The twenty two year career of D5230/25080 was spent allocated to London Midland Region and Western Region depots.
Built BR Darlington Works.
D5230 was new to Cricklewood West (14B) on October 19th 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
Renumbered January 29th 1974.
25080 was the 255th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during September 1985.
After its withdrawal 25080 was stored at Toton from October 1985 to August 1988. On August 17th 1988 it was moved to Leicester depot, and then into Vic Berry's yard by September 1988. It then moved to Basford Hall, Crewe on May 12th 1989, where it was stored until moved to Crewe Heritage Center on November 7th 1991. It returned to Basford Hall on February 17th 1992. 25080 was moved by road to MC Metals, Glasgow, arriving on May 28th 1993 and broken up within a matter of days.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1965.
D5230 worked the 17.00 Manchester Central - Liverpool Central on May 6th.
Two weeks before the view above was taken, Nottingham Division allocated 5230 had worked June 28th's 1E83 07.00 Derby - Yarmouth as far as Norwich.
Condition July, green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, warning panel covers frame level stripe, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes.
On the late afternoon of March 4th there were forty two locomotives on Bristol Bath Road including 5230 & 7656.
On March 30th 5230 & 7676 worked the 4B10 15.53 Bristol - Plymouth parcels (fifteen vans).
On October 11th 5230 worked the 4B10 Bristol - Plymouth vans.
On October 13th 5230 worked the 6B36 18.45 Exeter Riverside - Plymouth Friary freight.
On October 14th & 15th 5230 was on Exeter stabling point.
On September 1st 5230 worked the 09.51 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple, returning with the 12.20 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids.
On September 3rd 5230 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On September 5th the Class 33 diagrammed for the 10.10 Exeter St Davids - Waterloo failed before departure. 5230 substituted for the Class 33, but it is unclear how far the Class 25 worked.
At about 02.30am on October 24th 5230 was noted light engine at Taunton.
The 08.00 Bristol - Plymouth on November 22nd was noted arriving at Newton Abbot behind 5230, here 400 was added for the run to Plymouth.
On February 16th 25080 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
During the early afternoon of June 13th 25080 and Inspection Saloon DW999508 were noted at Exeter on special 1Z01 09.10 Taunton - Exminster and return.
A rescue job occurred on June 15th when the 1B65 13.30 Paddington - Penzance service behind 50042 failed in the Taunton area. 25080 dragged the train to Exeter St. Davids, here both locomotives came off and 47056 took over.
On September 5th 25080 worked the 2B48 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot (eight coaches).
On the evening of February 10th 25080 was noted at Exeter stabling point, along with 25104 & 25224.
For the start of the 1976 summer timetable 25080 was transferred to Laira leading to many passenger workings based on Exeter. The earliest recorded working whilst at Laira occurred on May 9th working the 18.09 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot. This working was also handled on May 30th.
On May 14th 25080 worked the 6B64 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside.
On May 22nd 25080 worked the 2B99 12.20 Barnstaple - Exeter.
On May 26th the 4B10 15.57 Bristol - Plymouth parcels arrived at Exeter with 31293 which came off here and was replaced by 25080.
On June 29th 47499, 25216 & 25080 were noted at Exeter with the 6E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (18 wagons and brake van). 47499 came off at Exeter and retired to the stabling point.
On July 22nd & 23rd 25080 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On July 31st 25080 worked the 6B58 17.00 Chard Junction - Exeter milk (three tanks).
On August 2nd 25080 was noted at Exeter with the 6B43 18.44 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside (29 wagons and brake van). This had been diagrammed for 46020, but this had failed somewhere en-route.
On August 6th 25080 worked the 9B73 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside (four CovHops).
On August 18th 25080 worked the 2B44 19.30 Exeter st Davids - Paignton (usually Newton Abbot?) (nine coaches).
On the evening of September 3rd Exeter stabling point included 08259, 08410, 25080, 25130, 25215, 45030, 46009 and 24054 & 24142 with a brake van.
On September 15th 25080 worked a special 2Z44 14.10 Exeter St Davids - Paignton (six coaches).
On September 17th 25080 worked the 09.25 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside (28 vehicles).
On September 20th an Exmouth - Paddington excursion was top and tailed by 25080 & 47013 down the Exmouth branch due to the lack of run round facilities on the branch.
