D5111, 5111, 24111
D5111, 5111, 24111

Built Darlington Locomotive Works.
Built with full size water tank and shortened fuel tank.

The fifteen year two month career of D5111/24111 saw allocations to Eastern Region and Scottish Region depots.

Allocations

The frames for D5111 were laid down at Darlington Works during September 1960 and was new to Gateshead (52A) on November 26th 1960. Further transfers were:

March 1974 to Haymarket
April 1974 to Eastfield
December 1974 to Inverness
March 1975 to Eastfield on loan, made permanent June 1975
August 1975 to Haymarket
October 1975 - stored serviceable
February 2nd 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered February 1974.

24111 was stored at Millerhill from October 1975 until November 1975 when it moved to Haymarket, remaining here until early March 1976 when it moved to Carlisle. It remained at Carlisle until December 29th 1977 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and scrapped there during February 1978.

Movement: 24013, 24105/109/111 07.00 Carlisle - Doncaster 9Z14 December 29th 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works May 1966.
Noted Crewe Works September 1966.
Noted Glasgow Works May 1969.

Highlights

1965
Members of Gateshead’s Sulzer Type 2 fleet (D5102 – 5111) found a new and challenging set of duties in the dieselisation of the Tyne Dock - Consett iron ore workings. They had replaced Tyne Dock’s fleet of Class 9Fs, the diesels required the addition of additional air pumps and piping to operate the wagon doors at the Consett unloading facility. For the steep gradients into Consett, 1 in 51/35, the newly transferred diesels did not require banking assistance as did the 9Fs.

1968

An overhead view of a pair of Class 24s during August, with D5111 trailing, passing Beamish with an ore train. The nearer locomotive still has the engine exhaust port in its original location, whilst the boiler exhaust has been sheeted over.
Photograph courtesy Dave McGee.

Condition August: green livery with small yellow warning panels , squared upper corners, boiler exhaust plated over, engine exhaust in original position.

1971
Condition February: Blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, exhaust situated over engine room, shortened fuel tank, no water tank.

1973
Ilford car sheds provided maintenance for its extensive electric fleet. During August it appears their talents were extended to members of the Eastern Region’s diesel fleet with Class 24 No.5111 noted at Statrford on August 10th, then at Ilford on August 14th and Class 37 No.6736 the next day. These machines were present for use of the wheel lathe, the volume of work at Stratford necessitating this. 5111 was later noted on September 24th heading north with a freight through Cambridge. Time was running out for Gateshead’s Class 24s – a new iron ore terminal opened at Redcar during September that would eventually supply Consett, the commissioning services were hauled by Class 31s, although Class 37s were intended for this new service.

Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headcode discs centered on cab front, water tank removed, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, high level air pipe fitted.

1974
Early in 1974 the twenty year contract for the improved movement of iron ore to Consett established in 1954 ended. However the steelworks at Consett still required delivery of iron ore, upto 1.6 million tons a year. Its owners were now the British Steel Corporation (BSC) who were concentrating the import of iron ore at its Redcar facility. As a result of these changes the shipment of ore from the Tyne Dock facility ended on March 26th when two trains were used to clear the bunkers at Tyne Dock. The 10.45 working was hauled by 24106 & 24110 whilst the 12.00 working was handled by 24109 & 24103. One of the trainsets only had eight wagons so 24102 was sent from Gateshead to deliver an extra wagon. This delayed departure of the last train to about 14.00, arriving Consett two hours later.

After thirteen years and four months at Gateshead, 24110 was transferred to Haymarket during March.

1975
Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headcode discs centered on cab front, water tank removed, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, no high level air pipe fitted at No.2.

Its the end of the line for 24111 & 24109 at Kingmoor, two of a great number of Class 24's stored there. These two would eventually be towed off to Doncaster for breaking.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

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