D5205, 5205, 25055
D5205, 5205, 25055


Photograph collection of webmaster
25055 at Severn Tunnel Junction, date unknown.

Apart from eleven months allocated to Cardiff the seventeen year career of D5205/25055 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland region depots.

Built: BR Darlington Works.
Boiler equipped.
Never fitted with domino dot headcode display.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 61 months.

Allocations

D5205 was new to Toton (18A) on June 15th 1963. Further transfers were:

July 1963 to Cricklewood (14A).
August 1963 to Toton (18A) then (16A).
March 1964 to Derby (16C).
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
November 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
January 1968 to Carlisle (12A).
May 1968 to Stoke Division (D05).
November 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
November 1970 to Manchester Division (D09).
May 1973 to Longsight.
May 1976 to Crewe.
December 1976 to Cardiff.
November 1977 to Crewe.
August 1980 to Kingmoor.
Withdrawn November 2nd 1980.

Renumbered February 23rd 1974.

25055 was the 52nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen withdrawn during November 1980.

After withdrawal 25055 was stored at Newton Heath and moved with 25122 (also ex-Newton Heath) and 25100 & 25281 (ex Reddish) to Swindon Works by February 27th 1981. 25055 had been broken up by the third week of December 1981.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works August 1965.
Noted Derby Works November 1966.
Noted Derby Works September & October 1975 (gangway doors sheeted over).
Noted Derby Works April 1979 (N1 repairs).

Highlights

1964
On December 28th the relief 10.50 Birmingham New Street - Newcastle was worked by D5205 (known to have worked Derby - Sheffield).

1967
On March 4th 1967 worked the 13.28 Derby - Manchester, whilst on October 18th 5205 & 7575 worked a Leeds - St. Pancras service throughout.

Further north on December 9th 5205 worked the 13.00 Carlisle - Edinburgh and the 17.54 Edinburgh - Carlisle via the Waverley route.

1969
On June 21st 5205 & 5263 were noted at Llandudno Town with an unidentified passenger train.

Condition August: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, gangway doors fitted, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' prefix present.

1971
On September 28th 5205 & 5198 worked a Stalybridge - Yarmouth to Norwich (presumably coming back with the return working?).


Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
Its January 9th 1974 as 5205 and a short engineers train pass Winwick Junction. The headcode identifies the working as Target 78.

1972
On June 24th 5205 & 5296 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning from there with the 09.28 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly.

1974
On August 31st 25055 & 25144 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.

Condition December: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present.

1975
On February 3rd 25055 worked the 23.40 Liverpool - York.

25054 & 25055 were on Royal Train duty on May 14th 1975 arriving at Kings Lynn with the stock for a late evening departure for the Duke of Edinburgh. The train ran to Salford via Peterborough, Grantham, Nottingham, Chesterfield, stopping overnight at Bamford.

1976
A day excursion on June 3rd took 25055 & 25264 from Leamington Spa to Aberystwyth. On the return 25264 failed at Upton Magna (Shrewsbury), with both locomotives replaced by 47489 at some point.

During December 1976 25055 acquired its first reported passenger haulage over the Crewe - Cardiff route. 25055 had been transferred to Crewe during May, then to Cardiff during December. It would be well used on this route, being noted on at least sixty workings (but in reality no doubt many, many more) until its last Cardiff - Crewe working on July 5th 1980.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on December 9th, 20th, 23rd & 29th.

1977
25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on January 8th & 22nd, February 12th & 19th, March 12th, 18th, 19th & 26th, April 1st, June 11th & 28th, July 4th, August 1st & 2nd.

An Open Day at Cardiff Canton on October 1st featured over fifty locomotives, including 25055, 25109 & 25243.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on October 22nd.

1978
25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on January 7th, February 12th & 25th.

On April 29th 25055 failed near Dorrington working the 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff, 24047 dragged the service to Hereford, where the Class 24 was removed and replaced with 47358.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on June 19th, 24th & 28th, July 1st, 10th, 14th - 16th, 18th, 28th & 29th.

On the evening of September 9th 25055 was noted arriving from the north and running onto Exeter stabling point. During the morning of September 11th 25055 was noted westbound through Taunton with a permanent way train.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on October 3rd, 9th, 21st & 30th.

1979
25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on January 5th & 6th.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on May 5th, 12th & 13th.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on July 3rd, August 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th, 12th & 17th.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on September 3rd, 4th, 5th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 29th. On September the 21st journey whilst working the 06.03 Crewe - Cardiff 25055 failed and required assistance to Cardiff by 37230.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on November 22nd, December 8th & 12th.

The year closed out with heavy rains leading to flooding from December 27th in many areas. The Central Wales line was closed south of Llanwrtyd Wells, whilst the Hereford Newport line was cut in two places, at Ponthir & Pandy, 25055 on the 16.02 Crewe - Cardiff encountered moderate flooding at Woofferton.

1980
25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on February 9th, 10th, 28th.

25055 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff line passenger workings on April 25th, May 13th, 17th, June 7th, 28th and July 5th. The use of 25055 on the Crewe - Cardiff line ened when 25055 was transferred to Kingmoor during August.

25055's last recorded passenger working took place on September 15th with 25055 & 25041 working the 11.50 Glasgow Central - Nottingham forward from Carlisle and assumed to Nottingham.

25055 was withdrawn on November 2nd 1980.

Distinguishing Features
BIS side: blanking plate: scrape along length of panel: at least January 1974 until withdrawn.

90/11489
flk 0217

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added February 19th 2013
Last updated March 4th 2017.

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