The later Class 24s were fitted with roof mounted headcode boxes. A four character code was displayed in this to indicate the exact train the locomotive was hauling. This practice was phased out in 1976. However, the same four character codes (number, letter, number, number) are still used to identify trains today although they are not displayed. A damaged 24117 is seen at Doncaster works in July 1976, three months after withdrawal. It was cut up in January 1977. One example with headcode boxes, 24142, survived as a train heating unit. Unfortunately it did not attract preservation interest and was scrapped in May 1984. 37300 can be seen behind, this locomotive is now better known as 37429.
Next is a view of a slightly battered 24116 at Polmadie Depot on 5th March 1977. The local heroes' favourite trick was to release the handbrake on the locomotive parked at the end of a row. It would then roll off towards the bufferstops as happened with 116. The locomotive was cut up two months later at Doncaster Works. Note the circles on the front, this is where two headlamps were fitted for workings between Inverness and Thurso/Wick.
Seen together at Doncaster Depot on 31st October 1976 are 24125 (nearest) and 24126. Built at Derby these locomotives spent their entire careers in Scotland and were withdrawn in February (125) and March (126) 1976. They were cut up in the nearby works in August 1977. The numbers on the locomotives are at the 'wrong' end. This was because they had tablet catching equipment fitted under the driver's cab window, this was a device operated from the cab which extended outwards and collected the single line token from a trackside device.
24133 is seen in the rather delightful Birkenhead Depot on 19th December 1976. The locomotive still had some time left to serve and was withdrawn in March 1978.
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