class 26, class 27, BRCW Type 2, crompton
BRCW Type 2s
Class 26 & 27
Part 4: 1987 - 1995

1988

Whilst part of an engineering possession involved in the erection of overhead line equipment on August 18th, 26029 ran through a set of trap points on the up loop at Granthouse and became derailed all wheels, ending up lying on its side. On the night of August 27th breakdown cranes from Motherwell & Haymarket rerailed the Class 26. It would be withdrawn on October 13th.

Noted south of the border on October 12th was 26034 on a late afternoon Carlisle - Preston vans, it would work the same service on November 2nd.

By the end of October heavily damaged 26029 had reached Haymarket, the following week it was at Eastfield for spares removal. On a happier note 27059 was released from Vic Berry after asbestos examination, and headed for Tyseley in the last week of October.

During November 26007 was noted with coal subsector markings, the first Class 26 to be so treated.

1989

The last extant withdrawn Class 27 (27018) was scrapped at MC Metals, Glassgow during August. Eight Class 27s reached preservation.

Photograph courtesy J Glynn.
26031 at Motherwell on August 27th 1989, with about six weeks left before withdrawal.

Withdrawn during 1989 were:
26031 October 4th 1989
26034 September 8th 1989

1990

As at March 1st the remaining Class 26s were:
26001-08/10/11/14/15/21/23-28/32/35-43/46 (total 30). All were now allocated to Eastfield, 26005 had been the last to receive a Classified Repair, during January 1988, so the writing was on the wall for many of them.

On August 3rd 26005 & 26011 worked the 12.10 Glasgow - Ayr relief.

During the summer the evening Dundee - Montrose service was often hauled by a Class 26.

1991

26015 was withdrawn during June (scrapped at MC Metals, Glasgow during September 1994).

1992

When 26001 & 26007 (D301 & D5300) were repainted back into green livery, the headcode discs were refitted, they were mounted on frames so were not flush with the cab front as in the original design.

25th April 1992 Headcode Loco(s) Train & Route 2C45 26001 + 26040 (2) 08.52d Manchester Victoria - Bolton (2) 2C45 26001 Bolton - Preston (2) ? 37418 10.25d Preston - Barrow-in-Furness ? 37418 ??.??d Lancaster - Barrow-in-Furness 2C49 37706 10.48d Manchester Victoria - Preston11.30a - Barrow-in-Furness 2C47 20168+20059 12.48d Manchester Victoria - Bolton - 13.14d Chorley - Preston - 13.52a Lancaster - Barrow-in-Furness 2C45 60095 14.48d Manchester Victoria - 15.36d Preston -16.56a Barrow-in-Furness 1N99 37891 (1) 17.14d Manchester Victoria - Bolton - Blackpool North 26001 failed before Bolton, removed at Bolton and 26040 continued to Preston where 37418 took over.

1993

During the summer season a Wednesdays only Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh service was diagrammed for Class 26 haulage, on occasion celebrities D5300 & D5301 worked the diagram.

The final twelve Class 26s remaining in service were withdrawn during October. These were 26001/03/05/07/25/32/36/37.

Thirteen Class 26s were secured for preservation.

1995

The last three extent withdrawn Class 26s to be scrapped were 26006/26/42 at MC Metals, Glasgow during June 1995.

1997

During late 1997 John Mowlem Contruction offered for sale a pair of Class 26 bogies located at Canning Town. The bogies, without traction motors had been acquired from MC Metals, Glasgow as part of a purpose built transport wagon, for use on the Jubilee line project.

2018

The project to convert 27007 into a North British Class 22 had been abandoned during 2017. The heavily stripped Class 27 which had been stored at Ropley (Mid Hants Railway) was acquired by members of the Caledonian Railway Diesel Group in 2017. In late December 2017 (?) the power unit was removed from the locomotive and transferred to Scotland. On January 12th 33202 moved the remains of 27007 from Ropley to Alresford, then on a damp January 21st the locomotive was moved by road to Moveright International's yard at Wishaw, Warwickshire. The Class 27 was heavily stripped with a bulkhead, roof and part of the frame removed.

A BRCW builders plate from 260?? (DEL 50) sold at Stafford Auctions for 400 during January 2011.
Flamecut panel from ADB968025 with number, data panel & allocation sticker sold at Stafford Auctions for 350 during May 2012.
A BRCW builders plate from 26039 (DEL 84) sold at auction for ??? during January 2013.
A BRCW builders plate from 26025 (DEL 70) sold at Sheffield Railwayana Auctions for 160 during June 2013.
Flamecut panel from 26028 showing the number & data panel sold at auction for 200 during May 2014.
A BRCW builders plate from 26015 (DEL 60) sold at auction (Great Central Railwayana) for 420 during February 2015.
A BRCW builders plate from 26014 (DEL 59) sold at auction for 850 during September 2015.
A BRCW builders plate from 27065 (DEL 254) sold at auction (Great Central Railwayana) for 1,150 during December 2015.
A BRCW builders plate from 26007 (DEL 45) sold at auction (Great Central Railwayana) for 1,450 during March 2016.
A BRCW builders plate from 26010 (DEL 55) sold at Stafford Auctions for 420 during September 2016.
A BRCW builders plate from 26021 (DEL 66) sold at Stafford Auctions for 530 during January 2017.
A BRCW builders plate from 27011 (DEL 200) sold at Stafford Auctions for 1,020 during May 2017.
A BRCW builders plate from 27016 (DEL 205) sold at auction (Great Central Railwayana) for 360 during December 2017.
A BRCW builders plate from 26046 (DEL 91) sold at auction (E-Bay) for 301 during April 2018.
A BRCW builders plate from 26025 (DEL 70) sold at Stafford Auctions for 1,300 during May 2018.
A BRCW builders plate from 27051 (DEL 238) sold at auction (Great Central Railwayana) for 230 during March 2019.
A BRCW builders plate from 26046 (DEL 91) sold at auction (E-Bay) for 395 during December 2019.
A BRCW builders plate from 26015 (DEL 60) sold at auction (E-Bay) for 395 during May 2020.
A BRCW builders plate from 27042 (DEL 249) sold at auction (Great Central Railwayana) for 520 during December 2019.
A BRCW builders plate from 27011 (DEL 200) sold at Hampshire Railway Auctions for 300 during April 2020.
A BRCW builders plate from 27056 (27112) (DEL 244) sold at Crewe Railway Auctions for 740 during May 2020.
A BRCW builders plate from 26031 (DEL 76) sold at Crewe Railway Auctions for 740 during May 2020.

