The nineteen year career of D5270/25120 was spent allocated to a multitude of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5270 was new to Toton (16A) on May 14th 1964. Further transfers were:
May 1964 to Leicester (15B)
Renumbered March 8th 1974.
25120 was the 202nd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of two retired during November 1983.
After its withdrawal 25120 was stored at Springs Branch, then moved to Crewe on February 8th 1984, here 25152/167/168 were added and reached Swindon Works by February 16th 1984. By the end of May 1984 25120 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works February 1968.
On November 25th 5270 was busy on the Redditch branch assisting in the removal of the northbound line at the station.
The Walsall - Yarmouth (to Norwich) - Derby diagram was worked by 5270 & 5223 on August 5th. The next day (6th) the same pair worked a Derby - Skegness roundtrip.
On July 28th a Derby - Skegness roundtrip was worked by 5270 & 5279.
The Southern Region continued to receive Peaks on the Toton – Brent – Southfleet coal trains, occasionally paired Class 25s substituted, during November 5270 & 7560 were noted.
On September 21st a roundtrip Derby - Skegness was worked by 25120 & 25118.
A visit to the Western Region took place on July 19th with 25120 & 25214 working the 12.40 Birmingham New Street - Paignton relief throughout.
On September 13th the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and the return 12.30 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25120 & 25076.
On August 15th 47329 failed at Banbury working the 12.39 Poole - Newcastle, 25120 took the service forward to Birmingham New Street.
The end of August was quite busy for 25120 & 25131, on August 28th they worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram, followed on August 29th & 30th by roundtrip Derby - Skegness workings.
On June 5th a Stroud - Barmouth day excursion was worked forward from Wolverhampton by 25120 & 25254. For the return the locomotives worked the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury.
The longest one day working occurred on a rather damp June 12th working the Silver Jubilee Conway Valley Adventurer from Oakham to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return with 25036 (410 miles). The leading locomotive carried a large blue & white headboard.
The Derby - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram was worked by 25120 & 25117 on September 3rd.
During November 25120 moved to Cricklewood, its use on passenger workings dropped to virtually nil for the four and a half years spent here.
During September 25120 received an 'E' examination at Reddish.
On May 29th 25120 & 25185 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
25060 & 25120 spent some time in the North East in early November, 8th found them in charge of the Haverton Hill – Stevenston tanks whilst the next day they crossed the Pennines towards Carlisle with a Parkeston – Mossend working.
On July 3rd a relief train to clear David Bowie concert goers saw its electric locomotive borrowed for another service, leaving 25120 & 25032 to work the 23.00 Milton Keynes - Crewe throughout.
25120 worked the 02.35 Euston - Bletchley on August 7th.
The last recorded passenger workings for 25120 had a distinct north-west flavour. On September 22nd 25120 worked the 18.05 Euston - Blackpool North forward from Preston. The next day (23rd) a Glasgow Central - Blackpool North excursion was worked forward from Preston by 25120. The following day (24th) a similar Aberdeen - Blackpool North excursion was taken forward from Preston by 25120.
The last recorded passenger working was on October 21st working the 09.34 Blackpool - Euston to Preston after 47418 failed and returning with the 17.03 ex-Euston from Preston to Blackpool.
25120 was withdrawn on November 27th 1983.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added December 7th 2012