derby year book
Derby Through the Diesel Years
1947 - 1972

This page is meant to complement the original Derby Works page created on this website, in that the original page now focuses on the period of the 1970's/1980's - essentially when I most visited the Works and for which many other photographers have supplied material.

The material on this page represents a walk through the years at Derby during its diesel days, though obviously with a bias to the post-Modernisation years! This is most definately a work-in-progress so please bear with me as new material is added, old material is rescanned and the captions updated.

Why stop at 1972 - well the page was getting a little big and from 1973 the TOPS renumbering for the diesel fleet took off so 1973 onwards is on a separate page.

1947
Derby Works sets to the task of producing its first main line diesel electric locomotives, 10000 & 10001. Such was the speed of the project that 10000 was completed in seven months, being rolled out of the Works early in December 1947, allowing the locomotive to carry LMS on its sides. It was left to LMS Chief Mechanical Engineer Mr H G Ivatt to drive 10000 out of the paintshop on December 8th 1947. It would be put into traffic five days later.

Also under construction at Derby during 1947 were 0-6-0 shunters LMS 7126 - 7135 (later British Railways 12039 - 12048), this order would see delivery completed in December 1948.

Three weeks before the onset of Nationalisation, the LMSR turned out 10000 from Derby Works. Seen here on a dull December day with spotlights trained on the locomotive, 10000 truly basks in the spotlight surrounded by the press and railway personnel. It ran for sixteen years before returning to Derby and withdrawal. Escaping preservation it ended up at Cashmores, Great Bridge finally being cut up in April 1968. (Photographer unknown).

1948
After several weeks of test running 10000 returned to Derby Works for modifications before going back into traffic during the second week of February. 10000 would return to the Works during July for examination.

The second Twin, 10001 entered service during the first week of July 1947.

Under construction late in 1948 were 0-6-0 shunters 12049 - 12058, the first of the order would be delivered in December 1948, the last in October 1949.

1949
In the first quarter of 1949 work commenced very slowly on Fell locomotive 10100.

10001 spent much of May 1949 in Derby Works undergoing overhaul. It would be back at the Works during December spending several months there.

Late in 1949 Derby Works was working on 0-6-0 shunters 12059 - 12068, the first of this order would be delivered in November 1949, the last in March 1950.

An undated view of the Stores building in the Works. The tractor presents an interesting form of traction used to move the wagons about the sidings. (Photographer unknown).

1950
10001 was still at Derby Works during February 1950.

The prototype Fell locomotive, numbered 10100 was finally completed at Derby Works during the summer of 1950, with running trials commencing during December. This was a 2,000hp diesel mechanical locomotive, a unique locomotive to run on British Railways.

1951
During December 1951 10800 visited Derby Works and would be a frequent visitor here through April 1952.

1952
During July 1952 Fell locomotive 10100 returned to Derby Works for a lengthy stay after sustaining a major gearbox failure, remaining in Works at least until September 1953.

1955
10800 visited Derby Works during May to permit power unit repairs.

During the summer of 1955 10100 started a lengthy spell in Derby Works, remaining here at least until August 1957.

The delivery of increasing numbers of railcars to the network led to the overhaul work being handled by the regional workshops. Derby Carriage and Wagon Works allocated space totalling 40,000 sq ft in the lifting shop for the overhaul of railcars on progressive lines. However the overhaul of the railcar engines, gearboxes, transmissions and final drives would be handled by Derby Locomotive Works, with an existing shop being adapted for this purpose.

A view of part of the shop set up within Derby Locomotive Works to handle the overhaul of the railcar engines and related components.

1956
The LMS Twins would spend quite a bit of time in Derby Works, having been absent whilst operating on the Southern Region, where Brighton Works took over their maintenance needs. When released in 1956 they would initially return to working over the Midland mainline.

Almost completed 13275 at Derby in 1956. It went new to Eastfield (65A) on Oct 22nd 1956, then to Thornton Junction (62A) Dec 1956; re-numbered to D3275 Oct 1958; Perth South (63A) Jan 1966; Ayr (76C) Aug 1968; Peterborough New England (34E) Sep 1968; March (31B) Oct 1968; re-numbered to 08205 April 1974; Norwich (NR) Sep 1980; unoffically named 'City' Oct 1982; withdrawn Nov 13th 1983; ZF (Doncaster Works) July 1984 and scrapped there August 1984. (Photograph collection of webmaster)

1957
In June 1957 Derby turned out its last new steam locomotive, Standard Class 5 4-6-0 73154, the last of 2,941 to be built at Derby between 1851 & 1957. During August 1957 10000 made a visit to Derby Works.

Ex-Midland Railway Class 4P 4-4-0 No. 1000 (41000) at an undated Derby Locomotives Works Open Day. There are no diesels in view apart from a Cravens diesel multiple unit barely visible in the background above the locomotive boiler.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

1958
January 1958 saw Derby working through 0-6-0 shunter order D252 with D3409 - D3418 in various states of construction. Also present in the new diesel bay were the very beginnings of order D658 that would become D3503 - D3572. Derby's order book as of 1958 included shunters D3503 - D3527 for the Western Region, D3528 - D3572 for the Scottish Region and D5020 - D5029 for the Eastern Region.

Early February found nine diesel locomotives under repair, including 10800 and almost brand new D8010 & D8011, the latter pair having been recently on loan to Bradford.

March saw work commence on the first locomotive for order D251, D5000. The middle of March saw the Works including ED2, 15001, 11147 (to become 2508), 10000, 10001, 10201 & 10800. Noted in sorry shape were 12000 & 12001.

By April the shunter order had reached D3519 and four Class 24's were under construction. 10201 was still present in the Works.

By the middle of May Class 24 construction had reached to D5006, with D5000 almost complete. The shunter order was moving swiftly, all the Western Region bound shunters were in some state of construction whilst work on D3528 - D3524 for the Scottish Region had started. A considerable quantity of steam locomotives continued to pass through the Works, for classified and unclassified repairs, some for stripping and scrap, whilst others came for stripping prior to movement elsewhere for final scrapping.

The Machine & Fitting Shop occupied an area of 108,000 square feet and housed machines for milling, drilling and grinding. In June 1958 the shop took delivery of its largest machine, an Innocenti milling and boring machine. The vertical column of this machine could travel on slides over 49 feet long, enabling the cutter head to work along a fixed rectangular table or at a rotary table. In this view a bogie side frame for a BR/Sulzer Type 4 is being worked upon, to the right, on the trestles is a similar side frame. (Photograph courtesy BR).
Shunter construction had reached D3536 during June whilst Class 24 construction had stopped at D5006.

During July D8000 visited Derby for attention prior to commencing dynamometer car testing from Toton. Also present at this time was D8015 in the diesel shop. Shunter construction had reached D3539, Class 24 construction was still stalled at D5006, little would be done during the Works summer holiday. Towards the end of July D5000 was released from the Works and paid a visit to Marylebone for inspection by the BTC.

An interesting view of Classes 24 & 44 under construction at Derby during 1958. This location was the most westerly portion of the main erecting shop area and was dedicated to new diesel construction. I think this view is looking to the north, since the finished machines were driven out through the doors by the Test House. Visible is a 12LDA28 power unit for a Class 44 & a 6LDA28 (still under wraps) for one of the 24's. It would appear that a Class 24 is just about to be fitted to its bogies. Photo courtesy BR (LMR)
Derby's diesel production included a large number of shunters. In this view several can be seen at different levels of construction. Photo courtesy BR (LMR)
D5000 stands in undercoat by the Test House at Derby Works during the Spring of 1958 - its first time out of the Workshops? A full complement of those involved with the design & construction of the Type 2 stands in front of and inside D5000. Photograph courtesy Ian Mellor (who is one of those in the photograph) from an official BR(LMR) print.
An interesting publicity view taken whilst one of the Class 44's, possibly D1 was in the later stages of construction, surrounded by Class 24's being built. Notice the short lived multiple unit cable on the extreme right of the bogie front.Photograph courtesy BR/LMR (collection of Nick Wheat).

With the Works holiday over the construction picked up at Derby with shunters under construction reaching D3552 and work had commenced on D5007.

The Works Open Day on August 30th featured on display in front of the Works offices: D3542, D5001, D5700, 70017 & 92166. The 9F was equipped with a mechanical stoker was was on its way to the Rugby Testing Station. Visitors to the Works could find three production lines (see photos above) of new diesels involving Class 08 shunters, the D5000 series Type 2's and the very beginning of the larger Type 4's to be numbered D1-D10. Also present were many steam locomotives undergoing repair.

