D5267, 5267, 25117
D5267, 5267, 25117

25117 passing through Crewe during June 1976.

The almost twenty year career of D5267/25117 was spent allocated to a small number of London Midland depots along the Midland mainline.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped.
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square (previously raised 'L' shaped).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 80 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 4 months.


D5267 was new to Nottingham (16A) on April 29th 1964. Further transfers were:

May 1964 to Derby (16C).
August 1964 to Nottingham (16A).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
November 1977 to Cricklewood.
February 1982 to Toton.
March 1983 to Cricklewood.
Withdrawn January 22nd 1984.

Renumbered February 23rd 1974.

25117 was the 211th Class 25 withdrawn, one of five retired during January 1984.

After withdrawal 25117 was stored at Cricklewood until moved to Swindon Works between February 9th - 14th 1984 and scrapped here by the third week of May 1984.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25117 at Swindon Works on April 4th 1984 before work has started on removing components.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works February 1968.
Noted Derby Works September 1971.
Noted Derby Works February 1974.
Noted Derby Works May 1976.
Noted Derby Works February - March 1977 (Classified).


With an allocation history attached to depots along the Midland mainline, it is no surprise that many of the passenger workings handled by D5267/25117 involved the east coast seaside resorts.

The first recorded passenger working occurred when D5267 was about one month into traffic, on May 17th 1964 D5267 & D113 worked the 17.18 Sheffield - Manchester Central. On the same day it had also worked a Chinley - Sheffield local.


Photograph courtesy Geoff Coward.
A work-stained D5267 at Carlisle Kingmoor on June 5th 1965.

On Sunday September 18th noted at Colwich shed were D5265, D5267, D5290, D7504, D7505, D7516, D7521, D7557, D7563, D7577 & D7652.

On the afternoon of October 15th D5267 was shunting parcels stock at Derby.

Noted at Derby between about 11am & 2pm on January 19th were:
D5187, D7559 & D7578 on empty coaching stock duties
D7594, D7597 light engines
D5294 & D7567 with an up freight
D5224 & D57 with the eight coach 12.55 Sheffield - St Pancras
D5267 parcels stock
D5258 up freight
D7550 on shed
45407, 47000, 48103, 73011 & 92025 on shed.

On the afternoon of May 18th noted at Stenson Junction were D7534 on a down freight and D5261 & D5267 on an up freight.

On the afternoon of May 22nd D5267 & D5261 were northbound at Derby with a freight.

At mid-day on July 5th D5262 & D5267 were stabled at Derby.

On the evening of July 11th D5262 & D5267 were stabled at Derby.

The next recorded passenger working took place on July 15th 1967 handling a roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town with D5262.

On the afternoon of June 9th engineering work at Trent saw D1 with an engineers train, D113 with a ballast train and D5267 with a crane train.

On the afternoon of August 24th 5267 was light engine at York - to work the 4M88.

On the afternoon of March 9th 5267 & 1787 were light engines at Derby.

Workings of Toton Class 25s into March were nothing unusual, but their use by March for local trips took them to somewhat unusual places including a visit to Broxbourne by 5267 on June 4th.

On November 20th the daily coal train on the Redditch branch featured 5267, this day handling two loads in and three empties out.

On the morning of October 31st 5267 was stabled at York.

On the morning of April 18th 25117 was noted at Derby with a breakdown crane.

On the afternoon of May 17th 25117 was stabled at York.

25117's first recorded passenger trip to Skegness took place on June 1st working the 08.50 Leicester - Skegness with 25268.

On the evening of October 9th 25117 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On the morning of February 17th 25117 was stabled at Northampton.

On March 29th 25117 & 25019 were noted at Gloucester depot.

A maintenance supervisors strike during March/April 1975 created diesel multiple unit shortages, on April 3rd 1975 25117 worked the 16.55 St. Pancras - Bedford with a ten coach load.

