The sixteen and a half year career of D5266/25116 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5266 was new to Nottingham (16A) on April 29th 1964. Further transfers were:
May 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered February 27th 1974.
At withdrawal 25116 was briefly stored at Springs Branch before moving with 25047/74/99 to Swindon Works on November 21st 1980. 25116 was scrapped here by the end of July 1982.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works January 1969.
1978: Breakfast time on June 27th found the 03.58 Ripple Lane - Hawksbury oil train derailing five of its wagons at the site of Brandon & Wolston station (between Coventry & Rugby), destroying several hundred yards of the down line. The rerailing coach from Saltley arrived quickly behind 25142, the line being cleared early on 28th, leaving room for 25116 & 25190 to bring in a train of fresh ballast.
1981: A shortage of locomotives in November led to at least ten Class 46ís being reactivated from Swindon. For this 25116/197 were used to assist in reviving these Type 4ís prior to their return to Gateshead.
On August 24th 1968 5266/25116 recorded its first known passenger working, the round trip Nottingham - Llandudno Town summer dated service with 5196.
On June 10th 1972 5266 & 5284 worked the 13.50 Derby - St. Pancras throughout. On September 2nd 1972 5266 & 7564 worked the Derby - Norwich/Yarmouth - Walsall diagram. A day excursion on May 27th 1973 saw 5266 & 5237 work a Leicester - Yarmouth roundtrip (presumed). At the end of the summer season, on September 29th 1973 5266 & 5271 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and is presumed to have returned on the 14.30 ex-Yarmouth.
On July 3rd 1977 25116 & 25276 are assumed to have worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth forward from Shrewsbury since they were noted on the return working, the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury. Two months later on September 3rd 1977 worked the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness to Nottingham with 25243.
The final recorded passenger working for 25116 took place on August 2nd 1980 with 25129, working the Derby - Norwich/Yarmouth - Walsall diagram.
Pictures of D5266/5266/25116
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added March 24th 2013