The seventeen year and four month career of D5202/25052 included almost ten years allocated to London Midland depots, the remainder on the Western Region.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5202 was new to Toton (18A) on June 1st 1963. Further transfers were:
September 1963 to Toton (16A) (depot code change).
Renumbered February 1974.
25052 was the 46th Class 25 withdrawn, one of four retired during October 1980.
After withdrawal 25052 was moved to Swindon Works on October 8th 1980 and scrapped there during the second week of November 1980.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August - October 1964.
On June 29th 5202 & 7532 worked a roundtrip Wellingborough - Brighton day excursion.
On November 21st the FA Cup first round matches began, with 5202 & 7650 working a Wigan - Tyne Dock football special. The empty coaching stock ran onto South Shields allowing the locomotives to reverse and head off to Heaton Carriage sidings.
On November 22nd the 08.00 Bristol Temple Meads - Penzance saw 5202 replace 6553 & 824 (failed) at Exeter, the Class 25 worked at least as far as Plymouth.
Condition June: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, Royal Train circular communication access cover in driver's side gangway door.
On July 28th was noted at 6.45am at Lostwithiel with an unidentified Up freight.
On the evening of August 6th 25052 & 25220 were noted passing Liskeard with a St Blazey - Temple Mills freight.
On September 13th the 10.20 Penzance - Leeds was worked to Plymouth by 47001 & 25052. A Christmas working saw 25052 handle the 19.35 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton on December 23rd.
25052 was noted working an up empty coaching stock near Bishopsteignton on August 28th. The next day (29th) a charter train was noted between Meeth & Barnstaple with 25052 & 25223 top and tailing.
On October 9th a Paddington - Kingswear railtour was worked roundtrip Exeter St. Davids - Paignton by 25052 & 25223 (see image below).
On May 5th 25052 & 25225 worked a St Blazey - Carlisle freight to Exeter Riverside. Late in the afternoon of May 10th 25052 was noted light diesel at Plymouth in the up direction. On May 12th 25052 & 25155 were noted passing Plymouth at 8.30pm with the down clay empties.
On July 10th 25052 was noted at St Erth with a freight. Typical of the workings of the summer of 1978 included the 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton on July 25th and the next day's 10.00 Paignton - Plymouth. On July 29th 25052 worked the 06.35 Plymouth - Old Oak Common vans at least as far as Reading West (possibly further). On the morning of July 31st 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point, it would later be used on the 19.35 Exeter - Paignton.
On the morning of August 1st 25052 was at Exeter stabling point, later that day it would work the 13.40 Riverside - Chard milk empties and return. On the morning of August 8th 25052 was at Exeter stabling point.
On September 13th 25052 & 25207 worked the 20.50 St Blazey - Temple Mills to Exeter Riverside. Two days later on September 15th 25052 & 37142 worked the 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle to Exeter Riverside. On September 22nd 25052 & 37267 worked the 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle freight to Exeter Riverside.
The 'Welsh Wonder Relief' railtour on December 2nd from Paddington - Blaenavon saw the Paddington - Severn Tunnel Junction leg handled by 25052 & 25225.
On June 13th 25052 was noted arriving at St Erth from Hayle Wharf with two wagons for the up side goods yard to be loaded with scrap metal. A week later on June 20th was noted at Exeter St Davids with a short freight from the direction of Exeter Central. The summer of 1979 produced a considerable quantity of local Exeter area passenger workings. June 30th's 22.41 Manchester Piccadilly - Penzance was worked forward from Plymouth by 25052 & 25080.
On August 17th was noted at Exeter Central having collected empty Presflos from the nearby Blue Circle Cement terminal in Exeter Central goods yard. The cement empties would be headed to Riverside Yard for a service back to Westbury cement works.
After a summer of local workings the Crewe - Meeth/Meldon Quarry 'Atlantic Coast Express' on October 20th/21st was worked roundtrip Exeter St. Davids - Meeth/Meldon Quarry by 25052 & 25223.
It must be assumed that 25052 did work some passenger services during 1980, if so these workings went unrecorded.
The end of the summer timetable saw 25052 withdrawn during the first week of October, it was quickly moved to Swindon Works and scrapped there by early November 1980, one of the quickest disposals recorded for any Class 25. Withdrawn at the same time as 25052 were Laira shedmates 25223 & 25225.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added May 3rd 2013