The nineteen year eleven month career of D5229/25079 was split between allocations to London Midland, Eastern & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5229 was new to Cricklewood West (14B) on October 5th 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
Renumbered February 1974.
After withdrawal 25079 was moved to Swindon Works on September 29th 1983 and scrapped by Christmas 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works April 1966.
The frame for D5229 was laid down during April, being completed and delivered in September to Cricklewood (14A).
On December 5th the 16.55 Sheffield - Bristol Temple Meads required the assistance of D5229 from ? to Worcester due to problems with Class 47 No. 1736, both were replaced at Worcester by 1926.
The 16.25 York - Newcastle parcels was noted with a variety of power throughout May including 5229 on 14th.
The 21.30 Leicester - Birmingham New Street on October 28th was worked by 5229.
On September 20th 25079 & 25130 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram, a total of 370 passenger miles.
Not long after transfer to Haymarket, on May 19th 25079 worked the 15.10 Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street.
On August 10th 24112 came to the assistance of 40123 at Dalwhinnie working the 09.35 Glasgow/Edinburgh – Inverness service, whilst a little further south 25079 became a failure at Gleneagles on the 09.52 Dundee – Glasgow Queen St, rescued by 37149.
Visiting Scottish Type 2’s 25079 & 25083 were borrowed by Derby on September 18th to work a football special to Norwich (or 1976).
An adventurous weekend trip from Ealing Broadway to Aberdeen/Inverness March 16th – 18th proved a little too adventurous as it was curtailed at Aberdeen running over seven hours late, mostly caused by bad weather. The outward leg was taken over at Mossend by 27016 & 25079 to Aberdeen, the premature return from here featured 25026 & 25068.
On August 24th the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25079.
The 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on July 1st was worked by 25079 & 27106.
Double headed Type 2's featured frequently on the (Fridays) 17.25 Glasgow Central – Stranraer, followed by the next day's 01.20 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool to Carlisle and returning with the 09.43 (SO) Blackpool – Stranraer Harbour, so noted were 25235 & 25079 on July 25/26th. The next day (27th) the same pair worked two motorail services between Stirling & Mossend Yard.
On September 8th 25079 worked the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
During July 25079 was active on a variety of Scottish passenger workings. It started on 6th (?) with the 01.05 Perth - Aberdeen, followed on the 15th & 16th with a Carlisle - Glasgow working. On 27th it was back to the early morning Perth - Aberdeen trip before closing out the month on the 30th's 05.55 Stirling - Edinburgh service. After July's busy workings August only produced 25079 on August 13th's 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle and the 21st's 06.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
October and November brought more Scottish passenger workings for 25079, principally noted on the Edinburgh - Dundee route, with the third week of November being particularly hectic.
25079 escaped from the Scottish Region during the first week of December and was used on 7th & 8th to work the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor & 11.12 return.
On December 28th 25079 was on the Edinburgh - Dundee circuit for most of the day, working three trips.
Considerable passenger mileage was run up by 25079 on March 8th, starting off with the early morning Mossend Yard - Glasgow Queen Street working off the 1S07 Euston - Inverness, two round trips then followed on the Queen Street - Dundee circuit. The next day was quiet for 25079, but on the 10th the day started with the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh, three more similar trips ensued before ending with the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee. The next day at least one roundtrip Edinburgh - Dundee service was worked. March 27th was likewise busy, covering at least six workings between Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee & Arbroath.
For much of April 25079 continued criss crossing Scotland on passenger workings, highlights included 1st's 20.50 Carlisle - Perth, the 11th saw two roundtrip Lancaster - Carlisle trips, and the 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle on 24th & 26th. Passenger activities decreased in May being noted only on 17th, 25th & 28th.
Although 25079 was transferred to Longsight during September the summer passenger workings suggest it was already south of the border by early summer.
It was off to the seaside on June 19th when 25079 & 25186 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 to Shrewsbury.
The surplus of Type 4’s and the recently arrived Class 31’s on the Midland did not prevent the use of the Class 25’s on some odd workings during August. On 11th 25079 rescued an ailing 45145 on an afternoon St Pancras - Nottingham passenger whilst on 17th the 12.35 Northfleet – Toton merry-go-round featured 25034 & 25079, other pairs also handled the Toton – Acton workings.
25079 & 25158 were noted doubleheading a Northwich - Tunstead empty rake of ICI PHV hoppers on May 10th, 25079 was leading. Three days later (13th) 25079 passed through Stockport with a ballast machine and some oil tankers.
On June 10th 25079 worked the 10.16 Barrow - Nottingham as far as Preston, here it was replaced by 25277!
During week of July 4th - 8th (exact date uncertain) 25079 was stabled at Bletchley. By July 12th 25079 was noted near Syston North Junction with three loaded bogie ballast wagons.
The last Sunday in July and the first Sunday in August found 25079 assisting the electric services between Bletchley & Rugby whilst engineering works caused the power to be turned off. On July 31st 25079 & 25276 (or 25176?) assisted one northbound service, whilst on August 7th three southbound services were assisted with 25201. This day is believed to be the last time 25079 hauled any passenger workings.
25079 was withdrawn on August 28th and was noted on September 29th making its final journey to Swindon. It was broken up during December 1983.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis.
Page added December 17th 2004.