D5286, 5286, 25136
D5286, 5286, 25136

Photograph collection of webmaster
25136 at St Neots on April 22nd 1981. This would most likely be the local freight from Peterborough that visited St Neots, Biggleswade & Sandy. It would be operated by a Peterborough based crew, a Class 31 would have been more normal power for this working.

The almost nineteen year career of D5286/25136 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1978).
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 60 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 41 months.


D5286 was new to Nottingham (16A) on July 29th 1964. Further transfers were:

September 1964 to Derby (16C).
October 1964 to Cricklewood (14B).
January 1965 to London Division (D14).
June 1965 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
April 1966 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1967 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
August 1967 to Stoke Division (D05).
May 1968 to Carlisle (12A).
June 1968 to Preston Division (D10).
January 1970 to Liverpool Division (D08).
March 1973 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
July 1973 to Springs Branch.
March 1974 to Toton.
January 1983 to Cricklewood.
Withdrawn March 28th 1983.

Renumbered March 16th 1974.

25136 was the 180th Class 25 withdrawn, one of five withdrawn during March 1983.

After withdrawal 25136 was stored at Crewe until March 29th 1984 when it moved with 25132/135/143 to Gloucester and reached Swindon Works on April 2nd 1984, and broken up by the end of middle of September 1986. The cabs were transported to Vic Berry, Leicester for disposal.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February 1967.
Noted Derby Works June 1970.
Noted Derby Works June 1973 (presumed repainted from two-tone green to blue/yellow).
Noted Derby Works February & March 1978.
Noted Derby Works August 1981 (N6 repairs).
Noted Derby Works March 1982 (N4 repairs).


On the evening of February 11th D5286 was at St Pancras with parcels stock.

An hour at Derby from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Saturday August 27th (the Loco Works Open Day) produced:
D5286, D5298, D7524 & D7553 as individual light engines
D5263: down freight
D5212: down empty coaching stock.

On the morning of January 3rd D5286 was stabled at Derby.

On the evening of May 9th D5286 was at Longton with a down parcels (3K09).

On July 3rd D5286 was the Manchester Victoria carriage pilot.

Stabled at Rose Grove on the afternoon of July 9th were D5263, D5286 & D7543 and were in the company of steam locomotives 45382, 44690, 44809, 48519, 45287 & 48448.

On the early evening of July 12th D5286 was westbound at Huncoat (Accrington) with a parcels (3J20). Although the end of steam was very near several freights were noted, including those powered by 44781, 45287, 48062, 48167, 48393, 48493, 48666, 48730, 48765, 48773 and light engines 44899, 48062, 75027.

On April 7th 7535 was noted derailed at Liverpool Lime Street, 5286 was in attendance with the tool van.

Photograph courtesy Tom Sutch
On July 13th 1971 near Norton Crossing south of Warrington several engineering trains await their call to the site of this day's activities. In this view 5286 waits for the call to move on this warm summers day. 5286 still carries its exhaust port in 'as-built' condition & location.

On June 20th 5286 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for June 20th recorded:

No.1 end leading. Load 10 coaches, 331 tons, presumably train engine is not included in these numbers.

5286; June 20th 1973; time 1.45
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 26 950 - - -
2 33 925 - - -
3 39 960 - - -
4 47 970 - - -
5 59 990 - - -
6 66 1,000 - - -

No.1 cab window issues
No.1 cab door issue
No.1 cab driver's side window stop fell off
No.1 cab leaks above windows
No.1 master controller? locking key? not safe
Engine overspeed tripping
A side radiator glass leaking
Fuel filter (on triple pump side) requires cleaning
Bad roof leak B side
Governor vane? motor sticking.

On August 25th 5286 & Class 24 No.5022 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth. The seaside resorts of Yarmouth & Skegness would feature prominently in the workings of 5286/25136.

The only recorded passenger working during 1974 took place on September 28th with 25136 & 25001 working the 08.12 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.56 ex-Yarmouth.

The evening Huddersfield - Wakefield parcels was worked by 25136 on February 24th.

On July 9th 25136 was noted at Basingstoke coming off the Reading line with a freight. Three days later (12th) 25136 & 25258 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram.

