The eighteen year career of D5231/25081 was spent entirely allocated to LMR depots.
Built: BR Darlington Works.
D5231 was new to Toton (16A) on December 14th 1963. Further transfers were:
March 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
25081 was the 123rd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of two retired during February 1982.
After withdrawal 25081 was stored at Carlisle (KD), then moved to Swindon Works by February 25th 1982. By the first week of July 1982 25081 had been scrapped.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1967.
A lengthy trip was made on September 11th working a roundtrip Leicester - Ipswich football special with 7557, possibly worked at least as far as Norwich.
Another inter-regional working took place on July 21st with 5231 working a Birmingham New Street - York relief.
On June 24th a Burton on Trent - Yarmouth day excursion roundtrip (assumed) was worked by 5231 & 5269.
On September 8th the 07.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 5231. The next day (9th) found 5231 & 7568 on railtour duty working from Glasgow Queen Street to Crewe via Beattock, the Settle & Carlisle and Chester with the Wirral Railway Circle's 'King of Oban'.
25081 & 25127 worked a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip on June 22nd.
25081 & 25132 worked a Derby - Skegness roundtrip on August 3rd. Three weeks later on August 24th the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly from Lincoln Central were worked by 25081 & 25111.
Wednesday March 26th proved to be quite an adventure for 25081 & 25065. For whatever reason Control had allocated them to the 07.04 Derby - Plymouth, which must have surprised the early morning enthusiasts at Derby watching the traffic passing through the station. Perhaps the thought was that at one of the major stations en-route there might be something more suitable to take over. But Birmingham came and went, as did Bristol, leaving this pair of Type 2s to then deal with the Devon banks. But Derby & Darlington's finest kept on rolling, safely arriving at Plymouth and the sanctity of Laira depot. Would they return north on a lowly freight or perhaps as a light engine movement? It was not to be on this day! They were to go back north on the 15.10 Plymouth - Leeds, again to tackle the Devon banks, no doubt presenting a fine sight as they travelled along the sea wall sections at Teignmouth & Dawlish. Who would now know the thoughts of any enthusiasts at Bristol Temple Meads noting the arrival of this inter-regional express from the west with two LMR Type 2s on the front. But they continued on, tackling Stapleton Bank, turning off the ex-GWR mainline at Yate hopefully for some fast running northwards along the easily graded ex-Midland route. And of course did they get a good approach to Lickey Incline, to let anyone nearby know that these far ranging adventurers were not done yet? Sadly after 479 miles of passenger running the Type 2s were removed at Birmingham New Street. What a day out!
The remainder of 25081's passenger workings for 1975 were not quite so glamourous, visiting Norwich or Yarmouth on four separate dates and rescuing an East Coast express on August 19th when 47177 failed near Peterborough with the 13.30 Newcastle - Kings Cross, 25081 worked the train forward to Kings Cross.
The passenger workings in 1976 were confined to a week in September when two trips were made to Norwich from Walsall/Derby.
On October 22nd the BLS 'The Dukeries Limited' railtour was worked between Euston & Wembley Central by 25081 & 25069.
Two trips were made over the Cambrian lines during the middle of June on scheduled passenger diagrams. On June 14th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25081 & 25114. The next weekend (21st) the same workings were handled by 25081 & 25125.
On February 21st 25081 was noted light engine at Derby. On February 28th 25081 was back on the Northeast/Southwest route with the 12.23 Manchester Piccadilly - Bristol Temple Meads forward from Birmingham New Street. There was more variety on April 11th with 25081 working 07.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor. A week later, on April 20th 25081 & 25066 worked a Melton Mowbray - Southport mystery excursion, presumably throughout. Four days later on a very wet April 24th 25081 was in charge of a class 6 mixed freight between Gloucester & Severn Tunnel Junction. The locomotive still retained a working headcode, at least at the No.1 end.
25081 was stabled at Springs Branch on May 8th.
25081 was noted at Guide Bridge on July 2nd. Two round trips were made from Leicester to Skegness, with 25150 on July 25th and with 25069 on August 1st.
25081 was stabled at Springs Branch on October 4th. A day excursion from Bolton to Stratford on October 10th proved to be the last passenger working for 25081 (with 25286), quite how much of the trip was handled by the Type 2's is uncertain.
25081 was noted at Hellifield on December 5th 1981.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added February 3rd 2013.