The seventeen year ten month career of D5221/25071 was spent allocated to a small number of London area London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5221 was new to Cricklewood East (14A) on August 31st 1963. Further transfers were:
September 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered April 9th 1974.
25071 was the 107th Class 25 to be withdrawn.
After withdrawal 25071 was stored at Crewe until moved to Gloucester during December 1981 and to Swindon Works on January 6th 1982. It was broken up at Swindon Works by the end of January 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September 1964.
D5221 made its test run to Corby on August 27th, with D5220 (on its second test run).
Condition new: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, bottom of warning panel covers frame level stripe, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
Because of the proximity of Wolverton Works, which housed the Royal Train when not in use, the boiler equipped Class 25's at Willesden and Cricklewood were favourites for handling the Royal Train workings, either in the forwarding moves or when members of the Royal Family were actually on board. On July 14th the Duke of Edinburgh visited Telford, 5221 & 5218 were noted returning the empty stock from Donnington to Wolverton. And on November 16th 5221 & 5222 conveyed a five coach Royal Train with Princess Anne aboard from Euston to Hope. The empty coaching stock train returned to Wolverton via the Midland to Market Harborough.
On May 19th a Hampstead Heath - Llandudno Town day excursion involved the use of 5221 on the short leg to Willesden.
At about 11.30am on September 28th 5221 was noted at Rugby on down empties.
Hymek D7100 and 25071 were noted passing Old Oak Common light engines on June 1st.
The Royal Train was worked by 31257 from Victoria to Tattenham Corner on June 2nd for Derby Day, 25071 returned the Royal Train vehicles to the LMR.
On July 18th 25071 & 25116 worked the 21.20 Kensington Olympia - Perth motorail as far as Willesden.
Somewhat away from its regular haunts was 25071 on July 6th, working a Chipman’s weedkilling train from Watford to Horsham via Three Bridges.
25071 was noted passing Cricklewood on parcels duty on June 16th.
25071 was at Cricklewood depot on September 20th receiving attention.
On October 21st 25071 and the Springs Branch crane made a visit to Kirkdale depot to assist in the rerailing of derailed M64432 from set 507028.
The thirteen coach Deltic Discoverer railtour on October 27th was worked roundtrip Liverpool - Leeds by 25071 & 25125. Although the timetabling was somewhat loose the Class 25s despite losing time at certain points put in some good work and on the return leg reached Liverpool slightly ahead of schedule. The boiler on 25071 was non-operational.
On the morning of November 3rd 25071 was noted at Wallerscote sidings with hoppers. On November 10th 25071 was stabled at Northwich. On November 19th 25071 was noted passing Helsby with a freight train.
On May 30th the 12.08 Birmingham New Street - Glasgow Central failed at Lancaster, 25071 took the train forward to Carlisle.
25071 was noted arriving at Norwich on June 11th with a passenger service from Birmingham. 25071 was noted westbound through Stonehouse with a train of scrap metal (21 wagons plus brake van) headed towards Gloucester on the afternoon of June 17th. On June 21st 25071 & 25051 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. 25071 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on June 26th.
25071 was quite active on passenger workings during August. On August 8th the 13.34 Birmingham New Street - York and the 17.26 York - Birmingham New Street were worked by 25071 & 25094. The next day (9th) the same pair worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. From August 18th to 21st 25071 & 25264 completed four round trips to Skegness, from Leicester (18th, 19th), Derby (20th) and Burton (21st).
A short working on February 22nd saw 25071 assist the 21.50 Glasgow Central - Euston forward from Stonebridge Park due to the power being off for engineering work.
The 15.40 Manchester Victoria - Bangor was worked by 25071 on April 25th. Two weeks later on May 4th a roundtrip Manchester Piccadilly - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked by 25071 with 25080 (outward leg) & 25327 (return leg).
On May 30th a diesel multiple unit failure on the 14.23 Lancaster - Carlisle saw 25071 assist throughout.
June was a busy month for 25071, it was also the month in which it was withdrawn. The majority of the workings were over the Carlisle - Glasgow route, being noted on June 3rd, 6th and 8th - 12th. Two days later (14th) 25071 & 25177 assisted 47353 between Banbury & Shrewsbury after the Class 47 failed on the return leg of a day excursion from Weymouth.
A week after its last recorded passenger working, 25071 was withdrawn from Cricklewood on June 21st 1981.
Page created January 4th 2004.