Last overhaul 05/85 G and HGR; including fitting air-brakes and removing boiler and boiler water tanks
64B (Haymarket) 02/10/59 (new)
60A (Inverness) 02/60
62B (Dundee) 04/60
60A (Inverness) 06/60
HA (Haymarket) 12/05/85
IS (Inverness) 06/85
ED (Eastfield) 16/05/87
Withdrawn 19/01/93 Sectors
DWCH Departmental M&EE
DMEA Departmental M&EE
DCHA ScotRail Departmental Civil Engineer
DCHB ScotRail DCE restricted use
RAJE Regional/Infrastructure 26s IS
RAJW Regional/Infrastructure 26s IS restricted use
OMO fitted 02/86
Twin headlights & radio telephone fitted 1976.
26043 was the final 26 to be shopped ex works in BR blue in May 1985 (locos shopping after received Railfreight colours).
Believed to be the last serviceable loco to leave Eastfield depot. Liveries
Original green; green plus small yellow warning panel; BR blue; civil engineer’s Dutch (11/90); planned reinstatement to preserved green
Storage and disposal
Reason for withdrawal: power earth fault following snow ingress while on ploughing duties. Dumped at Perth.
2K35 1915 Waverley to Markinch.
1Z13 and 1Z14 Carstairs to Waverley and Waverley to Carstairs (charters).
2Kxx 0753 Kirkcaldy to Waverley.
1H01 2325 Waverley to Inverness; piloting from Blair Atholl to Dalwhinnie.
1S07 2245 Euston to Waverley to Aberdeen; dragging from Dundee area to Aberdeen.
0910 Aberdeen to Queen Street; from Dunblane to Queen Street. 47708 blew up at Perth and a just-off-repairs 47562 replaced it and then failed at Dunblane. 26043 took the train in.
1Z97 ‘Waverley’ railtour; Carlisle to Waverley to Cardenden to Kirkcaldy to Waverley. This was the AIA Charters Class 31 tour, which had been supposed to have Class 31s throughout. However, Intercity refused to allow non-standard traction on the WCML (this despite a Class 31 dragging a WCML train a few days before into Waverley!), so the 26s were substituted. The first Dutch pair to work a passenger train.
26001 and 26007 are dragged by 26043 from Eastfield to Crewe, arriving at 1620.
26007+26043 1Z16 0700 Hereford to Carlisle; Crewe to Carlisle via the S&C. This was the load 10 ‘Wye Knot’ tour. The pair put up a good performance and were only a minute late into Carlisle. 007 and 043 were removed and returned to Ed later in the day light. 26001 remained at Crewe as a static exhibit at the Open Day.
26043 returned to traffic after three months out of service with TM problems. It failed at Shettleston two days later (main generator) and was towed back to the Field. It re-entered traffic on 27/04/92.
1015 1B26 Inverness to Waverley; from Blair Atholl to Perth. 47671 blew at Dalnacardoch with lubricating oil problems. 20905 was running light from Kilmarnock to Inverness to assist 20904 which had failed the previous day on weedkilling duties, so 20905 was snatched to be sent wrong line to haul the 47 to Blair Atholl. There it was detached to continue its journey north and 043 came off Perth to drag the train to Perth, where it was caped. 26043’s final passenger working.
26043 rescued failed 37184 and its consist on the 6N33 2030 Bishopbriggs to Grangemouth tanks, dragging from Greenhill loop to Grangemouth.
26043 ran light from Grangemouth to Perth to commence snow clearing duties on the Highland Line.
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.