The fourteen year six month career of D5179/25029 was spent allocated to depots on the Eastern, Western, Scottish & London Midland regions. D5179 - D5182 were ordered without boilers which no doubt had a modest impact on their allocation history. Like 25026 - 25028, 25029 spent its first seven years on the Eastern Region but then moved to the Western Region for five years service in the Welsh Valleys. Shorter periods then followed for service in Scotland & the Midlands.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5179 was new to Gateshead (52A) on February 11th 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1967 to Holbeck (55A).
Renumbered April 1974.
25029 was the 18th Class 25 withdrawn, the only Class 25 retired during August 1977.
After withdrawal 25029 was stored at Derby Works during August & September 1977 prior to moving to Glasgow Works by eary October 1977. By March 1978 25029 had been broken up although the cabs lingered until the end of 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted very ex-works September 1966.
The first seven Class 25/1s were allocated to North Eastern Region depots; D5176 - D5178 (boiler equipped) to Holbeck (55A) whilst D5179 - D5182 (non-boilered) were allocated to Gateshead.
During November Holbeck sent six of their non-boilered Class 25's - 5179-82 & 7624/25 to Newport - Ebbw Junction (86B). Their duties included the Lydney and Parkend branches, the Pontypool Road shunt and the heavier iron ore workings between Newport Docks and Ebbw Vale or Llanwern steelworks. The Parkend branch saw considerable mineral traffic necessitating as many as three daily trips, usually on Mondays, providing much ballast for the permanent way department.
Pairs of Class 25s on the WR mainline included those in charge of freight workings from Severn Tunnel Jct to Didcot or Acton, so noted on July 18th were 5179 & 7519 eastbound on a coal train. Ballast extras from Chepstow also brought the Class 25’s to various locations on the Paddington mainline.
On June 8th 1974 25029 & 25325 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. On July 29th 1974 25029 and a Class 37 were the Lickey bankers.
On April 15th 1975 a Cheltenham Spa - Swindon service suffered a diesel multiple unit failuere which then required the assistance of 25029.
With the end of the summer timetable and the Western Region's dislike of the Class 25's, 25029 was transferred to Haymarket during October, then Inverness in November.
During May 25029 was transferred to Toton, this was its last transfer.
On July 10th 25029 & 25303 were noted at Skegness on a passenger working. A lengthy trip took place on August 14th 1976 with 25029 & 25211 working the 09.49 Nottingham - Paignton, a distance of 261 miles.
In addition to the Skegness service pictured above, the same pair of Class 25s worked a relief Nottingham - Skegness roundtrip on June 7th 1977.
On July 3rd 1977 the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street were worked between Birmingham New Street & Shrewsbury by 25029 & 25220.
25029 was withdrawn on August 7th from Toton and sent to Derby Works. By October 1st the locomotive had been moved to Glasgow Works, presumably as a source of spares. The locomotive was broken up by March 1978 but its cabs remained somewhat intact until the end of 1984.
The withdrawal of 25029 and two other Class 25s in 1977 (25031 & 25096) marked the beginning of the end for the Class 25s. Until this point the only Class 25s retired had been those with accident damage. These three machines had been withdrawn surplus to requirements.
Page added February 6th 2005.