The August 1958 Open Day at Derby Works found several new diesels on display in their shiny new paint, including D5001 & D5700. The Metro-Vicks would be received at Derby from Bowesfield for their acceptance testing.
Photographer unknown.
Shunter construction had reached D3558 during September, Class 24's were up to D5009 and the frames of D1 & D2 were noted. Steam repairs continued at a high volume to LMSR and BR Standard types, some received repaints on outshopping others did not.

By October construction had commenced on D3562, D5010 & D3, priority appears to have been given to the shunters and then the Class 24's. A recent visitor to the Works was 15000 which was outshopped in green livery.

Fell locomotive 10100 returned to Derby Works for the last time during November 1958. A train heating boiler had caught fire at Manchester Central on October 16th 1958 causing serious damage to other parts of the locomotive, sadly ironic that the locomotive would be retired by a component in no way related to its very unusual engine/gearbox set up. And also ironic that the heating boiler would become the achilles heel for many of BR's modernisation fleet locomotives. The Fell locomotive was withdrawn after reaching Derby, with no future it would be slowly stripped of parts.

Elsewhere in the Works shunter construction had reached the last of the present order, D3572 whilst no new construction had occurred on the Class 24/44's.

Little change was noted in December on locomotive construction with the shunters moving along the fastest.

1959
The 1959 building programme called for Derby to handle D5066 - D5075 for the Eastern Region & D3763 - D3802 for the London Midland Region.

The 12LDA28 power unit is lowered into the partially constructed body of D1 'Scafell Pike'. A BR/Sulzer Type 2 also under construction is just visible behind the D1.
Photograph courtesy BR, Derby Negative 59/40.
The New Year brought new construction to the Works with work taking place on D5011 - D5013 and D4, whilst a new order of shunters (order D1400) started with D3763 & D3764. Under repair in the Works included 10000, 10800, 12000, 15004, D8014, ED2 & ED7. Also accumulating in the Works were a growing number of stored steam locomotives, others could also be found around the station area and at St Mary's goods yard.

Even though D1 was still months away from completion an order was confirmed for 137 further locomotives of the Type similar to D1-D10, currently under construction at Derby. This new order would be split between Derby & Crewe.

During February the shunter construction had advanced to D3765 and the Class 24's had reached to D5016. It was at that this time the D1 - D10 locomotives would receive names of mountains within England & Wales. Visitors to the Works included 10001, 10203, 10800, 12000, D8001 & D2910. The withdrawn Fell locomotive had now migrated from the depot to the Works.

By March the shunter construction had reached D3767 and D5017 had been started. Diesels under repair included 10202, 10800, 11127 & 12001.

Another order for the BR/Sulzer Type 2 was placed, a further 37 went into the order books, nineteen for the Scottish Region, fourteen for the London Midland Region and four for the North Eastern Region. They would be numbered D5114 - D5150 and were scheduled to be built at Derby.

April construction had reached D3771, D5019 and D5 and the names for D1 - D10 had now been published, this Class of ten would quickly become known as the Peak class. In the Works were ED4, ED5, 10202 & D5714. Moved to the Klondyke sidings were 10100 & 10800.

During May the shunter construction had reached D3773, frames were laid for D5 & D6, D5019 was still the highest numbered Class 24 on the Works. The first of the Peak's, D1 was now complete. Locomotives under repair included ED4, ED5, D5702 & 10202.

By early July shunter construction had reached D3783 and Derby's second order of Class 24's had reached D5023. Some of the stored steam locomotives on the Works premises had been there for over a year whilst most sidings around the Derby area were host to many other withdrawn steam locomotives. And gradually these locomotives were towed away to private breakers.

D1 'Scafell Pike' was painted during April 1959 and officially entered traffic in September 1959. Seen here somewhere at Derby on August 30th 1959 D1 looks striking in its lined green livery, soon to be running over WCML metals for a short while.
Photographer unknown at this time.
After the first twenty Class 24's were built Derby allocated resources for the building of Derby's first Type 4's, D1 - D10. Seen here by the Test House D3 Skiddaw reveals its as-built condition. After a brief period on long distance expresses out of Euston & St Pancras the first ten Peaks were sent to Toton to spend the rest of their lives on coal and other freight traffic.
Photographer unknown.
The shiny paint on the brand new MetroVick diesel contrasts with the faded paint on Works pilot 41773 photographed between shunting duties sometime during 1959.
Photographer unknown
There was little change in the Works production as August began, possibly due to the Works holiday break in July. The shunters had reached D3786, the Class 24's to D5025 and D6 was still the latest Class 44. 10800 which had been dumped at Derby Works for a while was withdrawn at the beginning of August.

The Works Open Day on August 29th featured the following locomotives on display in front of the office block: 70004 William Shakespeare, 92165, D2 Helvellyn, D5021 & D3782. Diesel production still consisted of three types, the Class 08 shunters, the Class 44's and the Class 24's. Derby had just completed its initial Modernisation Plan order of twenty Type 2's, being built now were the next ten D5020-D5029. The Works were still heavily involved with steam repair, but as a sign of the times long lines of withdrawn steam locomotives could now be found not only on the Works premises but also alongside Derby Midland station, in St Andrews Goods yard, at Chaddesden and Spondon Jct. In all almost one hundred steam locomotives could be found at these locations, and the vast majority would be towed away to other locations for scrapping.

September saw shunter construction up to D3792, Class 24's as far as D5027 and work on D7 was well underway.

Sunday October 4th 1959 finds D5024 & D5025 at the Test House. D5024 is ex-works and looks like it is ready to enter service whilst on the right D5025 is in pink primer and has a number of cables running into the engine room. (Photographer unknown).
An unidentified Class 24 receives attention from Works personnel as a group of enthusiasts wait alongside the Test House for their tour to move on, date unknown.
Collection of webmaster/F Orme.
By October Derby's second order for Class 24's was complete with construction underway on D5029, the shunters had reached D3796 and work on D8 was progressing well. Visitors to the Works included D5719 & D8210 on test.

During November Derby was well into its third order of Class 24's with D5066 - D5068 under construction, elsewhere work had already started on the last of the Class 44's, D10. Additionally Derby's shunter order ending with D3802 was complete with the laying of the frames for the last of the batch followed by several for the next order numbered D2277 starting with D3937. Repairs included ED6, whilst D8211 had arrived for acceptance testing.

December saw the Works moving along with its third Class 24 order, construction had reached D5070, whilst D10 was almost complete, but there was little change with the shunter order. The variety of diesels under repair continued to grow, those present included ED6, 12093, D5705, D8002 & D8209 to mention afew. The great variety of locomotives under repair continued with the likes of 10000, D2220 & D2901 during February.

1960
The order books for 1960 for Derby Works comprised fifty seven Type 4's similar to the D1 series, to be numbered D11 - D67 and thirty seven BR/Sulzer Type 2's numbered D5114 - D5150. As for the shunters Derby would be responsible for D3937 - D3946 were built for the North Eastern Region and D3947 - D4027 for the Western Region.

Into the New Year the Class 24's had reached D5073, with the shunters up to D3939. The variety of engines visiting Derby Works continued, some for repair and some for acceptance. The former included ED4, ED6, 12098, D2910, D5002, six Metro Vick Co-Bo's, the latter included D8215 - D8217. One unfortunate visitor was D5014, sent up from the Southern Region with collision damage.

Production during February was moving right along, with D10 now released into traffic the Works set to with the new Type 4's D11 - D13, the shunters were up to D3945 whilst, with the setting up of D5075 the production line moved on to D5114 - D5119. This new batch of Type 2's featured the revised cab/headcode box design.

During March Derby Works had D3941 - D3958 in various stages of construction, Type 4 production had reached D14 and the Type 2's were up to D5119. The Works were repairing a great variety of steam and diesel locomotives. The Works still contained a fair number of withdrawn steam locomotives, whilst in the Klondyke sidings Fell locomotive 10100 was slowly being stripped of parts.

Mainline diesel construction slowed a little in April but the shunter line had advanced to D3964.

May found the Type 4 production still not advanced beyond D14, however for the Type 2's construction was up to D5123 and the shunters were well advanced to D3977. The first two Type 2's of the Scottish order, D5114 & D5115 were dispatched at this time to Scotland. Locomotives under repair now included an example of the English Electric Type 4 with D214, other types under repair included D2221, D5700 & D8018. Rotting in the yard were 10100 & 10800, steam repairs were still considerable whilst the accumlation of stored and withdrawn locomotives showed no let-up.

