45069 was released during February whilst 45040 was received for a light repair. Withdrawn locomotives totalled almost thirty, two thirds of which were Class 25's.
Early in March 25034, 25200/228/251/277, 45037 & 45056 were receiving minor repairs whilst 45013/34/40 were receiving Light classifieds.
April brought a little good news for Derby as they were now to receive ten Class 20's for a Heavy repair including dual braking. These machines shoulds have been put through either Glasgow or Crewe but delays at these Works saw Derby take up some of the slack. First to arrive at Derby was 20023. These first five locomotives had previously been allocated to Tinsley, on release from the Works they would be reallocated to Toton.
By May a second Class 20 had arrived at Derby, 20132 which was previously stored and now reinstated. Only two Class 25's were under repair, 25034 & 25286, twelve Class 45's were under repair, include Light repairs for 45034 & 45070. Thirty withdrawn locomotives remained scattered about the Works.
Arrivals for Classifieds in June were 20010 & 45103, departing was 45034.
Released from the Works during July was 45070 after a Light repair, received was 45046 & 45052, both for Light repairs.
At the end of August there was only one Class 25 under repair, 25199, elsewhere were 20010/23, 20132 receiving major repairs and twelve Class 45's receiving a variety of repairs. The slow progress on the overhauls of the Class 20's was reportedly due to awaiting materials from Glasgow.
At the middle of October apart from the three Class 20's receiving Generals there were only eleven Class 45's in for repair, 45046 & 45052 for Light classified and the rest for casual repairs. Recently outshopped was 45103, whilst received was 45022 for an Intermediate classified. Three more recently withdrawn Class 45's; 45023/43/50 reached the Works, presumably as a parts source for the remaining fleet, bogies being in particular need.
Christmas 1984 provided a little more activity than in recent years, although obviously not comparable to earlier years. Excluding the HST power cars there were a greater volume of Classified repairs being undertaken. Receiving Generals were 20010/23/59, 20108/132 whilst 45022 was to be given an Intermediate, and Light classified for 45029, 45108/113/117/126. Eight other Class 45's were receiving casual repairs whilst 25234 was receiving power unit attention and 25037 with electrical repairs. The latter locomotive was overdue a 'D' exam by 651 hours, whilst 25234 was overdue an 'E' exam by 62 hours. Recently outshopped were 45046 & 45052.
The gradual build up of withdrawn locomotives within the Works was eased early in February when two convoys of withdrawn and heavily stripped Class 25's were moved to Swindon Works. Both movements departed Derby late in the afternoon, presumably the night time movement would reduce the visibility of these sorry looking machines to the general public.
The first to go were 25050/62, 25129/133/146, 25220/233/274/294 as the 9X12 17.05 to Swindon Works on February 4th. The next evening 25036/49, 25150, 25228/253/277, 25304/317/320 also as the 9X12 to Swindon Works, both making the trip in one move. Type 2's left behind were 25093, 25105/164, 25261, 25312/319 & 27203. Just outside the Works boundary over at Etches Park were 25033/88, 25248/260.
In the middle of February there were twenty one locomotives under repair, from the Generals for the five Class 20's to the minor repairs to 25037 & 25234. Unfortunately whilst in the Works the repairs for 25234 were stopped and the locomotive withdrawn. And after about eight months in the Works 20023 was outshopped. Fifteen withdrawn locomotives remained in the Works including recently arrived 45057.
By the middle of March 25037 had been released back to traffic, leaving no further Class 25's in the Works receiving repairs.
April saw 45113 & 45117 outshopped after Light repairs whilst 45149 was received for a similar repair.
The General repair for 20132 was completed during early May, leaving three more still in the Works; 20010/59 & 20108. Recently withdrawn 45055 turned up in the Works.
Across from the Works the frontage of Derby station was demolished on or about Sunday May 12th, bringing to an end 133 years of a very familiar Derby landmark. It would take about six months to complete the demolition, clear the site and build a new facility incorporating a new concourse, ticket office, waiting room, buffet and newsagents. Attempts to save some of the historic frontage failed after the building did not receive a listed status and later attempts to move the facade failed due to the condition of the masonry and brickwork. GBP3.5 million was allocated for the rebuilding of the station.
