5114 inverness 60A
Inverness and its Class 24's

Inverness's original fleet of Class 24's comprised D5114 - D5132. Their history is somewhat covered on the Inverness depot page. This page features a further selection of views of the Inverness Class 24's.

A work-stained D5114 stands at Eastfield, date unknown. The Class 24 is kitted out in full Highland regalia - twin headlights, tablet catcher, weather stripping on the connecting doors, modified boiler room grille covering. It sports only one miniature snowplough, on the drivers side - and is more than likely due a shopping at Glasgow Works.
Photograph courtesy J Ashley.

The new addition of the tablet catcher to this series of locomotives required a re-design of the driver's side cab window arrangement. The recess in the cabside panel prevented the operation of the vertical movement of the window in to the cabside. Instead the opening of the window would occur by a horizontal movement with the window sliding inside of the fixed side window. This modification would continue throughout the remainder of the Class 24 build and for all the Class 25's. 5114 would not be renumbered into the TOPS numbering. It ended its days in blue & yellow livery with a five louvered boiler room grille and the cantrail boiler water filler sheeted over. The cabfront gangway doors remained in place, but with the extra weatherstripping added.

24116 most likely at Haymarket. The locomotive sports an unusual location for the number, almost dead centre on the side, whilst the double arrow emblem is also unusually located, as is the builders plate. Other Scottish features include the plated over headlights, the louvred boiler room grille and the sheeted over boiler water filler at cantrail level.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Another modification for this locomotive is the fitting of circular gauges on the fuel and water tanks.

A work stained D5117 poses in the sun, date & location unknown. The locomotive is now fitted with tablet catcher equipment, but still lacks headlights. The depot staff have already beefed up the weather stripping on the gangway doors, it is doubtful if the Inverness Type 2's ever made use of these doors.
Photograph courtesy Malcom Lowe.
Kyle of Lochalsh on August 9th 1972 with an interesting elevated view of 5117 as it shunts the yard, prior to working a service back to Inverness. The locomotive sports a number of the Glasgow modifications unique to the Inverness allocated locomotives. The now redundant tablet catcher recess was never plated over on the Class 24's unlike some examples of the Eastfield allocated Class 25's that did lose the recesses on visits to Derby.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
Nine months later at almost the same spot the boiler of 5117 adds to the plentiful supply of Scotch mist at Kyle of Lochalsh on April 7th 1973. The locomotive still carries its two sealed beam headlights but has lost its tablet catcher. The fuel and water tanks have gained the circular gauges.
Photographer unknown.
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.
Photographer E A Woods.
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.
Photographer E A Woods.
A work stained D5119 leads a passenger train southbound from Killiecrankie station, date unknown. This may be a local south starting from Blair Atholl. The locomotive has been fitted with weatherstripping around the gangway door seams, hopefully to alleviate draughts & water ingress.
Photograph courtesy Malcolm Lowe.
It appears to be the end of the line for 24119 at Haymarket. As with some other examples Glasgow Works have sheeted over the roof level water filler, providing a neater appearance for the roofline and one less maintenance headache for the depots.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
5120 & 5327 work their way westwards through Haymarket station on a sunny day, date unknown.
Photographer unknown.
24123 gets some assistance from a Class 08 shunter as it is manouevred around Inverness depot. The locomotive is fitted with the smaller, shortened water tank, and both tanks have acquired circular gauges.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
5124 & 5121 await departure from Inverness sometime in the early 1960's.
Photographer not known.
D5125 stands at Barrow, presumably just after outshopping from Derby, and sent to Barrow for inspection by officials from Vickers Armstrong. This view shows the original position of the engine exhaust, just to the right of the boiler exhaust. This is probably the last time D5125 visited Barrow!
Photograph courtesy Cumbrian Railways Association #KER118.
D5126 in green livery with a heavily work-stained grey roof at Eastfield depot, date unknown.
Photograph courtesy J Ashley / collection of Webmaster.
Its the end of the line for 24126, seen here at Doncaster depot, prior to transfer across to the Works for breaking. The locomotive sports the beefed up headcode panel, no doubt to deal with the more severe winters found in the highlands of Scotland.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
5127 is photographed at Dingwall on October 3rd 1973 with the 11.08 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness service. This locomotive carries the boiler grille blanking plate with four louvres rather than the more common five louvres.
Photographer not known.
24128 at Dundee on December 2nd 1973. The locomotive still sports the twin sealed beam headlights, it has the beefed up blanked off headcode panel cover and has the solid boiler room blanking plate. It has acquired a vertically hinged battery isolating switch cover, a modification unique to the Scottish Class 24's, it is also missing a sandbox.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
24129 at Eastfield is similar in appearance to 24128 apart from having lost the headlights. Glasgow have also sheeted over the cantrail level boiler water filler cover and the fuel & water tanks have gained the circular gauges.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
The other side of 24129 at Eastfield on September 13th 1975. It is parked in the same location as the above view and appears to require at least a new wiper blade. 24129 would remain in service until the end of Class 24 use on the Scottish Region - December 1976. It has also gained the vertically hinged battery isolating switch cover.
Photographer unknown.
5130 basks in the sun at Inverness Depot, close by the fuelling point. The locomotive comes with all its Scottish extras, headlights, tablet catcher, 60A steam syle shed plate, modified boiler room blanking plate and Inverness style draughtproofing on the gangway doors. It is also missing a sandbox.
Photographer not known.
24130 location unknown. It has now regained its missing sandbox and has a circular gauge on the fuel tank, it still retains its roof level boiler water filler and has the louvred blanking screen.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
24132 at its home shed of Inverness, date unknown. The strengthened headcode panel is clearly visible, the rubber sealing of the original type now replaced by more serious weatherproofing.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

