D5213, 5213, 25063
D5213, 5213, 25063

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
25063 comes to the assistance of an ailing 50017 working the 10.05 Penzance - Paddington, seen here near Chacewater on November 14th 1976.

The seventeen year and five month service career of D5213/25063 was split between London Midland & Western Region allocations.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 62 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 28 months.


D5213 was new to Toton (18A) on July 6th 1963. Further transfers were:

August 1963 to Cricklewood (14A).
September 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
January 1965 to London (Midland) Division (D14).
June 1968 to London (Western Lines) Division (D01).
January 1972 to Newport Ebbw Junction (86B).
July 1972 to Bristol (82A).
May 1974 to Cardiff.
October 1974 to Bristol.
October 1975 to Laira.
January 1976 to Cardiff.
October 1976 to Laira.
December 1976 to Cardiff.
November 1977 to Crewe.
Withdrawn November 2nd 1980.

Renumbered Febrary 1974.

25063 was the 54th Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen withdrawn during November 1980.

After withdrawal 25063 was moved to Swindon Works by December 19th 1980 and broken up there during the first week of March 1983.

Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
25063 at Swindon Works on April 26th 1982. The locomotive displays the cabfront white circles and the non-standard headcode panel.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February 1966.
Noted Derby Works October 1966.
Noted Crewe Works July 1968.
Noted Derby Works March 1972
Noted Derby Works August 1975 (gangway doors removed, full repaint).


Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panels with curved upper corners, yellow paint covered the frame level stripe (assumed applied by the Works from new).

On January 27th the 17.30 St Pancras - Leeds failed at Leagrave with D23. The train was rescued by D5213 but it is not recorded how far this combination worked.

With 5213 allocated to London area depots for nine years its reporting on passenger duties during this time was rare. On October 18th 1969 5213 & 7651 worked a Luton - Brighton football special as far as Acton, here 6552 & 6555 took over.

On two consecutive days in late November 5213 worked the regular Brent - Richborough block coal train throughout, Southern Region power was normally assigned to this working.

November: lined green, small yellow ends.

5213 was noted at Bristol Bath Road on the morning of August 2nd.

At about 2pm on October 30th 5213 was noted on the down through road at Exeter with a ballast train.

On November 3rd 5213 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (eight tanks).

At about 2pm on November 4th 5213 ran light from Exeter stabling point to Tiverton and later worked the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

5213 was noted at Exeter stabling point on November 6th.

5213 (Bristol 82A allocation) was on Exeter stabling point on December 22nd and later worked the 6B70 13.16 Exeter - Hemyock milk empties.

5213 was on Exeter stabling point on December 23rd and later worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On December 30th 5213 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable and the return 17.55 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids.

On January 2nd 5213 worked the 6B99 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

5213 was noted at Exeter stabling point on March 15th.

Although allocated to four Western Region depots between January 1972 & November 1977, for 5213 it was the time at Cardiff that produced the most passenger workings, particularly on the Cardiff - Crewe line. However on March 17th 5213 worked three roundtrip on the Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple service, ending the day with the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

5213 was noted at Exeter stabling point on May 4th(pm), 5th & 7th.

5213 was noted at Exeter stabling point on September 8th, 11th & 15th.

On September 19th 5213 was the Exeter St Davids pilot.

5213 was noted at Exeter stabling point on November 17th, 19th, 20th & 22nd (locomotive was active in the Exeter area during this period).

On January 22nd 5213 rescued the 16.30 Paddington - Penzance west of Taunton, dragging 1013 and its train to Exeter St. Davids.

5213 was noted at Exeter stabling point on February 9th.

On February 11th? 38 was scheduled to work the 21.00 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside and return on the 04.00 to Ponsandane or the 02.50 to Avonmouth, but if the Avonmouth was a light load it would be handled by 5213.

On February 14th 5213 was scheduled to the 04.30 Exeter - Barnstaple.

On February 16th 5213 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (one van).

On April 3rd 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On May 7th & 9th 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

During May 1974 two very different passenger workings were noted. On May 11th a Watford Junction - Barnstaple excursion arrived at Exeter with 47334 and was taken forward from Exeter St. Davids by 25063. The passengers reconnected with the train at Taunton. Eight days later (19th) the Lickey bankers, 25063 & 37217 assisted Class 45 No.69 and the 21.00 Bristol Temple Meads - Glasgow Central up Lickey incline.

