The nineteen year four month career of D5240/25090 saw allocations to London Midland, Eastern & Scottish depots.
Many of the Class 25s between 25083 - 25099 had extensive transfer histories due to the number of allocations they received. In particular 25090 - 25096 were remarkably well travelled, with at least one of this group being allocated to depots on all five BR Regions. What is remarkable is that these were not long lived machines, only two survived in service into 1986.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5240 was new to Toton (16A) on January 4th 1964. Further transfers were:
April 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered February 1974.
25090 was the 179th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during May 1983.
After withdrawal 25090 was stored at Toton. On June 16th 1984 25115, 25056, 25151, 25139, 97202, 40170 & 25090 were noted in a long line in sidings at Toton. On July 10th 1984 25056, 25090, 25115 & 25139 moved to Gloucester, then to Cocklebury Yard on July 13th 1984 and into Swindon Works by July 25th 1984. By the last week of February 1985 25090 had been scrapped.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1965.
The Southern Region experienced a number of problems with some of their electric locomotives, with many temporarily sidelined awaiting attention. This created a shortage of locomotives leading to D5240 - D5245 & D5247 moving to Hither Green (73C) during September. Despite this somewhat unusual transfer there are no reports of how the locomotives were used or any photographs of them during their brief stay south of the Thames.
On August 27th the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town service was worked by 5240 & 7568.
On June 29th 5242 & 7598 worked the 02.29 Toton - Eastleigh throughout, the normal exchange of power at Banbury did not occur as there were no replacements available. The Type 2's returned on the 14.30 Eastleigh - Washwood Heath freight.
Condition June:two-tone green with full yellow ends.
The 13.49 Peterborough - Ely on July 19th was worked by 5240 and coaching stock due to a diesel multiple unit failure.
On August 16th 5240 worked the 6Z40 special Earles Exeter Central cement and the 1820 return.
On the morning of August 30th 5240 was stabled at York.
At about 5.45pm on September 19th 5240 was noted passing Ordsall Lane with an up van train (4H07).
On the morning of December 18th 5240 was stabled at York.
On the afternoon of September 23rd 25090 was noted light engine at York.
On the morning of November 12th 25090 was stabled at York.
February - 25093 & 25094 moved to Toton, by month end both are at Longsight.
On February 2nd 25090 was stabled at Newton Heath.
On March 26th & 27th 25090 made test runs from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for March 26th recorded:
No.1 end leading, recordings made from No.2 end.
Radiators unbalanced A side low
On taking 2nd stage amps dropped at first, light went dim, loud bang and flash as 2nd stage thrown out, continuous.
FD 5/7 tips burnt.
Because of the issues encounted on the March 26th test run, another test run took place on March 27th.
The snag sheet for March 27th recorded:
No.1 end leading, recordings made from No.2 end.
On the morning of April 28th 25090 was southbound at York with a freight.
June 21st proved to be a banner day for Class 25 haulage on the North Wales main line, the 09.00 Llandudno York had 25056, 09.23 Manchester Llandudno with 25082, the following 10.33 service had 25278 whilst 25095 & 25090 hauled a Blythe Bridge Llandudno relief. The 07.35 Nottingham Llandudno arrived behind 25102, it had been double headed on June 7th with 25129 & 25131! Although all the Type 2s performed well this day problems with other locomotives and a suicide near Colwyn Bay, involving 40150 required quick thinking by operating authorities to keep the traffic flowing on this busy Saturday. The next day Rhyl was graced with 24032 & 24140 on a special from Tamworth.
On the morning of September 4th 25090 & 25185 were noted at Denton Junction with a down freight.
25090 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on October 10th.
On the afternoon of May 9th 25267 & 25090 were stabled at York.
On the afternoon of July 23rd & 26th 25090 was stabled at York.
On July 29th 25090 worked the 0K55 Holbeck - Bramhope Tunnel.
On August 6th 25090 & 25267 worked the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness forward from Nottingham, returning with the 12.35 Skegness - Leicester as far as Nottingham.
Shortly after midnight on August 15th 25090 was noted at Carlisle station. On August 30th 25090 was noted passing Newton-on-Ayr with a load of NCB coal wagons, the wagons possibly being reassigned or perhaps headed to a scrapyard.
On July 28th 25090 spent a day along the North Wales coast, working the 07.47 Manchester Victoria Bangor, the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, the 15.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, a total of 400 passenger miles.
25094 & 25056 worked to Hither Green with October 16ths 11.45 ex Brent returning with the 10.57 Shepherdswell Cricklewood.
In the early afternoon of March 28th 31300 & 25090 were noted with a northbound freight at Kilnhurst.
25090 was noted at York on March 29th.
During the summer months 25090 was noted working several Scottish services. On June 27th it worked the 07.40 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street.
A short working on July 22nd was the 17.12 Aberdeen - Stonehaven.
On August 11th 25090 worked the 12.48 Edinburgh - Perth whilst on August 22nd it worked the 17.25 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour as far as Ayr, where 26041 took over.
25090 was noted at Eastfield on October 4th.
A lengthy run on December 1st saw 25090 & 25109 work the 11.00 Stranraer Harbour - Euston to Carlisle, hopefully the day was mild, neither locomotive could heat the train.
On December 20th evening travellers on a Liverpool Lime Street Manchester Victoria service required rescuing by the following Wigan service. The late hour, heavy rain and continued malfunctioning equipment eventually saw 25090 summonsed from Spring Branch to get the diesel multiple unit to its destination, reached almost two hours late, long after the last buses had run and taxis were scarce! At one point the staff used their own cars to ferry passengers around the closed Sutton Oak signalbox.
On March 3rd 25090 & 25191 were stabled at Buxton depot. On the evening of March 5th 25090 was stabled at Buxton.
25090 was noted on April 23rd passing westbound through Manchester Victoria with loaded stone wagons.
On the morning of April 29th 25090 was noted at Peterborough with an Up parcels (Leicester line).
On May 22nd 25090 ran southbound through Crewe station with a breakdown crane, having come off the Chester line. 25090 was quite active on passenger workings during the summer season. On May 30th & June 13th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25090 & 25088 (May 30th) and 25090 & 25187 (June 13th). The next day, June 14th, 25090 & 25187 worked a roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Blackpool North day excursion.
On August 8th & 29th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25090 & 25032 (8th) and 25090 & 25152 (29th). August 9th's 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth was worked to Shrewsbury by 25090 & 25032.
On the evening of August 20th 25090 was light engine at Birmingham New Street.
The first weekend in September saw 25090 & 25145 work September 5th's 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton and the next day's (6th) 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.
On September 27th 25090 & 25160 were northbound at Shrewsbury with a permanent way train.
On November 6th 25090 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with a two car electric unit head for Horwich Works.
At the beginning of August 25090 & 25130 made a couple of round trips to Skegness, on 1st from Derby and 2nd from Burton on Trent.
25090 was noted passing through Crewe with a freight train on February 19th.
25090 was withdrawn on May 23rd 1983.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added September 1st 2004.
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