D5280, 5280, 25130
D5280, 5280, 25130

Photograph collection of webmaster.
An undated view of 25130 at Luton, upside, south end.

The eighteen year five month career of D5280/25130 saw allocations only to London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 49 months.


D5280 was new to Toton (16A) on June 20th 1964. Further transfers were:

July 1964 to Derby (16C).
January 1965 to Nottingham Divison (D16).
September 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Divison (D16).
July 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
November 1968 to Preston Division (D10).
April 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
February 1982 to Cricklewood.
Withdrawn December 6th 1982.

Renumbered March 1st 1974.

25130 was the 156th Class 25 to be withdrawn.

After withdrawal 25130 was stored at Springs Branch from December 1982 until moved to Swindon Works on July 27th 1984 and scrapped there by the second week of January 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September & October 1964.
Noted Derby Works June 1973.
Glasgow Works repair sometime between July 1977 & April 1978
Noted Derby Works November & December 1980 (N4 repairs).


The frames for D5280 were laid own at Derby Works during the spring of 1964, with delivery to Toton during June. D5280 made its Corby test run with D5279 on June 10th.

On July 5th stabled at Toton were D5184, D5185, D5234, D5243, D5244, D5245, D5247, D5249, D5251, D5257, D5262, D5263, D5268, D5277, D5279, D5280 & D5281.

D5280 spent much of September and October at Derby Works (collision damage repairs?)

On May 21st the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town service was worked by D5280 & D7505.

On July 27th the 11.06 Blackpool North - Birmingham was worked by D5280 & D5281.

On February 23rd 5280 & 7557 were noted at Exeter stabling point having arrived with an Earles Sidings, Hope - Exeter cement.

On August 4th a roundtrip Derby - Skegness service was worked by 5280 & 5234. This working used the infamous LMR maroon set of coaches, which by this time were only used on excursions and summer Saturday workings. On April 7th the set had been used on a roundtrip Burton-on-Trent - St Pancras 'Theatre Special', possibly the last time a full maroon set would reach London? The maroon set saw further use on June 17th working a roundtrip Wellingborough - Bangor charter and on June 19th on a roundtrip Wellingborough - York charter. It was also used on a Derby - Skegness roundtrip on July 7th with Class 20s 8111 & 8172.

Photograph courtesy Tony Smith.
5280 & 5162 head south at Chaloner's Win on August 18th 1973 with an unidentified working.

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5280 northbound at Castle Vale, date unknown but perhaps late 1973/early 1974.

On the evening of April 18th 25130 was southbound at Knowle with a continuously welded rail train.

On July 6th the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25130 & 25245. A month later on August 10th 25130 & 25256 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram.

On December 10th 25130 was sent to Whaley Bridge to collect diesel multiple unit M50435 when it derailed near Chapel-en-le-Frith and rolled over. It was rerailed three days later.

25130 was noted at Peterborough on March 15th (along with 25245 & 25073).

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
Its April 21st 1975 and 25130 heads south down Hatton Bank with an Eastleigh bound freight. On very rare occasions the Class 25s would work through to Eastleigh, but more likely they would be exchanged at Banbury, Oxford or Reading.

At about 3.30pm on June 12th 25120 & 25130 were noted arriving at Exeter stabling point.

On June 28th the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and the return 12.30 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25130 & 25211. Almost a month later on September 20th 25130 & 25079 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.

On September 23rd 25022 & 25130 were noted on shed at Exeter.

25130 was noted at Derby Works during May.

On May 15th 25130 was stabled at York.

On July 14th 25130 was northbound at Leicester with a lengthy engineers train.

On July 17th the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25130 & 25037. A week later (24th) the same pair of Class 25s worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.

On the afternoon of July 26th 25130 was light engine at York.

On August 2nd 25130 & 25075 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness service.

On August 30th 25130 was noted at Exeter stabling point with 25052, 25221 & 25223.

On August 31st 25130 worked the 6B71 18.45 Barnstaple - Exeter freight and milk.

On the evening of September 3rd Exeter stabling point included 08259, 08410, 25080, 25130, 25215, 45030, 46009 and 24054 & 24142 with a brake van.

On the afternoon of October 8th 25130 was stabled at York.

During the early afternoon of March 19th 25130 was noted at Frodingham.

A return Paignton - Alfreton & Mansfield day excursion on May 28th was worked by 25145 & 25130 (did they work the outward leg?).

On June 22nd 25130 was at Wellingborough with a loaded sand? train.

On the afternoon of July 11th 25130 was stabled at York.

On July 20th 25130 & 25116 were noted at Birmingham New Street.

25130 was noted at Nottingham with a mixed freight on April 5th.

On June 1st 25130 was noted at Peterborough with an engineers train. On June 7th 25130 & 25107 were noted at Skegness with a day excursion from ?? Three days later (10th) 25130 & 25218 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning from there with the 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly.

On September 2nd 25130 & 25131 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram as far as Perterborough on the return leg, here 31175 took over.

25130 was at Toton on March 13th.

On May 26th the 08.02 Walsall – Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25130 & 25135, on 28th & 29th the same pair worked a return Derby - Skegness 'Jolly Fisherman'.