Production during June was well advanced for the Type 2's with frames now in place up to D5133, the shunter order had reached D3988 whilst work on the Type 4's continued to advance slowly. Locomotives under repair included D216, D5005 & D5019, D8007 & D8008. At this point the availability of the Metro-Vick Co-Bo's had reached an all time low with many sidelined at Derby shed.

At the time of the Works annual two week holiday in July the Type 4 production was still at D14, shunter production had moved on to D3992 and the Type 2's were up to D5137. Throughout July many members of the Class 44's returned to Derby for attention. It was also during July that the remains of Fell locomotive 10100 were finally scrapped.

LMS pioneer 10000 at Derby Works on a gloomy August 27th 1960. At this time 10000 was allocated to Willesden and arrived at Derby for its final repair, being outshopped from Derby in March 1961.
Photograph collection of webmaster.
During the early 1960's Derby Works overhauled a great variety of the diesel shunters then in service. Its August 27th 1960 and ED6 is in the deadlines waiting attention. This locomotive would remain in service until September 1967, ending its days at Valley Goods Depot on Anglesey - broken up there during July 1968.
Photograph collection of webmaster.
A snapshot of yet to be numbered D5131 at the Test House on August 27th 1960. D5131 is one of a batch destined for Inverness and has the cabside recess to accomodate the tablet catcher equipment. It will spend just over eleven years allocated to Inverness, being withdrawn after colliding with 6855 at Inverness depot on July 22nd 1971. It was withdrawn during September 1971 and was broken up at Glasgow Works two months later.
Photograph collection of webmaster.
Upon return from the holidays the production of Type 4 D15 commenced, shunter production had reached D3995 and the Type 2's were up to D5140. A visit to the Works in the middle of August produced fifty seven steam locomotives, either in service or retired. At least twenty one diesels were on the Works (excluding the new builds) comprised of eight differents types.

The Works Open Day in August included ex-works Class 8P 4-6-2 No.71000 Duke of Gloucester, 5MT 4-6-0 No. 73135 and a brand new Class 24 on display in front of the office block.

September saw a slowdown in the new build production, with only the shunter line advanced to D4001. Visitors for repair in September included 10000, D2906, D5702 and D8009. Withdrawn 10800 still lingered in the Works yard.

By October the production lines had picked up somewhat, the Type 4's were now up to D18, Derby finally having released its first two, D11 & D12 to traffic; shunter production had reached D4006 and the Type 2 construction line now included the last of this build, D5150. During this period there was a considerable influx of the English Electric Type 4's through Derby for repair.

Into November the Type 4 build had reached D20 and shunter production was up to D4010, although the order was originally to D4027, the batch from D4011 to D4027 were now transferred to Horwich. As well as working hard to complete its Type 2 order Derby was now handling many repairs to the Crewe built Type 2's.

As the year closed out so the production work on the shunter and Type 2 lines was focused on completing the final members of the respective orders. Perhaps because of this the Type 4 line had quickened pace with construction now having reached D24. Amongst the many steam locomotives dealt with by Derby during December was 9F 92030.

1961
The New Year brought further Type 4 construction with frames laid up to D28. The Works had outshopped the last of its 0-6-0 shunter order whilst the final Type 2's were nearing completion. Withdrawn 10800 was moved into the Workshops for removal of its power unit prior to the locomotive being taken to Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd, Loughborough.

To assist the Works in its painting of diesel locomotive a new paint shop was now under construction. This new three road building was 162 feet long and was located next to the Brass Finishing shop.

By February Type 4 construction had reached D30 whilst the last of the Type 2 order, D5150 was on the Test House. There was a myriad of steam & diesel locomotive types on the Works, from the diminutive ED2 to 9F 92129. There were no Metro Vick D57xx series locomotives in the Works at this time.

Compared to the output of Crewe Works and its BR/Sulzer Type 4's that of Derby seemed almost snail like, during March Crewe outshopped six, whilst Derby outshopped just one, this was D21 which happened to be the 700th diesel locomotive built at Derby. Also outshopped was the last of the Type 2 order, D5150 to Gateshead. During March Derby had frames up to D33 in place. The huge variety of diesels under repair included 10202 & 10203, 12000, ED4, D9, D221, D2501, D2910, D5092, D8006, 11116 & 12077.

During April construction of the Type 4's picked up with work now progressing as far as D37. An interesting contrast in the Works sidings was 12000 & D5701.

A Crewe built Class 45, D107 stands close by the Test House soon after delivery.
Photographer unknown.
In 1935 ten 0-6-0 shunters were ordered from English Electric/Hawthorn Leslie. Eight were commandeered by the War Dept in 1940, two remaining with the LMS, eventually to become 12000/1. In this April 23 1961 views (six days before withdrawal) 12000 languishes at Derby Works. By July 1962 this early pioneer would be just so much scrap.
Photograph from the Keith Hughes (RCTS) Collection.

For the moment the only production line at Derby was for the Type 4's and by May that was progressing well with frames laid up to D43. Repairs were being undertaken to a great variety of diesel locomotives, thirty seven diesels were noted under repair during the middle of May, representing at least nine different diesel classes.

By June the Type 4 construction had reached the end of the order, with frames laid up to D49. The quantity and variety of diesels under repair remained at a high level, whilst the repair of steam locomotives continued at a steady rate. A milestone of sorts was reached on June 20th when D34 was outshopped from the Works and reported as the 1,000th main line diesel locomotive delivered under the Modernisation Plan of 1955.

With Derby's existing Type 4 order 'completed' new frames were laid for a further order of fifty six Type 4's starting with D138 and to be equipped with Brush electrical equipment rather than that of Crompton Parkinson. By the time of the July Works holiday the frames had been laid up to D141. Locomotives under repair included three named English Electric Type 4's; D214, D230 & D232. Although some of this Class were named at special ceremonies many received their nameplares whilst in the Works, since Derby made the nameplates it must be assumed that they were also fitted here. Also present for repair was 10203.

During August the Type 4 frames were laid up to D143, the Works was the usual mix of steam & diesel repairs.

The Annual Works open day during August included maroon liveried 46254 City of Stoke-on-Trent, 92220 Evening Star, a brand new Class 45 and a breakdown crane in the viewing area.

By September the Type 4 frames were up to D147, whilst the first of this build, D138 was nearing completion. Under repair were an eclectic mix of diesel and steam locomotives, in particular a fine cross-section of many diesel locomotive types operated by the London Midland Region. Examples of the diesels under repair included D1, D211, D2503, D2913, D5075, D8015, 11146, 12096, 13176. Out in the Works yard were 10202, 10203 & 12000. Also present on September 19th was a very sharp looking D100 'Sherwood Forester' which had been specially cleaned up for its naming ceremomy at Derby station on September 23rd. The regimental badges had been transferred from Royal Scot 46112 which was on Derby shed on September 19th.

Type 4 frames had reached D151 by October, the huge variety of diesels under repair showed no signs of letting up. 10203 had now moved into the erecting shop joining the likes of D6, D211 & D5084. Elsewhere in the Works was pioneer D8000, whilst D49, the last of the Type 4 order had been released to traffic. Such was the workload at Derby that modifications for the earlier build of the BR/Sulzer Type 4's were to be effected at Horwich Works.

The order books started to become active again with the announcement of an order for fifty seven sets of engines and transmission equipment from Sulzer/AEI for Type 2's D5176 - D5232 to be built at Derby & Darlington. Also noted was the return of the Metro Vick Co-Bo's to their makers at Dukinfield for modifications, once outshopped from here they would not return to the Midland mainline, their new home would be in the Carlisle, Workington & Barrow area, future Works visits would be made to Crewe.

By November the first of the current Type 4 order, D138 had been released to traffic whilst construction had now reached up to D156. 10203 was still under repair whilst 10202 had now moved into the erecting shop.

During December Crewe was noted taking on the repair of BR/Sulzer Type 2's & 4's, presumably to relieve Derby of its heavy workload. Darlington was also assisting in the repair the increasing fleet of diesel locomotives.

Ex-LMS Class 4P 4-4-0 3-cylinder compound No.41168 at Derby Works, believed to be sometime during late 1961. 41168 had been withdrawn from Monument Lane (21E) during July 1961 and had reached Derby Works by the middle of September 1961.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

1962
As 1962 opened Derby still only had the one production line in operation, and that had now reached the early stages of construction of Type 4 D165, with D153 having just been released to traffic.

