D5285, 5285, 25135
D5285, 5285, 25135

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
25135 heads south past York Holgate with a short trip freight on January 9th 1981.

D5285/25135 was another Class 25 to spend its entire career allocated to London Midland Region depots and entertaining eighteen transfers in its nineteen year six month career.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1977).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 55 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 42 months.

Allocations

D5285 was new to Nottingham (16A) on July 9th 1964. Further transfers were:

July 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
September 1964 to Nottingham (16A).
September 1964 to Derby (16C).
October 1964 to Cricklewood (14B).
January 1965 to London Division (D14).
June 1965 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
April 1966 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1967 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
August 1967 to Stoke Division (D05).
May 1968 to Carlisle (12A).
June 1968 to Preston Division (D10).
May 1970 to Liverpool Division (D08).
January 1972 to Preston Division (D10).
October 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
July 1973 to Springs Branch.
October 1973 to Toton.
October 1982 to Bescot.
Withdrawn January 16th 1983.

Renumbered March 16th 1974.

25135 was the 165th Class 25 to be withdrawn.

After withdrawal 25135 was stored at Crewe until March 29th 1984 when it was moved with 25132/136/143 to Gloucester, reaching Swindon Works on April 2nd 1984, and broken up by the end of July 1986. The cabs were transported to Vic Berry, Leicester for disposal.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works June 1968.
Noted Derby Works September 1976.
Noted Derby Works March - May 1978.
Noted Derby Works May 1979.

Highlights

1971

Photograph collection of Ian Hammond
Three years after the end of steam this 1971 view at Springs Branch still shows 5285 with its 'D' prefix. Also still visible is the through steam pipe connection, which over time would be removed from the non-boilered examples.

1973
5285 was noted during March still carrying green livery.

1974
During February energisation of the overhead took place from Garstang to Carlisle. Diesel powered test trains operated between Preston & Carlisle, various test vehicles and vans were used including 5285 on March 4th.

On June 1st 25135 & 25035 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The next day (2nd) the same locomotives worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness service.

On July 20th the 14.30 Blackpool North - Leicester was worked to Nottingham by 25135 & 25299.

1975
1975 brought only one recorded working so far, on July 19th 25135 & 25038 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich returning to Derby with the 14.15 ex-Yarmouth.

1976
On June 8th 25135 removed 24086 from Derby Works en-route to Doncaster Works for scrapping. Four days later (12th) 25135 & 25125 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall passenger diagram.

July 28th found 25135 working the 13.33 Taunton - Cardiff and the 17.45 Cardiff - Bristol Temple Meads.

On September 11th 25135 & 25184 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall passenger diagram.

1977
On July 16th 25135 & 25205 worked the 12.30 Skegness - Leicester forward from Nottingham, having replaced 25131 & 25173.

About a month later on August 13th 25135 & 25267 worked the 09.20 Derby - Skegness and the 13.05 return.

1978

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
Its March 18th 1978 and 25135 (& 25141?) have been stripped of most parts and are currently in the process of having the asbestos content dealt with, which included the covering of all bodyside openings with plastic sheet.

1979
On May 26th 25135 & 25130 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and returned from Norwich with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. Two days later (28th) the same pair worked the 19.15 Llandudno Town - Leicester. On May 29th 25135 & 25130 worked the 09.28 Derby - Skegness and the 18.39 Skegness - Derby. The next day (30th) the same diagram was worked as of the 29th, but 25135 was now paired with 25270.

The end of August proved to be a busy time for 25135 & 25131, on four consecutive days visiting Skegness, from Derby on 26th and Leicester on 27th, 29th & 30th.

September 4ths Southam trip proved a little too strenuous for 25243 as it caught fire at the site of Marton station. 25131 & 25135 rescued the train several hours later.

On September 29th the 09.55 Derby - Newquay was worked to Birmingham by 25135 & 25073 with 45026 replacing the Type 2s. Three days later (Oct 2nd) 25135 was even further down the NE/SW mainline, working a Bristol Temple Meads - Plymouth additional service to cover a late running train.

1980
On March 22nd a Chesterfield - Accrington charter was worked by 25135 on its return leg following the failure of the diesel multiple unit.

On May 31st 25135 & 25124 worked the Walsall - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram and on June 7th 25135 worked the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.00 return.

1981
A diesel multiple unit failure on March 3rd saw 25135 work the 16.37 Leicester - Birmingham New Street and the 18.00 Birmingham New Street - Derby. On July 3rd (?) 25135 was reported on an unidentified Glasgow Central - Carlisle service.

1982
25135's last passenger workings took place in 1982. On January 11th the 06.20 Wolverhampton - Chester was worked by 25135 with two coaches. Three weeks later on February 6th 46035 encountered brake trouble at Derby whilst working a Walsall - Chesterfield football special. 25135 took over at Derby and handled the return working back to Walsall. On July 22nd another failure required the assistance of 25135 when 31316 working the 15.37 Carlisle - Leeds failed at Lowhouse Crossing, 25135 dragging the Class 31 and its train on to Leeds. The final passenger working for 25135 took place on September 1st working a roundtrip Coventry - Southport day excursion, a total of 251 miles.

25135 was noted working a short 6T90 Arpley - Burscough Bridge freight on November 2nd 1982.

On November 14th 1982 25135 was noted at Liverpool Lime Street on a short engineers train.

1983
25135 was withdrawn on January 16th 1983.

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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added March 16th 2013
Last updated August 26th 2017

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