D5272, 5272, 25122
D5272, 5272, 25122

25122 & 25117 depart Derby on July 31st 1976 for Yarmouth.

A variety of London Midland Region depots were home to D5272/25122 during it sixteen year five month career.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 61 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 32 months.


D5272 was new to Nottingham (16A) on May 22nd 1964. Further transfers were:

June 1964 to Wellingborough (15B).
September 1964 to Nottingham (16A).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
September 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
July 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
November 1968 to London Division (D01).
October 1969 to Birmingham Division (D02).
February 1970 to Manchester Division (D09).
January 1971 to Liverpool Division (D08).
October 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
Withdrawn November 2nd 1980.

Renumbered January 29th 1974.

25122 was the 57th Class 25 withdrawn and one of seventeen retired during November 1980.

After withdrawal 25122 was stored at Newton Heath from November 1980 until February 27th 1981 when 25055 (Newton Heath), 25100/281 (Reddish) & 25122, (Newton Heath) moved to Swindon Works, being scrapped there by the third week of June 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works July & August 1969.
Noted Derby Works February 1971.
Noted Crewe Works March 1975.
Noted Derby Works September & October 1975 (including repaint).
Noted Derby Works June 1977.


On Sunday December 5th a visit to several East Midlands area installations produced the following Derby/Sulzer Type 2s:

Derby Works:
D5054, D 5087, D5135
D5268, D5298
D7562, D7564, D7566, D7567, D7576, D7588, D7598, D7599, D7600, D7601, D7602

Derby shed:
D5185, D5189, D5198, D5205, D5224, D5230, D5293
D7505, D7521, D7529, D7532, D7538, D7540, D7543, D7548, D7559, D7560, D7569, D7572, D7582, D7591, D7594, D7634

Toton shed:
D5201, D5228, D5231, D5235, D5237, D5240, D5242, D5256, D5259, D5261, D5265, D5267, D5272, D5280, D5284, D5285, D5287, D5288, D5299
D7504, D7527, D7542, D7544, D7545, D7558, D7561, D7571, D7577, D7579, D7597

Nottingham shed:
D5209, D5270, D5290
D7511, D7533, D7563

Colwich shed
D5195, D7554, D7557

Observation made at Stenson Junction on March 19th between noon and 1pm included:
D7553 & D7550 up light engines
D7526 up freight (8Z34)
D5236 up parcels (3C04)
D5299 & D5272 down trip freight (9T34)
D7578 up light engine (9T08)
D5204 up freight (7P04)
48177 down H freight

On March 14th D5272 worked the 07.40 Bedford St Pancras.

Stabled at Saltley on the evening of April 15th were D5272, D5292 & D7549.

On the afternoon of June 1st D5272 was shunting parcels vans at Derby.

On the afternoon of October 31st D5272 was at Derby with an Up freight.

On April 25th D5272 worked the 08.12 St Albans St Pancras.

D5272 worked the 06.15 Heysham - Manchester Victoria, the 09.30 Manchester Victoria - Barrow and the 14.55 Barrow - Manchester Victoria on August 3rd.

On the afternoon of October 24th 5272 was on empty coaching stock duty at Manchester Piccadilly.

Pairs of Class 25s substituted for Class 45s on coal trains destined for the Kent area, on May 18th 5272 & 5284 worked a Brent - Southfleet service and the return Betteshanger - Toton.

On May 27th 5272 & 5225 worked a roundtrip Nottingham - Yarmouth day excursion. A Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram was worked on August 4th with 7665.

On June 7th 5272 & 5275 were reported at Exeter on a 6Z40 Earles Siding, Hope - Exeter cement.

On the morning of February 16th 25122 was stabled at Peterborough.

On the afternoon of June 6th 25122 was northbound at Preston with the 8P31 freight for Carlisle.

At about midday on August 28th 25122 was noted at Leeds City on an up van train (5Z71).

On the afternoon of February 4th 25122 was southbound at York with a freight.

On May 31st 25122 was stabled at Guide Bridge.

1975 brought two passenger workings to the east coast. On July 5th 25122 & 25024 worked the 08.30 Chesterfield - Scarborough. A week later on July 12th 25122 & 25131 worked the 06.40 Coventry - Yarmouth to Norwich. It was the start of the Coventry Works holiday week, so this was normally the 07.25 Birmingham - Norwich extended for the occaision.

On October 15th 1975 25122 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for October 15th recorded:

No.1 end leading, recordings from No.2 cab.

25122; October 15th 1975; 1P18 14.36 Leicester to Derby
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 27 900 - - -
2 33 930 - - -
3 41 940 - - -
4 50 960 - - -
5 64 1,000 - - -
6 72 1,010 - - -

Traction motor interlocks
No.6 cylinder leak
Cab handrails issue
Engine manifold to? turbo blow
CB tripped.

