The sixteen year nine month career of D5237/25087 was split between allocations to London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots. It was the first of the small batch of 25083 - 25087 to be retired.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5237 was new to Toton (16A) on December 21st 1963. Further transfers were:
December 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
After withdrawal 25087 was stored at Millerhill until February 11th when it made the long journey to Swindon Works. 25087 was broken up relatively quickly, scrapping was completed by the first week of April 1981.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1967.
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 five machines was their being equipped with steam heating equipment, all the following Class 25's would be without boilers.
D5237 accompanied D5239 with its test train run on December 12th.
On an overcast June 19th 5237, in two-tone green livery was noted at Boston with the 1E85.
5237 was noted at Derby Works during September.
On October 21st a Euston - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked out/back Wolverhampton - Aberystwyth by 5237 & 5226.
The 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough on February 25th was worked by 5237.
A Leicester - Yarmouth day excursion on May 27th was worked out & back (?) by 5237 & 5266. A month later on June 27th a Wrexham - Bottesford school special was worked out & back by 5237 & 5162.
On May 31st 25087 & 25249 were noted on the Midland mainline on a mid afternoon southbound service and early evening northbound service, both presumed as Sheffield services with the Class 25s working roundtrip between Nottingham & St. Pancras. Two weeks later on June 14th the 19.30 Bristol Temple Meads - Newcastle was worked between Birmingham New Street & Derby with 25087 piloting 47249.
On September 21st 25087 & 25070 worked the 08.12 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich returning from there with the 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall.
On December 6th Type 2ís were in charge of a number of football & rugby specials in the Edinburgh area including 25087 & 25235
25087 hauled the 17.10 Edinburgh - West Calder on July 18th.
On August 23rd & 24th 25087 was was busy on the Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee services.
The 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25087 on October 11th.
Passengers on November 18th's 9.40 Edinburgh/10.05 Glasgow - Inverness had a variety of power north of Perth. The heavy train started out with 40166 & 25087, at Dalwhinnie 26045 replaced the Class 25, on reaching Carr Bridge 40166 failed leaving the Class 26 to continue on alone, arriving in Inverness almost four hours late!
On December 30th 25087 was on hand to assist the 09.30 Glasgow - Euston via Dumfries, 47454 became a failure at ?, 25087 assisted to Carlisle.
On May 6th, the day of the Scottish Cup Final between Glasgow Rangers & Aberdeen at Hampden Park, with five specials scheduled. The 09.30am left behind 25072 & 25087, the 10.00 had 25227 & 25033 whilst the other three featured 40167, 40063 & 40159.
25087 was noted on several workings over the Edinburgh - Perth route on June 4th & 6th.
Between July 9th & July 11th 25087 was busy working over the Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee route. On July 22nd the 11.03 Birmingham New Street - Aberdeen was noted running about two and a half hours late at Dundee, behind 25087 which had worked at least from Perth.
On September 22nd 25087 was placed to store due to wear & tear, the following week (29th) it was withdrawn at Millerhill, the first of this group to be taken out of service.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 20th 2001