The active career of D5204/25054 covered twenty one years and eleven months, allocated only to various London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
25054 builders plate sold August 2004 on Ebay for GBP232.50.
D5204 was new to Toton (18A) on June 8th 1963. Further transfers were:
July 1963 to Cricklewood (14A).
Renumbered March 30th 1974.
After withdrawal 25054 was stored at Crewe Gresty Lane. It was moved on January 24th 1986 with 25229 & 25256 as the 10.20am 9Z38 Crewe Gresty Lane – Doncaster Works and scrapped there by the middle of September 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July 1966.
5204 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on October 1st.
5204 was on empty coaching stock duty at Manchester Piccadilly on October 13th.
5204 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on June 8th & 9th.
At about 9am on July 28th 7592 & 5204 were on empty coaching stock duty at Manchester Piccadilly.
5204 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on August 31st.
On September 29th (the last day of the summer timetable) 5204 worked the 09.30 Manchester Victoria - Bangor.
At about 7am on December 6th 5204 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up freight. 5204 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on December 27th, 28th & 31st.
On May 11th 25054 & 25252 worked the 09.35 Cardiff - Manchester Piccadilly forward from Birmingham New Street. On July 16th 25054 rescued the 17.18 Kings Cross - Cleethorpes at Peterborough, taking the train on to Lincoln West Signalbox where 31314 took over. 25054 returned south from Lincoln to Peterborough as pilot locomotive to 31109 on the 20.05 Grimsby Town - Peterborough. And on August 10th 25054 & 25050 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.
At about 7.30am on March 5th 25054 was noted passing Olive Mount Junction with a down van train. The Royal Train was in use on March 18th taking Princess Anne from St Pancras to Bolton, powered by 25053 & 25054. On the evening of March 19th 25053 & 25054 were noted at Longsight with the down brickliner.
25054 & 25055 were on Royal Train duty on May 14th arriving at Kings Lynn with the stock for a late evening departure for the Duke of Edinburgh. The train ran to Salford via Peterborough, Grantham, Nottingham, Chesterfield, stopping overnight at Bamford.
On June 16th 25054 & 25120 worked a return Leamington Spa - Aberystwyth day excursion
25054 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on July 2nd.
On August 25th 25054 & 25129 worked a relief Nottingham - Skegness out and back.
Although the South Wales allocation of Class 25s had been greatly depleted earlier in the year, the Christmas break found three Class 25s stabled at area depots, with 25054 at Severn Tunnel Junction and 25055 & 25154 at Cardiff Canton.
Railtour duty on September 29th saw 25054 return the Anglian Explorer from Liverpool Street to Bletchley.
On April 3rd (Maundy Thursday) 25222 & 25054 worked the 09.50 Nottingham - St Pancras relief. On April 6th a Leicester - Scarborough day excursion was worked by 25054 & 25222. The next day (7th) the same pair worked a Nottingham - Barry Island excursion, assuming both trips were worked throughout, a total of 623 miles were travelled.
The continuing shortage of electric locomotives led to the novel use of pairs of Cricklewood’s Class 25’s on the heavy 20.55 Kensington Olympia – Stirling Motorail service. 25189 & 25054 worked up to Crewe on June 3rd & 4th, returning with the 23.40 ex Stirling motorail. 25054 & 25218 worked October 18th's 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout.
All the remaining recorded passenger workings apart from one had a very north & north-west area bias. The odd man out occurred on June 5th when a Wigan N.W. - Wembley Central Schoolboy International football extra failed at Bletchley, here 25054 & 25206 were added to Wembley Central. On August 3rd 40029 & 25054 worked the Broughton Lane - Sheffield to Ditton BOC tankers. The two remaining passenger workings for 1982 involved the North Wales mainline. On August 10th 25054 worked the 10.15 Chester - Llandudno Town relief and on August 27th worked the 16.52 Bangor - Manchester Victoria.
On May 12th 25054 was noted running through Chester with an engineers working.
North-west area workings in 1984 produced the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool from Preston on June 1st, 4th and August 22nd. On August 16th 25054 worked the 10.40 Carlisle - Leeds with 25213, and the return 15.55 ex-Leeds. 25054 was back on the Settle & Carlisle on August 20th 1984 rescuing a 'Northern Belle' steam railtour, when N15 30777 Sir Lamiel failed, 25054 & 25209 took the train from Appleby to Leeds. Two days later (20th) 25054 returned to the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool from Preston, remaining in the area on 23rd to work the 06.30 Preston - Barrow and the 08.20 Barrow - Liverpool.
On February 1st the APT moved from Polmadie to Thornaby for wheel turning, being noted through Hexham behind 25044 & 25054, returning on 4th behind the same locomotives.
25054 was withdrawn on May 12th 1985.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added May 5th 2013.