D5275, 5275, 25125
D5275, 5275, 25125

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25125 stands at Manchester Victoria awaiting its next banking duty, date unknown. The position of the number and the coupling code symbols indicate the last overhaul and repaint was carried out at Glasgow Works.

The seventeen year six month career of D5275/25125 was spent allocated to a small variety of London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 51 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 16 months.


D5275 was new to Toton (16A) on June 3rd 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.
Withdrawn December 6th 1981.

Renumbered April 17th 1974.

25125 was the 120th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two withdrawn during December 1981.

After withdrawal 25125 was stored at Toton until April 26th 1982 when it was moved to Swindon Works. It was scrapped there a year later during the middle of April 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works July 1966.
Noted Derby Works August 1967.
Noted Crewe Works October 1968.
Noted Derby Works April 1972.
Noted Derby Works November & December 1972.
Noted Derby Works January 1977.
Noted Glasgow Works August 1977 (Classified repair?).
Noted Derby Works May 1978.
Noted Derby Works yard December 1978.
Noted Derby Works August & September 1979.


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 2's 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.

D5275 successfully completed its test run to Corby and back on June 1st.

On June 5th D5275 worked the 6M21 Toton - Trafford Park empties.

On June 7th a return 20.15 Blackpool North - Northwich day excursion was worked by D5275.

On the evening of October 28th D5275 was noted on a down freight at Stalybridge.

A visit to Trafford Park shed on December 21st found four of the original Tunstead - Northwich ICI limestone train locomotives on shed: D5275, D5276, D5278 & D7586. Other diesels present were D43, D205, D269, D2373, D3359, D3699, D3766, D5142, D5203, D7642 & D7677. Twenty three steam locomotives were also present, comprised of Black Fives and 8Fs.

On August 10th the 09.35 Sheffield - Llandudno Town and the 14.28 Llandudno Town - Sheffield were worked by 5275 & 5227.

On August 1st the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return 09.28 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly from Lincoln Central were worked by sisters 5275 & 5276. On August 25th 5275 worked a Manchester Victoria - Burnley football special.

On the afternoon of February 20th 5275 was at Chinley with a train of loaded bogie hoppers.

5275 was the Manchester Victoria banker on May 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th.

5275 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on January 5th & 6th.

On November 28th 5275 made a test run from Derby Works.

On December 11th 5275 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for December 11th recorded:

5275; December 11th 1972; time 9.45
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 27 850 - - -
2 34 850 - - -
3 38 950 - - -
4 46 950 - - -
5 59 1,050 820 - -
6 69 1,050 820 - -

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

On June 14th 5275 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On June 15th 5275 (Toton allocated) worked the 8B52 21.40 Exeter - Avonmouth? empty tanks (15 tanks and brakevan).

On June 19th 5275 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

At about 6.00pm on July 19th 301+5275 were noted passing Ordsall Lane with an up van train (4H07).

The 'Great Briton Limited' railtour with 47347 on May 27th from Penzance to Crewe was assisted up the Lickey Incline by 25125 & 25071. Five days later on June 1st 25125 & 25126 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.

On November 6th 25125 was diagrammed to handle a Low Yard - Glasgow (Bridgeton) out of gauge load, this after spending two days as the Middlesborough station pilot!

On November 16th 25125 worked the 6B27 16.30 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On November 18th & 19th 25125 (Toton allocated) was noted at Exeter stabling point.

The 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and 12.30 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25125 & 25142 on June 7th.

The remaining services so far recorded for 25125 during the summer of 1975 involve Derby/Walsall - Yarmouth services, being noted on June 28th with 25302, on July 12th with 25126 and on September 27th with 25313.

25125 was again busy on the Derby/Walsall - Yarmouth diagrams, being noted with 25135 on June 12th, with 25113 on June 19th and the same pair were noted at Nottingham the next day (20th) on a Skegness (?) working.

On July 17th 25125 & 25076 worked the Derby/Walsall - Yarmouth diagram. A week later on July 25th a Weston-super-Mare - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth by 25125 & 25304.

On August 14th the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were worked by 25125.

On the afternoon of October 18th 25125 was stabled at York.

On a frosty December 10th 25125 was noted on a short freight at Wellingborough station.