45104 & 45126 were released during June after completing Light repairs whilst 45051 & 45129 took their places.
Another movement of withdrawn locomotives took place on the evening of July 23rd when 25093, 25105/164, 25234/248/260, 25312/319 moved as the 9X12 17.05 to Swindon Works, this included Class 25's from the Works and several from the Etches Park sidings. The only Class 25 now left in the Works was partially dismantled 25261. For some of these locomotives sent to Swindon it would not be their last resting place, several would be dragged upto Leicester after Swindon closed, for breaking up by Vic Berry.
At the end of July six Class 45's; 45007/12/41/51 & 45129/149 were receiving Light repairs, four others were receiving casual repairs. 20010 had been released after its General repair.
Outshopped in August was 45041 after a Light repair, received into the Works was 20077 for a General & dual braking.
Another Class 20 to arrive at Derby for a General and dual braking was 20163 during October. Also received about the same time were 45106/115/122 for Light repair. Released back into traffic was 45149.
Outshopped during October was 20059 following completion of its General repair, whilst received for Light repair were 45110/114 and 20141 for a General and dual braking.
Outshopped towards the end of the year were 20108 after its General and 45012 with a Light repair, possibly the last Class 45/0 to be so treated. At the end of November the withdrawn locomotives on the Works were 27203, 40075, 40132/163, 45023/43/45/50/55/57. Vic Berry had been called in to finally break up the remains of 25261.
At year's end there were just over twenty locomotives under repair in the Works. The only Class 25 under repair was 25200 receiving attention to its power unit, whilst 20077, 20141/163/170 were receiving Generals and dual braking with 20021/22/70, 20139/143/196 receiving casual repairs. 45107/110/114/115/118/122 were receiving Light repairs whilst 45013/37, 45133/144 were in for casual repairs.
Completed in January was the Light repair to 45115. Arrivals were prominently Class 20s, Derby was now the primary Works for Class 20 repairs.
Activity during February centered around providing repairs to the Class 20s and the occasional Class 45. Vic Berry returned to the Works to cut up 27203 and 25033/88 from nearby Etches Park. Recent arrivals to the withdrawn locomotives were 25200 & 45109.
Locomotives under repair at the end of March totalled about twenty, with the Class 20's predominating. Receiving Generals were 20077, 20141/163/170, the remainder of the Class 20 repairs were casuals whilst 45107/110/118 were receiving Light repairs, the other Class 45s were also casuals.
From April BREL was restructured into two groups. Wolverton, Doncaster, Eastleigh & Glasgow would form the BR Maintenance Group providing support exclusively to British Rail. The second group comprised the Derby Locomotive Works, Derby Carriage & Wagon Works, Crewe, York and the foundry at Horwich would provide heavy repairs, component repairs and new products.
Also during April 45118 was outshopped, the last Class 45 to receive a Classified repair here. The previous three outshopped under the programme were 45114 (4th), 45107 (3rd), 45110 (2nd). 45112 would have been the next in line in the Light Classified repair programme, but with the programme now cancelled it received only an engine change late in May.
By May two thirds of the locomotives under repair were Class 20's, the remainder being Class 45's. Late in the month BREL redundancies were announced as part of a three year plan for the Workshops. Of the 1,500 jobs losses some were expected for Derby Locomotive Works but these were anticipated to be minor when compared to Doncaster, Wolverton & Glasgow.
On May 22nd contractors working on repairing the roof of the roundhouse set fire to the roof when a gas stove tipped over and ignited nearby materials. As the flames spread a gas cylinder exploded which propelled itself into a wall of the foreman's mess. Fortunately no one was injured.
A new arrival in June for a General repair was 20138 along with three other Class 20's for minor repairs. 45121 was also received for attention to the main generator. Released back to traffic was three Class 20's and four Class 45/1's.
Five more Class 20's arrived in July for minor repairs including one of the recently renumbered locomotives - 20304. Power unit attention was also given to 45120, this locomotive had just been reinstated to traffic at Toton. Outshopped were three Class 20's and 45041 & 45150.
