The almost twenty year career of D5267/25117 was spent allocated to a small number of London Midland depots along the Midland mainline.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5267 was new to Nottingham (16A) on April 29th 1964. Further transfers were:
May 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
After withdrawal 25117 was stored at Cricklewood until moved to Swindon Works between February 9th - 14th 1984 and scrapped here by the third week of May 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works February 1968.
1970: Workings of Toton Class 25’s into March were nothing unusual, but their use by March for local trips took them to somewhat unusual places including a visit to Broxbourne by 5267 on June 4th.
1971: On November 20th the daily coal train on the Redditch branch featured 5267, this day handling two loads in and three empties out.
1978: On April 25th the 17.35 Northampton - Three Spires Junction freight derailed two wagons, damaging track from 1½ miles on the Northampton line, the two locomotives, 25117 & 25190 were not involved.
1983: 25206 & 25117 came to the rescue of 56031 on July 19th after the Class 56 suffered a turbo-charger failure working an ARC stone train at Verney Jct, the Class 25’s taking the working to Wolverton and then the broken Class 56 to Bletchley for examination.
With an allocation history attached to depots along the Midland mainline, it is no surprise that many of the passenger workings handled by D5267/25117 involved the east coast seaside resorts.
The first recorded passenger working occurred when D5267 was about one month into traffic, on May 17th 1964 D5267 & D113 worked the 17.18 Sheffield - Manchester Central. On the same day it had worked a Chinley - Sheffield local. The next recorded passenger working took place on July 15th 1967 handling a roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town with D5262. 25117's first recorded passenger trip to Skegness took place on June 1st 1974 working the 08.50 Leicester - Skegness with 25268. A maintenance supervisors strike during March/April 1975 created diesel multiple unit shortages, on April 3rd 1975 25117 worked the 16.55 St. Pancras - Bedford with a ten coach load.
1976 brought a number of visits to Skegness & Yarmouth. On July 10th 25117 & 25049 worked the Derby - Norwich/Yarmouth - Walsall diagram. The next day the same pair were noted on railtour duty in the Birmingham area (full details uncertain). 25117 & 25122 worked the Derby - Norwich/Yarmouth - Walsall diagram on July 31st. The next weekend, August 7th, 25117 worked the roundtrip 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.00 return. On August 8th 25117 & 25134 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness, followed by a Derby - Norwich/Yarmouth - Walsall job on August 14th.
The weekend of June 18th/19th 1977 was busy for 25117 & 25207 starting on the 18th with the Derby - Norwich/Yarmouth - Derby diagram followed by a Derby - Skegness roundtrip on the 19th. On July 24th 25117 worked one of its longest passenger workings, accompanied by 25269 they handled a Leeds - Barmouth excursion out & back from Crewe. 25117 & 25120 worked a round trip Derby - Norwich (for Yarmouth) on September 3rd 1977.
After no recorded activity in 1978 & 1979, 1980 & 1981 each produced a small number of workings. On September 27th 1980 25117 & 25178 worked a Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) roundtrip. One working for 1981 was much shorter, just the 2 miles between Kensington Olympia and Willesden on October 23rd 1981 with 25209 on the 20.50 to Stirling, which was reported as the last motorail service out of Kensingon Olympia. On December 20th 1981 the 20.45 Barrow - Euston required assistance from Willesden for the six miles to Euston because of the power being off for engineering works.
1982 produced several interesing workings. On May 13th 1982 the 11.35 Poole - Leeds required the assistance of 25117 from Sheffield after 45017 failed and was replaced. A week later on May 20th 25117 & 25190 worked the 07.20 Liverpool - Poole between Coventry & Reading, returning north with the 09.42 Poole - Newcastle to Birmingham New Street, then heading back to Reading with the 09.50 Newcastle - Poole, and then back to Birmingham New Street with the 17.05 Poole - Derby. On June 5th 1982 there was a trip over the Cambrian with 25205 on the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On July 24th 1982 25117 became a casualty at Acton Grange Junction whilst working the 15.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor. 40170 assisted in the rear to Chester where 25117 was removed, 40170 continued to Llandudno Junction where the train was terminated.
On March 23rd 25117 & 25076 were busy at Manchester Victoria on engineering works.
On March 28th & March 29th 1983 25117 worked the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool forward from Preston. The last recorded working for 25117 took place with 25327 on August 27th 1983 handling the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Rugby as far as Dovey Junction where 25237 failed and the train terminated.
Pictures of D5267/5267/25117
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added March 27th 2013