D5187, 5187, 25037
D5187, 5187, 25037

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
25037 & 25051 hurry through Warrington Bank Quay on March 30th 1983 with an Oakamoor - St Helens sand train.

The twenty three year ten month career of D5187/25037 included allocations to London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Dual brake equipped (February 1979).
Non-standard Battery Isolating Switch Cover - three circular hinged discs.
Center lampbracket & other fittings removed.
Angled strip at bottom of cab doors (Glasgow modification).
The Class 25 with the longest time in service (23 years & 309 days) .
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 96 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 5 months.


D5187 was new to Toton on March 23rd 1963. Further transfers were:

January 1964 to Saltley (2E).
September 1964 to Toton (16A).
October 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
June 1965 to Leicester Division (D15).
September 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
November 1968 to Preston Division (D10).
September 1972 to London Division (D01).
May 1973 to Cricklewood.
September 1973 to Toton.
October 1976 to Eastfield.
May 1977 to Haymarket.
May 1982 to Eastfield.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn January 19th 1987.

Renumbered March 30th 1974.

25037 was the 302nd Class 25 to be withdrawn.

After withdrawal 25037 had reached Basford Hall by March 22nd 1987, then sold to Vic Berry and moved on May 29th 1987 as the 9L37 10.50 Basford Hall - Vic Berry, Leicester comprising 25034, 25037, 25095 & 25190. By May 31st 25037 was in Berry's yard and broken up by June 14th 1987.

to their yard at Leicester. By the middle of June 1987 25037 had been scrapped.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September 1964.
Noted Derby Works May 1966.
Noted Derby Works January 1970.
Noted Derby Works February 1975.
Noted Glasgow Works August 1977.
Noted Glasgow Works October 1978 - January 1979 (dual brake equipment fitted).
Noted Derby Works December 1984 - February 1985 (N4 repairs).


Testing of the Derby Works built locomotives included a run down to Corby attached to a string of coaches, the headcode used was 1T48, D5187 was noted on this working on March 15th. During April 1963 D5187 was at Wellingborough for crew training.

Condition March: green livery with small yellow warning panels, with curved upper corners, yellow covers frame level stripe.

On August 5th 1967 the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked by D5187 & D7595.

The summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town service was worked by 5187 & 7518 on July 6th 1968 and by 5187 & 5292 on July 20th 1968.

During November 5187 was transferred to the Preston Division (D10).

The end of the year saw 5187 working over the Waverley route, on December 30th the 09.20 Carlisle - Edinburgh was worked, the weather was particularly bad, the boiler of 5187 was giving trouble on this trip, remedial action allowed 5187 to be used the next day (31st) on the 07.06 Edinburgh - Carlisle and the 13.00 Carlisle - Edinburgh. Four days later on January 4th 1969 the Waverley route closed, with BR expecting to save GBP300,000 per annum.

5187 & 5153 were the Manchester Victoria pilots on November 24th, (5187 was a Preston Division locomotive), 5187 & 5211 were the pilots on November 25th.

5187 was at Derby Works during January.

5187 & 5297 were noted hauling the Stirling - Newton Abbot motorail on August 21st, presumably as far as Carlisle, a month later on September 28th 5187 was noted on a similar working with 5193.

Pairs of Class 25s occasionally substituted for Class 45s on coal trains destined for the Kent area, including 7557 & 5187 on May 17th working a Brent - Southfleet and the return Betteshanger - Toton.

5187 moved north to Toton in September. On September 15th 1973 a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip was worked by sisters 5187 & 5186. Six weeks later on October 28th 1973 the 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough was worked by 5187.

The first day of 1974 saw 5187 & 5188 working an excursion, being noted between Derby and Birmingham. On January 18th 1974 the 06.35 Birmingham New Street - Leeds and the 12.35 Leeds - Birmingham New Street were worked by 5187.

On March 17th 1974 the 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough and the 21.30 Leicester - Birmingham New Street were worked by 5187.

On January 18th 25037 worked a Spondon - Rosyth special including a sleeping car and officers saloon.

25037 visited Derby Works during February.

March 12th saw the 06.43 Peterborough - Kings Cross arrive behind 31185 & 25037.

On April 4th 25285 & 25037 worked the 17.26 St Pancras - Derby.

When the 12.20 Birmingham - Newquay failed at Newton Abbot behind 47144 on July 26th it was replaced by 1012 'Western Firebrand' which got no further that Totnes, here 25037 was on hand to take over.

