D5053, 5053, 24053
D5053, 5053, 24053
One of the Two-Tone Green Class 24s

Photograph collection of Ian Hammond
A fine shot of a very clean D5053 at Kings Cross, presumably in the latter half of 1965.

Built Crewe Works (from batch 5030 - 5065).
Shortened fuel tank, full size water tank.

The sixteen year five month career of 5053/24053 saw allocations to Eastern Region, Scottish Region & London Midland Region depots.


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).
October 1966 to Eastfield (65A) on loan, made permanent December 1966.
March 1968 to Carlisle Kingmoor (12A) on loan, made permanent April 1968.
April 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
September 1968 to Stoke Division (D05).
May 1973 to Crewe.
April 4th 1976 - to serviceable store.
January 31st 1976 - withdrawn.

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

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Stratford Works April & July 1962.
Noted Doncaster Works October 1964.
Noted Derby Works July & August 1965.
Noted Inverurie Works September 1967.
Noted Derby Works August 1973.


D5053 was one of a large batch delivered to March (31B), being outshopped from Crewe during early December.

Almost brand new D5053 poses for the photographer, date & location unknown. This locomotive has the slightly smaller fuel tank (the end section does not reach frame level).
Photograph courtesy Rex Conway collection.

D5053 was transferred to Finsbury Park (34G) in January.

D5053 was noted at Stratford Works during April & July.

A visit to Doncaster Works was made by D5053 in October.

A Works repair was made at Derby in July & August, it was at this time that D5053 gained its two-tone green livery

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.

During October Eastfield (65A) became the new home of D5050 - D5056.

In March D5053 moved briefly to Carlisle (12A) before moving on to Longsight (9A) in April with D5052 - D5056. From June Longsight became part of the Manchester Division (D09). It then movedto the Stoke Division (D05) in September.

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 a round trip Manchester Newcastle passenger on 11th,

Its March 30th 1970 and 5053 still carries its two-tone green livery, seen here at Crewe. It still carries the 'D' prefix and retains all the frame level valencing.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

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.

With the abandonment of the LMR Division allocations 5053 was now allocated to Crewe effective May.

5053 was noted at Derby Works during in August.

On May 11th 24053 was used to start the journey of LMS 4-6-2 6203 Princess Margaret Rose from Butlins Holiday Camp, Pwllheli to Derby (?) Works for some much needed attention. The view below shows the move being made with 24053 in charge.

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.

Photograph courtesy Pat Webb.

During January 1976 24053 was withdrawn, it did not linger long at Crewe Basford Hall for on February 12th it began its last journey, to Swindon with 24075, 24143/145 as the 06.45 9X22 Crewe Swindon.

Neither did it linger long once it had arrived at Swindon for by May 1976 it was no more.

Other Class 24s to carry the two-tone green livery

During the spring & summer of 1965 Derby Works was, as usual busy with scheduled repairs to a variety of diesel locomotive classes including the Class 24s. At the same time Derby was well into its production run of Class 25s, turning out about thirty Class 25s during this same period.

According to my incomplete records Class 24s receiving Classified repairs at Derby at this time included 5006, 5027, 5037, 5038, 5039, 5040, 5053, 5073 & 5089. In the course of completing their repairs a number of these locomotives were repainted in the two-tone green livery then being applied to the Class 25s & 47s.

5005 was scheduled for repair at Derby during the spring of 1965 but my records show it was not recorded at Derby until October 1965 (or possibly September, I have no records for Derby Works in September 1965). This date seems a little late for its repaint into two-tone green when compared to other known examples. It is believed that only Derby repainted the Class 24s into two tone green livery, but a question mark surrounds 5072. It was noted at Derby Works and Doncaster Works during August 1965, possibly at the latter for rectification of faults after outshopping from Derby in two-tone green.

Derby Works, ex-works D5005 during 1965. A fine view of the locomotive by the Test House, not long out of the paintshop. The boiler room grille has been replaced by a solid blanking plate, the headboard brackets reveal its brief service on the SR and the steam style shed plate is yellow with white trim. An interesting variant, but authentic as revealed on D5005.
Photographer not known
5038, Crewe Works Open Day September 17th 1971.
Photographer not known
5038, Crewe Works Open Day September 17th 1971.
Photograph courtesy Rex Conway Collection
A marvellous view of D5040 & D5044 at Preston on August 3rd 1968, a day of infamy for steam enthusiasts. Of interest is that both locomotives have retained their roof mounted boiler water filler covers. The working is unrecorded, possibly an empty coaching stock movement.
Photograph courtesy Geoff Coward

Other views of the two-tone green Class 24s

D5072 - Diesel Days - Scotland, page 5 by BJ Dickson, Ian Allan 2005.

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