The seventeen year two month career of D5224/25074 was spent allocated to London Midland depots associated with the Midland mainline or the London area.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5224 was new to Toton (18A) on July 20th 1963. Further transfers were:
September 1963 to to Nottingham (16A).
Renumbered March 16th 1974.
25074 was the 40th Class 25 withdrawn, one of nine retired during September 1980.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works January 1965.
A day excursion from Euston on October 23rd 1971 was worked by 5224 & 5235 from Wolverhampton to Aberystwyth and return.
More seaside visits followed, on May 25th with the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town, returning as far as Derby.
On June 15th 25074 & 25025 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness, the next day (16th) the same pair worked a relief roundtrip Alfreton & Mansfield - Skegness.
On August 26th 25074 & 25134 worked a roundtrip relief Alfreton & Mansfield - Skegness.
On November 18th the 15.30 St. Pancras - Nottingham with 45131 was assisted forward from Leicester (?) by 25074.
There was a change of scenery on August 9th when the 08.25 Leicester - Blackpool North was worked from/to Nottingham - Blackpool North by 25074 & 25129. On August 26th 25074 & 25138 worked the 09.20 Derby - Skegness and the return 19.25 Skegness - Derby.
The Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25074 & 25132 on September 13th.
The final recorded passenger working for 1976 took place on August 21st with 25074 & 25065 on the full Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.
A Burton on Trent - Skegness day excursion was worked out & back by 25074 & 25076 on April 11th.
25074 was north of the border on May 17th working the 09.40 Edinburgh - Inverness to Perth.
A three coach shoppers special was worked by 25074 on August 29th from Holyhead - Llandudno Junction, 24081 took the train forward to Llandudno Town.
The 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff was worked by 25074 on October 8th 1977.
The workings for 1978 started out with the run of the mill seaside visits but ended with a mammoth trip. On May 1st 25074 & 25036 wored a roundtrip relief Leicester - Skegness. A Swansea - Spalding flower excursion on May 6th was worked forward from Nottingham to Spalding by 25074 & 25073, replacing a locomotive failure on the outward leg, the return to Nottingham is assumed.
On July 2nd & 6th 25074 & 25043 were noted on unidentified workings at Skegness, on the latter date the locomotives were failed at Skegness and replaced by 20107 & 20155.
25074 was noted southbound through Preston with tankers (chlorine?) on August 23rd.
September produced two Cardiff - Crewe line workings; on September 15th working the 06.04 Crewe - Cardiff and on September 28th working the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe. The next day proved to be a monster for 25074 & 25073. They were diagrammed for the 'Wadebridge Wanderer' railtour departing Derby at 20.30 on September 29th for Plymouth working via West Ruislip, Greenford, Drayton Green Junction, Hanwell, Bath, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Exeter St Davids, Newton Abbot and Plymouth. The return was equally as torturous, at Exeter St Davids the ex-LSWR route was taken to Salisbury & Basingstoke, then turning off to Reading and reaching Leicester by which route? for a total of at least 780 miles for each locomotive.
On October 27th 25074 worked three coal wagons and brakevan for the coal concentration depot at Pensnett.
It was a lengthy day out on February 23rd when a diesel multiple unit failure saw 25074 and hauled stock work the 09.10 Liverpool - Hull, the return 13.47 Hull - Manchester Victoria and the 17.12 Manchester Victoria - Liverpool. On February 25th the 09.45 Manchester Piccadilly - St. Pancras was hauled from Manchester Piccadilly to Derby via the Woodhead route, with 45130 on the reverse move between Woodburn Junction & Sheffield.
The final passenger working for 25074 was also a lengthy day out, with 25137 working a roundtrip Maryport - Stratford-on-Avon day excursion on May 19th 1979, for a total of 427 miles.
25074 was stabled at Springs Branch on September 1st.
25074 was withdrawn on September 7th 1980.
A cabside number panel with TOPS decal survived the scrapping of 25074.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added June 22nd 2013