D5189, 5189, 25039
D5189, 5189, 25039

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25039 southbound at Winwick Junction with an unidentified working on May 5th 1978.

The eighteen year two month career of D5189/25039 included allocations to only London Midland Region depots. Although many Class 25s followed very similar allocation histories and timeframes, there are probably very few similar to 25038 & 25039. Both were delivered within a week of each other during March 1963, their allocation histories were very similar and they were both withdrawn on the same day, May 31st 1981, although their final demise would be at different Workshops.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 6 months.


D5189 was new to Toton on March 30th 1963. Further transfers were:

March 1964 to Derby (16C).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
June 1965 to Leicester Division (D15).
December 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division.
November 1968 to Preston Division (D10).
May 1973 to Kingmoor.
May 1973 to Bescot.
January 1980 to Longsight.
Withdrawn May 31st 1981.

Renumbered February 23rd 1974.

25039 was the 102nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of eight retired during May 1981, including sister 25038.

After withdrawal 25039 was stored at Saltley, then moved to Swindon Works on August 3rd 1981 and scrapped there by the middle of December 1981.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works March 1965.
Noted Derby Works June 1966.
Noted Derby Works October 1970.
Noted Derby Works February 1976.


D 5189 was laid down at Derby in January 1963 and would be the 4th Derby built Class 25 to enter traffic. It was delivered in March 1963 to Toton (18A) into a railway system recovering from the infamous winter of 1962/63, after running-in its mission lay in assisting with the removal of steam workings northwards from St Pancras.

D5189 made its test run from Derby to Corby and back on March 20th 1963.

On March 18th D1653 caught fire on a northbound passenger working in the Chesterfield area - D5189 was taken off a passing freight to assist the Class 47 on to Sheffield.

In November 5189 was transferred to the Preston Division (D10), the move included 5186 - 5192.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
D5189 at Chester Northgate on a service to Manchester Central. The image came with no date but 5189 moved from the Nottingham Division to the Preston Division during November 1968 and Chester Northgate closed on October 6th 1969, putting this picture presumably within this eleven month time frame.

During November 5189 was noted in Derby Works.

5189 spent a couple of days (at least) early in January on the Larbert - Wallerscote soda ash workings, being noted in multiple with 5262 on January 8th.

Condition May: green livery with frame level stripe, full yellow ends with gangway doors and three piece miniature snowploughs.

5189 was north of the border on July 28th 1971 being noted working the 12.50 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.

5188 - 5190 moved to Bescot during May. On May 26th 1973 5190 & 5189 were noted between Birmingham and Stetchford on an unidentified day excursion.

June 26th found 5189 & 7621 handling the 12.49 Garston - Maidenhead freight throughout.

On July 29th 1973 5189 worked the 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough.

On February 17th 1974 engineering work on the WCML saw 5189 & 7644 assisting two services: the 08.52 Liverpool - Euston was assisted between Hednesford & Birmingham New Street following the failure of 47506 which was dragging 86022, and secondly a Glasgow Central - Euston service between Crewe & Nuneaton, dragging 86043 and routed via Cannock & Water Orton.

The 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough was worked by 25039 on April 14th & April 28th 1974.

25039 was noted in Derby Works during February.

On April 3rd 1976 the 06.50 Ealing Broadway - Barmouth was worked over Cambrian metals by 25039 & 25070, possibly roundtrip between Wolverhampton & Barmouth? April 17th found 25039 in charge of the 10.15 Birmingham Norwich, normally a diesel multiple unit working but during the Easter holiday period these services were locomotive hauled, and then generally by Class 31s. On arrival at Norwich 25039 was declared a failure, not returning west until 20th on the 12.52 to Birmingham.

The 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston was worked between Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton by 25039 & 25274 on September 4th 1976.

Easter was a busy time for 25039 & 25042; on April 8th 1977 they worked a roundtrip Leamington Spa - Aberystwyth day excursion, three days later (11th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Coventry - Aberystwyth day excursion.

On June 7th 25039 & 25268 worked a Wolverhampton - Brighton excursion as far as Birmingham New Street, here 86008 took over. On July 23rd 1977 the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth (to Norwich) and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Walsall (from Norwich) were worked by 25039 & 25245, the latter failed at or before Thetford and was removed at Thetford (25245 was leading at the time).

A Lichfield City - Barmouth day excursion on September 20th 1977 was worked out & back by 25039 & 25048

25039 hauled March 12th's 17.20 Birmingham - Norwich.

On May 5th 25039 was noted southbound at Winwick Junction with an empty coaching stock working.

A football special on December 16th took 25039 & 25040 from Liverpool to Bristol Parson Street.

On May 1st 25039 was noted shunting at Norton Junction Yard.

The 06.32 Peterborough Kings Cross was worked by 25039 on June 19th.

The first few days of September were busy for 25039 & 25148. On September 1st they worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth (to Norwich) and the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby (from Norwich). Two days later (3rd) the same pair worked the 08.46 Burton on Trent - Skegness and the 18.39 return. The next day (4th) they worked the 09.28 Derby - Skegness and 18.39 return.

When 86257 failed at Coventry with the 11.00 ex-Euston on November 3rd 25039 & 25200 were on hand to take the train forward to Birmingham New Street.

As the year closed 25039 was transferred to Longsight.

The 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria on January 15th was hauled by 25039. 25039 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on January 26th.

On March 8th the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked by 25039.

The 21.20 Bradford - Kings Cross was worked from Bradford to Doncaster by 25039 on May 23rd 1980.

With its home shed as Longsight its no surprise to find 25039 basking in the sun at Northwich shed on April 4th 1980.

25039 was noted at York on May 23rd.

On October 11th 25039 & 25043 worked the 20.51 Barrow in Furness Euston, as far as Preston.

A Crewe - Cardiff service was worked by 25039 on December 8th 1980.

Engineering work in the Euston area on February 22nd found 25039 assisting the 00.25 ex Manchester from Stonebridge Park to Euston.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
With little time left 25039 sits in the rain at Saltley on March 1st 1981.

On March 23rd 1981 25039 took out the 18.35 Birmingham - Norwich but had to be replaced at Leicester due to a boiler failure - this was the last passenger working for 25039.

25039 was noted at Newcastle on May 8th 1981 with the 21.50 Bristol - Sunderland BMD parcels.

25039 was withdrawn on May 31st 1981 from Longsight.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cab front: driver's side: small rusty patch above & to right of driver's side marker light: May 1978 - until withdrawn.
No.2 cab front: 2nd man's side: small rusty patch to right of handrail: August 1980.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added October 27th 2004.
Last updated February 29th 2020.

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