The sixteen year career of D5049/24049 began with seven years on the Eastern Region before transferring to the London Midland Region for the remaining nine years.
The frames for D5049 were laid down during the late summer of 1959 at Crewe Works. D5049 was new to March (31B) on April 4th 1960. Further transfers were:
September 1960 to Stratford (30A)
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
After almost nine years allocated to the Stoke Division/Crewe 24049 was finally withdrawn on January 31st 1976. Initially stored at Crewe & Basford Hall from January - July 1976, it was moved via Banbury to Swindon Works on August 2nd/4th 1976 with 24058/62/92 by 25188. 24049 was broken up by late November 1976.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1966.
Period reports indicate that D5049 was progressing normally in its build at Crewe Works, but for some reason its entry into service was delayed by about four months. D5044/45/47/50 entered service during November 1959 but D5049 did not enter service until early April 1960.
April 27th 1973: A rear-end collision at Kidsgrove involved four Class 24ís and led to the death of one railwayman. 5032 & 5145 were in charge of the 1K00 03.55 Crewe - Stoke on Trent newspaper train which had stopped as scheduled at Kidsgrove. It was run into by the 8K52 02.20 Ordsall Lane - Cresswell goods train hauled by 5049 & 5042, this train was under the control of the second man, who was killed in the collision when the No.2 end cab was crushed back to the bulkhead, which itself was bent backwards into the boiler compartment. The rear vehicle of the newspaper train sustained only minor damage, it also came into contact with the overhead electrified wire. Responsibility for the accident lay mostly with the driver of the goods train who had isolated the AWS equipment, it is believed both crew may have temporarily nodded off on the approach to Kidsgrove.
Pictures of D5049/24049
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