On February 20th 25125 was stabled at Gloucester.

On July 3rd 25124 & 25125 were noted at Skegness on an unidentified day excursion. 25125 & 25254 were noted at Frodingham on July 24th.

During August 25125 visited Glasgow Works for repairs, which included a repaint. Quite when 25125 was released from Glasgow Works is uncertain, but on October 12th the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25125 & 26027. On October 19th 25125 & 27014 worked the 13.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.

On October 3rd ex-works 25125 was stabled at Haymarket.

On October 12th the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25125 & 26027. On October 19th 25125 & 27014 worked the 13.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.

On July 15th the 08.32 08.32 Derby - Yarmouth got no further than Nottingham where 25125 & 25129 were failed and replaced by 25126 & 25101. The next day (16th) all seemed to be well with the locomotives as they worked a roundtrip Hinckley - Skegness.

The 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by sisters 25125 & 25126 on September 23rd.

Seven Class 25s were noted at Aylesbury on February 10th, including 25118 & 25125.

25125 was stabled at Tyseley on March 11th.

On June 30th 25125 worked the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham. A week later on July 7th the relief 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the relief 12.50 Yarmouth - Peterborough (extended to Derby) from Norwich were worked by 25125 & 25110. On July 9th the relief 09.53 Nottingham - Skegness and the return relief 18.15 Skegness - Nottingham were worked by 25125 & 25110. Two days later (11th) the 06.32 Peterborough - Kings Cross and the 17.18 Kings Cross - Peterborough were worked by 25125.

Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell
25125 cranks it up through Finsbury Park on the late afternoon of July 11th 1979 as it heads the 17.18 Kings Cross - Peterborough commuter service. Probably no-one in the first coach was appreciating the cacophany of sound coming from the little locomotive up front.

A relief Nottingham - Skegness roundtrip was worked by 25125 & 25127 on August 1st.

On October 6th 25125 was northbound at Derby with a van train.

The thirteen coach LGCB 'Deltic Discoverer' railtour on October 27th was worked roundtrip between Liverpool & Leeds by 25125 & 25071. Although the timetabling was somewhat loose the Class 25s despite losing time at certain points put in some good work and on the return leg reached Liverpool slightly ahead of schedule. The boiler on 25071 was non-operational.

Photograph courtesy Richard Armstrong
Its October 27th 1979 as 25125 & 25071 face east at Leeds City. However for this pair of Type 2s their working day is done for a while. They have just brought in the LCGB Deltic Discoverer Railtour from Liverpool. Deltic 55016 will now take over the railtour.

25125 was northbound at Huntington on January 25th with a van train.

On May 14th 25125 was stabled at Saltley. On May 26th 25125 & 25136 worked a Leicester - Manchester Piccadilly day excursion roundtrip(?). The following three days saw roundtrips for this pair to Skegness, from Derby on 27th & 28th and Burton on Trent on 29th.

On the afternoon of June 16th 25125 was northbound at Cudworth with a loaded ballast train.

On June 21st the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25125 & 25081. The following weekend (28th) 25125 & 25106 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

The 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the 13.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were worked by 25125 on July 5th. The following week on July 12th the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall from Norwich were worked by 25125 & 25132. The same pair were still together on July 20th when they worked a Barry Town - Stalybridge day excursion from/to?

25125 was noted at Edge Hill on August 4th.

On September 3rd 25125 & 25161 worked a Leamington Spa (Stratford?) - Aberystwyth day excursion out and back. On September 6th 25125 & 25132 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.

On December 24th 25125 was stabled at York.

On January 15th 25125 was noted on a short ballast train at Cambridge.

On January 24th 25125 worked the 00.50 Whitemoor to Temple Mills via Cambridge and Lea Valley, returning north with the 04.53 Temple Mills to Whitemoor.

On the evening of March 19th 25125 was stabled at York.

On the afternoon of April 29th 25125 was the Camp Hill banker.

On June 13th 25125 was at Birmingham New Street with a very short engineers train.

On the afternoon of July 16th 25125 was westbound at Guide Bridge light engine.

25125 was withdrawn on December 6th 1981.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added May 20th 2014.
Last updated June 26th 2022.

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