LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
LMS Route: Nuneaton to Birmingham New Street
Washwood Heath Sidings: mrwhg1659
British Railways Type 4 No D139 is seen with a brake-tender
in tow needed for working loose-coupled freight trains on 5th September 1962.
Behind D139 are an unidentified BR 9F 2-10-0 locomotive and an ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0
locomotive. The cooling-towers of Nechells Power Station are prominent in the
background. D139 was built by Derby works in November 1961 and later
reclassified under TOPS as a Class 46 locomotive and given the running number
46002 which it carried until September 1981 to be scrapped by Swindon works.
Diesel brake tenders were introduced after it was discovered that the newly
introduced diesels in the 1950s and 1960s had insufficient brake force when
used on unfitted goods trains, so these vehicles were introduced to increase
the braking available. A total of 122 vehicles were built and were numbered
between B964000 and B964121. In traffic, the brake-tender would normally be
placed in front of or just behind the diesel locomotive.