The eighteen year career of D5223/25073 was spent allocated to London Midland depots, especially those in the Midlands and the London area.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5223 was new to Toton (18A) on July 6th 1963. Further transfers were:
September 1963 to Nottingham (16A).
Renumbered March 7th 1974.
25073 was the 111th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during September 1981.
After withdrawal 25073 was stored at Bescot until moved with 25169 & 08585 to Swindon Works on December 24th 1981 and broken up by the third week of August 1982.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1966.
A Bedford - Southend day excursion took place on June 3rd hauled by 5223 (alone?).
On July 12th an Open Day held at Cricklewood Diesel Depot featured three preserved steam locomotives: 45428, 5593 & 7029, two LMR electrics E3044 & E3156, Peak 36, HS4000 and two diesels frequently found on Royal Train Workings, 216 & 5223.
On August 16th the 08.23 Derby - Yarmouth and the return 13.43 were worked by 5223 & 7620 (throughout?)
A Bedford - Southend day excursion occurred on September 1st hauled by 5223 & 5228, out & back assumed.
The Royal Train again received Class 25 haulage on May 9th when 5206 & 5223 worked the Queen Mother from Selly Oak to Bedale (for Catterick) where the train stabled overnight before returning to Wolverton as empty coaching stock the next day.
Condition July: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, two numbers with 'D' prefix on each bodyside, BR emblems on each cabside, bogies and underfame equipment recently painted, yellow axleboxes covers (for recent Royal working?), cabling access cover on cab front for Royal train duty.
At about 5.30pm on June 28th 5223 was noted at St Helens Junction with an up freight (9T61).
More seaside resort trips took place in 1973 along with a couple of classic workings. On July 21st 5223 & 5245 worked the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and return. A week later on July 28th 5223 & 5250 worked a round trip Leicester - Skegness.
The working on August 10th was no mundane job, 5223 & 5297 took over the 1S35 Euston - Glasgow Central relief from Preston to Glasgow Central for 192 miles including Shap & Beattock, must have been quite a ride. A month later on September 8th 5223 & 5225 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Kings Cross football special. 5223 was back at Leicester on October 21st to work the 21.30 Leicester - Birmingham New Street.
On August 10th 25073 & 25129 handled the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. On August 23rd a Birmingham New Street - Norwich service was worked at least between Leicester & Peterborough by 25073.
The continuing shortage of power on the Western Region allowed many strangers to reach deep into its territory, the 18.00 Riverside – East Usk frequently featuring pairs of Class 25s, November 14th had 25193 & 25073
The first recorded passenger working for 1975 took place on April 10th with 25073 working the three coach 10.54 Cambridge - Ipswich. This train had arrived as empty coaching stock at Cambridge and departed 20 minutes late. May 24th found 25073 & 25065 on the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. Two days later (26th) the same pair were on a Nuneaton - Whitley Bay excursion.
On May 14th 25073 worked the 06.00 Crewe - Cardiff.
The return leg of an excursion from Alfreton & Mansfield Parkway was worked by 25073 & 25096 on July 17th from Barmouth, a total of 204 miles. On August 20th 25073 & 25268 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness Leicester.
During September 25073 was all over the place, on September 20th 25073 worked the 11.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street. The next weekend proved to be a monster for 25073 & 25074. They were diagrammed for the 'Wadebridge Wanderer' railtour departing Derby at 20.30 on September 29th for Plymouth working via West Ruislip, Greenford, Drayton Green Junction, Hanwell, Bath, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Exeter St Davids, Newton Abbot and Plymouth. The return was equally as torturous, at Exeter St Davids the ex-LSWR route was taken to Salisbury & Basingstoke, then turning off to Reading and reaching Leicester by which route? for a total of at least 780 miles for each locomotive.
Finally for 1978 another railtour saw 25073 & 25040 out and about on November 4th working 360 miles roundtrip Bewdley (ex-Bridgenorth) - Pwllheli with a GWR Society charter.
Seaside workings followed in June, on June 16th working the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town, and on June 30th with 25101 on the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.
On July 10th 25073 worked the 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly between Gloucester & Birmingham New Street, taking the assistance of 37020 & 37151 up Lickey. The early morning Toton - Eastleigh freight was noted at Oxford with 25073 on July 13th.
On September 11th 25073 worked the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe. And on September 29th 25073 & 25135 worked the 09.55 Derby - Newquay to Birmingham New Street where 45026 took over.
The Mondays Only 05.49 Toton - Eastleigh freight was worked by 25073 on October 24th.
On May 7th 25073 worked the 12.36 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout.
25073 was at Springs Branch depot on July 11th. 25073 was noted at Warrington Central on July 12th and later noted light engine at Earlestown on July 13th.
25073 returned to the Cambrian line on August 31st with 25280 working the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the return 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
And finally for 1980 25073 & 25038 were back together again on October 5th to work a Marylebone - Doncaster NREA 'Doncaster Double' railtour throughout, a total of 413 miles.
On February 22nd 25073 assisted the 20.45 Barrow - Euston forward from Stonebridge Park to Euston due to the power being off for engineering work.
On May 16th 25073 & 25134 worked a roundtrip Old Hill - York excursion.
The final passenger workings for 25073 involved the Cambrian line. On June 25th 25073 & 25219 worked a roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth day excursion throughout. On August 1st 25073 & 25199 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Birmingham New Street. 25199 failed at somepoint and was removed before leaving Shrewsbury. Finally on August 15th 25073 & 25056 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
25073 was withdrawn on September 8th 1981.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added April 6th 2013.