The twenty year career of D5234/25084 saw allocations to all regions apart from the Southern.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5234 was new to Toton (16A) on December 14th 1963. Further transfers were:
December 1963 to Nottingham (16D).
Renumbered February 1974.
After withdrawal 25084 was stored at Kingmoor until June 1984, it then moved to Newton Heath until February 19th 1985 when it moved to Swindon Works. 25084 was broken up by the first week of July 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1965.
The tests revealed the location of the grilles on the Derby designed build allowed for much more debris to reach the filters (especially the lower ones), clogging them quicker, leading to decreased air quality within the engine compartment, and so potentially affecting performance and engine wear. With over two hundred Class 25's still on the order books the redesign of these areas would result in a cost savings in the long run, in addition to a better working environment within the cabs, and providing less cluttered look to the locomotive's exterior.
One unique feature of these machines was their being equipped with steam heating equipment, all the following Class 25's would be without boilers.
D5234 & D5235 were sent out on their test runs to Corby on December 4th 1963. D5234's stay at Toton was brief, during December it moved to Nottingham (16D).
On July 10th the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno service was workled by 7564 and 5234, both locomotives were in two-tone green.
D5234 ended up as 25084 and was withdrawn from Haymarket in 1983, D7564 ended up as 25214 and was withdrawn from Cricklewood in 1982. December 18th found 5234 on front line duty hauling the 1N31 Poole - Newcastle, noted 25 minutes late at Darlington.
After almost ten years allocated to London Midland depots 5234 moved to Haymarket, then to Eastfield during September. The stay here was brief, by October 5234 had moved to Tinsley.
25084 was noted in Derby Works for repair during May & June. After release from Derby Works its return to the Cardiff area was brief, during July it transferred to Haymarket.
On April 8th (Good Friday) the 1S51 07.18 York - Aberdeen began its journey behind 40059, being replaced at Edinburgh by 25044 & 25084.
December 29th found 25084 coming to the rescue of a Class 47 on the 08.45 Aberdeen - Kings Cross after its partial failure at Stonehaven. The Type 2 was removed at Dundee as it was vacuum braked only, limiting speed to 50 mph.
After five years on the Scottish Region 25084 received its last transfer, to Carlisle Kingmoor during October.
April 25th found 81017 on fire at Canley Halt working a 07.56 Coventry – York special. 25084 arrived from Coventry to propel the train to Birmingham International where 86237 took over.
On April 24th 25058 & 25084 took over a Norwich – Weston Super Mare excursion from Birmingham New Street. By May 2nd 25084, now attached to 25221 worked out and back from Wolverhampton to Aberystwyth, with a charter that had originated at Euston.
25084 took over the 02.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Cleethorpes at Sheffield on June 17th, returning with the 08.26 to Doncaster. Four days later it traversed the Settle - Carlisle route with the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle. On June 24th 25084 worked the 11.05 Glasgow Central - Carlisle via Kilmarnock. It was recorded north of the border again during the latter part of July working Glasgow - Carlisle services on 19th & 23rd.
25084 was also working the GSW route in September handling a round trip each day on 9th, 15th & 17th. By October 1st it had migrated to the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle.
It was a round trip over the Settle & Carlisle for 25084 on November 23rd working the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle and 15.37 return. Four days later it was time for a thrash along the North Wales coast with 25084 working the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor.
On May 9th 25084 handled the 16.02 Leeds - Carlisle.
25084 had been active in Scotland during July, being noted on passenger workings between Carlisle & Glasgow on 15th, 18th, 19th & 22nd, completing almost seven hundred miles of passenger mileage.
September 18th found Severn Tunnel Jct depot using two Class 25’s on local workings, 25199 on the morning local to Hereford and 25084 to Gloucester. Two days later 25084 was busy between Blackpool & Manchester Victoria working three services. These may have been the last passenger services hauled by 25084.
25084 was withdrawn during December and initially stored at Carlisle Kingmoor.
On February 19th 1985 25084/86, 25270 were moved from Newton Heath to Swindon Works for scrapping. 25084 was scrapped during the first week of July 1986.
Page added September 20th 2001