The nineteen year six month career of D5160/25010 included allocations to Eastern and Scottish Region depots, including ten consecutive years allocated to Thornaby.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5160 was new to Thornaby (51L) on August 19th 1961. Further transfers were:
August 1971 to Holbeck (55A).
Renumbered April 1974.
25010 was one of seventeen Class 25s withdrawn during December 1980.
At withdrawal 25010 was quickly prepared for movement to Swindon Works (see details below), for at least part of the journey 25010 powered the dead engine convoy, arriving February 14th 1981 and scrapped by the beginning of June 1981.
25010/11/23/87 Millerhill? – York - Swindon Works, February 6th - 14th, 1981 (noted passing Saltley behind a Class 31).
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Darlington Works August 1963.
Just north of Rounton Gates signal box the Northallerton bound freight rear ended the Washwood Heath train, impact speed was approxiamately 30mph, the leading train was barely moving having just started to pull away from a signal stop. D5160 had been propelling a 35ton brake tender, which demolished and set fire to the brake van of the leading train. The wagon next to the brake van, a 40ton bolster wagon carrying rolled steel lost its bogies and was thrown upside down across both running lines. The brake tender was demolished in the collision, D5160 rode over it sustaining severe damage to the cab.
The guard of the Washwood Heath train was severely injured in the collision and died shortly after reaching the hospital. The investigation showed the driver of D5160 to be a troubled man. He was approaching retirement age and had been driving diesel locomotives for about five months. He had suffered from dizzy spells for about fifteen months prior to the accident, since transferring to diesel locomotives his stomach had troubled him, unable to keep down food after he had been driving the diesels. Cooking smells also upset him, at the time of the accident the second man was in the rear cab cooking up his breakfast of bacon and eggs on the hotplate. At this time all nightime diesel workings were doubled manned to provide protection for the crews in case of drowsiness brought on by the more comfortable environment found in the diesel locomotive cabs. The second man had been in the rear cab for about fifteen minutes and had not monitored any of the signals. Additionally the guard of the train admitted to only a casual observance of the signals on that trip.
The driver could remember nothing of the final moments of the journey, either because of a spell of dizzyness or drowsiness impairing his actions. Equally as disturbing was the operation of the deadman's pedal, which although found to be in proper working order after the collision appeared to have been operational by the action of a downward pressure lower than that prescribed by the manufacturer - if the driver had fallen asleep the weight of his legs would normally have been inadequate to keep the pedal depressed. In the case of the pedal in D5160 it was operating outside of its designed specifications and allowed the locomotive to operate with the driver incapacitated, therefore making the device virtually of no use.
On July 27th (wrong date) 62059 hauled D5160 and the brakedown train used to recover the Type 2 from Rounton Gates to Darlington.
During August D5160 was noted in Darlington Works & Yard presumably for accident repairs.
On May 20th the six coach Stephenson Locomotive Society (Tees-Side Centre) 'The Three Dales Rail Tour' visited a number of lines in the North East. Primary motive power for the entire route was 62005. However 62005 & D5160 worked the Redmire - Leyburn - Ainderby - Castle Hills Inner Junction - Castle Hills Junction - Eryholme Junction - Darlington section because the crossing loop at Redmire could not accommodate a six coach train.
D5160 worked the 7B61 14.10 Tees Yard - Dringhouses on August 17th, with K1 62005 as the pilot, the steam locomotive going forward to Leeds for examination at Hunslet’s Works.
On September 2nd fourteen locomotives were stabled at Ayr depot including 5007, 5156 & 5160.
25010 was stabled at Stranraer Harbour on June 20th.
On the evening of August 9th 25010 was noted at Haymarket depot.
On the afternoon of August 13th 25010 was stabled at Eastfield.
On August 21st 25010 worked the 11.03 Perth - Edinburgh, 12.50 Edinburgh - Perth, 17.17 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee.
On July 14th the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25010. On the evening of July 16th 25010 was noted at Haymarket depot and would later work the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs. On July 17th 25010 worked the 19.22 Perth - Edinburgh (2G16?) and the 22.18 Edinburgh - Stirling and was later noted about 1pm at Perth shunting vans.
On April 11th 25010 was noted at Markinch with a southbound thirteen wagon + brake van ballast train from Clatchard Craig quarry (near Newburgh).
25010 was stabled at Haymarket on June 14th.
At about 10.30am on June 24th 25010 was noted at Edindburgh Waverley possibly with empty coaching stock.
The last recorded passenger working for 25010 took place on July 12th working the 09.05 Perth - Kensington Olympia to Mossend Yard with 25085.
25010 was noted at Carstairs on September 28th.
25010 was stabled at Haymarket on November 1st.
25010 was noted at Inverness on November 8th.
25010 was effectively withdrawn on December 29th 1980, though may have been withdrawn on paper on February 11th 1981.
Extract from Thornaby Shed Repair Record Book
D5160 for the periods 20/7/1961 - 2/11/1961 and 1/6/62 - 27/12/1962.
5/7/62 B exam, settling tank gauge tank glass leaking
15/7/62 B exam. Derailment
16/7/62-19/7/62 Gear case, electric contact
29/7/62 Engine crank case low in oil
3/8/62 B exam
4/8/62 Bogie rivets broken
7/8/62 Waiting works
20/8/62 Out of works
27/8/62 Cab windows
28/8/62 B exam, water failure trip plug to reset
29/8/62 Wipers, horns
20/9/62 Oil pipe leaking against generator
1/10/62 B exam
2/10/62 Bolt loose on gen.
5/10/62 Water leak from cab roof valve
10/10/62 B exam
11/10/62 Settling tanks to fill, vac reducing valve to reset
13/10/62 Engine room flooded with water
15/10/62 Heavy rattle No 2 cab
20/10/62 Wiper renew
2/11/62 C exam
13/11/62 Brakes, B exam
16/11/62 Bogie suspension bolts check nuts,brake adjusting rod nuts
22/11/62 Sump oil low, radiator to fill
25/11/62 Vestibule doors, heater, B exam
10/12/62 Vestibule door
12/12/62 Screw coupling to renew
13/12/62 B exam
18/12/62 Settling glass to clean
24/12/62 B exam
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added August 11th 2013.
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