D5127, 5127, 24127
D5127, 5127, 24127

Photograph courtesy Bernard Mills.
5127 & 5129 at Georgemas Junction on October 7th 1972 with the Wirral Railway Circle's Orcadian railtour.

The fifteen year six month career of D5127/24127 was spent allocated only to Scottish Region depots.

Built BR Derby Locomotive Works (batch D5114 - D5150).
Shortened fuel & water tank.
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, winterisation features: boiler room grille (four slats), gangway door weatherstripping, headcode box weatherproofing.
Circular gauge added to fuel tank.
Cantral level water fillers never sheeted over.
Modified Headcode boxes - with sloped sides (No.2 cab only - fitted at Derby July 1971?).
Battery Isolating Switch Cover modification (one hinged door), still fitted at withdrawal.
Headlights still fitted at withdrawal.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 14 months.


The frames for D5127 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during May 1960, D5127 was new to Inverness (60A) on July 30th 1960. Further transfers were:

November 1975 to Haymarket.
December 18th 1975 to store (unserviceable).
February 2nd 1976 withdrawn.

Renumbered October 1974.

After withdrawal 24127 was stored at Carstairs until moved to Doncaster depot during May 1976, remaining there until about December 1976 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and broken up by April 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Inverurie Works September 1967.
Noted Derby Works July 1971.
Noted Glasgow Works May 1973 (full repaint).
Noted Glasgow Works October 1974.


D5127 & D5129 worked the 17.10 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness on September 1st.

On August 6th D5343 & D5127 were noted at Newtonmore with an unidentified service.

Condition August: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, tablet catcher equipped, no headlights, engine exhaust in original position.

D5127 worked the 11.20 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street on November 26th.

D5127 worked the 18.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on January 6th.

On March 23rd an eighteen coach ‘Grand Tour’ excursion ran from Edinburgh to Perth via Carlisle starting out with D368 & D1973. At Perth Class 5 44997 & A4 60009 replaced the diesels for the run to Aberdeen. Here Type 2s D5070 & D5127 ran out over the GNS mainline to Keith, Craigellachie and the Speyside line to Aviemore. A stop was made here to add D5122 for the run south over the Highland mainline, the two steamers rejoining the train at Perth for the final leg to Edinburgh.

On April 13th D5127 was noted at Saughton Junction with the nine coach 16.37 Edinburgh Waverley - Inverness.

Condition April: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, solid boiler room blanking plate - four slats, no headlights, steam style shedplate on cab front, three piece miniature ploughs (black).

D5127 worked the 11.35 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street on May 2nd.

Condition August: green livery, blanking plate fitted (four slats).

D5127 worked the 18.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on November 27th.

D5127 worked the 18.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on December 12th.

D5127 & D5118 worked the 16.35 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street on June 18th.

On July 3rd a Wick/Thurso - Inverness service reached Inverness over ninety minutes late due to the failure of 5116. At Inverness 5127 and three coaches formed a special for stations to Perth for delayed passengers.

Condition July: blue/yellow livery, large BR emblem on bodyside, tablet catcher equipped

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

On September 5th the Scottish Grand Tour No 11 featured a circular tour from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness, with nine coaches in charge of Class 40 No.364. A restaurant car problem delayed departure from Inverness for two hours, but an intended stop of similar duration at Aviemore was curtailed to recover the ‘lost’ time. Time however was of the essence due to the long block sections and other late running services causing pathing problems. In departing from Aviemore oil pressure was lost and the Class 40 declared a total failure. The southbound ‘Royal Highlander’ was able to pick up some passengers off the special but it was not until the 19.37 relief Inverness - Euston appeared with 261 piloting 5119 & 5127 that a glimmer of hope appeared. Unfortunately the block section south of Aviemore was thirty four miles long (four boxes were switched out), so departure was still delayed. Finally three hours late at 21.22 the excursion headed for home, with arrival in Edinburgh at 01.43am, 220 minutes late.

On September 27th 5127 worked the seven coach 10.30 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh.

Condition September: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present with heavy weather-stripping, modified headcode box No.2 end, headlights fitted, tablet catcher equipped, boiler room blanking plate - four slats.

On June 4th 5129 & 5127 were noted at Perth with an Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street service.

On October 7th the Wirral Railway Circle 'Orcadian' railtour utilised 5127 & 5129 roundtrip (?) between Inverness & Wick.

Condition June 1973: modified headcode box at No.2 end, has sloping wings similar to 24147 (believed altered at Dery Works during its July 1971 visit).

Photograph collection of webmaster.
5127 is photographed at Dingwall on October 3rd 1973 with the 11.08 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness service. This locomotive carries the boiler grille blanking plate with four louvres rather than the more common five louvres.

24127 was stabled at Millerhill on June 16th.

24127 was noted at Glasgow Works on October 12th.

On April 8th 24127 working the 15.15 Wick – Inverness ran out of fuel in the Tain area, 40125 assisted the service into Inverness.

From time to time pairs of Type 2s were still utilised on the heavier, longer distance Scottish workings, on May 3rd the 15.35 Glasgow Queen Street – Aberdeen was powered by 25026 & 24127.

24127 was noted at Inverness on August 13th.

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.

On November 12th 24127 was noted at Glasgow Queen Street in charge of the 08.35 service to Oban, Class 27s being the more normal power on this line.

24127 was withdrawn February 2nd 1976, as was sister locomotive 24126.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors removed, headlight location sheeted over with square plates at No.1 end, headlights fitted at No.2 end; shortened fuel & water tanks, fuel tank has circular gauge, solid blanking plates fitted (four slats), hand/footholds plated over, cantrail water filler present, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes. three piece miniature snowploughs fitted, vertically hinged battery isolating switch cover, modified headcode box at No.2 end, has sloping wings similar to 24147.

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Page added July 30th 2016.
Last updated January 2nd 2022.

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