26001/D5301

26001 on 1B29 on 09/05/1989. TZ

26001 on 1B29 on 09/05/1989. TZ

26001 by David Hill

26001 at Millerhill on 30/06/77 by David Hill

Entered service 12/09/58
Renumbered 25/05/74
Refurbished 02/82
Last overhaul 09/87 CEM (L) [Component exchange maintenance/light]
Withdrawn 04/10/93

26001 Glasgow Works 27 June 1981 David Hills

26001 Glasgow Works 27 June 1981 David Hills

Depots
34B (Hornsey) 12/09/58 (new)
64B (Haymarket) 04/60
ED (Eastfield) 16/05/88
IS (Inverness) 23/08/92
Withdrawn 04/10/93

Sectors
04/87 FXX
07/87 FEGB
01/89 FEPE
10/90 DCHA
03/92 RAJE

FXX Freight/General
FEGB Coal/Haymarket
FEPE Coal/Haymarket
DCHA ScotRail Departmental Civil Engineer
RAJE Regional Infrastructure 26 IS

26001 at Eastfield on 26 07 91

26001 at Eastfield on 26 07 91

26001 at Eastfield on 26 07 91

26001 at Eastfield on 26 07 91

Notes
OMO fitted 04/86
Single high intensity headlight fitted 08/92
Air braked, boiler and water tank removed 1966
No snowplough brackets as per 26/0 spec
75mph original service speed restriction
Delivery weight 77.75 tons (RA6), reduced to 73.75 (RA5) after slow speed fitted and dual-braked.
Oval buffers
Bogies changed from leaf to helical at 1982 overhaul.
Cab windows changed from drop to sliding at 1982 overhaul.
Named Eastfield on 26/07/91 at the depot.

Liveries
Original green; green plus small yellow warning panel; BR blue; red stripe Railfreight (09/87); Trainload Coal (10/88); civil engineer’s Dutch 1991; 1992 green with discs plus headlight (21/08/92)

Storage and disposal
Arrived at MC Metal Processing 8/95.
Preserved at Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway from 9/96.

Last years
23/07/86
26001+26006
0625 Aberdeen to Inverurie and 0730 return.

Saturday 06/09/86
2S13 0744 Berwick to Waverley.

Monday 08/09/86
26001 2G31 1705 Waverley to Cardenden; 2G24 1840 Cardenden toWaverley.

23/04/87
26001 worked North Berwick to Drem Junction, piloting an ailing DMU.

23/07/88
1744 Waverley to Carstairs and 1844 Carstairs to Waverley.

27/07/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley. The diagram for the 1B29 engine was (usually): light engine from Millerhill to Craigentinny, arrive 1700. Pick up ECS to form three trains (1 van for 1C85 1844 Waverley to Carstairs; remainder on 1E17 to King’s Cross and 2220 TPOs to Carstairs). Work 1C85 to Carstairs, return on 1B29.

28/07/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

03/09/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

21/02/89
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

09/05/89
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

12/05/89
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley. The final 1B29.

Thursday 24/08/89
1245 Carlisle to Newcastle and 1514 Newcastle to Carlisle. 47525 had been hauling three MkIIs on the 1030 from Newcastle, but came off at Carlisle for an A exam. 26001 was the only engine spare, as it was at Carlisle for the Fairlie nukex. 37070 ran light from Motherwell to work the 1740 Carlisle to Newcastle!

Friday 25/08/89
1S92 2144 Carstairs to Waverley (portion of the FO 1718 Birmingham International to Waverley).

Saturday 14/04/90
26001+26005
0500 1Z36 Swindon to Dundee; 1643 1Z36 Dundee to Swindon; from Waverley to Dundee and Dundee to Markinch. This was a NEDEX, with the Teacups booked Waverley to Dundee via Cardenden out and back via Kirkcaldy. However, 26005’s TM was smoking on the return trip and the train was stopped for two hours at Markinch for 47822 to come and take over.

Friday 26/07/91
26001 was named ‘Eastfield’ at ED at 1415. Meanwhile 26007 was being repainted in Dutch.

Eastfield plate

Eastfield plate

26001 at Waverley on the day we only got to Perth...

26001 at Waverley on the day we only got to Perth...

Saturday 07/09/91
26001+26002
1010 Waverley to Inverness. 26002 is a last-minute swap for 26003, which had been on special tests the night before at Eastfield. However, 002 blows up leaving Haymarket with the engine overspeed trip and a multi fault… and 001 continues to Perth, where both are removed for 37153. Exit 6LDA!

