The twenty year career of D5234/25084 saw allocations to all regions apart from the Southern.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5234 was new to Toton (16A) on December 14th 1963. Further transfers were:
December 1963 to Nottingham (16D).
Renumbered February 1974.
25084 was the 207th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during December 1983.
After withdrawal 25084 was stored at Carlisle Kingmoor until June 1984, it then moved to Newton Heath until February 19th 1985 when 25084/86, 25270 were moved from to Swindon Works for scrapping. 25084 was scrapped during the first week of July 1986.
On February 19th 1985 25084/86, 25270 were moved from Newton Heath to Swindon Works for scrapping. 25084 was scrapped during the first week of July 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1965.
The tests revealed the location of the grilles on the Derby designed build allowed for much more debris to reach the filters (especially the lower ones), clogging them quicker, leading to decreased air quality within the engine compartment, and so potentially affecting performance and engine wear. With over two hundred Class 25s still on the order books the redesign of these areas would result in a cost savings in the long run, in addition to a better working environment within the cabs, and providing less cluttered look to the locomotive's exterior.
One unique feature of these machines was their being equipped with steam heating equipment, all the following Class 25s would be without boilers.
D5234 & D5235 were sent out on their test runs to Corby on December 4th 1963. D5234's stay at Toton was brief, during December it moved to Nottingham (16D).
On Boxing Day D5284 & D7546 were the Manchester Victoria pilots.
On July 10th the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno service was workled by 7564 and 5234, both locomotives were in two-tone green.
December 18th found 5234 on front line duty hauling the 1N31 Poole - Newcastle, noted 25 minutes late at Darlington.
On August 4th a roundtrip Derby - Skegness service was worked by 5280 & 5234. This working used the infamous LMR maroon set of coaches, which by this time were only used on excursions and summer Saturday workings. On April 7th the set had been used on a roundtrip Burton-on-Trent - St Pancras 'Theatre Special', possibly the last time a full maroon set would reach London? The maroon set saw further use on June 17th working a roundtrip Wellingborough - Bangor charter and on June 19th on a roundtrip Wellingborough - York charter. It was also used on a Derby - Skegness roundtrip on July 7th with Class 20s 8111 & 8172.
After almost ten years allocated to London Midland depots 5234 moved to Haymarket, then to Eastfield during September. The stay here was brief, by October 5234 had moved to Tinsley.
25084 was noted in Derby Works for repair during May & June. After release from Derby Works its return to the Cardiff area was brief, during July it transferred to Haymarket.
On April 8th (Good Friday) the 1S51 07.18 York - Aberdeen began its journey behind 40059, being replaced at Edinburgh by 25044 & 25084.
December 29th found 25084 coming to the rescue of a Class 47 on the 08.45 Aberdeen - Kings Cross after its partial failure at Stonehaven. The Type 2 was removed at Dundee as it was vacuum braked only, limiting speed to 50 mph.
25084 was noted at Aberdeen on September 20th. 25084 was noted at Perth on September 26th with a Dundee - Glasgow passenger.
After five years on the Scottish Region 25084 received its last transfer, to Carlisle Kingmoor during October.
On April 12th 25084 was stabld at Tinsley. April 25th found 81017 on fire at Canley Halt working a 07.56 Coventry – York special. 25084 arrived from Coventry to propel the train to Birmingham International where 86237 took over.
25084 was noted at Ribblehead with a loaded ballast train on June 29th.
About lunchtime on April 16th 25042 & 25084 were noted passing Leamington Spa with loaded ballast hoppers, half of the wagons were reversed into Avenue sidings, the remainder headed south, the locomotives returned light northbound during the early afternoon. On April 24th 25058 & 25084 took over a Norwich – Weston Super Mare excursion from Birmingham New Street.
By May 2nd 25084, now attached to 25221 worked out and back from Wolverhampton to Aberystwyth, with a charter that had originated at Euston.
25084 took over the 02.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Cleethorpes at Sheffield on June 17th, returning with the 08.26 to Doncaster. Four days later it traversed the Settle - Carlisle route with the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle. On June 24th 25084 worked the 11.05 Glasgow Central - Carlisle via Kilmarnock. It was recorded north of the border again during the latter part of July working Glasgow - Carlisle services on 19th & 23rd.
25084 was also working the GSW route in September handling a round trip each day on 9th, 15th & 17th. By October 1st it had migrated to the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle.
It was a round trip over the Settle & Carlisle for 25084 on November 23rd working the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle and 15.37 return. Four days later it was time for a thrash along the North Wales coast with 25084 working the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor.
The Annesley Annabis railtour on April 2nd utilised 25048 & 25084 between Bescot and Annesley colliery.
On May 9th 25084 handled the 16.02 Leeds - Carlisle. On May 30th 25084 was stabled at Skipton station.
25084 was noted passing Copy Pit with an eastbound ballast working on a wet June 11th.
25084 had been active in Scotland during July, being noted on passenger workings between Carlisle & Glasgow on 15th, 18th, 19th & 22nd, completing almost seven hundred miles of passenger mileage.
40085 & 25084 worked the Widnes - Hope cement empties on August 12th.
September 18th found Severn Tunnel Junction depot using two Class 25s on local workings, 25199 on the morning local to Hereford and 25084 to Gloucester. Two days later 25084 was busy between Blackpool & Manchester Victoria working three services. These may have been the last passenger services hauled by 25084.
25084 was noted passing Greenfield light engine on November 23rd.
25084 was withdrawn on December 18th 1983.
Page added September 20th 2001.