Crewe laid the frames for D106 sometime in the spring of 1961, with completion early in the summer, delivery being made to Derby on June 17th 1961.
On May 27th 45106 was on the 1M24 13.00 Sheffield - St Pancras.
June saw 45106 spending time between working the St Pancras - Sheffield/Leeds route and over the Bristol/Cardiff - Newcastle route. Between June 3rd & 15th it was consistently working the NE/SW route whilst for 28/29/30th it was on the Midland Mainline, including working the down Master Cutler on 30th.
July 7th & 17th saw 45106 on Midland Mainline services, whilst during the last half of August 45106 saw a great deal of activity between St Pancras & Sheffield/Leeds.
October found 45106 spending frequent time working between St Pancras & Sheffield, on October 20th it worked the down Master Cutler, then worked an unrecorded trip to Manchester, coming back early on 21st with the 3E01 Manchester Mayfield - Peterborough parcels.
Early in November 45106 was on the NE/SW route, but at least by the middle of the month it was back working over the Midland Mainline to the end of the month.
The latter half of December found 45106 as a solid performer on the St Pancras - Sheffield route, on 17th & 18th it was in charge of the down 'Master Cutler'.
From February 10th to at least February 19th 45106 was on the NE/SW route, during the early hours of February 13th it was noted heading north on the 4S88 Pengam - Edinburgh freightliner, returning south with the 10.08 Newcastle - Cardiff.
On March 6th it was noted on the 10.21 Penzance - Bradford 'Cornishman', by March 14th it was pounding the St Pancras - Sheffield circuit.
April Fools Day found 45106 still on the Midland Mainline, but by April 6th it was back on the NE/SW runs, on April 6/7/8th it was recorded on the 16.06 Bristol - Newcastle. It worked the northbound Cornishman on April 15th, but had migrated to the Midland Mainline services after April 20th, that day included its use on the down 'Master Cutler'.
The first half of May found 45106 working the Midland Mainline services, the 13th including the down 'Master Cutler'. Midland Mainline service continued into the first three weeks of June, working the down 'Master Cutler' on 10th & 16th, on 10th it was later noted on the 3E01 Manchester Piccadilly - Peterborough parcels.
The third week of July saw 45106 operating over the NE/SW route, noted working the 17.37 Cardiff - Leeds on 20th & 21st. 45106 was noted on Midland mainline workings at least on August 12th & 31st. The first three weeks of September saw consistent service on Midland mainline services, being noted on the down Master Cutler on 8th, 15th, 21st & 23rd, with the latter two being later recorded on the 3E01 Manchester Picadilly - Peterborough parcels.
November 4th found 45106 in charge of the 1E10 over the NE/SW route, arriving Leeds on time at 11.30am with a load of nine coaches, 314 tons.
May 26th 45106 on 07.20 Bedford - St Pancras and then 17.35 St Pancras - Nottingham
45106 on railtour in Newark area November 12th. WCML wires down at Garstang on November 17th 23.15 Glasgow - Euston arrived Newcastle behind 46026 went forward with 45106.
The last classified repair for 45106 was completed at Derby late in October 1985.
June 24th found 45106 working the 1P13 17.30 St Pancras - Derby. On June 27th 45106 handled the 1E56 11.00 Paignton - Newcastle (SO).
On July 8th 45106 handled the 1O45 7.45 Newcastle - Poole to Birmingham and returned with the 1E63 10.38 Paignton - Newcastle. On July 10th 45106 handled the 1O05 7.45 Newcastle - Poole as far as Birmingham returning with the 1E56 11.00 Paignton - Newcastle (SO). On July 11th it worked the 1O05 8.03 Newcastle - Weymouth to Birmingham returning with the 1E63 9.55 Weymouth - Newcastle.
The 1V67 10.10 Scarborough - Paignton was hauled by 45106 to Bristol on July 18th.
45106 was in charge of the 1V27 22.33 Bradford - Paignton on on July 24th, working as far as Bristol. It returned north the next day with the 1E65 09.25 Newquay - Newcastle.
