D5274, 5274, 25124
D5274, 5274, 25124

25124 & 25134 head southwest at Stenson Junction on January 12th 1979.

The nineteen year five month career of D5274/25124 was spent allocated to a small variety of London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1978).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 63 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 38 months.


D5274 was new to Nottingham (16A) on May 29th 1964. Further transfers were:

June 1964 to Trafford Park (9E).
March 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
April 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
February 1982 to Bescot.
January 1983 to Cricklewood.
Withdrawn October 20th 1983.

Renumbered October 3rd 1973.

25124 was the 200th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of five retired during October 1983.

After storage at Crewe 25124 was moved to Gloucester on March 28th 1984, then to Swindon Works two days later. By the middle of December 1986 25124 had been scrapped.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works December 1966.
Noted Derby Works June 1967.
Noted Derby Works July 1978 (Classified).
Noted Derby Works March 1982 (N4 repairs).


During March D5255 & D7586 were transferred to Trafford Park (9E), presumably to be trialled on the limestone workings. D5255 was transferred back to Toton during April, but D7586 remained allocated to Trafford Park until January 1965 when it was briefly reallocated to the Nottingham Division, but returned to Trafford Park the same month. With the testing completed the decision was made to utilise the Sulzer Type 2s on the limestone trains. To accomplish this seven Type 2's would be allocated to Trafford Park (9E) shed. All the locomotives selected were virtually brand new and had been on allocation to Toton (D16) after delivery from the workshops. D7586 which had been one of the locomotives used in the trials remained at Trafford Park, perhaps an odd choice since the locomotive was boiler equipped. The remainder were D5274 - D5279 and arrived during June & July.

D5274 had successfully completed its test run to Corby and back on May 29th.

On June 15th D5274 worked the 6M21 Toton - Trafford Park empties.

On May 21st D5274 worked the 22.50 Manchester Central - Guide Bridge.

On July 23rd D5274 was noted on a late afternoon Northwich - Healey Mills freight.

On November 27th 5274 worked the 05.07 Leeds City - Manchester Victoria vans (4M03).

On March 30th 5274 worked the 05.03 Leeds City - Manchester Victoria vans (4M03).

5274 was the Manchester Victoria banker on June 21st. At about 6pm on June 25th 5274 was noted at Manchester Exchange with a down van train.

Photograph courtesy Bill Jamieson.
A fine view of work stained 5274 as it heads eastwards towards Chinley with another load of empties returning to Peak Forest on September 21st 1971. At this point 5274 has been allocated to Manchester area sheds (including Trafford Park & Longsight for about seven years) which would have included much time working the limestone trains.
At about 6pm on March 23rd 5274 was noted at Miles Platting with a down freight.

5274 was the Manchester Victoria banker on April 17th & 27th.

On May 30th 5274 & 7662 were noted on a Derby - Llandudno Town working (the summer dated Nottingham - Llandudno Town?)

On February 20th 5196 & 25124 were northbound at Radlett with coal empties.

The 19.30 St. Pancras - Derby was worked by 25124 & 25073 on May 6th.

On July 27th the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were worked by 25124.

On September 7th the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich was worked by 25124 & 25132.

On May 16th 25124 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 8X69.

A roundtrip Leicester - Skegness was worked by 25124 & 25293 on July 19th. Almost a month later on August 15th 25124 worked the 07.10(?) Derby - Matlock and 08.00 Matlock - Derby.

On October 4th 25124 was westbound at Derby with the 8V63 mixed freight.

On October 17th 25124 (Toton allocated) worked the 8B73 15.05 Whimple / 17.00 Chard Junction - Exeter Riverside.

On October 19th 25124 was stabled at Exeter depot.

On March 26th 25124 was northbound at Langcliffe (S&C) with a mixed freight.

Twenty wagons in a Tutbury - Tring freight derailed near Leighton Buzzard on April 8th. The locomotives, 25124 & 25132 remained on the track, a broken spring being blamed for the derailment.

In a clear out at Derby Works during early June 25124 hauled withdrawn 08179 & 08236 to Swindon Works, being noted passing Cirencester on June 21st.

On the afternoon of June 28th 25124 was stabled at York.

A Derby - Skegness roundtrip was worked by 25124 & 25205 on July 17th and by 25124 & 25066 on July 24th. The following month, on August 28th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25124 & 25205.

On the evening of March 31st 25124 was stabled at York.

A long day out was had by 25124 & 25159 on June 4th, starting with the 09.35 Carlisle - Nottingham throughout, returning with the 15.52 Nottingham - Glasgow Central as far as Leeds where 47467 took over.

A roundtrip Leicester - Skegness was worked by 25124 & 25129 on June 19th.

On July 3rd 25124 & 25125 were noted at Skegness on an unidentified day excursion.

On July 7th 25124 was eastbound at Fenny Stratford with a loaded spoil train.

August proved to be a busy month for 25124, on 1st it worked the 00.40 Manchester Victoria - York throughout. On August 20th 25124 & 25107 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly. The same pair worked a Derby - Skegness roundtrip on August 21st and a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip on August 22nd. A week later on August 27th 25124 and 25260 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Walsall.

