With a multitude of transfers in its sixteen year four month career D5242/25092 was one of the most transferred Class 25's, with allocations to London Midland, Eastern, Scottish and Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5242 was new to Toton (16A) on January 4th 1964. Further transfers were:
April 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered February 1974.
25092 appears to have been withdrawn whilst at Toton and noted stored there during June 1980. By October 1980 it had been moved to Derby Works and scrapped there by July 1982.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works May 1966.
D5242 was completed at Derby Works during the last quarter of 1963. On December 18th D5241 & D5242 made their Works test run to Corby.
During September D5242 moved to Derby (16C), at the same time a number of her sisters were transferred to the Southern Region to cover a shortage of motive power due to problems affecting the Southern Region electric locomotives. If D5242 had been transferred to the Southern Region it would have been one of only a handful of Class 25 locomotives to be allocated to all five regions.
During the middle of September D212 & D5242 were used for driver training between Stockport & Buxton.
Condition September: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfronts, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, some stains from radiator water overflow.
D5242 moved to Springs Branch, then the Liverpool Division (D08) during May to assist in the withdrawal of steam in the North West.
Condition August: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfronts, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, 'D' prefixes present, considerable stains from radiator water overflow.
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. Just over a week later on July 10th the 09.34 Nottingham - Lincoln St. Marks was worked by 5242 following a diesel multiple unit failure.
Condition July: blue/yellow livery, very ex-works.
On August 18th 5242 & 5279 worked the 12.50 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno and the 17.06 Llandudno - Manchester Victoria. This working normally utilised the locomotive & stock off the 09.31 Scarborough - Manchester Victoria, due at 12.20pm. The locomotive was normally a York or Healey Mills Class 40. In this case it is possible that 5242 & 5279 handled the Scarborough turn as well.
5239 - 5242 were transferred to Tinsley during September.
A Whitemoor - Chesterton Junction freight was worked by 5242 on September 26th.
At 8am on November 9th 5242 was noted at Exeter showing headcode 6V51, presumably having arrived on a sugar beet working.
The transfer situation for this group of locomotives became very confused during 1975.
February - 25093 & 25094 moved to Toton, by month end both are at Longsight.
On March 13th 25092 made a test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for March 13th recorded:
No.1 end leading, recordings made from No.2 end.
A second set of readings was to be taken after Trent but it was found the train engine was pushing the test locomotive at this point. As a result a further set of readings were taken after Loughborough (see below).
On the afternoon of April 25th 25092 was stabled at York.
On the afternoon of April 28th 25092 & 25065 were stabled at York.
On July 5th a Glasgow - Scarborough extra, normally the province of a Class 40 was noted behind one of Eastfield’s newly arrived Type 2s, 25092. At Edinburgh Waverley 47462 replaced the Class 25.
A new contract to move pipes from Leith Docks to several long distance locations including Derby, Wisbech and Salisbury, and shorter hauls to Carlisle, Darlington, Law Junction, Maud & Montrose would provide much work for pairs of Haymarket Class 25s. The Leith – Salisbury diagram involved the Scottish Type 2s working as far as Didcot, examples noted were 25026 & 25092 on April 24th, later noted heading north through Leamington behind 47107.
On March 21st the 21.30 St. Pancras - Glasgow Central was worked between Carlisle (?) & Glasgow Central via Prestwick by 25092 & 25244.
On June 7th 25092 was the Manchester Victoria banker.
On July 22nd & September 1st the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was work by 25092.
On the afternoon of August 31st 25092 & 25229 were southbound at Portobello with a train of pipes.
The 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Walsall from Norwich were worked by 25092 & 25272 on July 9th.
On August 6th 25092 was noted at Camden on a down van train.
On the afternoon of August 13th 25092 was stabled at Motherwell.
On September 14th 25092 handled the local trip working to the Metal Box sidings at Arbroath (Elliott Junction).
On June 1st the 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly was worked between Gloucester & Birmingham New Street by 25092. The next day the (2nd) the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25092 & 25124. On July 28th the relief 16.25 Weston-super-Mare - Leeds was noted between Derby and Sheffield with 25092. Two months later on September 29th the 10.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town was worked by 25092,
25092 was noted stabled at Stafford on September 22nd.
The detailed reporting available from the TOPS computer system as well as keeping track of locomotive movements allowed a detailed look at works shopping and maintenance histories. As 1979 closed eight Class 25’s were overdue for either intermediate or general overhaul. The most delinquent was 25092 which had been scheduled for an intermediate repair in December 1978, instead it was transferred to Cricklewood during December!
25092 was withdrawn during May from Cricklewood, being initially stored at Toton, finally reaching Derby Works during September.
At the beginning of August Swindon contained thirty nine Class 25’s whilst Derby Works finally broke up the remains of 25295 which had been withdrawn back in June 1978, the honour of being the longest withdrawn now passed to 25092, retired in May 1980 and also at Derby.
No.1 end 2nd man's side, a nasty scrape under the cab window and missing yellow paint from low down on the cabfront, from at least August 1978.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added September 1st 2004.
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