D5124, 5124, 24124
D5124, 5124, 24124

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5124 & 5121 await departure from Inverness sometime in the early 1960s.

The sixteen year five month career of D5124/24124 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Built BR Derby Locomotive Works (batch D5114 - D5150).
Shortened fuel & water tank.
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 & water tanks.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 5 months.

Allocations

The frames for D5124 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during May 1960, D5124 was new to Inverness (60A) on July 2nd 1960. Further transfers were:

November 1975 to Haymarket.
July 1976 to store (unserviceable).
December 1st 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered April 17th 1974.

After withdrawal 24124 was stored at Haymarket from July 1976 to January 1977 when it was moved to Millerhill, remaining there until May 4th 1977 when it was moved to Swindon Works and broken up by the third week of May 1977.

Movement: 24065, 24107/15/24 02.20 Millerhill-Derby-Gloucester-Swindon May 4th 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works September & October 1974.
Noted Glasgow Works June 1975.

Highlights

1962
Condition April: yellow warning panels not yet applied, tablet catcher equipped, three-piece miniature snowploughs fitted (black).

1968
Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, gangway doors present with substantial weatherstripping, steam style shedplate on cabfront, tablet catcher fitted, shortened fuel & water tanks, no blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler present, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three piece miniature snowploughs fitted (black), engine exhaust located over engine room.

1969
Condition date uncertain (at least by November): blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present with substantial weatherstripping, steam style shedplate on cabfront, headlight fitted, tablet catcher fitted, shortened fuel & water tanks, solid blanking plates fitted (five holes?), hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three piece miniature snowploughs fitted (black), small BR emblem, engine exhaust located over engine room.

1973
Condition June: blue/yellow livery, yellow paint covers guttering above cab windows, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights fitted, shortened fuel & water tanks - both fitted with circular gauges, solid blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three piece miniature snowploughs fitted (yellow), large BR double arrow emblem on bodyside.

Photograph courtesy Lindsay Knight
April 12th 1973 Class 27 No.5411 & Class 24 No.5124 at Haymarket depot, contrasting the design elements of the locomotive cabs.

1974
The Wirral Railway Circle's 'Great Briton Limited' took three days to complete its itinerary, starting out from Crewe on May 24th and returning to Crewe on May 27th. The route included Carlisle, Perth, Inverness, Georgemas Junction, Inverness, Perth, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Sheffield, Derby, Landor Street Junction, Leamington Spa, Reading, Paddington, Newbury, Taunton, Penzance, Bristol, Newport (Maindee Junction), Hereford, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Birmingham, Wloverhampton, Stafford and Crewe.

The load varied between eleven and seventeen coaches, ten locomotives were used to haul the train, additionally assistance was provided by the two Lickey bankers (25071 & 25125).

86029 Crewe - Carlisle - Motherwell - Mossend Yard
47141 Mossend - Perth - Inverness via Rose Street Junction
24124 + 24129 Inverness - Georgemas Junction - Wick?? - Georgemas Junction - (reverse of outward route) - Inverness
47191 Inverness - Perth - Stirling - Larbert - Edinburgh Waverley
47016 Edinburgh Waverley - (via ECML) - York - Sheffield
47153 Sheffield - Derby - LandorStreet Junction - Leamington Spa - Reading - London Paddington
1010 London Paddington - Newbury - Taunton -Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads - Severn Tunnel - Hereford
47347 Hereford - Worcester Foregate Street - Bromsgrove - Birmingham
86224 Birmingham - Wolverhampton - Stafford - Crewe

The Six Bells Junction site indicates that the mileage for this railtour was about 2,088 miles.

Photograph courtesy Bernard Mills.
24124 & 24129 at Dunrobin on May 25th 1974 with the Wirral Railway Circle's 'Great Briton' railtour.

1975
The 12.15 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street on August 21st was worked by 26041 & 24124 as far as Eastfield loop, here both locomotives were removed and 27032 took the train into Queen Street. 26041 & 24124 then headed to Queen Street to rejoin the stock to take up the 17.27 to Inverness.

1976
On April 20th (or 19th) 24124 failed before departure on the 17.10 Edinburgh Berwick, a swift substitution made use of 25229 standing in the station.

By June the headlights on 24124 have been removed and replaced rather crudely by metal patches and the dent on the 2nd man's cab side has also been patched.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
Its June 5th 1976 and 24124 is seen here at Haymarket depot with about a month left in service.

On July 18th 24124 was noted at Haymarket out of service.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight location replaced with very large square plates, shortened water and fuel tanks - both equipped with circular gauges, ?blanking plates fitted (solid), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three-piece miniatue snowploughs fitted (yellow).

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Last updated June 16th 2019.

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