D5150, 5150, 24150
D5150, 5150, 24150

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
A study of 24150 at near Dunfermline Townhill on June 10th 1976, it appears to have had one of its upper grilles sheeted over. Despite its reasonable external condition it will soon be retired and consigned to Doncaster for scrap.

The fourteen year nine month career of D5150/24150 was spent allocated to Eastern Region and Scottish Region depots.

Built Derby Locomotive Works.
Shortened fuel & water tanks from new.
Four upper and four lower air filters on non-BIS side, three upper and four lower on BIS side.
Circular gauges added to fuel & water tanks.
Roof modification (above generator/brake cubicle): no raised panels.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 30 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 8 months.


The frames for D5150 were laid down at Derby Locomotive Works during October 1960, D5150 was new to Gateshead (52A) on February 27th 1961. Further transfers were:

September 1968 to Holbeck (55A)
October 1971 to Eastfield (65A)
August 1975 to Haymarket
October 4th 1976 to unserviceable store
December 1st 1976 withdrawn

Renumbered April 16th 1974.

After withdrawal 24150 was stored at Millerhill from October 1976 until June 17th 1977 when it was forwarded to Doncaster Works and broken up by July 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Darlington Works August 1961.
Noted Darlington Works June 1962.
Noted Derby Works February 1968 (to blue/yellow livery).
Noted Derby Works January 1970.
Noted Glasgow Works February 1971.
Noted Glasgow Works February 1973.
Noted Glasgow Works June 1974 (full repaint).


The completion of D5147 - D5150 closed out the order books for the BR/Sulzer Type 2s powered by the 1,160hp 6LDA28A engine, these last four locomotives were laid down at Derby during the autumn of 1960, with D5150 deliveed to Gateshead at the end of February 1961. These locomotives were boiler equipped, so found themselves diagrammed for both passenger and freight work in the Newcastle area, including the principal routes to Edinburgh, Carlisle & York.

On May 20th D5150 was in charge of an afternoon Manchester – Newcastle relief, the Type 2s were frequently diagrammed for the secondary passenger workings between Newcastle & Leeds.

D5150 was noted at Darlington Works during August.

D5150 was at Darlington Works during June.

Photograph courtesy Peter Rigby.
D5150 at Carlisle during August 1962 and is somewhat dwarfed by the stone walls that form part of Carlisle station. It appears the locomotive is backing down on to something parked in the bay platforms. The Gateshead Class 24s were frequent visitors to the Carlisle area on a variety of workings.

On July 27th D172 on a Peterborough – Edinburgh passenger failed at Aycliffe, assistance arrived in the shape of D5103 & D5150, complete with brake tender! D264 was waiting at Newcastle to replace all three machines.

On July 27th noted northbound at Ouston Junction was the odd combination of D5103, brake tender, D5150 and D172 with a lengthy train of coaching stock, presumably D172 had failed.

On Sunday April 18th the following were noted:
Gateshead: D5102, D5150, D5106, D5149, D5180, D5103, D5109, D5113
Heaton Carriage Sidings: D5178, D5108, D5147, D5177
Thornaby: D5163, D5162, D5167, D5154, D5152, D5157, D5155, D5156, D5172, D5169, D5153.

During 1967 double headed Gateshead Type 2s were again diagrammed to work the Saturday’s only Newcastle - Ayr - Stranraer passenger in both directions. So noted in June & July were D5097/5112 (24th), 5149/5112 (1st), 7601/5149 (8th), 7611/5051 (15th) & D5101/5112 (22nd), Scottish Region examples filled in, especially on the eastbound runs after failures had occurred. These workings must be considered one of the more interesting service/routes worked by the Class 24s, regretably there seems to be little photographic record of these workings.

On July 22nd D5150 worked the eight coach (1N73?) 16.40 Blackpool - Newcastle service. Presumably it had worked the westbound leg earlier in the day.

Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panels, considerable roof and bodyside staining in the radiator area.

The final summer working of the Saturday’s only Stranraer – Newcastle passenger occurred on September 2nd with Gateshead’s D5150 & D5147 in charge.

Visitors to Derby included D5150 in February. Presumably at this Works visit the locomotive acquired blue/yellow livery, with two numbers on each bodyside and a BR emblem on each cabside. The locomotive arrived at Derby in green livery with small yellow warning panels with curved upper corners. It also carried steam style 52A shedplates on the cabfront.

On July 6th D5150 was the Newcastle Central station pilot.

Condition July: blue/yellow livery, two numbers on each bodyside and a BR emblem on each cabside, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.

After calling Gateshead home for seven years 5147 - 5150 were allocated to Leeds Holbeck (55A) during September.

February 7th proved to be a day of heavy snowstorms, with much widespread disruption throughout the country. On the Woodhead route the Manchester - Sheffield electric service encountered delays, diesels taking over a number of the services. East of the Pennines delays occurred and services were amended to fill in the gaps. The 21.50 eight coach York - Aberystwyth mail was surprisingly hauled by 5150, covering for a local service between Leeds & Huddersfield.

Noted in blue livery by June.

Noted under repair at Glasgow Works during October was 5150.

5150 was noted at Manchester Victoria on November 18th having brought in a service from York (ex 02.10?) - this service could produce a Class 24/25/40.

5150 was at Derby Works during January.

5150 & 5113 worked a Leeds - Blackpool North service on July 18th.

For an unknown period the No.1 end driver's side door carried the BR emblem as well as having emblems on each cab side.

5150 was noted at Glasgow Works during February.

Easter 1971 had been marred by an ongoing ASLEF work to rule. Amongst other issues crews were refusing to operate locomotives which did not carry a supply of ear protectors. These uncertain conditions hampered the promotion of the many excursions over the long Easter weekend, whilst many did not run, those running tended to be lightly loaded. One that did run was on Easter Monday, April 12th, with 5150 hauling the 1G08 09.30 Castleford - Scarborough.

As part of the reshuffling of the fleet in October 5147 - 5150 moved to the Scottish Region to assist in the withdrawal of the remaining NBL & Clayton products. 5147 & 5148 moved to Polmadie (66A) whilst 5149 & 5150 moved to Eastfield (65A).

5150 visited Glasgow Works during February.

24150 was under repair at Glasgow Works during June, being noted ex-works on Eastfield depot on June 28th.

Condition (after Glasgow repair): blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, shortened fuel & water tanks - both fitted with circular gauges, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.

On August 25th 24150 was stabled at Grangemouth.

By late August the No.1 cab had acquired a small crease high up on the sheeted over gangway doors.

On March 31st 24150 was stabled at Motherwell.

The big inroads to the Class 24s in the summer affected 24150, but only to the extent that it was transferred from Eastfield to Haymarket during August.


Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
In its last six months of service 24150 is seen on a coal train at Dunfermline on June 10th 1976.

On July 18th 24150 was noted under repair at Haymarket.

On August 30th was noted at Dundee with a lengthy train of coal wagons.

On October 4th 24150 was noted on the 1E83 17:10 Edinburgh - Newcastle passenger service.

24150 was stored during October/November, initially at Millerhill, then withdrawn at the beginning of December.

Condition final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, shortened fuel & water tanks - both fitted with circular gauges, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, one ventilator on the top row (BIS side) filled in with what appears to be a rusty sheet of metal.

With the delivery of D5150, the orders for a total of 151 Class 24s were completed. There would be a gap of about six weeks before Darlington released the first Class 25/0 and almost two years before Derby released the first of its Class 25s - D5186.

A builders plate from 24150 (Derby 1961) sold at Stafford Auctions for £210 during May 2012.

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Last updated March 13th 2022.

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