D5214, 5214, 25064
D5214, 5214, 25064

Photograph courtesy Malcolm Roughley.
25064 passes through Bolton, date unknown. Beyond the bridge is Bolton East signalbox, the lines to the left are for Preston, to the right to Darwen & Blackburn.

A career of twenty two years and five months saw D5214/25064 allocated to London Midland, Eastern & Scottish depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Dual braked (May 1978).
Center lampbracket & other fittings removed.
Extra triangular panel modification (addition), BIS side only, No.1 end adjacent to radiator grill.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 91 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 14 months.


D5214 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).
August 1972 to Holbeck (55A).
October 1972 to Tinsley (41A).
March 1975 to Springs Branch.
May 1976 to Scottish Region.
June 1976 to Inverness.
December 1978 to Eastfield.
January 1980 to Haymarket.
May 1982 to Eastfield.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn December 9th 1985.

Renumbered March 1974.

25064 was the 264th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of ten retired during December 1985.

After withdrawal 25064 was stored at Crewe until sold to Vic Berry, Leicester, being moved in a consist made up of 25064, 25198, 25224/269 from Crewe to Leicester January 9th - 12th, 1987. This was reported to be the first convoy of Class 25's to be moved directly from Crewe to Vic Berry, Leicester. 25064 was broken up by the first week of March 1987, though the cabs lingered until at least June 1987.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25064 at Crewe Depot sometime during late 1985 or 1986. 25064 was withdrawn in December 1985, and appears in this view to have already surrendered some parts.

25064 & 40118 keep company at Crewe Depot on February 23rd 1986. 25064 was withdrawn in December 1985, and appears in this view to have already surrendered some parts.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works December 1966.
Noted Derby Works June 1969 (General repair).
Noted Derby Works October 1974.
Noted Derby Works January 1975
Noted Derby Works September - November 1975 (Accident repairs).
Noted Glasgow Works February - May 1978 (Classified & Dual braking equipment fitted).
Noted Glasgow Works April 1982.
Noted Derby Works October & November 1983 (N4 & N1 repairs, main generator).


D5214 was noted in ex-works condition at Toton on July 6th.

On July 7th D5214 worked the 17.35 Moorgate - Luton, whilst on July 9th D5214 worked the 17.39 Beford - St. Pancras.

Condition November: green livery with small yellow warning panels, squared upper corners, bottom of panel covers frame level stripe but does not extend down to the cabfront valencing (No.2 cab), no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.

On August 28th a Bedford - Southend day excursion was worked by D5214 & D5241.

On October 2nd & 13th D5214 worked the 07.54 Harpenden – Moorgate.

On November 10th & 27th D5214 worked the 07.54 Harpenden – Moorgate.

On April 8th D5214 worked the 07.54 Harpenden – Moorgate.

On August 6th D5214 worked the 17.45 St Pancras – St Albans.

Condition April: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, bottom of panel covers frame level stripe including valencing (No.1 cab), blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.

On July 13th 5214 was sent from Cricklewood to Lewes to recover Class 45 No.41 which had failed on the previous day’s evening northbound service. In fact the Peak had only reached Southease before expiring, E6031 pushed the train into Lewes, sidelining the Peak, then taking the train to Clapham Junction where Class 45 No.18 had arrived to take over.

Photograph courtesy Andy Verrall.
Class 25 No.5214 & failed Class 45 No.41 pass Earlswood on July 13th 1969, see notes above about the failure of 41.

With its early years spent in the London area, passenger workings were few or not well reported. On October 8th the 18.25 St. Pancras - Manchester Piccadilly expired at Bedford behind 115 with traction motor problems. The Peak was removed and 5214 took the train on to Sheffield.

A number of Midland Line passengers had adventures on May 17th when 138 hauling the 17.05 St Pancras - Sheffield became a failure near Bedford. 5227 was used to push the train into Bedford, 5214 then took over for the run to Kettering, here 6812 continued for the remainder of the journey to Sheffield.

During August 5214 was transferred to Holbeck. A month later on September 17th 5214 & 5228 worked a roundtrip Huddersfield - Barmouth day excursion, a total of 340 miles.

Condition April: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors fitted.

On May 29th 25064 was noted at Trowell with about 35 loaded coal wagons and one brakevan.