1976 brought a number of visits to Skegness & Yarmouth. On July 10th 25117 & 25049 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. The next day (11th) the same pair were noted on railtour duty working the Torbay Explorer from Birmingham New Street to Severn Tunnel Junction? 25117 & 25122 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram on July 31st.

The next weekend, August 7th, 25117 worked the roundtrip 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.00 return. On August 8th & 10th worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness, followed by a Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall job on August 14th.

25117 at Derby on August 7th 1976 with the Nottingham - Llandudno Town service.

Photograph courtesy of John Turner (via RG).
25117 & 25134 at Nuneaton on August 14th 1976 with the return Yarmouth - Walsall.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25117 & 25122 on a damp day somewhere, possibly alongside the refuelling shed at Derby?

At about midday on October 16th 25117 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.

On February 28th 25117 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for February 28th recorded:

25117; February 28th 1977; 1C41
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 27 900 - - -
2 33 890 - - -
3 41 900 - - -
4 48 940 - - -
5 60 960 - - -
6 67 990 - - -

Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 27 - - - -
2 34 850 - - -
3 40 900 - - -
4 47 950 - - -
5 - - - - -
6 64 1,010 - - -

No.2 cab back heater switches upside down
Engine overspeed check
Vacuum efficiency test to carry out
Main generator main con box side bolt loose
No.6 Bicera valve leak
ESV air pipe loose at valve, will not tighten
Exhaust manifold sliding joint 1A blowing
No.2 cab driver's side door seal hing side gap
Baffles to fit.

On April 29th 25117 was noted at Knighton (Leicester) with a brake tender.

The weekend of June 18th/19th 1977 was busy for 25117 & 25207 starting on the 18th with the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram followed by a Derby - Skegness roundtrip on the 19th.

On the afternoon of July 15th 25117 was stabled at York.

On July 24th 25117 worked one of its longest passenger workings, accompanied by 25269 they handled a Leeds - Barmouth excursion out & back from Crewe. On July 29th 25117 was stabled at Birkenhead.

25117 & 25120 worked a round trip Derby - Norwich (for Yarmouth) on September 3rd.

On November 1st 25117 was noted southbound at Hunslet with a thirteen wagon freight (488 tons), going at least as far as Derby.

On the morning of April 13th 25117 was stabled at York.

On April 25th the 17.35 Northampton - Three Spires Junction freight derailed two wagons, damaging track for 1 miles on the Northampton line, the two locomotives, 25117 & 25190 were not involved.

25111 & 25117 were noted at Claydon on May 19th with a lengthy coal train, presumably bound for Aylesbury Coal Concentration Depot.

On Friday June 2nd 25117 worked (presumably) the 09.55 Willesden - Norwood and the return 12.10 Norwood to Willesden.

On Thursday July 20th 25117 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and the return 12.00 (retimed) Norwood to Willesden. On Thursday July 27th 25117 worked (presumably) the 09.55 Willesden - Norwood and returned light engine in the path of the 12.00 Norwood to Willesden.

On the morning of November 18th 25054, 25117 & 25296 were noted at Bedford stabling point.

On Tuesday November 28th 25117 worked the 12.25 Willesden to Norwood additional freight, returning as the 14.00 Norwood to Willesden light engine. On Wednesday November 29th 25117 worked (presumably) the 09.55 Willesden - Norwood and the return 12.00 Norwood to Willesden.

On Friday January 12th 25117 worked (presumably) the 09.55 Willesden - Norwood and the return 12.00 Norwood to Willesden. On Wednesday January 17th 25117 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and (presumably) the 12.00 Norwood - Willesden.

On the morning of August 21st 25117 was noted at Washwood Heath.

During the morning of Wednesday September 12th 25117 was noted at York depot before heading south to Dringhouses yard.

During October 25117 received an 'E' examination at Toton.

On October 10th 25117 was noted passing Lidlington with a barrier coach and two vehicles from the Royal train, no doubt headed for Wolverton.

