25109, 5259, D5259
D5259, 5259, 25109

Photograph courtesy Paul Fuller.

25109 stands in the rain at Carlisle, November 25th 1986, with about four months of service left.

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).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
October 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
May 1968 to Allerton (8J).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
February 1978 to Eastfield.
March 1981 to Haymarket.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn March 11th 1987.

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

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works January & February 1970.
Noted Derby Works October 1976.
Noted Glasgow Works March - May 1980 (Intermediate repair) .


The frames for D5259 were laid down at Derby in January 1964, being delivered to traffic during March to Toton (16A) - part of the large fleet of Type 2's being allocated to Midland depots. These were not equipped with train heating equipment so would generally be used to replace steam locomotives on freight workings radiating from Toton. Of course during the summer months they would be occasionally used on excursions and the summer dated workings to such destinations as Yarmouth, Skegness and the North Wales resorts to name the most obvious locations for Toton based locomotives.

D5259, with D5257 made its test run to Corby on March 13th 1964.

D5259 was transfered to Derby in May.

In October D5259 - D5265 were transferred to Wigan (8F), part of the considerable manouevring of the diesel fleet to bring about the end of steam working in the North West.

During May Allerton (8J) became the new home for D5259.

August 2nd proved to be a very busy day at Carlisle due to the ending of the Paisley & Kilmarnock works holidays and the beginning of the Glasgow holiday. The majority of the specials ran with Peaks, Brush 4's and EE Type 4's. However the lucky passengers on the relief Morecambe - Glasgow (1Z10) had the delights of 5259 & 5196.

Visitors to Derby Works included 5259 during January & February.

Visitors to Derby Works included 25109 during October.

An Open Day at Cardiff Canton on October 1st featured over fifty locomotives, including 25055, 25109 & 25243. The following month Cardiff would lose its allocation of Class 25's to Crewe.

After fourteen years on the LMR Eastfield became the new home of 25109 during February.


A somewhat battered and work stained 25109 stands at Polmadie, March 15th 1980. Within a matter of days the locomotive would be moved to Glasgow Works for a classified 'intermediate' repair. This would be its last classified repair but would be enough for it to run until the very end of Class 25 service.

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.

After three years at Eastfield 25109 was moved east to Haymarket during February.

On the evening of July 20th 25109 was busy with the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath followed by the 18.33 to Dundee.

A clean looking 25109 passes through Princess Street Gardens on July 3rd 1981.
Photograph courtesy J Davenport.

25109 continued to be a frequent performer on the Dundee/Edinburgh area services, on August 3rd it came to the assistance of 27010 somewhere near Inverkeithing on the 19.21 Dundee - Edinburgh.

Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.
25109 provides a striking pose in this fine night-time shot at Dundee on April 8th 1982.

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.

On January 17th 25109 and three Mk 1's covered for a diesel multiple unit on the 16.35 Derby - Crewe and 18.30 return, attempts to obtain a locomotive that could heat the train for the return trip proved unsuccesful. The next month on February 26th the 16.45 Leicester - Birmingham diesel multiple unit failed at Nuneaton, substantial assistance was provided by 25109 & 25302 through to Birmingham. Further assistance was provided on March 18th to the 09.49 Norwich - Birmingham at Leicester when its locomotive, 31422 was reported low on fuel. 25109 worked through to Birmingham and came back with the 18.18 to Norwich, worked as far as Leicester where 31422 was waiting to take over.

Photograph courtesy Kevin Hughes/RCTS Archives.
25109 & 40172 with a heavy track panel train at Carnforth, April 23rd 1983.

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.

Photograph courtesy Nick Ross.

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 worked a small number of passenger trains during the year, the first occurred on May 11th when a Huddersfield - Leeds diesel multiple unit failed at Deighton, 25109 assisting as far as Leeds. Five weeks later on June 16th 25042 & 25109 worked the Carnforth - Barrow leg (& return) of an excursion from Windsor. When a Blackpool - Ipswich charter failed at Stafford on July 9th 25109 took it forward to Nuneaton, where 47010 took over. The longest haulage for the year occured on July 14th when 25109 & 25199 made a round trip over the Cambrian, outwards from Wolverhampton, returning as far as Shrewsbury. It was back to the Lake District on August 27th when 25109 & 25205 worked from Carnforth to Ravenglass (& return) with a charter from St Pancras. A relief local working occurred on August 31st between Southport & Manchester Victoria. Finally on October 28th 25109 & 25226 worked three southbound engineering diversion drags between Wigan and Lostock Jct.


25109 runs through New Mills Central on May 3rd 1985 with a short trip working.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker.

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.

Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore.

Seen here at Motherwell on September 29th 1985 the picture clearly reveals the trademarks of a Glasgow repair, the number situated behind the cab door and utilising the larger numerals at this time unique to Glasgow.

25109 was noted passing through Chester General on March 17th, the freight included tunnel cement wagons.

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.

Almost at the very end of a career spanning nearly twenty four years, 25109 is captured on a rainy November 25th 1986 at Carlisle. However since the previous view at Motherwell the locomotive has gained the three part miniature snowploughs.
Photograph courtesy Paul Fuller.
Also from the files of Paul Fuller comes a document from the BR TOPS system revealing the power situation at Carlisle on November 25 1986, the date of the two B&W views on this page. Of all the Class 25's listed only 25109 is operational, apparently with the Esso job to Petteril Bridge (?). The other Class 25's are in a withdrawn state, though the TOPS document does provide an insight into the withdrawal time of these machines and the current status of their examinations. For the active diesel locomotives, including 25109, it provides an indication of the fuel position.

25109 spent Christmas 1986 at Bescot.

The morning of January 1st found 25109 at Longsight diagrammed for the 1M25 to Derby, continuing with the 1M38 to Crewe. The evening of the 9th found 25109 at Crewe, the next day heading out over the Cambrian line, with 25191 to Machynlleth for several days ballast duties. Severe flooding on December 30th had caused much damage around Dovey Junction, especially east of Cemmaes Road. Strong winter storms hit the country from January 12th onwards, quite possibly the two Class 25's on the Cambrian may have seen service in snow clearance, 25109 still carried miniature snowploughs.

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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