D5300 - D5319 Pilot Order locomotives for use on suburban workings out of Kings Cross & Moorgate:
No snowplough brackets
Oval buffers
Multiple unit cable socket mounted on bufferbeam
Three rung angled cab footsteps (footsteps narrower at bottom)
Lamp brackets at same height as marker lights, between marker lights and gangway doors (D5300 - D5303 only - all others outboard of the lower headcode discs)
Secondary suspension: leaf spring type

D5320 - D5346 follow-on order destined for Scotland:
Sliding cab windows fitted due to Tablet catcher recess being fitted
Round buffers
Multiple unit cable socket mounted above bufferbeam on cabfront sheeting
Three rung cab footsteps (all footsteps same width).
Secondary suspension: coil spring.

Class 26 modification: cab doors originally fitted with doorhandle midway up the door, later moved to more conventional position.
Class 26 modification: cab doors originally fitted with window, later window removed.
Class 26 modification: twin sealed beam headlamps for services out of Inverness: 26015/22/30/32/35/38/39/41/42/43/45/46. Headlights were randomly transfered to the Inverness Class 26s following the transfer of the Class 24s away from Inverness.

Class 26 refurbishments (from 1981): 26001 - 26008/10/11/14/15/21/23-29/31/32/34-43/46.
The locomotives not included in the above list had either already been retired or were withdrawn to provide spare parts.

Class 27 center window plated over (depot modification): 27007, 27008.

Class 26s to carry Railfreight livery (from 1985): 26001-008/10/26/31/32/34/35/37/38/40/41.
Class 26s to carry Trainload Coal Livery: 26001-008
Class 26s to carry Civil Engineers 'Dutch' livery (from 1988): 26001-005/07/11/25/26/35/36/38/40/43.
Class 26s to carry original green/white livery (August 1992): 26001 & 26007

Preserved Class 26s: 26001, 26002, 26004, 26007, 26010, 26011, 26014, 26024, 26025, 26035, 26038, 26040, 26043 (total of 13).
Preserved Class 27s: 27001, 27005, 27007, 27024, 27050, 27056, 27059, 27066 (total of 8).

Class 26 disposals:
BREL Glasgow Works: 8
Vic Berry Thornton Yard: 4
Vic Berry Leicester: 2
MC Metals Glasgow: 20

Class 27 disposals:
Cashmore, Great Bridge: 1
BREL Glasgow Works: 10
BREL Derby Works: 1
BREL Swindon Works: 3
Vic Berry Thornton Yard: 8
Vic Berry Leicester: 31
Vic Berry Derby: 1 MC Metals Glasgow: 5
Patterson's Tip, Mount Vernon, Glasgow: 1 loco buried.(Greenoakhill Quarry in November 1985)

Liveries:

5300 green April 1970, blue by October 1972
5301 green October 1972, blue by February 1973
5302 blue by July (assumed) 1967
5303 blue by May 1969
5304 blue by March (?) 1967
5305 blue by April 1967
5306 blue by April 1969, reported still green April 1970, blue by April 1971
5307 blue by March (?) 1967
5308 blue by February 1969
5309 blue by March 1968
5310 blue by October 1968
5311 blue by April 1967
5312 blue by May 1968
5313 blue by October 1968
5314 blue by November 1967
5315 blue by October 1968
5316 blue by June 1968
5317 blue by April 1970
5318 blue by September 1970
5319 blue by August 1969
5320 blue by March (?) 1967
5321 blue by April 1969
5322 blue by February 1969
5323 green April 1970, blue by August 1970
5324 blue by October 1968, reported green September 1970, blue by June 1972
5325 blue by April 1969
5326 green April 1970, blue by November 1970
5327 blue by April 1967
5328 blue by March 1968
5330 blue by November 1969
5331 blue by April 1967
5332 blue by January 1970
5333 blue by June 1970
5334 blue by March 1969
5335 green August 1971, blue by June 1973
5336 blue by September 1970
5337 blue by August 1971
5338 blue by August 1969
5339 blue by October 1968
5340 blue by November 1967
5341 blue by September 1970
5342 blue by May (assumed) 1967
5343 blue by February 1967
5344 blue by August 1971
5345 blue by March 1968
5346 blue by May 1968

