Ref. this interesting photo published Sat 7th October. The forlorn 'Hymek' has been featured before on the CRS site and, using the search box, I found it was pictured on 7th Nov 2018 and again on 25th Dec 2019. The two nameless Westerns can be confirmed as D1006 Stalwart and D1050 Ruler. The former, next to D7089, was in tidy external condition and the latter could be identifed by a long horizontal scrape mark just below the nameplate.
D7089 (delivered new to 88A, Cardiff Canton, on 23rd July 1963) was withdrawn from Bristol Bath Road due to a split fuel tank on 6th May 1973 and taken to Marsh Junction for storage. On 31st Oct it was moved in a freight train to Laira but was then sent to Swindon Works on 18th Dec. Fate then dealt another reprieve from the scrapman as it was taken back to Laira on 5th Nov 1974 and allocated the departmental number TDB968005, to be used as a static carriage heating unit. Presumably at this time the boiler, engine and fuel tank were in working order? Whether or not it was actually used is not recorded but by early 1976 the loco had been deemed surplus and was unusually sold to scrap metal merchants T J Thomson Ltd of Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, moving there on 13th Feb. Photos exist of D7089 awaiting its fate outside the yard and it was reportedly disposed of by the end of February 1976.
D1006 was new to 83D, Laira, on 6th July 1962. It failed in traffic on 31st March 1975 and, requiring a replacement engine, was instead condemned at Laira on 6th April. Removal from Laira to Swindon was on 8th Sept 1975 but final disposal did not take place until 24th March 1977.
D1050 was recorded as delivered new at Crewe works in January 1963. The loco was stopped at Laira on 28th March 1975 and, like D1006, was found to require a replacement engine and also withdrawn on 6th April. I wonder why it was not possible at the time to take the serviceable engine from one or the other and make a good loco out of two? Transfer to Swindon was with D1006 on 8th Sept 1975 with breaking up completed by 8th April 1976.
Luckily the train ran 30 minutes early and it was a beautiful bright day today, or it would have been too dark to capture it, I think.
All the best, Jon