D5227, 5227, 25077
First dual braked fitted Class 25 to be retired
Fire damage

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25077 at Taunton on April 11th 1975. On the same road as 25077 are two industrial shunters headed for preservation on the West Somerset Railway.

The fourteen year eight month career of D5227/25077 saw allocations to London Midland, Western & Scottish Region depots.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Dual brake equipped.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 11 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 3 months.


D5227 was new to Toton (18A) on September 7th 1963. Further transfers were:

October 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
February 1966 to Nottingham Division (D16).
October 1968 to London Division (D01).
December 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1972 to Ebbw Junction, Newport (86B).
July 1972 to Bristol (82A).
October 1972 to Haymarket on loan, made permanent November 1972.
May 1974 to Bristol.
November 1975 to Cardiff.
October 1976 to Eastfield.
Withdrawn May 6th 1978 (fire damage).

Renumbered April 1974.

25077 was the 21st Class 25 to be withdrawn, and the first dual brake fitted example to be retired.

After withdrawal 25077 was stored at Polmadie during May & June 1978, then moved to Glasgow Works on July 3rd 1978 and scrapped there by the middle of August 1978, the 15th Class 25 to be broken up.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works August 1967.
Noted Crewe Works January 1969.
Noted Derby Works August 1969.
Noted Derby Works April - May 1972 (arrived in green livery with full yellow ends).
Noted Glasgow Works April 1977 (dual braking equipment fitted, gangway doors sheeted over).


When Derby undertook redesign of the Class 25 bodywork, the batch of locomotives that would become D5223 - D5232 were transferred from Derby to Darlington. This allowed Derby to retool it's production line without causing major interruption to the Class 25 delivery schedule. This included D5227 featured on this page which was initially destined for service on the Midland lines north from St Pancras.

The frames for D5227 were were laid down at Darlington during April, being delivered in August to Toton (18A).

On the afternoon of March 26th D5090 & D5227 were stabled at Kentish Town.

Condition September: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, exhaust located above engine room.

Noted at St Pancras on Sunday December 5th about 10.45am were: D5227 pilot
D5218 with the coaching stock for the 10.50 St Pancras - Manchester, worked by D82
D7513 with a permanent way train
D85, D88, D94 & D131 at Cambridge Street
D5295 with a permanent way train
D5184 light engine.

On the early afternoon of February 12th D5185 & D5227 were at Knighton Junction with an up freight.

On the morning of May 28th D5225 & D5227 were stabled at Wellingborough.

On the afternoon of June 12th D5227 was light engine at Kettering.

On the morning of September 4th D5227 was stabled at Wellingborough.

Noted at Leicester on the morning of October 28th were:
D5227: pilot - later stabled at the depot
D5229: empty coaching stock
D5226: on shed
D5411: down freight.

The New Year began with the continued removal of withdrawn steam locomotives from various locations. Dispatches from Colwick depot to Draperís at Hull during February included D5227 dragging 48083/143/662 (27th) and 48388/672 (28th).

D5227 was noted at Derby Works during August.

5227 moved to Willesden (D01) in October, by December 5227 returned to the Nottingham Division (D16).

On August 10th the 09.35 Sheffield - Llandudno Town and 14.28 return were worked by 5227 & 5275.

5227 visited Crewe Works during January.

Condition November: green livery with full yellow ends, no frame level stripe, gangway doors still fitted, no blanking plates, hand/footholds still present, number has 'D' prefix.

On August 22nd the Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked to Derby by 5227.

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.

Eight years allocated to London Midland depots ended early in January 1972 when a major reshuffle of locomotives occurred to accomodate the gaps left by the withdrawal of the Western Region diesel hydraulic locomotives and the less than successful Scottish Region Claytons & North British products. For 5227 this meant a move to Newport (86B), then to Bristol (82A) in July and finally Haymarket (64B) in October.

5227 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on March 4th, in plain green livery with full yellow ends.

A roundtrip from Plymouth to Fishguard and return on March 28th include the following observations:
1045 & 128 1E99 05.40 Plymouth - Sheffield (uncertain where 1045 came off)
7575 at Plymouth
Newton Abbot:
1026 23.45 Paddington - Penzance
1021 06.40 Newton Abbot - Paddington
Exeter St Davids:
805 & 1010 07.10 Exeter - Penzance
6540 07.20 Exeter - Waterloo
7508, 812 stabling point
7588, 7677
Severn Tunnel Junction (passing):
115, 144, 1035, 1039, 1640, 1683, 1745, 1845, 5227, 5180, 5181, 6923
East Usk:
Ebbw Junction
1672, 6999, 7005, 7092, 7099, 7510, 7514
1061 1C13 08.00 Paddington - Swansea
Cardiff Canton:
129, 1910, 5842, 7086
1648, 1945, 6606, 6837, 7098
1017, 1056, 1665, 1901, 6887
1056 11.50 Swansea - Fishguard
6883, 6975
1056 1C68 14.00 Fishguard - Swansea load 11
1925 1BXX 15.55 Swansea - Bristol load 6
138, 1611, 1709, 1720, 1750, 6955, 6957
Cardiff Canton:
177, 1923, 6973, 6994, 7075, 7086
Cardiff station:
1609, 6602, 6888, 6930, 6971, 6973, 6985, 7510, 7514
Ebbw Junction:
1902, 5181, 5227, 6875, 6923, 6925
Severn Tunnel Junction:
163, 1589, 1594, 1640, 1729, 5180, 7512, 7624
Bristol Temple Meads (18.10hrs):
68 1V87 09.40 Edinburgh - Plymouth
Bristol Bath Road:
1654 6M44
Exeter St Davids:
6529 & 812 19.55 Exeter St Davids - Basingstoke
1670 1B75 17.30 Paddington - Plymouth.

