The twenty two year two month career of D5222/25072 was spent allocated to London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5222 was new to Cricklewood East (14A) on September 21st 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to London Division (D14).
Renumbered March 21st 1974.
25072 was the 261st Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of ten retired during December 1985.
After withdrawal 25072 was stored at Toton until moved to Vic Berry, Leicester on December 2nd 1987 for storage pending sale into preservation. 25072 was moved on March 17th 1988 by road to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Blunsden.
Works visits (records incomplete):
Noted Derby Works date (mid 1970s) ?? TOPS Number with droopy No.1 cab.
D5222 was one of those locomotives on display at the annual Open Day at Derby Works at the end of August. Shortly after this on September 4th 1963 D5222 went out on its test run to Corby.
On April 15th the 21.30 Leicester - Birmingham New Street was worked by 5222.
On August 4th 5222 & 5216 were noted working an unidentified passenger train, being seen between Beeston and Nottingham.
On October 7th the 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough was worked by 5222.
Passengers on a Marylebone – York excursion on April 25th enjoyed the delights of being routed via Penistone and Huddersfield, the locomotives for the day were 25072 & 25036, for a total of approximately 500 passenger miles.
On May 11th a Luton - Aberystwyth Merrymaker utilised 25070 & 25072 from Luton to Shrewsbury via the Nuneaton Flyover, Bescot and Wolverhampton. At Shrewsbury the Class 25s were replaced by 24074 & 24056, with the Merrymaker now doubling as the 11.40 all stations to Aberystwyth, with four coaches on the train reserved for the regular passengers. The return working is reported as 24056 hauling four coaches to Dovey Junction where a set back was made onto nine coaches, stock from a return Leamington - Barmouth special. 24082 & 24087 were added to the train, at least as far as Machynlleth where 24087 was removed, leaving the two Type 2s to carry one eastwards with thirteen coaches.
5222 was transferred to Willesden during August whilst receiving collision repairs at Derby.
On September 6th 25072 & 25165 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall passenger diagram.
On November 18th the arrival of the President of Tanzania at Gatwick saw the Royal Train in use to Victoria, afterwards 25072 arrived at Stewarts Lane to return the stock to Wolverton.
After thirteen years allocated to a variety of LMR depots 25072 moved north to Eastfield during October 1976.
New Year's Eve found the 1G33 08.04 Perth - Edinburgh diesel multiple unit on fire at Bathgate Junction. 25072 was used to shunt the damaged vehicles into the up loop, then took the lead coach onto Edinburgh, just over one hundred minutes late. The fire completely gutted Dundee based SC51540, withdrawal coming in January. 25072 had also been recently noted on the 11.22 Dundee - Edinburgh and 13.20 return, usually a diesel multiple unit working, but now operating with a rake of Mk 1 coaches, normally hauled by a Class 25 or 26.
A major repair for 25072 was carried out at Glasgow Works from April to June, this would be its last Classified repair.
On March 26th 25072 worked the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
On September 15th 25072 worked the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee, whilst the next day (16th) it worked the 22.06 Perth - Glasgow Queen Street.
An unidentified Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street service was worked by 25072 on October 27th, whilst two days later (29th) 25072 worked the 16.50 Edinburgh - Aberdeen forward from Perth (?) with 47435.
The 11.00 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh was noted arriving at its destination on November 27th behind 25072 and a failed 47710.
On August 2nd 25072 & 25037 worked the 23.15 Kings Cross - Aberdeen forward from Edinburgh. 25072 worked the 17.43 Glasgow - Ayr and 19.22 return on August 13th and came back on the 15th with the 17.25 Glasgow Central - Stranraer.
On September 15th a Stranraer Harbour - Glasgow Central diesel multiple unit failed requiring the assistance of 25072 throughout. On September 27th the 'Grampian No.2' railtour with fifteen coaches utilised 25072 & 25244 between Edinburgh & Dufftown for a total of 261 passenger miles behind the Class 25s, the route being Edinburgh Waverley - Kirkcaldy - Leuchers - Dundee - Aberdeen - Keith - Dufftown - Keith - Inverness. If the Class 25s were intended to work over the Highland Line to Perth & Edinburgh, they never got the opportunity as Inverness provided 47234, which because it could not heat the train was replaced by 26033 & 26037 at Aviemore.
25072 was stabled at Millerhill on May 2nd. The 15.57 Aberdeen - Carstairs postal used 25072 on May 18th, there appeared to be no consistency for this train's haulage, with Classes 26 & 40 frequently being used.
During October 1981 25072 received an 'E' exam at Haymarket.
On October 24th 25072 worked three Edinburgh - Dundee roundtrips, beginning the day with the 08.25 Edinburgh - Dundee and ending with the 21.20 Dundee - Edinburgh, for a total of 354 passenger miles. Five days later on October 29th 25072 worked the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh, the 12.51 Edinburgh - Perth, the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee. On October 31st 25072 was noted on an unidentified Edinburgh - Dundee service.
