D5288, 5288, 25138
D5288, 5288, 25138

Photograph collection of webmaster
25138 returns a train of empty bogies hoppers to Tunstead on January 4th 1978, seen here at Chinley North Junction.

The nineteen year five month career of D5288/25138 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over.
Dual brake equipped.


D5288 was new to Nottingham (16A) on July 30th 1964. Further transfers were:

August 1964 to Derby (16C).
October 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
January 1965 to London Division (D14).
June 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
April 1966 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
August 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
November 1967 to Stoke Division (D05).
November 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn December 11th 1983.

Renumbered February 26th 1974.

After withdrawal 25138 was stored at Crewe until February 21st 1985 when it moved to Swindon Works and was cut up there by the end of November 1986. The cabs were sent to Vic Berry, Leicester for final processing.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works May 1968.
Noted Derby Works October 1971.
Noted Derby Works August 1975.
Noted Derby Works November 1979 - January 1980 (Intermediate repair).


1965: On August 29th D5088 was used to haul D5288 & D6843 from Saltley to Derby. Whilst exiting the down goods loop at Elford D6843 became derailed and ended up blocking all lines, the line was not cleared until the evening, with the help of the Bescot & Saltley breakdown cranes.

The recorded passenger workings for D5288/25138 were few. An early sighting put D5288 at Skegness on August 31st 1964 on an unidentified passenger working. A day excursion on May 12th 1973 saw 5288 & 5285 on a roundtrip Burton-on-Trent - Spalding working.

On August 17th 1979 the 15.03 Holyhead - Manchester Victoria was worked by 25138. The next day (18th) the diesel multiple unit on the 09.26 Llandudno Town - Mossley Hill was assisted at least to Chester by 25138. 'The Comet' railtour on September 29th 1979 was worked by 25138 between Guide Bridge & Stockport.

On June 21st 1980 the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the return 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury was worked by 25138 & 25154. The 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria on October 4th 1980 was hauled by 25138.

A short working on May 27th 1981 saw 25138 assist 25221 on the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe between Willaston Signal Box and Crewe. On August 5th 1981 the 14.38 Paignton - Leeds utilised 25138 & 25299 between Gloucester - Birmingham New Street, being assisted up Lickey by 37096 & 37303 due to problems with 25299. Early in August 1981 a weekend was spent on the Cambrian line. On 8th 25138 & 25158 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (9th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.

On May 8th 1982 a round trip Five Ways - Chester day excursion was worked by 25138 & 25072. A diesel multiple unit failure on November 15th 1982 saw the 07.05 Morecambe - Leeds reach Leeds behind 25138 from ?

On March 17th 1983 25138 & 25146 worked the 19.26 Bangor - Manchester Victoria from Chester following the failure of 25245. A Wigan N.W. - Bewdley day excursion on May 22nd 1983 was worked from Birmingham New Street and to Wolverhampton by 25138 & 25133. The final passenger working for 25138 took place on June 5th 1983 working a Stoke-on-Trent - Bournemouth to Nuneaton.

Pictures of D5288/5288/25138

25138 rolls along the WCML somewhere near Winwick Jct, date unknown. After just over a year dumped at Crewe 25138 moved to Swindon in February 1985, finally being broken up during November 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

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


Page added July 24th 2013
Last updated July 24th 2015

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