D5146, 5146, 24146
D5146, 5146, 24146

Photograph collection of Ian Hammond
A fine view of D5146 at Willesden Junction possibly about June 1962. It still carries the roof mounted water filler cover, and a makeshift headcode panel. Is that a bird wedged in the bottom right corner of the headcode panel or a piece of rubbish?

The fifteen year two month career of D5146/24146 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.
Circular gauge added to fuel & water tanks.
Gangway doors never removed.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 9 months.


The frames for D5146 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during October 1960, D5146 was new to Willesden (1A) on December 10th 1960. Further transfers were:

May 1961 to Monument Lane (21E) (crew training).
July 1961 to Willesden (1A).
April 1964 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January 31st 1976 withdrawn.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 March 19th 1974.

After withdrawal 24146 was stored at Crewe from January 1976 to May 11th 1976 when it was forwarded to Swindon Works and broken up by the middle of October 1976.

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

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February & November 1962.
Noted Derby Works November 1963.
Noted Derby Works July 1964.
Noted Derby Works June & July 1966.
Noted Derby Works February & March 1968 (to blue/yellow livery).
Noted Derby Works December 1972.


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

During May D5146 was moved to Monument Lane (21E) for two months of driver training, returning to Willesden in July.

Condition June: green livery with frame level stripe, shortened fuel & water tanks, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, engine exhaust in original position.

Condition June: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, shortened fuel & water tanks, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, cantrail water filler cover still in place.

Visitors to Derby Works included D5146 in February & November.

April Fool’s Day for the crew working the English Electric Type 4 powered 10am Glasgow - Euston ‘Royal Scot’ proved to be challenging when their train suffered a ‘near miss’ close by Weedon signal box. The 2.18pm twenty eight wagon fully fitted Class 4 Camden - Glasgow Sighthill freight had been making good time on its journey northwards. It had maintained its maximum allowable speed of 55mph for at least the previous ten miles, not a challenge for D5146 with only 230tons in tow. Just north of Stowe Hill tunnel a wheel on the fifth wagon, a twelve ton insulated fruit van, mounted the rail, eventually dropping onto the sleepers and running as such for almost three thousand yards. The fruit van remained upright until it struck the crossovers at Weedon. Here the wagon started to lean over fouling the up line, minor shocks felt by the driver of the goods train caused him to look back down the train and see the derailed wagon.

As the goods train was being brought to a stop the driver on the approaching up ‘Royal Scot’ saw the derailing wagon, the passenger train had already been checked by signals approaching Weedon so was running at about 20mph when the impact occurred. The fruit van was heavily damaged, the Type 4 sustained minor cab & nose damage below the window level, some coach bodies were grazed and dented with some bogie damage and broken axleboxes. Despite three other wagons being derailed after the impact the goods train did not break in two. The cause of the accident lay with the fruit van, it was not in a fit condition to run, its bearing springs being badly out of adjustment. The springs had been this way for some time, thus responsibility for allowing this condition to go un-noticed lay with the Carriage & Wagon examiners. A follow-up test was run with a similar goods train at the same location to test the characteristics of the train, D5146 was also used for the test run, the handling of this train corroborated the driver’s statement, exonerating him from any blame in the collision.

The large allocation of Type 2s handling the passenger services out of Euston were frequently idle over the weekends. They were often utilised on excursions, typical of this was the visit of D5140/D5146 from Northampton to Margate on June 16th.

November saw Derby Works receive D5146 for attention.

On January 29th D5146 worked the 21.01 Euston - Bletchley.

Works visits included D5146 at Derby during July.

After almost three years at Willesden D5146 moved to Longsight (9A) during October.

Condition June: green livery with yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel does not cover frame level stripe, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, paintwork in very rundown condition.

Visitors to Derby Works included D5146 in June & July.

On the evening of June 9th D5146 was noted passing Clayton Bridge (Manchester) with an up freight.

D5146 was noted passing Park (Manchester) on the evening of July 28th with an up freight (5H30).

Derby Works visits included 5146 during February/March, 5146 was released from Derby Works in the middle of March in fresh blue paint.

Condition March (ex-works): blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, shortened size fuel & water tanks - both fitted with circular gauges, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie footsteps fitted, all valencing fitted, two numbers on each bodyside, each cabside carried the BR emblem, engine exhaust located above engine room.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
Date and location unknown, but it is probably within six months of D5146 being outshopped from Derby during March 1968. It appears the Works have lined up the BR emblem, worksplate and number to give a neat appearance to the side of the locomotive.

On May 11th D5146 worked the 09.00 Liverpool - Glasgow as far as Preston.

After four and a half years at Longsight/Manchester Division, D5146 moved to the Stoke Division during November.

September 20th found an enterprising use of the ‘Tees-Tyne’ stock to work an excursion from Darlington to Welshpool via Newcastle, Carlisle and Crewe. The motive power whilst not spectacular was certainly varied. Tinsley based 1510 made the short hop to Newcastle, 46 across the Pennines to Carlisle leaving 211 for the long leg to Crewe. Here 5056 & 5146 finished the trip to Welshpool, the return working had the same power as outward except for the last leg. Not a bad run for GBP3.00

5146 was noted at Liverpool Lime Street with an Inspection Saloon on December 5th.


Photograph collection of Barrie Hughes.
A busy scene at Mold with 5146 busy shunting. The date is not known but maybe during the winter of 1969/70.

5146 still carried two numbers on each bodyside with 'D' prefixes, BR emblems were still carried on each cabside (noted November 1972).

Visitors to Derby Works included 5146 during December.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
This view is undated but it looks like 5146 is not long out of Derby Works, so it could be shortly after its December 1972 visit. When compared with the view below at Swindon of this machine it is obvious that this was the last coat of paint it would receive. Also of note is the fitting of gauges to both the fuel and water tanks.

5146 & 5050 worked the 10.05 Aberystwyth - Euston (to Wolverhampton?) on June 30th.

At about 6pm on July 9th 5146 was noted passing Manchester Victoria on an up freight (9T44).

During the evening of August 7th 24146 was noted at Heaton Norris Junction on a down freight (7V93).

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

24146 was withdrawn on January 31st 1976

Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
A still complete 24146 at Swindon sometime in 1976. The locomotive has retained its gangway doors throughout its career, however the boiler grille is now a solid plate and the fuel and water tanks have acquired circular gauges.

Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, shortened fuel & water tanks - both fitted with circular gauges, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.

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Page added September 9th 2016.
Last updated August 26th 2021.

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