The fifteen year eight month career of D5117/24117 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works (batch D5114 - D5150).
The frames for D5117 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during February 1960, D5117 was new to Inverness (60A) on May 14th 1960. Further transfers were:
November 1960 to Eastfield (65A).
Renumbered July 1974.
After withdrawal 24117 was moved to Glasgow Works, at least by April 3rd 1976 until May 2nd 1976 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by January 1977.
Movement: 24015/16/71, 24117 Glasgow Works – Doncaster May 3rd 1976, (behind 26046 at Berwick).
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Glasgow Works April 1965.
Delivery to the Scottish Region was via the Midland route to Carlisle over the S&C, D5117 & D5118 were noted laying over at Hellifield shed.
Between November 1960 & June 1961 D5117 was allocated to Eastfield.
November found Inverness based D5117 consistently working the 8.12am Glasgow Queen Street - Larbert and 12.52pm ex Polmont return working, later working the 5.35pm Queen St – Waverley slow.
On the late afternoon of August 25th D5117 was at Stirling with the 15.30 Aberdeen - Euston.
D5117 worked the 10.50 Inverness - Glasgow Buchanan Street on September 27th.
D5117 worked the 23.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Perth on September 16th.
D5117 & D5128 worked the 09.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness on September 19th.
5117 worked the 15.30 Georgemas Junction - Thurso and the return 17.23 Thurso - Georgemas Junction on May 20th.
An SRPS special on June 19th encountered difficulties whilst returning from Inverness. The train had been worked up from Glasgow by 5360 & 5372, and these were used for the return. Unfortunately 5372 failed leaving Dalwhinnie, stalwart 5360 soldiered on alone over Drumochter only to expire at Dalguise. Rescue came from 5117 & 5121, fresh off the 'Royal Highlander’, pushing the train to Dunkeld, where further assistance appeared in the unlikely shape of 415, a class only recently cleared over this route. Travelers on the special finally reached Glasgow 160 minutes late.
On July 23rd 5117 was noted at Kyle of Lochalsh.
Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors fitted with substantial weatherstripping, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, tablet catcher equipped, headlight fitted, blanking plate fitted (five slates), hand/footsteps plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, one ventilator grille sheeted over (3rd right lower row from radiator panel, non BIS side), 'D' prefix present, three-piece minature snowploughs fitted .
On August 25th 5117 & 1972 were noted at Aberdeen with coaching stock.
On June 29th 5117 worked a Dingwall - Kyle of Lochalsh freight.
Condition June: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights fitted, no minature snowploughs, 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, ridge sided sandboxes, weatherproofed headcode box glazing, small BR emblem on bodyside.
On July 17th 24117 was stabled at Inverness.
Condition July: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, tablet catcher removed, blanking plate fitted (five slates), hand/footsteps plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, three-piece minature snowploughs fitted .
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.
On October 1st 24117 worked the 17.33 Wick/Thurso - Inverness.
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 hour late arrival in Wick & Thurso. A southbound working with 24127 ran out of fuel at Tain, with 40125 sent from Invergordon to assist.
On May 17th an Open Day at Glasgow Works included 24117 & 24121 receiving attention.
When outshopped from Glasgow Works during June the yellow cab front paintwork included to guttering above the cab windows. The locomotive was also outshopped with headlights fitted. 24117 was noted at Eastfield on July 1st in very ex-works condition.
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. This was most likely the last significant railtour to utilise Class 24s north of Inverness because during October they were transfered to Haymarket in exchange for Class 26s. At this time their headlights were removed.
24117 worked the 10.37 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh on September 23rd.
Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight location sheeted over with square plates, three-piece minature snowploughs, shortened fuel and water tanks, boths tanks were fitted with circular gauges, blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, weatherproofed headcode box glazing.
Page added July 29th 2016.