The nineteen year career of D5290/25140 was spent allocated entirely to London Midland Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5290 was new to Toton (16A) on August 17th 1964. Further transfers were:
September 1964 to Derby (16C.)
Renumbered March 30th 1974.
25140 was the 208th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during December 1983.
After its withdrawal 25140 was stored at Carlisle from December 1983 until March 20th 1985 when it began its journey to Swindon with 25239 & 25258, picking up 08599 at Bescot, and reaching Swindon by April 3rd 1985. By the middle of September 1986 the locomotive had been broken up, the cabs however were transported to Vic Berry, Leicester and disposed of by September 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works June 1968.
25140's recorded passenger mileage did not amount to much, almost one third of it took place on June 30th when it worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth, to Norwich with 25107, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby, from Norwich (total mileage 334). The next day (July 1st) the same pair worked the 08.25 Leicester - Skegness as far as Nottingham.
On August 20th the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Preston was worked by 25140, this being a portion of the 1S41 Liverpool - Glasgow.
During October 25140 received an 'E' examination at Toton.
On December 8th passengers on the 07.04 Leicester – Parkeston Quay diesel multiple unit (51289 & 56131) were assisted by 25140 after the unit failed. The Class 25 was replaced at March by 25208 after the reporting of a defective horn on 25140. At Cambridge passengers transferred to a replacement diesel multiple unit!
Following the cabling of the Blaneau Ffestiniog branch during December, 25152 & 25140 were used on the recovery train on December 21st for collecting telegraph poles and wire. The train included a Mk.1 coach for S&T staff which had been borrowed for the weekend from a Llandudno - Manchester set. Flooding at Llanrwrst on 21st delayed the return of the train.
Random workings for 25140 during May included being on Llandudno Junction shed (7th), at Penmaenmawr with loaded ballast wagons (18th), worked the loaded 8F21 Oakamoor - St Helens sand train with 25242 (25th).
On June 23rd the 18.38 Blackpool North - Birmingham New Street was worked between Preston & Crewe by 25140.
25140 was noted passing Cwmbran on August 25th with a lengthy parcels train.
The last recorded passenger working for 25140, with 25048 occurred on September 12th working the return leg of a charter train ex-Blackpool between Kilmarnock & Carlisle.
25140 was withdrawn on December 18th 1983.
A builders plate from 25140 sold at Great Central Railwayana Auctions for £220 during March 2016.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added December 4th 2012