D5290, 5290, 25140
D5290, 5290, 25140

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25140 at the south end of Preston station, date unknown but certainly before its visit to Glasgow Works during the summer of 1977.

The nineteen year career of D5290/25140 was spent allocated entirely to London Midland Region depots.

Allocations

D5290 was new to Toton (16A) on August 17th 1964. Further transfers were:

September 1964 to Derby (16C)
October 1964 to Cricklewood (14B), then to Midland Lines (D14)
June 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines
February 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), then Springs Branch when the LMR Division allocations were abandoned
January 1979 to Crewe
March 1980 to Cricklewood
November 1981 to Carlisle Kingmoor
Withdrawn December 18th 1983

Renumbered March 30th 1974.

25140 was the 208th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six withdrawn during the month of December 1983.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

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works June 1968.
Noted Derby Works October 1974.
Noted Glasgow August 1977.

Highlights

1975
On July 6th the 00.05 Glasgow Central - Bristol Temple Meads with 81012 was dragged between Hartford Junction and Crewe (via Sandbach) by 25140 & 25009, presumably due to engineering work.

1978
At lunchtime on September 4th 25140 became derailed at Prescot (Liverpool), requiring the local passenger services to have bus substitutions. Late in the afternoon 25027 arrived with the Wigan breakdown crane, the unfortunate 25140 was back on the rails by 6pm.

1979

Photograph courtesy Malcolm Roughley.
25140 at Manchester Victoria on a wintry day during January 1979.

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.

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!

1980
On August 31st the 10.26 St. Pancras - Nottingham was worked by 25140 & 25089.

1981
The very wintry conditions in the middle of December saw no heat 25140 working a Crewe Cardiff working on December 15th.

1982

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25140 heads west through Wakefield on April 28th 1982.

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.

1983
On February 19th the 17.27 Crewe - Holyhead was hauled by 25140 after 47532 failed.

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.

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

Page added December 4th 2012
Last updated December 16th 2016

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