Last overhaul 09/84 G and HGR; including fitting air-brakes and removing boiler and boiler water tanks. Radio telephone removed 12/84
Withdrawn 09/10/92 Depots
64B (Haymarket) 02/10/59 (new)
60A (Inverness) 02/60
62B (Dundee) 04/60
60A (Inverness) 06/60
HA (Haymarket) 12/84
ED (Eastfield) 16/05/87
DWCH Departmental M&EE
DMEA Departmental M&EE
DCHA ScotRail Departmental Civil Engineer
DCHB ScotRail DCE restricted use
RAJW Regional/Infrastructure 26s IS restricted use
OMO fitted 02/86
Twin headlights & radio telephone fitted 1976.
Original green; green plus small yellow warning panel; early Class 24-style BR blue; BR blue
Reason for withdrawal: high engine hours
Cut MC Metals 06/95
2J02 1230 Dundee to Waverley; pushing failed 27010 from MP 44.5 to Ladybank.
1A55 0835 Edinburgh to Aberdeen (from Dundee; failure of 47402).
1730 Edinburgh to Cardenden.
1A55 0835 Waverley to Aberdeen; from Ladybank to Aberdeen after 47711 caught fire.
0704 North Berwick to Waverley; as far as Drem Junction. Then 0734 North Berwick to Waverley; as far as Drem Junction. Then 0719 Waverley to North Berwick; Drem Junction to North Berwick. Then 0804 North Berwick to Waverley; as far as Drem Junction.
1M08 1314 Waverley to Carstairs; may have returned on 1858 Carstairs to Waverley.
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.
0722 1M22 Waverley to Birmingham New Street; from Waverley to Carstairs.
0607 2G11 Waverley to Waverley via Cardenden; Townhill to Cowdenbeath. This turn was booked for a 47 off the previous night’s 3Y97 vans; however, 47562 failed at Townhill and 26042 ran light from Thornton, taking the train three miles to Cowdenbeath where it was caped.
Perth to Inverness on the ‘Orcadian’ (St Pancras to Kyle). 47808 runs out of coolant south of Berwick; 47562 rescues it and goes forward to Waverley, where 808 is removed and 562 continues. However, the driver at Perth fails it for low power, and 26014 and 26042 go forward with load 13 (including Mk3 schlafs) to Inverness. At Inverness, they almost came back on a 1415 additional to Waverley, but there was a spare driver who took them back light.
0926 Waverley to Glasgow Central; Polmadie to Central. The 107 expired and 042 pushed it in to the blocks. The return 1135 was caped.
26010, 26014, 26024, 26032 and 26042 were transferred from DCHA to DCHB. Owing to overspend on East Coast engineering, there were to be few east Coast turns for these engines over the coming months (in November, 26010 did not leave the old DMU shed at Eastfield for over three weeks). Only some extensive work around Motherwell saw the locos working at all regularly.
26042 arrives at Inverness for crew training duties to replace 26008.
26042 has its first trip off the shed at Inverness on crew training. It ran light to Aviemore and back, which allowed Inverness’s two English Traction Inspectors to familiarise themselves with the motive power! All crew training runs would be confined to the Highland Main Line owing to a lack of paths on the line to Aberdeen.
26042 7L07 1230 Perth Yard to Aberdeen. Normally this trip is a pair of 26s, but 042 took it solo.
26042+26036 1Z48 Oban to Waverley; Dumbarton Central to Waverley.
26042 derailed at the end of the up loop just south of Dalmeny station while running light overnight from Perth to Millerhill. Apparently, after receiving the road, the signalman had ‘shut the road’ on 042 at the very last moment, causing it to overshoot a set of catch points, leaving its front bogie resting on the ballast.
042 was rerailed later that day, and towed at 25mph to Millerhill. A thorough inspection revealed that the air brake systems on both bogies were severely damaged, rendering the loco effectively immobile. Over the next few days, Millerhill proved they had the technology and rebuilt the systems, allowing 042 to depart for Inverness at 1630 on Sunday 19/07, hauled by 37285, with 37088 providing braking force.
26042 works a few test runs following completion of its D exam. Sadly not on the 1044 Glasgow to Dundee, but 6B70 1115 Inverness to Millerhill, from Inverness to Perth. It then returned to Inverness on 5Z72, four coaches from the West Highland that needed maintenance. Then it ran light to Perth for its ballast trips the next day.
26042 dragged 26021+26004 from Perth to Inverness. This was to allow 021 to be used for spares at Inverness. 004 provided braking assistance (as did a brake van); and was removed at Dalwhinnie. Saturday 12/09/92
2P10 0645 Perth to Waverley
1H11 Waverley to Inverness; from Waverley to Perth
1H11 Waverley to Inverness; from Perth to Aviemore
1H11 Waverley to Inverness; from Aviemore to Inverness
1B36 1627 Inverness to Waverley; from Inverness to Aviemore
1B36 1627 Inverness to Waverley; Aviemore to Perth
1B36 1627 Inverness to Waverley; Perth to Waverley
2P47 2122 Waverley to Perth.
Maintenance Control at ScotRail House issued a directive that all defective 26s were to be taken out of traffic for inspection by ScotRail’s Area Chemist for asbestos on exhaust manifolds. 006 and 042 were stopped at Inverness; then 026 and 036 were taken out of service at Perth. Arrangements were made by Maintenance Control for a further 11 Class 26s to be worked to Motherwell and Grangemouth TMDs between 30/09 and 05/10/92 for inspections. A team from M.C. Metals rectified any asbestos problems.
26002, 26014, 26024 and 26042 were withdrawn in the afternoon. 26042 was switched off and withdrawn at 1830.