A career of eighteen years and eleven months saw D5296/25146 allocated to a variety of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5296 was new to Toton (16A) on September 18th 1964. Further transfers were:
September 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered November 6th 1973.
After withdrawal 25146 was moved to Derby Works by the last week of October 1983, then moved to Swindon Works on February 4th as part of a large scrap engine movement. 25146 was broken up by the middle of April 1985.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1967.
It was transferred to the Midland Lines during March and then on to the Birmingham Division (D02) during August.
5296 was renumbered to 25146 early in November. On November 10th an ex-works 25146 was noted arriving at Exeter, the headcode showing 6V51.
On July 5th 25146 & 25126 paid a visit to the east coast resort of Great Yarmouth, a regular Class 25 working for a number of years during the summer months.
The pair started out on the 1E83 08.12 Derby - Yarmouth, working the train as far as Norwich. Here they took over the 1E91 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth, working the last eighteen miles into Great Yarmouth. After a short break they returned with the 1M37 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby as far as Norwich, here they would take over the 1M66 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall and worked this train through to its destination. The locomotives would travel about 365 passenger miles on this diagram, which excluded any empty coaching stock movements at the beginning or end of the day.
And on the way home!
Presumably the photographer caught the return working judging by the views above. The location of the left view with the sharp check-railed curve is at Ely North Junction. The train is on the West Curve heading towards March. The banner repeater in front of the locomotive is R22 and beyond the B1382 road overbridge is 22 signal itself with a white sighting board behind the arm. The center view is possibly Norwich and the right view is after the photographer left the train at Peterborough. It looks like the further west the train went the cloudier it got!
With regard to the left hand view above contributor Richard Pike writes - I have fond memories of class 25's at Ely North Junction on, most probably, Derby - Yarmouth trains. Once past the box, when heading for Norwich and the road was clear, the noise was fantastic as they opened up to climb the 1 in 178 over the River Ouse. I had a cab ride one evening from Norwich to March in a 25 with cab front doors. I remember the driver commenting on the draughts. It had formed an extra from Leicester to Norwich, formed with two MK1's that had been laid on because of a really late running service. I caught it at Peterborough and went through to Norwich. It returned as empty stock and the driver dropped me at March. I want a time machine. I'd pay a pretty penny to do that again!
On October on 15th 25146 hauled fire damaged 85025 over the Settle & Carlisle from Carlisle to Hellifield, with 40020 going forward with it to Crewe Works.
It was off to the coast on May 30th when 25146 & 25126 worked a return Stalybridge - Aberystwyth passenger day excursion.
On August 8th 25146 handled a couple of workings over the North Wales route starting out with the 07.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor, returning with the 11.12 back to Manchester Victoria. Then followed the 15.42 to Bangor, coming back with the 19.25 to Manchester Victoria. A total of 400 miles of passenger working this day for 25146.
Four days later (12th) 25146 & 25152 worked a round trip day excursion from Kettering - Blackpool via Chesterfield and the Hope Valley route.
25146 managed a series of Cambrian Line workings over the last weekend of July. On July 31st 25146 & 25123 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 to Shrewsbury. The next day the same pair of locomotives worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth forward from Shrewsbury. Whilst on the coast they filled in with the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and 17.25 return. Then it was time to head back eastwards with the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton.
On July 18th 25146 was busy at the southern end of the WCML being noted on a Hemel Hempstead to Euston parcels train.
Time ran out for 25146 during the summer of 1983, nineteen years of service came to an end when it was retired on August 7th.
By the end of October 25146 was at Derby Works, initially for spares removal. It would spend the next fifteen months here.
By the middle of April 1985 25146 was no more.
With thanks to Alan Baylis for the passenger workings.
Page added September 13th 2008