20057/97, 20184 were received for power unit attention during August and 20137 came in for an Intermediate repair. Outshopped was 20163. Also on Works were the standard ten to twelve HST power cars including 43022 received for collision damage repairs. Turnover for the HST power cars was about 50% of the volume in the Works, normally they would not linger here.
For September there was little activity in the Works for the Class 45's, work on the HST power cars and the Class 20's predominated. Power car 43167 was received for the exchange of its Paxman engine for a Mirlees unit.
A little more work came Derby's way in October as Class 08 shunters 08768 & 08903 were received into the Works for Classified repairs. Also received was 20118 for an Intermediate and 20035/89, 20303 for casual repairs. Released back into traffic were three Class 20's and 45121.
Present at the Works seven days after the above view were:
General repair: 08768, 08903
About a week later a reduction took place of the withdrawn locomotives present at the Works. On October 22nd 45003/23, 45109 left the Works for the last time as they moved as the 9L42 to Vic Berry, Leicester. The next day 45043/45/55 made the same move. In most cases these locomotives would be swiftly dealt with by Vic Berry's men. This was a small part of a huge clean up of BR rolling stock from all parts of the country, most of which was destined for Leicester.
During November 45120 was released back to traffic leaving no Class 45s under repair in the Works.
As the year drew to a close 08745, 08904/907 were received for generals amongst the usual mix of Class 20's and HST power cars. Other Class 08's received for casual repairs were 08462 & 08687. Outshopped locomotives included 45113 after minor repairs.
Recently withdrawn 20037 & 20067 were now at the Works. Also at the Works was 45118 for attention to the bogies. The remaining withdrawn locomotives were hauled away to Vic Berry, Leicester in the third week of January. First to go on 19th were 25200, 40075, 45057 & 45117 as the 9X87 09.45 departure to Humberstone Road and hauled by 47199. The Class 47 returned the same day to work 40132/163 & 45050 as the 9X88 14.04 to Humberstone Road. All would be tripped into Berry's yard by January 27th. The movement of 25200 away from the Works severed a thirty year relationship with Derby Works and the BR/Sulzer Type 2's.
The establishment of the British Rail Maintenance Group at the end of March and the continued and growing use of the major depots to carry out heavy repairs meant a very bleak future for Derby Locomotive Works. A sell-off saw a consortium comprising property company Trafalgar House, ASEI Brown Boveri (ABB) and the management and employees of BREL becoming the 'winning' bidders. At this point all remaining members of the Class 25 fleet had been taken out of service whilst the future for the Class 45's did not look promising. Repairs for the Class 20's were expected to end soon leaving just the Class 08's and the HST power cars.
By March seven further Class 08's had been received for General repair, whilst only 20104 & 20224 came into the Works for casual repair. Outshopped were a large portion of the Class 20's previously under repair as well as repairs to 45118. After the earlier clear out of the mostly long withdrawn locomotives the Works yard was once again acquiring more such machines, mostly in the shape of Class 20's: 20011/37/39/67, 20115/116/125/184 with 08253, 08722 and 45116 also present.
Departures from the Works in April were 20034 & 20154 along with three Class 08s that had completed their General repair. 08441, 08507/517, 08883/896, 08908/932 were received for Generals, no Class 20's were received.
Preserved 44004 was almost received by Derby Works during 1987 for retyring of the wheelsets. The cost was expected to be about GBP12,000, which included the lifting of the locomotive from its bogies. Unfortunately the cost of GBP 2,000 for moving 44004 from Butterley by rail to Derby Works proved prohibitive, leading to the work being carried out elsewhere.
20052 returned to traffic in May after repair at Derby, also outshopped were three Class 08's and an abundance of HST power cars.
The stockpile of withdrawn locomotives at the Works continued to grow with recent arrivals being 08474 & 20049.
Activity in August saw the continued shopping of Class 08's and HST power cars. Received were 08742 for a General and 08661 for power unit repairs, whilst outshopped were 08517, 08883 & 08932 after General repairs and 08633 & 08911 with casual repairs.
The last locomotive to receive a repair at Derby Locomotive Works was Class 08 shunting locomotive No. 08856. This was a well travelled shunter, being delivered as D4024 to St Phillips Marsh on July 4th 1961, with transfers as follows:
After completion of the overhaul 08856 returned to traffic during April 1988.
