The nineteen year career of D5206/25056 was spent allocated only to London Midland Region depots.
Built Derby Locomotive Works.
The frames for D5206 were laid down at Derby Works during March 1963 and was new to Toton (18A) on June 22nd 1963. Further transfers were:
July 1963 to Cricklewood (14A).
Renumbered March 6th 1974.
25056 was the 133rd Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during August 1982.
25056 is reported as being withdrawn due to sustaining severe wheel flats whilst being moved with the handbrake on. Initially stored at Tinsley, it was moved to Toton on March 3rd 1983. On June 16th 1984 25115, 25056, 25151, 25139, 97202, 40170 & 25090 were noted in a long line in sidings at Toton. On July 12th 1984 25056 moved to Swindon Cocklebury Yard and entered the Works on July 25th 1984. It had been broken up by the first week of March 1985.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September 1966.
Condition no month: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, three rung bogie mounted footsteps.
On July 20th 5206 worked the 1P08 Liverpool Exchange to Glasgow as far as Preston. The following day (21st) 5206 was noted light engine through Rufford station.
On August 4th the Chairman of the British Railways Board made a journey from Manchester to St Pancras via Birmingham & Derby utilising saloon DM395707 hauled by 5206.
5206 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on September 2nd, 3rd & 22nd.
5206 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on October 4th.
5206 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on June 29th.
June 1974 - still fitted with cab front gangway doors.
On August 17th 25056 & 25049 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning from there with the 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly.
25056 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on January 13th & 24th.
25056 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on February 21st.
On March 31st 25056 worked a Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town service and possibly a service from Llandudno Town to Llandudno Junction and further??
The 09.00 Llandudno Town - York was worked by 25056 on June 21st.
On July 21st 25056 worked the 05.07 Leeds City - Manchester Victoria vans (4M03).
On September 9th the 08.55 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and 12.30 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria were worked by 25056.
On May 10th 25056 worked the trip job to Cohens scrapyard at Cransley, bring in twelve empty wagons and taking out a similar number loaded with scrap metal. On May 13th 25056 worked the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout, a total of 174 passenger miles.
The 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe was worked by 25056 on June 27th.
On July 28th 25056 & 25041 worked the 18.05 Blackpool North - Stranraer Harbour forward from Carlisle, returning the next day (29th) with the 01.20 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool North to Carlisle, a total of 332 passenger miles for these two days.
25094 & 25056 worked to Hither Green with October 16th’s 11.45 ex-Brent returning with the 10.57 Shepherdswell – Cricklewood.
A diesel multiple unit worked Stranraer Harbour - Glasgow Central service failed at Dunragit on November 3rd, 25056 dragged the service to Glasgow.
The Thompson B1 Locomotive Society 'Gricers Heaven' railtour on November 24th was worked by 25056 & 25070 between Ashburys & Preston.
From August 19th four active days commenced, working the 19th's 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town, 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe and the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor. On August 20th 25056 worked the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria. August 21st & 22nd produced the same workings as the 19th, but started with the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, making for a very full days with a total of 324 passenger miles. On August 22nd the day ended with the 22.45 Bangor - Llandudno Junction.
On August 28th 25056 handled the same four workings as of August 21st, whilst on August 28th 25056 worked the 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe.
The 07.38 Barrow - Liverpool was worked by 25056 on November 10th.
On May 16th a Newcastle - Bridgnorth day excursion saw 25056 & 25130 work the roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Bewdley portion of the excursion. A week later on May 23rd 25056 & 25271 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 (or 16.10?) Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
The 09.13 Preston - Blackpool North on June 27th failed before departure with 40036, this was replaced by 25056, which also worked the 14.30 Blackpool North - Edinburgh to Preston.
During much of July & August 25056 was displaying '7F07' in the No.1 cab headcode box. On July 4th 25056 worked the 09.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor. Three days later (7th) 25056 was noted southbound at Doncaster hauling a new Class 313 electric multiple unit. On July 29th a Derby - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked by 25056 & 25270 as far as Wolverhampton and handling the entire return journey.
On August 1st 25056 & 25270 worked the Derby - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram. Two weeks later on August 15th 25056 & 25073 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
At the end of the month 25056 was north of the border on the Glasgow Central - Carlisle service. On August 25th it worked the 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle, August 26th the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and the 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle, August 28th the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and the 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle and on August 31st & September 1st the 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle, for an eight day passenger mileage of at least 805 miles, possibly considerably more.
On September 11th 25056 was noted at Oxford with a mixed freight of about a dozen vehicles.
The LVRC 'Tubular Belle 2' railtour on October 3rd was worked roundtrip Llandudno Junction & Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno Town - Llandudno Junction by 25056 & 40057.
On December 29th the Southport - Bewdley 'Severnsider' railtour was worked by 25056 & 25219 as part of the outward leg: Manchester Victoria - Ashton Moss - Stockport - Crewe - Stafford - Bushbury Junction - Perry Bar North Junction- Soho South Junction - Birmingham New Street. 25051 & 25058 worked the Birmingham New Street - Bewdley round trip. The return leg was worked Birmingham New Street - Crewe - Southport. On the approach to Crewe 25056 suffered a brake problem bringing the train to a halt short of the station, the train reached the station being driven by 25219, fitters were able to rectify the brake fault affecting 25056. By this time the train was over an hour late, due to this and other problems affecting the railtour throughout the day.
The 'Peak Forest Peak' railtour on March 6th 1982 was worked between Liverpool - Wigan - Dee Marsh Junction by 25056 & 25086.
The last recorded passenger working for 25056 took place on June 26th working the 07.59 Wakefield Westgate - Scarborough and the return 10.50 Scarborough - Sheffield
For some period during the ASLEF strike (July 4th - 18th) 25056 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.
25056 was withdrawn on August 1st 1982.
Page added August 25th 2012.