D5235, 5235, 25085
D5235, 5235, 25085

Photograph courtesy A Forster.
25085 at Millerhill on the morning of May 18th 1980

The nineteen year three month career of D5235/25085 saw allocations to all regions apart from the Southern.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.

Allocations

D5235 was new to Toton (16A) on December 21st 1963. Further transfers were:

February 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines LMML.
March 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1968 to London Midland (Midland) Lines LMML.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
August 1973 to Eastfield.
October 1973 to Tinsley.
March 1975 to Cardiff.
August 1975 to Haymarket.
October 1980 to Springs Branch.
January 1981 to Toton.
May 1981 to Kingmoor.
Withdrawn March 21st 1982.

Renumbered April 20th 1974.

25085 had reached Derby Works during March for engine repairs, these appear not to have been approved and the locomotive was withdrawn whilst at the Works. It would be scrapped at Derby by the end of May 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works December 1966.
Noted Derby Works April & May 1975.
Noted Glasgow Works August & September 1979 (Intermediate repair).
Noted Derby Works March 1982 (N1 repairs, withdrawn after evaluation).

Highlights

1963
D5234 - D5237 were constructed at Derby during the last quarter of 1963, all being released to traffic during December to Toton (16A). This batch of locomotives were the first to be delivered featuring the re-styled body work and two tone green livery similar to that carried by the Brush Type 4's (class 47's). The redesign principally affected two areas; the cab and the location of the air intakes. The gangway doors fitted to the earlier examples were rarely used, their presence certainly added to the complaints of noise and draughts in the cabs. The removal of the air filters to the cantrail was the result of a comparison carried out at Inverness between a batch of Derby built Type 2's and a batch of BRCW Type 2's, the tests targetting the air quality within the engine room.

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.

1964
After a short spell at Toton D5235 transferred to Nottingham (16D) during February.

1965
The 09.03 Leeds - Llandudno featured D5181 on June 19th & D5235 on June 26th.

1970
May 25th found a Derby - Blackpool excursion in the hands of 5235 & 7651.

1973
5235 & 5535 were noted on the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth (as far as Norwich) on June 2nd.

After nine years allocation to depots along the Midland mainline 5235 transferred to Eastfield during August. By October 5235 had moved south to Tinsley.

1974
Although the small batch of Type 2's which included 5235 were oddities in terms of their bodystyling & being boiler equipped, this technical difference did not affect the issuing of TOPS numbers for them, they were numbered in order with the remainder of the Class.

On November 5th the 06.43 Peterborough – Kings Cross arrived behind 31108 & 25085.

1975
After eighteen months at Tinsley 25085 transferred to Cardiff during March. Its stay here would be brief, during August it was transferred to Eastfield.

25084 & 25085 were in Derby Works for repair between April & June.

1976
April 5th found 25085 working the 09.10 Edinburgh - Inverness via Ladybank & Hilton Jct.

25238 & 25085 were noted at Oxford on August 5th on the long distance Leith - Yeovil pipe train, presumably the Class 25's came off at Oxford. Two days later 25085 was noted at Leicester.

1977
The 17.20 Edinburgh - Dundee was worked by 25085 on September 12th.

1978
25085 worked the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on September 23rd.

The 8M36 Tyne Yard - Carlisle freight was hauled by 25085 on October 25th.

25085 stands at Millerhill on October 14th 1978.
Photograph courtesy A Forster

1979
25085 was noted in Glasgow Works on August 19th.

25085 was at Glasgow Works during August & September for an Intermediate repair. 25085 was noted on the 15.57 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street on September 21st.

1980

A closeup cabside view of 25085 reveals a plethora of numbers, data panels and worksplate, seen at Millerhill January 2nd 1980.
Photograph courtesy A Forster.

25085 was in charge of the 1A53 17.12 Glasgow - Ayr on April 25th.

On July 10th 25010 & 25085 worked the Perth - Kensington motorail as far as Mossend. The next day 25085 came to the rescue of an ailing 47210 working the 17.40 Edinburgh – Inverness. The Class 25 was sent from Perth to push the failure from Stanley Junction to Murthly, here detaching the failure before heading out alone to Dalwhinnie where 47040 was added to the train for the run to Inverness.

After five years on the Scottish Region 25085 transferred to Springs Branch during October.

1981
25085 was transferred to Toton during January.

Engineering work at the south end of the WCML led to diesel substitutions, on March 1st 25085 covered one brief working between Stonebridge Park and Euston whilst the 20.45 Barrow - Euston was worked forward from Bletchley by 25084 on 3rd and 25085 on 8th.

Some lucky 'BedPan' commuters had the delights of 25058 & 25085 on the 07.40 Bedford - St Pancras service on May 5th.

25085 was transferred from Toton to Kingmoor in May.

The 16.02 Crewe - Cardiff was worked by 25085 on June 26th, the next day it worked the 17.10 to Crewe.

On August 1st 25085 & 25032 worked a ‘Welsh Marches Pullman’ charter between Shrewsbury and Chester, following the failure of Black Five No.5000.

25085 at Perth on August 22nd 1981 with a short train. This may be the 10.14 Perth - Motherwell, which later failed at Gleneagles and required the assistance of 20121.
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton

Parcels workings continued to bring Class 25's to the Bristol area, the 15.04 from Manchester had 25157 on July 14th, whilst the 12.10 Penzance – Glasgow left behind 25062 on August 10th and 25085 the following day. On August 22nd 25085 was diagrammed for the 10.14 Perth - Motherwell, it only got as far as Gleneagles before requiring the assistance of 20121.

A short trip for 25085 was working the 14.05 Blackpool - Crewe as far as Preston on September 5th.

An Open Day at Warrington Central on October 11th featured 25085, 40115, 47334, a Class 08 and a number of other vehicles.

The failure of 45009 at Derby on October 15th whilst working a Newcastle - Bristol service led to 25085 taking over as far as Birmingham - this may have been 25085's last passenger working.

1982
25085 was retired during March, possibly whilst at Derby Works with an engine defect.

Surrounded by the wreckage of its sisters 25085 stands in the scrapping area at Derby Works on September 4th 1982. The locomotive would linger here until May 1983 and would become the last complete locomotive to be scrapped at Derby by BREL staff.
Photograph courtesy Paul Bettany

1983
April was the last month for the scrapping of locos at Derby Works by BREL staff, 25085 was the last complete locomotive to be cut, a start was made on 25261 but a dispute halted cutting on this locomotive.

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