D5157, 5157, 25007
D5157, 5157, 25007

Photographer unknown at this time.

July 1961 finds D5157 standing at Darlington Works shortly after completion. D5157 was one of a batch of twenty five machines built at Darlington, upon delivery the entire batch was allocated to Thornaby to assist in the removal of local steam working in the Middlesborough area. This batch of machines, later to become the Class 25/0's were a transition between the 75mph 1,160 hp Class 24's and the 90mph 1,250 hp Class 25/1's. D5151 - D5175 was powered by the uprated 1,250 hp 6LDA28B Sulzer 6 cylinder engine, but carried the same traction motors of the earlier Type 2's but with a modified gearing to attain the higher maximum speed. This difference in characteristics tended to keep the sub-group allocated together for most of their lives.

The nineteen year three month career of D5157/25007 included allocations to Eastern and Scottish Region depots.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.


D5157 was new to Thornaby (51L) on July 7th 1961. Further transfers were:

December 1961 to Gateshead (52A).
September 1964 to Thornaby (51L).
July 1971 to Holbeck (55A).
October 1971 to Eastfield (65A).
April 1974 to Haymarket (64B).
February 1975 to Tinsley.
August 1975 to Eastfield.
May 1980 to Haymarket.
September 28th 1980 to unserviceable store.
Withdrawn December 1st 1980.

Renumbered May 1974.

25007 was moved to Swindon Works on November 6th 1980 with 25006, being withdrawn whilst at the Works. 25007 was broken up at Swindon during the third week of September 1982.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Darlington Works April & May 1963.
Noted Derby Works October 1965.
Noted Derby Works August 1968.
Noted Derby Works June 1970.
Noted Derby Works July 1971.
Noted Glasgow Works May 1973
Noted Glasgow Works June 1974
Noted Glasgow Works February 1975
Noted Derby Works June 1976
Noted Glasgow Works January - February 1979 (Intermediate repair).


The frames for D5157 were laid down at Darlington during April, construction on average took about ten weeks. D5157 was released on July 7th and allocated to Thornaby (51L), being noted there in sparkling condition on July 9th.

During December Gateshead sent D5112 & D5113 to Thornaby in exchange for D5156 & D5157.

D5157 was present in Darlington yard for part of April & May.

From the collection of Rex Conway

D5157 stands at Thornaby not too long after delivery. It has gained a good coating of dust and a '51L' shed plate on the cab front. In contrast to the first view, this one reveals the other side of the locomotive, with two rows of four air filters, in contrast to the three/four arrangement on the other side. Although this batch of locomotives were not boiler equipped they carried a through steam pipe, the steam pipe fittings being clearly visible on the buffer beam. In later years this connection would be removed.

The allocation of this build to Darlington was probably due to Derby being preoccupied with the later batch of BR/Sulzer Type 4's (the Class 46's), and its responsibility for overhauling much of the growing LMR fleet of diesels. The bodyshell of this batch was very similar to the previously built Type 2's, though in the Class 25/0's no boilers were fitted, thus the boiler water tank was omitted, but the ventilation grille for the boiler room remained! Darlington, in painting the locomotives picked out the grilles in grey, as Derby & Crewe had done on the bigger Type 4's.

In September D5156 & D5157 returned to Thornaby (51L) from Gateshead.

D5157 was noted under repair at Derby during October.

On August 31st the Open Day at Derby Works had an interesting display of locomotives, including HS4000 and D5157 in sparkling blue paint, steam was represented by 44888.

Derby received 5157 during June for repair. Possibly during this visit the locomotive received a cab roof at the 'A' end with the sloped 'wings'.

5157 was again at Derby for repair during July, at the same time 5157 & 5158 were transferred to Leeds Holbeck (55A). During October 5157 moved to Eastfield (65A). This move north had been to allow the Scottish Region to retire the remaining Clayton & NBL machines, also going north were a number of other Class 24 & 25's.

The Open Day held at Eastfield depot during September found 5157 present with a damaged cab, it would soon be moved to Glasgow Works for repair.

On May 12th Glasgow Works held its first Open Day, remarkably there were sixty four diesels on display that day, although twenty seven of those were condemned Claytons. Two class 25's were present, 5178 and 5157, the latter having a replacement cab fitted from withdrawn 5149. Class 24's noted were 5006/19, 5121/27 under repair and elsewhere withdrawn 5067, 5114/49. Parts of 5068 were still present.

During April 25007 moved to Haymarket, during June 25007 received attention at Glasgow Works.

More repairs took place to 25007, this time at Derby in February.

The transfer of 25006/07/08/11 to Tinsley during February brought all twenty five members of the Class 25/0's together again.

On July 26th Ipswich was host to 25007 & 25021 passing through with the empty stock of a Glasgow - Brandon troop special.

To cover the withdrawal of a number of Scottish Class 24's 25005 - 25014 moved from Tinsley to Eastfield in August.

25007 was back at Derby again during June for further attention.


With faded and peeling paint 25007 rests in the sunshine at Ayr depot on June 25th 1977. It'll be another eighteen months until 25007 reaches Glasgow Works for an intermediate repair and a much needed repaint.

The British Open Golf Championship at St Andrews (July 12th - 15th) brought a number of additional locomotive hauled trains to Leuchars station each day. July 15th saw 25007 arrive from Edinburgh, 20109 from Glasgow and a diesel multiple unit from Perth.

Photograph from the Michael MacDonald collection.
One of the July 15th workings featured 25007 complete with headboard, seen here at Leuchars.

Glasgow received 25007 for intermediate repairs during January & February.

On July 10th the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25007.

Considerable mileage was covered on August 18th when 25007 & 25062 worked an SRPS special throughout from Dundee via the Forth Bridge and Falkirk to Oban and return.

On September 11th an early afternoon Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street relief was worked by 25007.

January 14th saw the 17.07 Edinburgh - Newcastle in trouble behind 40060, the journey was completed with the help of 25007, albeit over two hours late.

During May 25006 & 25007 were transferred to Haymarket.

25007 keeps company with a Class 37 at Millerhill on April 25th 1980.
Photograph courtesy A Forster.

On June 14th 25007 worked the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee.

25007 was used on July 12th to take forward the 14.24 Scarborough - Glasgow Queen Street relief from Edinburgh, this may have been 25007's last passenger working. At the close of the summer timetable in September (18th?) both 25006/007 were stored unserviceable at Millerhill.

25006 & 25007 were also retired during December, though they had spent the last three months stored at Millerhill. Early in November they were moved to Swindon Works.

Scotland was finally cleared of the last of the Class 25/0's during the first week of March when 25002/005 made the long trek from Eastfield to Swindon Works. However the sequence of breaking up individual machines was most random, 25005 for instance was broken up by April, others lingered for many months.

And to complete the trio on this overcast day at Swindon, March 22nd 1981, here is 25007.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

25007 was cut up during September.

This page opened with an ex-works view of D5157 at Darlington, it ends twenty one years later with a view of 25007 at Swindon, very near to the end.

Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
25007 awaits at Swindon for the final coup-de-grace, April 26th 1982

During March 2016 a builders plate from 25007 sold on Ebay for GBP536.55. A plate sold at the same time from 25188 only reached GBP275.00

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis
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Page updated March 11th 2016

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