On August 9th the 11.58 Newcastle - Paignton was worked as far as Exeter St. Davids by 25136 & 25260 where they were replaced by 47055 (or did 47055 come on at Bristol? with the Class 25s sent light engines to Exeter). Later that evening the 1O24 19.20 Exeter St. Davids - Basingstoke departed behind 25136, 25260 & 33032. The Class 25's are assumed to have come off no later than Salisbury, the purpose of this move is not certain.

The following week 25136 was back on more normal duties, on August 16th, with 25020, they worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. On August 28th 25136 & 25129 worked the 13.35 Birmingham New Street - Newcastle.

A Whitemoor - Shippea Hill ballast was worked by 25136 on April 7th.

On May 8th 25136 was noted at Crewe station with passenger stock.

On May 29th the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and the return 12.30 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25136 & 25122.

The Gunnie Pennyffordd cement working still gave paired Class 25s a good run under the WCML wires, August 16th found 25043 & 25136 in charge of the round trip working.

On August 21st the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.05 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were hauled by 25136.

The Walsall - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram was worked by 25136 & 25207 on September 4th.

On the afternoon of September 10th 25136 & 25219 were stabled at York.

On the afternoon of September 14th 25136, 25218 & 25282 were stabled at York.

The Walsall - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram was worked by 25136 & 25132 on September 18th.

Photograph courtesy Tony Smith.
25136 & 25186 head south across the River Trent and are about to enter the short Red Hill Tunnel, date not known.

On January 15th 25136 was noted at Crewe Diesel depot.

On the evening of April 30th 25136 & 25315 were stabled at York.

On May 2nd and the evening of May 3rd 25136 was stabled at York.

On May 5th the relief 10.05 Birmingham New Street - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.45 Yarmouth - Walsall from Norwich were worked by 25136 & 25031.

On July 16th the 08.10 Derby - Yarmouth was worked as far as Norwich by 25136 & 25218, they did not work the return diagram.

On August 24th and the evening of August 25th 25136 was stabled at York.

Permanent way work between Warwick and Hatton on September saw 25074 + 25132 and 25136 + 25282 in use.

Two permanent way trains at Crewe station on December 4th were noted with 25136 & 25163. A Banbury - Mistley freight on December 8th was worked by 25136.

During February & March 25136 was under repair at Derby Works, on March 15th it went out on its Derby - Leicester test run, assisting 45110 on a London service.

On March 15th 25136 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for March 15th recorded:

25136; March 15th 1978; 1C49 from Derby
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 28 900 - - -
2 36 875 - - -
3 42 950 - - train engine pushing
4 50 875 - - -
5 61 950 - - -
6 66 960 - - -

No pin in over voltage regulator (OVR)
OVC sticking
A side crankcase door issue
No.1 cab driver's side door seal unserviceable
B side crankcase seam leaking (generator end)
No.1 bulkhead seal unserviceable
Fuel return leaking at unions
Turbo-charger banging under load
No.1 cab no maximum speed
Radiators unbalanced
No.1 2nd man's side window issue
Unequal brake pressure on goods working.

On April 29th 25136 was noted at Hathersage with an up van train.

On May 27th 25136 & 25129 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. A week later on June 3rd 25136 & 25195 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth. 25136 was in rescue mode on June 8th when the 07.58 Peterborough - Kings Cross failed at Huntingdon behind 31201, the entourage was dragged to Kings Cross by 25136.

On June 10th 25136 & 25127 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram, the next day the same pair went out on the 08.40 Leicester - Skegness and 18.30 return. 25136 was back at Skegness on July 7th with 25115 on a day excursion from Birmingham New Street.

At lunchtime on August 8th 25123 & 25136 were noted northbound with a merry-go-round coal train at Kingsbury.

At about 12.20pm on August 10th 25129 & 25136 were noted running light engines through Exeter St Davids. Elsewhere at the station the 1B44 09.35 Paddington - Penzance arrived behind 08646 & 50016, the Class 50 had failed on the approach to Exeter with traction motor fan problems. 47117 was taken off the 6V32 02.35 (TTho) Ripple Lane - Exeter to work the 1B44 forward.

On August 12th 25136 & 25129 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram, but taking over on the outbound run from two Class 25's at Nottingham. On the morning of August 16th 25136 was at Gloucester shed. The 13.02 Llandudno Town - Nottingham on August 19th was worked forward from Derby by 25136. The second trip involving Kings Cross occurred on October 26th when 25136 worked the 17.18 Kings Cross - Peterborough.

On March 30th 25136 & 25121 were noted at Oxford with a mixed freight.