From time to time other workings also came the way of 25080. On June 11th 25080 & 25170 worked the 1M39 09.35 Penzance - Wolverhampton as far as Plymouth.
On June 18th 25080 worked the 6B73 14.53 Exeter Riverside - Chard Junction milk (two tanks). Whilst returning light engine from Chard Junction the locomotive stopped at West Box (Exeter?) about 6pm to report a possible body in the nearby tunnel. Investigation by the police confirmed the presence of a body which was later determined a suicide and was most likely hit by the 1O22 17.55 Exeter - Waterloo with 33102 & 33016.
On June 21st 25080 worked the 9B75 22.05 Exeter City Basin - Exeter Riverside Texaco tanks (21 tanks and brake van).
Between its regular Barnstaple workings a Watford - Barnstaple day excursion was worked forward from Exeter St Davids on June 26th behind 25080 & 25215.
On September 3rd 25080 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On September 24th 25080 worked the 2B50 21.00 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.
On October 21st & 31st 25080 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On November 26th a return excursion from Fratton with 47129 arrived at Exeter St Davids, 25080 & 25224 worked the train forward to Bideford.
On December 14th 9B70 17.58 25080 worked the Whimple - Exeter Riverside.
On April 15th 25080 was noted at St Austell with two engineers coaches.
25080 was noted at Exeter stabling point on the morning of May 6th. On the morning of May 18th 25080 was noted at Totnes on a down ballast working.
The summer of 1978 brought many local workings for 25080. On September 8th the 00.05 Penzance - Paddington became a failure behind 47445 somewhere in Cornwall, 25080 & 37267 provided assistance to ?? (maybe Penzance?). On September 15th 25080 was noted at St Austell with two breadown train coaches. On September 22nd 25080 & 25207 worked the 18.00 Truro - Exeter Riverside goods, returning west with the 6V53 04.27 Stoke - St Blazey from Exeter.
On September 29th/30th the MLST Derby - Wadebridge 'Wadebridge Wanderer Railtour' provided quite a workout for several Class 25s. 25074 & 25073 worked Derby - Long Eaton - Nottingham (reverse) - Loughborough - Leicester Narborough - Hinckley - Coventry - West Ruislip - Greenford - Drayton Green Junction - Hanwell - (via GWML) - Bath - Bristol Temple Meads - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - Plymouth. At Plymouth 25080 took over for the route Plymouth - Royal Albert Bridge - Liskeard - Bodmin Road - Bodmin General - Boscarne Junction - Wadebridge (Down Platform), then returning at midday over the same route to Plymouth. Here 25073 & 25074 returned to the train for the run from Plymouth - Newton Abbot - Exeter St Davids - Honiton - Yeovil Junction - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Reading - Leicester - Nottingham - Derby.
On the evening of November 7th 25080 was noted at Exeter stabling point with low amps. Also present was 50009 en-route from Laira to Doncaster Works, the locomotive was missing windows and roof hatches, only the handbrake was available, the locomotive restricted not to exceed 25mph.
The recorded passenger activity for 1979 was not as much as 1978 but did produce some different workings. On June 21st 25080 worked the 16.07 Portsmouth Harbour - Cardiff forward from Bristol Temple Meads. Just over a week later on June 30th 25080 & 25052 worked the 22.41 Manchester Piccadilly - Penzance forward from Plymouth. On September 22nd the 18.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked as far as Peterborough by 25080.
On April 25th 25080 worked the 19.35 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.
One of the last recorded passenger workings prior to being called to Derby Works took place on June 2nd when 25080 worked the 13.40 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple.
Whilst at Derby Works undergoing an 'Intermediate' repair it appears a bogie exchange took place, with the new bogies having two-rung cab footsteps. 25080 did not receive dual brake equipment.
After outshopping from Derby Works late in August 25080 worked a couple of day excursions with 25115 prior to its return to the Western Region. On August 24th an excursion was worked from Wellingborough to Llandudno Town (366 miles), the next day it was an excursion from Burton on Trent to Southport. It is presumed in each case the Class 25's worked both the out & return legs. It is believed 25080 returned to the Western Region on August 28th, working a freight down the NE/SW main line.
On September 1st, 8th & 9th 25080 worked the 14.16 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton. On September 10th 25080 worked the 14.16 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton, the next day (11th) 25080 worked the 18.58 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.