25064 was noted at Manchester Victoria on January 14th. On the morning of January 15th 25064 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 1M81, later in the day with the 6P77.

25064 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on March 24th, 25th & 26th.

On May 31st 25064 was noted at Skipton.

On June 21st 25064 & 25044 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth as far as Lincoln Central returning from there with the 09.30 ex-Yarmouth. On June 23rd 25064 was noted at Manchester Victoria. On June 24th 25064 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 8J22.

At about 2pm on August 2nd 25064 was noted at Manchester Victoria ready to work the 4P05 vans.

At about 4pm on February 11th 25064 was noted at Wigan on an up freight.

On April 20th 25064 worked the 21.25 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North.

During May 1976 25064 transferred to the Scottish Region, spending six and a half years here including thirty months allocated to Inverness.

On the evening of September 28th an oil tank train was noted at Millburn Yard, Inverness with 25093 & 25064.

The first recorded Scottish working took place on March 21st with the 11.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee. Two days later (23rd) 25064 was noted on the 11.52 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street. On April 16th the 20.10 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25064 & 25049. On April 21st 25064 & 25082 worked the 23.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness.

On May 20th 25064 worked the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.

25064 was noted at Ayr depot on August 9th.

The 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 11.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25064 on August 20th.

On January 28th 25064 worked a morning/midday roundtrip over the Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh line.

25064 was present at Glasgow Works from February to May for a Classified repair.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A close up of 25064 at Glasgow Works February 18th 1978.

On June 15th 25064 was stabled at Perth.

At noon on August 12th 25064 was noted on a northbound van train at Stirling. On the afternoon of August 14th 25064 was noted at Inverness shed.

On February 7th 25064 was noted on a Fort William - Glasgow Queen Street service, whilst on April 30th 25064 & 25044 worked a Wakefield - Oban charter out & back between Mossend Yard and Oban.

On May 4th 25064 worked the 15.43 Aberdeen - Carlisle as far as Mossend Yard.

25064 was stabled at Ayr on May 26th.

25064 was stabled at Haymarket on May 17th.

Activity during July produced an interesting variety. On July 13th 25064 & 27025 worked the 21.25 Dover Western Docks - Stirling Motorail forward from Mossend Yard. Two weeks later on July 28th 25064 & 25037 worked the 17.58 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street. The next two days (29th & 30th) were spent on various Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee line workings.

On September 1st 25064 worked the 17.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh.

On September 17th 25064 worked the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee, whilst on the next day it worked the 07.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.

On October 11th the F&W 'The Grouser' railtour from Plymouth to Ardrossan Harbour was worked between Edinburgh & Ardrossan Harbour (except Ardrossan Harbour to South Beach) (396 miles in 15 hours) by 25064 & 25247.

The 10.14 Perth - Motherwell was worked by 25064 on November 15th.

The 22.35 Euston - Perth was worked forward from Mossend Yard by 25064 & 25229 on February 26th. The next day (27th) the same pair worked the 10.14 Perth - Motherwell.

The last week of March proved to be quite busy for 25064. On March 26 the 21.45 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25064. Two days later (28th) 25064 worked the 18.21 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban, whilst on March 30th 25064 handled the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee, the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street and the 20.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.

On April 18th the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was hauled by 25064. A week later on April 25th it was the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee worked by 25064.

On May 9th 25064 worked the 10.14 Perth - Motherwell.

The 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25064 on June 10th.

On July 21st 25064 was stabled at Haymarket.

During August 25064 received an 'E' eamination at Haymarket.

On August 10th 25064 was stabled at Haymarket.

On August 30th 25064 was stabled at Inverness.

On September 25th 25064 was northbound at Dundee with a freight train.

The 19.55 Edinburgh - Taunton day excursion return leg was worked to Carstairs by 25064 & 25037 on September 26th.

On February 20th the 12.51 Edinburgh - Perth was worked by 25064.

On March 11th the 18.00 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh was worked from Carstairs by 25064, whilst on March 17th 25064 worked the 11.25 Edinburgh - Dundee and the 18.20 Dundee - Edinburgh.

25064 was receiving attention at Haymarket on May 11th.

25064 was noted on August 25th working the 17.45 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the next day (26th) on the same working but only as far as Llandudno Junction.

25064 was stabled at Saltley on September 4th.