On the afternoon of October 4th 25124 was stabled at York.


Photograph collection of Ian Hammond.
A nicely lit view of 25124 at Springs Branch on January 20th 1978.

On the afternoon of February 15th 25124 & 25299 were stabled at Saltley.

On the early evening of April 4th 25124 was eastbound at Lenton Junction with a mixed freight.

On July 26th 25124 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for July 26th recorded:

25124; July 26th 1978; 3F01 Nottingham
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 28 875 - - -
2 35 900 - - -
3 44 900 - - -
4 54 920 - - -
5 66 960 - - -
6 72 1,000 - - -

No.2 cab cooker top loose
Engine room lamp renew
No.3 rocker fuel pipe issue
No.2 cab driver's side windscreen wiper handle fell off
Exhaust manifold blow, two places
No.2 locker door catch to free
Heat exchanger water drain to close
Charge air pipe correct clips to fit
Fuel return pipes issue
Engine speed blanking plate leak
Push rod rattles? jubilee clip loose.

On July 29th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25124 & 25129. The next day (30th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Nottingham - Skegness day excursion. On August 26th the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.02 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were worked by 25124.

On the morning of September 29th 25123, 25124 & 25276 were stabled at York.

On October 28th 25124 was noted at Exeter St Davids with the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels (nine vans).

On the evening of May 30th 25124 was stabled at Peterborough.

The summer months produced much passenger activity for 25124. On June 2nd the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25124 & 25092.

25124 was stabled at Saltley on June 10th.

25124 was stabled at Gloucester Horton Road on June 30th.

On July 21st the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25124 & 25132. Then followed three roundtrips to Skegness for 25124 & 25132, from Leicester on 22nd and Nottingham (reliefs) on 25th and 26th.

Further trips to the coast continued during August, on August 4th 25124 & 25132 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The same pair worked Leicester - Skegness roundtrips on August 7th, 8th & 9th. Two days later (11th) 25124 & 25107 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.

On August 30th 25124 was noted at Agecroft Junction with a lengthy train of wagons, possibly wagons recently outshopped from Horwich Works.

25124 was noted with an up goods at Taunton at about 10am on September 12th.

On September 23rd 25124 was stabled at Birkenhead.

The 03.55 Rugby - Didcot parcels was worked by 25124 on November 1st.

At about midday on February 2nd 25124 was at Crewe with a down van train. On the afternoon of February 3rd 25124 was noted at Crewe on a wiring train.

On May 31st the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25124 & 25135.

On June 5th 25124 worked a Liverpool Lime Street - West Kirby inspection saloon No.45047.

On July 17th & 18th 25124 was stabled at York.

The 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25124 & 25121 on August 30th.

25124 was noted at Duddlesdon (Duddeston?) on January 24th.

On March 11th a lengthy Garston - Severn Tunnel Junction freight became a partial failure near Woofferton, the closest sidings could not accommodate the long train so 25124 & 25162 soldiered on to Hereford before being sidelined.

On June 7th 25124 was stabled at Tinsley.

The 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25124 & 25131 on September 19th.

On September 29th 25124 was stabled at Bletchley.

After almost ten conscutive years allocated to either the Nottingham Division or Toton, 25124 moved to Bescot during February.

25124 received an 'E' examination at Tyseley during April, ensuring its future for a little while longer.

On May 26th 25124 was eastbound at Guide Bridge with a Speedlink service.

On June 5th the 06.50 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria was worked throughout(?) by 25124. The next day (6th) 25124 worked a Manchester Piccadilly - Windsor as far as Stafford.

On August 3rd 25124 was stabled at Carlisle New Yard.

On August 20th 25124 was at St Andrews Junction (Saltley) with a local trip freight.

25124 was busy on the North Wales coast on September 3rd working the 09.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor from Chester (replaced failed 25157), the 13.58 Bangor - Manchester Victoria and the 17.45 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.

25124 was stabled at Llandudno Junction on September 6th.

On December 1st 25124 and another Class 25 were noted at Bootle Junction with a track panel train for Fazakerley.

During January 25124 moved to Cricklewood and was promptly called in to assist the 15.37 Carlisle - Leeds forward from Dent after 31411 failed on January 26th.

On February 19th 25124 was stabled at Northwich.

On April 16th 25124 was stabled at New ton Heath.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25124 & 31177 stabled at Nuneaton on May 7th 1983.

On the evening of May 20th 25124 worked a Bolton - Mayfield parcels train.

On May 28th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street & the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25124 & 25133, these maybe the last passenger workings for 25124.

On June 19th 25124 was stabled at Buxton.

Noted August 5th at Springs Branch. On August 13th 25124 was noted at Salwick with a Heaton Carriage Sidings - Blackpool North empty stock working.

On September 28th 25124 was noted at Guide Bridge on a ballast working.

25124 was withdrawn on October 20th 1983.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added May 17th 2014.
Last updated July 9th 2022.

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