5347 green March 1973, blue by September 1973
5348 blue by April 1970
5349 green January 1975 (as 27003), blue by March 1975
5350 green April 1970/August 1971/October 1972
5351 blue by August 1968
5352 blue by March 1969
5353 blue by May 1968
5354 blue by October 1968
5355 green September 1970
5356 green August 1971/October 1972
5357 blue by June 1968
5358 green October 1972, blue by June 1973
5359 blue by April 1970
5360 blue by May (assumed) 1967
5361 green October 1972, blue by September 1973
5362 blue by August 1969
5363 blue by November 1970
5364 blue by July 1970
5365 blue by April 1970
5366 blue by August 1969
5367 blue by June 1970
5368 blue by October 1970
5369 blue by November 1970
5370 green January 1975 (as 27024), blue by May 1975 - last 27 in green
5371 blue by August 1971
5372 green February/September 1970/October 1972
5373 blue by June 1969 (by Derby)
5374 blue by February 1969
5375 green September 1970
5376 green June 1972, blue by February 1973
5377 green October 1972
5378 blue by August (assumed) 1967?? reported green October 1972
5379 green July 1970, blue by June 1973
5380 green September 1970, blue by October 1972
5381 green October 1972, blue by June 1973
5382 blue by December1968 (with D prefix)
5384 green October 1972, blue by February 1973
5385 green October 1972, blue by June 1973
5386 blue by September 1972 (looks like a Glasgow paint job)
5387 blue by June 1971
5388 blue by October 1972
5389 blue by January 1967 (ex Derby, first in blue livery?)
5390 green September 1970
5391 blue by April 1969
5392 green FYE March 1969, blue by April 1971
5393 blue by April 1971
5394 blue by December 1971
5395 blue by September 1970
5396 blue by December 1969
5397 blue by April 1969
5398 green January/September 1970/October 1972
5399 blue by August 1971
5400 blue by November 1969
5401 blue by December 1969
5402 green July 1970/October 1972
5403 blue by April 1971
5404 blue by February 1971
5405 blue by August 1971
5406 green October 1972
5407 blue by February 1971
5408 green as at Feb 1968; blue by September 1972 (looks like a Derby paint job)
5409 blue by February 1971
5410 blue by March 1971
5411 blue by April 1971
5412 blue by April 1971
5413 blue by December 1970
5414 blue by August 1971
5415 blue by September 1970

Renumbering of Push Pull locomotives:
5374 / 27101 / 27045
5380 / 27102 / 27046
5386 / 27103 / 27212 / 27066
5387 / 27104 / 27048
5388 / 27105 / 27049
5391 / 27119 / 27201
5392 / 27120 / 27202
5393 / 27121 / 27203 / 27057*
5394 / 27106 / 27050
5395 / 27107 / 27051
5396 / 27108 / 27052
5397 / 27109 / 27053
5399 / 27110 / 27054
5400 / 27111 / 27055
5401 / 27112 / 27056
5403 / 27122 / 27204 / 27058
5404 / 27113 / 27207 / 27061*
5407 / 27114 / 27208 / 27062*
5408 / 27115 / 27209 / 27063
5409 / 27116* / 27210 / 27064
5410 / 27123 / 27205 / 27059
5411 / 27117 / 27211 / 27065
5412 / 27124 / 27206 / 27060*
5413 / 27118 / 27103 / 27047
* number allocated but never carried
The following ex-push/pull locomotives are preserved: 27050, 27056, 27059 & 27066

Class 26 Collision / Fire Damaged Locomotives:
5309 Glasgow Works 11/70, cab damage (not sure which end)
5317 Glasgow Works 1/70, cab damage No.2 end
5323 Glasgow Works 11/70, cab damage No.1 end
5329 Glasgow Works 10/70, cab damage No.1 end
26001 Glasgow Works 09/90, fire damage, above No.1 bogie
26005 Glasgow Works 09/90, fire damage, above No.1 bogie

Class 27 Collision Damaged Locomotives (excludes fire damage):
(loco number, location observed and date, location of damage damage).
5383 Derby Works, 1966, both cabs & bodywork, underframe equipment, bogies.
5365 Haymarket, 1961, No.2 cab driver's side.
27002 Swindon Works, May 1984, No.2 cab front & roof.
27203 Derby Works, June 1984, No.1 cab, roof & frame.

Class 27 Fire Damaged Locomotives:
(loco number, location observed and date, location of fire damage).
5364 (Glasgow Works 1972, above No.2 bogie).
5406 (Glasgow Works 1973, No.2 end).

27004 (Glasgow Works May 1980, center of bodyside and air filters).
27006 (Eastfield June 1976, above both bogies, No.1 end more serious).
27011 (Derby Works March 1982, No.1 end).
27016 (No.2 end)
27031 (No.2 end)
27033 (Perth April 1979, No.1 cab).
27041 (Derby Works March 1982, engine room).
27044 (Eastfield June 1980, above both bogies and No.2 cab).
27107 (Inverness June 19??, above No.1 bogie).
27201 (Polmadie February 1979, behind No.2 cab).
27202 (Glasgow Works October 1980, behind No.2 cab).

Class 27 Cabs:
D5347 - D5369 tablet catcher recess fitted, sliding cab windows.
D5370 - D5415 no tablet catcher recess, droplight style cab windows.


Class 26 external changes

The details below are compiled from photographs from multiple sources in an attempt to record external changes to each Class 26. The dates reflect the date of the photograph, which in most cases is not the date of the actual change/modification.

