D5118, 5118, 24118
D5118, 5118, 24118

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Brand new D5118 & D5117 in Derby Works yard sometime during May 1960.

The sixteen year six month career of D5118/24118 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Built BR Derby Locomotive Works (batch D5114 - D5150).
Shortened fuel tank & full size water tank (shortened water tank fitted later).
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.
Circular gauge added to fuel tank.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 12 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 5 months.


The frames for D5118 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during February 1960, D5118 was new to Inverness (60A) on May 21st 1960. Further transfers were:

October 1975 to Haymarket.
October 31st 1976 to store (unserviceable).
December 31st 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered July 1974.

After withdrawal 24118 was stored at Millerhill from October 1976 to March 1977, then moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by May 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works October 1974.
Noted Glasgow Works October & November 1975 (full repaint).


During late September/early October the Inverness based Type 2s visited St Rollox workshops for the fitting of tablet catcher equipment for use on those lines radiating out of Inverness. Reports about the Type 2s on the Highland mainline at this time suggest the Derby built machines were considered inferior to the BRCW built locomotives, the latter were preferred partially due to their better finished, less draughty, quieter cabs. On passenger workings they were rated poorly against the Class 5s, though on September 24th D5118 & D5119 were noted hauling the 6.05pm Inverness - Perth comprised of fifteen coaches, requiring the use of 80092 as banker from Blair Atholl. In use on the freight trains they were more than equal to the Class 5s, being able to handle a greater load.

Condition March: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners, warning panel may cover frame level stripe, tablet catcher fitted, exhaust in original position, three-run bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

Condition year/month uncertain: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, gangway doors fitted with weatherstipping, tablet catcher fitted, side valencing removed, steam style shedplate fitted (60A), blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds present.

Condition October: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place with substantial weatherstripping, steam style shedplate on cab front, headlights fitted, no minature snowploughs, 'D' prefix present, weatherproofed headcode box glazing, shortened fuel and water tanks, blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

On August 16th the 11.08 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness with 26029 failed just east of Strathcarron station, the train was able to reverse into Strathcarron loop and await rescue. This issue delayed the 10.36 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh with 24121 by about half an hour. Eventual rescue came in the shape of 24118, which took the failed locomotive and train to Inverness, arriving about two and a half hours late!

On May 3rd 24118 & 26035 worked the 08.20 Inverness - Edinburgh.

During July 24118 was derailed at Fraserburgh yard, possibly by splitting a set of points. A Class 26 attended with the rerailing train.

Noted Glasgow Works November, may have received a repaint at this visit, most definately the cabfronts were repainted.

On July 18th 24118 was noted running at Thornton.

On August 17th 24118 & 40062 worked an Inverness - Edinburgh/Glasgow service.

On October 13th 24118 was noted on a Millerhill trip.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight location sheeted over with circular plates, three-piece minature snowploughs, shortened fuel and water tanks, fuel tank has circular gauge, blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

24118 & 24119 were scrapped alongside each other at Doncaster Works.

A dull day at Inverness as 5118 and a Class 26 await departure with the 'Wester Ross' Rail Tour, date not recorded. Both locomotives have lost their tablet catcher equipment. No doubt for some on the train it will be their first run over the route to Kyle, but for the locomotives its just another day working out of Inverness.

The same train from the above view, now with the correct headcode is photographed with the sun breaking through the clouds, having now ventured onto the Kyle line.

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Page added July 25th 2016.
Last updated November 16th 2018.

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