D5131, 5131
D5131, 5131

The eleven year career of D5131 was spent allocated only to Inverness depot.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works (batch D5114 - D5150).
Shortened fuel & water tanks.
Four upper and four lower air filters on non-BIS side, three upper and four lower on BIS side.
Scottish 'Highland' modifications: twin headlights, tablet catcher, cantrail water filler sheeted over, winterisation features: boiler room grille, gangway door weatherstripping, headcode box weatherproofing.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 4 months.


The frames for D5131 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during June 1960, D5131 was new to Inverness (60A) on September 17th 1960. Further transfers were:

September 11th 1971 withdrawn.

After withdrawal 5131 was moved to Glasgow Works and broken up there between November 1971 & February 1972. Scrap possibly from this locomotive & Class 26 No.5328 was sold to a Kilnhurst scrap merchant, which included a cab door from 5131 (?) and a control desk from 5328.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Assumed Inverurie Works circa June/July 1968 - repaint to blue livery from green livery with small yellow warning panels.
Noted Glasgow Works January 1970 (collision repairs).



Photograph collection of webmaster.
A snapshot of yet to be numbered D5131 at the Derby Locomotive Works 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 It will spend just over eleven years allocated to Inverness, being withdrawn after colliding with 6855 at Inverness depot on July 22nd 1971.

D5126 & D5131 worked the 11.00 Inverness - Perth on May 22nd.

D5131 worked the 12.25 Aberdeen - Fraserburgh on August 18th.

D5131 worked the 17.35 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen on March 13th.

D5119 & D5131 worked the 16.25 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street on September 29th.

D5131 worked the 18.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on November 13th.

On July 31st D5131 & D53xx were southbound at Moy with an Inverness - Glasgow service.

Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place with substantial weatherstripping, substantial weatherproofing on headcode box glazing, headlights fitted, tablet catcher fitted, steam style shed plate on cab front, blanking plates fitted (five hole), hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler sheeted over, shortened fuel & water tanks, BR emblems on each cab door, engine exhaust located above engine room.

On January 4th 5131 worked the 9.20am (2S52) Carlisle - Edinburgh, the locomotive carried a special Border Railway Society 'Farewell to the Waverley' headboard. The locomotive also worked an Edinburgh - Carlisle service (2M52) this day.

Condition January : blue livery with full yellow ends, cab-door double arrows and serif D-numbers.

5131 was noted at Glasgow Works on January 12th with collision damage to the No.1 cab. The bufferbeam and frames were bent downwards, presumably with considerable force, the cabfront was pushed in somewhat. The locomotive was in blue/yellow livery, the gangways doors were present with substantial weatherstripping, headlights were fitted, as was a steam style shed plate. Three-rung bogie mounted footsteps and ridge sided sandboxes were fitted. It is presumed that during this repair the gangway doors were sheeted over.

A shunting accident at Inverness between 5131 and 6855 late in July led to the Type 2 being put on decision. Despite having been through Glasgow Works during early 1970 for considerable collision damage repairs, retirement finally came in September, being noted at Glasgow Works by early October, where it was quickly broken up.

Photograph courtesy Grahame Wareham.
D5131 at Inverness during August 1971 awaiting dispatch to Glasgow Works. The locomotive features some typical Inverness refinements: the boiler grill blanking plate with five cut outs and a sheeted over roof level water filler. Despite the generally good condition of the locomotive it appears the frames in the region of the damaged cab have been seriously deformed downwards, making repairs to the locomotive uneconomic. However it will no doubt surrender many parts to keep others of the Class running.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight fitted, shortened fuel & water tanks, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, blanking plates fitted (five holes), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, weatherproofed headcode box glazing, BR emblems on all cab doors.

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Page added August 18th 2016.
Last updated December 29th 2021.

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