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.
D5263 was new to Nottingham (16A) on April 14th 1964. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
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25113 was the 184th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during June 1983.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 1983, on August 26th 1983 it was part of the 9X69 Workington - Crewe Gresty Lane engineers train worked by 40034 and going forward on August 27th 1983 towards Swindon Works, and broken up by the middle of October 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1967.
An hour at Derby from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Saturday August 27th (the Loco Works Open Day) produced:
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 the afternoon of October 15th D5280, D5285 & D5294 were stabled at Burton on Trent while D5263 & D5295 were on a down freight.
On November 18th noted at Springs Branch were D5263, D5262, D7636 & D7610.
Stabled at Rose Grove on the afternoon of July 9th were D5263, D5286 & D7543 and were in the company of steam locomotives 45382, 44690, 44809, 48519, 45287 & 48448.
On June 21st 5263 & 5205 were noted at Llandudno Town with an unidentified passenger service.
On August 9th 5263 was southbound on the Settle & Carlisle with a short mixed freight (7F93).
At about 6pm on August 30th 5263 was noted passing Manchester Exchange with a down van train (4P05).
At about 5.30pm on June 5th 25113 was noted at Earlestown on a permanent way train. On the morning of June 26th 25113 was noted at Manchester Victoria.
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 (on the Exmouth branch service?) following a diesel multiple unit failure. It was later noted on Exeter depot.
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.
The snag sheet for February 9th recorded:
No.2 end leading.
Recordings above were made from Nottingham, those below from Loughborough.
No.2 A sticking at 650
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 the evening of July 30th 25113 & 25263 were working empty coaching stock between Shrewsbury and Oxley. 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.
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 the morning of August 9th 25113 was stabled at York.
On the evening of September 12th 25113 was noted at Lancaster on a permanent way turn.
On a wet October 26th 25113 was at Crewe Diesel depot.
On April 7th 25113 was the Manchester Victoria banker.
On April 16th 25113 & 25152 worked the 08.45 Leicester - Skegness and the 18.30 return.
On May 13th 25113 was stabled at Buxton.
On June 11th 25113 was at Crewe Diesel depot.
On July 28th 25113 was noted at Preston with a passenger service for Barrow.
On August 23rd 25113 was noted at Carnforth with a short parcels train headed towards Barrow.
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.
25113 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on November 4th.
On April 10th 25113 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road.
On the morning of July 19th 25113 was noted at Barrow station.
Three short trips took place on August 2nd between Preston & Blackpool North, with long distance workings from/to Stranraer Harbour and to Edinburgh.
On the morning of October 20th 25113 was noted north of York with a trip freight, later stabling at York depot.
On November 19th 25113 was northbound at Watford Junction with a short container train.
On the morning of November 27th 25113 was stabled at York.
On the afternoon of April 29th 25113 was stabled at Derby.
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).
On June 6th 25113 was westbound at Guide Bridge with loaded ballast hoppers.
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.
On the morning of June 22nd 25113 & 25173 were noted at Cricklewood.
On the evening of July 1st 25113 was stabled at York.
On July 3rd 25113 was southbound at Cudworth with a six coach parcels train.
On the afternoon of July 31st 25113 was stabled at Leicester shed.
On August 6th 25117 & 25113 were noted at Manchester Victoria with the Carlisle London Road - Earles Sidings twenty empty PCA cement tanks.
On March 25th 25113 & 25097 worked the Ellesmere Port - Cranmore bitumen tanks (noted at Westbury).
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.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added March 20th 2013.