D5134, 5134, 24134
D5134, 5134, 24134

Photograph collection of webmaster.
A rainy day at Shrewsbury in the early 1970s finds two Class 24s and an inspection saloon waiting for the signals.

The sixteen year two month career of D5134/24134 was spent allocated only to London Midland Region depots.

Built Derby Locomotive Works.
Shortened fuel & water tanks (water tank later removed 1975).
Four upper and four lower air filters on non-BIS side, three upper and four lower on BIS side.
Modified Headcode boxes, cabroof mounted - with sloped sides (No.2 cab only) at least by 1973.
Modified Headcode boxes, cabroof mounted - Class 25/1 style (No.1 cab only) 1975.
Roof modification (above generator/brake cubicle): original style retained until withdrawn (raised panels).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ??
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 21 months.


The frames for D5134 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during June 1960, D5134 was new to Longsight (9A) on October 8th 1960. Further transfers were:

January 1962 to Camden (1B).
October 1962 to Longsight (9A).
December 1964 to Rugby (1F).
April 1965 to Longsight (9A).
November 1965 to Rugby (1F).
April 1966 to London Division (D01).
April 1966 to Longsight (9A).
December 1966 to London Division (D01).
March 1967 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
November 1968 to Stoke Division (D05).
May 1973 to Crewe.
October 2nd 1976 stored unserviceable.
December 4th 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered February 23rd 1974.

After withdrawal 24134 was stored at Crewe from October 1976 to May 31st 1977 when it was forwarded to Swindon Works and broken up by the middle of September 1978.

Movement: 24079/85, 24134/41 Crewe-Swindon May 31st 1977.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
24134 and a line-up of withdrawn Westerns at Swindon during June 1977. This is the No.2 end of 24134 which sports the modified headcode box housing with sloped sides.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works January 1961 (silencer).
Noted Derby Works August 1961.
Noted Derby Works August 1962.
Noted Derby Works August, September & November 1963.
Noted Derby Works July 1965.
Noted Derby Works October 1970.
Noted Derby Works March & April 1973.
Noted Derby Works January - March 1975.



Photograph BR / collection of Melvin Thorley.
Possibly this is the typical portrait of a newly built D5134 at Derby Works, although it already carries the 9A shed plate and 9A is stencilled on the buffer beam above the multiple unit cable socket.

The recent arrival of a number of Type 2s at Longsight saw them working new turns, one such was the 9.35pm Huddersfield Hillhouse Willesden Class D freight returning north as far as Northampton on the 2.50pm ex Euston, so noted have been D5083, 5134 5137/39. By this time just over fifty percent of the passenger trains out of Euston were in the hands of the diesels, the EE Type 4s clearly dominating on the long distance expresses, with the Type 2s a distant second on the local workings.

January 9th saw over 5,000 tickets issued for the local Aston Villa - Coventry football match. Eleven specials were provided whilst D5134 on the daily Lowestoft - Birmingham had its load doubled at Rugby to 12 coaches, with the service extended to Witton!

On March 30th D5134 worked the 17.21 Broad Street - Tring.

On the evening of July 30th D5134 was noted passing Stalybridge with a down 'H&C' (1N11) - the Durham newspapers. On the late evening of August 6th D5134 was noted passing Stalybridge with a permanent way train.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
5134 at Guide Bridge, date unknown but maybe around 1967?

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. Sister machine D5134 visited Huddersfield on Easter Tuesday (March 28th) hauling an afternoon Darlington - Manchester relief.

On May 12th & 23rd D5134 was noted passing Miles Platting with an up freight.

On the evening of June 2nd D5134 was noted passing Park (Manchester) with an up freight.

On July 28th D5134 was noted passing Bredbury with a down freight.

Condition September: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, frame level stripe covers bottom of warning panel, hand/footholds present, no blanking plates, locomotive reasonably ex-works.

Whilst working a Liverpool - Manchester service on March 7th D5134 was noted on fire near Allerton.

On June 5th D5134 hauled away the last steam locomotives from Trafford Park shed, including Stanier Black 5s 4-6-0 45316 & and 45258.

Condition September: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, hand/footholds present, blanking plates fitted, split radiator grill on non-BIS side, valencing all in place.

On the afternoon of December 24th 5044 & 5134 were noted arriving from the north at Crewe as light engines.

On April 5th 5134 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for April 5th recorded:

5134; April 5th 1973; Nottingham
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 16 - - - -
2 35 950 - - -
3 49 1,000 - - -
4 - - - - -
5 - - - - -
6 - - - - -

A & B side crankcase door seals
No.1 cab driver's side door won't shut
Fault light No.2 cylinder needs attention
No.2 cab bulkhead door seal adjust
Knecht fuel filter and air pipework?

On June 8th 5134 was noted at Acton Bridge (WCML) with a lengthy train of hoppers.


Photograph courtesy Tom Sutch.
24134 at Springs Branch on March 7th 1974. 24134 might be considered a bit of a hybrid having acquired a modified headcode panel at the No.2 end and the radiator frost screen from one of the early Class 24s. It is also missing various parts of its frame level skirting. The handholds/footsteps to the roof mounted water filler are plated over but the access steps on the bogie are still present.

Condition August: standard headcode box at No.1 end, headcode box with 'wings' at No.2 end, split radiator grille on non-BIS side.

December 27th found 24134 in trouble at Bagillt whilst running light to Chester. A bulldozer had been driven onto the line by vandals which derailed the locomotive, damaging the bogie. The Class 24 was removed to Derby Works for repair.

During a visit to Derby Works circa January, the headcode box above the No.1 cab was changed to the Class 25/1 style with horn receptacles and the boiler water tank was removed.

On March 18th 24134 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for March 18th recorded:

24134; March 18th 1975; 3C48 Nottingham
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 27 870 - - -
2 37 900 - - -
3 47 900 - - -
4 - - - - -
5 - - - - -
6 - - - - -

No.2 M/C valve blowing
T/C (turbo-charger?) change, oil seal leaking
No.1 piston passing oil
Radiator levels low.

24134 was noted at Derby station on June 8th in reasonably ex-works condition with the No.2 end cab roof fitted with a Class 25/1 headcode box and horn array.

September 6th found the Bradford Forster Square Red Bank empty vans in charge of 24134 & 40095.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headcode box at No.1 end is from a Class 25/1, headcode box with 'wings' at No.2 end, water tank removed, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, split radiator grille on non-BIS side, standard radiator grille on BIS side, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.

24134 was noted on the Cambrian Coast line on December 15th working the freight to Pwllheli.

On January 31st 24134 was southbound at Crewe with a parcels train.

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24134 eastbound at Chester with a parcels train. Although the date is not known, the presence of the modified cab roof and the condition of the paintwork suggests 1976.

24134 was at Birkenhead North yard on May 25th and noted on a down freight at Bromborough on May 26th.

24134 was stabled at Chester on July 18th.

25049 & 24134 were noted on the Bidston Dock - Shotton iron ore circuit on the afternoon of July 26th.


24134 at Swindon on June 12th 1977. This end of the locomotive sports the unusual headcode housing with the sloping sides rather than the more rectangular look.

Another trip round Swindon on April 30th 1978, again in the rain, finds 24134 still relatively intact. This end of the loco shows the later style of headcode housing with the airhorns.

24134 would be one of the last Class 24s to be broken up at Swindon Works, the very last Class 24 to be broken up at Swindon was 24084 during December 1978.

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Page added August 19th 2016.
Last updated June 15th 2022.

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