D5202, 5202, 25052
D5202, 5202, 25052


Photograph courtesy Neil Cannon.
25052 pauses at Honiton with the returning milk wagons from Chard Junction, a heavy downpour has just ended, the Class 25 waits for an up train to pass.

The seventeen year and four month career of D5202/25052 included almost ten years allocated to London Midland depots, the remainder on the Western Region.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Assuming the transfer to Skipton (10G) is correct, D5202 was the only Class 25 ever allocated there.
Royal Train cabling modification (cab front access panel) (removed 11/1975).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 58 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: six weeks (possibly the shortest time for any Class 25 between withdrawal and scrapping).

Allocations

D5202 was new to Toton (18A) on June 1st 1963. Further transfers were:

September 1963 to Toton (16A) (depot code change).
January 1964 to Longsight (9A).
May 1964 to Skipton (10G).
July 1964 to Longsight (9A).
September 1964 to Toton (16A).
December 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
June 1965 to Saltley (2E).
April 1966 to Birmingham Division (D02).
April 1966 to London Midland (Midland) Lines LMML.
November 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
January 1972 to Bristol (82A).
May 1976 to Laira.
Withdrawn October 5th 1980.

Renumbered February 1974.

25052 was the 46th Class 25 withdrawn, one of four retired during October 1980.

After withdrawal 25052 was moved to Swindon Works on October 8th 1980 and scrapped there during the second week of November 1980.


25052 at Swindon Works on October 26th 1980. At this point the locomotive is very much intact, however 25052 would have a very quick demise, within three weeks of this view 25052 would be no more.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works August - October 1964.
Noted Derby Works May 1965.
Noted Derby Works December 1966.
Noted Derby Works October & November 1975 (gangway doors sheeted over).
Noted Derby Works August 1977.

Highlights

1967
Condition August: blue livery with full yellow cab fronts (an early example in blue livery), gangway doors present, BR emblems on cab sides & numbers on bodysides.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
Cabs of D5202 & D5373, no details provided but possibly Toton about 1967.

1968
On April 28th D5202 worked the 16.53(Sun) Preston - Liverpool.

1969
The 1F51 21.25 Preston - Liverpool Exchange was worked by 5202 on March 4th & March 11th.

On June 29th 5202 & 7532 worked a roundtrip Wellingborough - Brighton day excursion.

An Open Day at Allerton depot on July 26th featured 5202 as one of the featured locomotives on display, along with 216, 409, 3353, E3189 and steam locomotives 7029, 5428 & 5593.

The 17.30FO Manchester Victoria - York was worked by 5202 on October 24th.

1970
On January 22nd 5202 was noted at Liverpool Lime Street with an Inspection saloon.

On August 15th 5202 & 5209 (or 5208?) worked a Blackpool North - Glasgow Central service via Beattock due to a derailment at Kirkconnel on the GSW line. At this time the Class 25s were no strangers to passenger work over the northern end of the WCML, however to have the opportunity to ride over both Shap & Beattock on the same service no doubt added a little spice for any enthusiasts on the train.

On November 21st the FA Cup first round matches began, with 5202 & 7650 working a Wigan - Tyne Dock football special. The empty coaching stock ran onto South Shields allowing the locomotives to reverse and head off to Heaton Carriage sidings.

1971
At about 7.45am on September 21st 5202 was noted passing Parkside with an up freight.

1972
At about 6pm on April 12th 5202 was noted passing Manchester Exchange with a down van train.

On June 27th the 15.20 York - Bristol Temple Meads saw 5202 take over at Sheffield, remaining on the train to Bristol Temple Meads.

On the evening of July 14th 5202 & 5227 were noted at Exeter with the 7V95 04.10 Carlisle - Exeter Riverside freight. These locomotives were return north on July 15th's 7B15 03.30 Exeter Riverside - Bristol freight.

On July 26th 5202 & 5209 worked a Washwood Heath - Gloucester freight.

5202 was noted at Bristol Bath Road on the morning of August 2nd.

