D5139, 5139
D5139, 5139

The eight year ten month career of D5139 was spent allocated only to London Midland Region depots.


The frames for D5139 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during August 1960, D5139 was new to Longsight (9A) on October 29th 1960. Further transfers were:

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August 10th 1969 withdrawn

After withdrawal 5139 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 June 1961.
Noted Derby Works August 1962.


Condition November, green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, bottom of warning panel only partially covers frame level stripe, shortened fuel & water tanks, engine exhaust in original position, hand/footholds present, no blanking plates, ridge sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps. (Similar condition also for June 1963).

On January 30th D5139 worked the 01.17 Manchester Piccadilly - Guide Bridge.

On the evening of April 14th D5139 was noted passing Park (Manchester) with an up freight.

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 of the iron ore train 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 The latter four machines were quickly placed to store at Chester and then withdrawn during August, joining stored machines 5007/10/17/19 already there.

During February the most seriously 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.

Of the locomotives involved in the collision, D5139 was probably one of the most seriously damaged, with major damage to both cabs and buffer beams. There appeared to be frame damage at the No.1 end. Of the locomotives involved D5139 appeared to have been the most recent to receive a Classified repair.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors not removed, two numbers on each bodyside, BR emblems on each cabside, most valencing still present, shortened fuel tank - fitted with circular gauge.

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Last updated December 6th 2019

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