The eighteen year eleven month career of D5273/25123 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5273 was new to Toton (16A) on May 22nd 1964. Further transfers were:
June 1964 to Wellingborough (15B).
Renumbered May 1974.
25123 was the 177th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during May 1983.
After withdrawal 25123 was stored at Bristol Bath Road until November 14th 1984 when it moved to Swindon Works. The Works closed prior to 25123 being broken up, it was moved to Cocklebury Yard on May 26th 1987, then to Oxford Hinksey Yard on June 2nd 1987, entering Vic Berry's yard on June 11th 1987 (see move details below). The locomotive was cut up by the middle of July 1987, although the cabs remained for a little longer.
25027/75, 25123/133/144/158, 25228/234, 97202, 40046/63 Swindon Works – Cocklebury Yard, May 26th 1987.
25027/75, 25123/133/144/158, 25228/234, 97202, 40046/63 Cocklebury Yard – Vic Berry, Leicester June 2nd-11th, 1987, by 20019 & 20197 (Oxford – Leicester).
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works December 1976 - April 1977.
The recently arrived Crewe allocated Type 2’s began to replace steam in the Cheshire, Wirral Peninsula & North Wales regions. By August steam at Croes Newydd shed in the shape of 75060, 76037/39/40/88 were stored, likewise a similar situation at Shrewsbury shed. By August Crewe had gained the remaining Class 24’s from Ipswich (D5036 - 5049) and EE Type 4’s D200 - 209 from Stratford, both moves made possible by the greater availability of the Class 31’s and 47’s. These additional machines allowed training of the Springs Branch crews on EE Type 4’s and Sulzer 2’s. D5273 (8B) broke new ground in the first week of August working local diagrams in the St Helens area.
25123 was noted at Derby Works on November 23rd with minor collision damage, the buffers had been knocked off at the No.2 end (information from a close-up view of the No.2 cabfront).
A Norwich - Birmingham New Street working was noted at Wigston behind 25123 on June 8th. On June 13th the early morning Toton - Eastleigh freight was worked at least as far as Oxford by 25123. A Bulmers Cider 'Cambrian Venturer' charter from Cardiff to Pwllheli on June 16th was worked by 25123 roundtrip (?) Shrewsbury - Pwllheli. The Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked on June 23rd by 25123 & 25061.
A month later on July 21st a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip was worked by 25123 & 25248. On August 11th a Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram was worked by 25123 & 25132. The next day (12th) the same pair worked a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip. Three days later (August 15th) the same pair were again at Skegness with a roundtrip relief from Derby.
25123 was north of the border on August 1st working a Carlisle - Glasgow Central service. On September 6th a Northampton - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked out & back Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth by 25123 & 25188. During October 25123 was transferred to Crewe leading to future passenger workings having a north-western flavour.
It was a trip to the north-west on June 30th with 25123 working the 17.15 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North. A month later on July 31st 25123 & 25146 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next day the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and 17.25 return and the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
On August 17th 25123 worked the 15.02 Manchester – Bristol parcels, with the train containing a number of preserved vehicles.
On September 15th 25123 worked the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor, the 11.53 Bangor - Manchester Victoria and the 15.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor.
Diesel multiple unit failures on the Morecambe - Leeds route, saw 25123 handling eastbound workings on November 8th & 9th.
The last recorded passenger workings for 25123 took place on April 7th working the 15.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor forward from Chester after 40034 failed and the return 19.26 Bangor - Manchester Victoria. 25322 & 25123 were noted at Manchester Victoria on a miserably wet April 9th.
25123 was withdrawn on May 1st 1983.
On September 23rd 25123 was towed to Bristol Bath Road for undisclosed reasons. It was moved to Swindon Works on November 18th 1984.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added July 26th 2013.