D5120, 5120, 24120
D5120, 5120, 24120

Photograph courtesy R N Joanes
April 18th 1961 finds D5120 at Wick with a passenger train for Inverness.

The sixteen year seven month career of D5120/24120 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Allocations

The frames for D5120 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during February 1960, D5120 was new to Inverness (60A) on June 4th 1960. Further transfers were:

October 1975 to Haymarket
October 31st 1976 to store (unserviceable)
December 31st 1976 withdrawn

Renumbered July 1974.

After withdrawal 24120 was stored at Haymarket until January 1977, then moved to Millerhill Yard until June 15th 1977 when it moved to Doncaster and was broken up by July 1977.

Movement: 24069/94, 24120/30 Millerhill - Doncaster w/e June 18th 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works July 1962.
Noted Glasgow Works April 1965.
Noted Inverurie Works August 1968.

Highlights

1961

D5120 runs round its train at Wick on April 18th 1961
Photograph courtesy R N Joanes.
D5120 arrives at Georgemas Junction On April 18th 1961 as steam locomotive 40150 awaits with the train brought in from Thurso. 40150 would be one of the casualties of the success of the Class 24/26's in taking over all the services north of Inverness. D5120 is in as-delivered condition from Derby Works, but has gained the three piece miniature snowploughs and the tablet catcher equipment.
Photograph courtesy R N Joanes.

Condition date uncertain: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel partially covers frame level stripe - however bottom half of stripe has been painted over (in green), gangway doors in place with substantial weatherstripping, steam style shed plate on cabfront, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds still in place, cantrail water filler present, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, weatherproofed headcode box glazing, tablet catcher equipped, three piece miniature snowploughs (black).

1967
Condition March: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds still in place, cantrail water filler present.

1969
On Easter Monday (April 7th) the 16.30 ex Aberdeen arrived at Edinburgh behind 5120 & 1999 (41A).

Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors fitted with substantial weatherproofing, steam style shed plate on cab front, headlights fitted, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, small BR emblem.

Another of the Scottish Grand Tours (No 9) ran on September 13th with eight coaches behind 5071 & 5342 from Edinburgh to Inverness. An unscheduled stop was made at Aviemore to fill the water tank on 5071. From Inverness 5120 & 5117 made a round trip to Kyle of Lochalsh, reverting to the outbound power at Inverness for the run home over the Highland mainline.

1972
Condition October: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights fitted, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted (solid), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three piece miniature snow ploughs (yellow).

5120 & 5327 work their way westwards through Haymarket station on a sunny day, date unknown. Photographer unknown.

1975
In Scotland the major use of Class 40s on passenger workings prevented many of the remaining Class 24s from seeing frontline passenger duties, but on November 29th 24120 & 24116 worked the 12.45 Aberdeen Edinburgh.

1976
On July 18th 24120 was noted undergoing repair at Haymarket.

24120 was noted at Edinburgh Waverley on a damp August 29th with an unidentified passenger train.

On September 6th 24120 was working empty coaching stock at Glasgow Queen Street.

September 17th found 24115 & 24120 on the 07.40 Aberdeen Edinburgh, whilst the last day of the month saw 24120 & 24104 on the 12.30 Aberdeen Edinburgh.

24120 worked an Ayr trip on October 7th.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights replaced with square plates, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank - 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, vertically hinged battery isolating switch cover.

August 7th 1977, the end of the road for 24120 at Doncaster Works.

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