February saw the Type 4 production line now up to D169, Derby was now just over halfway through this order of fifty six locomotives. For the last couple of months there had been a noted absence for repair of the English Electric Type 4's, there was however no shortage of the BR/Sulzer Type 2's & 4's for repair!

Despite the loss of the EE Type 4's to Crewe & Darlington for repair Derby Works continued to repair a huge variety of locomotives. The original Peaks, D1-D10 were transferred to Toton at this time so they would be regular visitors to Derby for the remainder of their lives, with Toton normally allowing one to be away in Works at any given time, during March D1, D2, & D3 were under repair. The Type 4 production line had reached D172 whilst D159 had been released to traffic.

Withdrawn Johnson 2F 0-6-0T No.58228 at Derby Works on March 24th 1962 being slowly scrapped. The design dates from 1875 but 58228 dates from 1917 being rebuilt with a Belpaire boiler. Photograph collection of webmaster.
The only Type 4 of the present order to be named was D163 'Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry', it was noted in the paint shop at Derby on April 6th, it would be officially named in a ceremony at Derby station on April 14th. Also present about the Works were fourteen BR/Sulzer Type 2's, Type 4 construction had reached D176. 10203 had also returned to the Works.

New visitors to the Works during May were two power cars (60091 & 60092) and two coaches from one of the Midland Blue Pullman sets. 10203 was still in the Works, whilst Type 4 production had reached D180.

Withdrawn Fowler 4MT 2-6-4T No.42342 at Derby Works on May 27th 1962. On June 8th 42342, 43985, 44154 & 44561 were noted in the Klondyke sidings, all reduced to frames only. By month end their scrapping would be complete. Photograph collection of webmaster.

During June the English Electric Type 4s returned to Derby, so noted was D310 under repair. A new arrival was 10201 whilst Type 4 construction had reached D185. Also during June early pioneer shunter 12000 was scrapped, but not without incident. The cutting up took place at the top of No.2 bay, before cutting the fuel tank free the cutter asked if it was certain the tank was empty? The response was in the affirmative - the gauge was on zero. However the gauge was an electric one that didn't show a level until energised. The pipe flange bolts were duly cut and whacked, 500 gallons of diesel poured into the pit, which drained into the River Derwent.

A view from 8 Shop (the corner nearest to 25 shop) showing 1F 0-6-0T 41739.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

July brought another most unusual visitor to the Works, E3071 - one of the LMR A/C electric locomotives, it was noted in the diesel erecting shop surrounded almost entirely by BR/Sulzer Type 2's & 4's. The electric had arrived late in June spending time in the Research Department sidings before moving to the Works. 10201 & 10203 had migrated to Klondyke sidings whilst 0-6-0 shunter 12000, long withdrawn at Derby was almost completely scrapped. The Type 4 construction line was now up to D189, just four sets of frames remained to be laid.

By the end of August the last of the frames for the Type 4 order had been reached. Another Blue Pullman power car, M60090 had arrived on the Works, whilst locomotives under repair included ED3, D5, D2386, D5000, 12054 amongst many others. 10001 had also arrived on the Works. A considerable variety of steam was still being repaired at Derby, but the quantity was noticeably diminishing.

On display at the Works Open Day on a dry August 25th were Britannia 4-6-2 No.70048 The Territorial Army 1908-1958 and Coronation 4-6-2 No.46256 Sir William A Stanier FRS, alongside these two locomotives was a newly built Peak.

10203 makes a statement at Derby Works Open Day during August 1962, surrounded by the steam locomotives it replaced, but now it too sidelined by the increasing fleet of Modernisation Plan diesels.
Photograph from a posting on ABPR by Ron Healey.
With the Test House just visible in the background 10201 gathers dust at Derby Works Open Day August 1962.
Photograph from a posting on ABPR by Ron Healey.

By September departmental No.ED7 (John Fowler 22891 of 1940) and latterly working at Fazakerley PAD, was recieved by Derby Works for overhaul. The repairs were not carried out and the small shunting locomotive was broken up at Derby during April 1964.

Towards the end of September the BTC announced proposals for the reorganisation of the railway workshops in light of the delivery of new locomotives and railcars in replacement of steam power and/or the reduction of routes and services. For Derby Locomotive Works there would be a modest increase in staff by 1963/64.

Orders were now in place for the production of 165 1,250hp Type 2 locomotives equipped with Sulzer engines and AEI transmission equipment, with Derby to be involved in a significant portion of the build. And with the Type 4 production line at Derby drawing to a close the first frames for the new Type 2's (order 4600) were laid at Derby during September commencing with D5186. Present in the Works were 10001 under repair, another Blue Pullman power car, M60093 and at least another twenty diesel locomotives on the premises.

At the end of October the Type 2 build had reached D5193 whilst the last seven new Type 4's were in various states of completion about the Works. 10201 & 10203 were now joined by 10202 in storage. Another Blue Pullman power car M60092 was under repair alongside many BR/Sulzer Type 2's and 4's and a mixed selection of diesel shunters. There were less than twenty steam locomotives on the Works and several of these were for scrap.

By the end of November Type 2 production had reached D5196 whilst the last four locomotives of the Type 4 build, D190 - D193 were very close to completion. However their places were quickly being taken by a great number of Type 4's for repair, twenty four were noted about the Works! A new type to visit the Works were members of the BRCW Type 2's now allocated to Cricklewood, noted for repair were D5390, D5394, D5400 & D5408. Steam repairs were definately dwindling, although one bright note was the repainting of Compound MR 1000 prior to delivery to the Clapham museum early in December, this locomotive had spent a number of years in store at Derby.

Caprotti equipped 5MT 4-6-0 No. 73139 undergoes repair at Derby during November 1962.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

Late in 1962 10000 returned to Derby Works for the last time, it would spend a year at Derby prior to being officially withdrawn in December 1963.

1963
The memorable winter of 1962/1963 would impose a great strain on the Workshops as the extreme winter weather took its toll on the diesels, in particular the inability of the train heating boilers to perform in this lengthy period of arctic conditions. By the middle of January Derby Works held twenty five BR/Sulzer Type 4's, not including the final members of the class awaiting release. There were thirteen Type 2's in the Works including D5000, D5002 & D5003. The English Electric Type 4's were represented by D303. Pioneers 10000, 10201 - 10203 were now all lined up together, their working careers finished. New Type 2 construction had reached D5200.

At the beginning of February the Type 2 production line had reached D5204 whilst the Works had made progress in dealing with locomotives that had suffered due to the continuing cold and snowy weather. Steam locomotives on Works numbered thirteen and several of those were withdrawn.

During March the Type 2 construction had reached D5210 whilst the first three of the build, D5186 - D5188 had finally been released to traffic. Twenty five Type 4's were under repair as was D5393 and Blue Pullman power car M60093.

The new locomotive construction bay in the Erecting Shop. Although the date of this publicity shot is not known it is probably taken early in 1963. The production line is dedicated to Class 25's, the last of the Class 46 build have left the Works and Class 25 production has not yet begun with the revised body styles. At the far end of the shop are the bare shells of the latest builds, as you move towards the photographer the locomotives reveal a greater degree of completion, including the addition of cabs & engine generator sets. A solitary bogie visible in the bottom of the picture suggests one of the locomotives is almost ready for wheeling. (Photograph courtesy BR)
Again an undated view, this is of the Plating & Welding Shop (formerly the Boiler Shop). This Shop dealt with the preparation of plates and rolled steel sections, and their sub-assembly. Items produced here would be bogie side frames, locomotive side trusses, cabs and roof sections, many of which were assembled and welded in jigs. Clearly visible in this view are the bogie side frames for the Class 25's, whilst behind them are some sort of lightweight frame structures. (Photograph courtesy BR)
An 'official' view showing Class 25 cabs under construction. In the right foreground are the frames for the drivers desks, in the background are a batch of cabside windows. The builders plates have been attached to the cabs. (Photograph courtesy BR)

Repairs in April were at a very high level, shunter repairs were focused on the 0-6-0 Class 08's, but others included D2220 & D2913, there was also one BRCW Type 2 on Works, D5411. Type 2 production had reached D5216.

Part of Derby's Type 2 order (D5223 - D5232) was transferred away to Darlington at this time whilst Derby prepared to make changes to the external design of the future Type 2's. By the middle of May frames had been laid for the last of the current order, D5222 and the first of the new order, D7568. After the completion of locomotives D7568 - D7577 construction would recommence from D5233 which would feature the revised cab and body styling. Steam locomotives totalled twenty three, either for repair or scrap.