On March 27th 25117 & 25209 were noted passing Vigo with oil tankers. In the late afternoon of March 28th 25117 was noted at York with a southbound tank train.

On the evening of April 5th 25297 & 25117 were stabled in Nottingham station. On April 10th 25117 was noted at Stafford with loaded ballast hoppers. The next day (11th) 25117 assisted an electric multiple unit forward from Nuneaton to Stafford after the unit failed on an ex-Rugby passenger job.

On September 27th 1980 25117 & 25178 worked a Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) roundtrip.

25117 was stabled at Newton Heath on April 11th. 25117 was noted westbound at Guide Bridge with a parcels train on April 16th. 25117 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on April 20th.

On June 30th 25117 was noted southbound at Luton with a cement train.

On the afternoon of August 19th 25117 was noted at Dewsnap Sidings with an inspection saloon.

One working for 1981 was very short, just the 2 miles between Kensington Olympia and Willesden on October 23rd with 25209 on the 20.50 to Stirling, which was reported as the last motorail service out of Kensingon Olympia. On December 20th the 20.45 Barrow - Euston required assistance from Willesden for the six miles to Euston because of the power being off for engineering works.

On March 23rd 25117 & 25076 were busy at Manchester Victoria on engineering works.

1982 produced several interesing workings. On May 13th the 11.35 Poole - Leeds required the assistance of 25117 from Sheffield after 45017 failed and was replaced. A week later on May 20th 25117 & 25190 worked the 07.20 Liverpool - Poole between Coventry & Reading, returning north with the 09.42 Poole - Newcastle to Birmingham New Street, then heading back to Reading with the 09.50 Newcastle - Poole, and then back to Birmingham New Street with the 17.05 Poole - Derby, for a total of 377 passenger miles this day.

On June 5th there was a trip over the Cambrian with 25205 on the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On June 14th 25117 was noted at Ashton with empty tube/pipe wagons.

On July 24th 25117 became a casualty at Acton Grange Junction whilst working the 15.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor. 40170 assisted in the rear to Chester where 25117 was removed, 40170 continued to Llandudno Junction where the train was terminated.

On September 11th 25057, 25044 & 25117 ran light engines through Shreesbury station.

25117 & 25113 were noted passing Manchester Victoria with empty PCAs from Carlisle to Earles sidings, Hope on August 6th 1982.

On October 14th 25117 was noted at Dunstable returning five short wheelbase cement tanks to Luton for forwarding to Northfleet.

An engineering possession between Formby & Hall Road on December 5th saw 25202 & 25117 handling a ballast train.

On the evening of January 10th 25117 was stabled at York.

On February 5th 25117 was noted at Birkenhead depot attached to a short engineers train.

On March 11th 25117 replaced 25303 as the Coventry standby locomotive. On March 28th, 29th & 30th 25117 worked the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool forward from Preston.

25229 & 25117 were noted through Featherstone with sand hoppers for the British Industrial Sand plant at Knottingley.

On the evening of July 4th the southbound 4E78 Forders - Kings Cross fletliner was worked by 25193 & 25117. On July 9th 25117 was stabled at Stonebridge Park. On July 19th 25206 & 25117 came to the rescue of 56031 after the Class 56 suffered a turbo-charger failure working an ARC stone train at Verney Junction, the Class 25s taking the working to Wolverton and then the broken Class 56 to Bletchley for examination.

The last recorded passenger working for 25117 took place with 25237 on August 27th handling the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Rugby as far as Dovey Junction where 25237 failed and the train terminated. 40135 was used to push the train into the goods yard ay Machynlleth.

25117 was stabled at Speke on November 25th 1983.

25190 & 25117 with a train of oil tanks were noted at Cadishead BTP on December 6th.

25117 was withdrawn on January 22nd 1984.

Distinguishing Features
No.1 cabfront: two rust spots below handrail in center of cabfront: June 1982 - March 1983.

flk 0721 (1)

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added March 27th 2013.
Last updated May 27th 2023.

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