The twenty year career of D5183/25033 saw allocations to depots on the London Midland, Eastern & Scottish regions. The previous four Class 25s had been delivered without boilers, however D5183 - D5237 would be boiler equipped. D5183 would also be the first of a batch of over 200 Class 25s to be delivered to Midland Region depots to assist in the removal of steam from the lines from St Pancras to the East Midlands.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5183 was new to Toton (18A) on April 13th 1963. Further transfers were:
December 29th 1963 to Canklow (41D) on loan.
Renumbered February 1974.
25033 was the 174th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during April 1983.
25033 was stored at Birkenhead Mollington Street after colliding with 25050 on April 22nd 1983. It was moved to Derby Works on August 27th 1983, remaining here for about a month before making the very short trip to Etches Park on September 23rd 1983. It remained here until broken up in-situ on February 22nd 1986 by staff from Vic Berry, Leicester.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May & June 1964.
During December D5183 was loaned to Canklow (41D).
An enterprising venture by Luton Town football club was the use of chartered specials to their away games. These specials usually comprised twelve coaches including a buffet car, October 18th saw two specials work to Brighton, 5183 & 5184 worked their train throughout whilst 5213 & 7651 were replaced at Acton by 6552 & 6555.
On June 27th the derailment of a track maintenance machine near Pitlochry delayed the 08.50 Edinburgh - Inverness with 25005 & 25033 reported six hours late! 25033 visited Glasgow Works for repairs during October.
On July 9th 1976 25033 & 25026 worked the 15.52 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen whilst on July 17th 1976 25033 & 25246 worked the 08.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen.
25033 was noted at Glasgow Works in May, in very poor condition??
The 06.50 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street on May 26th 1977 was worked by 25033 & 25086, whilst the following 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked only by 25033. On August 8th 1977 the 11.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25033. On August 17th 1977 an Inverness - Euston service was worked by 25033 & 25078 between Perth & Mossend Yard, 82002 took the train forward. 25033 & 25078 were busy on August 20th 1977 working the 06.50 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street, the 10.05 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness and the 16.40 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street. The 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25033 on August 24th 1977 and on October 13th 1977.
On May 6th, the day of the Scottish Cup Final between Glasgow Rangers & Aberdeen at Hampden Park, five specials were scheduled. The 09.30am left behind 25072 & 25087, the 10.00 had 25227 & 25033 whilst the other three featured 40167, 40063 & 40159.
On September 27th 1978 the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25033.
August 26th found Haymarket based 25033 worked an evening Crewe – Cardiff passenger, remaining on this route until the 27th
After six years at Haymarket 25033 moved south of the border to Bescot during February, which brought 25032/33/34 together for the first time. This was 25033's last transfer.
On April 7th 1981 the 08.15 Birmingham New Street - Plymouth was worked to Gloucester by 25033 & 25038. On April 25th 1981 the Euston - Buxton 'Palatine' railtour was worked by 25033 & 25076 between Coventry & Bescot Yard where the locomotives were failed and replaced by 25129 & 25131.
On May 5th a return York - Aberystwyth special ran into trouble after 25035 & 25219 took over the return leg at Crewe. By Westbury both had failed and 25033 & 25113 were used to take the train forward. 25033 got no further than Forden before it too failed, leaving 25113 to complete the journey, almost four hundred minutes late by journey's end, with 25033 and some coaches being left at Machynlleth. On May 11th 25033 was noted at Leicester. May 16th found 25033 & 25314 taking over from 46023 at Birmingham New Street on a day excursion from Skipton to Bewdley for Bridgnorth. 25033 was noted on May 20th working a mixed freight at Horbury. On May 22nd the relief 12.28 Salisbury - Sheffield was worked forward from Birmingham New Street by 25033 & 25035. A week later (29th) the 15.40 Manchester Victoria - Bangor was worked by 25033. The 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow and 12.40 return (both over the GSW route) frequently used Class 25s from various depots, examples noted in June included 25033.
A diesel multiple unit failure on October 24th saw 25033 work the 13.06 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury.
July 3rd found 25033 & 25067 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham returning with the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
On August 30th 1982 the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central was worked by 25033.
During December 25033 was noted at Derby Works for category N4 repairs.
In April 25033's service life came to a sudden end after colliding with 25050 at Birkenhead on April 22nd. The pair of uncoupled Class 25's were being moved from the refuelling line to the shed, being driven from the locomotive nearest the shed to propel the two up the grade to the points and then drop down onto the shed. Whilst changing the points the locomotive being propelled continued to draw away from the first locomotive, until gravity took over, sending it back down towards the shed and into a collision with the second locomotive with the resultant damage.
The damaged locomotive was stored at Birkenhead for five months.
25033 was towed to Derby Works on September 21/22nd, for the removal of spares to keep other members of the class running, though by this time all Classified repairs had long since ceased. The locomotive was later dumped at Etches Park overlooking Deadman's Lane.
During July 2015 a builders plate, reported as from 25033 sold on ebay for GBP320.
Page created September 3rd 2003.