On Tour

In 1976, 1977 and 1978 the last few remaining Class 24s at Crewe were in demand for railtour haulage, and reached a few places where they were not normal visitors, especially on passenger turns. Sadly, these tours always permed 2 from the last 3 of the Crewe boiler-fitted locos - 24082, 24087 and 24133 - even on the summer workings.

24082 at Penistone 04/12/76 (s0846.jpg)

This is Penistone at the eastern end of the Woodhead line on the 4th December 1976. A grey, foggy day on the western side of the Pennines turned into a glorious sunny, snow-covered morning in Yorkshire. 24082 leads 24087 on the run from Crewe to Loughborough on the "Great Central" railtour.

24087 at Manchester Victoria 10/07/77 (s1130.jpg)

24087 leads 24133 at Manchester Victoria whilst working from Crewe to Carnforth on the "Dick Turpin" railtour on the 10th July 1977.

24133 at Carnforth 10/07/77 (s1132.jpg)

As A4 Pacific "Sir Nigel Gresley" backs onto the train at Carnforth, 24133 and 24087 wait to return light-engine through the station on the 10th July 1977.

24082 at Nuneaton 14/01/78 (s1544.jpg)

24082 and 24133 at Nuneaton Trent Valley on the West Coast Main Line on the London St Pancras to Liverpool "Merseyside Express" railtour.

24082 at Liverpool Lime Street 14/01/78 (s1552.jpg)

With 24133 behind, 24082 sits at the buffers at Liverpool Lime Street after arriving with the "Merseyside Express" railtour from London St Pancras. 14th January 1978.

24087 at Birmingham New Street 28/01/78 (s1582.jpg)

24087 and 24133 at Birmingham New Street ready to work the Birmingham to Aberystwyth and Barmouth leg of the "Cambrian Coast Express" railtour on Saturday 28th January 1978.