D5120, 5120, 24120
D5120, 5120, 24120

Photograph courtesy R N Joanes
April 18th 1961 finds D5120 at Wick with a passenger train for Inverness.

The sixteen year seven month career of D5120/24120 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Shortened fuel tank & full size water tank (retained until withdrawn).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, cantrail water filler sheeted over, winterisation features: boiler room grille, gangway door weatherstripping, headcode box weatherproofing.
Circular gauge added to fuel & water tanks.
Battery Isolating Switch Cover modification (one hinged door).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 6 months.

Allocations

The frames for D5120 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during February 1960, D5120 was new to Inverness (60A) on June 4th 1960. Further transfers were:

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December 31st 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered July 1974.

After withdrawal 24120 was stored at Haymarket until January 1977, then moved to Millerhill Yard until June 15th 1977 when it moved to Doncaster and was broken up by July 1977.

Movement: 24069/94, 24120/30 Millerhill - Doncaster w/e June 18th 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works July 1962.
Noted Glasgow Works April 1965.
Noted Inverurie Works August 1968.
Assumed Glasgow Works sometime between 10/71 - 9/72 (gangway doors sheeted over)

Highlights

1961

Photograph courtesy R N Joanes
D5120 arrives at Georgemas Junction On April 18th 1961 as steam locomotive 40150 awaits with the train brought in from Thurso. 40150 would be one of the casualties of the success of the Class 24/26s in taking over all the services north of Inverness. D5120 is in as-delivered condition from Derby Works, but has gained the three piece miniature snowploughs and the tablet catcher equipment.

1962
Condition summer: engine exhaust in original location.

1963
Condition June: green livery with frame level stripe, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds in place, cantrail water filler present, engine exhaust located above engine room but old exhaust port still present, tablet catcher equipped.

1964
D5120 worked the 10.15 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen on February 22nd.

On April 1st D5120 & D5121 were northbound at Aviemore with an unidentified service.

1965
The 09.25 FO Crewe - Aberdeen (via Forfar) was worked forward from Perth by D5120 on August 12th.

1967
Condition March: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds still in place, cantrail water filler present.

On March 25th D5120 & D5126 worked the 09.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness. In the early hours of March 28th D5120 was noted at Perth, it worked a Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness service on March 29th and was noted at Inverness on March 31st.

D5120 worked the 18.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on July 12th.

D5120 worked the 18.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on November 3rd.

1968
D5120 & D5339 worked the 17.25 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness on June 17th.

1969
On Easter Monday (April 7th) the 16.30 ex Aberdeen arrived at Edinburgh behind 5120 & 1999 (41A).

On August 15th 5120 worked a Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness service.

Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors fitted with substantial weatherproofing, steam style shed plate on cab front, headlights fitted, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, small BR emblem.

Another of the Scottish Grand Tours (No 9) ran on September 13th with eight coaches behind 5071 & 5342 from Edinburgh to Inverness. An unscheduled stop was made at Aviemore to fill the water tank on 5071. From Inverness 5120 & 5117 made a round trip to Kyle of Lochalsh, reverting to the outbound power at Inverness for the run home over the Highland mainline.

1970
5327 & 5120 worked the 16.30 Inverness - Edinburgh on January 4th.

Condition July: blue/yellow livery, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, no blanking plates fitted, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, tablet catchers fitted, hand/footholds plated over but footsteps on rear of bogie still present, cantrail water filler sheeted over, 'D' prefixes present, small BR emblem.

5130 & 5120 worked the 11.25 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street on August 22nd.

1971
On May 22nd D5120 & D5126 worked the 11.25 Inverness - Glasgow.

5120 & 5335 worked the 08.20 Inverness - Edinburgh on August 27th.

5339 & 5120 worked the 11.25 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street on September 11th.

Condition September: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors fitted with substantial weather stripping, original fuel & water tanks (no gauges fitted), headlights fitted, tablet catcher fitted, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three piece miniature snow ploughs, 'D' prefix present.

1972
Condition October: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights fitted, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank, blanking plates fitted (solid), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three piece miniature snow ploughs (yellow).

On October 9th 5120 was noted southbound at Clachnaharry with a mixed freight.

On October 10th 5120 worked the 06.50 Dundee - Inverness, complete with a Royal Mail TPO coach and buffet for use by the TPO staff.

Photograph collection of webmaster
5120 & 5327 work their way westwards through Haymarket station on a sunny day, date unknown.

1973
On the early morning of May 26th 5120 was stabled at Perth.

On June 29th 5120 worked the 10.50 Inverness - Wick/Thurso.

On September 8th & 9th 5120 worked the 19.55 Edinburgh - Kings Cross parcels as far as Newcastle, returning on the 21.22 Kings Cross - Edinburgh parcels.

1975
24120 was noted at Polmadie depot on June 7th.

On August 6th 24120 was noted at Aviemore.

On August 18th the 10.37 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh with 24120 required assistance forward from Lochluichart station, 26043 pushed the train to Achnasheen, ran round here to the front and worked everything to Kyle.

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.

1976
24120 & 26041 worked the 13.35 Edinburgh - Inverness on April 20th. 24120 was stabled at Inverness on April 24th.

On July 18th 24120 was noted undergoing repair at Haymarket.

24120 was noted at Edinburgh Waverley on a damp August 29th with an unidentified passenger train and also at Perth stabling point.

On September 6th 24120 was working empty coaching stock at Glasgow Queen Street.

September 17th found 24115 & 24120 on the 07.40 Aberdeen Edinburgh, whilst the last day of the month saw 24120 & 24104 on the 12.30 Aberdeen Edinburgh.

24120 worked an Ayr trip on October 7th.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, headlights replaced with square plates, full size water tank, shortened fuel tank - both equipped with circular gauges, blanking plates fitted (solid), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler sheeted over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, vertically hinged battery isolating switch cover.

August 7th 1977, the end of the road for 24120 at Doncaster Works.

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