D5144, 5144, 24144
D5144, 5144, 24144

The fifteen year two month career of D5144/24144 was spent allocated only to London Midland Region depots.


The frames for D5144 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during September 1960, D5144 was new to Willesden (1A) on December 3rd 1960. Further transfers were:

November 1964 to Crewe North (5A)
January 1965 to Rugby (1F)
April 1966 to London Division (D01)
September 1966 to Stoke Division (D05)
April 1968 to Longsight (9A)
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09)
November 1968 to Stoke Division (D05)
May 1973 to Crewe
January 4th 1976 to serviceable store
January 31st 1976 withdrawn

Renumbered May 15th 1974.

After withdrawal 24144 was stored at Crewe from January 1976 to May 11th 1976 when it was forwarded to Swindon Works and broken up by the end of September 1976.

Movement: 24046 (?), 24140/144/146 Crewe – Swindon May 11th 1976.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works August & September 1961.
Noted Derby Works February & July 1963.
Noted Derby Works November 1964.
Noted Derby Works May - August 1965.
Noted Derby Works October 1970.


The second to last block of Class 24s were laid down at Derby Works during the autumn of 1960. When outshopped D5144 was allocated to Willesden (1A), one of only four brand new Class 24s delivered to Willesden, most others came on transfer from Eastern Region depots.

D5144 visited Derby Works during August & September.

D5144 was noted at Derby Works during February & July.

Condition October: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel may not full cover frame level stripe, shortened fuel & water tanks, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps,

D5144 visited Derby Works during November.

Visitors to Derby Works during the year included D5144 from May to August.

An early morning round trip Glasgow - Dundee passenger was frequently handled by LMR Type 2s with D5144/5190/5211 so noted in May, no doubt the power off the overnight ‘Condor’ workings - Peaks could also be seen on this working. Typical steam power for these duties had been A4s and Class 5s. May 3rd also saw the closure of Dundee West. That afternoon the 17.00 ex Glasgow Buchanan Street arrived behind Willesden allocated D5144. The last service out, the 20.00 to Glasgow was behind 73145 (65B), whilst a short while later the last train in, the 18.15 from Buchanan Street produced 73153 (65B). The empty stock was removed by D5144. Within a year Dundee West station would be demolished, the site becoming part of the road network leading to the Tay bridge.

During September D5144 moved to the Stoke Division (D05).

In mid-October D5144 arrived at Shrewsbury for crew training over the Cambrian route to Aberystwyth, quickly being assigned to the down ‘Cambrian Coast Express’, whilst another Class 24 had gone to Machynlleth for similar training exercises.

As the New Year began Shrewsbury diagrammed Class 24’s to handle the Cambrian freight workings, on January 2nd 1967 D5073 handled the 04.20 to Aberystwyth, D5140 the 05.00 to Machynlleth and D5144 the 07.25 to Newtown.

After six months on the Stoke Division D5144 moved to Longsight (9A) in April. It remained here until November, returning to the Stoke Division (D05).

Green machines at Oxenholme on July 13th 1968 as D236 leads D5144 on a northbound working. Has the Class 24 failed perhaps?
Photograph courtesy Kevin Hughes HU00790 (RCTS archives)

5144 made a visit to Derby Works during October. Possibly during this visit the No.1 end cab roof received a modified headcode moulding, similar to the Class 25s but without the horn mouldings. Livery at the time was green with full yellow ends.

Condition August: green livery with full yellow cabfronts (no frame level stripe), gangway doors present, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, modified headcode housing No.1 end, hand/footsteps plated over.

24144 was withdrawn on January 31st 1976.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, shortened fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, modified headcode housing No.1 end.

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