After six and a half years on the Scottish Region 25064 was transferred south to Crewe during October.

On December 30th 45111, 25064 & 47334 were light engines at Attenborough.

Three years allocated to Crewe would bring a number of typical north-west area workings. However on January 4th the 09.03 Cambridge - Birmingham New Street was rescued at Wigston Junction by 25064 following the failure of 31175, the entourage being dragged to Birmingham New Street.

25054 & 25064 worked the Cranmore - Ellesmere Port bitumen tanks at on April 28th.

On June 26th 25064 was stabled at Thornaby. On June 30th 25064 worked the 21.15 Preston - Barrow followed the next day (July 1st) by the 07.35 Barrow - Preston and the 17.03 Euston - Blackpool North forward from Preston. 25064 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on July 7th. On July 15th 25064 worked the 17.03 Euston - Blackpool North forward from Preston. Two relief passenger workings were handled on July 16th, the 09.15 Blackpool North - Glasgow Central to Preston and the 09.40 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston, with a load of ten coaches.

Photograph courtesy Mr B.
The main generator of 25064, believed to at Derby during October/November 1983.

25064 was stabled at Bletchley on January 10th & 14th.

1984 saw several short passenger workings commencing with an early morning Crewe - Rhyl on February 5th.

The end of March 1984 saw much continued activity of Class 25s in the North East including on March 28th 25059 & 25064 on the Stranraer – Tyne Speedlink working back with the Eastgate – Carlisle cement.

25064 deputised for a Skipton - Leeds diesel multiple unit failure on April 18th.

25064 worked the 06.30 Preston - Barrow and 08.22 Barrow - Liverpool on May 12th. 25064 was noted at Winwick Junction on May 17th. On May 24th 25064 & 25202 were westbound at Derby with bulk powder tanks. On 26th a visit was made to the Cambrian line, with 25076 on the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. 25064 with an engineers train was noted at Wednesfield Road Goods depot on May 30th.

25064 was stabled at Rugby on June 23rd. 25064 was noted at Derby on the evening of June 29th.

25064 was noted at Hinckley with a ballast train on July 24th.

On September 5th 25064 was westbound at Llandudno Junction with the spent nuclear fuels train.

On September 11th 25064 was at Penmaenmawr yard with a loaded ballast train.

On October 1st 25064 was light engine at Bletchley.

On November 25th & 26th 25064 was at Crewe station with a track panel train.

On December 9th locomotives on permanent way duty at Rugby included 25064, 25089, 25266, 31301 & 08648.

25064 passed light engine through St Bees on February 11th.

On March 1st 25064 was stabled at Carlisle station.

On March 21st 25064 & 25051 worked the fuel oil train from Stanlow to Aberystwyth.

On March 24th the Milk Cup Final was held between Norwich City & Sunderland. Ten specials were run from the north-east, with one of the empty coaching stock movements handled by 25064 as the 5Z37 from Liverpool.

25064 was the Manchester Victoria banker on March 31st.

On April 4th the 07.25 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen failed at Perth behind a Class 47, 25064 & 25072 took the train on to Aberdeen. On April 13th 25064 was stabled at Carnforth. 25064 was noted shunting at Stonebridge Park on April 22nd.

On June 1st 25064 was noted arriving at Crewe with a failed Class 86/2 and its train.

On July 15th 25064 was northbound at Peterborough with a lengthy train of oil tanks.

On August 9th 25064 worked through Bolton with a lengthy train of containers.

On August 16th 25064 was noted at Leamington Spa on a merry-go-round working, presumably empties. 25064 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road on August 30th.

25064's final passenger working occurred on September 18th when the 16.20 Holyhead - Euston failed at Chester behind 47538, 25064 took the train on to Chester.

25190 & 25064 were noted eastbound at Manchester Victoria with bogie oil tanks on October 12th. The next day (13th) 25064 & 25190 arrived at Ince Moss with a loaded spoil train from the Manchester area, whilst on May 14th they were noted southbound through Stafford with bogie oil tanks. 25064 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on October 19th.

On November 19th 25109 & 25064 were noted at Hereford on a Ravenscraig – Llanwern steel coils working.

On November 25th 25064 was at Ince Moss with a trip freight.

25064 was taken out of service on December 9th 1985.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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