The entire seventeen year nine month career of D5238/25088 was spent allocated to London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5238 was new to Toton (16A) on December 21st 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
Renumbered April 18th 1974.
25088 was the 109th Class 25 withdrawn.
On August 30th 1981 25088 & 86220 were involved in a collision at Willesden, with 25088 being stored there until December 10th 1981 when it moved to Acton (for Swindon?). On June 9th/10th 1982 it was dragged to Derby with 31146 taking it as far as Aylesbury, being stored at Etches Park until broken up there on February 15th 1986 by a crew from Vic Berry, Leicester.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1967.
On May 15th D5238 worked the 21.25 Preston - Liverpool. At this time this working frequently saw steam haulage.
On December 10th 5238 was on parcels duty at Birmingham New Street.
5238 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on April 6th. On April 26th 5238 was noted at Manchester Exchange waiting to work the 4P05 van train.
The 'Transpo 73' exhibition at No.6 Dock in Manchester from May 19th to June 2nd required BR to run a test train from Trafford Sidings to No.6 Dock to ensure there were no issues. On (date??) 5238 and a Mk1 coach (headcodes 5T34 & 5T35) were successfully tested over the route, preceded by Manchester Ship Canal 0-6-0 Hudswell diesel shunter No.D14.
At about 6pm on June 1st 5238 was noted at Manchester Exchange with a down van train (4P05). 5238 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on June 20th, 21st & 22nd.
5238 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on July 2nd, 4th, 5th & 6th. On July 14th 5238 & 5020 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.
At about 6pm on April 26th 25088 was noted at Baguley Fold with up stone empties (6J58).
On June 29th 25088 & 25012 handled the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth. Two weeks later on July 13th 1974 25088 & 25267 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness.
At about 4.30pm on March 27th 24135 & 25088 were noted on two down freights at Stoke on Trent.
25088 & 25049 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return 09.30 ex-Yarmouth on July 19th 1975. 25088 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on July 29th.
On November 19th 25088 made a test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for November 19th recorded:
No.1 end leading.
Paint to complete
A rescue job on August 1st 1978 saw a Liverpool - Newcastle service have 46030 replaced at Manchester Victoria with 25088 taking over as far as Leeds. More trouble ensued on August 20th when a Manchester Piccadilly - Aberystwyth day excursion failed shortly before reaching Stafford behind 25088 & 25221. A troop train headed by 86228 pushed the train into Stafford where 25276 & 25293 took over. Whatever had ailed 25088 had been fixed by August 26th, with 25198 the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and return 09.15 ex-Yarmouth were worked.
On February 15th 25088 was noted passing Oxford with eight bogie oxygen (?) tank wagons.
On the afternoon of March 20th 25088, 25270 & 25305 was stabled at York.
Two rescues took place during 1979, the first being on April 25th 25088 & 25212 were noted assisting a diesel multiple unit between Peterborough and Leicester.
And on June 22nd a Midland mainline service was noted nortbound at Wigston with 45122 assisted by 25088.
At about 6.30pm on July 15th 25038, 25088, 25114, 25153 & 25300 were stabled at Leicester depot.
On the evening of November 2nd 25088 was noted at Crewe station with a crane ex-yard.
On June 3rd the early afternoon Newcastle Forth - Clitheroe cement empties was noted southbound at Darlington with 25088.
On April 11th 25088 was stabled at Longsight. 25088 was noted at Peterborough on April 26th.
1981 was the last year in service for 25088, primarily visiting Aberystwyth and Skegness on the passenger workings. On May 30th 25088 & 25090 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 (or 17.55?) Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. On June 20th 25088 & 25254 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The following week on June 27th 25088 & 25257 handled the same workings as the on 20th. The final two workings for 25088 took place on July 4th/5th with 25032 working a Derby - Norwich (for Yarmouth) roundtrip (4th) and a roundtrip Derby - Skegness (5th).
On August 30th 25088 collided with 86220 at Willesden, causing damage that would lead to 25088's withdrawal.
25088 was withdrawn on September 16th 1981.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added June 21st 2013.