D5300 / 26007
07/66: boiler water tank removed, air brake equipment added, gangway doors sheeted over, green/white livery, small yellow warning panels
04/69: No.1 end only no upper lamp brackets
06/71: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, D prefixes
10/72: blue/yellow livery
03/76: oval buffers, full set of headcode discs, droplight cabside window, solid cab door, upper door handle, reinforcing above cab windows, upper & lower lamp brackets fitted
07/79: recently ex-works
06/80: oval buffers, droplight cabside window,
02/81: full set of headcode discs, upper lamp brackets fitted
08/82: round buffers
??/83: No.2 end drivers side upper lamp bracket missing
07/83: headcode discs removed, sliding cab side windows,
02/90: Coal sector livery
08/92: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, high intensity headlight, oval buffers, headcode discs refitted

Photograph collection of webmaster
D5300 at Kings Cross on September 19th 1959.
As one of the twenty Modernisation Plan 1,160hp BRCW/Sulzer/CP locomotives (D5300 - D5319) it carried features that were changed for the second batch (D5320 - D5346):
No snowplough brackets
Oval buffers
Cabside droplight windows
Multiple unit cable socket mounted on bufferbeam
Three rung angled cab footsteps (footsteps narrower at bottom)
Lamp bracket position higher and more centered - unique to D5300 - D5303
Secondary suspension: leaf spring type

D5301 / 26001
08/62: still retains original livery, no yellow warning panels
07/70: green livery, white window surrounds and white stripe, small yellow warning panels, gangway doors sheeted over
08/71: green livery, white window surrounds and white stripe, small yellow warning panels, no baffles for cab roof air vent
10/72: green livery, blue/yellow by February 1973
06/74: droplight cab side windows, solid cab doors, upper door handle
11/80: original lampbracket locations still present (marker light level), reinforcing above cab windows
07/81: ex-works (or thereabouts)
04/83: no headcode discs, cabside sliding windows, upper lampbrackets removed - now in standard position
08/85: ex-works, Railfreight livery, oval buffers, headcode discs removed,
03/90: coal decals
08/91: ex-works Dutch livery
08/92: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, high intensity headlight, oval buffers, headcode discs refitted

D5302 / 26002
01/68: blue/yellow livery, yellow does not extend to cabside windows, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle, numbers on each cabside 'D' prefix, no baffles for cab air vent
05/76: solid cab door, door handle upper position, reinforcing above cab windows
07/80: ex-works, no baffles for cab roof air vent,
06/84: oval buffers
04/86: ex-works, Railfreight livery, no headcode discs, sliding cab windows, baffle for cab roof air vent, round buffers
04/89: Coal sector livery, ex-works?
retained original position of lampbrackets until withdrawn

D5303 / 26003
08/64: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, exhaust located over engine room
07/66: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels (cab only freshly painted?), gangway doors sheeted over - at least No.2 end
11/67: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, gangway doors in place
05/69: blue/yellow livery (maybe earlier)
10/76: solid cab door, upper door handle, oval buffers, droplight cab side windows
03/78: ex-works, reinforcing above cab windows, beading below cab windows across cab front
10/82: recently ex-works? headcode discs removed, cab front beading removed, sliding cabside windows, lampbracket position changed to outside edge midway between marker light and lower headcode disc light
03/88: Railfreight livery, round buffers
05/89: Coal sector livery

D5304 / 26004
revised lampbracket position for remainder of Class (outside of lower headcode discs)
blue/yellow by March (?) 1967
00/67: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle, two number D prefix on bodyside emblems on cab side, droplight cab windows
08/77: no baffle on cab roof airvent, no window in cab door, upper level door handle, original cab footsteps, reinforcing above cab windows, droplight cab window
11/81: ex-works, no headcode discs, sliding cabside windows, cab footsteps from later build
04/86: ex-works, Railfreight livery
02/90: Coal sector decals
03/91: Dutch civil engineers livery

D5305 / 26005
03/63: green/white livery, no yellow warning panels
04/67: blue/yellow livery (maybe earlier)
07/74: gangway doors sheeted over, reinforcing above cab windows, window in cab door, lower door handle, no yellow surround for cabside and door windows, BR emblems on cabside panel
05/75: solid cab doors, upper door handle, yellow surround for cabside windows and door, beading across No.1 cab front, No.1 end collision damage
11/76: headcode discs centered No.1 end only
05/77: ex-works
06/82: ex-works, headcode discs removed
03/89: Coal sector livery

26005 at Millerhill on July 5th 1980.
Twenty years after the Kings Cross view of D5300 (above), here is 26005 showing some of the changes made:
Gangway doors sheeted over, for 26005 the headcode discs have been centered at the No.1 end only - an infrequent occurrence
Beading beneath the cabfront windows is complete, normally the center section was not replaced after the gangway doors were sheeted over
Cab door no longer has a window and the door handle has been repositioned
Reinforcing above the cabfront windows
Revised position of lamp brackets - for D5304 - D5346
Boiler water tanks removed and replaced by air-brake equipment (initially only D5300 - D5307 received this modification for working the Longannet merry-go-round coal trains).

D5306 / 26006
07/70: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, gangway doors sheeted over, no reinforcing above cab windows
08/74: blue/yellow livery, no yellow surround for cabside windows and door, headcode discs original position, window in cab door, lower door handle, no reinforcing above cab windows
03/76: reinforcing above cab windows, solid cab door, upper door handle
04/82: headcode discs centered (both cabs)
07/84: round buffers, cabside droplight windows
04/86: Railfreight livery, all headcode discs removed, round buffers, sliding cab windows
04/89: ex-works, Coal sector livery

D5307 / 26020
07/65: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, gangway doors in place, engine exhaust above engine room
04/67: recently ex-works?? blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, emblems on cabsides, numbers on bodyside, window in cab door, lower door handle, no yellow surround for cabside and cabdoor windows
07/70: no reinforcing above cab windows
11/72: cab door with window, lower door handle, no yellow surround for cabside and door window, no reinforcing above cab windows
07/74: recently ex-works, blue/yellow livery, solid cab door, upper door handle, yellow surround for cabside windows and cab door, reinforcing above cab windows
02/77: withdrawn (general condition - surplus to requirements)