On June 3rd 25136 was stabled at Chester.

On July 3rd 25136 & 25149 worked a Nuneaton - Scarborough excursion as far as Alfreton where they were failed, 20158 & 20088 provided assistance to?

Photograph courtesy Graham Turner
As all the through platforms at Derby were reversible train & light engine movements could be unpredictable. Seen here On July 14th 1979 at the south end of Platform 3 is 25136 heading southwards.

The middle of July produced a six day period when 25136 was busy on the seaside workings. The six days started out on July 14th working the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.00 return. Then followed five days (15th - 19th) of working the roundtrip Leicester - Skegness with 25164 (15th/16th/18th/19th), on July 17th they worked the Derby - Skegness outwards and came back with the Skegness - Leicester, a total of just over 900 miles for these five days. On the afternoon of July 23rd 25136 was noted at Cricklewood depot. On the late afternoon of July 27th 25136 & 25115 were noted passing Old Oak Common.

On August 18th 25136 & 25127 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. On August 26th 25136 & 25167 were noted at Seacombe Junction on iron ore.

1980 was another year of trips to Skegness and Norwich/Yarmouth. However a rescue job on March 1st saw the 05.54 Derby - Weymouth require assistance from Oxford (?) to Reading by 25136 & 25100 following the failure of 47234.

On the morning of April 4th 25136 was noted at Preston on a down freight.

On the afternoon of May 10th 25136 was stabled at Saltley.

On May 21st 25136 took steam locomotives 673, 4027 & 13809 and one coach from the Midland Railway Center, Butterley to Bold Colliery, via Chesterfield and the Hope Valley line, in order to attend the Rainhill festivities. At the end of May there were four days of passenger activity, on May 26th 25136 & 25125 worked a roundtrip (?) Leicester - Manchester Piccadilly day excursion. On May 27th - 29th 25136 & 25125 trips were made to Skegness, from Derby (27th & 28th) and Burton (29th).

On June 7th 25136 & 25115 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.

A month later on July 5th 25136 worked the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich and the 18.32 return, another 348 miles run up.

On July 31st 25136 was stabled at Saltley.

The third week of August was busy for 25136. On August 16th 25136 & 25133 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. The same pair of locomotives then followed up with three visits to Skegness, from Derby (19th) and Leicester (20th & 21st). The seaside was involved again on August 24th, this time with 25214 working a Rhyl - Hinckley day excursion (return leg only?).

On September 24th 25129 & 25136 were southbound at Ratcliffe on Soar with a loaded coal train.

On October 24th 25136 was at Oxford with a freight.

On the morning of October 28th 25136 was noted shunting at Conington (ECML).

On May 24th 25136 was stabled at March.

The passenger activities of 1979 & 1980 were not sustained for the following three years. Two workings occurred in 1981, on June 15th 25136 & 25275 worked the 08.25 Manchester Piccadilly - Cardiff forward from Birmingham New Street and returned with the 15.35 Cardiff - Manchester Piccadilly as far as Birmingham New Street.


As the sun starts to set in the west on this chilly January 1982 afternoon another train of empties arrives behind 25136. The train has just crested the 982' summit, and as can be seen snow was a frequent visitor to the north Derbyshire hills.

On the afternoon of April 21st 25136 was light engine at Toton.

On May 7th 25136 was southbound at Goose Hill Junction with a mixed freight.

For some period during the ASLEF strike (July 4th - 18th) 25048 was stabled at Cardiff Canton.

1982 produced two days of passenger workings. On July 19th 25136 worked two Cardiff - Crewe roundtrips, another 556 miles run up. Two weeks later on July 31st 25136 & 25181 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

On the morning of October 11th 25136 was stabled at York.

25136 was stabled at Springs Branch on January 29th.

On February 18th 25136 was note at Banbury.

The spectacular derailment of a Stanlow Bishopbriggs oil tank train south of Acton Grange viaduct on March 3rd behind 47225 led to a major fire which closed the line for several days. On 5th, with the Chester line still closed a permanent way train was noted behind 25136 & 40022 at the scene.

Like many others the last working for 25136 was a rescue job. On February 12th the 09.03 Cambridge - Birmingham New Street failed at Nuneaton Midland Junction behind 25058. The train was dragged to Birmingham New Street by 25136.

25136 was withdrawn on March 28th 1983.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added March 18th 2013.
Last updated June 17th 2023.

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