In the middle of June the Works contained sixty diesels under repair or for scrap and seventeen Type 2's in various stages of construction, which had now reached D7573. Included in the locos under repair were ED4, ED6, ED7 & D3, D4, D6 & D7. There were no English Electric powered mainline locomotives under repair.

Withdrawn Deeley 0F 0-4-0T No.41537 at Derby Works on June 30th 1963. Photograph collection of webmaster.

By the time of the Works holiday in July the Type 2 production had reached D7576. Eighteen steam locomotives were on Works of which about one third were withdrawn.

During August the Type 2 production line saw the laying of the frames for the last of the current order, D7577 and the first examples of the next order starting with D5233. This order would be the first to carry the revised body and cab modifications. There were over sixty diesels under repair or awaiting scrap including D2221, D2508, D2911, D5400, 13335 to identify but a few. Steam locomotives totalled fourteen, the greater majority of which were for breaking up.

The Works Open Day on August 31st produced the following locomotives on display in front of the office block:
D57, D2381, D3021, D5222, 44094, 46251 City of Nottingham & 47581.

Brand new D5222 on display at the Works Open Day on August 31st 1963.
Photograph collection of webmaster.
Elsewhere in the Works was BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 No.75042 which would be the last steam locomotive to undergo overhaul at Derby Locomotive Works.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

Such was the sign of the times that late in August a convoy of steam locomotives left Derby (shed?) for Crewe for repair, whilst on September 20th Class 4 75042 became the last steam locomotive to be overhauled at Derby Works. At the end of September steam locomotives remaining on the Works were 42231, 42500, 44416 & 44434. Type 2 production had reached D5247.

Brand new Class 25 No.7568 in Derby Works yard on September 22nd 1963. The 1T48 headcode suggests the locomotive has been involved on its test run with coaching stock to Corby & back.
Photograph collection of webmaster.
Class 24 No.5076 at Derby Works on September 22nd 1963. Also in the line-up are D5396 & D5015.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

By the end of October Type 2 production had reached D5247. The Works contained a veritable mix of the BR/Sulzer Type 2's & 4's along with a great variety of diesel shunters. Steam locomotives included 42228, 42500, 43969, 44176, 44297, some of which were little more than parts in a wagon.

As 1963 closed Derby released to traffic the first seven of their Type 2's (D5233 - D5239) featuring the cleaned up body styling and revised cab fronts that no longer incorporated the gangway doors. Frames had now been laid up to D5252. The arrival of 10001 early in December for attention put all five of the existing early pioneers at Derby, although of course 10000, 10201 - 10203 had not turned a wheel for quite a while. Prior to their withdrawals spares for these pioneers power units had created huge problems, despite repairs all the units had failed in the test shop (liner leakage) - this led to the decision to withdraw them, though Ivatt tried to get 10000 preserved, but the BRB CM&EE decided against it. Additionally Clapham were lukewarm to the idea. BR then considered selling them to '3rd world countries' but felt that the repair costs were prohibitive. Amongst the large quantity of BR/Sulzer Type 2's & 4's on Works were shunters 12005, 12031, 12059, 12066, D5382, D5386 & D5402. Another new type to grace the Works were Brush Type 4's delivered from Loughborough in undercoat, Derby would finish the paint jobs, noted were D1698, D1701, D1707 & D1711. Steam locomotives on Works were 42500 & 44526.

A gloomy December 1963 view of 10000 at Derby Works. The locomotive would make for a sorry sight compared to the shiny new Loughborough built Brush Type 4's that were being received at Derby for final painting.(Photographer unknown).

The following information comes from a booklet produced for a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh to the Locomotive Works during May 1964, the statistics refer back to 1963.

New locomotive output for 1963:
BR/Sulzer/Brush 2,500hp Type 4 mainline diesel electric - 5
BR/Sulzer/AEI 1,250hp Type 2 mainline diesel electric - 57
Scheduled output of new locomotives for 1964 - 75
Output of repaired locomotives for 1963: steam - 56; diesel - 617

Output of overhauled rail car equipment:
Repaired railcar engines - 1,238
Modified railcar engines - 104
Repaired gearboxes - 762
Repaired final drives - 577

Output of repaired mobile cranes:
Steam cranes - 6
Diesel cranes - 25
Other cranes - 3

Staff employed:
Works staff - 3,315
Accountant's department - 323
Stores department - 125

Current repair reponsibilities (diesel locomotives only)
Main line locomotives - 309
Shunting locomotives - 317

1964
At the end of January Type 2 construction had reached D5266. Loughborough had sent up D1715 for painting.

Small shunting locomotive ED7 which had been on Works since September 1962 was withdrawn during February and scrapped at the Works during April.

On Thursday May 14th HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to Derby which included a visit to the Locomotive Works followed by the short journey to the newly constructed Engineering Research Laboratories to officially open them. A booklet produced specifically for the visit provided the following details:

For the Locomotive Works the Prince would arrive by car at the entrance to the Works Training School at 10.10am. A guided tour on foot included:
Planning Room
Diesel Railcar Engine Repair Shop and Test House
Machine & Fitting Shop
Locomotive Erecting Shop
Coppersmiths/Sheet Metalwork Shop
Plating and Welding Shop
Works Medical Centre

The tour would end at 11.15am with five minutes allowed to reach the Engineering Research Laboratories where the Opening Ceremony would commence at 11.23am, a tour of seven different sections commenced at 11.39am, ending at 12.45pm.

The route taken by Prince Phillip through the Works had been spruced up, they painted the Works where he would see the buildings and even polishing little used rails with emery. However Prince Philip being an ex-Navy man was not at all interested in the 'set pieces' and the associated fluff, in the diesel erecting shop he stopped for a chat with some of the staff alongside the stripping pits, asking the staff where they worked and hopefully if it was on his tour, when told no, the Prince told about his rail trip across Canada with the Elisabeth as he called her. The Prince then departed by car for a luncheon at the Midland Hotel at 1.00pm.

The end of May found almost eighty diesel locomotives under repair or pending scrapping, this number did not include the new build locomotives D5275 - D5292. Thirty three of those under repair were BR/Sulzer Type 4's. Present for painting was D1738 & D1740 whilst blue liveried D1733 was also present. Steam locomotive 42500 was also present.

Stanier three cylinder 4MT 2-6-4T No.42500 introduced during 1934 for use on the London, Tilbury & Southend lines. The locomotive reached preservation and would be one of the last complete steam locomotives at Derby Locomotives Works. The neat piles of parts and the two boilers to the left reveal the fate of other steam locomotives.
(Photograph collection of webmaster).

Another order for eighty BR/Sulzer Type 2s was received for D7598 - D7677 with the order to be split between Derby and Beyer Peacock.

By early July Type 2 construction had reached D5298 and moved over to D7500 - D7503. Construction of D5299 was deferred, it was intended for the new Sulzer six cylinder 'R' series engine. D1751 had arrived from Loughborough for painting. Shunters under repair included types represented by D2507, D2902 and 12013 as well as the many standard 0-6-0 Class 08 examples.

The Works Open Day on a delightfully sunny August 30th produced the following locomotives:
On display in front of the office block: D94, D1756, D3016, D5293, 92053, 46245 City of London
Erecting Shop: ED6, D105/164/176, D2502/06, D2900/02/04/09, D3168, D5026, D5381/83, D5404, 12032/44/50/68
Erecting Shop: (New Build): D5298, D7500-7503 (all complete), D7504-7512 (various stages of construction)
Diesel Finishing Shop: D124/166/173/175, D5297 (all inside), D133, D5192, D5296 (all outside)
Foundry Row: 10201/10203, 42500, D84, D168/186, D5017, D5261
Paint Shop: D5294
Klondyke: ED4, D18/19/44/78/80/92, D117/152/178/192, D2509, D3057, D3123, D3373, D3764, D5000, D5202, D5384/95, D5405, 10000, 10202
Test House area: D15/72, D114/156/179, D3118/3122, D5027/93, D5199, D5203/81, 12023
Repair Shop: D11/24/38/41/51/52/97, D107/121/172/183, D5077, D12016
Withdrawn steam engines present: 47320, 68013 & 45585

Interestingly on this day there were no Class 44s under repair and 20% of the Class 45/46 fleet were in the Works!

It appears the 1964 Works Open Day had favourable weather with clear skies and sunshine! Looking immaculate in its freshly painted two-tone green livery, D5293 awaits inspection by the throngs of visitors. (Photographer unknown).

