D5293, 5293, 25143
D5293, 5293, 25143
A well travelled LMR based machine

Photograph collection of webmaster.
Visitors to the Annual Works Horticultural Show & Open Day at Derby on August 30th 1964 found brand new D5293 & D1756 on display alongside D94, D3016 and steam locomotives 92053 & 42645.

The eighteen year two month career of 5293/25143 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland divisions & depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1978).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 55 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 23 months


D5293 was new to Toton (16A) on September 2nd 1964. Further transfers were:

September 1964 to Derby (16C).
October 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
January 1965 to London Midland Division (D14).
September 1965 to London Midland (Midland Lines) (LMML).
November 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1967 to London Midland (Midland Lines) (LMML).
August 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
November 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
December 1967 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
January 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02).
February 1971 to Manchester Division (D09).
April 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
August 1972 to London Division (D01).
September 1972 to Manchester Division (D09).
May 1973 to Longsight.
August 1973 to Bescot.
May 1980 to Toton.
Withdrawn November 14th 1982.

Renumbered February 23rd 1974.

After withdrawal 25143 was stored at Crewe from January 1983 until March 29th 1984 when 25132/135/136/143 moved as the Crewe - Gloucester scrap engine movement, reaching Swindon Works on April 2nd 1984. 25143 had been broken up by the end of October 1984.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February 1967.
Noted Derby Works February 1970.
Noted Derby Works February 1973 (noted ex-works March 1973).
Noted Derby Works February & March 1978.


The frames for D5293 were laid down at Derby during the spring of 1964. The new locomotive would be delivered to Toton (16A) during August, moving quickly on to 16C during September, and then Cricklewood (14B) during October. These were the first of nineteen transfers for 5293/25143.

For the summer timetable Type 2's again were diagrammed for the seasonal weekend extras. A Toton Type 2 worked the Saturday's only 08.00 Leicester - Clacton throughout, July produced D5190, 5257, 5293 & 7655.

On the evening of July 20th D5293 was southbound at Stenson Junction with a freight.

On the afternoon of October 29th D5244, D5292, D5293, D5294 & D5296 were stabled at Bescot.

At about 7am on December 31st 5293 noted at Manchester Victoria with a down freight.

On February 26th 5293 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for February 26th recorded:

No.1 end leading, records made from No.2 end.

A speed of 77/74 was recorded at Ratcliffe on Trent.

5293; February 26th 1973; time ??
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 28 850 850 - -
2 36 850 845 - -
3 42 900 838 - -
4 48 900 833 - -
5 59 960 819 - -
6 65 980 815 - -

No.2 speedo issue
Header tank fuel leak
No.1 piston issue.

On March 23rd 5293 was eastbound at Strines with empty ICI limestone hoppers for Tunstead (6H36).

During the morning of June 9th 5293 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up coal train. On June 16th 5293 and 7562 were noted in charge of the 15.05 St Pancras - Sheffield service.

At about 6pm on July 2nd 5293 was noted at Manchester Exchange to work van train (4P05). 5293 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on July 18th & 19th.

The allocation of 5293 to Bescot the previous summer would make 5293 a prime candidate for occasional passenger workings out of the Birmingham area. On May 25th it covered an early afternoon Norwich - Birmingham New Street service with 25252.

On the afternoon of July 2nd 25001, 25021 & 25143 were stabled at York.

On the morning of July 3rd 25143 was stabled at York, later that day it was southbound at Skelton with a freight (8M29).

On August 24th 25143 & 25261 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth (to Norwich), coming back from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.

On November 1st 25143 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On November 2nd 25143 (Bescot allocated) worked the 6B67 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and later worked the 2B99 15.38 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple, returning with the 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids.

On March 29th 25143 was noted at Dudley with a freight for Bescot and requiring banking assistance from Stourbridge Junction by 47534.

25143 was noted at Hartford Junction on June 25th with a freight.

25143 & 25131 were sent out on a Birmingham - Barmouth working (from Shrewsbury) on June 5th, 25143 sustained damage when a fuel pipe broke, the locomotive being removed at Machynlleth. Six weeks later (July 24th) 25143 did make it to Barmouth, with 25173 working the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street.

25143 was noted at Derby Works during February & March, receiving its last classified repair.

On May 29th 25143 was stabled at Stourbridge Junction.

25143 did manage one Cambrian Coast working during 1978 - on June 10th it covered the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 return to Euston, as far as Wolverhampton, accompanied by 25147.