D5308 / 26008
08/63: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels
10/66: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels
02/69: blue/yellow livery (maybe earlier)
10/72: recently ex-works: solid cab doors, upper door handles, headcode discs centered, no reinforcing above cab windows
06/77: reinforcing above cab windows
11/78: baffles for cab roof air vents
04/80: ex-works?
03/86: Railfreight livery, round buffers, sliding cabside windows, headcode discs removed, baffles for cab roof airvents
12/88: Coal sector livery
headlights never fitted

D5309 / 26009
blue/yellow by March 1968
07/69: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle, numbers on cabsides with D prefix, central bodyside emblem, no baffle for cab roof air vent
11/70: accident damage to cab, no yellow surround for cab and door windows
03/75: no window in cab door, upper door handle, reinforcing above cab windows
08/76: cabside and door windows have yellow surround, baffle for cab roof air vent, no window in cab door, upper door handle
01/77: withdrawn (general condition - surplus to requirements)

D5310 / 26010
blue/yellow by October 1968
12/68: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, numbers on cabsides with D prefix, central bodyside emblem, window in cab door, door handle in lower position
08/71: numbers on cabsides with D prefix, central bodyside emblem, window in cab door, door handle in lower position
08/73: numbers on cabsides no D prefix, central bodyside emblem, yellow paint includes cabside windows and cab door windows surround
03/75: reinforcing above cab windows, window in cab door, door handle in lower position
10/76: number on bodyside, central bodyside emblem, no window in cab door, door handle in upper position, yellow paint includes cabside windows and cab door surround
08/78: baffle on cab roof air vent
08/85: ex-works Railfreight livery, no headcode discs, sliding cabside windows, round buffers

D5311 / 26011
blue/yellow by April 1967
08/76: gangway doors sheeted over, no window in cab door, upper door handle, no baffle for cab air vent, reinforcing above cab windows
04/78: baffle for cab roof air vent, solid blue door 2nd man's side No.1 cab, oval buffers, droplight cab windows
08/79: ex-works, droplight windows, oval buffers
12/84: ex-works, headcode discs removed, round buffers, sliding cab windows
06/91: Dutch civil engineers livery

D5312 / 26012
06/63: green/white livery
03/64: engine exhaust above engine room
07/64: small yellow warning panel, weatherstripping on gangway door
07/71: blue/ yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle, no yellow surround for cabside windows, no reinforcing above cab windows
06/76: reinforcing above cab windows, baffle for cab roof airvent, solid cab door, upper door handle
04/79: ex-works
01/82: withdrawn (fire damaged No.2 end)

D5313 / 26013
03/64: green/white livery, small yellow warning panel,
07/65: engine exhaust above engine room, gangway doors in place
07/66: green/white livery, small yellow warning panel, gangway doors in place
05/68: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle, no yellow surround for cabside window or cab door, no reinforcing above cab windows
04/78: reinforcing above cab windows, yellow surround includes cabside windows and cab door, solid cab door, upper door handle
02/79: ex-works
03/82: gangway doors sheeted over, baffle for cab roof air vent
never carried headlights
03/85: withdrawn (general condition - surplus to requirements)

D5314 / 26014
blue / yellow by November 1967
07/70: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle, numbers on each cabside D prefix, BR emblem on bodyside, no baffle on cab roof air vent
04/78: no window in cab door, upper door handle
08/78: baffle for cab roof air vent (No.2 end)
07/80: baffle for cab roof air vent
04/81: reinforcing above cab windows
02/85: headcode discs all removed, round buffers, sliding cab windows

D5315 / 26015
04/65: lined green/white window surrounds, small yellow warning panel. engine exhaust above engine room, no baffles for cab roof air vent.
08/76: gangway doors sheeted over, baffle for cab roof air vent, reinforcing above cab windows
04/84: ex-works, round buffers fitted, sliding cab windows on driver's side, all headcode discs removed
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

D5316 / 26016
04/65: engine exhaust located above engine room
07/66: generally still in original condition except for small yellow warning panel, though shabby paintwork
blue / yellow livery by June 1968
08/68: gangway doors sheeted over
10/75: single number on cabside, emblem on bodyside, oval buffers, no baffle on cab air vent, no reinforcing above cab windows
10/75: withdrawn (general condition - surplus to requirements)

D5317 / 26017
01/69: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors removed, no baffle for cab roof air vents, solid cab door, upper door handle, number on cabside, no reinforcing above cab windows, no yellow livery for cabside windows and door
06/74: yellow paint for cabside windows and door, builders plate and steam style shedplate bolts present
10/77: baffle for cab roof air vents, number on cabside, reinforcing above cab windows
never carried headlights
08/77: withdrawn (collision damage)

D5318 / 26018
08/63: green/white livery, no yellow warning panels, baffle for cab roof air vent, engine exhaust above engine room
06/66: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels
09/69: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, gangway doors present - winterised
10/72: gangway doors sheeted over, headcode discs centered, solid cab door, upper door handle, no yellow for cabside windows or door, round buffers (oval buffers refitted at a later date)
09/76: reinforcing above cab windows, cabside windows and cabdoor with yellow surround, oval buffers, baffle for cab roof air vent
01/82: withdrawn (general condition - surplus to requirements)