One of the last workings handled by 25080 whilst allocated to Laira was on October 5th working with 25223 the Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple legs of a day excursion from Alfreton & Mansfield Parkway. On October 6th 25080 worked the 16.11 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids. At the end of the summer timetable 25080 was transferred to Longsight.
25080 worked February 28th's 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich and 18.32 return.
April 1st found 25080 back on the 15.10 Cardiff - Crewe.
A day excursion on May 4th from Manchester Piccadilly to Aberystwyth used 25080 & 25071. Flat batteries on 25080 prevented its return on the excursion. On the afternoon of May 21st 25080 & 25066 were noted on a down sand train at Crewe.
For a change of scenery 25080 spent four consecutive days on the Glasgow Central - Carlisle services on August 19th/20th/21st/22nd 1981, working round trips on 20th & 21st. On September 9th 1981 25080 and Divisonal Manager's Saloon 45029 were noted at Warrington Arpley.
Christmas Day 1981 found 25080 stabled at Carnforth Furness sidings with a light snowfall on the ground.
25080 was stabled at Newton Heath on May 16th.
The summer of 1982 continued the variety of workings, on June 2nd 25080 went east on the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich. On June 19th it headed east again when 31146 & 31240 required rescuing at Beeston on the 08.33 Derby - Yarmouth. On reaching Nottingham, all of three miles, 47369 was on hand to take the train forward. It was northwards on August 25th working the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle. And then westwards three days later on August 28th handling the 13.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor. A month later on September 29th 25080 worked the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough and the 13.19 return. A rail strike in East Anglia had prevented the train travelling beyond Peterborough. A late season day excursion on October 16th found 25080 & 25042 working a Carlisle - Aberystwyth excursion forward from Crewe.
On November 11th & 12th 25080 was busy working over the Settle & Carlisle, working the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle and 15.37 return on both days. On November 25th it worked the 16.17 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as March. The last working of the year involved the Midland mainline, handling November 30th's 23.59 Sheffield - St. Pancras.
On March 2nd a Toton - Acton freight was worked by 25080 & 25140.
The only other recorded passenger working for 1983 involved another failure, this time the diesel multiple unit for May 20th's 17.10 Manchester Victoria - Southport, with 25080 covering the journey.
A wandering ballast working caused problems on the Oxford - Bletchley line on October 4th. The up Oxford line was already closed due to out-of-gauge track, all traffic using the down line, including the ballast working behind 25175. Having cleared the single line section it was then decided to return the train to Aylesbury using recently arrived 25080. This locomotive derailed whilst changing tracks, the scene cleared by the Bletchley rerailing team later that evening with the ballast train being towed away by 25175!
25161 & 25080 worked the 15.02 Manchester - Bristol parcels on December 13th.
On August 5th 25080 was noted westbound through Chester with a parcels train. A special Wigan – Ipswich on August 31st arrived behind 25080, the locomotive returning light at least as far as Bury St Edmunds.
On September 6th 25080 worked the 02.15 Manchester - Leeds newspapers. The late summer was quiet until September 18th when 25080 worked the 01.00 Blackpool - Edinburgh as far as Preston.
A wandering ballast working caused problems on the Oxford – Bletchley line on October 4th. The up Oxford line was already closed due to out-of-gauge track, all traffic using the down line, including the ballast working behind 25175. Having cleared the single line section it was then decided to return the train to Aylesbury using recently arrived 25080. This locomotive derailed whilst changing tracks, the scene cleared by the Bletchley rerailing team later that evening with the ballast train being towed away by 25175! On December 28th 25080 (with working boiler) & 40118 assisted in the operation a Steam Santa Special over the Settle & Carlisle route, possibly deputising for a failed steam locomotive.
25080 was noted at Earlestown on May 16th with a five coach parcels train.
On June 29th 25080 & 47188 were noted passing through Stafford. 25080's last recorded passenger workings covered a diesel multiple unit failure with hauled stock on July 16th's 17.10 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool and the 19.05 return.
25080 was withdrawn on September 2nd 1985 with a main generator defect.
Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, brackets and other fitting removed from center of No.1 cab front, No.2 end retained the fittings, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, two-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.
Page added December 10th 2012.