D5253, 5253, 25103
D5253, 5253, 25103

Photograph courtesy John Wraithmell.
Holbeck No.3 Road with D40 & D5253 in view. Note sure of the date but probably between May 1966 & December 1967 when D5253 was allocated to Holbeck.

The sixteen and a half year career of D5253/25103 included a short time allocated to Eastern Region depots in between allocations to London Midland depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 60 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 30 months.


D5253 was new to Toton (16A) on February 26th 1964. Further transfers were:

May 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
December 1965 to Thornaby (51L).
December 1965 to Leicester Division (D15) on loan.
January 1966 to Thornaby (51L).
May 1966 to Leeds Holbeck (55A).
December 1967 to Carlisle (12A) on loan, made permanent January 1968.
May 1968 to Allerton (8J).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
December 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
Withdrawn September 7th 1980.

Renumbered March 2nd 1974.

25103 was the 41st Class 25 withdrawn, one of nine retired during September 1980.

After withdrawal 25103 was stored at Toton from September 1980 to January 12th 1981 when it was moved to Swindon Works with 25026, 25137 & 08027 by 31289. 25103 was scrapped by the third week of March 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works July 1967.
Noted Derby Works September 1971.
Noted Derby Works August - September 1975 (Classified).


The recorded passenger workings for D5253/25103 are very, very low. If the Class 25/0s and the two early withdrawals (5278 & 7605) are ignored, then 25103 comes second only to 25098 for having the lowest passenger mileage for a Class 25/1/2/3. Even some of the Class 25/0s achieved more recorded passenger mileage than 25103!

On the evening of February 9th D5253 was noted at Manchester Victoria with a 4L18? Ancoats - Glasgow freight.

On the morning of March 23rd D5253 was light engine at Lancaster.

On June 30th D5253 & D7638 were noted at Springs Branch.

On July 13th D5253 worked the ten coach 1K94 (or 1K04?) 11.06 Blackpool - Crewe?

5253 was noted passing Manchester Victoria at about 7am on May 10th with an up freight (6J37).

On the evening of January 31st 5253 was light engine at York station.

On the afternoon of September 13th 5253 was stabled at York.

On January 20th 25103 was noted passing Windsor Bridge (Manchester).

On May 15th 25103 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 5J24.

25103 was noted at Manchester Victoria on the morning of June 25th.

At about 7am on July 30th 25103 was noted in Manchester Victoria yard, having arrived with the 4M03 ex-Leeds.

On March 29th 25103 was noted at Oakamoor with a loaded sand train for St Helens.

On April 11th 25103 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street.

24063 & 25103 were noted at Bidston with iron ore for Shotton on March 16th. At about 8am on March 28th 25137 + 25103 were noted at Birkenhead North on iron ore empties.

The first recorded passenger working for 25103 took place on April 11th 1977 assisting the 10.10 Liverpool - Newcastle to Leeds from ?? after 40035 had failed.

On June 24th 25103 & 25172 were noted at Exeter stabling point (both failed with flat batteries).

On June 27th 25103 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

Beeching's axe reduced the once sprawling station at Chinley to little more than a 'paytrain' halt on the Sheffield - Manchester route. The intact platforms here suggest days of a finer grandeur, when expresses from St Pancras connected with local services. But now on a dull October 2nd 1977 a returning set of limestone empties led by 25103 is all that rattles the former glories of the windswept platforms.

On the late evening of May 30th 25103 & 25208 were noted at Seacombe Junction with iron ore empties.

On August 4th the diesel multiple unit working the 08.55 Chester - Manchester failed at Northwich with problems with 50943, 25103 took the train forward. On August 11th 25103 was noted shunting wagons at Appleby, off the Warcop branch? On August 15th 40094 & 25103 were noted at Blackburn with a train of track panels. 25103 & 25146 were noted at Seacombe Junction with an iron ore train on August 18th

25103 was noted at Springs Branch on March 3rd.

25103 was noted on April 2nd at Skelton Junction with empty ICI hoppers from Northwich for the Peak Forest.

On the morning of April 9th 25103 was noted at Warrington Arpley.

On the morning of May 22nd 25103 was noted arriving at Port Sunlight with a down freight.

25103 was back on the Trans-Pennine route, this time on July 14th 1979 with the 09.00 Llandudno Town - York, presumed to have worked throughout. On the evening of July 14th 25103 & 25116 were noted at Leeds with empty coaching stock, possibly off the ex-15.05 Paignton. Three weeks later on August 4th 25103 worked the 09.16 Llandudno Town - Euston as far as Crewe.

On the morning of January 11th 25103 was stabled at Taunton.

25103 was stabled at Cockshute on April 19th.

May 1980 brought two passenger workings for 25103, on May 17th 25103 & 25101 worked a Portsmouth - Nelson return day excursion (?) from Manchester Victoria (?) to Nelson. And finally on May 31st 25103 worked the 11.00 Barrow - Liverpool.

On July 12th 25103 was noted as the banker at Manchester Victoria. On the evening of July 19th there were nineteen locomotives stabled at Northwich, most intended for engineering works the next day, the Class 25s present were: 25100, 25103, 25104, 25121, 25138, 25153, 25191 & 25196. Also on shed was 5690 Leander, in steam for a special the next day.

On the evening of August 8th 25103 was noted at Salford with a down van train.

25103 was withdrawn on September 3rd 1980.

Photograph courtesy A Healey.
Withdrawn 25103 at Toton on December 7th 1980.

During December 2020 a builders plate from 25103 dated Derby 1964 sold on Ebay for GBP360.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added March 31st 2013.
Last updated September 12th 2022.

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