D5116, 5116, 24116
D5116, 5116, 24116

Photograph courtesy David Happs.
Brand new D5116 heads north from Skipton, presumably on its way to Scotland after having completed its acceptance trials at Derby. The view is probably taken during May 1960. It is perhaps ironic that Skipton would also witness the last movements of some of the Scottish Class 24s as they made their last journeys from storage at Carlisle to Doncaster Works for breaking up during 1976/77. But for now D5116 has sixteen years of service ahead of it and will be witness to some of the finest scenery to be seen from a railway line, including the next eighty miles along the Settle & Carlisle route.

The sixteen year four month career of D5116/24116 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Built BR Derby Locomotive Works (batch D5114 - D5150).
Shortened fuel tank & full size water tank (retained until withdrawn).
Four upper and four lower air filters on non-BIS side, three upper and four lower on BIS side.
Scottish 'Highland' modifications: twin headlights, tablet catcher, boiler room grille, cantrail water filler sheeted over, winterisation features : gangway door weatherstripping, headcode box weatherproofing.
Circular gauge added to fuel & water tank.
Battery Isolating Switch Cover modification (one hinged door).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 10 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 10 months.


The frames for D5116 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during February 1960, D5116 was new to Kittybrewster (61A) on May 7th 1960. Further transfers were:

May 1960 to Inverness (60A).
December 1960 to Polmadie (66A).
May 1961 to Inverness (60A).
October 1975 to Haymarket.
September 5th 1976 to store (unserviceable).
September 15th 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered April 1974.

After withdrawal 24116 was stored at Polmadie from September 1976 to March 17th 1977 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by July 1977.

Movement: 24103/16/23 & 08426 9F45 Polmadie - Doncaster March 17th 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

almost ex-works condition June 1965.
Noted Glasgow Works June 1969.
Noted Glasgow Works February - June 1971.
Noted Glasgow Works October 1975.


On June 15th D5116 was southbound at Slochd with 31 shortwheelbase covered vans and brakevan with headcode 9C20. The locomotive was in very ex-works condition, with almost no exhaust stains on the roof and at least three men in the cab.

Condition May: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners, gangway doors in place - no weatherstripping, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plate, hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler present, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three-piece miniature snowploughs.

5116 worked the 11.15 Glasgow Buchanan Street - Dundee on September 17th.

5116 worked the 09.33 Edinburgh - Inverness on August 6th (presumably the portion to Perth).

5116 worked the 20.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on January 23rd.

5116 worked the 20.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on June 7th.

5116 worked the 07.35 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street on October 9th.

Condition no month: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, gangway doors fitted with substantial weatherstripping, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, tablet catcher equipped, blanking plate fitted (five slats), hand/footsteps present, cantrail water filler present, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three-piece minature snowploughs fitted .

Photograph courtesy Bruce McCartney.
Reflecting recent diagram changes, here is D5116 at Hawick working a local over the Waverley route. The route had been host to the Haymarket based examples for a while. D5116 features one of Inverness's home grown modifications - the metal stripping around the door seams on the now disused cab front connecting doors.

During the December Christmas week D5116 was noted operating out of Ayr, perhaps assisting with the increased coal movements from local collieries, especially in the light of the loss of D5051 and the arrival of a number of winter storms.

On July 3rd 5116 working the 06.15 Inverness - Wick/Thurso sustained some delays due to problems with the locomotive after Georgemas Junction. On the return trip 5116 failed completely at Watten, with the Thurso branch locomotive, 5345 sent to rescue 5116. It took the failure and its train to Georgemas Junction, where 5345 added the Thurso portion of the train before heading out to Inverness, where arrival was just over ninety minutes late.

On August 30th 5127 & 5116 were noted on a Dunfermline - Perth service (Edinburgh - Inverness??).

Condition October: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place with substantial weatherstripping, headlights fitted, steam style shedplate on cab front, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plate fitted (five slats), hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three-piece miniature snowploughs, 'D' number prefix present.

Photograph courtesy Geoffrey Robinson/Collection N Ross.
5116 arrives at Achnasheen with the truncated 10.30am Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh service on a wintry looking day in November 1969.

5116 & 5126 worked the 14.55 Edinburgh - Inverness on April 9th.

5116 & 5328 worked the 09.25 Edinburgh - Inverness on June 23rd.

The Aberdeen and Dundee works holidays began on July 11th, a special from each was run to Stranraer. Both trains had only four coaches, the Aberdeen special was hauled by 5116 and the Dundee with 5404.

