derby works test train 1T48
Derby Works Test Train
Headcode: 1T48, and others

New locomotives delivered from Derby Locomotive Works would undergo a variety of tests before beng placed into traffic. One of the last tests they would undergo would be a lengthy shakedown run with a rake of coaching stock. One of the test train involved making a roundtrip from Derby to the Corby area.

The information below for the years 1963 & 1964 comes from the observations of Brian Webb.

04/03/62 1T48 D157 noted parked on London Road curve, Derby, very ex-works with 1T48 headcode
24/03/62 1C88 D160 very exworks outside Test House

08/01/63 1T48 D191
10/01/63 1T48 D192/D193
01/02/63 1T48 D8517/D8518
15/02/63 1T48 D5186
12/03/63 1T48 D5186
15/03/63 1T48 D5187
18/03/63 1T48 D5188
20/03/63 1T48 D5189
19/04/63 1T48 D8530
02/05/63 1T48 D5196
03/05/63 1T48 D5197
07/05/63 1T48 D5196
08/05/63 1T48 D5198
10/05/63 1T48 D5199
16/05/63 1T48 D5200
21/05/63 1T48 D5202
06/06/63 1T48 D5204/D5205
11/06/63 1T48 D8536
13/06/63 1T48 D5206/D5207
18/06/63 1T48 D5208/D5209
26/06/63 1T48 D8522
05/07/63 1T48 D8523/D8524
09/07/63 1T48 D5215/D5216
25/07/63 1T48 D8533
30/07/63 1T48 D5217/D5218
21/08/63 1T48 D8527/D8536
22/08/63 1T48 D5220
27/08/63 1T48 D5220/D5221
30/08/63 1T48 D8543/D8544
04/09/63 1T48 D5222
19/09/63 1T48 D7568
25/09/63 1T48 D7569
26/09/63 1T48 D8550/D8551
27/09/63 1T48 D7570
01/10/63 1T48 D8552/D8553
07/10/63 1T48 D7571
11/10/63 1T48 D7572
18/10/63 1T48 D7573/D7574
25/10/63 1T48 D8558/D8559
30/10/63 1T48 D8560
05/11/63 1T48 D7575/D7576
03/12/63 1T48 D1694/D1695
04/12/63 1T48 D5234/D5235
05/12/63 1T48 D1696
06/12/63 1T48 D5233
10/12/63 1T48 D5236/D5238
12/12/63 1T48 D5237/D5239
12/12/63 1T48 D1697
16/12/63 1T48 D8565/D8566
18/12/63 1T48 D5241/D5242
31/12/63 1T48 D1698/D1700

03/01/64 1T48 D5243
11/01/64 DEL D1701/D1707 [ Derby Old Oak at Kettering ]
16/01/64 1T48 D8567/D8568
17/01/64 1T48 D8573
20/01/64 1T48 D5245
22/01/64 1T48 D1709/D1710
28/01/64 1T48 D8573
29/01/64 1T48 D5247
03/02/64 1T48 D5248
04/02/64 1T48 D1715
06/02/64 1T48 D5249
17/02/64 1T48 D5251
19/02/64 1T48 D5252
25/02/64 1T48 D1717
28/02/64 1T48 D8578/D8580
04/03/64 1T48 D5255
11/03/64 1T48 D5256
12/03/64 1T48 D1723/D1724
13/03/64 1T48 D5257/D5259
17/03/64 1T48 D5260
19/03/64 1T48 D5258/D5261
20/03/64 1T48 D1725/D1726
02/04/64 1T48 D1727
08/04/64 1T48 D5262
10/04/64 1T48 D5263
15/04/64 1T48 D5264
16/04/64 1T48 D8584
17/04/64 1T48 D1730/D1736
20/04/64 1T48 D5265
27/04/64 1T48 D5266/D5267
04/05/64 1T48 D5269/D5270
05/05/64 1T48 D5268
11/05/64 1T48 D1738 loco in pink undercoat, yellow warning panel & red buffer beam.
20/05/64 3P25 XP64 stock
21/05/64 1T48 D5273
23/05/64 DEL D1734/D1735 [ Derby Old Oak via Kettering ]
25/05/64 1T48 D1741
26/05/64 1T48 D1742
29/05/64 1T48 D5274
01/06/64 1T48 D5275
02/06/64 1T48 D1739
05/06/64 1T48 D1743
08/06/64 1T48 D5279
09/06/64 1T48 D5276
10/06/64 1T48 D5278/D5280
15/06/64 1T48 D5281
16/06/64 1T48 D1745
17/06/64 1T48 D1744
18/06/64 1T48 D5282
30/06/64 1T48 D1746

21/07/65 1T64 D7624 & D7625 northbound at Duffield with maroon coach set.

Other dates:

17/03/68 5146 in Derby Works yard ex-works with headcode 1C37.
26/11/71 167 on test leading 58 noted arriving at Leicester from Derby (1M51).
19/12/72 5292 on test assisting 130 on the 08.01 Manchester Piccadilly - St. Pancras between Derby & Leicester.
17/05/73 5160 on test assisting 91 on the 1C59 13.45 Derby - St Pancras.
07/08/74 45019 on test assisting ?? on the 1C49 at Derby, locomotive in patched livery.
01/11/74 25278 on test assisting 68 on the 1C59 13.45 Derby - St Pancras (assumed).
07/10/75 25065 on test (believed used on 1C41 Derby - London service to Leicester) noted returning light engine in Derby area.
06/04/77 25314 on test assisting 45119 on a London service (to Leicester presumably)
21/05/77 25322 (very ex-works) noted at Knighton South Junction with 45147 light engines, following test run?
18/07/77 25164 on test assisting 45129 on a London service to Leicester.
03/09/77 25170 on test assisting 45145 on the 10.05 Derby - St. Pancras as far as Leicester.
15/03/78 25136 on test assisting 45110 on a London service to Leicester.
18/03/78 25185 on test assisting 45108 on the 12.07 Derby - St Pancras.
19/05/79 25119 on test assisting 45136 on Nottingham - St Pancras empty newspaper vans (?) to Leicester.
14/07/80 45016 on test assisting 45103 on a Derby - London service

It is hoped to add further details of these Test Trains and of the workings of the overhauled locomotives using diagrammed passenger services.

Page added February 17th 2014
Last updated July 27th 2016
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