The sixteen year four month career of D5129/24129 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.
The frames for D5129 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during the spring of 1960, D5129 was new to Inverness (60A) on August 27th 1960. Further transfers were:
November 1975 to Haymarket
Renumbered April 1974.
After withdrawal 24129 was stored at Millerhill Yard from October 1976 to March 1977 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by April 1977.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Glasgow Works May & June 1965.
On October 7th 5129 & were noted on the Wirral Railway Circle 'Orcadian' railtour beyond Inverness to Wick & Thurso.
Condition August: 'Inverness' spelled out on 2nd man's cabside, inbetween number & builders plate, data panel also present.
September 14th proved to be a challenge for the operating authorities north and south of Inverness. A Euston - Wick charter stopped north of Slochd with two seized traction motors on 26034, which had ironically replaced a failed 26043 at Perth. Inverness sent out 24129 & 26033 to remove the defective Class 26 into the siding at Tomatin, returning to the train (with 26035 still attached) to assist on the short hop to Inverness. This one hundred and fifty minute stand on the mainline well and truly bottled up traffic with seven trains stuck. Once clear of Inverness time was made up with only a two hour late arrival at Wick! Another special in the area, Grand Tour No 20 from Edinburgh to Kyle of Lochalsh with 40081 became embroiled in the delays, having reached Inverness where 24116 & 26035 substituted, was then subjected to a slow ride to Kyle, caught behind a heavily delayed stopping service hauled by 24130. The Grand Tour was turned quickly at Kyle, but at the expense of the most heavily delayed train of the day, a charter from Leicester to Kyle. This had been three and a half hours late at Inverness, and would leave Kyle ninety minutes late behind 24125 & 26042, much planning having to take place to allow all the extras to cross the service trains as expeditiously as possible. The Grand Tour would arrive back in Edinburgh almost three hours late.
On November 19th 24129 rescued an ailing Dundee – Edinburgh diesel multiple unit near Kirkaldy, running over one hour late. 24129 was one of several were recent transfers to Haymarket, with their places at Inverness being taken by Class 25’s, the first of the Class to be allocated here. Also moving to Inverness were nine of Haymarket’s Class 26’s.
On August 11th the 12.15 Inverness – Glasgow used 24129 & 24130 instead of the booked Class 26’s.
24129 was noted running at Haymarket on September 25th/26th.
On October 11th was noted on the 02:05 Millerhill - Dundee West.
Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors removed, headlight location sheeted over with square plates, shortened fuel & water tanks, both with circular gauges, solid blanking plates fitted (at least No.2 end), hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, miniature snowploughs fitted (only two pieces at No.2 end).
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