During April 2011 a builders plate from 24132 sold on Ebay for GBP180.99.

Final condition of withdrawn locomotives with regard to detail differences/changes
If details matter, or if you are a modeller

Renumbering: All received TOPS renumbering except 5114, 5122 & 5131.
Blue livery: All carried blue livery with full yellow ends except 5122.
Headlights & Tablet Catchers: All carried the twin sealed beam headlights and tablet catcher apparatus at some point.
Fuel & water tanks: 5114-5120 original sized water tank, shortened fuel tank; 5121-5132 smaller water tank than 5114-5120 but same sized fuel tank.
Headlight cover plates:
Square: 24117, 24119, 24120, 24121, 24123, 24124, 24125, 24126, 24129, 24130;
Circular: 24116, 24118
Roof level water filler sheeted over (Modification started prior to 1968):
Yes: 5114, 24116, 24117, 24118, 24119, 24120, 24121, 24123, 24124, 24125, 24126, 24127, 24128, 24129;
No: 5122, 24130, 24132
Fuel and water tank gauges:
Both: 24116, 24117, 24120, 24121, 24123, 24124, 24125, 24128, 24129;
Fuel Tank only: 24118, 24126, 24127, 24130, 24132;
Neither: 5114, 5122, 24119
Weatherised headcode panel:
Yes: 24116, 24117, 24118, 24120, 24121, 24124, 24125, 24126, 24128, 24129, 24132;
No: 24119, 24123, 24127, 24130
Boiler room grille valencing:
Five cut outs: 5114, 5122, 24116, 24117, 24118, 24119, 24121, 24125, 24126, 24130;
Four cut outs: 24127;
Solid plate: 24120, 24124, 24128, 24129;
Grille: 24123
Sandbox type:
Ridged: 5122, 24116, 24118, 24120, 24121, 24123, 24124, 24125, 24126, 24127, 24128, 24129, 24130, 24132;
Smooth: 24117, 24119
Bogie Footsteps:
Three rung: 5114, 5122, 24116, 24117, 24118, 24120, 24121, 24123, 24124, 24125, 24126, 24127, 24128, 24129, 24130, 24132:
Two rung: 24119
Battery isolating switch cover:
Standard: 24118, 24130;
Vertically hinged: 24119, 24120, 24126, 24127, 24128, 24129;
Modified headcode housing: 24127 'B' end only?

Unidentified locomotives

Its June 1972 at Achnasheen as a daily event occurs, the crossing of two passenger services. The 10.30 from Inverness waits as the 11.08 from Kyle approaches.
Photographer not known.
Presumably on the same date as the above view another crossing takes place, this time the 17.50 from Kyle waits for the approaching 17.40 from Inverness.
Photographer not unknown.

More views of Inverness based locomotives outside of the original Class 24 batch 5114 - 5132.

The local dog checks out the new motive power at Lochluichart on an overcast day in 1961. Where once Black 5's roamed, now its the latest products from Smethwick and Derby that will provide the motive power for the next two decades. Although un-identified, the Class 26 already has its tablet catcher in place.
Photographer unknown.
D5066 passes through Dingwall on an overcast day, date unknown. Although identified as D5066 this locomotive was never allocated to Inverness, however it did spend almost two years allocated to Eastfield and Haymarket, so excursions to Inverness and beyond were no doubt quite commonplace.
Photograph courtesy E A Woods.
5113 & 5129 stand at Garve on September 22nd 1973 with the Wirral Railway Circle's 'Hebridean Express No. 3'
Photograph courtesy E A Woods.

Page added April 30th 2005
Page updated May 18th 2012

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