If one can remember the 'Indian Summer' of 1976, the thoughts are of a gloriously sunny, hot three months of June, July and August, a marked contrast perhaps with the more traditional English summer. Though the memories may favour the more pleasant side of things, the three months without rain brought drought conditions across parts of the country and water rationing in many areas. But none of that was center stage on August 22nd 1976. This busy Sunday was spent touring with the Midland Railfans group, including the Birmingham area depots.
Saltley was well populated this day with a variety of British Rail's diesel fleet. Standing by the fuelling shed are two Scottish Region Type 2s, 25028 & 25034. They had more than likely arrived on the Leith - Salisbury pipes, presumably replaced somewhere between Banbury & Didcot, then returning light engines to Saltley prior to picking up their next set of northbound duties.
The seventeen year ten month career of D5178/25028 was spent allocated to depots on the Eastern & Scottish regions.The allocation history for 25028 is similar to that of 25026 & 25027, but after transfer to the Scottish Region in July 1971 25028 remained at Scottish depots until withdrawn. 25028 was the lowest numbered of the Class 25s to recieve dual braking equipment.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5178 was new to Holbeck (55A) on February 8th 1963. Further transfers were:
June 1963 to Gateshead (52A).
Renumbered April 1974.
After withdrawal 25028 was stored at Millerhill until September 1981 when it moved to Polmadie with 25046 & 25082. 25028 remained at Polmadie until February 1983 when it moved to Glasgow Works, remaining here until January 29th 1987 when it was taken to Thornton Junction for scrapping by Vic Berry.
Asbestos issues were discovered with some of the locomotives being scrapped at Thornton Junction, at which time the scrapping stopped and the remaining locomotives were moved to Leicester for disposal. On June 3rd 1987 25028, 25318 & 26013 moved to Mossend Yard, June 4th 1987 to Carlisle, June 5th 1987 to Basford Hall, June 8th 1987 to Leicester Humberstone Road and into Vic Berry's yard on June 9th 1987. By the middle of June 1987 25028 had been scrapped, almost seven years after withdrawal.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1966.
The first seven Class 25/1s were allocated to North Eastern Region depots; D5176 - D5178 (boiler equipped) to Holbeck (55A) whilst D5179 - D5182 (non-boilered) were allocated to Gateshead.
For the locomotives based at Holbeck passenger work was a frequent occurrence, both local and longer workings as D5178 was so provided on February 14th for a run to Morecambe only six days fresh out of Darlington. By this time the vast majority of the Leeds local services were in the hands of diesel multiple units. On June 3rd 1963 the 09.33 Morecambe - Leeds was hauled by 5178. After transfer to Gateshead during June D5178 was noted on one of the freight turns from Scarborough on May 20th.
D5178 moved south from Gateshead during November, joining D5176 at York (50A).
In the Liverpool area steam still served several passenger trains, though many of these were slowly transitioning to diesel haulage, one such was the 23.38(SO) Liverpool Lime St - York, noted on New Year's Eve 1967 behind D5178.
In July 5178 headed north for allocation at Eastfield (65A).
On August 7th 1971 5178 (?) worked a morning Glasgow Queen Street - Oban, returning with the 12.25 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street.
The Blackpool Illuminations over the weekend of September 23rd/24th provided a wide variety of specials in to the area. Perhaps those with the most interesting motive power came from Scotland, noted were 5096 & 5001 and 5178 & 5385 on two of the ten specials from the ScR. Glasgow Works received 5178 for attention during October.
On September 6th 1973 the 17.52 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 5178.
In May 25028 moved to Haymarket.
A long distance working, the Leith - Salisbury pipes featured the Scottish Type 2's working as far as Didcot, examples noted were 25028 & 25034 on August 22nd (see photograph at head of page).
On August 10th 1976 the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25028, as was the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs on August 16th 1976.
On the evening of September 28th 25238 & 25028 were noted parked at Blair Athol.
On October 28th 25028 was noted on a parcels train at Dundee.
Glasgow Works received 25028 for repair including the fitting of dual brake equipment between October & December.
July 3rd found 25028 on the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee working, so far this is identified as its last passenger working, though being dual-braked and with a boiler on the Scottish Region there must surely be later workings out there somewhere!
It appears the reliability of 25028 suffered during the summer of 1980. In early July it was stopped at Polmadie with a traction motor fault, by the middle of July it was stopped at Motherwell with the same fault and similarly at Polmadie in early September. By the middle of October 25028 was stopped at Haymarket with loss of power. On October 28th 25028 was placed to unserviceable store, being moved from Haymarket to Millerhill (date??), but noted at Haymarket on November 1st. On December 1st 25028 was withdrawn, remaining at Millerhill.
1981 - 1987
Millerhill finally said farewell to dumped 25028/46/82, the trio moving to Mossend during September with 25028/46 going forward to Polmadie and 25082 reaching Kingmoor by early November.
A builders plate from 25028 sold at Great Central Railwayana Auctions for £540 during June 2016.
Page added July 19th 2003.