Built Crewe Works (from batch 5030 - 5065).
Shortened fuel tank, full size water tank.
The fifteen year ten month career of 5055/24055 saw allocations to Eastern Region, Scottish Region & London Midland Region depots.
The frames for D5055 were laid down at Crewe Works during the late summer of 1959, D5055 was new to March (31B) on December 18th 1959. Further transfers were:
January 1961 to Finsbury Park (34G).
Renumbered February 9th 1974.
After withdrawal 24055 was stored at Crewe until September 7th 1976 when it moved to Swindon Works and was broken up by the second week of December 1976.
Movement: 24055/56/60/136 9X75 06.45Crewe - Banbury – Swindon September 7th 1976 by 25063.
The allocation histories of 24055 & 24056 are virtually identical.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Stratford Works August 1962.
The Liverpool/Manchester services still brought steam into the border capital changing here to diesels for the continued run north. Typical of this was on August 12th with D7674 taking over the 06.40 Birmingham - Glasgow at Carlisle, only to fail at Kirkconnel and be rescued by D5055!
Final condition: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over (at least for No.1 end), full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, bodyside valencing removed, steam pipe connections removed from buffer beam.
Final condition - No.1 cab: the No.1 cab was fitted from withdrawn D5114, the headcode indicator was retained but blanked over, the headcode discs remained functional, the driver's side window was of the horizontal sliding type (fitted to D5114 onwards) rather than the vertically opening coach style window. The No.2 end cab remained unchanged with regard to the 1973 repair at Derby.
Page added June 15th 2016.