D5153, 5153, 25003
D5153, 5153, 25003

Photograph courtesy Lynne Gibson.
D5153 at Darlington Works circa May 1961. Left to right in the view are John Dixon pattern shop foreman, Jack Spackman electrical foreman, Ben Potts wheel shop foreman, Dick Brass coppersmith foreman, Bill Feldon electric shop chief foreman, George J Fletcher chief draughtsman, not known but chief shunter in works yard, Ron Hodsdon photographer BR Eastern Region.

The fifteen year three month career of D5153/25003 included allocations to Eastern, London Midland & Scottish Region depots.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
Tested during 1967 with high visibility / fluorescent paint on the cab front panels, similar to D5159.
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 10 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 20 months.


D5153 was new to Thornaby (51L) on May 10th 1961. Further transfers were:

November 1967 to Carlisle (12A) on loan, made permanent December 1967.
January 1968 to Springs Branch (8F).
May 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
October 1972 to Haymarket (64B).
May 1974 to Tinsley.
July 1975 to Eastfield.
Withdrawn August 18th 1976 (collision damage to No.1 cab, 2nd man's side).

Renumbered March 1974.

25003 was the 10th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during August 1976.

After withdrawal 25003 was moved to Glasgow Works by early October 1976 and scrapped there by January 1978.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works July & August 1965.
Noted Derby Works April & May 1966 (ex-works repaint).
Noted Derby Works October 1967.
Noted Derby Works August 1974.
Noted Derby Works October 1975 (classified repair, gangway doors sheeted over, full repaint).


On July 9th Thornaby shed contained 142 locomotives including three diesel shunters and D5098, D5151 - D5157.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
Thornaby based D5153 is seen very early in its career, little changed from the day it was outshopped from Darlington Works. The location is not known but maybe in the York area.

On Sunday April 18th the following were noted:
Gateshead: D5102, D5150, D5106, D5149, D5180, D5103, D5109, D5113
Heaton Carriage Sidings: D5178, D5108, D5147, D5177
Thornaby: D5163, D5162, D5167, D5154, D5152, D5157, D5155, D5156, D5172, D5169, D5153.

At some point in 1966 two Thornaby Class 25s received fluorescent paint on the cab front, the locomotives were D5153 & D5159. The fluorescent paint on D5153 extended from frame level to just above the lower marker lights. On D5159 the fluorescent paint extended from just above the lower marker lights to just below the horizontal handrails. For D5153 the band of fluorescent paint is visible in the images below of D5153 derailed. It is presumed that when outshopped after the derailment damage repairs were made, the warning panel was returned to all yellow.

On or about August 4th 1967 D5153 (in green livery, with small yellow warning panels which included the high visibilty / fluorescent paint also being tested on D5159) was noted lying on its side at Hesleden Bank (Hartlepool), presumably having run through catchpoints? A brake tender was also damaged in the incident, not sure if the tender was leading or trailing the locomotive. No doubt a Works visit was required to rectify the damage sustained to its side.

Photographs courtesy of Regal Walker. The views are used with the permission of the owner, who is the son of the railway worker sent out to investigate the derailment of D5153. Copies of these views and many others are available from the seller's Ebay store.
Three views of D5153 derailed at Hesleden, on or about August 4th 1967.

On December 23rd D5153 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 3P03 vans.

On the afternoon of July 8th D5153 & D7563 were eastbound at Pleasington light engines.

On the morning of August 4th D5153 was noted light engine at Clifton Junction (north of Manchester Victoria).

5153 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on November 18th (with 7592), 24th (with 5187), 25th, 26th (with 5197).

On February 9th & 10th 5153 was noted at Patricroft with an up van train. 5153 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on February 13th (with 7542) & 20th. 5153 & 5154 were the Manchester Victoria bankers on February 25th.

5153 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on March 5th, 6th & 9th.

On the afternoon of April 2nd 5153 was at Crewe with an up freight.

Photograph collection of webmaster / H C Casserley.
D5153 at Manchester Victoria on September 15th 1970.

5153 was the Manchester Victoria banker on May 25th.

5153 was the Manchester Victoria banker on June 17th.

