The eighteen year six month career of D5173/25023 was spent allocated to Eastern & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5173 was new to Thornaby (51L) on March 17th 1962. Further transfers were:
October 1966 to Holbeck (55A).
Renumbered February 1974.
25023 was the 44th Class 25 withdrawn, one of nine retired during September 1980, including sisters 25001, 25013, 25019 & 25021.
After withdrawal 25023 was stored at Millerhill Yard from December 1980 until February 11th 1981 when it was moved (see details below) to Swindon Works, being broken up there by the end of March 1983.
25010/11/23/87 Millerhill – Swindon Works February 21st, 1981: hauled by 25010.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Darlington Works December 1964 & January 1965.
On February 19th 5173 was noted at Barrow with coaching stock, believed to be for the 17.10 Barrow - Preston.
On June 20th 5173 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, Class 31 No. 5822 handled the return working.
A NE/SW service was handled on August 22nd with 5173 on the 1O43 09.10 Bradford - Poole to Sheffield?
On the evening of November 20th 5173 was noted light engine at York.
On the evening of December 4th 5173 was noted light engine at York.
On June 29th 25023 worked the 11.06 Scarborough - Sheffield.
On October 6th 25023 was stabled at March.
25023 was stabled at March on November 17th.
On April 12th 25023 was northbound at Clifton on the Bolton line with a lengthy parcels train.
August 15th (?) produced a surprising working on the ECML and possibly 25023's longest passenger haulage, joining 25085 on the relief 10.50 Aberdeen - Kings Cross as far as Newcastle, a total of 255 miles. On August 23rd 1975 25023 & 25134 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness.
25023 was stabled at Eastfield on September 12th.
On September 29th or 30th 25023 was noted at Invergordon with a down freight.
A post-Christmas relief working took place on December 28th, with one coach 25023 worked the 11.00 Dumfries - Carlisle due to the late running of the 09.30 Glasgow - Carlisle.
1977 has so far produced only one recorded passenger working, on July 26th working the 07.02 Perth - Edinburgh. On July 27th 25023 was stabled at Perth.
On April 29th 25023 was stabled at Motherwell.
On August 8th 25023 was noted at Stirling with a parcels train.
1978 provided quite a variety of passenger workings, all recorded in August & September, starting on August 10th with the 09.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street. Later this day during the evening 25023 was noted southbound at Perth with vans and was stabled the next morning (11th) at Perth. August 14th produced the 01.00 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban. The 19th witnessed three workings, the 11.03 Perth - Edinburgh and 12.50 return, closing the day with the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs. The 23rd saw 25023 working the 12.55 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban and the 17.44 return, now accompanied by 27021. The next day (24th) 25023 returned to Oban with the 12.55 from Glasgow Queen Street. And finally for this hectic month 25023 on 26th worked the 12.23 Pitlochry - Birmingham New Street to Mossend Yard, being then noted at Motherwell depot on August 26th. The recorded passenger mileage for August was 718 miles.
Two workings were handled during September 1978, on 7th the 16.53 Perth - Dundee followed by the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.
Two workings recorded in 1979 were the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on August 30th 1979 and the 21.30 Euston - Fort William from Mossend Yard to Cowlairs Junction with 25002 on September 5th 1979.
25023 was noted at Saltley on April 4th was used as the Camp Hill banker (Saltley trip No.70) on April 5th, had the Scottish locomotive arrived on one of the inter-regional pipe trains? It was noted at Guide Bridge eastbound light engine on April 11th.
1980 was the last year in service for 25023, it was noted on June 23rd working the 07.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street as far as Perth where it was declared a failure.
On August 30th 25023 was southbound light engine at Dundee having just taken a train of cement tanks to Camperdown.
Railtour duty was 25023's last passenger working, on September 13th 1980 25023 & 25026 worked the Dundee - Edinburgh leg of the 'Tyne-Tay Express' following the failure of A4 60009 'Union of South Africa'.
25023 was withdrawn on September 28th 1980.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Extract from Thornaby Shed Repair Record Book
Page added June 23rd 2013.