D5171, 5171, 25021
D5171, 5171, 25021

Photograph courtesy A Forster
25021 pulls into Millerhill on at 6pm on the evening of July 2nd 1980 towing 08755. By the end of July 25021 will be out of service at Haymarket with collision damage to one side.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
Circular gauge added to fuel tank.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 25 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 4 months.


The nineteen year career of D5171/25021 started out on the North Eastern Region, spending fourteen years at a variety of Eastern Region depots before moving to the Scottish Region.

D5171 was new to Thornaby (51L) on February 3rd 1962, further transfers were:
December 1967 to Leeds Holbeck (55A).
January 1971 to Thornaby (51L).
March 1971 to Leeds Holbeck (55A).
October 1971 to Gateshead (52A).
August 1972 to Tinsley (41A, later TI).
February 1976 to Eastfield.
May 1978 to Haymarket.
September 3rd 1980 - withdrawn.

Renumbered February 1974

25021 was the 38th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of nine Class 25s withdrawn during September 1980.

After withdrawal 25021 was stored at Millerhill (noted September 27th 1980). On October 10th 40006 hauled 25001, 25013, 25019 & 25021 as far as Thornaby, and reaching Swindon Works by October 16th 1980, 25021 was broken up by the middle of December 1980.

Its October 26th 1980 and the convoy of locomotives from Millerhill including 25021 has reached Swindon Works. This view reveals the damage to the side and cab that led to its premature withdrawal.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Darlington Works January & February 1964.
Noted Doncaster Works August 1965.
Noted Derby September 1966.
Noted Derby November 1969.
Was probably due for a Works visit in early 1973, did it get called to the Works?
Noted Glasgow March & April 1978, repainted - GW paint date 29.4.78.


On July 27th an Ushaw Moor - Redcar roundtrip (?) day excursion was worked by D5171.

Condition December: smart condition, green with frame level stripe, small yellow warning panel, square upper corners, bottom of panel covers frame level stripe

April unknown date, 4N28 Morecambe or Carnforth - Leeds oil tank train worked by D5171 and a 9F.

The evening Wakefield - Guide Bridge parcels was hauled by 5171 on December 5th.

A four times weekly Tribometer train was run between Sheffield & Knottingley, commencing February 10th, with 25021 handling the first working. This working ceased earlier thank expected, many of Tinsley's Class 25/0s handled the workings with 25017 being the most frequent.

25007 & 25021 were noted at Ipswich on July 26th with the empty stock of a Glasgow - Brandon troop special.


Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond
25021 at Dumfries on July 24th 1976.

25021 was stabled at Eastfield on March 5th.

25021 was stabled at Ayr on July 26th.

On August 18th the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 13.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25021.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
25021 at Motherwell shed on October 29th 1977.

25021 was stabled at Eastfield on February 5th.

25021 was noted at Perth on May 1st.

On June 5th the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25021.

The 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25021 on July 24th.

25021 was noted at Inverness shed at breakfast time on August 10th. 25021 was noted at Perth on August 10th. 25021 was stabled at Ayr on August 30th.

On September 30th 25021 assisted the LCGB Ayr & Galloway railtour in hauling the passenger train the short distance from Stranraer station to Harbour Junction to allow release of the two Class 40s, 40171 & 40191.

25021 releases the stock off the LCGB railtour at Stranraer Harbour on September 30th 1978. 40171 & 40191 would then take the railtour to Glasgow Central.

25021 was noted at Dundee depot on February 18th.

25021 was noted on Eastfield depot on June 3rd. It would later work the 16.45 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen.

The 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25021 on June 15th. 25021 was stabled at Perth on June 22nd. An Edinburgh - Dundee ? (1P10) service was worked on June 23rd.

The 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25021 on July 20th and an Edinburgh - Carstairs service (1C96) on July 26th.

On August 22nd the 13.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25021.

On September 19th 25021 worked the 22.45 Carstairs - Edinburgh. Three days later (22nd) the 07.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street, 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 15.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25021.

The 17.10 Perth - Arbroath was worked by 25021 on May 23rd.

On Sunday February 17th 25021 was noted with a track layer on permanent way work at Burntisland.

Although 25021 was not boiler equipped it had been used by the Scottish Region on scheduled passenger working during the summer months. Perhaps one of its more interesting workings was on May 23rd when it came to the rescue of 20110 & 20119 working the 1N21 09.45 Edinburgh - Inverness at Aviemore. 20119 had earlier failed at Kingussie, 20110 soldiered on along to Aviemore where 25021 was added for the run to Inverness. 25021 was noted at Perth on May 25th.

On July 5th 25021 was stabled at Motherwell.

During July 25019 & 25021 were parked in a siding at Irvine, both with collision damage, consistent with the locomotives having scraped along the side of something, with 25021 sustaining the most side damage.

25021 was noted on July 31st out of use at Haymarket with minor collision damage, a lengthy scrape high up on one side and damage to the radiator grille, boiler room grille and other ventilators. It had moved to Millerhill for storage by September 2nd 1980.

25021 was withdrawn on September 3rd 1980.

Extract from Thornaby Shed Repair Record Book
D5171 for the periods 20/7/1961 - 2/11/1961 and 1/6/62 - 27/12/1962.

13/6/62 Pump sealing ring
2/7/62 Air leak behind panel No 2 end
11/7/62 B exam
15/7/62 Route indicator not working
23/7/62 B exam, deadmans sticking
27/7/62 Engine room door handle broke
30/7/62 Ploughs bent, Drag hook bent, brake blocks, sand pipes
2/8/72 B exam
6/8/62 Air pipe clip loose, Bolt loose on sand pipe stays
7/8/62 Sands open out
10/8/62 Route indicator spindle handle
13/8/62 C exam
14/8/62 Engine room door handle
20/8/62 Settling tanks to fill
23/8/62 B exam
25/8/62 Sands
29/8/62 Dip stick to exam
1/9/62 Crank case low in oil
8/9/62 Deadman not working both ends
16/9/62 Vacuum
17/9/62 Sands
18/9/62 Governor oil seal broken
19/9/62 Lub oil low
25/9/62 B exam
26/9/62 Fuel leak in engine room
30/9/62 Sands
2/10/62 Crank case to fill, sands open
5/10/62 Oil leak
8/10/62 Sand not working
10/10/62 No1 end cab door sticking, door taken off D5155
11/10/62 Jumper cable
15/10/62 Wiper not working
17/10/62 B exam
19/10/62 Failed at Danby governor
22/10/62 Oil leak engine room, governor
24/10/62 2 body lights not working
26/10/62 No lights in cubicle
28/10/62 B exam
2/11/62 Sands
7/11/62 B exam
15/11/62 Deadman's not working
20/11/62 Traction motor gear case bottom bolt loose, D exam
26/11/62 Sands
2/12/62 Lub oil low
3/12/62 B exam
10/12/62 Door handle off
13/12/62 Deadman's, wiper, sands, B exam
16/12/62 Fuel rack vibrating
18/12/62 Sands
27/12/62 B exam, rivets in brake hanger bracket broken

Repair book information courtesy Peter Maynard.

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Last updated February 22nd 2022.

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