On August 8th 5202 was noted at Exeter with the 14.30 Witham - (Paddington??) St Erth inspection saloon with W9005W.

On the evening of August 9th 5202 (82A Bristol allocation) was at Exeter stabling point.

On November 22nd the 08.00 Bristol Temple Meads - Penzance saw 5202 replace 6553 & 824 (failed) at Exeter, the Class 25 worked at least as far as Plymouth.

On December 9th 5202 worked the 6B67 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and later worked the 2B99 16.05? Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple.

At about 4.30pm on December 16th 5202 was noted at Exeter having run light engine from Barnstaple.

At about 4.30pm on December 30th 5202 arrived at Exeter stabling point from the down direction.

1973
On February 2nd 5202 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On February 3rd 5202 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (six vans).

On February 7th 5202 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On April 13th 5202 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On June 7th, 8th, 9th & 13th 5202 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

At about 04.15am on June 16th 5202 left Exeter stabling point for Exeter Riverside to work the 7B19. It later worked the 6B16 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On June 18th 7577 & 5202 (dead) worked the 4B66 10.45 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (four vans).

On August 11th 5202 worked the 09.51 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the return 12.20, the 15.55 Exeter St David - Barnstaple and the return 17.55.

On August 13th 5202 worked the 6B66 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On August 14th & 17th 5202 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On October 6th 5202 worked the Lapford - Exeter milk (three tanks).

On October 9th 5202 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On October 14th 5202 was noted arriving at Exeter with the previous day's (?) 6V13 14.30 York - Plymouth parcels. 5202 retired to the stabling point and 17 took over.

On the morning of October 24th 5202 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction.

On December 8th 5202 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

1974
On February 13th 25052 was noted on Exeter stabling point.

On February 14th 25052 was noted on Exeter stabling point, being scheduled to work the 03.00 Exeter - Barnstaple.

On February 23rd 25052 was noted on Exeter stabling point.

On May 21st 25052 was noted at Exeter with the 4B10 16.05 Bristol - Plymouth parcels (seven vans).

On May 23rd 25052 worked the 6B58 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside.

On May 25th 25052 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans, the 2B99 15.55 Exter - Barnstaple and the 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter.

On the evening of May 31st 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On June 1st 25052 worked the 2B99 12.20 Barnstaple - Exeter, the 15.55 Exeter - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return to Exeter.

On June 6th, 7th & 8th 25052 was on Exeter stabling point.

On June 9th whilst 25052 was working he Hemyock trip the 1V69 09.29 Manchester Plymouth with 131 failed at Wellington. 25052 was sent to rescue the service, taking everything to Exeter where 131 & 25052 came off and 47229 took over.

On August 7th 25052 worked the 6B58 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside.

On September 10th 25052 became a failure due to an electrical fault at Uffculme whilst working the afternoon freight to Hemyock. 31193 was utilised to rescue the failure and bring it back to Exeter.

On September 11th 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On September 17th 25052 worked the 7B58 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside freight.

On September 21st 25052 worked the 6B70 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (four tanks).

On September 24th & 25th 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

1975
At about 4pm on March 3rd 25052 & 25153 departed Exeter stabling point with an immobilised 47248 headed for?

On the morning of March 14th 25052 was noted at Taunton stabling point.

On May 27th, 29th & 31st 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On June 6th 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On June 13th a faded, work stained 25052 was noted at Newton Abbot assisting 47083 with a westbound passenger service.

On June 14th 25052 worked the 6B70 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

Condition June: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, Royal Train circular communication access cover in driver's side gangway door.

1976
On January 29th & 30th 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On February 14th 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

25052, 25060 & 25119 were noted at Gloucester on March 26th.

The 06.00 Nottingham - Lincoln parcels was worked by 25052 on April 14th.

During May 25052 was transferred to Laira, resulting in the locomotive featuring on the summer passenger locals in the Exeter & Plymouth area.

On May 17th the 7E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills (all Presflos) was noted at Exeter Riverside behind 50019, 25052 & 25215. Presumably the Class 50 came off here and worked on to Exeter stabling point.