On November 20th 25122 was noted at Tapton Junction with the 4V28 Tyne - Morris Cowley.

At about 2pm on December 13th 25081, 25122, 25169 & 25224 were noted at Exeter stabling point.

25122 was being used on a local Tyne Yard freight turn on February 25th.

On March 27th 25122 was noted at Manchester Victoria.

25122 & 25136 worked a Leicester - Skegness round trip on May 29th.

25121 & 25122 were noted at Crewe Station with a down coal train on June 9th.

On July 31st 25122 & 25117 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
Looking east at Newcastle Central 25122 runs through with a engineers/ballast wagons on February 25th 1976.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
25122 heads east at Newcastle Central on February 25th 1976.

On January 7th 25122 & 25207 were northbound at Luton with a train of Presflos.

On the afternoon of February 16th 25060, 25122 & 25127 were stabled at York.

On April 4th 25122 was stabled at Cricklewood.

The summer of 1977 saw 25122 continue its visits to the seaside resorts. Skegness was a popular destination, round trips being made on July 17th & 18th from Derby with 25164 and from Leicester on July 26th & 27th with 25213. Then followed three Nottingham - Llandudno Town roundtrips on August 20th, 27th & September 3rd. The next day (4th) 25122 & 25134 worked a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip.

On February 24th 25122 was eastbounf through Newark Castle headed o Lincoln with two Cravens multiple unit vehicles, the Class 25 headed westbound light engine later.

For 1978 Skegness was a very popular place for 25122. However the first recorded passenger trip of the year took place on June 17th working the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich with 25126 and returning from Norwich with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. The Skegness roundtrips began on June 18th with 25136 from Leicester, then with 25115 on August 23rd (relief), 24th (relief), 27th (relief) 28th (relief) & 29th (relief, round trip assumed) from Nottingham. The next day (30th) an additional roundtrip Stoke on Trent - Skegness was worked by 25122 & 25115.

On October 11th 25122 was noted westbound through Manchester Victoria with a lengthy van train.

25060 & 25122 were noted at Seacombe Junction with iron ore empties on February 24th.

On a snowy March 16th 25122 was noted at Saltley depot.

On the evening of April 4th 25122 was noted stabled at Taunton, and was again noted at Taunton on the late afternoon of April 6th and was later noted that evening stabled at Bristol Bath Road.

On April 14th a returning Pwllheli - Euston railtour utilised 25122 & 25040 from Machynlleth to Wolverhampton (46011 was added from Shrewsbury for heating purposes). 25218 had failed on the outward working at Machynlleth, with 25040 working alone to Pwllheli and back prior to 25122 being added. Two days later (16th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Walsall - Aberystwyth day excursion.

On the afternoon of May 22nd 25122 was noted at Warrington Bank Quay with an up freight.

On June 5th 25122 & 25110 worked the 8X06 18.35 Birkenhead Depot - Dee Marsh conveying Wirral electric stock. On June 30th 25122 & 25263 worked the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

25122 was noted westbound through Nottingham with a freight on July 5th.

25122 & 25126 were noted westbound at Gloucester with a mixed freight for Severn Tunnel Junction on August 15th. On August 18th 25122 & 25156 worked the eight coach 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe and may have returned south with an afternoon working. On August 20th 25122 worked the 05.35 Cardiff - Crewe.

On September 15th the 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe and the 12.25 Crewe - Cardiff were double headed by 25122 & 25245.

25122 was stabled at Cardiff Canton on September 16th. On the evening of September 28th 25122 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road.

25122 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road on October 10th.

Class 25s stabled at Bescot on the morning of November 10th were 25038, 25122, 25124, 25263 & 25273.

Photograph collection of webmaster
25122 at Crewe, date unknown.

Class 25s stabled at Leicester shed on the afternoon of January 13th included 25053, 25061, 25122, 25126, 25137, 25152, 25291, 25298 & 25303.

On the afternoon of May 16th 25121 & 25122 were southbound at Nuneaton with a freight.

The last weekend in May found 25122 back on the Cambrian line, with 25267 on May 24th working the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton and the next day's (25th) 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On the afternoon of June 13th 25122 was stabled at York.

25122 was noted running light engine at March station on a very wet June 30th.

The final passenger working took place on August 2nd working the 15.05 Blackpool North - Glasgow Central to Preston.

25122 was noted at Oxford depot October 24th & 26th 1980.

25122 was withdrawn on November 2nd 1980.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Last updated November 26th 2023.

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