On August 27th 5116 & 5337 were southbound at Stirling with a passenger service from Inverness.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
5116 at Lairg circa June 1972.

5116 worked the 08.45 Edinburgh - Inverness on June 25th.

5116 & 5333 worked the 17.25 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness on August 1st.

On May 18th 5116 was noted northbound at Dingwall with a freight.

Despite having been on the Highland Line services now for over twelve years the Inverness based Class 24s were still bearing the brunt of work over the Highland mainline, though these services were not without their off days. On May 25th the northbound ‘Royal Highlander’ arrived at Perth with D426 and was replaced by 5116 & 5327. Trouble befell 5327 near Blair Atholl so 5322 was borrowed from a freight train to assist. This locomotive, on the climb to Drumochter summit started putting out filthy smoke from a burning traction motor. The fire brigade dealt with this at Kingussie, leaving 5116 to soldier on to Aviemore. Here 5322 was removed being replaced by 5318 sent out from Inverness, arrival was just an hour late.

May 26th's 20.50 Euston - Inverness was worked forward from Mossend by 5116 & 5327.

On June 28th 5116 worked the 10.36 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh with one full brake, a half brake and three coackes. 5116 returned with the 17.50 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness, two parcels vans, one half brake and two passenger coaches.

On June 30th 5124 & 5116 worked the 11.25 Inverness - Glasgow?? being noted at Perth.

A step back in time occurred early in October when a motive power shortage in Scotland saw a number of the Edinburgh - Aberdeen services reverting to pairs of Type 2s. So noted on October 8th was 5116 & 5236 on the 10.30 to Aberdeen.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
5116 and a Class 26 await their next turn of duty at Edinburgh Waverley, date unknown. Although the tablet catcher has been removed the locomotive still carries many of its 'Scottish' features - the twin sealed beam headlights, the customised boiler room blanking plate and several other enhancements unique to the Inverness machines.

On September 9th 24116 worked an Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh service.

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, being six northbound and one southbound, the latter worked by 24117 & 26036. 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. One of the service trains impacted later in the day, the 13.25 Edinburgh - Inverness was powered by 24101 & 26037.

Severe weather conditions on the night of April 7th impacted services in the Highlands. The 23.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness was delayed about an hour due to snow clearance at Druimuachdar Pass. The 06.15 Inverness - Wick/Thurso with 24116 was halted at Rogart due to fallen telegraph poles. A bus service was established between Rogart and Brora. The southbound bus brought Inverness bound passengers into Rogart where 24116 and a Class 26 headed south. Northbound passengers encountered a four late arrival in Wick & Thurso. A southbound working with 24127 ran out of fuel at Tain, with 40125 sent from Invergordon to assist.

Passengers on July 25th's down Clansman were delayed when a freight train derailment blocked their path south of Carr Bridge. They were detrained at Aviemore, bussed to Carr Bridge and forwarded to Inverness with a train hauled by 24116 & 24128. The passengers arrival at Inverness was three hours late.

24116 & 26012 worked the 17.35 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness on August 6th. 24117 was stabled at Eastfield on August 29th.

Condition August: headlights still fitted, non-standard battery isolating switch, BIS side - number on cabside (No.1 end 2nd man's side, but later moved to bodyside behind driver's door); non-BIS side - number & TOPS panel on middle of bodyside, emblem on bodyside behind 2nd man's cab door.

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.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
24116 most likely at Haymarket. The position of the number and emblem is reversed, the number in the center of the locomotive side and the emblem behind the cab door. On the other side of the locomotive the number and emblem were in the standard position. Other Scottish features include the plated over headlights, the louvred boiler room grille and the sheeted over boiler water filler at cantrail level.

On February 25th 24116 handled an Edinburgh – Dundee football special.

On July 18th 24116 was under repair at Polmadie.

On August 7th 24116 was stabled at Eastfield.

24116 was withdrawn from Haymarket during September 1976, another Class 24 to be taken out of service with collision damage to a cab. It is seen here at Polmadie on March 5th 1977. Along with 24118 this was one of the last to visit Glasgow Works for minor repairs during October 1975.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight location sheeted over with circular plates, shortened fuel tank, full size water tank, boths tanks fitted with circular gauges, blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes, weatherproofed headcode box glazing, one side only:number positioned on center of bodyside, BR emblem on bodyside close to boiler room grille, on battery isolating switch side the number & emblem positioning is normal.

flk 0122 (2)

Page added July 31st 2016.
Last updated July 6th 2022.

Back to 24115
Forward to 24117

Return to Picture menu