Entered service 28/08/59
Last overhaul 05/86 G and HGR; including fitting air-brakes and removing boiler and boiler water tanks
64B (Haymarket) 28/08/59 (new)
60A (Inverness) 02/60
HA (Haymarket) 28/09/86
ED (Eastfield) 16/05/87
RAJE Regional/Infrastructure 26s IS
One of the IS engines to carry a stag emblem (white, or black on yellow) in blue (along with 032, 037, 040 and 041)
OMO fitted 05/86
Headlights and phone fitted 1976
26038 spent 26 years and 8 months as an Inverness-based loco, the longest association of all the 26s.
Claimed to be the last 26 with an operational boiler, and last to work on the far North on 09/11/85, when it piloted (and steamed through) 37263 on the evening Wick to Inverness service. It worked 1M49/1S81 for a few days after this as well.
Original green; green plus small yellow warning panel; early Class 24-style BR blue; BR blue; Railfreight (05/86); Dutch 02/92
Storage and disposal
Reason for withdrawal: TM defect
Bought privately and stored at South Yorkshire Railway 12/94; then moved to Cardiff Cathays.
2Y34 2156 Dundee to Perth.
2Y34 2156 Dundee to Perth (after 27026 failed).
1B34 1430 Inverness to Edinburgh; (to Perth; pilot to 47636).
1L39 1803 Glasgow to Perth.
26038 1L35 1123 Waverley to Perth; 1T24 1350 Perth to Glasgow; 1L37 1603 Glasgow to Arbroath; 2Y02 1850 Arbroath to Dundee.
2Y34 2156 Dundee to Perth.
1M06 1055 Stranraer to Euston; piloting 47531 from Stranraer to Carlisle.
26038 dragged the 0704 North Berwick to Haymarket from Drem loop.
26038 dragged the 1300 Carlisle to Whitehaven DMU back to Carlisle from Wigton after the unit collided with a car on the track. As the unit had lost its vac bag in the collision, 038 was limited to 10mph…
1B21 1858 Carstairs to Waverley.
1035 Inverness to Euston; from Plean Junction to Waverley after the Clansman Duff called it a day.
1L37 1603 Queen Street to Arbroath and the 1924 Arbroath to Dundee.
1715 Arbroath to Perth; from Carnoustie area to Dundee after the unit failed. The train was caped at Dundee.
1712 2Y74 Dundee to Montrose; 1808 2Y46 Montrose to Perth.
1723 Carlisle to Whitehaven; 1839 Whitehaven to Carlisle (on both turns dragging a 108).
Cartsburn Tunnel to Wemyss Bay. 3030xx failed in the tunnel and brought the wires down, so the 26 ran light from Polmadie to push the unit. It’s unclear where the normals were detrained.
26038 was allocated to work the 1522 2E38 Carlisle to Newcastle, but unfortunately the fitters fixed the unit in time.
1222 5MO1 Carlisle Yard to Crewe ECS. It arrived Crewe at 1515 and returned light to Carlisle.
1743 2E34 Carlisle to Newcastle, with a 108 unit, then returned light.
26038 1Z36 Carlisle to Falkland Yard; and then Ayr to Carlisle. On a Class 20 railtour, in multi with 37245. 26002 and 26007 topped and tailed with 20124 and 20138 from Killoch to Falkland Yard and Chalmerston to Ayr.
1101 Carlisle to Barrow; 1458 Barrow to Carlisle; 1743 2E46 Carlisle to Newcastle.
26038 ran light to Newcastle after spending the night at Heaton.
26037+26038 (FPAE) work 6Z50 Grangemouth to Carlisle oil train when 37s weren’t available. 100% availability wasn’t unusual for these petroleum machines (037, 038, 040 and 041).
26038 emerges in Dutch livery from Eastfield.
26038 works 6N33 2145 Bishopbriggs to Grangemouth empty tanks (usually a pair of 37s).
26038 turns out on the 7S52 1818 ThO Sellafield to Fairlie nuke train, working from Carlisle to Fairlie High. 26038 had run light to Carlisle to work the train from Ayr depot owing to a shortage of Ts.
26038 6S59 1830 Scunthorpe to Stranraer; Girvan to Falkland Yard. 37883+37714 failed at Girvan and 038 ran down to drag the train back to Falkland Yard, where the Ts were detached to Ayr shed for a battering.
6R10 0550 Falkland Yard to Stranraer (Town).
26038 was withdrawn.
While on the AR14 2300 Barassie to Glengarnock ballast trip on Wednesday 14/10, 038 developed a TM defect on No.2 motor. The driver returned the loco to the depot and the TM was isolated. 038 was pre-assigned inspection at Inverness the next day, so it trundled off at 0145 the next day via Polmadie and Perth, reaching Inverness on Friday 16/10 at 1135 inside the T-hauled 6Z33 Millerhill to Inverness freight. The TM was too badly damaged to repair, so, with no authorisation for a reconditioned TM, 038 was withdrawn at 1300 hrs.