D5319 / 26019
02/76: tablet catcher recess present (No.1 end)
09/77: headcode discs centered, reinforcing above cab windows, baffle (solid) for cab roof air vents, round buffers No.1 end (usually fitted with oval buffers)
03/80: ex-works
09/82: baffle for cab roof air vents within housing (at least No.1 end)
03/85: withdrawn (general condition - surplus to requirements)

D5320 / 26028
blue/yellow by March 1967
circa 1970: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present, lower door handle, window in cab door, oval buffers, two numbers each side D prefixes
11/73: as 1970 but one number only on cabside, emblem center of side, loco in very poor external condition
9/75: no window in cab door, door handle in upper position
8/76: door handle in upper position, no window in cab door, baffle on cab roof air vent
9/83: ex-works, headcode discs removed, large number

D5321 / 26021
03/62: tablet catcher fitted, engine exhaust above engine room
08/65: green/white livery with small yellow warning panels
06/68: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, no reinforcing above cab windows, window in cab door, lower door handle, baffle for cab roof airvents, tablet catcher fitted, one cabside number 'D' prefix
10/79: relatively ex-works
12/80: single headlight fitted, no center lower headcode disc
01/85: ex-works, no headcode discs, baffle for cab roof airvent (both ends)
11/88: no baffle for cab roof airvents
single headlight equipped

D5322 / 26022
03/62: tablet catcher fitted
06/63: original livery (no yellow warning panels), engine exhaust in original location, baffle for cab roof air vent
08/66: small yellow warning panels
06/67: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels
08/72: tablet catcher recess present
10/74: collision damage No.2 end
07/75: reasonably ex-works, gangway doors sheeted over, headcode discs centered, solid cab door, upper door handle, reinforcing above cab windows, no baffle for cab roof air vent (No.1 end)
twin sealed beam headlights fitted
02/81: withdrawn (collision damage)

D5323 / 26023
03/62: tablet catcher fitted, no yellow warning panel
12/70: gangway doors removed
03/74: recently ex-works
06/77: tablet catcher recess present, baffles for cabroof airvents, reinforcing above cab windows
04/78: recently ex-works
09/78: headcode discs centered (both ends), baffles for cabroof airvents, solid cab door, upper door handle
04/84: ex-works, headcode discs removed

D5324 / 26024
5324 blue by October 1968, but reported green September 1970, blue by June 1972
08/71: blue/yellow, tablet catcher recess present, lower door handle, window in cab door, oval buffers, one number on cabside D prefixes, no reinforcing above cab windows
09/75: lower door handle, window in door, yellow paint for cabside and door window surround, no baffle for cab roof air vent
07/76: ex-works
11/76: upper door handle, no window in door, baffle for cab roof air vent, reinforcing above cab windows
04/81: No.2 end - full set of discs & no headlights
02/84: both ends - missing center lower disc, single headlight, reinforcing above cab windows
01/85: ex-works, all headcode discs removed, dual braked, boiler water tank removed
equipped with single headlight

D5325 / 26025
08/65: exhaust located above engine room
06/67: still green livery, small yellow ends
04/69: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present, door handle in lower position, window in cab door, baffle on cab roof air vent, number on cabside D prefix.
05/74: ex-works, no baffle for cab roof air vent, no window in cab door, door handle upper position
09/75: No.2 end tablet catcher recess present
08/76: headcode discs not centered**, baffle on cab roof air vent, tablet catcher recess No.2 end but not No.1 end**, reinforcing above cab windows, no window in cab door, door handle in upper position, bodyside small number
08/86: very ex-works

**headcode discs on No.2 cab were never centered, those on the No.1 cab were centered circa 6/78 (collision damage repairs?). All headcode discs removed by 8/86. Also removal of tablet catcher recesses did not occur at the same time, No.2 end retained at least until 9/75, possibly that at the No.1 end removed by 5/74

D5326 / 26026
09/63: still in original livery (no yellow warning panels), tablet catcher fitted, baffle for cab roof airvents
08/73: gangway doors sheeted over, upper door handle, solid cab door, reinforcing above cab windows, tablet catcher recess present
04/77: baffle for cab roof airvent
10/77: ex-works
07/85: ex-works Railfreight livery (first to be so treated), headcode discs removed
05/91: Coal sector livery

D5327 / 26027
08/65: engine exhaust above engine room, baffle for cab roof air vent
blue/yellow by April 1967
06/74: tablet catcher recess present, no window in cab door, upper door handle, baffle for cab roof air vent
03/78: reinforcing above cab windows
10/83: ex-works, all headcode discs removed

D5328
blue/yellow by March 1968
6/72: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present, door handle in upper position, no window in cab door, baffle on cab roof air vent.
07/72: withdrawn (derailment / collision damage)

D5329 / 26029
04/62: engine exhaust above engine room, tablet catcher fitted
04/69: green livery, small yellow cab fronts
blue / yellow by September 1970
10/70: blue/yellow livery, gang way doors fitted, cab damage No.1 end, no reinforcing above cab windows
06/73: headcode disc centred on cab front, baffle on cab roof airvent, tablet catcher recess present, solid cab door, lower door handle
04/75: no tablet catcher recess
05/76: reinforcing above cab windows
04/84: ex-works, all headcode discs removed

Photograph collection of webmaster
D5329 at Inverness on March 10th 1962.

