26002/D5302

26002, 26001, 26042 11.30 Edinburgh-Inverness 12/09/92 at Aviemore. Warren Desmond

26002, 26001, 26042 11.30 Edinburgh-Inverness 12/09/92 at Aviemore. Warren Desmond

Entered service 02/10/58
Renumbered 25/05/74
Last overhaul 04/86 G & HGR
Withdrawn 09/10/92

26002 at Inverkeithing on the 1705 Waverley to Cardenden on 03/07/1985. TZ

26002 on the 1705 Waverley to Cardenden on 03/07/1985. The normal DMU had been booked for a charter to Aviemore. 26002 was huge. Once the gen was out, people started to leap for it from all over Scotland, especially as there were other Type Two moves earlier that day: 27002 and 27054 had done the 0706 Waverley to Inverness to Perth; 27054 and 27065 had gone forward. The 1135 Inverness to Wick was 26038 and 26040. The 0605 Carlisle to Glasgow had been 27029 and 27033; the Circuit had 27017, 27023 and 27041 out. 26002 had a history of failing on freight etc: it lost 26 minutes to Cardenden and was removed and replaced by 26039 for the return working.

26002 at Waverley on the 1705

26002 at Waverley on the 1705

Depots
34B (Hornsey) 02/10/58 (new)
64B (Haymarket) 04/60
ED (Eastfield) 16/05/88
IS (Inverness) 23/08/92
Withdrawn 09/10/92

26002 Glasgow Works 17 May 1980. Photo David Hills

26002 Glasgow Works 17 May 1980. Photo David Hills

Sectors
04/87 FXX
07/87 FEGB
01/89 FEPE
06/91 DCHA
03/92 RAJE
10/92 RFJX

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

Notes
OMO fitted 05/86

26002 Haymarket 6 March 1976. David Hills

26002 Haymarket 6 March 1976. David Hills

Liveries
Original green; green plus small yellow warning panel; BR blue; red stripe Railfreight (09/87); Trainload Coal; civil engineer’s Dutch; preserved green (faded)

Storage and disposal
Dumped at Inverness following withdrawal. 26002 was the first of the 7 slow speed control 26s to be withdrawn. Now preserved on the Strathspey Railway at Aviemore as D5302.

26002 1C85 on 04/05/89 JB

26002 1C85 on 04/05/89 JB

Last years
18/08/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

22/08/88
26002+26024
1M47 1744 Waverley to Carstairs and 1B25 1844 Carstairs to Waverley. 47500 had blown up, so the first service train pair of the year produced. Because of a multi fault, they were driven in tandem.

08/09/88
Conflicting gen has 002 on either the 1B23 1820 Carstairs to Waverley or the 1858 Carstairs to Waverley.

13/10/88
26002 and 26040 both did Carstairs portions.

26/10/88
2150 Waverley to Carstairs; from Slateford Junction to Carstairs after the 47 blew up.

02/11/88
26002+37262
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

04/05/89
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

Sunday 12/05/91
26002 was released from Glasgow Works after traction motor repairs.

Wednesday 22/05/91
26002 6E84 Millerhill to Tyne Yard, piloting a 56 on a MGR.

Friday 26/07/91
26006 and 26007 were transferred from FEPE to DCHB, leaving Trainload Coal workings without Class 26s for the first time in 25 years… 26007 was the last sector-allocated engine to work a coal train on the day before; however, 26002 (DCHA spent a week at the end of August working to Cockenzie off Millerhill.

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!

Wednesday 02/10/91
Shortlived ‘Father of the Class’ 26028 was withdrawn at 0800, leaving the fleet strength at 23 and only 26014, 26024 and 26042 in blue. Its last train was the 8B78 0447 Mossend to Millerhill departmental on the 1st. Later that day it ran light to Eastfield and was shut down. It then lost two of its buffers to collision-damaged 26002.

Friday 18/10/91
26002 was involved in a head-on collision with several ballast wagons at Barassie PWD. It was towed to Eastfield on Tuesday 22nd, at a maximum speed of 25mph. Repairs were authorised to buffer beams and cab supports.

Thursday 20/02/92
26002 emerges from Eastfield after its collision repairs in the new Dutch livery. However, the loco was still having problems with its engine speed trip faults, and failed on 12/03/92 at Dalmuir while working Dumbarton to Cadder with some empty ballast wagons.

Wednesday 27/05/92
26002+26003 work to Aberdeen on a ballast from Perth Yard.

Saturday 12/09/92
26002+26001+26042
1H11 Waverley to Inverness; from Perth to Aviemore. 26002’s final passenger working.

Friday 09/10/92
26002, 26014, 26024 and 26042 were withdrawn in the afternoon.

26002 had long been living on borrowed time and was fortunate to escape withdrawal after its collison at Barassie. It spent much of 1992 sidelined at Eastfield or Inverness with various defects of engine, traction motors and turbo. After 002 was removed from the triple header on Saturday 12/09/92, it was taken to Inverness and examined. A new turbo was fitted, but, while on test, the diagnosis was switched to the power unit being faulty. Engine repairs weren’t sanctioned, and 002 was the first xos 26 to be withdrawn and the first Dutch-liveried 26 to go too.

26002 withdrawn at Inverness in 1993. TZ

26002 withdrawn at Inverness in 1993. TZ

26002 at Saughton

26002 at Saughton

 

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