The view here of D5079, believed to be Camden, shows the locomotive in pretty much the condition it was delivered in, though somewhat grimier. Clearly visible is the original location of the exhaust port, very close to the boiler exhaust. The roof mounted water filler cover is still in place and the locomotive carries the smaller capacity fuel tank.
Built Crewe Works (from batch 5076 - 5093).
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.
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.
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.
Condition July: small yellow ends with curved upper corners, blanking plates in place, hand/footholds still present.
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.
Condition summer: Blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, shortened fuel & water tanks, blanking plates in place, hand/footholds plate over.
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 24's 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.
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