26003/D5303

by TZ

26003 at Edinburgh with the 2216 1B29 portion from Carstairs on 10/5/89.

Entered service 17/10/58
Renumbered 25/05/74
Refurbished 10/82
Last overhaul 03/88 CEM (L) [Component exchange maintenance/light]. The last 26 to receive classified overhaul
Withdrawn 04/10/93

26003 at Edinburgh with the 2216 1B29 portion from Carstairs on 16/08/88. Photo TZ

26003 at Edinburgh with the 2216 1B29 portion from Carstairs on 16/08/88. Photo TZ

Depots
34B (Hornsey) 17/10/58 (new)
60A (Inverness) 10/58 (loan)
65A (Eastfield) 11/58
64H (Leith Central) 11/58
64B (Haymarket) 04/60 (became HA)
05/10/87 Stored (asbestos)
31/10/87 HA
16/05/88 ED (Eastfield)
23/08/92 IS (Inverness)

D5303 at Haymarket (?), with an 08 and an NB shunter for company. David Hills

D5303 at Haymarket (?), with an 08 and an NB shunter for company. David Hills

Sectors
04/87 FXX
07/87 FEGB
01/89 FEPE
06/07/91 DCHB
03/09/91 DCHA
03/92 RAJE
02/10/93 RFJX
04/10/93 Withdrawn

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

An unusual view of 26003 inside the shed at Millerhill on 03/07/79. Adrian Healey

An unusual view of 26003 inside the shed at Millerhill on 03/07/79. Adrian Healey

Notes
OMO fitted 02/86
High-intensity light fitted 02/93
Air braked, boiler and water tank removed 1966

Liveries
Original green; green plus small yellow warning panel; early Class 24-style BR blue; BR blue; Trainload Coal (03/88); civil engineer’s Dutch

Storage and disposal
Withdrawn 04/10/93 at Inverness.Cut at M C Metals 01/95; engine apparently going to 26011.

26003 and 26004 at Waverley with the 1C82 1010 to Birmingham on 14/07/84. Photo TZ

26003 and 26004 at Waverley with the 1C82 1010 to Birmingham on 14/07/84. Photo TZ

Last years
27/08/86
1L35 1123 Edinburgh to Perth (needed for a freight).

Friday 26/09/86
2G31 1705 Waverley to Cardenden; 2G24 1840 Cardenden to Waverley.

20/04/87
1021 Waverley to Carstairs on a portion for a relief.

03/10/87
26003, 26010 and 26014 arrive at Toton, to have panelling and radiator elements removed before forwarding to Leicester. However, after some poking about, no asbestos seemed to be there…

16/10/87
26003, 26010 and 26014 move en route to Crewe, via Derby.

16/07/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

29/07/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

03/08/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

16/08/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

02/09/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

25/11/88
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

10/12/88
1C66 1203 Waverley to Carstairs and 1B21 1858 Carstairs to Waverley.

10/05/89
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

Saturday 06/07/91
26003, 26025 and 26032 were transferred to a new sector, DCHB. This was the limited-working engineering pool.

Saturday 03/08/91
26003 and 26007 are transferred DCHB to DCHA.

26003 at Worksop Open Day. Steve Parrott

26003 at Worksop Open Day. Steve Parrott

Thursday 15/08/91
26003 (DCHA) was repainted in FEPE colours for Workshop Open Day, themed for ‘coal’.
26003 at Worksop Open Day. Steve Parrott

26003 at Worksop Open Day. Steve Parrott

Wednesday 25/09/91
26003 and 26040 return to Eastfield from Shields Road wheel lathe. 003 needed new wheelsets, so these were ordered from Doncaster and 003 hibernated on Eastfield.

Tuesday 14/01/92
26003, 26004, 26006, 26007
Hired out at various times in a rotating pair to FEPE (Trainload Coal) for MGR trains to cover for Class 37 shortages over an eight week period. Two to three additional SSuX trains ran daily between Longannet and Kincardine power station in Fife.

26004 and 26007 were the original hired pair, but 004 failed on ballast trip AT52 just before the lease started, and 26003 was sent with 007, arriving Thornton 15/01/92. 003 had just been fitted with new wheelsets. The pair then worked MGRs for several days until 26003 (which had been slow speed defective since 20/06/91) was swapped with 26006.

Friday 07/02/92
26003 fails with coolant problems on the AL07 Perth ballast turn at Laurencekirk and is eventually dragged to Aberdeen for attention.

Wednesday 13/05/92
26003 returned to traffic after another CPC171D3 traction motor had been reconditioned by Doncaster. While the TM and axle repairs were underway, it was repainted Dutch, the 13th Class 26 to carry the livery.

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

Thursday 28/05/92
26008+26003 work to Aberdeen on a ballast from Perth Yard.

26003 at Edinburgh on 01/06/92 having arrived on the 0705 from Perth. Photo TZ

26003 at Edinburgh on 01/06/92 having arrived on the 0705 from Perth. Photo TZ

Monday 01/06/92
26003
0705 Perth-Kirkcaldy-Waverley; and 1130 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy-Inverness; Waverley to Perth. 47675 had failed with flat batteries, so sparkling Dutch machine 003 was borrowed to work the 0705. Owing to a temporary restriction on locos at a bridge ear Dunning, the diagram was swapped for the 0705 and the 0708 (which runs via Stirling). So, the 158 went via Stirling and the 26 went via Kirkcaldy. Upon return to Perth, 003 was removed for a recharged 47675. 003 did manage a trip to Inverness later that day in a pair with 26002 on the AL04 ballast trip from Perth. 003 was the first 26 to work a normal service train in 1992; this was also its last service passenger working.

