D5289, 5289, 25139
D5289, 5289, 25139

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A quartet of Type 2s led by 25139 head westwards towards New Mills during October 1977.

London Midland Region allocations were the home for D5289/25139 during all of its eighteen year three month career.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1978).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 55 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 47 months.


D5289 was new to Toton (16A) on August 13th 1964. Further transfers were:

August 1964 to Leicester (15A).
January 1965 to Leicester Division (D15).
March 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
August 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
November 1967 to Stoke Division (D05).
November 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
January 1979 to Crewe.
March 1980 to Toton.
Withdrawn November 7th 1982.

Renumbered February 23rd 1974.

25139 was the 144th Class 25 to be withdrawn.

After withdrawal 25139 was stored at Toton until moved (see details below) to Gloucester by July 10th 1984 and to Swindon Works by July 24th 1984. 25139 was scrapped by the second week of October 1986.

25056/090, 25115/139 Toton Gloucester July 10th 1984

25115/139 Gloucester Swindon Works July 24th 1984

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works April 1967.
Noted Derby Works March & April 1973.
Noted Derby Works May 1975.
Noted Derby Works July 1976.
Noted Derby Works February & March 1978.


At about 7am on June 22nd 5289 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with a down freight.

At about 5.45pm on October 12th 5289 was noted at Manchester Exchange with a down van train (4P05).

At about 5pm on September 12th 25139 was noted at Wigan North Western with an up freight.

At about 5.15pm on July 28th 25139 was noted at Olive Mount Junction with an up freight.

On August 30th 25139 & 25105 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.30 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly. A Manchester Edinburgh excursion arrived behind 25155 & 25139 on October 18th, a chilly trip if they worked throughout (but most likely only from Carstairs?)

On November 28th 25134 was noted at Birkenhead North with empty coaching stock for Horwich Works.

The 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria was worked by 25139 on June 18th.

The 17.33 Preston - Barrow was worked by 25199 & 25139 on July 19th. On the evening of July 20th 25139 was noted at Crewe on a down freight.

25139 was back in North Wales on August 9th working the relief 13.05 (?) Holyhead - Crewe.


Photograph courtesy Larry Goddard
25139 with its train of spent ballast fills the camera lens at Abergele on May 11th 1980.

On July 12th 25139 worked the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout. On August 25th & 26th 25139 & 25173 worked the 18.03/18.05 Blackpool North - Blythe Bridge.

A month later on September 20th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25139 & 25261.

On December 3rd 25139 came to the rescue of 47443 which had caught fire at Sharnbrook whilst working the 04.27 St Pancras Derby. The remote location hindered the fire department in reaching the scene, 25139 worked through to Derby.

Another rescue job on the Midland mainline took place on April 23rd with 25139 assisting the 08.09 St. Pancras - Derby from West Hampstead to Derby after 47439 failed.

On the early afternoon of May 1st 25139 was noted at Crewe with a down freight. A rescue job took place on May 27th when 25139 & 25221 assisted the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe from Crewe Sidings to Crewe. On May 25th the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.26 return were worked by 25139.

On the morning of August 4th 25139 was noted at Rhyl with up hoppers.

A run over the Cambrian line took place on September 12th with 25139 & 25113 working the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The 'T&N Severn Valley Ltd' railtour on September 26th from Bolton to Bewdley was worked from Birmingham New Street to Bewdley by 25139 & 25131.

The return leg of a Leamington Spa - Mexborough day excursion on February 6th required the use of 25139 from Sheffield to Mexborough after the booked Class 47 failed. A failed diesel multiple unit on May 6th saw an early morning Bedford - St. Pancras commuter service reach St. Pancras behind 25139.

A slow journey on July 28th saw 25139 taking 08265/301/472/615 and brake van from Springs Branch towards Swindon Works. The first two Class 08s were for scrap.

On August 11th 25151 & 25139 worked a southbound stone train through Wellingborough.

25139 & 25097 were noted at Stoke on Trent on September 2nd with the 8F21 15.38 Cockshute Sidings - Ravenhead Junction sand train ex-Oakamoor.

The last passenger workings for 25139 took place on September 11th/12th, on the 11th it was the turn of the 13.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and 16.52 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, whilst on the 12th the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town was worked.

25139 was withdrawn on November 7th 1982.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Last updated March 11th 2020.

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