D5115, 5115, 24115
D5115, 5115, 24115


Photograph courtesy Grahame Wareham.
A fine sunny August 1971 day at Inverness highlights 5115, truly a Scottish machine complete with headlights, snowploughs, unique boiler room blanking plates weatherprroofed headcode glazing and other Scottish details.

The sixteen year eight month career of D5115/24115 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Allocations

The frames for D5115 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during January 1960, D5115 was new to Kittybrewster (61A) on April 30th 1960. Further transfers were:

May 1960 to Inverness (60A)
April 1961 to Kittybrewster (61A)
May 1961 to Inverness (60A)
October 1975 to Haymarket
October 22nd 1976 to store (serviceable)
October 31st 1976 to store (unserviceable)
December 31st 1976 withdrawn

Renumbered July 1974.

After withdrawal 24115 was stored at Millerhill from January 1977 to May 4th 1977 when it was moved to Swindon Works and broken up by the second week of June 1977.

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

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works November 1971.

Highlights

1960
Condition May: green livery with frame level stripe, shortened fuel tank, full size water tank, boiler room grille present, hand/footsteps present, cantrail water filler present, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

1962
Condition June: green livery with frame level stripe, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, tablet catcher equipped, boiler room grille present, hand/footsteps present, cantrail water filler present, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three-piece minature snowploughs fitted .

1968
Timetable changes (?) beginning in May brought Inverness based Class 24s to the Waverley route, possibly on layovers between trips from the Highland capital. One of the diagrams involved the 07.06 ex-Edinburgh, 13.00 ex-Carlisle, 17.54 ex-Edinburgh and the next days 09.20 ex-Carlisle. Most times a single machine sufficed, noted were D5125 (8th), D5122 (9th) & D5115 (10th & 11th).

1973
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.

Condition April: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight fitted, shortened fuel water tank, full size water tank, boths tanks were fitted 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 (yellow), 'Inverness' inscribed between number and builders plate.

On October 10th 5115 was derailed all wheels near the Carlisle Fuel & Inspection depot. The locomotive had been left at the fuelling point, shut down, with handbrakes applied to the No.2 end bogie at 22.00 hours. Within ten minute it had rolled away and derailed by the catch points. The Carlisle breakdown crane hauled by shunter 3169 was utilised to rerail 5115, the locomotive being back on the rails by 06.00 the next morning.

1976
January 31st found 26029 on fire whilst hauling the 04.35 Edinburgh Glasgow, rescue coming in the shape of 24115.

24115 was noted running at Inverness on July 18th.

September saw much activity for the few remaining Class 24s, their demise was imminent since more Class 25s were expected on transfer from the WR. Amongst many freight and parcels workings 24113 & 26027 worked the 13.10 Edinburgh Inverness passenger (11th), 1E83 Edinburgh Newcastle (?) had 24115 (15th), 24106 (17th), this day also found 24115 & 24120 on 07.40 Aberdeen Edinburgh, whilst the last day of the month saw 24120 & 24104 on 12.30 Aberdeen Edinburgh.

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 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 a Glasgow Ayr service due to a death on the tracks disrupting the regular dmu services. Likewise 24115 was used extensively between late October and early December. It had been reactivated from Kingmoor, needing only a broken window to be fixed, then spending its time in eastern Scotland visiting most depots between Aberdeen & Millerhill. On October 22nd 24115 worked the 24115 19:52 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee. Other passenger workings included rescuing 27011 after it failed near Dundee working the 15.10 Aberdeen - Glasgow on November 23rd, the 25th found it in charge of the 1E83 17.10 Edinburgh - Berwick. December 4th saw it working with 26043 on the Edinburgh - Carstairs leg of an SRPS excursion to London.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight location sheeted over with circular plates, shortened fuel water tank, full size water tank, boths tanks were fitted 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.

The vast majority of the Class 24s withdrawn whilst allocated to the Scottish Region were scrapped at either Glasgow Works or Doncaster Works. 24115 however was one of four Scottish Class 24s to be moved to Swindon Works for scrapping, a lengthy move and one that took it past its birthplace, Derby Works.

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