D5163, 5163, 25013
D5163, 5163, 25013

Photograph collection of webmaster
25013 heads towards Perth with a short freight on February 7th 1980, the north end of the Tay Bridge is in the background.

The eighteen year eight month career for D5163/25013 was spent allocated to Eastern Region and Scottish depots.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
Circular gauge added to fuel tank (Class 25/0 only).
Final exhaust roof panel: flush (Glasgow 1972?).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 3 months.


D5163 was new to Thornaby (51L) on September 23rd 1961. Further transfers were:

October 1971 to Holbeck (55A).
October 1972 to Tinsley (41A).
August 1975 to Eastfield.
February 1976 to serviceable store.
June 1976 reinstated to Eastfield.
October 1976 to Haymarket.
Withdrawn September 28th 1980.

Renumbered March 1974.

After withdrawal 25013 along with 25001/19/21 were moved to Swindon Works, they were noted through Durham behind 40006 on October 10th 1980, laying over at Thornaby. They were later noted departing York on October 16th 1980 now with 31274 added and with 25001 in charge of the movement. 25013 was broken up at Swindon Works during the second week of January 1981.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Darlington Works February 1963.
Noted Derby Works November 1966.
Noted Derby Works September & November 1968.
Noted Derby Works March 1969.
Noted Glasgow Works October 1972.


On November 4th Thornaby held 90 locomotives, 77 steam (three withdrawn) and thirteen diesels: D2077, D3138, D3142, D3150, D5109, D5151 D5152, D5155, D5158, D5159, D5162 - D5164.


Photograph collection of webmaster
D5163 at Darlington on May 11th 1963 with three condemned Q6s. The nearest Q6 is 63364 which had been withdrawn on April 24th 1963 and would be broken up at the nearby Darlington Works.

On Sunday March 15th noted at Thornaby shed were:
D5112, D5113, D5151, D5155, D5158, D5160, D5163, D5165, D5166, D5168, D5169, D5171, D5172, D5175 and D5183.

On March 7th the following Class 25s were on Thornaby shed: 5155, 5156, 5159, 5163, 5164, 5166, 5167, 5169, 5170, 5172, 5174 & 5175.

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 6th D5163 was at Middlesborough with a westbound freight.

On the evening of June 3rd D5163 was light engine at Darlington.

On the afternoon of June 13th D5163 was light engine at Darlington.

Noted at Darlington between 4.30pm & 7pm on June 20th were:
D5171: down freight
D5113: down freight
D5164: up light engine, later northbound with a freight
D5159: up light engine
D5163: up light engine
D5255: up freight, later to return with just a brakevan
D5152: up light engine

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

Condition May: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners, bottom of warning panel partially covers frame level stripe; valencing in place, blanking plate fitted, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, engine exhaust in original location, circular gauge not yet fitted to fuel tank.

On June 8th D5163 and brake tender were southbound at Ouston Junction with a mixed freight; livery - green with frame level stripe, small yellow warning panels with curved upper corners, original location for engine exhaust.

On November 15th 1969 a Darlington - Barnsley football special failed behind Class 47 No. 1575, assistance by 5163 was provided from ?? Later in the journey a heavy shunt damaged the stock leading to the return train being a diesel multiple unit.

A new duty for a Thornaby Class 25 was the Darlington - Aycliffe limestone hoppers which had for many years been worked by a shunter due to indifferent track and lack of runround facilities. However recent improvements led to the successful testing of 5163 on May 20th 1970, allowing for the regular diagramming of a Class 25.

5163 was noted on a local Bescot trip working on February 24th.


Photograph courtesy Tony Smith.
5163 at Clifton, York on March 14th 1972.

On December 6th 1972 5163 worked the 17.15 Derby - Nottingham with hauled stock.

On the afternoon of April 12th 5163 and another Class 25 were southbound at Skelton (York) with a freight.

On the morning of April 13th 5163 & 5165 were stabled at York.

On the morning of May 31st 5163 was southbound at Skelton (York) with a freight.

5163 was noted at Sheffield station at about 6pm on July 28th.

On September 8th 5163 was stabled at York.

On the afternoon of June 27th 25013 was stabled at York.

