D5154, 5154, 25004
D5154, 5154, 25004

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
June 5th 1976 finds 25004 at Eastfield, this will be the last summer for 25004. With less than three months remaining in service it will be retired and dumped at Polmadie for six months before being moved to Glasgow Works where it will be cut up during September/October 1977.

A second view of 25004 at Eastfield on June 5th 1976 from a different viewpoint. At the time of this visit there were two Class 25/0s at Eastfield, 25004 & 25023. A Merrymaker had brought us from the East Midlands to Edinburgh, then a quick hop over to Glasgow to visit Polmadie and Eastfield, then back to Edinburgh and the East Midlands.

The fifteen year four month career of D5154/25004 included allocations to Eastern, London Midland & Scottish Region depots.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
Final exhaust roof panel: raised 'L' shape.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 12 months.


D5154 was new to Thornaby (51L) on May 20th 1961. Further transfers were:

December 1966 to York (50A) 1967.
June 1967 to Holbeck (55A).
September 1967 to Thornaby (51L).
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Withdrawn September 15th 1976.

Renumbered April 1974.

25004 was the 12th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during September 1976.

After withdrawal 25004 was stored at Polmadie from November 1976 to May 1977 when it moved to Glasgow Works and scrapped there by the beginning of October 1977.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Darlington Works January 1963.
Noted Derby Works October 1965.
Noted Derby Works October 1966.
Noted Glasgow Works October 1975.



Photograph collection of webmaster.
D5154 at Thornaby on May 27th 1961, the locomotive has officially been in service for seven days.

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

February 1st saw the closure of Bishop Auckland shed, many Thornaby Type 2s had worked various turns from this depot. Its duties and engines were taken over by the delayed opening of Shildon. The last day found seven diesels and two steam engines working off the shed. Cl 3 2-6-0 77010 was the last steam locomotive to leave, working the 6.35am pick-up to Stanhope. The last engine off was D5154 on the 2.55pm mineral turn from Brancepeth Colliery to Belasis ICI plant. As the locomotives ended that day’s duties they returned to Shildon for stabling. With this changeover an intensive set of twenty diagrams were set up for seven Sulzer 2’s based at Shildon, with weekly visits to Thornaby for fuel and scheduled maintenance. No provision was made for a spare unit, causing the later turns to operate at all hours if problems were encountered earlier in the day!

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.

On the evening of April 4th D5154 was down light engine at Darlington.

Noted at Thornaby betweem 11am & noon on April 14th were:
D5174 with brake van (9T15)
D5154 up freight
D5248 up freight (8T10)
D5158 down freight

On the evening of April 16th D5154 & D5174 were stabled at Darlington whilst D5170 was passing light engine.

On the morning of April 17th D5154 was light engine at Darlington.

On the morning of June 20th D5154 was light engine at Darlington.

Noted at Darlington between 5.30pm & 6.30pm on July 6th were:
D5154: up freight
D5168: down light engine
D5163: up light engine
D5157: down light engine
D5166: down freight

On the evening of July 18th D5154 was noted shunting an up freight at Darlington.

On the afternoon of July 21st D5154 was at Darlington light engine.

Stabled at York on the early evening of April 3rd were D5099, D5154 & D5155, steam was represented by stored 61173, 61199, 63459, 65873 and active 62012.

Stabled at Derby on July 17th were D5037, D5151, D5154 & D5170.

On the evening of July 27th D5154 was with an up fitted freight at Newlay & Horsforth.

On the early morning of August 26th D5154 was southbound light engine at Normanton and later noted light engine at Rochdale, it would also be noted at Bradford Exchange with a down parcels (3N18). Later that same afternoon it would be stabled at Normanton. The WTT suggests this may be a light engine move from Normanton via Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge to Manchester Victoria to work the 3N18 07.00 Manchester Victoria - Bradford Exchange parcels.

On February 2nd D5154 was noted shunting at Ormskirk.

The 09.00 Liverpool - Glasgow was regularly worked to Preston by steam during the first four months of the year. The increasing availability of diesels saw these opportunities greatly reduced by May, whilst early in June noted were D5262 (3rd), D5248 (4th), D5154 (8th) and D7589 (15th).