Monday 08/06/92
26003 was allocated the 0708 2P10 Perth toWaverley via Stirling after 47675 is sent to rescue the overnight Inverness to Euston when 37156 and 37251 failed. However, 003 was failed at 0426 with load regulator problems and 26011 was allocated instead! However, the driver couldn’t start 011 owing to its flat batteries at 0700, so the train was caped.

Friday 11/09/92
26003 was released from Glasgow Works (Eastfield having no resources to do the work) following main generator repairs, the last member of the class to be ‘ex-works’!

Thursday 15/10/92
26003 derailed at Cadder Yard PWD, and, after rerailing, ran light to Motherwell for inspection.

Wednesday 30/12/92
26003 powered the 6M29 0620 Larbert to Oakleigh ICI empties to Mossend Yard.

Thursday 31/12/92
26003 collected two SRPS Mk1 coaches from Craigentinny and dropped them off at Manuel Junction.

Monday 11/01/93
26043 failed while running light engine from Perth to Thornton as part of the AL07 trip. 26003 hauled it back to Perth, where 043 was patched up before being sent out on snow patrolling duties between Perth and Blair Atholl. The next day it was diagnosed as having a power earth fault and was withdrawn on 19/01/93 at 1520hrs.

Tuesday 12/01/93
Heavy snowfalls in the Highlands saw 26003+26037 sandwiched between two independent snowploughs and ploughing the Highland Main Line between Perth and Dalwhinnie, including the notorious Druimuachdar Summit.

Monday 08/03/93
26003+26005 worked the 6H51 1420 Inverness to Elgin and 6H52 1800 return timber trains which connect with the Dee Marsh to Elgin service. This was part of their special tests for the following Saturday’s ‘Cumbrian Tynesider’ tour. Both locos had received replacement main reservoir air tanks (003 at Perth and 005 at Inverness) before this run; and spent several days in the depot for minor repairs before the tour.

26003 and 26005 at Carlisle on the Cumbrian Tynesider railtour on 13/03/93. Pip Dunn

26003 and 26005 at Carlisle on the Cumbrian Tynesider railtour on 13/03/93. Pip Dunn

Saturday 13/03/93
26003+26005
1Z40 ‘Cumbrian Tynesider’ railtour; Carlisle to Hexham to Newcastle to Hartlepool to York to Wakefield to Rochdale to Manchester Victoria to Preston to Carlisle…

Thursday 18/03/93
26003+26007 worked 5Z28 1626 Inverness to Perth load 8 ECS (ScotRail coaches going on short-term loan to Regional Railways North West at Edge Hill) and returned light.

Thursday 22/04/93
26003 made what had become a rare visit for the class to Millerhill when it arrived there on the AL07 ballast from Perth.

Wednesday 28/04/93
26003 was hired to the FCPA pool when it was used to work the 6Z70 1040 Perth to Mossend (four discharged TTA wagons). 003 then returned from Mossend to Larbert on the 6Z71 1235 departure with two loaded PCA wagons of soda ash from Oakleigh.

Sunday 23/05/93
26003+26005
Topped and tailed 1Z46 ‘Lancastrian’ railtour from Preston to Blackburn and Colne, including a visit to the Padiham branch.

Monday 24/05/93
While returning light from Carlisle, 26003+26005 were used to rescue the 6S69 2006 Dee Marsh to Inverness timber train after 47210 had failed.

Friday 11/06/93
26003+26005 had arrived at Carlisle on 08/06 light from Inverness and were due to go to Crewe light for a railtour. However, 005 failed with flat batteries and so 26003 was sent to Crewe with 31184 to work the 1Z47 ‘Skirl Revisited’ railtour from there back to Carlisle in the wee small hours… At Carlisle, the 31 was removed and a fully-charged 005 paired up with 003 again. They both took the train forward to Mossend where 37156 and 37196 took over to Fort William.

Saturday 12/06/93 and Sunday 13/06/93
Owing to a shortage of Ts, 26003 and 37275 were used to cover the AZ23 ballast from Polmadie to Quintinshill.

Friday 23/07/93
26003 was used as station pilot at Inverness between 0600 and 0800 owing to gronk failure.

Thursday 30/09/93
There was supposed to be a farewell Class 26 railtour organised by an outfit called Victoria Travel… it was, however, cancelled at the last minute. This was supposed to feature a tripleheader over the Highland Main Line, so 26003 and 26032 were despatched south from Inverness, followed an hour later by 26005. The three locos were tied together at Aviemore to test the multi equipment before proceeding to Perth.

Friday 01/10/93
As news was released of the tour’s cancellation, 032 ran back to Inverness light in the mid-afternoon.

Saturday 02/10/93
26003+26005 ran light to Inverness, arriving at around 1500hrs. They were shut down and stored.

26003 at Millerhill. Steve Parrott

26003 at Millerhill. Steve Parrott

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