D5155, 5155, 25005
D5155, 5155, 25005

The nineteen year four month career of D5155/25005 included allocations to Eastern, London Midland & Scottish Region depots.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.

Allocations

D5155 was new to Thornaby (51L) on June 3rd 1961. Further transfers were:

December 1966 to York (50A) 1967.
June 1967 to Holbeck (55A).
September 1967 to Thornaby (51L).
November 1967 to Carlisle (12A) on loan, made permanent December 1967.
January 1968 to Springs Branch (8F).
May 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
March 1972 to Eastfield (65A).
May 1973 to Haymarket (64B).
October 1974 to Tinsley.
July 1975 to Eastfield.
Withdrawn December 1st 1980.

Renumbered January 1974.

After withdrawal 25005 was stored at Eastfield before being moved to Swindon Works on March 7th 1981 and broken up there by the first week of August 1981.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Darlington Works December 1961.
Noted Derby Works September 1966.
Noted Derby Works November 1968.
Noted Glasgow Works March - May 1979 (Intermediate repair).
Noted Glasgow Works June 1979 (rectification).
Noted Glasgow Works September 1980 (generator defect).

Highlights

1961
The frames for D5155 were laid down at Darlington during March, construction on average took about ten weeks. D5155 was released on June 3rd and allocated to Thornaby (51L).

The allocation of this build to Darlington was probably due to Derby being preoccupied with the later batch of BR/Sulzer Type 4's (the Class 46's), and its responsibility for overhauling much of the growing LMR fleet of diesels. The bodyshell of this batch was very similar to the previously built Type 2's, though in the Class 25/0's no boilers were fitted, thus the boiler water tank was omitted, but the ventilation grille for the boiler room remained! Darlington, in painting the locomotives picked out the grilles in grey, as Derby & Crewe had done on the bigger Type 4's.

D5155 was noted in Darlington Works yard during December.

1963
On October 17th D5155 on the returning St John's Chapel freight hit a dumper truck on Broadwood level crossing. Rescue came in the shape of Cl 5 76045 off the Stanhope freight, taking the damaged diesel and its train as far as Stanhope, from there Q6 63343 took the entourage onto to Bishop Auckland.

1966
D5155 visited Derby Works in September and was transferred to York (50A) in December.

1967
In June D5154 & D5155 were transferred to Leeds Holbeck (55A), then back to Thornaby (51L) in September, whilst during November D5151 - D5155 moved to Carlisle (12A) to assist in the withdrawal of steam in the North-West.

1968
The stay at Carlisle for D5151 - D5156 was brief, in January they moved south to Springs Branch (8F), then on to Longsight (9A) in May.

During June D5155 was still in green livery, with white frame level band and small yellow ends, with rounded upper corners. A blanking plate covered the boiler room grille.

During late October & November 5155 was under repair at Derby Works, having sustained major collision damage to the No.1 cab.

1969
On August 16th the 10.00 Sheffield - Llandudno Town and the 14.28 Llandudno Town - Sheffield were worked by 5155.

1972
With the transfer of 5155/56 to Eastfield in September, the first ten Class 25's were now all on the Scottish Region.

1973
5155 moved to Haymarket during May.

1974
25005 was renumbered during January.

In October 25005 (with 25009 & 25010) transferred to Tinsley.

Tinsley allocated 25005 is seen here at Edge Hill carriage sidings on November 29th 1974. The locomotive still carries its Haymarket shed sticker on the cabside. Of interest is the unusual battery isolating switch cover, the hinged rectangular plate replaced by three moveable circular plates - definately a Scottish modification. A 1980 view of the locomotive shows the cover has reverted back to its original condition.
Photograph courtesy Tom Sutch.

1975
Another regular Type 2 working was the 7E77 Nottingham - Lincoln parcels, producing a variety of Class 25's, including Tinsley based 25005 on June 4th.

To cover the withdrawal of a number of Scottish Class 24's 25005 - 25014 moved from Tinsley to Eastfield in July/August.

1976
On June 27th the derailment of a track maintenance machine near Pitlochry delayed the 08.50 Edinburgh - Inverness with 25005 & 25033 reported six hours late!

Another passenger working for 25005 occurred on December 1st when it assisted the 07.51 Falkirk Grahamston - Edinburgh.

1977

Three views of 25005 at Carstairs, the left & center view are June 28th 1978, the right view is from June 25th 1977. Both visits to Carstairs were part of an annual grand Scottish tour. On the 1977 visit Carstairs depot held 06010, 20107, 24009, 24128/147, 25005/021, 25171, 25241, 26042, 27018, 37144, 40073, 40161. On this visit a driver escorted us round the shed, which included a visit to the cabs and engine room of 25005, hence the out-of-focus snapshot of the driver's position in 25005! Earlier in the day a visit to Ayr depot found 25007. The visit in 1978 proved sparser pickings, the Class 06 & the 24's had moved on to the scrappers, locomotives noted on shed were 20126, 25023/066/082/091, 47553. Whilst waiting on the station 25005 came in from the north with a brake van, ran round the triangle and headed back north.

Left view is the driving position in the cab of 25005 at Carstairs on June 28th 1978, whilst the right view is at Eastfield on February 24th 1979.

1979
Glasgow Works received 25005 for an intermediate repair between March and May.

July was a busy month for passenger workings for 25005. On July 3rd it worked the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh, the 19.22 Dundee - Edinburgh and an unidentified Edinburgh - Dundee. Two days later (5th) 25005 worked the 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee. On July 6th the 17.49 Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street was worked. Towards the end of the month on July 23rd 25005 worked the 15.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.

Its another glorious overcast summers day, July 28th 1979 as 25005 and a Class 27 await their next turns of duty at Aberdeen Ferryhill.
Photograph courtesy Martin Bray.

1980
On May 26th a southbound parcel special was noted headed through Perth behind 25005 & 47274.

On July 17th 25005 worked the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee.

Early in September 25005 was noted in Glasgow Works with a generator defect. This was repaired and continued in service until December when it was retired and stored at Eastfield until early in March 1981.


Photograph courtesy A Forster.
Its 15.45 on November 1st 1980 as 25005 stands at Eastfield depot, its career is nearly over with just a month of active service ahead. The battery isolating cover has been returned to the normal design, instead of the three circular covers seen in the 1974 view (above).


1981
Scotland was finally cleared of the last of the Class 25/0's during the first week of March when 25002/005 made the long trek from Eastfield to Swindon Works. However the sequence of breaking up individual machines was most random, 25005 for instance was broken up by April, others lingered for many months.

In their almost twenty years of service the Class 25/0's visited several of BR's Workshops including Darlington, Derby, Crewe & Glasgow. The last workshops visit for many of them would be Swindon, for scrapping. Seen here on March 22nd 1981, 25005 awaiting the removal of components prior to cutting up.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Page updated September 3rd 2015

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