On August 29th the 19.45 Skegness - Derby was worked by 25037 & 25075. A week later on September 6th 1975 a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip was worked by 25037 & 25272.

The 07.10 (?) Derby - Matlock and 08.00 Matlock - Derby were worked by 25037 on February 13th 1976. On 18th February the 07.45 Cardiff - Newcastle arrived at its destination behind 25037 & 25239, presumably having deputised for a failure. The Type 2s returned south separately on parcels workings.

Late on the afternoon of April 2nd 25037 was noted southbound through Castleford with a freight from the York direction.

On May 29th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25037 & 25218.

The 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25037 & 25130 on July 17th. The same pair of Class 25s were still together on July 24th when they worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. A month later on August 14th the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25037 & 25044. On August 29th a Derby - Skegness was handled by 25037 & 25075.

During October 25037 was transferred to Eastfield, eight years would be spent allocated to Scottish Region depots.

25037 was noted at Oban on March 4th in charge of an un-identified passenger working. By March 9th it was noted waiting departure with the 18.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.

25037 was noted at Glasgow Works during August.

On a sunny February 18th 1978 25037 was noted at Perth with snowploughs at each end, there was a light covering of snow on the ground.

25037 was noted north of Leeds in charge of the 16.05 Nottingham - Glasgow on May 9th.

During the morning of August 15th 25037 & 25093 were noted at Perth.

On September 8th the 07.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25037. A week later on September 14th it was the turn of the 09.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street to be worked by 25037.

From October 1978 to January 1979 25037 was at Glasgow Works for a general repair including the fitting of dualbraking equipment.

The 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25037 on March 16th 1979. On March 27th 25037 was noted at Perth, possibly with the 10.14 to Motherwell.

A Stranraer - Warcop troop special was noted heading south over the Settle & Carlisle line on May 5th with 25037 & 27205 in charge, later returning over the same route with the empty coaching stock.

On December 8th a roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Nottingham football special was worked by 25037 & 25027. The next day (9th) the same pair worked the first stage of the 'Yorkshire Terrier' railtour from Marylebone to Coventry. 25037 failed near Coventry station, with the pair being replaced by 85006.


Photograph courtesy A Forster
March 9th 1980, 25037 at Haymarket at about 7.30 in the morning.

On April 5th the 10.14 Perth - Motherwell was worked by 25037 & 40167.

Three months later on July 5th the 08.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Scarborough was worked to Edinburgh by 25037. Workings for 25037 during July included the 05.55 Stirling - Edinburgh on 17th & 29th (portion off 23.52 Inverness - Glasgow), the 17.58 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street with 25064 on 28th and the 17.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh on 30th.

On September 10th 25037 worked the 13.40 Aberdeen - Edinburgh. Three days later (13th) 25037 worked the 12.40 Aberdeen - Edinburgh. The 21.25 Dover Western Docks - Stirling motorail on September 21st was worked forward from Mossend Yard by 25037 & 26011.

The Haymarket Coal Yard trip was worked by 25037 on January 23rd. The recorded passenger workings for 1981 provide a good indication of the typical passenger workings for 25037. On January 31st 1981 25037 was noted working the 10.14 Perth - Motherwell. Other workings would also include the Glasgow / Edinburgh - Dundee services, the short Edinburgh - Carstairs route and longer trips to Aberdeen & Inverness. On April 24th the 18.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked to Perth by 40083 where it was removed to work an overnight train whilst 25037 took over for the run to Dundee.

On May 9th 25037 worked the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee.

The 08.10 Dundee - Perth and the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh were worked by 25037 on June 1st & 2nd. 25037 was stabled at Perth on June 23rd. On June 28th 25037 was in use at Reston, between Berwick and Grantshouse working a Sunday ECML engineers relaying train.

Amongst many other workings 25037 worked the 05.55 Stirling - Edinburgh on August 28th.

A returning Edinburgh - Taunton day excursion on September 26th was worked to Carstairs by 25037 & 25064.

A busy day on October 17th saw 25037 work the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh, the 12.51 Edinburgh - Perth, the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee. On October 18th 25037 was noted on an evening service out of Edinburgh towards Dundee. A very short working on October 26th was 25037 acting as the Cowlairs banker for the 08.06 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban.

The middle of November saw 25037 being very active on the Edinburgh/Glasgow - Dundee route, being noted working services on 7th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th & 19th.