As one of the second batch of 1,160hp BRCW/Sulzer/CP locomotives (D5320 - D5346) D5329 exhibits some of the changes:
Round buffers
Sliding cabside windows
Multiple unit cable socket mounted above the bufferbeam
Three rung straightsided cab footsteps (footsteps all equal width)
Lamp bracket position outboard of the lower headcode discs for D5304 - D5346
Secondary suspension: coil spring type
Tablet catcher recess to accommodate tablet catcher equipment (fitted to D5320 - D5346)

D5330 / 26030
06/68: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, tablet catcher recess, baffle for cab roof airvent
06/73: gangway doors sheeted over, headcode discs centered, reinforcing above cab windows, tablet catcher recess, no headlights, solid cab door, upper door handle
07/74: tablet catcher recess present
09/77: all headcode discs present, reinforcing above cab windows, tablet catcher recess removed
xx/80: cab front beading complete (no.1 end)
09/81: ex-works, outside headcode discs removed
03/85: withdrawn - (general condition - surplus to requirements)
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

D5331 / 26031
07/63: original engine exhaust location, no yellow warning panels, baffle for cab roof airvent, tablet catcher fitted
06/68: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, two numbers on bodysides 'D' prefix, tablet catcher equipped, baffles for cab roof air vent
09/73: tablet catcher recess present, solid cab door, upper door handle, yellow surround to cabside windows and door
06/75: tablet catcher recess present
07/77: reinforcing above cab windows
09/78: collision damage, No.1 cab driver's side
10/80: ex-works
08/85: ex-works, Railfreight livery, no headcode discs

D5332 / 26032
**/77: ex-works
04/76: gangway doors sheeted over, baffle for cab roof air vent, reinforcing above cab windows, tablet catcher recess present
06/77: tablet catcher recess sheeted over
06/80: both ends - all headcode discs fitted
03/82: only center discs fitted
01/86: ex-works, grey/black/yellow/red livery, all headcode discs removed
04/93: high intensity headlight fitted
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

D5333 / 26033
07/65: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, no tablet catcher fitted, baffle for cab roof air vent, gangway doors in place with weatherstripping
07/69: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, tablet catcher equipped, gangway doors may have been sheeted over (handrails missing from cab front center & no weatherstripping visible)
06/70: recently ex-works
06/73: blue/yellow livery, solid cab doors, upper door handle, no yellow side cab window or door surround, gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present
05/75: reinforcing above cab windows
02/77: tablet catcher recess present
05/77: ex-works
06/81: recently ex-works
03/85: withdrawn (general condition - surplus to requirements)
never fitted with headlights

D5334 / 26034
08/63: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, baffle for cab roof airvent, tablet catcher fitted, original engine exhaust location
07/67: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, baffle for cab roof airvent, no tablet catcher fitted
06/72: blue/yellow livery, tablet catcher recess present, solid cab door, upper door handle, no yellow for cabside windows or door, gangway doors still in place - some weather stripping, no reinforcing above cab windows
06/80: ex-works, gangway doors sheeted over, solid cab door, upper door handle, headcode discs centered (both cabs), reinforcing above cab windows
04/86: ex-works, Railfreight livery, headcode discs removed
never fitted with twin headlights

D5335 / 26035
12/63: baffle on cab roof air vent
08/68: green with full yellow cab fronts, gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present, one cabside number D prefix
08/69: lined green livery with full yellow cab fronts - unique to D5335, later reverted to plain green livery, at least by 10/71
blue/yellow by June 1973
09/77: ex-works, no window in cab door, upper door handle, small number on bodyside, reinforcing above cab windows
07/81: ex-works
10/81: no window in cab door, upper door handle, reinforcing above cab windows
only Class 26 to carry green livery with full yellow ends
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

D5336 / 26036
04/66: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, baffle for cab roof airvent, weather stripping on gangway doors
07/70: blue/yellow livery, two numbers on bodyside, tablet catcher recess (no tablet catcher), no reinforcing above cab windows, no yellow surround for cab side windows or door, D prefixes present
07/74: tablet catcher recess present, solid cab door, upper door handle, yellow surround for cabside windows and door, reinforcing above cab windows
09/76: recently ex-works, tablet catcher recess sheeted over
11/78: builders plate and shed plate fastening bolts present
04/80: full set of headcode discs
11/80: ex-works, outer headcode discs removed
04/85: headcode discs removed, solid cab door, upper door handle, reinforcing above cab windows, baffles for cab roof airvent
01/91: Dutch livery, no baffles for cab roof airvents (modified grille)
02/93: headlight fitted
never fitted with twin sealed beam headlights

D5337 / 26037
07/62: still in original livery livery, tablet catchers fitted
06/73: gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present, baffle for cab roof air vents, solid cab door, upper door handle
08/74: ex-works?
08/77: tablet catcher recess present (No.2 end), reinforcing above cab windows
04/78: tablet catcher recess sheeted over
03/86: ex-works, Railfreight livery, headcode discs removed

D5338 / 26038
07/62: in original condition, no yellow warning panel, no baffle
08/63: baffle on cab roof air vent, small yellow warning panel
blue / yellow by August 1969
06/74: disc centered on cab front, no window in door, solid blue doors, upper door handle, baffle on cab roof air vent, tablet catcher recess present
06/77: yellow paint surrounds cab side windows and cab door, reinforcing above cab windows
07/79: disc centered on cab front, no window in door, upper door handle, baffle on cab roof air vent, yellow window surrounds for cabsides and doors, reinforcing above cab windows
12/82: ex- works
02/85: disc centered on cab front, no window in door, upper door handle, baffle on cab roof air vent
twin sealed beam headlights fitted
carried high intensity single headlight

D5339 / 26039
blue/yellow by June 1968
6/68: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present, lower door handle, window in cab door, one number with D prefix on cab side, emblem center of side, shed plate
circa 1970: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present, lower door handle, window in cab door, round buffers, one number with D prefix on cab side, emblem center of side, shed plate on cabside
11/73: tablet catcher recess present, no window in cab door, upper door handle, baffle on cab roof air vent, no D prefix
11/75: ex-works: no tablet catcher recess, upper door handle, no window in cab door.
4/84: ex-works: no headcode discs
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

