The career of D5247/25097 lasted two months short of twenty years allocated almost entirely to London Midland depots apart from a brief spell on the Southern Region.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5247 was new to Nottingham (16A) on January 31st 1964. Further transfers were:
September 1964 to Southern Region.
Renumbered May 1974.
After withdrawal 25097 was stored at Bescot, then moved to Swindon Works on February 10th 1984 and scrapped there by the middle of January 1985.
Final movement: 08153 (Chester), 25186/25308 (Crewe), 25097 (Bescot), as the Chester – Crewe Bescot - Swindon on February 10th 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1966.
1982: Forteviot accident victim 47522 arrived at Crewe on August 2nd behind 25097, other locomotives that had brought 47522 south were 27210 (to Falkland Jct) and 20179/191 (to Carlisle?).
An early frequent passenger working for pairs of Type 2's for a short time was the 06.35 Birmingham New Street - Bradford to Leeds, on June 29th 1965 worked by 5247 & 5246. Two Nottingham - Llandudno Town round trips were handled in the early years, on August 26th 1967 with 5225 and on June 1st 1968 with 5193.
On December 18th 1971 5247 & 7647 were on rescue duty at Wellingborough when 91 working the 13.30 St. Pancras - Nottingham failed, the Type 2's taking the train on to Nottingham.
25097 is not recorded as visiting any of the east coast seaside resorts during its early years, perhaps the nearest it got was on July 20th 1974 with 25303 working the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth as far as Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.
Another rescue job took place on June 1st 1978 when the 18.05 Newcastle - Liverpool failed at Stalybridge behind 40050, 25097 dragged the train to Liverpool. Then followed a true mixture of passenger workings. On July 23rd 1978 the 15.07 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly was hauled by 25097 between Gloucester and Birmingham New Street. Two weeks later on August 8th 1978 25097 worked the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe. The north Wales mainline saw a couple of trips, on August 23rd 1978 the 11.11 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead was followed by the 18.05 Holyhead - Euston to Crewe. And on August 26th 1978 25097 again worked the 11.11 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead.
Three workings were handled on July 26th 1980, the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, the 14.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 18.17 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria.
Only one working was recorded in 1981, on June 27th 25097 worked the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout.
During 1982 the Cambrian line was visited at least three times, with 25072 on July 3rd working the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On the weekend of August 14th/15th 25097 & 25185 were very busy, on 14th they worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next day they worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, then the late afternoon Aberystwyth - Machynlleth round trip followed by the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
25097's last recorded passenger workings took place during 1983. On May 30th a roundtrip Derby - Skegness relief was worked with 25244. On July 11th 25097 worked the 21.44 Preston - Liverpool (ex 18.20 Glasgow), followed the next day by the 10.16 Barrow - Nottingham to Preston.
Pictures of D5247/5247/25097
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added April 3rd 2013