On May 28th 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On June 1st 25052 worked the 14.10 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton, no doubt many other similar workings like this took place during this summer and the summers of 1977 - 1980.

On June 28th 50046, 25216 & 25052 were noted at Exeter with the 6E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (29 wagons and brake van). 50046 came off at Exeter and retired to the stabling point.

On July 19th 25052 & 25170 worked the 6E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills (14 wagons and brake van).

On July 28th was noted at 6.45am at Lostwithiel with an unidentified Up freight.

On the evening of August 6th 25052 & 25220 were noted passing Liskeard with a St Blazey - Temple Mills freight.

On September 13th the 10.20 Penzance - Leeds was worked to Plymouth by 47001 & 25052.

On November 16th 25052 worked the 6B70 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside. At about 5pm 25052 took the 5Z08 up to Exeter Central or Exmouth Junction, with 47246 providing banking assistance. 25052 later returned to the stabling point and would work the 2B44 19.35 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot (eight coaches). At about this time there was drama on a nearby platform as 47077 waited to work the air-conditioned eight coach 2B42 18.45 Exter St Davids - Paignton. The Taunton guard refused to work the train due to there being no heat. A spare guard substituted in order to allow the service to go ahead.

On December 8th 25052 worked the 9B70 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside.

On December 9th 25052 worked the 9B70 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside.

On December 23rd 25052 worked the 2B99 17.52 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids and the 19.35 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.

On December 24th 25052 worked the 2B44 19.35 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot (nine coaches).

On December 28th 25052 was stabled at Exeter.

On December 29th 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point parked on the cripple road. This was a day of extreme cold, wintry weather which had hit the railways badly. Other locomotives at Exeter were in poor shape, 25032 would not reverse, 31260 had two traction motors isolated, 47063 was restricted to local work, 47103 was suffering a complete power loss. 31124 & 31229 had come off a Salisbury - Meldon empties with one of the Class 31s having developed a fault. The two Class 31s later towed 47103 & 25032 to Bristol Bath Road. The good news was that 50044 was available for work!

1977
On January 5th 25223 & 25052 worked the 6E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills.

On January 21st 25052 worked the 6B70 17.00 Chard Junction - Exeter milk (three tanks).

On March 15th 25052 worked the 2B44 19.35 Exeter Riverside - Newton Abbot (nine coaches).

On March 17th 25052 worked the 7B73 15.05 Whimple / 17.00 Chard Junction - Exeter Riverside (fifteen vans?)

1977 produced a further selection of local Exeter area passenger workings. Other highlights included on June 4th a Bideford - Paddington day excursion to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee was worked from Bideford to Exeter St. Davids by 25052 & 25223.

25052 was noted working an up empty coaching stock near Bishopsteignton on August 28th. The next day (29th) a charter train was noted between Meeth & Barnstaple with 25052 & 25223 top and tailing.

On October 9th a Paddington - Kingswear railtour was worked roundtrip Exeter St. Davids - Paignton by 25052 & 25223 (see image below).


Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell.
25052 & 25223 pass Marsh Barton on an overcast October 9th 1977 having just taken over from 40081 & 40084 at Exeter. The Class 25s will work the special down to Paignton.

1978
On a wet April 1st 25052 & 25224 were noted at Exeter St Davids with a mixed train (one GUV, two Mark I coaches, three CCTs and two PMVs), possibly the early morning Barnstaple - Exeter mixed service. On the late evening of April 11th 25052 was stabled at Exeter. The next day (12th) 25080 & 25052 were noted as double headed light diesels in the Up direction passing Plymouth at 1.30pm (to Laira to refuel?). Later that afternoon the same pair of light diesels were noted in the Down direction passing Plymouth to work a St Blazey - Carlisle freight? On April 21st 25052 & 25170 worked a St Blazey - Carlisle freight to Exeter Riverside.

