The twenty two year career of D5228/25078 was similar to others from this build with allocations to London Midland, Eastern & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5228 was new to Toton (16A) on September 14th 1963. Further transfers were:
October 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered February 1974.
25078 was the 257 Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during September 1985.
After withdrawal 25078 was stored at Bescot until October 1985 when it moved to Toton. It was moved to Doncaster Works on March 3rd 1986, then to Goole Docks on August 15th 1986. During October 1986 the locomotives stored at Goole were sold to Vic Berry, Leicester, 25078 moved to Leicester Humberstone Road on October 29th 1986, then into Vic Berry's yard the next day. By the first week of April 1987 25078 had been scrapped.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September 1968.
The frame for D5228 was laid down during April with D5228 completed and delivered in September to Cricklewood (14A) although initiaaly D5228 spent a brief time at Toton (at least on paper anyway). These were boiler equipped machines.
In September D5228 moved to the Nottingham Division (D16).
On June 12th 5228 was noted passing Sleaford with the 08.12? Derby - Yarmouth 1E83.
Condition August: green livery with full yellow cabfronts (no frame level stripe), no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' prefix still present.
On December 1st the 21.10 Birmingham New Street - Sheffield was worked by 5228.
On August 16th 5228 worked the 21.10 Leeds - Doncaster, a week later (22nd) 5228 worked the 20.28 Leeds - Derby.
On September 17th Barmouth received 5214 & 5228 working a mystery tour from the Huddersfield area.
On December 9th 5228 worked the 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough.
On April 9th a roundtrip Wigan N.W. - Liverpool working was handled by 25078.
On September 3rd the 08.15 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25078 & 25233. On October 28th 25078 worked the 09.40 Edinburgh - Inverness as far as Perth.
The 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25078 on May 1st & July 24th.
The 16.30 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25078 & 25079 on October 24th
During June 25078 visited Glasgow Works for N4 repairs.
On June 15th the 17.15 Dundee - Perth was worked by 25078. The 18.05 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh was worked forward from Carstairs by 25078 on July 30th. One more 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee service was worked by 25078 on September 4th. The LCGB West Highlander No.4 railtour on September 29th was worked roundtrip Fort William - Mallaig by 25078 & 25241.
On August 23rd the 08.30 Glasgow Central - Blackpool North was worked to Carlisle by 25078, returning from there with the 15.05 Blackpool North - Glasgow Central. An SRPS railtour on October 11th from Falkirk Grahamston to Keighley was out and back Falkirk Grahamston - Carlisle (?) by 25078.
A short passenger turn for 25078 was May 9th's working of the Mossend - Glasgow Queen Street portion of an overnight Euston - Inverness service. On May 19th 25078 worked the 1C89 Aberdeen - Carstairs 'Travelling Post Office' service. In addition to 4 TPO vehicles this service also conveyed three passenger coaches on the rear to convey passengers between Dundee and Perth only.
An E exam was completed at Haymarket during August.
On November 7th 25078 worked the 14.20 Dundee - Edinburgh and the 16.25 return.
The year ended for 25078 with some passenger workings between Edinburgh and Dundee on December 5th & 10th. On the December 5th working, the 2L28 08.25 Edinburgh - Dundee, 25078 failed at Markinch and was rescued by 20226 running bonnet first. The diagram for the rest of the day was continued with 40081.
25078 handled few passenger workings in 1982, on June 25th it worked the 17.10 Perth - Arbroath and the 19.00 Arbroath - Dundee, whilst on July 30th it was noted in charge of the 12.50 Carlisle - Glasgow Central.
At the start of the winter timetable and after six years on the Scottish Region 25078 moved south to Crewe, this would be its last transfer.
Another gas pipe project in November brought pairs of Class 25s from Leith South to St Helens or Warrington, the trains of twenty six bolsters required banking between Garswood & Shaw Street. Noted on November 3rd were 25176 & 25078 banked by 25109 whilst the next day produced 25059 & 25180 banked by 40090.
On April 24th 25078 was receiving attention at Reddish. April 30th saw the closure of Reddish depot, with 25078 being the final locomotive repaired there, having received attention for loss of power problems.
On May 28th 25078 & 25242 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton returning with the 14.00 to Shrewsbury. On May 31st 25078 was noted at Newport with a lengthy parcels train.
The annual Open Day at Coalville was held on June 5th with a considerable quantity of attractions, several in support of the 150th anniversary of the Leicester & Swannington line. Over fifteen different steam & diesel classes were present including 25078 and freshly out-shopped (from Derby) 27014.
25078 & 25106 worked the 6G30 03:44 MWFO Ditton - Wolverhampton BOC tanks on August 15th.
25078 & 25154 were noted southbound at Leighton Buzzard on June 18th with loaded oil tanks from Stanlow.
On August 8th 25078 & 25218 were noted eastbound at Chester with a train of oil tanks. The next day (9th) 25218 & 25078 came to the rescue of 47354 which had failed south of Hereford on a Severn Tunnel Junction Walton freight. August 24th found 25078 on passenger duties between Preston & Barrow. On September 3rd the failure at Edge Hill of 47609 on a Liverpool - Glasgow Central service found 25078 deputising as far as Preston.
The 11.41 Manchester Piccadilly - Hull was worked to Sheffield by 25078 on December 3rd & December 31st.
25078 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on December 26th.
25078 was stabled at Bescot on March 9th.
The third week of April (23rd - 26th) found 25078 on a variety of secondary passenger services in the Preston area, including workings to Carnforth, Crewe & Manchester Victoria.
On May 3rd 25078 covered the Wolverhampton - Shrewsbury leg of the 17.40 ex Euston. Three days later (6th) one of the last diagrammed Class 25 workings over the Cambrian occurred when 25058 & 25078 worked the 'Cambrian Coast Express' railtour, the 06.59 Euston Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton. The return working proved eventful for 25058 when it suffered a crankshaft failure, leaving 25078 to climb Talerddig unassisted.
May 29th's 16.35 Carlisle - Hull was worked by 25078 & 31441 with the Class 25 coming off at Leeds. Possibly the last passenger working for 25078 occurred late on August 8th when it assisted a diesel multiple unit between Stourbridge Junction and Birmingham New Street.
25078 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on July 9th. 25078 was noted at Norton Bridge with a short mixed freight for Stoke on Trent on July 11th and later returned with a northbound freight. 25078 was noted light engine at Rhyl on July 27th.
On September 15th 25078 was stabled at Manchester Victoria holding sidings.
25078 was withdrawn during on September 22nd, being noted dumped at Toton in November.
These locomotives were eventually purchased by Vic Berry's, Leicester, with 25078 endings its days there during April 1987.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added December 17th 2004