D5263, 5263, 25113
D5263, 5263, 25113

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
On April 24th 1982 a fine vintage 1972 Coventry built Singer Gazelle sits next to a April 1964 Derby built 25113. The first car I ever owned was a chesnut brown 1972 Hillman Hunter. It spent many a Sunday touring the Manchester area sheds, including many visits to Longsight. By the time of this view it was just so much rust becoming the inevitable uneconomic-to-repair MOT failure. Happy Days & Fond Memories!!!

The nineteen year career of D5263/25113 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland depots, particularly those in the north-west.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (February 1977).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 76 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 4 months.


D5263 was new to Nottingham (16A) on April 14th 1964. Further transfers were:

January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
October 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
March 1968 to Longsight (9A).
May 1968 to Springs Branch (8F).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08)
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
October 1975 to Carlisle (KD).
February 1981 to Springs Branch.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn June 26th 1983.

Renumbered April 7th 1974.

25113 was the 184th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during June 1983.

After withdrawal 25113 was stored at Carlisle until August 27th 1983 when it moved to Swindon Works, and broken up by the middle of October 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February 1967.
Noted Derby Works March 1972.
Noted Derby Works December 1976 - February 1977 (Classified - dual brake equipped).
Noted Derby Works February 1980 (N4 repairs).


On September 25th the 10.25 Leeds - Glasgow arrived at Carlisle with 70010, being replaced by 70034. At Dumfries 70034 was removed and replaced by D5263.

On June 21st 5263 & 5205 were noted at Llandudno Town with an unidentified passenger service.

25113 was noted at Featherstone with the Healey Mills breakdown crane on July 4th.

On September 15th 25113 was noted at Exeter St. Davids on an unidentified passenger working following a diesel multiple unit failure.

On June 19th 25113 & 25125 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram, the next day (20th) the same pair worked a Skegness service (from Derby or Leicester). A week later on June 26th 25113 & 25198 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning from there with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.

On April 15th the 22.42 Whitemoor - Ipswich freight derailed near Kennett damaging 400 yards of track. Remarkably the Finsbury Park crane was brought to the scene by 25113 (KD).

On July 31st 25113 & 25263 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and 17.30 return. Three weeks later on August 20th 25113 worked the 08.20 Preston - Barrow.

Derby Works, January 8th 1977, 25113 receives its last Classified repair.

Photograph collection of Ian Hammond.
25113 in very ex-works condition at Springs Branch, date unknown, but probably around April 1977 after outshopping from Derby Works following a Classified repair. It would retain its boiler room grille blanking plates until withdrawn.

For 1978 Nottingham was the start of 25113's passenger workings. On June 17th 25113 worked the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town as far as Derby. And on July 26th 25113 & 25213 worked a relief 09.53 Nottingham - Skegness and the 18.15 return.

The 6L27 Mountsorrel - Radlett stone special of August 1st was in the hands of 25113 & 31244.

On April 16th 25113 & 25152 worked the 08.45 Leicester - Skegness and the 18.30 return.

Engineering work on the WCML on September 16th saw 25113 assisting electric multiple units between Rugby & Bletchley on the 08.38 Rugby - Euston and the 12.33 Rugby - Euston. On September 28th & 29th 25113 worked Crewe - Cardiff services.

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 25s fifty eight were laid up with eight Class 25s out of traffic for at least three months (25035/42, 25113/147/177/191, 25234/252).

Three short trips took place on August 2nd 1980 between Preston & Blackpool North, with long distance workings from/to Stranraer Harbour and to Edinburgh.

On May 5th 1981 passengers on a York - Aberystwyth special spent more time on the train between Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth (6.5 hours) than at the destination. The original pair of Class 25s (25035 & 25219) were failed and dragged from Westbury to Welshpool by 25113 & 25033. After dropping off the two failed Class 25s more trouble ensued when 25033 failed between Welshpool & Newtown and was left at Machynlleth along with four coaches (also reported as occurring on August 9th).

25113's next passenger working was also in rescue mode, on June 10th it assisted a failed 87013 on the 20.00 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston forward from Watford Junction. Two days later (12th) 25113 & a 2nd Class 25 handled two Motorail workings between Kensington Olympia & Willesden.

On September 9th 25113 was back on the Cambrian lines, now with 25139 working the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

The last working for 1981 occurred on December 17th assisting an ailing 40118 on the 17.42 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Junction forward from Abergele.

The last two recorded passenger workings for 25113 were also rescue jobs. On February 16th a Class 45 failed at Washwood Heath on the 07.44 Cardiff - Newcastle, 25113 assisted to Derby.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
25113 at Warrington Arpley on October 10th 1982.

And finally on May 3rd 25113 & 25231 assisted the 06.15 Bradford - Paignton HST between Gloucester & Bristol Temple Meads.

25113 was withdrawn on June 26th 1983.

Distinguishing Features
No.1 end cab front: multiple streaks of black paint on driver's side: (not before September 1979) at least April 1982 until withdrawn.
No.1 end cab front driver's side: missing paint where horizontal handrail meets cab front: at least April 1982 until withdrawn.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added March 20th 2013.
Last updated July 20th 2019.

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