D5166, 5166, 25016
D5166, 5166, 25016

Photograph courtesy J G Ashley.
A splendid portrait of 5166 at Morecambe, date unknown. On the extreme left are the sidings where the Heysham oil train would run round, this was also where diesel multiple units might be stabled The people to the right of the Class 25 mark the location of the new station, with but two platforms and a run round for Heysham bound trains. Beyond the sidings on the left is the now mandatory car park.

D5166/25016 was allocated to four Eastern Region depots for all of its fourteen year three month career.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.


D5166 was new to Thornaby (51L) on November 2nd 1961. Further transfers were:

June 1967 to Gateshead (52A).
November 1967 to Thornaby (51L).
October 1968 to Holbeck (55A).
May 1970 to Thornaby (51L).
January 1972 to Holbeck (55A).
October 1972 to Tinsley (41A).
November 1972 to Holbeck (55A).
May 1973 to Tinsley (41A).
October 1973 to Holbeck.
March 1974 to Tinsley.
January 11th 1976 stored serviceable.
Withdrawn January 25th 1976.

Renumbered February 1974.

25016 was the 5th Class 25 withdrawn, its sister, 25015 was the 4th withdrawn.

After withdrawal 25016 was stored at Barrow Hill from January 1976 until March 10th 1976 when it was moved (see details below) to Swindon Works, being broken up there by the middle of December 1976.

25016/17/20 Barrow Hill – Swindon Works March 10th 1976.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works November 1965.
Noted Darlington Works January 1966.
Noted Derby Works February 1967.
Noted Derby Works February 1971.


A minor change affecting D5166 - D5175 was the fitting of a larger fuel tank. The fuel capacity of the first fifteen, D5151 - D5165 was 520 gallons, locomotive weight was 70.25 tons, whilst the final ten, D5166 - D5175 had larger 620 gallon fuel tanks, with a weight of 72.35 tons.

Condition March: green livery with frame level stripe, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.

The workshops at Darlington finally closed on April 2nd, although repairs had ceased in early January with 70004 as possibly the last machine worked upon. The last Type 2s to visit Darlington Works were D5166 & D5181, both outshopped by the third week of January.

On August 2nd 5166 worked the 09.40 Scarborough - Manchester Victoria (throughout?).

Condition September: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, full size fuel tank with circular gauge, no water tank, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present.

Photograph courtesy J G Ashley.
5166, date unknown on a permanent way job somewhere between Northallerton and Cowton (near Eryholme).

Photograph collection of webmaster.
Neville Hill, date unknown but possibly an Open Day event.

On December 11th 5166 worked an afternoon Leeds - Huddersfield parcels.

The 07.18 Sheffield - Skegness was worked by 25016 on June 22nd 1974. On July 12th 1975 25016 worked the 07.27 Bradford Exchange - Weymouth from Sheffield to Birmingham New Street, returning with the 09.00 Weymouth - Leeds from Birmingham New Street to Leeds.

Tinsley’s 25016 handled a short passenger working between Marsden & Huddersfield on July 3rd, rescuing a failed 46039 on a Liverpool – Newcastle service. Presumably 25016 then took up its scheduled working of the evening Huddersfield - Wakefield parcels.

Condition no date: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, full size fuel tank with circular gauge, no water tank, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight (No.2 end) & ridge (No.1 end) sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie footsteps.

25016 was withdrawn on January 25th 1976.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Page added August 7th 2013.
Last updated September 14th 2019.

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