There were approximately ninety diesels on Works at the end of September. This did not include the new build Type 2s D5298, D7500 - D7518 in various stages of construction. D1767, D1702 & D1773 had been received from Loughborough for repainting whilst D1619 was in the Works yard attached to Dynamometer Car M45050.

On October 28th long time steam resident, preserved 42500 was towed south to Stratford, this left no steam locomotives on Works although many would still visit the nearby Derby shed. Type 2 production was up to D7524 and the repair side of the Works had almost ninety locomotives, though several of these were for scrap, including pioneers 10000, 10201 - 10203. Received from Loughborough for painting were D1783 whilst D1702 was still present.

At the beginning of December Type 2 production had reached D7533 whilst Loughborough had sent up D1790 for painting. Elsewhere the Works were littered with the BR/Sulzer Type 2's & 4's including Type 4 D9 and pioneer Type 2 D5000.

1965
At the very begininning of 1965 there were almost eighty diesel locomotives on the Works either under repair or awaiting scrapping. Additionally new Type 2's under construction were D7521 - D7539. In the paint shop was D1802 ex-Loughborough. Shunters present included D2218, D2900/02/10/12, 12005 & 12009.

A view from the Shop containing the build line for the Class 25s, sometime during 1965. The Class 25 with the cab fitted shows 2.28 in the headcode panel, presumably a clue to its identity.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

During April the Brush Works at Loughborough received a contract for the repair of certain British Railways diesel locomotives, in particular the Derby built Type 4s D138 - D193 which had been fitted with Brush Electrical equipment. This would certainly relieve Derby of some of its workload for the next four years, with D154 being the first to be received by Loughborough.

Derby had by the beginning of May reached D7559 in the Type 2 order. Amongst other Type 2s under repair were Thornaby & Gateshead allocated D5175 & D5182, normally Darlington would have handled these but Darlington was slowly winding down, now with less than a year to remain open. BRCW Type 2s in for repair included D5374 & D5379. Shunters included 12005/16/34/35/45/61/80/84. In the Works Yard was D1773 with Mobile Laboratory Coach No.1.

At the beginning of June Type 2 construction was up to D7562 whilst another North Eastern Region Type 2 to be received for repair was D5113. With Loughborough taking over repair of the later series Type 4's there were now fewer of these coming through Derby Works. Brush Type 4s received from Loughborough for painting were D1870 & D1876 whilst D1773 was still in the Works yard. This locomotive had been used on a special train of fourteen coaches and a Laboratory Van between Derby & Trafford Park on April 26th & May 6th.

Variety in the Works early in July was noted by the presence of Blue Pullman power car M60090 in the storage lines alongside D6, D5006 & D12022 whilst across in the paint shop was D1888. Another Gateshead type 2, D5102 was received for repair, whilst just outshopped in two tone green livery was D5038, one of several that would receive this treatment at Derby during the summer of 1965. This was the livery that Derby was using to outshop its new Type 2s and the unpainted Type 4's coming from Loughborough.

The period after the Works holiday saw the new Type 2 construction concentrating on locomotives up to D7567, the new build would begin at D7598 when the next frames were laid. Long withdrawn pioneers 10000 & 10201 - 10203 were still in the Works whilst a brief visit was received from still active 10001.

On display in the viewing area at the Annual Works open day during August were 70012 John of Gaunt, 92094 and a brand new Class 25 & 47.

During the last week of October pioneer 10001 was still on Works, but now noted in the diesel repair shop. Another noted visitor was D2513, the first of its type to visit the Works. Less fortunate was accident damaged D5383, this would become the first of the BRCW Type 2's to be withdrawn after its accident at East Langton. Frames had been laid for the first of the Type 2 order N10001, this would become D7598. And just released was D5299, intended to carry the Sulzer 'R' series engine, but now just a standard Type 2, the work on the 'R' series engine having been cancelled due to all the problems with the double bank 12LDA series engines.

Seen here at Derby Works during March 1965 ED5 will be withdrawn during June 1965, but will spend two years in the Works before being towed off to Cashmores, Great Bridge for scrapping during August 1967.
From the 'abpr' posting of Ron Healey.
During the summer of 1965 a number of Class 24's received the two-tone paint scheme being applied to the new Class 25's. One such example was D5005, here freshly outshopped. During 1969 D5005 would undergo a change of identity, it would be 'renumbered' as 5025, whilst the real 5025 (under the guise of 5005) would become the only Class 24 broken up at Derby and the only Class 24 to be broken up at its birthplace.
Photographer unknown at this time.
Its a damp day for the 1965 Open Day, but apparently it didn't keep the crowds away - on show here is Britannia 70012 and just outshopped Class 45 No. D40. Health and safety issues are clearly not a big issue this day!
Photographcourtesy David Happs.
Derby Works became the resting place for many of the early pioneer diesels, after their usefulness was over. In this view 10201 stands in front of the Test House. All three of the Southern Region's mainline diesels ended up at Derby, keeping company with 10000, until all were shipped off to Cashmores for breaking up.
Photographer unknown at this time.
10201, 10203, 10202 & 10000 lined up alongside the Test House in March 1965 with an uncertain fate.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

As November came to a close 10001 was still in the diesel repair shop receiving attention. The locomotive classes now receiving attention were very much focused on four types, the BR/Sulzer Type 4's from all owning regions, the BR/Sulzer Type 2's, both the 1,160hp & 1,250hp types, primarily LMR allocated machines but also some from the North Eastern Region depots and the BR's standard 350hp 0-6-0 shunter with examples received from most Regions for repair, though the LMR allocations would be dominant. The LMR allocated BRCW Type 2's were also Derby's responsibility, as were some of the now diminishing shunter classes. The Type 2 production line had reached D7601 whilst newly built Beyer Peacock example D7634 had been recieved for collision repairs.

1966
At the beginning of February there were about seventy locomotives awaiting repair or scrapping, over a third of these locomotives were in the Klondyke sidings awaiting entry into the Works. New Type 2 construction was D7600 - D7609.

By mid-March Type 2 construction was up to D7614. A reassignment of smaller shunters from the Eastern Region to the London Midland Region may have been the cause for the entry of D2507/11/13 into the Works for repair. The continued contract repairs by Brush, Loughborough kept the later series BR/Sulzer Type 4's in Derby Works to a minimum, at this time only D160/170/175 were present.

D1 was noted receiving attention in the Works during April, other 'early' build diesels were represented by D2909, D5001 & 12003. New Type 2 production had reached D7621.

By late May Derby had laid down what was expected to be its final Type 2 build, that of D7623 (D7624 - D7659 had been constructed by Beyer Peacock). However Beyer Peacock asked to be relieved of their final eighteen locomotives, so D7660 - D7677 were transfered back to Derby with the frames for D7660 (order 11001) being laid during May. Yet another fairly new Beyer Peacock machine turned up at Derby for accident repairs, this one being D7643. The Works was also host to many Gateshead based Type 2's for repair - D5105, D5109 & D5111, no doubt due to the final closure of Darlington Works during April.

At the end of June Type 2 production had reached D7665. Locomotives under repair included twenty one BR/Sulzer Type 4's and eleven of the 1,160hp Type 2's. BRCW Type 2's under repair included D5377, D5404/13 whilst withdrawn D5383 was still present.

Type 2 production had reached D7667 by the end of July. In the Works storages lines were brand new D7617 - D7623 awaiting delivery to the Scottish Region, but delayed at Derby for some reason. Also in the deadlines were shunters D3121/22/23/24/26. These were part of a 1955 built batch (D3117 - D3126) of the standard 350hp 0-6-0 but powered by a Crossley six cylinder engine rather than the English Electric 6KT found in the vast majority of the class. These Crossley powered shunter were also equipped with Crompton Parkinson traction motors.

Compared to previous years the construction of the new Type 2's had slowed down quite considerably, the production line at the beginning of September had reached D7669, at about two a month the final Type 2's would be delivered sometime early in 1967. Perhaps the seventy odd diesel locomotives under repair had a higher priority. Older series 350hp 0-6-0 shunters in the Works included 12012/22/37/53/58/60/70/89/90.

By early October the first Type 2 of the final order, D7660 was almost ready for release from the Works. It was in the new blue livery and displayed the new BR emblem. It would take a little while for Derby to get the livery correct. Elsewhere the frames had been laid up to D7671. Also in the Works was pioneer D5000 still carrying its unique original green, lined livery, it was one of ten of the 1,160hp Type 2's under repair in the Works.

