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LMS Route: Rugby to Tamworth

Tamworth Station: lnwr_tam2351

An unknown Class 24 Diesel locomotive pilots ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45689 'Ajax' during the early 1960s

An unknown Class 24 Diesel locomotive and ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45689 'Ajax' pass light engine through Tamworth sometime in the early 1960s. Built as LMS No 5689 by Crewe works in February 1936, No 45689 remained in service until December 1964 when it was withdrawn from 6G Llandudno Junction shed. The British Railways Class 24 diesel locomotives, originally known as the Sulzer Type 2, were built from 1958 to 1961. One hundred and fifty-one locomotives were built at British Railway's works in Derby, Crewe and Darlington, the first twenty of them as part of the British Rail 1955 Modernisation Plan. This class was used as the basis for the development of the Class 25 locomotives. The final survivor, No 24081, was withdrawn from Crewe depot in 1980.