The eighteen year one month career of D5255/25105 included allocation to three Eastern Region depots and a multitude of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5255 was new to Toton (16A) on March 6th 1964. Further transfers were:
March 1964 to Trafford Park (9E).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
After withdrawal 25105 was stored at Tyseley until May 1982 when it was moved to Derby Works. 25105 was actually lined up in the scrapping area with 25261 & 25312, work started on 25261, with 25105 next in line, but an industrial dispute stopped further scrapping at Derby Works. On July 24th 1985 25105 moved to Swindon Works (see details below) and was broken up there by the last week of November 1985.
25093, 25105/164, 25234/248/260, 25312/319 9X12 17.05 Derby Works - Swindon Works July 23rd/24th, 1985, hauled by 45060.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1975.
1964: During February & March D5707 & D5713 returned for further testing on the limestone workings, whilst during March D5255 & D7586 were transferred to Trafford Park (9E). D5255 was transferred back to Toton during April, but D7586 remained allocated to Trafford Park until January 1965 when it was briefly reallocated to the Nottingham Division, but returned to Trafford Park the same month. With the testing completed the decision was made to utilise the Sulzer Type 2's on the limestone trains. To accomplish this seven Type 2's would be allocated to Trafford Park (9E) shed. All the locomotives selected were virtually brand new and had been on allocation to Toton (D16) after delivery from the workshops. D7586 which had been one of the locomotives used in the trials remained at Trafford Park, perhaps an odd choice since the locomotive was boiler equipped. The remainder were D5274 - D5279 and arrived during June & July.
1966: Leeds Holbeck gained D5248 – 5255 during May, with the intent to cover much of the extra summer traffic generated from the area, without using the local steam power.
1979: On July 10th electric multiple units 28361/29588/28876 were hauled by 25105 from Southport to Dee Marsh, via Burscough & Wigan. An unusual sight on August 25th was 25133 dragging dead 25105 & 47107 up Lickey Incline and being assisted by the bankers 37158 & 37298!
1981: Two Mk1 barrier vehicles and Class 317 emu trailer M71577 ran north through Chesterfield on June 1st behind 25105.
The passenger workings so far recorded for D5255/25105 are very few. One of its earliest passenger workings took place on June 24th 1967 handling the 08.41 Bradford Foster Square - Morecambe. On June 22nd 1968 D5255 & D5246 worked the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town diagram.
On July 5th 1975 25105 & 25275 worked the 0800 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. On August 30th 1975 25105 & 25139 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with 09.30 ex-Yarmouth to Manchester Piccadilly.
August 4th 1978 proved to be a busy day for 25105 in North Wales, commencing with the 07.47 Manchester Victoria - Bangor, the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, the 15.32 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, for a total of 400 passenger miles with hauled stock deputising for a diesel multiple unit.
The last recorded passenger workings took place in August 1980, on the 30th 25105 worked the 14.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 18.17 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria.
Pictures of D5255/5255/25105
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added July 27th 2013