26038/D5338

26038 + 26034 on an afternoon Inverness to Aberdeen in October 1984. Mike Cooper

26038 + 26034 on an afternoon Inverness to Aberdeen in October 1984. Mike Cooper

Entered service 28/08/59
Renumbered 27/07/74
Last overhaul 05/86 G and HGR; including fitting air-brakes and removing boiler and boiler water tanks
Withdrawn 19/10/92

26038 and 26011 at Aberdeen Ferryhill depot on 19/06/78. David Hills

26038 and 26011 at Aberdeen Ferryhill depot on 19/06/78. David Hills

Depots
64B (Haymarket) 28/08/59 (new)
60A (Inverness) 02/60
HA (Haymarket) 28/09/86
ED (Eastfield) 16/05/87
IS 23/08/92
Withdrawn 19/10/92

26038 at Thurso 07/06/80. David Hills

26038 at Thurso 07/06/80. David Hills

Sectors
04/87 DXX
08/87 FXX
10/87 FGWS
01/88 FXXB
02/88 FGWS
02/89 FGSE
11/89 FPAE
30/09/91 DCHA
03/92 RAJE
10/92 RFJX
19/10/92 Withdrawn

FXX Freight/General
FGWS/FXXB Speedlink/Eastfield
FXXL Freightliner/General
FGSE/FGWS Speedlink/Eastfield
FPAE Petroleum/Eastfield
RAJE Regional/Infrastructure 26s IS

26038 on the 1110 Kyle to Inverness on 30/04/83. Dave Newman

26038 on the 1110 Kyle to Inverness on 30/04/83. Dave Newman

Notes
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

05/07/84 and 26038 (leading) and 26032 are on 2N26 Inverness to Wick.

05/07/84 and 26038 (leading) and 26032 are on 2N26 Inverness to Wick.

05/07/84 and 26038 (leading) and 26032 are on 2N26 Inverness to Wick.

05/07/84 and 26038 (leading) and 26032 are on 2N26 Inverness to Wick.

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.

Liveries
Original green; green plus small yellow warning panel; early Class 24-style BR blue; BR blue; Railfreight (05/86); Dutch 02/92

26038 at Hereford 03/05/91 for an Open Day.

26038 at Hereford 03/05/91 for an Open Day.

Storage and disposal
Reason for withdrawal: TM defect

Bought privately and stored at South Yorkshire Railway 12/94; then moved to Cardiff Cathays.

26038 and 26041 at Inverness on 05/04/85.

26038 and 26041 at Inverness on 05/04/85.

Last years
01/08/86
2Y34 2156 Dundee to Perth.

04/08/86
2Y34 2156 Dundee to Perth (after 27026 failed).

15/08/86
1B34 1430 Inverness to Edinburgh; (to Perth; pilot to 47636).

Monday 01/09/86
1L39 1803 Glasgow to Perth.

Saturday 06/09/86
26038 1L35 1123 Waverley to Perth; 1T24 1350 Perth to Glasgow; 1L37 1603 Glasgow to Arbroath; 2Y02 1850 Arbroath to Dundee.

Tuesday 09/09/86
2Y34 2156 Dundee to Perth.

17/04/87
1M06 1055 Stranraer to Euston; piloting 47531 from Stranraer to Carlisle.

30/06/87
26038 dragged the 0704 North Berwick to Haymarket from Drem loop.

19/11/87
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…

29/09/88
1B21 1858 Carstairs to Waverley.

28/10/88
1035 Inverness to Euston; from Plean Junction to Waverley after the Clansman Duff called it a day.

10/01/89
1L37 1603 Queen Street to Arbroath and the 1924 Arbroath to Dundee.

Thursday 19/10/89
1715 Arbroath to Perth; from Carnoustie area to Dundee after the unit failed. The train was caped at Dundee.

Friday 17/08/90
1712 2Y74 Dundee to Montrose; 1808 2Y46 Montrose to Perth.

Thursday 11/04/91
1723 Carlisle to Whitehaven; 1839 Whitehaven to Carlisle (on both turns dragging a 108).

Saturday 27/04/91
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.

Sunday 12/05/91
26038 was allocated to work the 1522 2E38 Carlisle to Newcastle, but unfortunately the fitters fixed the unit in time.

Wednesday 15/05/91
1222 5MO1 Carlisle Yard to Crewe ECS. It arrived Crewe at 1515 and returned light to Carlisle.

Wednesday 22/05/91
1743 2E34 Carlisle to Newcastle, with a 108 unit, then returned light.

Saturday 25/05/91
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.

Saturday 22/06/91
1101 Carlisle to Barrow; 1458 Barrow to Carlisle; 1743 2E46 Carlisle to Newcastle.

Sunday 23/06/91
26038 ran light to Newcastle after spending the night at Heaton.

Thursday 05/09/91
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).

Thursday 20/02/92
26038 emerges in Dutch livery from Eastfield.

Tuesday 03/03/92
26038 works 6N33 2145 Bishopbriggs to Grangemouth empty tanks (usually a pair of 37s).

Wednesday 29/04/92
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.

Saturday 25/07/92
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.

Wednesday 29/07/92
6R10 0550 Falkland Yard to Stranraer (Town).

Monday 19/10/92
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.

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