D5090 was delivered from Crewe Works during June, initially allocated to March (31B) but quickly transferred onto the LMR as part of a larger transfer which included D5082 - D5093. D5090 was toward the end of the last batch to be built at Crewe Works (D5093 would be the last delivered from Crewe). With the Type 2 order completed Crewe would then turn their attention to the BR/Sulzer Type 4's (later the Class 45's).
Although this locomotive was part of Crewe's last Type 2 order, they would return here from time to time for scheduled repairs.
D5088 - D5090 arrived on the Midland for crew training, one machine each being allocated to Bedford, Cricklewood and Kentish Town, working local parcels trips and the Moorgate services. They would be a very familiar sight on the St Pancras - Bedford line until the arrival of the Class 25/1's.
Another collision bedeviled the West Coast mainline, this time at Rugeley on August 5th. Here the 07.35 Stafford - Rugby, waiting at the platform was run into from the rear by a runaway Trentham - Lea Hall coal train. The impact lifted the rear coach into the air, the cab of the coal train locomotive, D5090, was badly crushed, requiring the assistance of the fire department to free the driver. The wrecked diesel was removed to Derby Works for evaluation.
Repairs were sanctioned and D5090 spent August through October at Derby Works under repair - despite the damage received the locomotive retained its green livery.
Holbeck would eventually become the new home for 5090 during November, although it would not be released from Derby Works until January 1970. Interestingly during its repair at Derby 5090 retained its green livery, whilst other recently reinstated examples, such as pioneer 5000 received corporate blue & yellow.
Shortages of stock at Haymarket during May, particularly the Deltics led to numerous substitutions, on May 13th the 1E17 14.00 Edinburgh - Kings Cross was in charge of 359, on following days it was hauled by 192 (12th), 176 (20th) & 170 (24th). Also affected were the local services receiving whatever was available, the 14.15 utilised 5090 on May 7th & 26th, the 22nd featured 5191 on the 11.45 ex York heading for Craigendoran.
1975 - 1978
24090 was officially retired during February 1976 and remained at Carlisle until early in December 1977 when it was towed down to Doncaster Works and finally broken up there in January 1978. On a visit to Doncaster Works during the week of Christmas 1977 24090 was in the process of being stripped (see views below) prior to movement to the breaking up area.
When 24090 was broken up at Doncaster it was the only Scottish Region allocated Class 24 to remain in green livery at the time of the mass withdrawals during the summer of 1975. The Scottish Region in general were quick to outshop their long time allocation of Inverness and Haymarket Class 24's in blue livery. If 24090 made a visit to Glasgow Works after its arrival on the Scottish Region in October 1971 it either received only a touch-up in green, or perhaps nothing at all. The LMR did send several of its Class 24's to Swindon for scrapping still in green livery including 24092 & 24136. 24092 had lost its 'Lion & Wheel' emblem for the BR double arrow symbol, whilst 24136 retained the 'Lion & Wheel' emblem to the bitter end. It is unclear what 24090 was displaying at the end, possibly a very faded 'Lion & Wheel' emblem.
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