If one can remember the 'Indian Summer' of 1976, the thoughts are of a gloriously sunny, hot three months of June, July and August, a marked contrast perhaps with the more traditional English summer. Though the memories may favour the more pleasant side of things, the three months without rain brought drought conditions across parts of the country and water rationing in many areas. But none of that was center stage on August 22nd 1976. This busy Sunday was spent touring with the Midland Railfans group, including the Birmingham area depots.
Saltley was well populated this day with a variety of BR's diesel fleet. Standing by the fuelling shed are two Scottish Region Type 2's, 25028 & 25034. They had more than likely arrived on the Leith - Salisbury pipes, presumably replaced somewhere between Banbury & Didcot, then returning light engines to Saltley prior to picking up their next set of northbound duties.
The seventeen year ten month career of D5178/25028 was spent allocated to depots on the Eastern & Scottish regions.The allocation history for 25028 is similar to that of 25026 & 25027, but after transfer to the Scottish Region in July 1971 25028 remained at Scottish depots until withdrawn. 25028 was the lowest numbered of the Class 25s to recieve dual braking equipment. (The Ian Allan Combined volumes of the period never show 25028 being dual brake equipped).
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5178 was new to Holbeck (55A) on February 8th 1963. Further transfers were:
June 1963 to Gateshead (52A).
Renumbered April 1974.
After withdrawal 25028 was stored at Millerhill until September 1981 when it moved to Polmadie until February 1983 and on to Glasgow Works the same month. 25028 remained at Glasgow Works until January 29th 1987 when it was moved to Thornton Junction for scrapping by Vic Berry. Asbestos issues were discovered with some of the locomotives being scrapped at Thornton Junction, the remaining locomotives were then moved to Leicester for scrapping. On June 3rd 1987 25028 moved to Mossend Yard, June 4th 1987 to Carlisle, June 5th 1987 to Basford Hall, June 8th 1987 to Leicester Humberstone Road and into Vic Berry's yard on June 9th 1987. By the middle of June 1987 25028 had been scrapped, almost seven years after withdrawal.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1966.
For the locomotives based at Holbeck passenger work was a frequent occurrence, both local and longer workings as D5178 was so provided on February 14th for a run to Morecambe only six days fresh out of Darlington. By this time the vast majority of the Leeds local services were in the hands of diesel multiple units. On June 3rd 1963 the 09.33 Morecambe - Leeds was hauled by 5178. After transfer to Gateshead during June D5178 was noted on one of the freight turns from Scarborough on May 20th.
In the Liverpool area steam still served several passenger trains, though many of these were slowly transitioning to diesel haulage, one such was the 23.38(SO) Liverpool Lime St - York, noted on New Year's Eve 1967 behind D5178.
On August 7th 1971 5178 (?) worked a morning Glasgow Queen Street - Oban, returning with the 12.25 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street.
The Blackpool Illuminations over the weekend of September 23rd/24th provided a wide variety of specials in to the area. Perhaps those with the most interesting motive power came from Scotland, noted were 5096 & 5001 and 5178 & 5385 on two of the ten specials from the ScR. Glasgow Works received 5178 for attention during October.
On September 6th 1973 the 17.52 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 5178.
In May 25028 moved to Haymarket.
A long distance working, the Leith - Salisbury pipes featured the Scottish Type 2's working as far as Didcot, examples noted were 25028 & 25034 on August 22nd (see photograph at head of page).
On August 10th 1976 the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25028, as was the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs on August 16th 1976.
Regretably no sunshine here as 25028 & 25082 marshall their train at Inverness on June 22nd 1978. 25082 had been transferred to Inverness the month before and would remain at Inverness until January 1980, when it moved south to Haymarket. 25028 had been transferred to Eastfield in January 1971 and would remain allocated to the Scottish Region until withdrawn in December 1980, though it would be June 1987 before 25028 actually left the Scottish Region!
Millerhill finally said farewell to dumped 25028/46/82, the trio moving to Mossend during September with 25028/46 going forward to Polmadie and 25082 reaching Kingmoor by early November.
During February long stored 25028 was moved from Polmadie to Glasgow Works.
After about five months at Thornton Junction 25028, 25318 & 26013 were sent to Leicester; routed Thornton Jct - Mossend - Carlisle - Crewe - Leicester, making the journey between June 3rd & 9th, hauled by 47238.
For a brief while sisters 25027 & 25028 were together again, though not under the best of circumstances, by the end of June 25028 had been broken up.
Page added July 19th 2003.