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.
D5205 was new to Toton (18A) on June 15th 1963. Further transfers were:
July 1963 to Cricklewood (14A).
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25055 was the 52nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen withdrawn during November 1980.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 (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1965.
Further north on December 9th 5205 worked the 13.00 Carlisle - Edinburgh and the 17.54 Edinburgh - Carlisle via the Waverley route.
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.
Condition December: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added February 19th 2013