During July Tinsley started to apply painted names to the remaining Class 45's. On August 18th 45106 was noted named 'Vulcan'.
The 1V67 10.10 Scarborough - Paignton was hauled by 45106 to Bristol on August 22nd. It returned north with the 1M79 16.28 Newquay - Wolverhampton.
On August 24/25/27/28 45106 worked the 1E45 08.32 Birmingham - York and 1M86 18.09 return.
The 1M37 8.15 Paignton - Manchester Piccadilly was taken over at Bristol by 45106 on September 5th.
On September 19th 45106 worked the 1E56 11.00 Paignton - Newcastle.
September 27th found 45106 working the 1E02 10.52 Skegness - Sheffield, then running light engine to Manchester Piccadilly to work the 1E66 01.35 Manchester Piccadilly Cleethorpes newspaper train as far as Sheffield. It then ran to Tinsley for refuelling before returning to Sheffield to take over the 1M74 07.20 Harwich Parkestone Quay - Manchester Piccadilly service, and the return 1E87 15.25 as far as Sheffield.
The dwindling fleet of Class 45's had an uncertain future with the end of the summer 1987 timetable. Assuming the worst two railtours were arranged for the last two weekends of the timetable, just in case, like the Class 25's six months earlier, the authorities decided to pull the plug on the remaining fleet after the current timetable ended.
The tour on October 3rd was Pathfinder Tours 'The 45 Finale' and was handled throughout by Peaks, running as the 1Z46 06.30 Bristol - Scarborough, but it was certainly not quite their finale. 45106 started the tour from Bristol Temple Meads taking the NE/SW route via Worcester to Birmingham New Street, here 45007 joined the train, apparently all had not been well with 45106 since Hinckley. At Leicester 45107 was waiting to replace the ailing 45106 for the straightforward run to Scarborough via Sheffield & Ferrybridge. From there it was south to Hull, west to Goole and Doncaster, down the ECML to Peterborough, then cross country to Leicester and Birmingham New Street. Here 45007 was removed and 45107 returned to Bristol per the outward route.
45106 was withdrawn on July 27, 1988 but was later reinstated August 4, 1988.
Pathfinder Tours 'The Pathfinder Scot' on August 20th 1988 utilised 50030 from Reading to Birmingham via Bristol. At Birmingham 45106 took the train north via bescot to Wolverhampton and then on up the WCML to Mossend, Shotts and Edinburgh Waverley. The return was via Midcalder, Carstairs and the WCML to Birmingham, where 50030 was waiting to complete the return journey as outwards.
November 5th 1988 found 45106 in charge of Pathfinder Tours 'The Wessex Adventurer', starting at Manchester Piccadilly and off to Fawley via Birmingham New Street, Coventry, Banbury, Basingstoke, Southampton & Marchwood. On the return to Southampton a pair of Class 33's assisted 45106 on the rear, from Southampton 45106 took the train on to Bournemouth. For the journey to Weymouth Class 33's were in charge, with 45106 only rejoining the train at Weymouth Jct, returning north via Westbury, Swindon, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly.
On November 19th 1988 45106 worked portions of Pathfinder Tours 'The Lincolnshire Rambler'. It took over from a Class 47 at Sleaford (?) working on to Skegness, then back to Lincoln Central, Barnetby Immingham, Ulceby, Doncaster, Worksop, Sheffield, Toton, Sheet Stores Jct, Stenson Jct and onto Birmingham where another locomtive took the train on to Swindon.
On February 3rd 45106 failed whilst working the 07:12 Derby - St. Pancras at Wellingborough, it was rescued by 97472, but then caught fire near Hendon. Withdrawal, not unexpected with the damage sustained came on February 20th 1989.
The withdrawn 45106 eventually returned north to Tinsley, lingering at the depot until shipped off to Booth's Rotherham and broken up there during April 1992.
Page added December 16th 2006.