The seventeen year and four month career of D5197/25047 was spent allocated only to a variety of London Midland depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5197 was new to Toton (18A) on May 11th 1963. Further transfers were:
September 1963 to Nottingham (16A).
Renumbered March 8th 1974.
25047 was the 39th Class 25 withdrawn, one of nine retired during September 1980, the most Class 25 withdrawals in any one month up to this point.
After withdrawal 25047 was stored at Springs Branch until moved to Swindon Works on November 21st 1980 with 25074, 25099 & 25116 and scrapped there by the middle of January 1981.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1965.
1976: Severe gales on the evening of January 2nd affected much of the country with wind speeds consistently above 50mph. There was much disruption to WCML services which were not helped by the derailment of 25242 on an engineers train south of Nuneaton, also on 2nd. This severely impacted the Leicester services, however the arrival of 25047 with the Saltley breakdown crane saw the line cleared by the evening.
25047 was noted eastbound through Chinley with empty ICI hoppers for Tunstead on October 13th.
Railtour duty occurred on October 29th 1977 as 25047 & 25057 worked the 'The Hadrian Railtour' from Blackpool North to Newcastle and return, a total of 286 miles. The railtour headed for Carlisle (via the S&C) where an expected locomotive change did not occur. In running round at Carlisle the ability of the Class 25 to stop quickly became apparent when brake applications were made at Brampton & Haltwhistle, resulting in very severe stops. At Haltwhistle considerable effort was required to get the Class 25s to move, incurring a substantial delay. At Newcastle the Type 2s were replaced by 37111 for a circuitous run to York, the Class 37 being reported by its driver as low on power. The Class 25’s regained control at York, the local fitters having cured the brake trouble encountered earlier. The Class 25’s made good time until speed restrictions, a heavy train and autumn leaves led to a very challenging run over Copy Pit, stalling at Cornholme and reaching the summit at walking pace! Despite everything, including pathing through Blackpool Illuminations traffic, the railtour arrived back at Blackpool less than thirty minutes late.
On December 3rd 1977 25047 worked the 11.30 Cardiff - Crewe. 25047 was back on this route on December 10th 1977 working a Cardiff - Crewe service.
On June 24th 1978 25047 worked the 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff. It was over to East Anglia on July 1st 1978 working the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout. On July 17th 1978 400 miles was run up working two Manchester Victoria - Bangor roundtrips.
On July 20th 25047 & 25215 moved six ex-works Class 502 coaches from Dee Marsh to Birkenhead North.
On August 29th the 17.10 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North was worked, followed the next day (30th) on the 10.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle. A charter train was worked on November 22nd 1979, working the 07.32 Colwyn Bay - Euston to Crewe. The two final workings were on the Marches line, handling the 10.00 Crewe - Cardiff on December 1st & 15th.
On June 16th 25047 was noted passing Clayton, Manchester with a short freight of loaded coal wagons and brakevan.
25047 was withdrawn on September 7th 1980.
25047 most likely carried '0000' headcode display until withdrawn.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added May 6th 2013.