February 6th's 14.25 Edinburgh - Dundee was noted in charge of 25037. The 10.14 Perth - Motherwell was worked by 25037 & 25224 on March 5th & 6th, on the latter date the locomotives failed at Gleneagles, a Class 26 pushed the train to Stirling where a Class 47/4 took over. Workings during April & May included Edinburgh / Glasgow - Dundee turns, including assisting a failed diesel multiple unit on an Edinburgh - Dundee service on April 28th 1982.

25037 was transferred to Eastfield during May.

On May 30th 1982 the 15.00 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour was worked by 25037. Four days later on June 3rd the 08.35 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour was worked by 25037. On June 19th 25037 worked a Healey Mills - Tyne freight.

The 14.38 Carlisle - Ayr relief on August 28th was worked by 25037. On September 19th 25037 & 25044 piloted four electric services, a round trip between Manchester Piccadilly & Stafford, a service back to Stafford and then late in the evening between Crewe & Preston. 25037 was transferred to Crewe during October, this was 25037's last transfer.

25037 was recieving attention at Reddish on February 20th.

Photograph courtesy Mark Cook
I have no date for this excellent view of 25037 at Aylesbury, but it really doesn't matter, they were frequent visitors for many years, provided by either Willesden or Cricklewood for a number of local jobs in the area. And they followed in the footsteps of the Class 24's which frequently passed through on Great Central services to Leicester & Nottingham.

On August 26th 1983 a diesel multiple unit failure saw 25037 work the 17.58 Nottingham - Sheffield.

Visitors to Newcastle from across the Pennines included 25181 & 25037 on March 8th's evening Hardendale - Lackenby freight, returning later with the empties.

On May 4th 25 037 worked the Trawsfynydd - Sellafield spent nuclear fuel service, with four flasks and an old Railfreight barrier van.

The Cambrian coast beckoned for 25037 during the summer of 1984, two early summer workings were 25037 & 25315 on May 26th's 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and return 10.10 to Euston as far as Wolverhampton followed by 25037 & 25195 on June 9th's 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury from Wolverhampton.

On a very sunny June 9th 25195 & 25037 were noted at Wolverhampton with a train load of holidaymakers, tourists and Type 2 enthusiasts bound for Aberystwyth

25037 was noted on June 27th stabled at Llandudno Junction with a with a Weedkilling Train.

Photograph collection of Ian Hammond
Happier times for 25037 & 25230 as they leave Shrewsbury for Aberystwyth on August 25th 1984.

The 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the return 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25037 & 25048 on July 21st 1984 and by 25037 & 25230 on August 25th 1984.

As 1984 drew to a close Derby Works contained only two Class 25's under repair, 25037 with electrical problems - present from December 1984 to February 1985 - and 25234 for power unit repairs.

During March Derby finally released 25037 after receiving a main generator from 25049, which had been withdrawn with collision damage.

On May 10th 1985 the 21.42 Preston - Liverpool was worked by 25037, being the portion off the 18.15 Glasgow - Manchester. On May 22nd 25037 was at Warrington Bank Quay with a short train of tanks and brake van.

The Oakamoor - Ravenhead sand train was noted at St Helens Junction behind 25037 & 25173 on June 18th.

Sightings during July for 25037 included being noted southbound by Springs Branch on July 3rd with coke wagons, on July 9th 25244 & 25037 were at Hereford with the 6V32 Ellesmere Port to Severn Tunnel Junction tanks and on July 12th 25037 rescued 33012 on the 14.17 Bangor - Cardiff after the Class 33 failed at Hereford. 25037 had been taken off the 15.02 Manchester - Bristol parcels which during the summer months was not a stronghold for the Class 47 haulage.

On September 18th 25037 worked the Derby - Willesden empty coaching stock service.

September 27th saw 25037 make a small piece of history in the last working of the 6Z98 Warsop - Stanlow empty tanks by a Class 25. The loaded wagons had arrived at Warsop from Stanlow the day before hauled by 47335. After detaching the wagons the Class 47 ran light engine to Welbeck Colliery Junction box, crossed over and then went to Tinsley. On the 27th, 25037 had run light engine from Tinsley, arriving at Warsop at about 13:20. As there were no run round facilities in the Oil sidings, 25037 worked the empties to Mansfield Concentration sidings to perform this task. This service was infrequently worked by the Class 25s, this was the last time a Class 25 worked onto the LD line. (The previous working had been by 25072 on a 6Z48 Garston to MCS (Mansfield Concentration Sidings) and 0Z48 MCS to Tinsley return, on the 19th of July 1985).

