The twenty two year career of D5230/25080 was spent allocated to London Midland Region and Western Region depots.
Built BR Darlington Works.
D5230 was new to Cricklewood West (14B) on October 19th 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML)
Renumbered January 29th 1974.
25080 was the 255th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during September 1985.
After its withdrawal 25080 was stored at Toton from October 1985 to August 1988. On August 17th 1988 it was moved to Leicester depot, and then into Vic Berry's yard by September 1988. It then moved to Basford Hall, Crewe on May 12th 1989, where it was stored until moved to Crewe Heritage Center on November 7th 1991. It returned to Basford Hall on February 17th 1992. 25080 was moved by road to MC Metals, Glasgow, arriving on May 28th 1993 and broken up within a matter of days.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1965.
Two weeks before the view above was taken, Nottingham Division allocated 5230 had worked June 28th's 1E83 07.00 Derby - Yarmouth as far as Norwich.
Condition July, green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.
The three views above show 25080 working the 14.20 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 15.55 return. The left view shows the train having arrived at Barnstaple with the locomotive about to runround the train using the former route to Bideford to accomplish this. The center view shows the locomotive dropping down into the station. The former Bideford route runs off to the left whilst the long lifted route to Ilfracombe curves to the right under the road bridge. The right view shows the train at Lapford. 25080 would be a regular performer over the Exeter - Barnstaple route, the round trip being a total of 78 miles. At other times it would be very familiar on the Exeter - Newton Abbott (round trip 40 miles) and Exeter - Paignton (round trip 56 miles) services.
Between its regular Barnstaple workings a Watford - Barnstaple day excursion was worked forward from Exeter St Davids on June 26th behind 25080 & 25215.
The overnight Derby - Wadebridge 'Wadebridge Wanderer Railtour' on September 30th utilized 25080 between Plymouth and Wadebridge. In the above views the train is seen at Bodmin, Wadebridge and Bodmin Road, where 50020 was noted passing.
On September 29th/30th the MLST Derby - Wadebridge 'Wadebridge Wanderer Railtour' provided quite a workout for several Class 25s. 25074 & 25073 worked Derby - Long Eaton - Nottingham (reverse) - Loughborough - Leicester Narborough - Hinckley - Coventry - West Ruislip - Greenford - Drayton Green Junction - Hanwell - (via GWML) - Bath - Bristol Temple Meads - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - Plymouth. At Plymouth 25080 took over for the route Plymouth - Royal Albert Bridge - Liskeard - Bodmin Road - Bodmin General - Boscarne Junction - Wadebridge (Down Platform), then returning at midday over the same route to Plymouth. Here 25073 & 25074 returned to the train for the run from Plymouth - Newton Abbot - Exeter St Davids - Honiton - Yeovil Junction - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Reading - Leicester - Nottingham - Derby.
One of the last recorded passenger workings prior to being called to Derby Works took place on June 2nd when 25080 worked the 13.40 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple.
Whilst at Derby Works undergoing an 'Intermediate' repair it appears a bogie exchange took place, with the new bogies having two-rung cab footsteps. 25080 did not receive dual brake equipment.
After outshopping from Derby Works late in August 25080 worked a couple of day excursions with 25115 prior to its return to the Western Region. On August 24th an excursion was worked from Wellingborough to Llandudno Town (366 miles), the next day it was an excursion from Burton on Trent to Southport. It is presumed in each case the Class 25's worked both the out & return legs. It is believed 25080 returned to the Western Region on August 28th, working a freight down the NE/SW main line.
One of the last workings handled by 25080 whilst allocated to Laira was on October 5th working with 25223 the Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple legs of a day excursion from Alfreton & Mansfield Parkway. At the end of the summer timetable 25080 was transferred to Longsight.
For a change of scenery 25080 spent four consecutive days on the Glasgow Central - Carlisle services on August 19th/20th/21st/22nd 1981, working round trips on 20th & 21st. On September 9th 1981 25080 and Divisonal Manager's Saloon 45029 were noted at Warrington Arpley.
Christmas Day 1981 found 25080 stabled at Carnforth Furness sidings with a light snowfall on the ground.
The summer of 1982 continued the variety of workings, on June 2nd 25080 went east on the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich. On June 19th it headed east again when 31146 & 31240 required rescuing at Beeston on the 08.33 Derby - Yarmouth. On reaching Nottingham, all of three miles, 47369 was on hand to take the train forward. It was northwards on August 25th working the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle. And then westwards three days later on August 28th handling the 13.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor. A month later on September 29th 25080 worked the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough and the 13.19 return. A rail strike in East Anglia had prevented the train travelling beyond Peterborough. A late season day excursion on October 16th found 25080 & 25042 working a Carlisle - Aberystwyth excursion forward from Crewe.
On November 11th & 12th 25080 was busy working over the Settle & Carlisle, working the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle and 15.37 return on both days. On November 25th it worked the 16.17 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as March. The last working of the year involved the Midland mainline, handling November 30th's 23.59 Sheffield - St. Pancras.
On April 6th 25080 took a trip across the Pennines with the 07.16 Manchester Victoria - York as far as Leeds. A month later on May 7th 25080 & 25042 worked the 08.48 Burton on Trent - Skegness and 19.00 return to Leicester. A special Wigan – Ipswich on August 31st arrived behind 25080, the locomotive returning light at least as far as Bury St Edmunds. The late summer was quiet until September 18th when 25080 worked the 01.00 Blackpool - Edinburgh as far as Preston.
A wandering ballast working caused problems on the Oxford – Bletchley line on October 4th. The up Oxford line was already closed due to out-of-gauge track, all traffic using the down line, including the ballast working behind 25175. Having cleared the single line section it was then decided to return the train to Aylesbury using recently arrived 25080. This locomotive derailed whilst changing tracks, the scene cleared by the Bletchley rerailing team later that evening with the ballast train being towed away by 25175! On December 28th 25080 (with working boiler) & 40118 assisted in the operation a Steam Santa Special over the Settle & Carlisle route, possibly deputising for a failed steam locomotive.
25080 was noted at Earlestown on May 16th with a five coach parcels train.
On June 29th 25080 & 47188 were noted passing through Stafford. 25080's last recorded passenger workings covered a diesel multiple unit failure with hauled stock on July 16th's 17.10 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool and the 19.05 return.
25080 was withdrawn on September 2nd 1985.
Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, brackets and other fitting removed from center of No.1 cab front, No.2 end retained the fittings, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.
Page added December 10th 2012