The sixteen year eleven month career of D5218/25068 was split between allocations to London area and Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5218 was new to Cricklewood (14A) on August 3rd 1963. Further transfers were:
September 1963 to to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered March 8th 1974.
25068 was the 35th Class 25 withdrawn, one of four retired during July 1980.
After withdrawal 25068 was moved to Glasgow Works on October 4th 1980, being broken up there by the first week of October 1981. At least one of the cabs lingered for a while.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1964.
During the third week of June (17th - 24th exact date uncertain) D5218 was noted at Brighton with passenger stock.
Because of the heavy workload at Derby Locomotive Works, several Type 2s were sent to the Brush Works, Loughborough for repair, including collision damaged D5021, D5218 & D5283.
With regard to the June 10th directive to begin painting locomotives in blue & yellow livery on August 2nd Brush wrote to the CM&EE BR at Derby with concern over three points: would the polyurethane paint be used on those locomotives being refurbished at Loughborough; would it be used on new locomotives from the current order and would BR take their stocks of green paint off them if the change to blue livery was to include those locomotives at Brush? The CM&EE BR responded in the affirmative for each question. At the end of 1966 Brush held three collision damaged Type 2s: D5021, D5218 & D5283, instructions had been received to repaint them green, this took place for D5021 & D5218 but on January 5th 1967 instructions were received from A.E.Robson, Chief Engineer (T&RS) to repaint all three in the new blue polyurethane livery. However D5021 & D5218 were outshopped with old-style small yellow warning panels and both received the old style crest!
Royal Train duty befell 5218 & 5219 on February 14-16th. The Duke of Edinburgh journeyed from Euston, at 23.00 to Sheffield via Northampton & Leicester. Twenty four hours later he returned to Lamport, near Market Harborough, with the five coach train stabling overnight, before leaving at 7am for Leatherhead via the West London line, Clapham Junction, Selhurst, West Croydon & Sutton. On return the Class 25’s ran through to Dorking, there running round heading back to Wolverton via Sutton, Mitcham Junction & Clapham Junction Overnight heating was provided by a heater van delivered by 5221.
A mystery excursion on April 6th from Euston to Norwich and return (to Liverpool Street?) was hauled throughout by 25068 & 25069, going out via Northampton & Peterborough), the return route is uncertain. The same pair of Class 25's were still together on May 11th when they worked the 12.50 Nottingham - St. Pancras.
On November 27th 25068 & 25069 were noted in the East Midlands area with a Royal Train (further details needed). On November 29th 25068 & 25069 (assumed) the four coach Royal Train was worked from Whitchurch to Liverpool conveying the Duke of Edinburgh. The empty stock was then taken to Wolverton.
There were no recorded passenger workings during 1975 or 1976, during May 1976 25068 was transferred to the Scottish Region.
With a working train heating boiler 25068 was diagrammed for many internal passenger workings, on February 2nd, 3rd & 4th 25068 was noted on Glasgow - Fort William workings. Workings from Edinburgh included the 17.10 to Berwick on August 30th and with 25238 on the 08.45 Edinburgh - Aberdeen and 14.35 return on September 3rd 1977. Four day later (7th) 25068 & 26028 worked the 13.35 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen and by itself on October 14th 1977 the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
On October 6th an SRPS Falkirk - Keighley special became the first service in two years to traverse the link between BR & the KWVR, 25068 brought the special in, handing over to GNR 990 and Standard 75078.
The return leg of a charter was worked by 25068 & 25026 between Aberdeen and Mossend Yard on March 17th. The same pair worked the 12.35 Aberdeen - Edinburgh on March 27th.
25068 returned to Mossend on June 15th with 25050 on the 22.20 Perth - Euston.
On July 23rd 25068 was noted northbound at Perth with a freight. 25068 was south of the border on July 28th working the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and was on the same route on August 29th with the 13.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.
On October 5th 25068 worked the Arbroath trip for the Metal Box Company siding.
25068 was noted stabled at Darlington depot from at least November 17th to 23rd. On November 28th a late afternoon Tyne - Millerhill freight was worked by 25068 & 25265.
25068 was withdrawn on July 14th 1980.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added June 23rd 2013.