D5126, 5126, 24126
D5126, 5126, 24126

The sixteen year seven month career of D5126/24126 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Allocations

The frames for D5126 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during May 1960, D5126 was new to Inverness (60A) on July 23rd 1960. Further transfers were:

October 1975 to Haymarket
December 18th 1975 to store (unserviceable)
February 2nd 1976 withdrawn

Renumbered July 1974.

After withdrawal 24126 was stored at Millerhill (?) until moved to Doncaster depot during May 1976, remaining there until about December 1976 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by August 1977.

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.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works October 1969.
Noted Glasgow Works August 1973.
Noted Glasgow Works October 1974.

Highlights

1963

Its August 1963 and the Class 24s have been at Inverness for about three years, 5126 has changed a little since delivery from Derby. A yellow warning panel with rounded upper corners has been added. At the other end the tablet catcher equipment is just visible.
From a photograph by Mike MacDonald.

Condition April: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, gangway doors and headcode box glazing without weatherproofing enhancements, shortened fuel & water tanks, boiler room grilles fitted, hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler present, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes. three piece miniature snowploughs fitted, tablet catcher fitted, engine exhaust in original location.

1968

D5126 in green livery with a heavily work-stained grey roof at Eastfield depot, date unknown.
Photograph courtesy J Ashley / collection of Webmaster.

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.

1973
On April 28th 5126 & 5130 worked the The Wirral Railway Circle's 'Hebridean Express' from Inverness to Kyle.

Condition April: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors fitted with substantial weatherproofing, steam style shed plate on cab front, headlights fitted, shortened fuel & water tanks, solid 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 fitted.

1975
A long distance LNER Society trip to Wick/Thurso over September 12th – 14th ran from Mossend to Inverness behind 26037 & 26043, Inverness to Wick behind 24117 & 24126, the Thurso branch handled by 24112. On returning to Inverness 24125 & 24127 were waiting for the run to Perth, allowing 40164 the short hop to Mossend for an electric back to London. The regular use of the Class 24’s out of Inverness came to an end in October with their transfer to Haymarket in exchange for Class 26s. For most of these Class 24s this was their first re-allocation since delivery, they also had the headlights removed at this time.

1976
24125 was noted in store on April 16th at Carstairs depot.

24099, 24125 & 24126 coupled together (?) at back of Doncaster shed (from.... until at least March 1977).

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors removed, headlight location sheeted over with square plates, shortened fuel & water tanks, fuel tank has circular gauge, solid blanking plates fitted (five holes), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes. three piece miniature snowploughs fitted, vertically hinged battery isolating switch cover.

1967
On March 23rd an eighteen coach ‘Grand Tour’ excursion ran from Edinburgh to Perth via Carlisle starting out with D368 & D1973. At Perth Class 5 44997 & A4 60009 replaced the diesels for the run to Aberdeen. Here Type 2’s D5070 & D5127 ran out over the GNS mainline to Keith, Craigellachie and the Speyside line to Aviemore. A stop was made here to add D5122 for the run south over the Highland mainline, the two steamers rejoining the train at Perth for the final leg to Edinburgh.

Condition August: green livery, blanking plate fitted (four holes).

1969
Condition July: blue/yellow livery, large BR emblem on bodyside, tablet catcher equipped

1970
On September 5th the 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.

1973
Condition June 1973: modified headcode box at No.2 end, has sloping wings similar to 24147.

1975
From time to time pairs of Type 2’s were still utilised on the heavier, longer distance Scottish workings, on May 3rd the 15.35 Glasgow Queen Street – Aberdeen was powered by 25026 & 24127.

A long distance LNER Society trip to Wick/Thurso over September 12th–14th ran from Mossend to Inverness behind 26037 & 26043, Inverness to Wick behind 24117 & 24126, the Thurso branch handled by 24112. On returning to Inverness 24125 & 24127 were waiting for the run to Perth, allowing 40164 the short hop to Mossend for an electric back to London. The regular use of the Class 24’s out of Inverness came to an end in October with their transfer to Haymarket in exchange for Class 26’s.

On November 12th 24127 was noted at Glasgow Queen Street in charge of the 08.35 service to Oban, Class 27’s being the more normal power on this line.

1976
April: stored at Carstairs.

During the latter half of 1976 24125, 24126 & 24127 were dumped together at the back of Doncaster depot awaiting entry into Doncaster Works.

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