The sixteen year seven month career for D5254/25104 included allocations to three Eastern Region depots, the remainder being to London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5254 was new to Nottingham (16A) on February 28th 1964. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
Renumbered April 10th 1974.
25104 was the 108th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during September 1982.
After withdrawal 25104 was stored at Crewe from October 1982, at some point it surrendered its fuel tank and batteries to another Class 25. It was moved (details below) to Swindon Works March 28th - 30th 1984 and scrapped there by the first week of December 1986.
25104/124, 46016 Crewe – Bescot – Swindon, March 28th - 30th 1984 (46016 from Bescot).
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Darlington Works September 1965.
An Open Day at Leeds Holbeck on September 30th, no doubt celebrating the twilight of steam in the area, especially the few remaining Jubilees, found the following Sulzer Type 2’s on ‘display’: D5096, 5100/73/79, 5254/90, 7526/48/68-70/95 & 7625. On this day D5254 had worked a Heysham - Neville Hill tank train with a 9F - see view above.
Condition September: two-tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, engine exhaust in original position.
25104 & 25040 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich on June 14th 1975. The next day the same pair worked a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip.
On May 29th 1976 the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth was worked to Lincoln Central by 25104 & 25040 (did they complete the return leg?).
On July 31st 1976 25104 & 25199 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.
On July 13th 25104 worked a freight to Heysham Harbour. On July 15th 25104 was noted passing Agecroft Junction towing failed 25154. On July 22nd (or 29th?) the 13.02 Llandudno Town - Nottingham saw 25104 replace 25268 at Stoke-on-Trent, working forward to Nottingham. On September 11th 25104 worked the 07.47 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 11.30 return.
25104 was noted passing through Manchester Victoria light engine on September 15th.
On July 14th 1979 25104 & 25253 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. Two weeks later, on July 28th 25104 worked the 09.00 Llandudno Town - York throughout. No passenger workings have so far been recorded for 1980.
On November 6th 25104 & 25208 worked the 01.36 Whitemoor - Temple Mills freight, via Broxbourne.
25104 was stabled at Newton Heath on December 1st.
25104 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on August 3rd.
25104 was stabled at Blackburn on September 6th.
On April 16th 25104 was noted eastbound at Guide Bridge with empty ICI bogie hoppers for Tunstead.
The final passenger workings for 25104 took place in 1981. On May 27th/28th 25104 was busy working in North Wales, starting out with the 27ths 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town, the 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe and a relief 20.30 Crewe - Bangor. The next day (28th) 25104 handled its final passenger working, a relief 20.30 Crewe - Bangor. On a wet May 29th 25104 was at Blaenau Ffestiniog with a train of track panels.
25104 was withdrawn on September 26th 1982.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added June 19th 2013