Condition June: green livery with frame level stripe, small yellow warning panels, square upper corners, uncertain if bottom of warning panel covers frame level stripe, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, engine exhaust in original condition, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, steam style shedplate on cab front, all valencing present.

On June 14th D5154 was noted at Bolton Trinity Street with empty coaching stock.

June 29th was the last day of steam at Patricroft & Newton Heath sheds, D5154 was the Manchester Victoria pilot that day.

On the evening of July 27th D5154, D5073, D5058, D7671 & D5046 were up light engines at Crewe.

Condition March: green livery with small warning panels, squared upper corners, steam style shed plate on cab front.

On the afternoon of August 27th 5154 was at Miles Platting with an eastbound freight.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on December 10th.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria banker on February 23rd, joined by 7541 on February 24th and by 5153 on February 25th.

5154 was noted at Godley Junction on April 11th.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on May 26th, 5196 was the banker.

Condition April: green livery, frame level stripe, small yellow warning panels which cover frame level stripe, square corners, engine exhaust in original position, two-piece miniature snow ploughs, shed plate on cabfront.

On April 29th whilst negotiating the crossovers at the center of Manchester Victoria station 7573 become derailed. The Newton Heath breakdown crane arrived behind 5154, taking about an hour to put 7573 back on the rails.

The 16.25 York - Newcastle parcels was noted with a variety of power through out the month including 5154 on May 26th.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria banker on March 11th.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria banker on May 6th & 11th.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria banker on June 24th.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria banker on August 4th.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria banker on September 1st & 3rd.

At about 7am on October 4th 5154 was noted passing Manchester Victoria on an up freight.

5154 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on August 28th & 31st.

5154 was stabled at Thornton Yard on the morning of May 27th.

On the morning of October 25th 25004 was stabled at York.

On the afternoon of June 2nd 25004 was stabled at York.

On the afternoon of June 23rd 25004 was northbound light engine at York.

The passenger workings so far recorded for D5154/25004 are very sparse. On July 21st 1975 the 20.46 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25004. A shortage of multiple units led to a number of diesel substitutions in the Edinburgh area, principally using Type 2’s & hauled stock. One such was 25004 working the 17.15 Edinburgh – Dundee on November 11th 1975.

25004 was withdrawn on September 15th 1976.

25004 on March 5th 1977, the locomotive has been withdrawn for about six months.

Extract from Thornaby Shed Repair Record Book
D5154 for the periods 20/7/1961 - 2/11/1961 and 1/6/62 - 27/12/1962.

15/6/62 B exam
26/6/62 B exam
6/7/62 B exam
18/7/62 D exam
29/7/62 B exam
6/8/62 Left brake piston X head locking plate loose
16/8/62 Sand pipe
28/8/62 C exam, jumper cable
30/8/62 Heater
3/9/62 Wipers
5/9/62 Brake gear
6/9/62 Sand pipe to renew
7/9/62 Oil pressure gauge
8/9/62 B exam
19/9/62 B exam
27/9/62 Bogie suspension bolts secure, brake tension spring
6/10/62 Oil pressure low, oil sump top up, horn
9/10/62 Crank case low oil, horns
10/10/62 C exam
11/10/62 Brake blocks to renew
12/10/62 Crank case oil low
19/10/62 Horn
20/10/62 Engine oil leak
26/10/62 Sump top up
2/11/62 B exam
13/11/62 B exam
20/11/62 Lub oil low, oil spraying in engine room, sands
23/11/62 Deadman exam, crankcase low in oil
26/11/62 G exam
29/11/62 Route indicator not working
30/11/62 Oil leak in engine room
3/12/62 Vac hogger plug washer, fuel pipe nipple broken off
4/12/62 Deadman’s isolated
5/12/62 Oil leak engine room
10/12/62 B exam, Brake wheel to secure, Flex pipe to sands nut
13/12/62 Route indicator arm pin
21/12/62 B exam
23/12/62 Route indicator handle
27/12/62 Sands

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Repair book information courtesy Peter Maynard.

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Page added August 10th 2013.
Last updated May 15th 2023.

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