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25144 was the 173rd Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during April 1983.
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.
On May 26th 25144 was noted at St Helens Shaw Street with the Springs Branch brakedown train.
June 28th 25144 was noted hauling a 'Buzzby Telephone Special' south from Chester through Crewe to ?
25144 was present at the Rainhill Trials 150th anniversary celebration being noted on August 25th 1980 hauling a breakdown crane past the viewing stands.
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.
25144 was noted at Warrington Bank Quay with a local trip freight to Acton Grange on July 29th.
On October 15th 25144 worked the 8L81 12.40 Tyne Yard to Healey Mills freight.
25144 was stabled at Thornaby on November 28th.
25144 was stabled at Bescot on Boxing Day.
A cabside number panel escaped scrapping.
Three-piece miniature snowploughs fitted December 1977, January 1978, January 1980, August 1980.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
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