Swindon Works and broken up there by the middle of May 1976.
Movement: 24053/75, 24143/145 06.45 9X22 Crewe – Swindon February 12th 1976.
The allocation histories of 24053, 24054, 24055 & 24056 are virtually identical, although 24053 & 24054 had slightly longer careers whilst allocated to Crewe.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Stratford Works April & July 1962.
D5053 was transferred to Finsbury Park (34G) in January.
Condition August: two tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, being the same width as the light green band; full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, trip cock fitted, all valencing present, cantrail water filler cover present.
On October 2nd seven locomotives departed Finsbury Park on transfer to Eastfield, the locomotives heading northbound light engines: D5051 & D5052, D5050 & D5055 and D5053, D5056 & D7600.
On Good Friday (12th) things were truly interesting, the ScR operating a weekday service, the LMR a Sunday service! On the eastern side of the country the Easter holidays brought many extras, D5053 (new to the Longsight workings) worked the 09.30 Manchester Exchange – Newcastle passenger on April 11th, returning with the 15.54 Darlington - Manchester Exchange.
On April 20th D5053 worked the 09.00 Liverpool Exchange - Preston and may have worked the earlier part of the diagram, the 03.15 Manchester - Southport newspaper, then light engine to Liverpool.
Condition March: two tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, being the same width as the light green band; full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, most valencing present, 'D' prefix present.
Condition November: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over.
5053 was noted at Derby Works during in August.
On October 5th a thirteen coach Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society special 'Cambrian Express' (1L05) ran from Euston to Pwllheli. 86012 handled the out and return legs between Euston and Wolverhampton. 24053 & 24082 worked the route Wolverhampton - Cosford - Wellington - Abbey Foregate Junction - English Bridge Junction - Sutton Bridge Junction - Welshpool - Machynlleth - Dovey Junction - Tywyn - Barmouth - Harlech - Minffordd - Portmadoc - Pwllheli and returning over the same route.
Condition July: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, both cab roofs have no ventilators above the doors.
Neither did it linger long once it had arrived at Swindon for by May 1976 it was no more.
Page added June 10th 2006.