On December 17th 25063, 25171 & 25224 were noted at Exeter stabling point.

On December 18th 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point, with 25224 & 25171. 25063 would later work the 2B99 15.55 Exeter - Barnstaple.

At about 1pm on February 17th 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On March 12th 25063 worked the 2Z15 22.15 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple, being a portion off the 1Z15 19.00 Paddington - Plymouth charter with 1043.

On March 14th 25063 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (one tank).

On March 16th 25063 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans. Later in the day 25063 worked the 6B18 milk empties to Chard.

Condition April: gangway doors still fitted.

On June 7th 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On August 27th 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point, very ex-works.

On August 28th 1056 & 25063 worked the 7B73 15.05 Whimple / 17.00 Chard Junction - Exeter Riverside. Earlier in the day 1056 had worked a ballast train to Westbury.

On August 30th 25063 worked the 2B99 15.58 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple.

Another rescue job took place on September 1st 1975 when 25063 & 25153 came to the assistance on the 07.40 Leeds - Penzance between Bridgwater & Exeter St. Davids when 45011 failed with fire damage.

On October 7th 25063 worked the 6B71 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On October 22nd 25063 worked the 8B73 15.05 Whimple / 17.00 Chard Junction - Exeter Riverside.

On October 31st 25063 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On March 6th 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On April 30th 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On September 7th 25063 hauled 24055/56/60/136 as the 9X75 06.45 Crewe - Banbury Swindon Works.

On October 23rd & 27th 25063 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On November 1st 25063 worked the 6B71 18.45 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

Another failure on November 14th 1976 saw 25063 assisting a Penzance - Paddington service between Redruth & Plymouth after 50017 failed (see image at top of this page).

Christmas at Tyne Yard found 25063 & 25220 (both LA) laying over after they worked the 3E07 21.40 Bristol - Sunderland parcels of December 23rd.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
Ebbw Junction shed looking westwards with 25063 present. 25063 spent almost six years allocated to the WR depots of Bristol, Cardiff & Laira.

25063 worked a Machen stone train on March 22nd.

The Gwili Railway Preservation Society chartered a railtour roundtrip from Swansea to Paignton on September 18th. Motive power provided was 25063 throughout, possibly a first for the class on passenger work at Swansea and a first for the type at Tondu (?).

From 1977 until its withdrawal 25063 was noted as a very regular performer on the Crewe - Cardiff services. From time to time 25063 strayed from these services, including trips on the Cardiff - Bristol locals. On August 24th 1977 25063 was noted on the 10.50 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth.

25041, 25063, 25068 were noted in the late afternoon on Inverness shed on August 9th.

A variety of freezing wintry weather conditions on December may have been partially responsible for multiple failures in the Crewe area, one of which was 25063 hauling the 11.30 Cardiff - Crewe, assistance being provided by 47017, arriving over an hour late at Crewe.

On a wintry February 15th 25042 & 25063 were noted passing through Crewe station with snowploughs at each end with large quantities of snow on the ploughs.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25042 & 25063 pass through Crewe station on February 15th with snow covered ploughs.

On the evening of July 6th 24081 & 25063 were noted passing Crewe station with a down freight.

The 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe was worked by 25063 on August 25th, the southbound leg, the 12.20 Crewe - Cardiff had been worked by 40112.

25063 worked the 10am Crewe - Cardiff on November 3rd.

The last recorded passenger working for 25063 took place on July 26th 1980 working the 19.28 Crewe - Cardiff.

25063 was withdrawn on November 2nd 1980. 25063 was noted at Cardiff Canton on November 14th.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cab front: two white circles next to the marker lights: January 1978 (but no earlier than the summer of 1977) until withdrawn.
No.2 cab headcode panel: non-standard panel, smaller than normal dots: May 1979 until withdrawn.

A builders plate from 25063 sold at auction during January 2013 for 250.
A builders plate from 25063 sold at auction during May 2013 for 220.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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

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Page added April 28th 2013.
Last updated August 9th 2020.

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