The sixteen year two month career of D5079/24079 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 D5079 were laid down at Crewe Works during November 1959, D5079 was new to March (31B) on February 25th 1960. Further transfers were:
March 1960 to Willesden (1A), on loan.
Renumbered June 8th 1974.
After withdrawal 24079 was stored at Crewe until May 31st 1977 when it was moved to Swindon Works, and scrapped there during the last week of September 1978.
Movement: 24079/85, 24134/41 as the Crewe - Swindon on May 31st 1977.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September & October 1962.
On March 5th D5042, D5047, D5065, D5076 and almost brand new D5079 were stabled at March depot.
D5079 moved to Rugby (2A) in September. With the end of the summer season the Rugby - Norwich working reverted to a Type 2, usually D5079, during the summer this was a Rugby Stanier Class 5 duty, required for the 10-12 bogies, the winter service only carried five. On August 27th D5079 worked the 6.12pm Peterborough East - Rugby.
A further move north for D5079 was to Longsight (9A) in October, and then onto Carlisle Upperby (12B) in November. This is believed to be the first BR/Sulzer Type 2 allocated here. Whilst at Carlisle it became a regular performer from October 19th on the 8.05am to Hellifield and its 11.17am return, a duty it performed to the end of the year with few absences. The down working also involved the collection of loaded milk tankers from various locations, adding considerably to the weight of this working.
On July 14th D5079 worked the 18.12 Euston - Bletchley.
Condition June: green livery with small yellow warning panels, rounded upper corners, warning panel partially covers frame level stripe; gangway doors present, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, valencing present, engine exhaust above engine room.
Condition July: small yellow ends with curved upper corners, blanking plates in place, hand/footholds still present.
On August 30th 5079 & 5140 worked the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Shrewsbury.
5079 worked the 1E24 18.28 Aberystwyth - York (to Crewe) on December 19th.
On August 17th 5079 was at Aberystwyth to work the mail/passenger service to York.
Condition August: Green with full yellow ends, gangway doors in place, shortened fuel & water tanks, blanking plates in place, hand/footholds plated over, valencing removed, no visible totem/emblem on non-BIS side.
With the discontinuance of the LMR Divisional allocations, 5079 was now allocated to Crewe.
5079 was stabled at Bangor on September 17th.
Condition September: green livery with full yellow ends, frame level stripe barely visible, gangway doors present, shortened fuel and water tanks, solid blanking plate, hand/footholds plated over, two rung bogie mounted footsteps, mixed style sandboxes.
Condition summer: Blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, shortened fuel & water tanks, blanking plates in place, hand/footholds plate over.
At about 8am on February 25th 24079 + 24063 were noted at Birkenhead North with iron ore for Shotton.
24076 was noted light engine at Crewe station on March 6th.
On April 3rd 1976 24133 & 24079 arrived at Shrewsbury with a mystery excursion from Manchester to Swansea the Class 24s were replaced by headlight equipped 37181, the excursion was therefore most likely destined for the Central Wales route to South Wales.
A pair of Class 24s led by 24079 feature on a programme for a Class 24 railtour run by the Wirral Railway Circle. The tour on June 5th 1977 ran from Crewe to Barmouth and the locomotives used on this day featured 24082 & 24133.
24079 was withdrawn on July 17th 1976.
Page added March 5th 2004.