Entered service 12/12/58
Last overhaul 01/86 G and HGR; including fitting air-brakes and removing boiler water tanks
34B (Hornsey) 28/11/58 (new)
34G (Finsbury Park) 04/60
64B (Haymarket) 05/60 (loan)
64B (Haymarket) 06/60
IS (Inverness) 25/10/75
HA (Haymarket) 07/10/78
ED (Eastfield) 16/05/87
DCHA ScotRail Departmental Civil Engineer
RAJE Regional/Infrastructure 26 IS
OMO fitted 02/86. 26008 was the only non slow-speed-fitted 26 to carry two-tone grey coal livery
Original green; green plus small yellow warning panel; BR blue; Railfreight grey (01/86); Railfreight two tone grey (coal subsector) (11/88)
Storage and disposal
Withdrawn after collision damage. Cut MC Metals 07/94. Bogies and power unit apparently sold.
26008 was out dragging units from Cowdenbeath; its first passenger workings for three years.
1J29 1718 Waverley to Dundee. 008 came light from Eastfield to work this train; the stock was a shove set.
1135 Waverley to Inverness; from Waverley to Perth after 47017 was removed at Edinburgh. 47003 went forward.
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley. Despite a 60mph limit, 008 managed 80 down the hill…
1B34 Aberdeen to Waverley; taking load 10 from Dundee to Waverley after the Duff expired.
0954 1B08 Carstairs to Waverley. 47474 piloted the 26 into Waverley, and both engines were working.
0607 2G11 Waverley to Waverley via Cardenden; Cardenden to Waverley. 26008 came off Thornton after 47114 had lost power.
0607 2G11 Waverley to Waverley; Cowdenbeath to Waverley. 26008 rushes in when 47973 blows for 008’s final passenger work on a service train.
26008 works the first passenger turn of the year, albeit a tour and albeit not for very far… A4 Class 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ was booked to work an InterCity charter from Glasgow Queen Street to Waverley to commemorate 150 years of the line. Since kettles are banned from charging up Cowlairs bank owing to their tunnel-lining destroying tendencies, 26008 was used to pilot to Eastfield shed.
26008 runs light from Perth to Inverness for crew training duties for fitters and drivers, as fewer than half of Inverness drivers were by then familiar with the class. Two days after its arrival, 008 failed with electrical problems serious enough for 008 to have to be dragged back to Eastfield for attention to its main generator! It was placed inside 37405 on the 6B70 1820 Inverness to Millerhill via Grangemouth on 02/03/92 and finally arrived at Eastfield the next morning (the loco was returned to traffic on 09/03/92.)
26008+26003 work to Aberdeen on a ballast from Perth Yard.
26008 worked 5Z20 1730 Perth to Inverness. This coal-liveried machine was used by control to take a defective coach back to ScotRail’s coaching resource centre at Inverness. Since 26002 was in need of an A exam, it was also dragged to Inverness in the consist by 008. Both locos returned to Perth separately; 008 coming back light later that Sunday and 002 returning on Monday.
26008 is towed to Inverness by 37408 on 6H33 2350 Millerhill to Inverness freight, after being stuck at Eastfield for several weeks with traction motor problems. A reconditioned traction motor arrived at Inverness eventually from RFS Doncaster, but, during fitting, it was discovered that brushes were missing and the casing had been damaged at Doncaster, so 008 remained on shed for longer than planned…
26008 worked its last train. It had arrived in Ayr on 23/01, and worked various ballast duties. While on AR08, it was running light to a site near Girvan to uplift a crane. Unfortunately it collided with the crane and this knocked both buffers off and bent the frame. 26001 was sent from Ayr to drag 008 to Girvan for inspection. It was then hauled subsequently to Ayr on 03/03 and Motherwell the next day. Official withdrawal came on 12/03/93 at 1600hrs.