Thursday 10/10/91
26001 and 26007 are dragged by 26043 from Eastfield to Crewe, arriving at 1620.

26001 at Crewe Open Day in 1991. Graeme Brown

26001 at Crewe Open Day in 1991. Graeme Brown

Saturday 12/10/91
26007+26043 1Z16 0700 Hereford to Carlisle; Crewe to Carlisle via the S&C. This was the load 10 ‘Wye Knot’ tour. The pair put up a good performance and were only a minute late into Carlisle. 007 and 043 were removed and returned to Ed later in the day light. 26001 remained at Crewe as a static exhibit at the Open Day.

Friday 20/03/92
26001 turns out on the inspection saloon, visiting Queen Street, Cowlairs, Mossend, Larbert, Polmadie and Glasgow Central.

Saturday 25/04/92
Network Northwest Day. 26001+26040 were due to work the 0852 Manchester Victoria to Barrow and return, but nothing on the day went smoothly!

The farce began with 26001 and 26002 being allocated for the duty and both were assigned special tests at Eastfield. Five minutes before their departure to Manchester, 002 was failed with its by now customary low power fault. 26040 had arrived at Eastfield earlier that day with the AT52 ballast trip, so that was grabbed instead… The pair departed and headed for Newton Heath, Manchester, with a six hour fester at Carlisle en route.

Almost as soon as the train departed Manchester Victoria, it was apparent to most on board that there was a problem with the brakes on the second loco. Unfortunately the traincrew took another 8 miles to realise and the rain stopped only because the guard had had the good sense to apply the brake before Bolton. 26001’s straight air brake had not been released after tying the locos on…

At Bolton, 001 was dumped in the through road and 040 carried on solo. However, it got as far as Lostock when one of the coaches needed attention to its brakes. There was a delay of around 40 minutes, and, with 040 suffering from low power, Preston was finally reached a mere 90 down. The train was caped and both 26s were back on Eastfield on Monday evening. No apparent problems were found on 001’s bogies.

Friday 21/08/92
26001 and 26007 are rolled out officially in their new as-near-as-possible-to-1958-livery at Eastfield shed during a short ceremony to mark the closure of the depot.

26001 was the first loco to be painted, entering Eastfield on 11/06/92. 26001 had a small West Highland Terrier logo directly above the Eastfield plates; 26007 had a standard size ScotRail blue West Highland Terrier, mounted above a plaque commemorating D5300 as the last loco to receive major attention at the depot. The logos and plaque were unveiled by two of the depot’s longest-serving staff, Paul Equi (welder and blacksmith) and Jim Kerr (painter).

Sunday 23/08/92
26007 (D5300) + 26001 (D5301)
0835 1Z48 Waverley to Oban; 1548 Oban to Waverley. The green machines had a day out West. Although it began badly: 007 had been left on a battery charger since Friday at Eastfield and would not start with its frazzled batteries. Eventually it fired, but the farce had just begun. When the outward train pulled into Helensburgh Upper, both the driver and fitter climbed out and, after a ten minute discussion, decided to disconnect the multi and drive the locos in tandem. Although this had a dramatic effect on the performance of the locos for the rest of the outward and return trip, they were still not giving 100%. After the trip, 007 returned light to Eastfield and 26001 took the ECS to Perth before running to Eastfield. The next day both were undergoing repairs at Eastfield.

The entire class is reallocated to Inverness after being transferred on paper three weeks before. Most light exams were carried out by Ayr, Grangemouth, Millerhill and Motherwell, with Inverness only doing C, D and Es.

Saturday 12/09/92
26042+26001
2P10 0645 Perth to Waverley

26001 and 26042 at Waverley

26001 and 26042 at Waverley

26001+26042
1H11 Waverley to Inverness; from Waverley to Perth

26002+26001+26042
1H11 Waverley to Inverness; from Perth to Aviemore

26001+26042
1H11 Waverley to Inverness; from Aviemore to Inverness

26042+26001
1B36 1627 Inverness to Waverley; from Inverness to Aviemore

26035+26042+26001
1B36 1627 Inverness to Waverley; Aviemore to Perth

Friday 18/09/92
26001 had been selected to attend Thornaby Open Day, but was failed with flat batteries, so 26007 went instead.

Thursday 05/11/92
26001 powers the empties for a ScotRail steam excursion, running as 5Z60 from Aberdeen to Perth. 001 then ran light to Portobello for tyre turning.