5153 was the Manchester Victoria banker on July 13th & 14th. 5153 was noted passing Manchester Victoria on July 15th about 7am with an up van train.

5153 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on August 12th. 5153 was noted passing Manchester Victoria on August 31st with an up van train.

5153 was the Manchester Victoria banker on September 7th & 29th.

5153 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on December 1st.

5153 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on February 8th.

5153 was noted passing Manchester Victoria on March 20th about 7am with an up freight.

The only recorded passenger working so far known took place on June 17th with 5153 & 7646 working the 08.58 Derby - St. Pancras throughout.

5153 was noted passing Manchester Victoria on August 14th about 7am with a down freight.

At about 7am on September 19th 5153 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with an up freight.

At about 6pm on October 11th 5153 was noted at Park (Manchester) with a down freight.

On March 17th 5153 worked the local freight over the Dyce - Fraserburgh freight only line.

An odd combination noted working the 6M70 18.50 Millerhill - Carlisle freight was 5153 leading 1534 on April 10th.

In the early hours of May 26th 5153 was noted at Motherwell depot in plain green with full yellow cabfronts.

Condition May: gangwaydoors present, circular gauge present on side of fuel tank.

25003 was noted at Frodingham on May 26th.

On the morning of November 19th 25003 was southbound at York with a freight (6D02).

On the morning of January 23rd 25003 & 25146 were stabled at York.

On the morning of November 5th 25003 was noted northbound at York with ballast hoppers (on transfer from Derby Works to Eastfield?).

An ex-works 25003 was noted at Millerhill depot on November 8th, in company with 24106 & 24113. It was noted at Motherwell depot on November 15th/.

25003 was noted outside Polmadie shops on January 3rd & April 14th.

July 26th, 25003 & 25025 were stabled at Ayr depot.

25003 was noted at Eastfield with cab damage on August 7th.

25003 was withdrawn on August 18th 1976.

Extract from Thornaby Shed Repair Record Book
D5153 for the periods 20/7/1961 - 2/11/1961 and 1/6/62 - 27/12/1962.

13/9/61 C exam
8/6/62 B exam
14/6/62 Oil leak in engine room
15/6/62 No 2 wipers
16/6/62 Compressor
19/6/62 B exam
2/7/62 Body lights out
4/7/62 Sands not working, wheel slip lights bright
11/7/62 Sand pipes to straighten out No 1 end
19/7/62 Oil change
22/7/62 B exam
26/7/62 Crank case oil leak
1/8/62 B exam
12/8/62 Sands not blowing
14/8/62 Oil leak in engine room
15/8/62 Sands to open out
20/8/62 Oil leak in engine room
29/8/62 Coupling to change No2 end
30/8/62 Oil leak in engine room
1/9/62 Exam engine for oil leaks
2/9/62 ATC pipe coupling loose, bogie susp. Bolt check nuts
4/9/62 Brake hanger bracket
6/9/62 Oil leak in engine room
12/9/62 Air pipe knecked
14/9/62 B exam, air pipe
16/9/62 Rivets
17/9/62 Brake brackets
24/9/62 Oil leaks main engine, wipers
26/9/62 New milometer fitted, B exam
27/9/62 Hanger rivets, brake blocks
11/10/62 Front sands open out
15/10/62 Large oil ? handle wanted, Oil leak in engine room
18/10/62 C exam
24/10/62 Oil leak
28/10/62 B exam
30/10/62 Oil leak crankcase
3/11/62 Engine to exam for oil leaks
7/11/62 Compressor not cutting out
8/11/62 B exam
12/11/62 Wiper, sands
15/11/62 Wiper
18/11/62 Switch door open
19/11/62 Snow plough fitted
22/11/62 Air pipe
23/11/62 Sands
30/11/62 Sands
1/12/62 Drivers vac brake not working
3/12/62 G exam
4/12/62 Deadman's isolated
6/12/62 Drivers seat to replace, sands, batteries flat
7/12/62 Oil beneath bird cage in cubicle
13/12/62 G exam
23/12/62 B exam

Repair book information courtesy Peter Maynard.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Last updated May 15th 2023.

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