On the morning of October 11th 25013 was shunting ballast wagons at York.


Photograph collection of RCTS
25013 runs northbound through Rotherham on May 8th 1975 on one of the myriad freight workings once found in the Sheffield area. Later in the day it would be noted light engine at York. 25013 has only three months left on these workings, during August 1975 it will be transferred to Eastfield.

The transfer of 25013 to Eastfield during August 1975 in replacement of recently retired Class 24s allowed 25013 to handle a mixture of internal passenger workings. The first recorded Scottish passenger working took place on August 20th 1977 working the 23.45 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street from Stirling with 25046, having replaced 40006. 25013 was active following this, on August 23rd it worked the 18.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee, on 24th the 11.03 Perth - Edinburgh, on 26th the 07.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street and the 12.44 back to Dundee, and the 15.38 to Glasgow Queen Street.

25013 was stabled at Eastfield on April 2nd.

25013 was stabled at Polmadie on June 29th.

On August 31st 25013 was at Edinburgh Waverley with empty coaching stock.

On June 3rd 25013 was noted at Polmadie, being stopped awaiting materials.

On September 21st 25013 worked the 22.45 Carstairs - Edinburgh, October 1st's 17.30 Edinburgh - Cardenden and the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs, the 21.40 Edingburgh - Carlisle on October 19th and on October 27th the 13.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle from New Cumnock after the failure of 25076.

On April 12th 25013 was noted at Polmadie holding sidings.

The final passenger workings for 25013 took place during June & July 1980. Three workings over the Dundee - Glasgow route were handled on June 26th, the 07.39 to Glasgow Queen Street, 14.44 to Dundee and the 17.33 back to Glasgow Queen Street.

25013 was stabled at Eastfield on June 28th.

The last passenger working for 25013 took place on July 14th handling a Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh service.

25013 was withdrawn on September 28th 1980.

Extract from Thornaby Shed Repair Record Book
D5163 for the periods 20/7/1961 - 2/11/1961 and 1/6/62 - 27/12/1962.

10/10/61 to 12/10/61 Traction motor casing
13/6/62 E exam
17/6/62 Indicator pin wanted
20/6/62 Only 19" vacuum
23/6/62 Ampmeter not charging
1/7/62 Sands not shutting off
2/7/62 L spring hanger nuts loose
11/7/62 B exam, Brakes to take up
23/7/62 C exam
26/7/62 No2 end wiper not working
1/8/72 No2 bogie sands not shutting off
9/8/62 Drivers side wiper to repair
12/8/62 B exam, brake hanger rivet
20/8/62 Gauge clean
22/8/62 B exam
23/8/62 Radiator tank refill
24/8/62 Engine starting badly, Water gauge leaking
4/9/62 Deadman's sticking
8/9/62 Engine room lights
13/9/62 Engine cut out, fuel gauge to exam
18/9/62- 28/9/62 Main generator
28/9/62 B exam
1/10/62 Radiator water, vac to exam, sands
4/10/62 Settling tank to fill, fuel gauge to exam
6/10/62 Exam fuel fault
11/10/62 Settling tanks to fill
12/10/62 Failed at South Stockton 1.45 am no water
15/10/62 Settling tanks to fill, route indicator
16/10/62 Hand rail bolt missing
22/10/62 D exam
25/10/62 Settling tank fill,
26/10/62 Sands, leak on vacuum train pipe
29/10/62 Settling tanks, wiper
1/11/62 Water in sump exam
4/11/62 Heaters
5/11/62 Water leak
7/11/62 Electrical contact
22/11/62 Air pipe , plough
27/11/62 B exam, oil change
8/12/62 Radiator water, gauge glass clean
11/12/62 B exam, air pipe
12/12/62 Failed at South Stockton no water, ploughs
14/12/62 Sands, air pipe flange blown, batteries, no control air
17/12/62 Air leak
19/12/62 Settling tanks to fill, wiper, main air leak
21/12/62 C exam
24/12/62 Sands
27/12/62 Water tank to exam

Repair book information courtesy Peter Maynard.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Page added June 24th 2013.
Last updated May 17th 2023.

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