Friday 11/12/92
26001 returned to traffic following tyre turning and fitting of a brand new wheelset (for No.3 axle).

Friday 22/01/93
2K22 0625 Glenrothes toWaverley; Clunybridge to Waverley. The DMU failed and 001 assisted to Waverley.

Wednesday 17/02/93
26001 was used as a route learning loco for Motherwell crews from Motherwell to Grangemouth. This was to allow them to learn the road for the (reduced) petroleum duties Motherwell would take over when Grangemouth depot closed on 03/04/93. Various other 26s also worked on this route learning in the following weeks.

Wednesday 17/03/93
26001 arrived at Inverness for a B exam and the removal for inspection of the main air reservoir tanks (because the locos were now so long out of works). This took three weeks to complete.

26001 and 26007 02 0693 2H86 1705 Kyle to Inverness.

26001 and 26007 02 0693 2H86 1705 Kyle to Inverness. TZ

Wednesday 02/06/93
26001+26007
2H85 1225 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

The first of the planned regular Wednesday swansong workings to Kyle and back. Anyone had an xos to Kyle before that?

Wednesday 09/06/93
26001+26007
2H85 1225 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Monday 14/06/93
Owing to a shortage of sprinters, 26001+26007 worked the 2H83 1042 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and 2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness.

Wednesday 16/06/93
26001+26007
2H85 1225 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

On the return, problems were encountered at Stromeferry (No Ferry), and the locos were driven in tandem to Strathcarron. From there, 26001 wasn’t providing any power, and 26007 was also losing power! Discussions with maintenance at Inverness helped the traincrew rectify the problems and the train continued.

Thursday 17/06/93
26001+26007 visit the Kyle line again, but with the 7H04 0730 Inverness to Strathcarron ballast, returning light.

Sunday 20/06/93
26001 was among the exhibits at Maxwell Park station on the Cathcart Circle for an Open Day.

26001 and 26007 at Strathcarron on 23/06/93 with the 1705 Kyle to Inverness.

26001 and 26007 at Strathcarron on 23/06/93 with the 1705 Kyle to Inverness.

Wednesday 23/06/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Again there were problems on the return; in fact, a Class 37 was despatched to Dingwall as a standby. It wasn’t needed, but 2H86 was 40 late back in Inverness. The connecting 2000 sprinter to Glasgow wasn’t held…

Most faults with the pair were down to a faulty brake valve, regulating air leaks, multi faults and some other electrical problems: all down to the age of the locos and last, long-distant works dates! 001 also had a recurring speedo problem, largely down to the way the slow speed equipment had been ripped out at Eastfield…

Wednesday 30/06/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Friday 09/07/93
26001+26007 7H04 0800 ballast from Inverness to Achnasheen and return.

Wednesday 14/07/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Wednesday 21/07/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Both locos were declared failures at Strathcarron on the return. 37025 was sent from Inverness, 26001 and 26007 came off and ran light to Inverness.

Wednesday 23/07/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Wednesday 04/08/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Wednesday 11/08/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Thursday 12/08/93
26001+26007 ran light from Inverness to Ayr.

Saturday 14/08/93
26001+26007
1Z39 ‘Waverley Wizard’ railtour; from Carlisle to Waverley, via Dumfries, Annbank. Paisley, Shields Junction, High Street Junction and Falkirk High. After a quick run round, they took the train back to Carlisle via the WCML, managing 85mph down Beattock and a 20 minute early arrival into Carlisle. They then returned to Motherwell, reaching Inverness on 17/08, where 001 received attention to its faulty speedo.

Wednesday 18/08/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Wednesday 25/08/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Wednesday 01/09/93
26001+26007
2H85 1235 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

Thursday 02/09/93
26001 ran light from Inverness to Millerhill, en route to the Worksop Open Day, but failed at Culloden. 26007 was sent to rescue; but eventually continued alone to Millerhill (and on to Worksop) while 001 limped home.

26001 and 26007 at Kyle with the 1042 from Inverness on 18/09/93. Pip Dunn

26001 and 26007 at Kyle with the 1042 from Inverness on 18/09/93. Pip Dunn

Saturday 18/09/93
26001+26007
2H83 1042 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
2H86 1705 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness

This was the last Class 26 passenger working in service.

26001 at Boness in 1996. TZ

26001 at Boness in 1996. TZ

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One response to “26001/D5301

  1. Great compilation of info, I ordered a Lima 00 gauge model of this loco in Coal sector colours a while back and have been interested to find out more about its working life. Many thanks.

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