D5340 / 26040
blue/yellow by November 1967
6/70: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle
6/73: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, tablet catcher recess present, no window in cab door, upper door handle, one number, center emblem, baffle on cab roof air vent
5/75: tablet catcher recess present, no window in door, upper door handle
8/76: tablet catcher recess present, no window in door
6/78: no tablet catcher recess
3/82: ex-works
single high intensity headlight fitted

D5341 / 26041
10/68: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle, one number on cabside D prefix, tablet catcher recess present, baffle on cab roof air vent, No.2 cab door driver's side green/white livery with stripe
8/70: No.2 end driver's side cab door - still green/white livery with stripe, number has D prefix
??/73: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, no window in cab door, upper door handle, one number on cabside, tablet catcher recess present, baffle on cab roof air vent
6/77: tablet catcher recess present, number on bodyside
6/78: tablet catcher recess sheeted over, one number on bodyside.
11/81: ex-works
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

D5342 / 26042
xx/64: baffles for cab roof air vents
09/70: blue/yellow livery (front only), gangway doors removed, window in cab door, lower door handle, two numbers on bodyside 'D' prefix, no reinforcing above cab windows, tablet catcher equipped, No.1 end driver's side door - green/white
04/73: tablet catcher recess present (No.1 cab), yellow cab fronts (not on cabsides)
07/77: tablet catcher recesses sheeted over, yellow livery extended to cab side windows and door, no window in cab door, upper door handle
10/85: ex-works, all headcode discs removed
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

D5343 / 26043
09/71: blue/yellow (Inverurie paint job 1967), no wrap round yellow on cabside windows, wider band of yellow paint above cab windows, gangway doors sheeted over, emblems on all cab doors, tablet catcher recess (tablet catcher not fitted), beading across cab front, no reinforcing above cab windows
06/73: normal blue/yellow livery (wide band of yellow paint above cab window gone), tablet catcher recess present, headcode discs centered (No.1 end)
03/77: very clean at Glasgow Works
09/77: reinforcing above cab windows, full beading across cab front, discs not centered (No.2 end)
10/84: outer headcode discs removed, rusty square headlight patches, single headlight
06/85: ex-works, headcode discs removed, baffle for cabroof air vents
09/91: Coal sector livery
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

Photograph courtesy Crinan Dunbar.
26043 at Aberdeen Ferryhill during June 1984.

A sad looking 26043 during June 1984 revealing a real mix of changes since it was built:
Gangway doors sheeted over, but beading runs across entire width of cab front
Tablet catcher recess sheeted over
Solid cab door (no window), reportedly changed due to breakages to the glass when tablets were in use in the 1960s
Reinforcing above cab windows
Sealed beam headlights removed, with square (rusty) blanking plates fitted
Single later style headlight fitted
Three of the four headcode discs removed
Unusual baffle for cab roof air vent
Cab door handle moved from lower to upper position, usually done when solid cab door was fitted
Cab footsteps are from those fitted from D5300 - D5319
Barely visible - relocated engine exhaust to above engine room, but original exhaust was retained but capped

A visit to Glasgow Works saw 26043 outshopped in June 1985 in blue/yellow with the cab front cleaned up (no headlights or discs and with a 'normal' baffle for the cab roof air vent). It would also lose the train heat boiler and water tank and be fitted with dual braking equipment.

26043 would carry Dutch sector gray/yellow livery, but not the Railfreight livery.

D5344 / 26044
08/68: blue/yellow (relatively ex-works), no yellow surrounding cab side windows or doors, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, tablet catcher fitted, one number on cabside D prefix, central emblem, baffle on cab roof air vent
07/70: tablet catcher removed
08/71: D prefix
06/75: reinforcing above cab windows, no window in cab door, upper door handle
08/73: cabside and door windows have yellow surround
02/79: ex-works
04/82: lower center disc removed, single high intensity headlight fitted
01/84: withdrawn, fire damaged No.2 end

D5345 / 26045
11/66: green/white livery, small yellow warning panels, baffle for cab roof air vent
06/69: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, no yellow cabside window surround, tablet catcher equipped, window in cab door, lower door handle, D prefix, no reinforcing above cab windows, no headlights
08/71: tablet catcher equipped (may not be functional), D prefix, no headlights
08/74: baffle for cab roof air vent, solid cab door, upper door handle, tablet catcher recess
05/75: tablet catcher recess
08/76: headlight equipped
07/77: no tablet catcher recess
04/81: headlight equipped, reinforcing above cab windows
04/81: No.2 end, driver's side cab corner, considerable patched/painted damage for a locomotive in revenue earning service, remained as-is until withdrawn (not present 06/80)
07/83: withdrawn - fire damaged No.2 end
twin sealed beam headlights carried until withdrawn
original circular engine exhaust removed and sheeted over (present 08/71 and 05/75, not present 04/78)

D5346 / 26046
blue/yellow by May 1968
09/71: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, window in cab door, lower door handle, one number on cabside D prefix, tablet catcher recess present, baffle on cab roof air vent
08/73: blue/yellow, gangway doors sheeted over, no window in cab door, upper door handle, one number on cabside, baffle on cab roof air vent
06/74: no reinforcing above cab windows, one number on cabside, tablet catcher recess present
04/77: reinforcing above cab windows, one number on bodyside
04/79: ex-works
04/84: ex-works
twin sealed beam headlights fitted

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