A trip round the Works in November found quite a selection of withdrawn or soon to be withdrawn locomotives awaiting disposal, examples included D3122/23/24/26, D5383, 15000/15001, ED2/4/5, 10000, 10201 - 10203, 12022, D2509. New construction had now reached D7672.

Christmas 1966 at Derby Works found about eighty locomotives either under repair, new builds or awaiting scrapping. Derby's 1,000th diesel had now been officially recognised by plaques being fitted to D7667, construction had reached D7676, just one more set of frames to go. Perhaps the most unusual visitor in the works was D2857 for repair.

After sustaining serious damage in a collision on the Midland Main line D5383 was removed to Derby for evaluation. Repairs were not forthcoming, this becoming the first Class 27 withdrawn in January 1966. In this un-dated view D5383 reveals some of the damage sustained, the locomotive would eventually be sold to Cashmores, Great Bridge and broken up there in June 1967.
Photographer unknown at this time.

1967
During January the frames were laid for the last diesel locomotive to be constructed at Derby, D7677. With the new diesel build winding down Derby would continue with its repair of the BR/Sulzer Type 2's & 4's and the 350hp 0-6-0 shunters. Other classes of shunters would continue to be repaired here but as these classes dwindled, particularly those allocated to the London Midland Region, so these repairs would slacken. And Derby was currently not a big scrapper of withdrawn locomotives. Although the LMR allocated BRCW Type 2's continued to be repaired at Derby, a surprise visitor was Eastfield based D5350, which would normally have been dealt with by St Rollox Works, Glasgow.

The first of the early Type 4's to receive blue livery was D4, noted at the Works during January, the noses carried the small yellow ends and the livery was unlined.

The Repair shop was at this time empty whilst it underwent some type of reconstruction.

By the middle of March Derby's final Type 2, D7677 was looking very much like a locomotive, with the powerunit already fitted to the body. Also in the Works was the first built of the BR/Sulzer Type 2's, D5000. There was also a large contingent of the smaller 204hp shunters for repair, D2209/13/18/53/74 & D2378/88/94.

April saw the final outshopping of the last two new Type 2's, D7676 & D7677, leaving the Works with no new diesel locomotive construction after over a decade. There were approximately fifty locomotives in for repair in addition to the long stored withdrawn locomotives. Shunters of note under repair were D2852 & D2863.

By May the reconstruction of the Repair shop had been completed and locomotives were once again under repair here. Noteworthy visitors for repair were 0-6-0 204hp shunters D2117/18/24, all recently transferred from the Western Region to Derby (16C), though they would not remain here long, being soon sent north to the Carlisle area. The Works yard still contained sixteen withdrawn locomotives, many having been on site for several years.

A visit to Derby towards the end of June found no BRCW Type 2's under repair although there was quite a variety of shunters under repair.

It was time for a clean out of Derby Works during July, their lack of interest in cutting up locomotives at this time led to the withdrawn locomotives being put out to tender. Sold to J. Cashmore, Great Bridge were Crossley engine fitted D3123/24/26, accident damaged D5383 and ED4/5, 12022 & 15001. To Graham Harris & Elton, Chesterfield went D3122 and to Barborough Metals, Rotherham went shunters D2501/07/17.

ED4/5, 12022 & 15001 left Derby for the last time on August 10th bound for Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Present for the 20th Annual Locomotive Works Open Day on August 26th were:
Display area in front of the office block: D7643 & 70013 Oliver Cromwell
Main repair shop: D11/17/18/43/51/61/85/86, D116/119/120/126, D5015/88/90, D5170, D5218/20/27/31/52, D7657, 12085
Finishing Shop: D186 and three unidentified Class 45/46's
Old Paint Shop: D5239
Klondyke sidings: D166, D2225, D2385, D3035, D3117/198, D4134/150, D5237/75, 15003, ED2
Test House area: D65, D106, D5091, D5234
New Repair Shop: D2199, D2208, D3028/89, D3122/93, D3979, D4147, 12062, 12101/112

Arrivals to Derby in late September included withdrawn 15101 - 15106, joing retired D2515 & 15003 in the Works yard. BRCW Type 2's under repair included D5384 & D5408. Despite the downsizing of the shunter fleet, those on the Works still provided quite a variety, including D2203, D2506, D2855 & 12038 in addition to the previously mentioned withdrawn types.

A strange visitor to Derby shed late in 1967 was withdrawn B1 4-6-0 No. 61262 travelling from Dunfermline to Crewe Works. On November 21st it was towed into the Works yard, but then removed to the shed the next day. It remained on the shed at least until late March 1968.

As well as constructing and overhauling many Class 08's Derby also handled some of the smaller shunters. Here John Fowler built ED3 graces the Works.Built in 1949 & powered by a four cylinder 150hp engine, ED3's first home was at the Engineers Dept at Lenton (Nottingham).Further moves to Leeds Holbeck and Castleton pw yard before returning to Lenton. Its last days were spent in the Bedford area, being broken up at Cohens, Kettering in the summer of 1968. Photographer unknown.

1968
A new type to visit Derby during the third week of January was HS4000, sent up from the Brush Works at Loughborough for weighing.

Also of importance during January was the sale of 10000, 10201, 10202 & 10203 to J Cashmore, Great Bridge. 10000 had spent six years dumped at Derby, the ex-Southern Region diesels almost as long! By early February these pioneers had been removed from Derby Works.

Visitors to the Works in April would find about fifty locomotives under repair, comprised of three main types, the BR/Sulzer Type 2's & 4's and the standard 0-6-0 350hp shunters. For a while longer the LMR allocated BRCW Type 2's would continue to visit the Works as would occasional examples of the other shunter types. The future for repair work at Derby would change little in the next decade.

Shunters visiting Derby during May were D2851 & D2864 and 12048/82 & 12100.

With steam on British Railways just about finished a new locomotive Classification system was brought in. For the diesels coming through Derby Works the BR Sulzer Type 2's would become the Classes 24 & 25, the BRCW Type 2's would become the Class 27's, the BR/Sulzer Type 4's would become Classes 44/45/46 and the ubiquitous 0-6-0 350hp shunters would become Classes 08 & 09. And along with these changes the use of the 'D' prefix was discontinued. During July the first of the LMR's Class 27's transfered north to Scotland, which would then see their repairs handled by Glasgow. Their place on the LMR would be filled by ex-Scottish Class 20's & 25's.

The Annual Horticultural Show & Open Day made use of the tracks in front of the Works offices to display a variety of locomotives. Normally ex-works locomotives would receive pride of place here, along with any unusual visiting locomotives. This view of HS4000 on August 31 1968 clearly falls into the latter category. Health & safety concerns appear to be minimal on this day!
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A fine view of the main erecting shop showing examples of the Work's steady diet of Class 24/25 and Class 45/46 locomotives.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
Cab fronts on display, possibly a Class 46 with a very splattered nose front, including a multitude of now deceased flies, whilst behind sits D7542.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
The 22nd annual Works Open Day took place on August 31st and those locomotives on display in front of the Works offices were:
44888, D55, D3292, D5157 & HS4000 Kestrel (see view above). Possibly because of the Works holiday the Works Yard, Klondyke sidings and the Test House area were empty. 44888 would remain on the Works for quite a while. Earlier in the month about forty locomotives had been under repair. It should also be noted that not every locomotive going through the Works would receive the corporate blue & yellow livery, many would still return to traffic in green livery. Programmes for the Open Day cost six old pence.

Late in September one of the first locomotives to be outshopped from Derby without the 'D' prefix was Class 08 3181, which also received blue livery.

Steam locomotive 44888 was still present in the Works during early November.

1969
During January four Stoke Division (D05) allocated Class 24's were retired, D5001/05/10/19. This reflected a surplus of lower powered locomotives on British Railway, withdrawals had already seen several less successful Modernisation Plan types go to the wall and the withdrawal of many of the early builds of several types. Of the four withdrawn, one, D5005 was quickly moved to Derby Works and soon reduced to little more than a shell by the end of March. Derby was of course still repairing the Class 24's, but at this time none of the original build apart from D5005 were in the Works. An unusual visitor to the Works yard was Southern Region Class 33, 6570 connected to a steam tender - this combination was presumably under the guidance of the Research Center.

By June several other Class 24's had been withdrawn or stored, of these only 5004 had reached Derby Works. Another Class 24 at Derby with accident damage was 5090. There were about forty locomotives on Works, with the Class 44/45/46 and Class 08's predominating. Class 27's under repair included 5373 & 5397.

