The sixteen year three month career of D5252/25102 saw allocations to London Midland Region & Eastern Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5252 was new to Toton (16A) on February 21st 1964. Further transfers were:
May 1964 to Derby (16D).
Renumbered April 1974.
25102 was the 31st Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of two retired during May 1980.
After withdrawal 25102 was moved between August 12th & 14th (with 25204) as the 9X34 00.05 Crewe - Swindon, and scrapped by the last week of October 1980.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works July 1966.
D5252 made its Works test trip to Corby on February 19th 1964.
During May D5252 was transfered to Derby (16D).
Their stay at Thornaby was brief, all were transferred to Leeds Holbeck (55A), the majority in May except for D5254/55 in June and D5256 in October. They were to be used on the summer seasonal traffic generated from the Leeds area, hopefully without the need to use local steam power.
D5252 visited Crewe Works during July.
Condition August 10th: two-tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, engine exhaust in original position.
Derby Works was visited by D5252 in August possibly receiving freshly painted full yellow ends but retaining the two tone green livery. Red buffer beams, yellow axle boxes and the steam heat connections had also been touched-up in their respective colours.
By the beginning of November another thirty Class 25s had been transferred to the north west, along with a number of shunters and Classes 40 & 47, during October alone over eighty steam locomotives were withdrawn from the LMR, all from sheds located between the Mersey and the Solway. Included in the newly arriving Type 2s were D5151 – D5155, loaned to Carlisle from Thornaby, whilst in December Carlisle (12A) received D5248 – D5251 from Leeds Holbeck and D5252 - D5256 were transferred from within the LMR. Closed to steam early in November were the sheds at Stoke, Crewe South and Birkenhead, with Warrington and Springs Branch closed by month end. Northwich still held onto a number of steam diagrams but increasingly everywhere in the north-west the Classes 25 & 40 were to be found taking over the steam turns.
August was a busy month for 25102, on August 10th a roundtrip Derby - Skegness was worked by 25102 & 25095. On August 26th a roundtrip Nottingham - Skegness was worked by 25102 & 25129, whilst on August 31st 25102 & 25057 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.
On June 21st the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 14.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were worked by 25102.
25102 and another Class 25 worked a roundtrip Nottingham - Skegness relief on August 16th.
On August 23rd 25102 & 25049 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from Norwich with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.
25102 visited Derby Works for a Classified repair during April, which included its repaint from green to blue livery, it was the second to last Class 25 to carry green livery, eclipsed only by 25043 which was repainted blue at Derby a couple of months later. However perhaps it should be noted that 25102 was the last Class 25 to carry the two tone green livery, the livery carried by 25043 was the solid brunswick green with full yellow cab ends. This would be the last major Works visit for 25102.
The last Class 25s to be delivered in two-tone green livery were D7622 & D7623 during October 1966 to Eastfield (65A). It would take almost ten years for the two-tone livery to disappear from the Class 25s, as recorded above 25102 would be the last Class 25 to carry this fine livery. The two-tone green would linger for a short while on a handful of Class 47s, whilst several Class 08s & 20s still carried green livery.
On August 14th the 08.48 Manchester Piccadilly - Skegness and the return 12.30 Skegness - Manchester Piccadilly were worked by 25102 & 25186.
25102 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on September 2nd.
Condition April: blue/yellow livery, boiler room grilles sheeted over, hand/footholds sheeted over, straight sided sandboxes, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps (present prior to its 1976 Derby Works visit).
On August 31st 25102 worked the 07.47 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the return 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria.
25102 & 40004 were noted light engines between Great Rocks & Buxton on September 20th.
Page added February 28th 2004.