On June 27th 25130 was shunting oil tanks at Guide Bridge.

On July 23rd 25130 was stabled at Dunfirmline Townhill. On July 28th the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town were worked by 25130, at Derby on the return trip 25209 took over.

On the early afternoon of October 11th 25130 was noted at New Mills on Tunstead - Northwich hoppers.

There was a multitude of Class 25s in the area of Bushey & Oxhey station from February 17th onwards following the dramatic derailment there of the 16th’s 20.25 Euston – Manchester due to a track defect. The locomotive 87007 was the only part of the train to remain on the tracks, four of the MkIII coaches ended up on their sides, with one (M12162) bringing down the overhead gantries, which blocked the slow lines. Most fortunately there were only minor injuries. Three breakdown cranes attended, from Bescot, Finsbury Park – brought in by 25279 & 25256, and Old Oak Common – arrived behind 25152 & 25189. The slow lines were reopened late on the 17th, the dc lines late on the 19th, the fast lines by the 25th. Spoil trains used 25222 & 25243 and 25130 & 25173, this first pair returned with track panels on 21st, followed by 25256 on the re-wiring train. Because of the implications of this derailment the Class 86/0’s regained their 80 mph speed restriction whilst the use of Classes 81 – 85 on air braked, air-conditioned trains was permitted.

On March 20th Carlisle sent Eastfield’s 25001 south on the 12.20 freight to Severn Tunnel Jct, via the Settle & Carlisle. Progress was marred by its failure at Kirkby Stephen, being rescued by 40140. Both were replaced further south with the Class 25 receiving repairs in time to work the 21.45 Warrington – Llandudno Jct freight. It faired little better on this, failing at Frodsham, requiring assistance from 25130. After a week at Chester it returned north with 25041 on the early morning Winsford – Millerhill rock salt

On April 7th 25130 was stabled at Saltley.

May 19th saw 25130 hauling Class 52 No. D1062 and Longmoor Military Railway No. 600 in the Worcester area, headed from the Severn Valley Railway to Bold Colliery.

On June 8th the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston was worked from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton by 25130 & 25154.

On June 13th 25130 was eastbound at Manchester Victoria with coal wagons.

25130 was stabled at Cockshute on October 4th.

25130 was noted at Derby Works during November & December for N4 repairs.

April 25th's 'The Palatine' railtour from Euston to Buxton featured the use of 25130 & 25129 between Bescot, Buxton and Crewe, the intended pair of Class 25s (25033 & 25076) had been failed!

On May 9th 25130 was light engine at Peterborough.

May 16th saw 45013 replaced at Birmingham by 25056 & 25130 on a special from Newcastle to Bridgnorth.

On May 26th 25066 & 25130 were light engines at Nottingham.

At lunchtime on June 2nd 25130 was noted at Llandudno Junction with an inspection saloon. On June 8th the 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff was worked by 25130 until its failure at ??, where it was rescued by 47103.

25130 was stabled at Saltley on July 4th. For three weekends in a row 25130 was active on passenger workings. On July 18th it worked a round trip over the Cambrian lines between Wolverhampton & Aberystwyth with 25119, the following weekend the same journey was made, this time attached to 25164. On the 26th 25164 & 25130 arrived with day trippers from Gloucester, 25254 & 25278 from Lincoln, both specials having used Class 47’s as far as Wolverhampton. And on August 1st & 2nd it was back over the Cambrian for more roundtrips, this time coupled to 25224.

25130 was stabled at Thornaby on September 7th.

On September 29th 25149 & 25130 were southbound at Preston with mineral wagons.

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25130 & 25224 at Crewe Junction, Shrewsbury during September 1981.

During February 25130 was transferred to Cricklewood, its last move. On February 21st 25130 was stabled at March depot.

On March 1st 507022 was moved from Hall Road to Allerton for wheel turning by 25130.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
Six days after taking 507022 to Allerton 25130 is noted at a somewhat damp Newton Heath on March 6th 1982.

On March 24th 25130 was noted passing Arten Gill (S&C) with a mixed freight.

25130 was noted at Crewe on April 5th.

On May 22nd 25130 worked two roundtrips between Manchester Victoria & Bangor. Just over a week later on May 31st 25130 worked the 16.15 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North, the 18.40 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria and the 21.45 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North, all three services supported the Pope's visit to the North-West. A half-hourly service had been instituted on this route with Class 40s predominating, however 25032, 25130/189 & 25282 were noted as well.

At the beginning of August 25130 & 25090 worked roundtrip services to Skegness, on 1st from Derby and on 2nd from Burton on Trent.

On August 4th 25130 was at Birmingham New Street with a weedkilling train.

Possibly 25130's last passenger working was on September 1st working the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle.

On September 15th 25130 was southbound at Wellingborough with loaded ballast.

25130 was at Birmingham New Street with a parcels train on September 25th.

25130 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on October 9th. 25130 was noted on the WCML near Wigan on October 16th.

25130 was withdrawn on December 6th 1982.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added October 10th 2001.
Page updated July 23rd 2022.

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