Early November brought a variety of Class 25's to Kings Lynn, the 14.47 Whitemoor - Kings Lynn had 25143 (9th) whilst a block oil train for the sugar beet factory had 25212 & 25310 (8th), deputising for a defective 37264.

On the late evening of July 13th 25143 was noted at Wolverhampton.

On the morning of August 17th 25143 and an unidentified Class 45/1 were noted at St Pancras with the 07.00 Nottingham - St Pancras. At 2pm on August 31st 25040, 25104 & 25143 were noted at Saltley.

The solitary Cambrian working occurred on September 15th when 25143 & 25151 worked the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton, a diesel multiple unit had covered the leg from Aberystwyth. Later that day the Class 25s returned to Shrewsbury to take over a steam railtour from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton where 86212 took over for the run up to London.

On May 10th 25143 & 25200 were stabled at March.

On May 15th 25143 was stabled at Nottingham station.

After almost seven years at Bescot 25143 moved to Toton in May, perfect timing for use on the East Midlands summer holiday extras. However its first passenger working for 1980 was May 24th's 08.42 Sheffield - Huddersfield, being a portion for the 08.55 York - Llandudno.

On the afternoon of June 24th 25047, 25093 & 25143 were stabled at York.

Its a dull July 9th 1980 as 25143 manouevres round the yard at York depot. 25143 would work a morning York area trip freight this day. This is one of the Class 25s to have its boiler room grills sheeted over.

On July 4th 25129 & 25143 were northbound at Preston during the morning with possibly a Blythe Bridge - Blackpool North excursion.

On July 5th 25143 & 25129 worked the relief 10.03 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich. On July 6th 25143 & 25129 were stabled at March. On July 7th 25143 worked the 18.35 Birmingham New Street - Norwich (throughout?). On the afternoon of July 8th 25143 was stabled at York.

On the afternoon of July 18th 25143 was stabled at Walsall station.

On July 22nd 25143 & 25221 worked the 09.27 Birmingham New Street - Llandudno Town forward from Crewe, returning with the 18.10 Llandudno Town - Crewe. Four days later (26th) 25143 & 25163 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby, the same pair going out the next day (27th) with a round trip Leicester - Skegness working.

25143 was at Lichfield High Level on August 3rd with an engineers train.

One of the first workings of 25143 for 1981 was January 2nd's 1M25 18.08 Manchester Piccadilly - St Pancras parcels. This was for many years a solid Class 25 run, operated via the Hope Valley with the Class 25 exchanged at Derby for a Class 45/1.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25143 at Newton Heath on February 21st 1981.

On April 28th 25143 worked the 09.41 Norwich - Birmingham New Street (throughout?).

On June 7th 25143 & 25188 were northbound at Whitchurch with an engineers train.

Between June 22nd - 26th 25143 worked with 25251 around Kensington Olympia. By June 28th a West Ruislip - Blaneau Ffestiniog excursion reached its destination behind 25143 & 40115 from Llandudno Junction.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
On July 25th 1981 25143 is again photographed at Newton Heath, this time from the other end.

A diesel multiple unit failure on August 14th put 25143 in charge of the 06.43 Wolverhampton - Chester. The next day (15th) 25143 & 25153 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and returned with the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day, August 16th, the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.

25143 was stabled at Croes Newydd on September 1st.

On September 12th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the return 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25143 & 25194.

On September 27th 25143 was stabled at March.


Photograph courtesy Mark Cook.
Some fine looking architecture provides a backdrop to Leicester stabling point with 25143 & 25265 prominent in the foreground.

On April 24th 25143 was stabled at Cockshute.

On May 6th Cardiff sent 25143 out on the 17.20 to Weymouth, Bristol had 33014 waiting to takeover from there!

On the morning of June 2nd 25143 was southbound at Nuneaton with a loaded ballast train.

On June 26th 25143 was noted at West Ealing with a train of condemned London Underground R-stock headed from Ruislip to Booths, Rotherham for scrapping.

25157 & 25143 were eastbound approaching Chester with a ballast train on July 1st.

On July 26th 25143 worked the 6L31 Carlisle - Dewsnap Sidings freight (seen at Manchester Victoria).

On August 31st 25143 worked the relief 10.19 Nottingham - Skegness and 18.10 Skegness - Nottingham. This is believed to be 25143's last passenger working.

25143 was withdrawn from service at Crewe on November 14th 1982.

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Page added March 18th 2005.
Last updated September 13th 2022.

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