Class 25's over the Central Wales line continued with October 5th's special from Kidderminster to Tenby hauled throughout by 25037 & 25059. As there was no way to refuel the locomotives at Tenby, the return trip was via Cardiff where 25296 & 25282 were waiting to take over. A week later on October 12th 25037 was noted light engine at Llandudno Junction.

On October 24th 25037 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction with the trip working from Moreton On Lugg, a lengthy train of 30+ coal wagons.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
Its November 3rd 1985 and times they are a changing at Toton. A fine portrait of 25037 as it awaits some sort of attention, parked behind it is a sign of the new order, a Class 58 sporting 'Railfreight' decals.

On November 12th 25037 was noted at Warrington Bank Quay Low Level with a Ditton - Arpley trip which included a couple of acid tanks from Folly Lane Runcorn.

Over the Christmas break the only Class 25s in South Wales were 25037, 25288 & 25906 stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.

25037 opened the New Year stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.

The 19.10 Bangor - Manchester Victoria on January 14th was worked to Chester by 25037 & 47533.

On January 23rd 25037 arrived at Tyne Yard with a morning freight from Stranraer, the Type 2 then being diagrammed to work the 23.05 to Mossend

On February 12th 47543 failed at Prestatyn whilst working the 11.00 Euston - Holyhead, 25037 dragged everything to Holyhead.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
A work stained 25037 keeps company with some equally dubious looking locomotives at York on March 2nd 1986.

On March 25th 25037 worked the 00.45 Crewe - Manchester Piccadilly.

A month later on April 25th the 16.40 Norwich - Birmingham New Street failed at Leicester behind 31407, 25037 took the train forward. The next day (26th) 25037 was noted at Manchester Exchange with refurbished Jaffa cake liveried Class 504 units 65446, 77167 & 65445, 77166 en-route from Wolverton to Bury. 25037 was later noted running light to Crewe at Worleston.

On May 21st the 15.40 Euston - Aberystwyth was worked from Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury by 25037. Three days later (24th) 25037 was stabled at Cockshute and is also reported on the same date at Wakefield Kirkgate on oil tankers. On May 30th 25037 was noted at Manchester Victoria.

Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
Its a sign of the times that in this view at Springs Branch on June 28th 1986 there are four Class 20s present. However front and center for a little while longer is 25037 with 20147 behind it.

On June 10th 25037 was north of the border working the 07.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle, the 10.55 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and the 15.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle for a total of 345 passenger miles. About a month later on July 14th 25037 worked the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston. 25037 was noted at Machynlleth on July 26th.

During the third week of August 31217 had been provided as the motive power for Target 10, however, on Thursday August 21st 25037 was allocated for the turn.

On August 24th F & W ran their 100th railtour, a re-run of their first trip in 1973. The 'Snowdonian II' (1Z37) started at Paddington and used 25201 & 25037 for the 296 mile round trip Wolverhampton to Pwllheli. An oil leak troubled 25201 but on board surgery kept the machine running. The next day (25th) proved to be the wettest August Bank Holiday on record with most of the country receiving at least an inch of rain, with some areas getting much more. For 25037 & 25201 they worked a roundtrip Manchester Victoria - Liverpool football special.

September workings for 25037 included on September 10th (and/or 11th) the gunpowder train from Maentwrog road. The explosives came from the Cookes factory at Penrhyndeudraeth that was roaded to Maentwrog Road until 1987, when a fire at the plant brought an end to the traffic. On September 27th 25037 was noted at Machynlleth between engineering duties.

25037 was called upon to assist the 18.52 Carlisle - Sunderland diesel multiple unit on October 13th. The service was terminated at Newcastle, the diesel multiple unit was taken to Heaton, the Class 25 returning light to Carlisle.

On November 15th 25037 was noted at Manchester Victoria on banking / pilot duties for much of day. Three days later (18th) 25037 was noted westbound through Manchester Victoria on a freight. By November 25th 25037 was back on banking / pilot duties at Manchester Victoria.

25037 was at Gloucester on the afternoon of December 23rd, by New Year's Eve it was allocated to trip 9L74 from?.

By January 8th 25037 was at Crewe with a loss of power, after rectification it was noted arriving at Northampton in the early morning hours of 10th, where it was stopped with power unit problems. The locomotive was moved to Crewe early on January 19th and withdrawn later that afternoon.

Thanks to Neil Cannon for the 1987 detail.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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