D5138, 5138
D5138, 5138

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D5138 running light engine, passing Fylde Junction, Preston on an unknown date.

The eight year ten month career of D5138 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.
Gangway doors never removed.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 10 months.


The frames for D5138 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during August 1960, D5138 was new to Longsight (9A) on October 29th 1960. Further transfers were:

June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09)
November 1968 to Stoke Division (D05)
June 1969 to store
August 10th 1969 withdrawn

After withdrawal 5138 was stored at Chester with the other Type 2s damaged following the runaway iron ore train incident. During February 1970 the engines, generators, radiators and other equipment was removed from the locomotives using a large Cowans Sheldon crane. It is presumed these components were for reuse by British Railways. The stripped carcasses were later sold to J Cashmore, Great Bridge during April 1970, being finally dismantled during June 1970 at Great Bridge.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works May 1962.
Noted Derby Works February & May 1963.
Noted Derby Works July & September 1964.
Noted Derby Works September & October 1966.
Noted Derby Works March 1967.


On October 24th D5138 worked the 14.55 Euston - Northampton.

On April 18th D5138 was noted on a van train at Stockport Edgeley.

Whilst at Derby Works for repair during September & October, the No.1 end cab was removed. The general condition of the remainder of the locomotive suggests it had been called to the Works for an early shopping because of damage to the cab.

Condition (no month, maybe September): green livery with frame level stripe and small yellow cabfronts, squared upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

On July 3rd D5138 was noted passing Miles Platting with an up freight. On July 5th D5138 was noted passing Park (Manchester) with an up freight (5K30).

On August 26th D5138 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with a down van train.

On the evening of December 27th D5138 was noted passing Park (Manchester) with an up freight.

On the evening of February 23rd D5138 was at Park (Manchester) with an up freight.

On the evening of April 15th D5138 was at Manchester Victoria with an up Els (?) - Red Bank working.

Chaos reigned at Chester in the early hours of July 9th after the 02.25 Birkenhead - Etruria iron ore train, weighing approximately 1,000 tons and hauled by Class 47 No.1617 was reported out of control, headed towards Chester station. Fortuitously the Mollington box signalman, who had accepted the ore train to his outer home signal, was allowing a locomotive from the coast line (Mold Junction) onto Chester shed. The light engine crew saw all was not well with the iron ore train and stayed put on the down Birkenhead. The iron ore train ran through all the signals at danger and took the route set for the light engine onto the shed. Two locomotives and eleven wagons were derailed, with 5031/43/93 & 5138/39 extensively damaged. The crew escaped major injury, though were treated for shock, not surprisingly. The latter four machines were quickly placed to store at Chester and then withdrawn during August, joining stored machines 5007/10/17/19 already there.

The No.2 end of 5138 sustained damage with the cab drooping, presumably the bufferbeam and frame were bent downwards.

During February the damaged Class 24s at Chester depot - 5043/93, 5138/39 were moved to sidings near the station, here a large Cowans Sheldon crane was used to remove the engines, generators, radiator equipment and other parts, presumably for reuse by British Railways. Parked with them were retired Class 12 shunters 12036/37/48. These Class 24s were all later sold to Cashmores, Great Bridge, eventually towed there and scrapped in their yard during the summer of 1970.

Condition final: green livery with small yellow warning panels, squared upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, hand/footsteps present, 'D' prefixes present.

Photograph courtesy K. Holt / KDH Archive.
5138 has been moved from the depot to the yard west of the station and overlooked from the A56 road bridge. Major components have been removed for reuse whilst the stripped locomotives will be scrapped at Cashmores, Great Bridge.

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Page added August 24th 2016.
Last updated March 17th 2022.

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