The twenty three year career of D5192/25042 was spent allocated only to London Midland Region depots, with a similiar allocation history to 25038/39/40/41. However the provision of an Intermediate Repair during the spring of 1980 would see it remain in service five years after 25038-41/43 had been withdrawn.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5192 was new to Toton (18A) on May 4th 1963. Further transfers were:
February 1964 to Leicester (15A).
Renumbered February 27th 1974.
25042 was the 281st Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of four retired during May 1986.
After withdrawal 25042 was stored at Crewe Depot until March 1987, then at Gresty Lane until June 1987. After a short stay at Basford Hall 25042, 25058, 25285 & 25910 were moved to Vic Berry, Leicester on July 16th 1987, entering their yard on July 24th 1987. By the third week of October 1987 25042 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1964.
During March 25042 moved to Longsight.
On April 27th 25042 again worked the 22.01 York - Aberystwyth between Stalybridge & Manchester Victoria.
25042 was noted on unidentified passenger services on the North Wales mainline on May 31st.
Derby Works received 25042 during October.
The 22.50 Shrewsbury - York was worked to Crewe by 25042 on December 4th 1976.
On October 1st 25042 worked a Cardiff - Crewe service, further workings on this route took place on October 15th with the 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe and on October 27th with the 11.00 Cardiff - Crewe. On December 3rd 25042 worked the 12.22 Crewe - Cardiff.
On July 5th 25042 was on the North Wales route and worked the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, the 13.30 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe. More Crewe - Cardiff services followed, on August 28th an unidentified Cardiff - Crewe was worked, on October 7th the 12.22 Crewe - Cardiff, on October 16th the 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff and on October 19th the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe.
The 11.30 Cardiff - Crewe was worked on June 5th. Between September 19th & 28th 25042 was noted frequently on the Crewe - Cardiff services. On October 9th 1979 25042 worked the 11.30 Cardiff - Crewe.
During December 25042 visited Derby Works for N4 repairs.
After release from Derby Works 25042 was noted on May 17th working the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich (throughout?). On June 12th 1980 25042 worked the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe, on this route 25042 would be noted many times during the latter half of 1980, ending up during late December working a Crewe - Cardiff service on Christmas Eve and the 19.30 Crewe - Cardiff on New Year's Eve.
The period May 25th - June 3rd was particulary active for 25042 on the Crewe - Cardiff services, including two roundtrips (556 miles) on May 30th. On June 20th 25042 was noted at Hale with eastbound ICI empties for Tunstead. On June 25th three Crewe - Cardiff services were worked, after this date no more have so far been recorded for 25042 on this route in 1981.
On September 9th the Class 40 working the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor failed at Warrington, 25042 took over to Bangor and returned with the 11.12 Bangor - Manchester Victoria. It was off to Tywyn for 25042 & 25236 on October 3rd when they worked a Euston - Aberystwyth excursion forward from Wolverhampton. A week later (12th) 25042 worked the 16.36 Birmingham - Norwich throughout, on 17th it was noted arriving at New Street with the 09.10 ex-Norwich and went back with the 18.15 to Norwich, its not known if the locomotive worked throughout on each leg.
June 19th found 25042 working the 06.10 Carlisle - Glasgow, two months later on August 17th it was the turn of the 17.37 Llandudno Town - Stoke on Trent for 25042. September 4th saw the 8.57am Leeds & Carlisle and 15.37 return worked. On October 16th 25042 & 25080 worked the roundtrip Crewe - Aberystwyth legs of an excursion from Carlisle. A Crewe - Cardiff service was worked on October 25th, three days later (28th) 25042 worked a round trip on the Leeds - Carlisle route before its last passenger working of the year, between Glasgow Central & Carlisle on December 20th.
April 11th found 25042 on the 11.49 Bangor - Manchester Victoria. Victoria was visited again, this time on May 26th with 25042 handling a late afternoon roundtrip Blackpool service. No passenger workings were recorded in June but a round trip Carlisle - Glasgow Central occurred on July 23rd.
October 28th proved to be a bad day - 25042 was diagrammed for the 10.40 Carlisle - Leeds but expired at Appleby, being rescued by 40099. It was repaired in time to cover the 16.00 Leeds - Carlisle but only managed to cover three miles before failing at Kirkstall, being rescued by 31195. A brief railtour turn occurred a month later on November 26th when 25042 & 25161 worked 'The Cheshire Cheeser' between Liverpool and Warrington Arpley Junction.
25042 was receiving attention at Toton on March 31st. On April 7th the 'Knotty Northern Circular' was worked from Stafford to Leeds and back by 25042 & 25224, the following week (14th) it was on the F&W's 'Capital City Transfer' with 25083 between Coventry & Marylebone. More railtour duty followed the next weekend (20th) with the first leg of the RESL 'Easter Highlander' railtour to Scotland, 25042 & 25057 were booked from St Pancras to Derby, but 25057 failed shortly after departure, expiring completely by St Albans. 25042 soldiered on to Bedford where 31118 was added for the run to Derby.
A trip to the seaside occurred on May 5th with 25042 & 25080 working out with the 08.48 Burton - Skegness, coming back with the 19.00 to Leicester. A WCML working on May 26th took 25042 & 25224 from Wolverhampton to Mitre Bridge Junction on an excursion to Folkestone Harbour. In the opposite direction on June 2nd 25042 & 25207 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.05 to Shrewsbury. A short working on June 16th found 25042 & 25109 taking a Barrow - Windsor excursion as far as Carnforth.
25042 was again coupled to 25224 for a visit to Aberystwyth on July 7th, bringing in the 07.35 ex Euston from Wolverhampton and returning to Wolverhampton with the 14.00 to New Street. Its last passenger working for 1984 was the 19.35 Blackpool - Manchester Victoria on August 24th.
25042 was noted passing Prestatyn station with a loaded ballast train on November 15th.
The boiler on 25042 was isolated during August.
Late in June 1985 25042 was active in the north-west. On June 29th it worked a 09.30 Glasgow Central - Blackpool North day excursion forward from Preston. About a week later on July 6th a Kilmarnock - Blackpool North charter was worked forward from Preston by 25042 & 25268. The next day (7th) the same pair worked the 'Cambrian Scot' railtour from Caersws to Preston. Two days later (9th) a roundtrip Barrow - Blackpool North school excursion was worked by 25042. On August 23rd the Derby - Old Oak Common empty coaching stock working became a relief Oxford - Reading service following the failure of a Hereford - Paddington service. The final recorded passenger working for 1985 took place on October 26th with 25042 working the 14.25 Llandudno Town - Llandudno Junction following the failure of a diesel multiple unit.
February 5th 1986 saw 25042 used as the Miles Platting banker. On February 9th 1986 25042 was on engineering duties at Derby station. The final passenger working for 25042 took place on February 12th (?) 1986 assisting a Glasgow Central - Euston between Carlisle & Preston following the failure of a Class 85. Noted at Blea Moor on March 7th 1986 on engineering duties.
25042 was withdrawn from Crewe on May 8th. It was the last vacuum brake only Class 25 to remain in service, when withdrawn it was retired surplus to requirements and was in full working order. It was initially stored at Crewe.
A builders plate from 25042 sold on Ebay during September 2017 for GBP 396.03.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added January 18th, 2001.