D5241, 5241, 25091
D5241, 5241, 25091

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25091 & possibly 25108 in the bay platforms at the north end of Dumfries station.

The fourteen year nine month career of D5241/25091, whilst not the longest, or having the most transfers did provide allocation at depots on all five of the BR Regions, an 'honour' bestowed upon a very few mainline locomotives.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Never carried 'Domino' headcode display.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 26 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 12 months.


D5241 was new to Toton (16A) on January 4th 1964. Further transfers were:

April 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
June 1964 to Leicester (15A).
July 1964 to Wellingborough (15B).
September 1964 to Toton (16A).
September 1964 to Southern Region.
December 1964 to Toton (16A).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
July 1965 to London Divison (Midland) (D14).
September 1965 to London Midland Midland Lines LMML.
November 1965 to London Divison (Midland) (D14).
June 1968 to London Division (Western) (D01).
May 1969 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
September 1973 to Tinsley.
July 1975 to Eastfield.
July 1975 to Bescot.
August 1975 to Laira.
October 1975 to Haymarket.
Withdrawn October 15th 1978.

Renumbered April 20th 1974.

25091 was the 23rd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three Scottish Class 25s withdrawn during October 1978.

After withdrawal 25091 was stored at Eastfield until May 30th 1979 when it made the short trip to Glasgow Works, where most of it was scrapped by October 1979. The cabs however lingered until at least June 1984.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works March 1971. (No.2 cab damage)
Noted Derby Works September 1971. (paint date 7/5/71? blue/yellow)
Noted Derby Works March & April 1972 (arrived in two-tone green livery)(SHOULD THIS BE 1971?).
Noted Glasgow Works August 1976 (full repaint).


On December 18th 1963 D5241 & D5242 made their Works test run to Corby.

D5241 was completed at Derby Works during December 1963 and delivered to Toton (16A) during the first week of January 1964.

Stabled at Cricklewood on Sunday April 5th were D5085, D5086, D5089, D5189, D5204, D5222, D5223, D5228, D5237, D5241, D5250 & D7576.

D5241 stands in the shadow of the great roof at St Pancras station on an unknown date. Photograph courtesy FW Smith.

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 the morning of January 29th D5241 was shunting an up freight at Bedford.

On the morning of Sunday May 15th the Midland main line from Hendon to Wellingborough was occupied by many permanent way works including:
Hendon: D5401 permanent way train
Harpenden: D5241 track train and D65 spoil train
Flitwick: D7503 & D75xx spoil train
Oakley: D5404 track train and D5403 ballast train
Souldrop: D45 track train
Wellingborough: D5373 & D5397 with permanent way trains and D5224, D5273, D5378 & D5388 on Wellingborough shed.

D5214 & D5241 paid a Bank Holiday visit to Southend on an excursion from Bedford.

On August 13th 5241 worked the 08.12 St Albans - St Pancras.

During the afternoon of October 6th 5216 & 5241 were noted at St Pancras, having arrived assisting 130 with its passenger train, the Peak displaying some fire damage.

During the middle of July a special cruise by the S.S. Manxman operated from Liverpool to Llandudno. As a way of promoting this sailing and adding a little spice to the average day trip, BR ran two excursions, one from Coventry to connect with the ship at Liverpool, the other using 5241 & 7652 took a special from Derby to Llandudno. These two machines returned the Coventry participants to Crewe, with E3004 & E3076 taking the train forward. The returning Derby travelers had 1831 from Liverpool to Crewe where the outbound 25ís took over for the run home to Derby.

On March 8th shortly after 10am the 8M77 08.05 Whitemoor - Leicester goods train, hauled by a Class 25, believed to be 5291 was involved in collision with a loaded gravel lorry at Funtham's Lane level crossing near Whittlesea. The train was comprised of thirty two wagons (thirty loaded, two empty) and a brakevan, with a total weight, including the locomotive, of 798 tons. The loaded lorry weighed 23.5 tons. The lorry was able to enter the crossing, despite the approach of the goods train because the interlocking protection between the crossing equipment and the signals had been rendered inoperative (against the Rule Book instructions) by the signalman and and signal technician.

