The eighteen year two month career of D5189/25039 included allocations to only London Midland Region depots. Although many Class 25s followed very similar allocation histories and timeframes, there are probably very few similar to 25038 & 25039. Both were delivered within a week of each other during March 1963, their allocation histories were very similar and they were both withdrawn on the same day, May 31st 1981, although their final demise would be at different Workshops.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5189 was new to Toton on March 30th 1963. Further transfers were:
March 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
25039 was the 102nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of eight retired during May 1981, including sister 25038.
After withdrawal 25039 was stored at Saltley, then moved to Swindon Works on August 3rd 1981 and scrapped there by the middle of December 1981.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1965.
D5189 made its test run from Derby to Corby and back on March 20th 1963.
In November 5189 was transferred to the Preston Division (D10), the move included 5186 - 5192.
5189 was north of the border on July 28th 1971 being noted working the 12.50 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.
(Noted May 26th 1971 green with stripe, full yellow ends and gangway doors - could be 5189).
June 26th found 5189 & 7621 handling the 12.49 Garston - Maidenhead freight throughout.
On July 29th 1973 5189 worked the 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough.
The 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough was worked by 25039 on April 14th & April 28th 1974.
On April 3rd 1976 the 06.50 Ealing Broadway - Barmouth was worked over Cambrian metals by 25039 & 25070, possibly roundtrip between Wolverhampton & Barmouth? April 17th found 25039 in charge of the 10.15 Birmingham – Norwich, normally a diesel multiple unit working but during the Easter holiday period these services were locomotive hauled, and then generally by Class 31’s. On arrival at Norwich 25039 was declared a failure, not returning west until 20th on the 12.52 to Birmingham.
The 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston was worked between Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton by 25039 & 25274 on September 4th 1976.
On June 7th 25039 & 25268 worked a Wolverhampton - Brighton excursion as far as Birmingham New Street, here 86008 took over. On July 23rd 1977 the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth (to Norwich) and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Walsall (from Norwich) were worked by 25039 & 25245, the latter failed at or before Thetford and was removed at Thetford (25245 was leading at the time).
A Lichfield City - Barmouth day excursion on September 20th 1977 was worked out & back by 25039 & 25048
On May 5th 25039 was noted southbound at Winwick Junction with an empty coaching stock working.
A football special on December 16th took 25039 & 25040 from Liverpool to Bristol Parson Street.
The first few days of September were busy for 25039 & 25148. On September 1st they worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth (to Norwich) and the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby (from Norwich). Two days later (3rd) the same pair worked the 08.46 Burton on Trent - Skegness and the 18.39 return. The next day (4th) they worked the 09.28 Derby - Skegness and 18.39 return.
When 86257 failed at Coventry with the 11.00 ex-Euston on November 3rd 25039 & 25200 were on hand to take the train forward to Birmingham New Street.
As the year closed 25039 was transferred to Longsight.
On October 11th 25039 & 25043 worked the 20.51 Barrow in Furness – Euston, as far as Preston.
A Crewe - Cardiff service was worked by 25039 on December 8th 1980.
On March 23rd 1981 25039 took out the 18.35 Birmingham - Norwich but had to be replaced at Leicester due to a boiler failure - this was the last passenger working for 25039.
25039 was noted at Newcastle on May 8th 1981 with the 21.50 Bristol - Sunderland BMD parcels.
25039 was withdrawn on May 31st 1981 from Longsight.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
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