D5135, 5135, 24135
D5135, 5135, 24135

The fifteen year two month career of D5135/24135 was spent allocated only to London Midland Region depots.

Allocations

The frames for D5135 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during July 1960, D5135 was new to Longsight (9A) on October 10th 1960. Further transfers were:

April 1962 to Camden (1B)
October 1962 to Longsight (9A)
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09)
November 1968 to Stoke Division (D05)
May 1973 to Crewe
December 1975 to unserviceable store
January 4th 1976 withdrawn

Renumbered April 22nd 1974.

After withdrawal 24135 was stored at Birkenhead from January 1976 to December 1976 when 24135 & 24089 were moved to Crewe. On December 12th 1976 24135 was forwarded to Swindon Works and broken up by the beginning of July 1977.

Movement: 24040/59/89/135 Crewe - Swindon via Banbury December 7th 1976 by 25157.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works August 1961.
Noted Derby Works July & November 1962.
Noted Derby Works September 1963.
Noted Derby Works May & June 1964.
Noted Derby Works November 1965.
Noted Crewe Works January 1970.
Noted Derby Works June 1972.

Highlights

An early view of D5135 going about its business at South Hampstead at the west end of Primrose Hill tunnel. At this time there is no sign of any electrification works.
Photographer unknown.

1967
Buxton depot received D5091, D5135 & D5137 for crew training and banking duties at Peak Forest at the end of February. These machines would work alongside the small pool of Sulzer 2s working the Northwich - Tunstead ICI block trains. This demanding working had been dieselised since August 1964 and now after almost three years of possibly the most arduous of any work given to the BR Sulzer 2s.

The Easter weekend provided much additional work for steam in the north-west. Huddersfield witnessed a multitude of steam extras including a none too healthy 73035 on a Manchester - Leeds relief. On the return working substitution came in the shape of D5135, putting up a creditable performance across the Pennines with ten coaches.

Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panel, squared upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, shortened fuel & water tanks, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, no blanking plates, hand/footsteps in place, paintwork in good condition.

1972
Condition March: green livery with small yellow warning panel, squared upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, shortened fuel & water tanks, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, blanking plates fitted, hand/footsteps plated over, three-piece miniature snowploughs fitted (yellow), most valencing still in place (except above the batteries).

1975

A number of Class 24's were withdrawn prematurely due to accident damage. In better times this damage would most likely have been repaired, but now in the twilight of their careers such damage was a deathknell for the locomotives. Here is 24135 at Swindon on January 23rd 1977. On December 16th 1975 24135 & 24140 had brought a load of hoppers from Shotwick to Bidston Dock. The crew were not made aware of a second set of locomotives entering the yard. A collision occurred leading to damage that precipitated the withdrawal of 24135 & 24089. The locomotives were removed to Birkenhead Mollington Street prior to movement to Swindon Works for scrapping.

1975
Condition March: Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors still present, shortened fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, three-piece miniature snowploughs fitted (yellow).

On December 16th 24135 & 24140 were working empty hoppers between Shotwick & Bidston Dock (9F63?) on the iron ore service. They entered Bidston Dock at about 6.30am believing they were the only engines in the yard. However the signalman had let 24089 and another Class 24 into the yard. The two sets of locomotives eventually came into collision with each other, with 24089 and 24135 coming off the worst.

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Page added August 19th 2016.

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