The last Open Day at Derby Locomotive Works took place on September 16th 1989. Admission was GBP1.50 for adults and 75p for children, old age pensioners and the unemployed. With the Works by this time in serious decline it would be unfair to expect an event on the scale and variety of the major Works Open Days held during the 1960's & 1970's. But the remaining employees who organised the event were able to arrange for a truly interesting mix of preserved steam & diesel locomotives. On display were:
Locomotives reported on the Works were:
The continued creativity of the Derby Works staff was highlighted towards the end of locomotive repairs when a partially dismantled self-powered crane filled in as the Works shunter. In the closing years the rail movements in and out of the Works became very few, which included the occasional Speedlink van with Land Rover MOD engines, which were being overhauled in No 25 Shop. The only internal movements were Timmy the 20 being used as a mobile test bed for Class 20 power units, Timmy had to be moved around to accomodate this.
Ken Cook remembers: With such little activity the manager decided to discontinue the hire of the Class 08 shunter from 4 Shed. Our gaffa said there was an old crane at One Shop which was due to be scrapped but still worked. Cranes were fairly good at self propelling for short distances, hence the problem was solved! So it was modified by us all and then used as the most unlikely shunting locomotive ever! But there were problems if more than one wagon was being pushed/pulled, and on a slight gradient it struggled especially if the rails were wet. But it still served its purpose all be it very slowly, but nobody cared in those declining days. I drove it a few times along with other yard gang staff. It carried on even when the rail link from the main line was severed.
On one occasion we had to go to the Top Stores ramp using the crane, which meant operating over the main BR freight line which runs alongside Derby station's Platform 6. It was a show stopper as we passed by the station, people couldn't believe what they were seeing! Control didn't like the movement and on the way back the crane failed on the main freight line! We didn't half get some grief from BR! But rightly it does have its own page in the history of the Loco Works decline and demonstrated the austerity measures we had to go to to try and save our Works from the eventual ultimate doom. (KC)
During February 31449 arrived to remove 20011 (ADB 968032) from the Works.
It would seem that Class 20 No. 20011 (Timmy the Twenty) was the last locomotive of any sort to be on the premises of Derby Locomotive Works. Not perhaps an upbeat honour to remember 20011 by, but the Class 20's certainly had a very long association with the Works. D8011 was introduced to traffic on November 2nd 1957 at Devons Road, Bow (1D). It was briefly loaned to Bradford Hammerton Street (56G), for testing in tunnels on the 'Queensbury Lines' with regard to the impact of diesel fumes. It returned to Devons Road during February 1958. To Willesden (1A) February 1964, then the London Western Lines Division (D01) in April 1966. To Nottingham Division (D16) during July 1969 and to Toton in May 1973 when the LMR Division allocations were abolished.
Further moves were to Eastfield during August 1973, then Tinsley December 1979, Immingham January 1980, Tinsley July 1981, Eastfield July 1983 and finally Tinsley November 1984.
20011 was withdrawn from traffic for spares on February 2nd 1987 and moved to Derby Works during the same month. Although taken into departmental stock as ADB 968032, the number was not applied. After removal from the Works grounds 20011 remained at Derby Etches Park until moved to MC Metals, Glasgow arriving 13 January 1994. The grounded body was still on site until about June 1994 when it was finally cut up.
On December 7th it was announced that Derby Locomotive Works would be closed over the next two years. Approximately 200 jobs would be lost, with the bogie and small engine repair business being transferred to Litchurch Lane and the large engine repair business to Crewe Works. The rundown saw most of the facilities demolished with just the former 7 & 9 Shops remaining in use, operated by Adtranz (a merger of ABB & Daimler Benz).
On August 4th it was announced that the Adtranz organisation was to be acquired by Canadian based Bombardier for US$ 725 million.
On March 17th Bombardier Transportation announced redundancies within its European operations. To improve profitably the restructuring included the transfer of bogie production away from the remaining facility that represented the last functioning vestige of the former Derby Locomotive Works.
The last operational shops from the former Derby Works complex closed in December 2005. The site was soon cleared and was quickly redeveloped as the last remaining parcel of land within the Pride Park site.
Page added October 28th 2007.
Derby Works 1932 - 1950