On May 5th 25052 & 25225 worked a St Blazey - Carlisle freight to Exeter Riverside. Late in the afternoon of May 10th 25052 was noted light diesel at Plymouth in the up direction. On May 12th 25052 & 25155 were noted passing Plymouth at 8.30pm with the down clay empties.


Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25052 & 25207 head north at Respryn Bridge (near Bodmin Road) on June 12th 1978 with a St Blazey - Carlisle freight.

On July 10th 25052 was noted at St Erth with a freight. Typical of the workings of the summer of 1978 included the 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton on July 25th and the next day's 10.00 Paignton - Plymouth. On July 29th 25052 worked the 06.35 Plymouth - Old Oak Common vans at least as far as Reading West (possibly further). On the late afternoon of July 30th 25052 was noted at Taunton. On the morning of July 31st 25052 was noted at Exeter stabling point, it would later be used on the 19.35 Exeter - Paignton.

On the morning of August 1st 25052 was at Exeter stabling point, later that day it would work the 13.40 Riverside - Chard milk empties and return. On the morning of August 8th 25052 was at Exeter stabling point.

On September 13th 25052 & 25207 worked the 20.50 St Blazey - Temple Mills to Exeter Riverside. Two days later on September 15th 25052 & 37142 worked the 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle to Exeter Riverside. On September 22nd 25052 & 37267 worked the 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle freight to Exeter Riverside.

The 'Welsh Wonder Relief' railtour on December 2nd from Paddington - Blaenavon saw the Paddington - Severn Tunnel Junction leg handled by 25052 & 25225.

1979
On January 11th 25052 worked the 20.45 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot.

On April 17th 25052 worked the 07.46 Barnstable - Exeter.

On June 13th 25052 was noted arriving at St Erth from Hayle Wharf with two wagons for the up side goods yard to be loaded with scrap metal. A week later on June 20th was noted at Exeter St Davids with a short freight from the direction of Exeter Central. The summer of 1979 produced a considerable quantity of local Exeter area passenger workings. June 30th's 22.41 Manchester Piccadilly - Penzance was worked forward from Plymouth by 25052 & 25080.

On August 17th was noted at Exeter Central having collected empty Presflos from the nearby Blue Circle Cement terminal in Exeter Central goods yard. The cement empties would be headed to Riverside Yard for a service back to Westbury cement works.

On September 15th noted at Exeter St Davids were 25052, 25057 & 25058.

After a summer of local workings the Crewe - Meeth/Meldon Quarry 'Atlantic Coast Express' on October 20th/21st was worked roundtrip Exeter St. Davids - Meeth/Meldon Quarry by 25052 & 25223.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
This view is believed to be of 25052 & 25223 at Meldon Quarry on October 20th 1979.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
The Wirral Railway Circle's 'Atlantic Coast Express' on October 20th 1979 stands at Torrington with 25223 & 25052 (at the far end). This railtour had started out the previous evening at Crewe behind Class 47 No.47515. At Exeter St. Davids the two Class 25s took over for a trip to Meldon Quarry before returning to Crediton to take the line to Barnstaple, Torrington and Meeth. Then it was back to Exeter for the long haul back to the Midlands.

1980
During the second week of May (exact date uncertain) 25052 & 37142 were noted at Falmouth with mineral wagons.

It must be assumed that 25052 did work some passenger services during 1980, if so these workings went unrecorded.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
An undated view 25052 at Exeter St Davids.

On June 24th 25052 worked the afternoon Truro Yard - St Blazey freight, noted passing Burngullow Junction with just three wagons.

25052 was noted at St Blazey on July 5th.

25052 was noted running light engine at Bodmin Road on September 13th and was noted passing Bodmin Road on September 15th with loaded clay hoods.

The end of the summer timetable saw 25052 withdrawn during the first week of October, it was quickly moved to Swindon Works and scrapped there by early November 1980, one of the quickest disposals recorded for any Class 25. Withdrawn at the same time as 25052 were Laira shedmates 25223 & 25225.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Resources:
1970s Western Region information courtesy online notebooks of Sean Greenslade.

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