D5145, 5145, 24145
D5145, 5145, 24145

Photograph courtesy King's Cliffe Heritage Association
Its the last day of passenger service over the Peterborough - Rugby line, June 6th 1966 as ex-works D5145 stops at King's Cliffe with the 12.40 Harwich - Rugby.

The sixteen year two month career of D5145/24145 was spent allocated only to London Midland Region depots.

Built Derby Locomotive Works.
Shortened fuel & water tanks.
Four upper and four lower air filters on non-BIS side, three upper and four lower on BIS side.
Modified Headcode box, cabroof mounted - Class 25/1 style (No.2 cab only) from 1974 (?) Classified.
Roof modification (above generator/brake cubicle): original style retained until withdrawn (raised panels).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 21 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 3 months.


The frames for D5145 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during September 1960, D5145 was new to Willesden (1A) on December 10th 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 stored serviceable.
January 31st 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered May 1974.

After withdrawal 24145 was stored at Crewe from January 1976 to February 12th 1976 when it was forwarded to Swindon Works and broken up by the middle of May 1976.

Movement: 24053/75, 24143/145 06.45 9X22 Crewe Swindon February 12th 1976.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February, March & November 1962.
Noted Derby Works May & June 1963.
Noted Derby Works July 1964.
Noted Derby Works March 1965.
Noted Derby Works April & May 1966 (full repaint, green with small yellow warning panels).
Noted Derby Works April 1968.
Noted Derby Works February 1972.
Noted Derby Works February - April 1974.


The second to last block of Class 24s were laid down at Derby Works during the autumn of 1960. When outshopped D5145 was allocated to Willesden (1A), part of the only delivery of brand new Class 24s (D5143 - D5146) to this depot, most others came on transfer from Eastern Region depots.

On August 14th D5145 worked the 18.12 Euston - Bletchley.

On August 24th D5145 was noted at Euston with a local passenger working.

Visitors to Derby Works included D5145 in February & March, when it was noted freshly repainted.

During the summer D5145 was noted at Derby Works in May & June.

On July 19th D5145 was noted at Norwood Junction with a short freight.

Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panels, rounded upper corners, warning panel partially covers frame level stripe, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie footsteps.

Works visits included D5145 to Derby in July.

During October D5145 headed north to Crewe (5A).

After two months at Crewe D5145 headed south to Rugby (1F) during January.

Visitors to Derby Works during the year included D5145 in March.

D5145 moved to the Stoke Division (D05) in September.

Visitors to Derby Works included D5145 in April & May.

On June 4th a recently outshopped D5145 worked the 1M56 12.40 Harwich - Rugby (16.13 off Peterborough East) (D5145 carried the small yellow warning panel on the cab front, with squared corners).

Passenger services between Rugby and Peterborough ceased on June 6th, so ending a cross-country route long familiar to the BR Sulzer Type 2s. The line was used by a number of long distance services including the Birmingham - Yarmouth, which on the last day had D5085 with ten coaches including a buffet. It was running about twenty minutes late after holding a connection at Rugby for a Perth service. En route it passed, at Welford, D5145 on the Harwich - Rugby (the 16.13 off Peterborough).

Condition June: (only recently outshopped from Derby) green livery with small yellow warning panels, squared upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, shortened fuel & water tanks, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie footsteps.

On April 22nd a Festiniog Railway Society railtour from London to Minffordd utilised E3049 from Euston to Wolverhampton, D323 from Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury and D5140 & D5145 Shrewsbury - Machynlleth - Minffordd - Machynlleth - Shrewsbury, D323 Shrewsbury - Wolverhampton - Birmingham New Street and unrecorded from New Street forward to Paddington. It appears to have been a very wet day, the coaching stock included at least two sleeping cars.

After six months on the Stoke Division D5145 moved to Longsight (9A) in April. It remained here until November, being moved back to the Stoke Division (D05).

The running of scheduled services over the Cambrian Lines on Sundays, made possible by a Ministry of Transport grant, was handled by diesel multiple units, two of the services being extended to/from Birmingham. With the line open other excursions could be expected, July 12th brought 5133 & 5145 to Welshpool on an excursion from London. Their return was hampered by the failure of 5145, with no immediate relief available 5133 worked through to Wolverhampton unaided. A week later on July 19th an excursion from Bristol to Aberyswyth utilised 5145 & 5143 west of Shrewsbury.

Photograph courtesy Steve Morris
D5145 on the fuelling point at Holyhead sometime during 1970.

5145 worked the 1E24 18.28 Aberystwyth - York (to Crewe) on October 31st.

Condition no month: 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, all bodyside valencing removed.

Visitors to Derby Works included 5145 in February.

A rear-end collision at Kidsgrove on April 27th involved four Class 24s and led to the death of one railwayman. 5032 & 5145 were in charge of the 1K00 03.55 Crewe - Stoke on Trent newspaper train which had stopped as scheduled at Kidsgrove. It was run into by the 8K52 02.20 Ordsall Lane - Cresswell goods train hauled by 5049 & 5042, this train was under the control of the second man, it was his life lost in the collision when the No.2 end cab was crushed back to the bulkhead, which itself was bent backwards into the boiler compartment. The rear vehicle of the newspaper train sustained only minor damage, it also came into contact with the overhead electrified wire. Responsibility for the accident lay mostly with the driver of the goods train who had isolated the AWS equipment, it is believed both crew may have temporarily nodded off on the approach to Kidsgrove. 5049 paid a visit to Derby Works for repairs, gaining a new cab with roof mounted a headcode box.

It appears 5145 was involved in another mishap, this one causing considerable damage to the No.2 end cab & frames of 5145. It was noted in the sidings at Craven Arms station and would eventually have the cab removed and the frame cut back. Although the date of this incident is not known 5145 was at Derby Locomotive Works early in 1974 for collision damage repairs.

Photograph via Creative Commons cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Stephen McKay - geograph.org.uk/p/6506393

5145 had been noted at Craven Arms with collision damage, this made the locomotive 'out of gauge', in order to travel to Derby Locomotive Works for repairs the cab and part of the frame and buffer beam were removed. Date advised as August 1973.

24145 was noted at Derby Works from February to April and was presumably renumbered whilst it was at Works.

Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, a Class 25 cab roof was fitted to the No.2 end, shortened fuel & water tanks, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rungbogie mounted footsteps.

On July 24th & 30th excursions ran from Coventry to Aberystwyth with 24055 & 24145 and 24056 & 24146 respectively.

24145 was noted at Chester depot on August 10th. The stock for an August 25th Leamington - Barmouth excursion was brought to Leamington by 24145, 40044 worked the train forward.

24145 was withdrawn on January 31st 1976.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cab front: lampbracket added to center of cabfront: March 1974 until withdrawn.

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Last updated March 15th 2022.

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