The nineteen year seven month career of D5294/25144 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5294 was new to Toton (16A) on September 7th 1964. Further transfers were:
September 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered April 1974.
25144 sustained accident damage about April 4th 1983 in Watford Yard, precipitating its withdrawal amd movement to Cricklewood. The minor damage was confined to a small area on the 2nd man's side of the No.2 end cab. 25144 was moved to Swindon Transfer Yard (see details below) on July 12th 1984 and into Swindon Works by July 23rd 1984. Swindon Works closed prior to the scrapping of 25144, it was moved to Cocklebury Yard on May 26th 1987 with 25123 & 25133 and on to Hinksey Yard, Oxford on June 2nd 1987, reaching Vic Berry's, Leicester on June 11th 1987. The locomotive was broken up by the end of June 1987, although the cabs lingered at least until early November 1987.
25131 (97202), 25144*/25153* Toton – Cricklewood* - Swindon July 10th - 12th 1984
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 April 1967.
1973: Reddish Depot held an Open Day on September 9th including Jubilee 5596 Bahamas in steam and giving footplate rides. For the more modern traction enthusiast 5294 was also providing cab rides.
1980: June 28th 25144 was noted hauling a 'Buzzby Telephone Special' south from Chester through Crewe to ?
1980: 25144 was present at the Rainhill Trials 150th anniversary celebration being noted on August 25th 1980 hauling a breakdown crane past the viewing stands.
1983: The 15.02 Manchester – Bristol parcels provided consistent work for the Class 25’s although the run on December 14th was marred by the failure of 25144 at Hereford, rescue coming in the shape of 37233.
1983: December 31st, for the number crunchers there were now big blocks of scrapped/withdrawn machines including 25096 – 25106, 25128 – 25144 & 25162 – 25172, the largest continuous numerical batch of operating machines was just 25205 – 25213.
D5294/25144 acquired only a modest passenger mileage total, its first recorded passenger working occurred on July 9th 1965 working the 13.00 Birmingham New Street - Derby, a working for a short time that was covered by hauled stock rather than diesel multiple units. Almost two years later on July 8th 1967 D5294 worked the summer dated Nottingham - Llandudno Town roundtrip with D7572.
On August 31st 1974 25144 & 25055 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.
The 09.29 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town was worked by 25144 on June 23rd 1978. 25144 was back in North Wales on August 29th 1978 working the 15.32 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria.
Possibly the longest passenger turn for 25144 took place on August 9th 1981 when 25094 & 25119 worked a roundtrip Marylebone - Llandudno Town day excursion for a total of 466 miles. Later that month on August 22nd the 07.50 Leeds - Weymouth was worked to Birmingham New Street by 25144, although on the approach to Birmingham New Street the locomotive suffered electrical (traction motor) problems.
The last recorded passenger workings for 25144 took place during 1982, on June 18th working the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle (46039 had worked the outward leg), and four days later on June 22nd 1982 worked the 11.55 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.
Pictures of D5294/5294/25144
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added June 15th 2013