D5121, 5121, 24121
D5121, 5121, 24121

Photograph collection of Roger Geach
D5121 crosses Cullen Viaduct, Seafield with a local passenger service, date unknown.

The sixteen year six month career of D5121/24121 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Smaller size fuel & water tanks from new (first of Class to recieve this variant).
Circular gauge added to fuel & water tank.
Boiler Room Blanking Plates: five slat variety.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 16 months.

Allocations

The frames for D5121 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during April 1960, D5121 was new to Inverness (60A) on June 11th 1960. Further transfers were:

October 1975 to Haymarket
October 22nd 1976 to store (unserviceable at Polmadie)
October 22nd 1976 reinstated to Haymarket
October 31st 1976 to store (unserviceable)
December 31st 1976 withdrawn

Renumbered May 2nd 1974.

After withdrawal 24121 was stored at Polmadie from January 1977 until November 1977 when it moved to Carlisle, being stored there until February 14th 1978 when it moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by May 1978.

Movement: 24019/66, 24102/121 07.00 Carlisle - Doncaster 9Z14 February 14 1978. (25191 to Skipton, then 31183 to Doncaster)

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Inverurie Works February 1962.
Noted Glasgow Works August & October 1970.
Noted Glasgow Works May 1973.
Noted Glasgow Works May 1975.

Highlights

1962

Photograph collection of webmaster
Its a damp March 10th 1962 as D5121 stands at Inverness with its train for a Far North or Kyle service. D5121 has been in service for about 21 months, the tablet catcher has been fitted and the roof mounted boiler water tank filler cover is still in place, but not fitting too well.

1966
Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, blanking plates fitted (five louvres), hand/footholds present, shortened fuel & water tanks, exhaust located above engine room, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, three-piece miniature snowploughs fitted.

1971
An SRPS special on June 19th encountered difficulties whilst returning from Inverness. The train had been worked up from Glasgow by 5360 & 5372, and these were used for the return. Unfortunately 5372 failed leaving Dalwhinnie, stalwart 5360 soldiered on alone over Drumochter only to expire at Dalguise. Rescue came from 5117 & 5121, fresh off the “Royal Highlander’, pushing the train to Dunkeld, where further assistance appeared in the unlikely shape of 415, a class only recently cleared over this route. Travelers on the special finally reached Glasgow 160 minutes late.

1973
On May 12th Glasgow Works held its first Open Day, remarkably there were sixty four diesels on display that day, although twenty seven of those were condemned Claytons. Two class 25’s were present, 5178 and 5157, the latter having a replacement cab fitted from withdrawn 5149. Class 24’s noted were 5006/19, 5121/27 under repair and elsewhere withdrawn 5067, 5114/49. Parts of 5068 were still present.

Condition June: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights fitted, shortened fuel & water tanks, circular gauge glass on fuel tank, blanking plates fitted (five holes), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, tablet catcher removed, on non-BIS side there were two BR emblems: one in the center of the bodyside, the other on the driver's cab door.

During August Inverness Type 2s were frequently diagrammed on freight or parcels services to Berwick & Newcastle, so noted was 5121 on August 7th & 5115 8th.

1975
The 17.10 Edinburgh – Berwick continued to run with a wide variety of power, on December 29th 24121 was utilised.

1976
April 6th found the double headed 16.35 Inverness – Glasgow Queen Street in trouble at Kingussie when leading locomotive 26034 failed, being removed and replaced by 25029 off a northbound freight. However 25029 was later detached at Stirling after parts from it hit a freight train near Dunblane, leaving 24121 to carry on alone reaching Glasgow two hours late.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
24121 passes Rutherglen on June 11th 1976 with a short parcels train.

On July 18th 24121 was noted running at Townhill.

On September 8th was noted running light at Edinburgh.

On October 9th 24121 was noted with mid-morning empty coaching stock at Perth.

By October 22nd all the remaining ScR Class 24s were officially stored at several locations, the majority (at least fifteen) at Millerhill, leaving the remaining eleven active LMR members all based at Crewe. However their retirement was not entirely because of their unserviceability. 24121 was revived from store at Polmadie on October 22nd to work the 1A53 17.12 Glasgow – Ayr passenger service due to a death on the tracks disrupting the regular diesel multiple unit services.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
24121 at Motherwell on June 5th 1976.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights replaced with square plates, shortened fuel & water tanks - both equipped with circular gauges, blanking plates fitted (five holes), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three-piece miniature snowploughs fitted (yellow).

24121 was withdrawn on December 31st 1976.

1977
Whilst dumped at Polmadie on the west side of the running lines, withdrawn 24121 was derailed after running off the end of the siding, noted in this state on June 26th 1977.

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