The 23rd annual Works Open Day took place on August 30th, programmes cost six old pence.

Derby Works Open Day, August 30th 1969 - D100 'Sherwood Forester' on display in front of the Works office building.
Photographer unknown.
Derby Works Open Day, a slightly fuzzy shot of a Class 45 bogie ready to be reattached to the locomotive body.
Photographer unknown.
Derby Works Open Day, also on display this day was ex-works 5173.
Photographer unknown.

A serious accident at Chester and a shortage of locomotives on the Eastern Region allowed the reinstatement of all the withdrawn and stored Class 24's with the exception of 5005 which was now little more than a shell at Derby Works. During September 5001 and 5090 were receiving repairs at Derby. Also in the Works were 12069 & 12080.

During October the Works contained about forty locomotives, the recent transfer of more Class 27's to Scotland would see less of this type undergoing repair at Derby, still present were 5377/81/85/88, of these 5385 was one of those recently transfered to Eastfield.

The main erecting shop is well filled in this view believed to be towards the end of 1969. Heading the line-up is Class 27 No.5388. This would later become 27105, one of the locomotives chosen to work the Edingburgh - Glasgow high speed push pull service.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

1970
Early in the New Year there were just over thirty locomotives in the Works. Repairs were now underway on more of those early Class 24's that had been taken out of service early in 1969, noted were 5000/03/12/19 and accident damaged 5090. When outshopped 5000 would be repainted into blue/yellow livery whilst 5090 would re-enter service still in green livery! There were no Class 27's in the Works.

Visitors to the Works during February included shunter 12098 and a coach from Eastern Region EMU set E302.

The remaining LMR allocated Class 27's were transfered to Scotland, it would now be very rare to find these locomotives visiting Derby Works. This would now leave the Works providing repairs to just three principal types of locomotives: the Class 08 shunters, the Class 24/25 Type 2's and the Class 44/45/46 Type 4 Peaks. For the number collectors the Class 08's probably provided the most variety with the possibility of shunters being received from far away depots, particularly if they were on transfer. The Class 25's might also provide a little variety if Scottish Region examples were sent down for repair.

During July Stoke Division (D05) allocated 5088 was withdrawn following fire damage sustained between Chester & Crewe sometime in May. It was quickly removed to Derby Works, noted there early in June for evaluation. Another withdrawn locomotive at the Works would be 12062.

The 24th annual Works Open Day took place on August 29th, programmes still cost six old pence.

The Midland allocated Class 27's were overhauled at Derby until their transfer north to the Scottish Region. In this Open Day view from August 29th 1970 a rather work stained 5413 awaits attention. On outshopping the locomotive carried blue livery, was dual braked & push pull equipped, eventually to become 27118 & later 27212.
Photographer unknown.
Visitors to the Works during October included Scottish Region allocated 5409/13 whilst amongst the regular diet of Class 08 shunters for repair was 12089.

Christmas week at the Works found just over sixty locomotives present. Scottish Class 27's present were 5404/07/08/09/11/13, sent down south for the fitting of push/pull equipment prior to replacing the aging DMU's on the Edinburgh - Glasgow service. Withdrawn locomotives included 5088, 12062/89/91, whilst the Research Center's Clayton D8521 was also present, at one point being noted in the Works with its bogies removed. The Midland Railway Trust's three 0-6-0T Jinties 47327/357/445 were now in the Works.

1971
By February two more Class 27's had been received by Derby; 5403/10, progress on the others was slow, 5404 had only just been repainted. Whilst in Works these Class 27's were equipped with dual brakes, fitted with BR AWS equipment and released in blue livery if they weren't already carrying it.

An ex-works 5026 stands by the Test House on February 27th 1971. To the left is just visible an ex-works Class 27, possibly 5404.
Photograph courtesy John Gilbert
Clayton 8521 was back at the Research Center by June, now repainted in blue livery and renumbered S18521.

By July (but posssibly earlier) the last of the Scottish Class 27's, 5407 had returned north of the border, but interestingly two Inverness Class 24's, 5119 & 5127 had reached Derby for repairs, the Inverness allocated examples were rare visitors to Derby.

The August 1971 Works Open Day was visited by your webmaster shortly after my return from the family's annual holidays on the south coast. It appears that this may have been my first visit to Derby Works with a camera, possibly a small Afga pocket camera. It appears the only slides that survived from this day featured the locomotives in the display area. Seen here front and center is recently repainted 5223, one of Cricklwood's finest. Just visible on the lower half of the right gangway door is the access panel used for the cabling required when this locomotive went out on Royal Train duty. Visible to the left is Class 45 No.23.
The locomotives present at the 25th annual Works Open Day totalled about fifty (using my notes as source material I'm uncertain of which locomotives were recorded as on Works and which were on the refuelling depot alongside). For certain in the display area were 23, 1830, 3371, 5223 & 8135 (still in green with small yellow warning panel). Under repair was a well balanced mix of Classes 24/25/45/46, it appears a Class 44 was not present at this time. Class 24's present were 5004/16/55 & Inverness allocated 5119. Elderly shunters present were 12062/89/91 as was condemned Class 24 5088. My notes indicate 7654 was present with collision damage. Fortunately my notebooks have survived and they indicate this was my first visit to a Derby Works Open Day where I recorded the locomotives on show and undergoing repair.

There were about forty locomotives present on the Works during the middle of September, including another Class 27 from Scotland, D5391, this locomotive having received for the fitting of electric train heating equipment. The Works were still not interested in cutting up locomotives, stripped 5088 was noted on the depot, having been purchased by George Cohen's Kettering for scrap.

D5391 was still on the Works during October. Two unusual shunting locomotives also at the Works were NCB shunters 5 & 7 from Aberaman (NCB No.4 area).

During Christmas week there were about forty locomotives in the Works, D5391 was still present as was NCB Aberaman N.7, but now lettered for Mountain Ash. Locomotives under repair was divided up almost equally betweeb Classes 08, 24/25 & 45/46, no Class 44 was present at this time. Also at this time withdrawn shunters 12062/89/91 were broken up at Derby Works!

1972
At the end of January Derby contained two seriously damaged Class 25's, 5250 from the collision at Sharnbrook in November 1971 and 7605 from the head on collision at Lenton South Jct in December 1971. Of the two 5250 would be repaired, 7605 would be withdrawn and become the first Class 25 to be broken up at Derby Works. 5391 was still present whilst a new arrival was Class 20 8155, this class having been absent from the Works for many years. The last Class 25 built, D7677 was also undergoing repair.

During March there were almost fifty locomotives at the Works. Heavily damaged 7605 had been almost completely broken up, 5391 was still present as were three other Scottish items, retired DMU's 79150/89/90 were in the Works yard.

Class 20 8157 was noted under repair during April. Several sidings at the Works had been set aside for the three Derby Museum project Jinties 47327/357/445, progress on their restoration was continuing. A surprise visitor at the end of April was Class 47 1682, so noted in the erecting shop.

A remarkable arrival at Derby Works during May (?) was Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No. 45690 Leander, rescued from Barry and received at Derby for repair. By early June 5391 had gone from the Works, whilst another Class 20 8186 was undergoing repair.

Derby Works had a very long association with the Class 08 shunters and their predecessors. As well as building a great number they would also return to Derby for a variety of repairs, which for the enthusiast was of great interest when shunters were called to the Works from distant depots for repair. Not so for Class 08 No. 3571 seen here on June 3rd 1972 in pristine condition - this is a Derby allocated shunter and was a familiar sight at Derby as either 3571 or 08456.
Photograph courtesy Steve Marshall.
On August 26th 1972 the annual Works Open Day occurred under cloudy skies, as seen here in this view of accident damaged 7636 and Research Dept locomotive S15705. 7636 & 7635 had derailed on August 3rd 1972 at Winsford whilst hauling empty 100ton bogie oil tanks. 7636 hit an overhead gantry, the crew escaped serious injury and the Class 25 remained on railway property.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

On August 26th the annual Locomotive Works Open Day included ex-works Class 08 3570 as one of the exhibits.

Another Class 47 to visit the Works was 1635, noted in the erecting shop early in September. Elsewhere in the Works were 8166 & 8180, Research locomotive S15705 and a fourth Jinty believed to be 47564. Early build Class 08 D3052 was present sporting a small 'D' and large numerals and the pre-1957 lion & wheel emblem.

By the end of October the repair of Class 20's at Derby had dramatically increased with 8068, 8134/143/160/194 under repair.

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