D5295, 5295, 25145
D5295, 5295, 25145

Despite a lengthy career of twenty one years and four months the allocations for D5295/25145 all belonged to a variety of London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped.


D5295 was new to Toton (16A) on September 10th 1964. Further transfers were:

September 1964 to Derby (16C).
October 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
August 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
March 1972 to Liverpool Division (D08).
March 1973 to Manchester Division (D09).
May 1973 to Longsight.
August 1973 to Bescot.
August 1980 to Crewe.
November 1980 to Kingmoor.
January 1981 to Longsight.
November 1981 to Cricklewood.
January 1984 to Bescot.
September 1985 to Kingmoor.
Withdrawn January 2nd 1986.

Renumbered February 17th 1974.

After withdrawal 25145 was stored at Crewe until January 23rd 1987 when it moved to Leicester Knighton Sidings (see details below), then into Vic Berry's yard on January 26th 1987. 25145 was broken up by the first week of May 1987, though the cabs lingered a little longer.

25048, 25145/175, 25231, 25303 Crewe Vic Berry, Leicester January 23rd 26th 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works May 1967.
Noted Crewe Works June 1968.
Noted Derby Works December 1971.
Noted Derby Works February - April 1977.
Noted Derby Works March 1978 (accident damage).


1973 & 1974
Any passenger workings for the first nine years of service for D5295 have so far gone unreported. The first known passenger working took place on August 4th 1973 when 5294 & 5020 handled the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central returning with the 09.28 ex-Yarmouth. On September 7th 1974 25145 & 24062 worked the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Shrewsbury.

On June 26th 25145 & 25131 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. About a month later on July 21st 1976 25154 & 25038 worked a roundtrip Leamington Spa - Rhyl day excursion.

A return Paignton - Alfreton & Mansfield day excursion on May 28th was worked by 25145 & 25130 (did they work the outward leg?). Almost a month later on June 25th 25145 & 25169 worked the roundtrip Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) diagram. On August 29th & 30th 25145 & 25187 were noted at Skegness with workings from ? The same pair on September 4th worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth from Shrewsbury, returning with the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury.

Cambrian line roundtrip workings to Aberystwyth took place on July 15th with 25145 & 25162 working the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The same diagram was handled August 26th with 25259.

Two round trip workings to Skegness took place during April, on 16th with 25073 from Alfreton & Mansfield (relief) and on 17th also with 25073 from Burton on Trent. On July 7th a relief Leicester - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were hauled by 25145 & 25309. The next day (8th) the same pair handled a roundtrip Derby - Skegness. Two Cambrian line workings followed - the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the return 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25145 & 25032 on July 28th and on August 11th with 25145 & 25141.

On May 27th 25145 hauled Castle 4-6-0 No. 5051 in light steam as far as Hereford whilst returning from the Rainhill celebrations.

On April 30th the 12.50 Euston - Liverpool failed at Bletchley behind 86230, 25145 assisted the train to Northampton.

1981 included several Cambrian line roundtrip visits to Aberystwyth, on June 6th & 7th with 25245, on the return trip on the 7th the Class 25's worked through to Nuneaton, dragging 86252 from Wolverhampton and on September 5th & 6th with 25090.

Slightly off the beaten track on June 12th was 25145 working the 08.35 Birmingham New Street - Paddington and 12.50 return. A Birmingham International - Aberystwyth roundtrip charter was worked by 25145 & 25193 on June 27th. The 16.20 Crewe - Derby on September 16th was worked by 25145 because of a diesel multiple unit failure. When the 11.33 Norwich - Birmingham New Street failed at Washwood Heath on November 3rd 25145 worked the final four miles to Birmingham New Street.

On January 8th the Class 85 hauling the 20.55 Euston - Inverness failed at Rugby, the train was taken to Crewe by 25145 & 25221. Two north-west area workings followed, on September 15th 25145 worked the 07.34 Manchester Victoria - Liverpool and on December 27th the 21.44 Preston - Liverpool (portion off 18.20 Glasgow - Manchester).

A relief 18.08 York - Birmingham New Street on June 1st was worked by 25145. It was a busy day for 25145 & 25205 on August 19th working the 03.33 Crewe - Preston (via Chester), the 12.35 Preston - Barrow, the 18.21 Barrow - Liverpool and the 22.10 Glasgow Central - Euston from Preston to Crewe due to the power being off for engineering work. A pre-Christmas working on December 21st saw 25145 & 25200 assist the 20.00 Cardiff - Crewe from Craven Arms after the Class 47 failed.

A view of the working referenced above with 25145 on a relief York - Birmingham at Derby on June 1st 1984.

The 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria was worked forward from Preston by 25145 on January 16th. A failed diesel multiple unit on June 2nd saw 25145 assist the 12.32 Blackpool North - Colne from Blackburn (pushing from the rear) and the 14.30 Colne - Preston. On June 30th 25145 was noted at York with MkIII coach 42257 & test car ADB 975397.

25145 was north of the border on August 24th working the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central. A week later on August 30th trouble on the WCML saw the 07.15 Manchester Piccadilly - St. Pancras taken forward from Nuneaton to St. Pancras by 25145 & 20099 with assistance from St Albans provided by 20161 & 20187.

The lunch time Severn Tunnel Junction Mossend freight on October 24th required assistance at Abergavenny from 25034 after 25145 failed there. After spending four days dumped at Hereford 25145 returned to Severn Tunnel Junction in a local freight behind 25034, before being taken to Crewe in an overnight freight!

On November 30th 25145 was noted with the name 'Roland' stencilled on one side.

Class 25s visiting the Huddersfield area in early December included 25095 & 25145 with oil tanks on 4th.

The arrival of 1986 brought bad news for 25145, it would be the first locomotive withdrawn that year, on January 2nd.

Miscellaneous views of D5295/5295/25145

5295 at Maryport requires the help of a big crane to get the locomotive back on the rails. Taken sometime during the 1970's.
Photograph courtesy Tom Jenkins.
25145, date & location unknown, possibly Speke Junction. 25145 was the first locomotive to be withdrawn during 1986, being retired at Crewe with multiple defects. It would end its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during May 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
A fine study of 25145 as it works busily in Watford Yard on a still misty May 25th 1985. 25145 had seven more months of service, its last shed was Carlisle.
Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.

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


Page added July 22nd 2013
Last updated May 25th 2015

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