The sixteen year career of D5261/25111 was allocated to London Midland Region depots apart from a two year period when it was allocated to Eastern & Scottish depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5261 was new to Toton on April 2nd 1964. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
Renumbered March 7th 1974.
25111 was the 27th Class 25 to be withdrawn, leaving 300 in service.
After withdrawal 25111 was moved to Swindon Works on May 5th 1980 and broken up there by the end of October 1980. Prior to breaking up a portion of a cabside was removed for use in the repair of 25218 at Swindon.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1964.
On the early evening of July 13th 5261 was noted passing Manchester Exchange with a down van train.
On August 14th 1971 a roundtrip Liverpool - Ipswich football special (for Everton FC) was believed worked throughout by 5261 & 7656 for a passenger mileage of 502 miles.
The snag sheet for March 8th recorded:
No.1 end leading, recordings made from No.2 end.
B side crankcase door leak
On August 24th 1974 the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return from there of the Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly was handled by 25111 & 25081.
On June 9th & 10th 25111 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On June 13th 25137 & 25111 worked an evening Mossend - Kingmoor freight.
On June 30th 25111 was noted at Wath with a mixed freight.
On the evening of July 4th 25101 &25111 were northbound at Tyne Yard with a freight.
A Birmingham - Edinburgh service on July 5th was worked forward from Carstairs by 25101 & 25111.
On October 16th 25111 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.
On April 30th 25111 was stabled at Marylebone.
On May 19th 25111 & 25117 were noted passing Claydon with a lengthy coal train, presumably bound for Aylesbury Coal Concentration Depot.
25111 was noted at Bletchley on October 7th.
On the morning of July 23rd 25111 was noted at Bletchley (with 25112 & 25075).
25111 was noted at Nuneaton on August 4th.
On the afternoon of September 27th 25111 was stabled at York.
The continuing shortage of locomotives, partly caused by a backlog of repairs at the main workshops, led to Swindon Works receiving unclassified repairs for locomotive types it had not dealt with before. On March 9th collision damaged 31124 & 31154 were moved from Doncaster to Swindon. Likewise 25191 and 25236 were also received for repairs. During March approximately six hundred locomotives were awaiting attention of which only one third (about 160) were out of traffic for scheduled repair. For the Class 25’s fifty eight were laid up, the Class 31’s had thirty out of traffic, whilst for the Class 47’s one out of every five machines was awaiting some sort of attention. Eight Class 25’s had been out of traffic for at least three months (25035/42, 25113/147/177/191, 25234/252), obviously the aforementioned move of 25191 to Swindon was a start in repairing these bad ordered machines. To provide Swindon with a source of spares 25111/147/252 were withdrawn during March and consigned there (25111 was the first to arrive on May 6th), interestingly two of these machines were in the batch long overdue for repairs.
25111 was withdrawn on March 30th 1980.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added September 29th 2013.