The impact occurred at about 30mph, the Class 25 hitting the rear of the lorry. The lorry was seriously damaged, separating into several parts with the front of the lorry demolishing one of the barriers. The Class 25 suffered serious cab damage to one side, enough to trap the second man, who was driving the goods train, in the cab for ninety minutes. Despite this only cuts and bruises were sustained by the locomotive crew & lorry driver. The train was not derailed and the line was reopened by early afternoon - although the Class 25 required Works attention.

Photograph courtesy DMT collection.
D5241 inside Derby Locomotive Works on March 31st 1971 undergoing repairs following a collision near Whittlesea (see notes above). Estimate for the repairs was £2,800

On October 6th a Temple Mills - Whitemoor freight was worked by 5241 & 5244.

On at least one summer Saturday in June 5241 worked the Nottingham - Llandudno Town roundtrip. On June 24th a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip was worked by 5241.

On July 11th the 6Z40 Earles Siding, Hope - Exeter Central cement train was worked by 5249 & 5241.

On the afternoon of July 25th 5241 was light engine at York.

On the afternoon of July 26th 5241 & 5276 were stabled at York.

On July 28th the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby was worked from Norwich by 5241 & 5201.

On September 1st & 2nd 5241 & 7559 were active on Derby - Skegness services.

On the evening of November 28th 5241 (Tinsley allocated) was noted at Exeter stabling point.

5241 was noted through Featherstone on the afternoon of December 27th with a breakdown crane.

On the morning of December 29th 5241 was stabled at York.

25091 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on April 9th.

On August 30th 25091 was stabled at York.

On September 13th 25091 (Tinsley allocated) was noted at Exeter stabling point and most likely worked the late afternoon Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks.

On the afternoon of October 1st 25091 was stabled at York.

The transfer situation for 25091 and her sisters became very confused during 1975.

February - 25093 & 25094 moved to Toton, by month end both are at Longsight.
March - 25094 moves to Springs Branch.
May - 25093 & 25094 move to Bristol.
July - 25090 - 25092 to Eastfield.
August - 25090 - 25092 do not stay long at Eastfield, 25090 moves to Longsight, 25091 to Bescot and 25092 to Toton. After all these individual moves 25091 - 25094 move to Laira.
October - 25091 - 25094 to Haymarket.
November - 25092 & 25093 go even further north - to Inverness - presumably their lack of boilers kept them only on freight workings.

On June 27th 25091 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 4M10 00.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria vans.

On August 27th 25091 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On August 30th 25091 worked the 6B70 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (two tanks).

At about 3pm on August 30th 25091 was noted on the banking spur ar Exeter.

On September 1st, 5th & 6th 25091 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On September 3rd 25091 worked the 2B84 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

During October 25091 was transferred to Edinburgh Haymarket.

On August 19th 25091 & 27023 worked the 12.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dunblane. On September 4th 25091 was noted at Carlisle during the early evening having brought in a service from Glasgow Central?

Photograph courtesy Mike Cooper
The exhaust from a just fired up Class 40 wafts across the depot at Aberdeen giving a very atmospheric touch to this view of 25091 and one of the local 'Swindon' units used on the Inverness - Aberdeen service.

25091 was noted at Dunfermline Townhill on March 27th.

On July 29th the 22.50 Euston - Perth was worked forward from Mossend Yard by 25091 & 25083. On September 12th the 13.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25091.

At lunchtime on August 9th 25091 was noted at Aberdeen Ferryhill depot. On August 12th 25091 was noted at Dundee depot.

Mid-afternoon on September 10th 25091 was stabled at Eastfield along with ten other Class 25s.

25086 & 25091 worked the 'Capitals United' M&GN Society charter train departing Edinburgh Waverley for Euston on April 8th, presumably going as far as Carstairs. 25091 was noted at Perth stabling point on April 17th.

On July 5th 25091 was noted at Carlisle with a lengthy parcels train.

25091 was withdrawn on October 15th 1978.


A gloomy February 24th 1979 finds withdrawn 25091 at Eastfield slowly surrendering a multitude of parts to its more fortunate shedmates.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added September 1st 2004.
Last updated October 9th 2022.

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