The twenty three year career of D5259/25109 included allocations to London Midland & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5259 was new to Toton on March 25th 1964. Further transfers were:
August 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered February 9th 1974.
After withdrawal 25109 was stored at Basford Hall yard until sold to Vic Berry, Leicester, moving to Humberstone Road yard on July 14th 1987, entering Vic Berry's yard on September 11th 1987 and scrapped just prior to Christmas 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works January & February 1970.
D5259, with D5257 made its test run to Corby on March 13th 1964.
D5259 was transfered to Derby in May.
25109 received an intermediate repair at Glasgow from March - May, its last classified repair.
Doubled headed Type 2's featured on the (Fridays only) 17.25 Glasgow Central - Stranraer and the next days 09.43 SO Blackpool - Stranraer, from Ayr. On July 18th/19th 25238 & 26032 were noted, though 25238 was replaced by 25109 on the Ayr run.
On August 24th the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and 18.10 return to Euston (as far as Wolverhampton) were hauled by 25110 & 25089.
On the evening of July 20th 25109 was busy with the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath followed by the 18.33 to Dundee.
The final transfer for 25109 took place in October with it leaving the Scottish Region headed for Crewe. A gas pipe project in November brought pairs of Class 25's from Leith South to St Helens or Warrington, the trains of twenty six bolsters required banking between Garswood & Shaw Street. Noted on November 3rd were 25176 & 25078 banked by 25109.
August 27th's 13.00 Skegness - Derby required the assistance of 25109 forward from Nottingham, the diagrammed locomotive, 45142 was removed here! The photograph below shows 25109 on its return at Derby about to take the stock to Etches Park.
Pre-Christmas travellers on December 21st's 23.00 Glasgow - Euston enjoyed the delights of 25109 & 25193 from Bletchley into Euston due to engineering work requiring the power to be turned off.
25109's passenger workings in 1985 were even fewer than the previous year. When 47407 failed at Shrewsbury on March 3rd on a Euston working 25109 was on hand to take the service to Wolverhampton. May 11th saw 25109 and an unidentified Class 25 pass through Grindleford light engine. 25109 & 25034 were noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with a lengthy train of oil tanks on June 4th. 25109 was noted at Derby on June 13th. Another failure, this time on June 14th at Birmingham New Street found 25109 on the 14.25 service to Norwich, although the Class 25 was replaced at March. 25109 & 25048 were noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on July 3rd and would work the 6S75 12.55 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend. On July 17th 25109 & 25034 were noted at Hereford on short-wheelbase oil tanks. The 15.45 Glasgow - Carlisle used 25109 on July 20th, whilst three days later a Carlisle - Newcastle diesel multiple unit failure found 25109 pressed into service. A failure the next day was again covered by 25109, assisting a diesel multiple unit forward from Haltwhistle to Carlisle.
25109 was noted at Gloucester on August 14th working tank wagons.
Tyne Yard was host to two Class 25's on August 21st, 25109 took over the evening Parkeston - Mossend Speedlink whilst 25202 followed later that night with another Mossend bound service.
25181 & 25109 worked the 06.50 Stanlow - Bishopbriggs loaded oil train on September 4th.
25109 was noted at Carlisle on October 10th. On October 25th 25109 worked the Holyhead RTZ to Humber coke covhops as far as ??, later this day 25109 worked the long distance Harwich - Glasgow between Manchester Victoria & Preston following a locomotive failure. On November 19th 25109 & 25064 were noted at Hereford on a Ravenscraig - Llanwern steel coils working.
25109 & 25035 were noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on April 12th.
With the Class 25's having a very bleak future, they were popular choices for the enthusiast railtour market. May 5th saw F & W Railtours 'Valley Explorer' (1Z26) run from Crewe to Cardiff including a number of valley freight lines. The 450 mile round trip was handled successfully by 25109 & 25057. By this time such high passenger mileages were becoming increasingly rare for the Class 25's, and to complete the trip without a failure was quite an achievement.
A grim duty for 25109 on July 21st was to haul withdrawn 47405/14/16 from Healey Mills (?) to Crewe Works, returning the next day with ex-MOD machine 40046 bound for Doncaster Works! On 27th 25109 worked the 12.52 Liverpool - Hull and the 19.23 return.
On July 27th 25109 worked the 1E29 12:52 Liverpool - Hull and surprisingly the return 1M34 19:23 Hull - Liverpool. The rail enthusiast fraternity had got the word out about the 25's return working, the leading coach was well populated with rail enthusiasts. By July 31st 25109 was noted at Stockport on ballast duties. On August 12th No 25109 worked the 17.39 Skipton to Leeds following the failure of the Class 108 diesel multiple unit.
A little off the beaten track on October 24th was 25109 working the local Whitemoor - Bury St Edmunds freight, whilst on November 15th and still on the Eastern Region 25109 was noted running light at Brigg attached to three other locomotives.
25109 spent Christmas 1986 at Bescot.
On the early morning of 16th 25109 was at Manchester Victoria handling several local jobs. The 17th saw 25109 stabled in Manchester Victoria station. Longsight was visited late on the evening of 23rd, whilst a trip to Leeds was made on 25th in charge of the 1E28. Two days later local jobs were handled in the Newton Heath/Warrington area, eventually running light in the afternoon to Stanlow & Thornton to pick up the 6J28 oil tanks to Aberystwyth. By the 29th 25109 was back in the Chester area at least until February 1st. Just after midnight on February 9th 25109 was at Crewe and appears to have made a round trip light engine move to Willesden on 12th. Remaining in the Crewe area until 15th another run was made over the Cambrian to Machynlleth, arriving just before lunch on 16th (on the 7L39?). The following two days were spent in the Shrewsbury area.
February 21st & 22nd were spent around Crewe, trips including the 21st's 3K02 05.00 Crewe - Liverpool Lime Street, noted back at Crewe at mid-day on 23rd, then light engine to Chester on the evening of 24th.
The afternoon on 27th saw yet another visit to Machynlleth, also being noted there on March 1st, by 5th 25109 was at Crewe Depot, believed attached to 25059, though 25109 was scheduled for an 'A' exam this day. This was successfully completed by the 6th, with the locomotive yet again off to Machynlleth. Upon arrival here 25109 was diagrammed for the Pwllheli local. Assuming 25109 worked this duty, this was almost certainly the last Class 25 to work over the line to Pwhelli.
By mid-day on March 11th 25109 was back at Crewe for the final time, the locomotive was quickly taken out of service and placed off the roster. On March 16th the short move was made to Basford Hall, remaining here until July 14th when 25035/57, 25109 & 25265 were towed from Crewe to Vic Berry's, Leicester. Ironically only 25109 would be cut up out of this batch, the three others escaping eventually to preservation.
(With thanks to Neil Cannon for making available the TOPS reports for 1987 & Alan Baylis for the passenger workings in 1984/85).
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