Derby Locomotive Works was host to 5227 during April & May.

The snag sheet dated May 5th for Class 45 No.31 also referenced 5227 being made ready for a B test.

On May 11th 5227 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for May 11th recorded:

5227; May 11th 1972; time 9.43
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 28 800 - - -
2 30 - - - -
3 - - - - -
4 34 - - - -
5 - - - - -
6 63 - - - -

No.5 Bicera valve
Draw Hook and?? buffer?? in incorrect position
No.1 piston passing oil
No.6 tappets to check.
Water bypass shut down.

On the evening of July 7th 5227 arrived at Exeter stabling point, off 0B83. It was still there the next morning (8th).

At about 12.30pm on July 10th 5227 ran light from Keyham to Exeter Riverside.

On the evening of July 14th 5202 & 5227 were noted at Exeter with the 7V95 04.10 Carlisle - Exeter Riverside freight. These locomotives were return north on July 15th's 7B15 03.30 Exeter Riverside - Bristol freight.

5227 was noted at Bristol Bath Road on the morning of August 2nd.

On September 3rd 5227 was stabled at Taunton.

September 1972 - carrying blue livery with gangway doors (cabside numbers, central BR emblem, three electrification flashes, blue star coupling codes over buffers, no blanking plate).

On May 26th 5227 & 5338 hauled the previous day's 1S82 20.20 London Euston -Inverness between Perth & Inverness.

June 29th found 5401 failed prior to the departure of a Queen St - Edinburgh service. Queen Stís pilot 5227 was attached to the front to assist the rear unit, 5395 upto to Cowlairs box. Here 5227 was removed and the service continued with just the rear locomotive operating.

During August 5227 was active on local services in the Edinburgh, Arbroath, Dundee area.

On the afternoon of September 8th 5227 was noted at Haymarket depot.

On March 21st & 22nd the 18.55 Edinburgh - Carstairs parcels was hauled by 5308 & 5227 and 5319 & 5227 respectively, the locomotives return to Edinburgh on the 23.40 Bristol - Glasgow.

After eighteen months at Haymarket 25077 headed south to Bristol during May.

On June 22nd 25077 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and later worked the 2B99 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter.

On June 24th 25077 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

At about 9am on June 25th 25077 was noted shunting vans in Exeter carriage sidings. A short while later it was used to bank a trip freight hauled by 1005 up to Exeter Central. It quickly returned light engine to the stabling point.

On June 29th 25077 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On July 2nd 25077 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On September 5th 25077 was noted at Exeter with the 4B10 16.05 Bristol - Plymouth parcels (ten vans).

During the early afternoon of September 6th two pairs of Class 25s were at Exeter stabling point: 25152 & 25032 and 25158 & 25077.

On Saturday October 19th locomotives stabled at Exeter included 25077, 25133, 25151 & 25274.

An unusual working for 25077 was the 12.40 Cardiff Ė Weston Super Mare and 14.30 return on January 8th, normally a Type 4 working. On January 15th 25077 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 4M08.

On February 27th 25077 worked the 17.55 Bristol Temple Meads - Weston-super-Mare on February 27th.

The 14.30 Weston-super-Mare - Cardiff and the 17.45 Cardiff - Bristol Temple Meads were worked by 25077 on March 6th.

At about 10pm on April 8th 25077 was noted at Exeter St Davids with a down train of permanent way wagons.

On April 9th the 1V92 10.06 Edinburgh Waverley - Plymouth was noted arriving at Exeter St. Davids with 25077 & Class 45 No.70. The Class 45 was presumed defective and both locomotives came off at Exeter.

On May 29th 25077 was operating in the Westbury area.

On May 30th 25077 was banking 46015 and its loaded stone train eastbound through Dilton Marsh.

On the late afternoon of May 31st 25077 was stabled at Westbury.

On September 12th 25077 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (four tanks).

On September 13th 25077 worked the 7B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter freight.

On September 20th 25077 worked the 6B71 16.25 Torrington - Exeter milk (seven tanks).

On September 22nd 25077 was stabled at Exeter depot.

On September 26th 25077 was noted in the carriage sidings at Exeter St Davids and also worked the 2B84 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On October 1st 25077 worked the 2B84 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On October 6th 25077 was stabled at Exeter depot.

On October 7th 25077 worked the 2B48 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot (eight coaches). 25077 was stabled at Laira on October 11th.

On October 18th 25077 worked the 6B66 Barnstaple - Exeter freight and parcels.

25077 moved to Cardiff in November.

On the morning of December 11th 25077 was shunting parcels vans at Harrogate.

On February 7th 25077 was noted at Cardiff with with an inspection saloon.

On March 21st 25077 was stabled at Cardiff Canton.

On the afternoon of April 11th 25077 was noted at Derby with a parcels train.

25077 was stabled at Laira on April 24th.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25077 & 1049 at Laira on April 24th 1976. 1049 has just been withdrawn, its nameplates and numbers recently removed. 25077 will not last that much longer, two years later about April 1978 it will suffer fire damage leading to its withdrawal.

On September 17th 25077 worked the 13.33 Taunton - Cardiff.

25076's last transfer took place during October, moving to Eastfield.

25077 was received at Glasgow Works during April for a Classified repair, including the fitting of dual braking equipment.

On the afternoon of September 10th 25077 was stabled at Motherwell.

25077 was withdrawn on May 6th 1978 having sustained fire damage to the electrical cubicle.

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 December 17th 2004.
Last update March 24th 2024.

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