The twenty year four month career of D5129/25069 was spent allocated to a small number of London Midland Region depots, with all but three months allocated to London area depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5219 was new to Toton (18A) on August 10th 1963. Further transfers were:
October 1963 to Cricklewood West (14BC).
Renumbered February 16th 1974.
25069 was the 206th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during December 1983.
After withdrawal 25069 was stored at Springs Branch from December 1983 until moved (see detail below) to Swindon Works on February 21st 1985 and scrapped there by the third week of June 1986.
25069, 25221 (SP) & 25318, 25236 (CD) Springs Branch - Crewe – Swindon Works February 20th-21st 1985.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1967.
A Euston - Norwich mystery excursion on April 6th 1974 was worked by 25069 & 25068, route presumed to be out via Northampton & Peterborough and back direct to London Liverpool Street.
On May 6th 25068 & 25069 were used to take Her Majesty The Queen, on the Royal Train from Scunthorpe to Lowton. On May 11th 25068 & 25069 worked the 12.50 Nottingham - St. Pancras.
On November 5th the empty Royal Train was taken to Kings Lynn by 25069, the locomotive returned south whilst the Royal Train later headed out to Balmoral. The next day this train was noted at Dundee behind 27004 & 27107, both in immaculate condition.
Wolverton Works held an Open Day on August 20th which besides featuring its regular diet of coaches and electric multiple units had 25069 and 81004 specially brought in for display.
'The Dukeries Limited' railtour was worked from Euston to Wembley Central on October 22nd 1977 by 25069 & 25081.
On November 25th 1978 25069 & 25058 worked the 07.46 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids.
December 12th was a poor day for Class 25 reliability in the Northampton area. Included in the problems was 25069 on the 07.35 Northampton – Three Spires when the forty eight wagons were too much for the Type 2 and became stuck near Althorp. Assistance came in the rear from a following Willesden – Bescot freight, pushing as far as Rugby. On December 19th the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria was handled by 25069.
1980 produced quite a mixture of workings. On March 9th the 18.35 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked at least as far as Leicester by 25069. Diesel multiple unit shortages on March 13th saw 25069 with hauled stock work the 17.22 Crewe - Nottingham. Two days later (15th) 45025 failed at Burton on the 18.06 Penzance - Leeds, 37155 took the train on to Derby where 25069 worked forward to Leeds.
On June 28th the 08.42 Sheffield - Huddersfield and 16.58 Huddersfield - Sheffield (being connections off the summer dated York - Llandudno and return) were worked by 25069.
The failure of 40108 at Abergele & Pensard on July 17th working the 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town required the assistance of 25069 to complete the journey.
The 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked by 25069 on November 29th, whilst on December 17th (?) an unidentified Morecambe - Leeds service was handled by 25069.
On May 10th the 02.25 Euston - Bletchley was worked by 25069.
The remainder of the workings for 1981 featured 25069 many miles from its Cricklewood home. On June 27th 1981 25069 & 25032 worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The Cambrian lines were visited next, on July 11th 1981 the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25069 & 25032. The next day (12th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the return 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.
A Leicester - Skegness roundtrip was worked on August 1st by 25069 & 25081.
On November 18th 25069 worked a Manchester Victoria - Bangor, whilst the next day (19th) it worked 17.15 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North.
The end of the year saw 25069 many miles from Cricklewood working services on the Leeds - Morecambe route with hauled stock; on December 29th & 31st it was the turn of the 08.30 Leeds - Morecambe and the 11.34 Morecambe - Leeds.
25069 was north of the border for a couple of workings during July 1982; on July 3rd it worked the 17.22 Carlisle - Glasgow Central, whilst on July 19th it was the turn of the 11.55 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.
On August 18th 25069 worked the 15.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor.
On September 11th 25069 worked the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and on October 13th the 17.43 Nottingham - Leicester.
On March 2nd 25069 worked the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle and 15.37 return.
A month later on April 2nd 'The Yorkshire Pudden' railtour from Plymouth was worked by 25069 & 25027 between Derby & Milford Sidings (out) and between Wakefield Kirkgate & Derby (back).
On June 1st 25069 worked the 19.30 Crewe - Cardiff, the next day (2nd) the 05.35 Cardiff - Crewe and 10.03 Crewe - Cardiff.
A diesel multiple unit failure on July 8th saw 25069 working the 16.37 Derby - Crewe and 18.20 return. The 16.06 Crewe - Cardiff was worked on August 31st.
On August 25th 25069 was noted westbound at Findern with a train of 28 empty mineral wagons. On August 26th 25069 worked the 4V20 15.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Bristol Temple Meads parcels.
The 15.05 Blackpool North - Kilmarnock charter was worked to Preston on September 12th. Two strange workings followed, on September 18th 25069 was added to the 17.55 Cardiff - Portsmouth Harbour as far as Bristol Temple Meads, 33024 was the train engine. The next day (19th) 25069 worked the 06.45 Cardiff - Portsmouth Harbour forward from Bristol Temple Meads, returning with the 12.10 Portsmouth Harbour - Cardiff to Bristol Temple Meads. At some point during September 25069 was dispayed at Salisbury as part of an exhibition.
25069 was stabled at Old Oak Common on October 8th.
25069 was noted light engine at Newcastle station on November 2nd. Finally, for this Cricklewood locomotive its last two passenger workings took place November 10th working the 10.40 Carlisle - Leeds and 16.00 Leeds - Carlisle.
25069 was withdrawn on December 18th 1983.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added August 4th 2013