On November 6th & 14th 25072 worked the 20.45 Carlisle - Perth from Mossend Yard. On November 16th the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25072. On November 21st 25072 worked the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh and the 12.58 Edinburgh - Perth.
On a snowy December 19th 25072 was stabled at Haymarket.
On December 28th, 29th & 30th 25072 was busy working Edinburgh - Dundee services.
Eastfield became 25072's new home during March, though from the following reports it appears everywhere but on the Scottish Region. It was used on May 2nd to work the 18.37 Birmingham - Norwich service as far as Leicester (replaced by 25051), on May 7th 25072 worked the 07.55 Newcastle - Poole between Sheffield & Birmingham New Street, whilst on 8th it handled a Five Ways - Chester church special with 25138. 25072 was stabled at London Road curve, Derby on May 15th. Several days were also spent in the South Wales area at the end of May.
On June 2nd(??) 45121 on the 12.05 Liverpool - Scarborough failed at Diggle, the following service pushed everything to Huddersfield, where 25072 assisted to Leeds, here the train was cancelled. On June 16th 25072 worked the 03.00am Severn Tunnel Junction - Aintree tinplate freight.
On July 3rd the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25072 & 25097. On July 31st Tinsley provided 25072 for the 08.57 Sheffield - Llandudno to Huddersfield, being the Sheffield portion of the 09.00 York - Llandudno. 25072 may have returned to Sheffield with the the 17.10 Huddersfield - Sheffield but is also reported as working the 09.00 Llandudno - York after 40086 failed at Huddersfield.
25072 was stabled at Motherwell on September 19th.
The 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and the 16.10 Glasgow Central - Carlisle were worked by 25072 on September 18th. A week later on September 25th the 17.40 Inverness - Aberdeen was worked by 25072 & 27003.
By October 25072 had been transferred for the last time, moving south to Crewe.
25072 was noted shunting 21ton hopper wagons in York Yard South on August 25th.
25072 was stabled at Cockshute on October 29th.
25072 was noted with a train for the BSC Osier Bed Works at Heath Town Junction, Wolverhampton on November 15th.
On December 3rd a return Carlisle - Leeds football special was worked by 25072 & 25044. On December 15th 25072 worked the 21.44 Preston - Liverpool, being the portion off the 18.20 Glasgow - Manchester.
On May 13th 25072's first passenger working of the year occurred, jointly with 25207 it assisted a WCML working over the de-energised Northampton - Coventry section. On May 22nd 25072, 25201 & 25211 had been noted in the Rugby area working permanent way trains, in the evening they ran light to Bescot.
On August 11th 25072 was stabled at Northwich. On August 17th 25072 was noted westbound at Huddersfield with an empty coaching stock train. On August 21st 25072 was noted southbound at Winwick Junction with ICI tanks. The 16.20 Glasgow - Liverpool continued to use Class 25s for the journey south of Preston with 25072 being noted on August 24th.
25072 & 25060 were noted at Stafford on September 8th with bogie oxygen tanks. On September 19th 25072 worked a Derby - Craigentinny empty coaching stock throughout, returning south light engine.
When October 19th's 16.35 Carlisle - Hull expired at Garsdale behind 31432 it was left to 25072 to take the train as far as Leeds.
25072 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on December 2nd.
The failure of a Class 47 at Perth on a Glasgow - Aberdeen service on April 4th led to 25064 & 25072 working the train through to Aberdeen.
On June 6th the 17.30 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25072. Towards the end of June 25072 worked the 07.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle on June 26th, the next day (27th) 25072 was being used by Gateshead depot for the local Coxlodge working. However by the morning of 28th 25072 again worked the 07.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle and the return 12.40 northbound.
On July 16th 25072 & 25209 worked a train of steel coil from Llanwern, Newport for Pengam, Cardiff to attach to the 4E70 1605 Danygraig - Stratford liner train. On July 19th 25072 worked the 6Z48 Garston - Mansfield Concentration sidings, then returning light engine to Tinsley.
25072 & 25181 were stabled at Kingmoor on October 2nd and was also noted passing Carlisle station behind 37058. 25072 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on October 25th.
Stanlow oil terminal on November 23rd provided a veritable feast of Class 25's with 25190 & 25192 and 25279 & 25325 on workings from Leeds and 25035 & 25072 from Dalston.
25072 was taken out of service on December 5th, being turned off and stored at Leicester depot.
On March 17th 1988 25072 left Vic Berry's by road destined for the Swindon & Cricklade Railway at Blunsden. Whilst here it acquired GWR steam style '5222' numberplates. At the end of February 1992 ARC's Sentinel shunter at Whatley Quarry suffered a breakdown. D5222 was made available to cover the shunting duties of 2,500 ton stone trains. It was moved by road and began its duties on March 1st 1992. Several minor faults were quickly rectified, with the locomotive being available for 23 hours per day for about a month.
Since October 1993 the locomotive has passed through several owners and operated on several preserved lines.
Page created January 4th 2004.