D5119, 5119, 24119
D5119, 5119, 24119

The sixteen year two month career of D5119/24119 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Allocations

The frames for D5119 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during February 1960, D5119 was new to Inverness (60A) on May 28th 1960. Further transfers were:

November 1975 to Haymarket
April 13th 1976 to store (unserviceable)
July 18th 1976 withdrawn

Renumbered March 1974.

After withdrawal 24119 was stored at Thornton & Haymarket from April 1976 to March 1977, then moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by May 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works June 1965.
Noted Glasgow Works March 1970.
Noted Derby Works July & August 1971.
Noted Glasgow Works March 1974.

Highlights

1960
Condition new: green livery with frame level stripe, tablet catcher recess, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no miniature snowploughs, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

During late September/early October the Inverness based Type 2’s visited St Rollox workshops for the fitting of tablet catcher equipment for use on those lines radiating out of Inverness. Reports about the Type 2’s on the Highland mainline at this time suggest the Derby machines were considered inferior to the BRCW built locomotives, the latter were preferred partially due to their better finished, less draughty, quieter cabs. On passenger workings they were rated poorly against the Class 5’s, though on September 24th D5118 & D5119 were noted hauling the 6.05pm Inverness - Perth comprised of fifteen coaches, requiring the use of 80092 as banker from Blair Atholl. In use on the freight trains they were more than equal to the Class 5’s, being able to handle a greater load.

1965
Condition May: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, steam style shedplate on cab front, gangway doors still in place but with significant weatherstripping, tablet catcher equipped, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, three-piece miniature snowploughs, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, no blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present.

1966
The Inverness based Class 24’s continued with their Highland duties tending not to stray far, however the transfer of the 20.25 Perth - Carlisle to diesel haulage early in March brought a number of these machines over the English border, D5119 being so noted on March 2nd.

1969
Condition August: blue/yellow livery, BR emblems on each cab door, 'D' prefix present, steam style shedplate on cab front, gangway doors still in place but with significant weatherstripping, headlight & tablet catcher equipped, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, three-piece miniature snowploughs, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, blanking plates fitted (five holes), hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler sheeted over.

1970
On September 5th Scottish Grand Tour No 11 featured a circular tour from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness, with nine coaches in charge of 364. A restaurant car problem delayed departure from Inverness for two hours, but an intended stop of similar duration at Aviemore was curtailed to recover the ‘lost’ time. Time however was of the essence due to the long block sections and other late running services causing pathing problems. In departing from Aviemore oil pressure was lost and the Class 40 declared a total failure. The southbound ‘Royal Highlander’ was able to pick up some passengers off the special but it was not until the 19.37 relief Inverness - Euston appeared with 261 piloting 5119 & 5127 that a glimmer of hope appeared. Unfortunately the block section south of Aviemore was thirty four miles long (four boxes were switched out), so departure was still delayed. Finally three hours late at 21.22 the excursion headed for home, with arrival in Edinburgh at 01.43, 220 minutes late.

1971
The WCML was blocked on October 6th after Class 47 No.1836 ran away with its train at Wamphray and collided with a preceding freight, the locomotive amongst other things was seriously damaged. Diversions saw the Carlisle - Millerhill freights run via Newcastle, amongst the local machines recorded were Inverness based ‘foreigners’ 5126 and 5119.

1972
Gangway doors sheeted over by October.

1974
The 1S59 09.35 ‘Clansman’ on October 16th failed at Newtonmore behind 40061 with an overheated engine. Assistance arrived in the shape of 20114 & 24119, arrival in Inverness was almost two hours late.

1975
Headlights still fitted July (not present by May 1976).

1976
On July 18th 24119 was noted stored unserviceable at Thornton.

On September 25th/26th 24119 was noted stored at Haymarket.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight location sheeted over with square plates, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, three-piece minature snowploughs, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes, blanking plates fitted (five holes), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over.

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.

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