The eighteen year one month career of D5255/25105 included allocation to three Eastern Region depots and a multitude of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5255 was new to Toton (16A) on March 6th 1964. Further transfers were:
March 1964 to Trafford Park (9E).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
25105 was the 126th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during April 1982.
After withdrawal 25105 was stored at Tyseley until May 1982 when it was moved to Derby Works. 25105 was actually lined up in the scrapping area with 25261 & 25312, work started on 25261, with 25105 next in line, but an industrial dispute stopped further scrapping at Derby Works. On July 24th 1985 25105 moved to Swindon Works (see details below) and was broken up there by the last week of November 1985.
25093, 25105/164, 25234/248/260, 25312/319 9X12 17.05 Derby Works - Swindon Works July 23rd/24th, 1985, hauled by 45060.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1972.
Leeds Holbeck gained D5248 – D5255 during May, with the intent to cover much of the extra summer traffic generated from the area, without having to revert to using the local steam power.
On the afternoon of May 14th D5255 was at Northallerton.
Noted at Darlington between 4.30pm & 7pm on June 20th were:
On the afternoon of August 19th D5255 & 45083 were light engines at Morecambe. 45083 had arrived with the 09.10 Manchester Victoria - Morecambe. D5255 would later work an evening Morecambe - Leeds service (1N71).
On the morning of September 6th noted in the Leeds area were D5184, D5255, D7572, 44893 & 44988 (all at Holbeck), D7626 at Leeds City with freight 8P83, D7625 at Leeds City with freight 8P84 and D5096 light engine.
On the evening of June 12th D5255 was northbound at Crewe with a freight (5P09).
On June 22nd 1968 D5255 & D5246 worked the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town diagram.
The snag sheet for May 24th recorded:
There were no other notes on the snag sheet, so presumably the test run went well.
At about 5.30pm on July 27th 5255 was noted at Ordsall Lane with an up van train (4H07).
At about 6pm on December 17th 5255 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with an up van train (6J06).
On August 30th 25105 & 25139 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with 09.30 ex-Yarmouth to Manchester Piccadilly.
On July 29th 25105 was stabled at Guide Bridge.
On June 16th 25105 made a test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for June 16th recorded:
On July 7th 25105 was eastbound at Northwich with empty ICI hoppers for Tunstead.
On October 15th 25105 was the Manchester Victoria banker.
On the afternoon of December 6th 25105 was light engine at Olive Mount Junction.
At about 2pm on September 16th 25105 was at Guide Bridge. On September 17th 25154 & 25105 were eastbound at Guide Bridge with a train of track panels.
On June 9th 25105 was stabled at Bescot.
On July 10th electric multiple units 28361/29588/28876 were hauled by 25105 from Southport to Dee Marsh, via Burscough & Wigan. On the evening of July 20th 25105 was noted at Crewe with an up freight.
25105 was noted on Bristol Bath Road on the morning of August 21st.
An unusual sight on August 25th was 25133 en-route from Bristol Bath Road to Derby dragging dead 25105 & 47107 up Lickey Incline and being assisted by the bankers 37158 & 37298!
On August 25th 25133 towed 47107 & 25105 from Bristol Bath Road to Derby. 37298 & 37158 provided assistance up Lickey incline.
Because of the implications of a recent derailment, the Class 86/0s regained their 80 mph speed restriction whilst the use of Classes 81 – 85 was permitted on air braked, air conditioned trains. Despite these alterations the northern end of the WCML saw a number of electrically hauled freights substituting with diesel power including the use of Class 25s. So noted were 25095 on February 20th's late evening Willesden – Runcorn freight and 25105 & 25159 on February 21st's mid-day Carlisle – Severn Tunnel Junction freight.
On April 11th & 19th 25105 was at Reddish depot.
On May 23rd 25105 was noted at Peak Forest with empty ICI limestone wagons.
The last recorded passenger workings took place in August 1980, on the 30th 25105 worked the 14.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 18.17 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria.
On October 29th 25105 was at Reddish.
On the morning of November 1st 25105 was noted at Carlisle with a permanent way train.
25105 was stabled at Crewe on the afternoon of December 15th.
Two Mk1 barrier vehicles and Class 317 emu trailer M71577 ran north through Chesterfield on June 1st behind 25105.
On the afternoon of November 11th 25105 was eastbound at Manchester Victoria with a freight.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added July 27th 2013.