D5118, 5118, 24118
D5118, 5118, 24118


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Brand new D5118 & D5117 in Derby Locomotive Works yard sometime during May 1960.

The sixteen year six month career of D5118/24118 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Built BR Derby Locomotive Works (batch D5114 - D5150).
Shortened fuel tank & full size water tank (shortened water tank fitted later).
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, cantrail water filler sheeted over, winterisation features: boiler room grille (five slats), gangway door weatherstripping, headcode box weatherproofing.
Circular gauge added to fuel tank.
Battery Isolating Switch Cover modification (one hinged door) as 5118 seen March 1974.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 12 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 5 months.

Allocations

The frames for D5118 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during February 1960, D5118 was new to Inverness (60A) on May 21st 1960. Further transfers were:

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December 31st 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered July 1974.

After withdrawal 24118 was stored at Millerhill from October 1976 to March 1977, then moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by May 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works October 1974.
Noted Glasgow Works October & November 1975 (full repaint).

Highlights

1960
5118 and an unidentified steam locomotive worked the 15.35 Wick - Inverness on September 7th.

During late September/early October the Inverness based Type 2s visited St Rollox workshops for the fitting of tablet catcher equipment for use on those lines radiating out of Inverness. Reports about the Type 2s on the Highland mainline at this time suggest the Derby built machines were considered inferior to the BRCW built locomotives, the latter were preferred partially due to their better finished, less draughty, quieter cabs. On passenger workings they were rated poorly against the Class 5s, though on September 24th D5118 & D5119 were noted hauling the 6.05pm Inverness - Perth comprised of fifteen coaches, requiring the use of 80092 as banker from Blair Atholl. In use on the freight trains they were more than equal to the Class 5s, being able to handle a greater load.

1963
Condition March: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners, warning panel may cover frame level stripe, tablet catcher fitted, gangway doors fitted with no weather stripping, exhaust in original position, three-run bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, no blanking plates.

On May 14th was noted at Dingwall with a northbound passenger service.

1964
Condition March: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners, warning panel may cover frame level stripe, tablet catcher fitted, exhaust in original position, three-run bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

1965
D5118 worked the 17.00 Wick - Inverness on July 5th.

1965?? Condition year/month uncertain: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, gangway doors fitted with weatherstipping, tablet catcher fitted, side valencing removed, steam style shedplate fitted (60A), blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds present.

1967
5118 worked the 18.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on May 31st.

1968
5127 & 5118 worked the 16.35 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street on June 18th.

1970
5118 & 5126 worked the 08.20 Inverness - Edinburgh on August 27th.

1971
5118 & 5333 worked the 16.35 Inverness - Glasgow on July 21st.

On October 13th 5118 & 5125 were noted at Newtonmore with a passenger service.

Condition October: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place with substantial weatherstripping, steam style shedplate on cab front, headlights fitted, no miniature snowploughs, 'D' prefix present, weatherproofed headcode box glazing, shortened fuel and water tanks, blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

1973
Class 24s present at Inverness depot at about 11am on May 26th were 5000, 5115, 5118, 5123, 5130 & 5132.


A dull day at Inverness as 5118 & 5343 await departure with the 'Wester Ross No.2' Rail Tour, date not recorded but believed to be weekend of June 1st - 3rd. Both locomotives have lost their tablet catcher equipment. No doubt for some on the train it will be their first run over the route to Kyle, but for the locomotives its just another day working out of Inverness.


The same train from the above view, now with the correct headcode is photographed with the sun breaking through the clouds, having now ventured onto the Kyle line.

Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights fitted, no miniature snowploughs, blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, large BR double arrow emblem, tatty paint on No.1 cab front, (No.1 cab end platform view).

5124 & 5118 worked the 14.00 Edinburgh - Inverness on August 23rd.

1974
During March the LNER Society Kylesider railtour ran from Euston to Kyle of Lochalsh. the Inverness - Kyle roundtrip was worked by 5118 & 5130 (5118 leading out of Inverness). On this trip the sandbox on 5118 at the No.1 end 2nd man's side was missing.

Condition March: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights fitted, three piece yellow miniature snowploughs fitted, shortened fuel & water tanks, fuel tank fitted with circular gauge, blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, large BR double arrow emblem, ridged sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, non-standard BIS door (hinged left side) .

5118 & 24128 worked the 13.40 Edinburgh - Inverness on May 11th.

24118 was stabled at Eastfield on June 16th.

On August 16th the 11.08 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness with 26029 failed just east of Strathcarron station, the train was able to reverse into Strathcarron loop and await rescue. This issue delayed the 10.36 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh with 24121 by about half an hour. Eventual rescue came in the shape of 24118, which took the failed locomotive and train to Inverness, arriving about two and a half hours late! 24118 had been working the 10.36 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh at the time of the rescue.

On August 26th 24118 was at Georgemas Junction with a passenger service.

1975
On May 3rd 24118 & 26035 worked the 08.20 Inverness - Edinburgh.

During July 24118 was derailed at Fraserburgh yard, possibly by splitting a set of points. A Class 26 attended with the rerailing train.

On August 28th 24118 was stabled at Perth (headlight equipped and with steam pipe connection).

Noted Glasgow Works November, may have received a repaint at this visit, most definately the cabfronts were repainted and headlights replaced with circular plates.

1976
24118 was stabled at Ayr on March 27th (no steam pipe connection No.2 end).

On July 18th 24118 was noted running at Thornton.

On August 17th 24118 & 40062 worked an Inverness - Edinburgh/Glasgow service.

On September 1st 24118 was stabled at Inverness.

On October 13th 24118 was noted on a Millerhill trip.

1977
Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlight location sheeted over with circular plates, three-piece minature snowploughs, shortened fuel and water tanks, fuel tank has circular gauge, blanking plates fitted (five slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.

24118 & 24119 were scrapped alongside each other at Doncaster Works.

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Last updated January 16th 2022.

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