D5294, 5294, 25144
D5294, 5294, 25144

Two trains of empties cross just north of Peak Forest station on a damp and misty November 23rd 1978. From October 1975 to June 1981 25144 was allocated to Kingmoor, so is a little off the beaten track for its normal workings. It appears to have in tow a standard rake of eighteen wagons.

The nineteen year seven month career of D5294/25144 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Angled strip at bottom of cab doors (April 1979).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 47 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 50 months.


D5294 was new to Toton (16A) on September 7th 1964. Further transfers were:

September 1964 to Derby (16C).
October 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
August 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
March 1972 to Manchester Division (D09).
May 1973 to Longsight.
October 1975 to Kingmoor.
Withdrawn May 31st 1981.
Reinstated June 21st 1981 to Bescot.
To unserviceable store April 6th 1983.
Withdrawn April 18th 1983.

Renumbered April 1974.

25144 was the 173rd Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during April 1983.

25144 sustained accident damage about April 4th 1983 in Watford Yard, precipitating its withdrawal amd movement to Cricklewood. The minor damage was confined to a small area on the 2nd man's side of the No.2 end cab. 25144 was moved to Swindon Transfer Yard (see details below) on July 12th 1984 and into Swindon Works by July 23rd 1984. Swindon Works closed prior to the scrapping of 25144, it was moved to Cocklebury Yard on May 26th 1987 with 25123 & 25133 and on to Hinksey Yard, Oxford on June 2nd 1987, reaching Vic Berry's, Leicester on June 11th 1987. The locomotive was broken up by the end of June 1987, although the cabs lingered at least until early November 1987.

25131 (97202), 25144*/25153* Toton Cricklewood* - Swindon July 10th - 12th 1984

25027/75, 25123/133/144/158, 25228/234, 97202, 40046/63 Swindon Works Cocklebury Yard, May 26th 1987

25027/75, 25123/133/144/158, 25228/234, 97202, 40046/63 Cocklebury Yard Vic Berry, Leicester June 2nd - 11th, 1987, by 20019 & 20197 (Oxford Leicester).

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works April 1967.
Noted Crewe Works September & October 1967.
Noted Derby Works June 1973.
Noted Derby Works August & September 1977.
Noted Glasgow Works March & April 1979 (General repair).


D5294/25144 acquired only a modest passenger mileage total, its first recorded passenger working occurred on July 9th 1965 working the 13.00 Birmingham New Street - Derby, a working for a short time that was covered by hauled stock rather than diesel multiple units.

On Sunday September 18th D5285, D5294, D7500, D7511, D7513, D7514, D7517, D7525, D7529, D7543, D7544, D7552, D7558, D7564 & D7658.

On the afternoon of October 15th D5280, D5285 & D5294 were stabled at Burton on Trent while D5263 & D5295 were on a down freight.

On the morning of December 5th D5294 was stabled at Leicester.

Noted at Derby between about 11am & 2pm on January 19th were:
D5187, D7559 & D7578 on empty coaching stock duties
D7594, D7597 light engines
D5294 & D7567 with an up freight
D5224 & D57 with the eight coach 12.55 Sheffield - St Pancras
D5267 parcels stock
D5258 up freight
D7550 on shed
45407, 47000, 48103, 73011 & 92025 on shed.

On the morning of July 4th D5294 was shunting at Derby.

At mid-day on July 5th D5294 was light engine at Derby.

On the morning of July 6th D5294 was light engine at Derby.

On July 8th D5294 & D7572 worked the summer dated Nottingham - Llandudno Town roundtrip.

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

On the morning of November 7th 5294 was noted at Monument Lane.

At about 6am on April 12th 5294 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with a down freight.

5294 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on February 6th.

At about 6pm on April 5th 5294 was noted passing Manchester Exchange with a down van train.

At about 6pm on June 22nd 5294 was noted passing Miles Platting with an up freight (9T47).

At about 6pm on July 16th 5294 was noted passing Manchester Exchange with a down van train (4P05).

Reddish Depot held an Open Day on September 9th including Jubilee 5596 Bahamas in steam and giving footplate rides. For the more modern traction enthusiast a vey clean 5294 was also providing cab rides.

On August 31st 1974 25144 & 25055 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.

On January 21st 25144 was noted at Manchester Victoria.

On February 12th 25144 was noted at Manchester Victoria.

On June 23rd 25144 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 4M03.

The 09.29 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town was worked by 25144 on June 23rd. 25144 was back in North Wales on August 29th working the 15.32 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria.

On the afternoon of August 11th 25144 was noted at Levenshulme with a down van train.

25144 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on New Year's Day.

On May 26th 25144 was noted at St Helens Shaw Street with the Springs Branch brakedown train.

June 28th 25144 was noted hauling a 'Buzzby Telephone Special' south from Chester through Crewe to ?

25144 was present at the Rainhill Trials 150th anniversary celebration being noted on August 25th 1980 hauling a breakdown crane past the viewing stands.

On the afternoon of April 19th 25144 was noted at Crewe with a permanent way train.

On the afternoon of April 28th 25144 was stabled at York.

25144 was stabled at Holbeck on May 17th.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25144 at Cockshute on July 25th 1981. The locomotive has been recently reinstated and will have another twenty months in service.

Possibly the longest passenger turn for 25144 took place on August 9th when 25094 & 25119 worked a roundtrip Marylebone - Llandudno Town day excursion for a total of 466 miles. At about 05.10am on August 22nd 25144 arrived at Holbeck from the Leeds parcels depot. Later that day the 07.50 Leeds - Weymouth was worked to Birmingham New Street by 25144, although on the approach to Birmingham New Street the locomotive suffered electrical (traction motor) problems. On August 23rd 25144 was noted at Tyseley.

25144 was stabled at Bescot on January 30th.

25144 was noted stabled at Nuneaton on the morning of March 2nd, along with 25262 & 25315, whilst two other pairs of Class 25s passed through the station. A scene that would not be repeated for much longer as the infestation of Class 31s into former Class 25 territory continued.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25144 heads east at Rainhill on March 28th 1982 with a lengthy train of parcels/newspaper vans, presumably heading to Red Bank.

On June 16th 25144 & 25158 worked a Crewe - Margam coal train. The last recorded passenger workings for 25144 took place during 1982, on June 18th working the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle (46039 had worked the outward leg), and four days later on June 22nd 1982 worked the 11.55 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.

25144 was noted at Warrington Bank Quay with a local trip freight to Acton Grange on July 29th.

On October 15th 25144 worked the 8L81 12.40 Tyne Yard to Healey Mills freight.

25144 was stabled at Thornaby on November 28th.

On December 14th 25144 worked the 15.02 Manchester - Bristol parcels as far as Hereford where it was declared a failure, being replaced by 37233 off a southbound welded rail train. 25144 was stabled at Bescot on Boxing Day.

25144 was withdrawn on April 18th 1983.

A cabside number panel escaped scrapping.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cab: 2nd man's cabside: unpainted window frame January 1980 until withdrawn.
Both cabs: three electrification flashes August 1979 until withdrawn.
No.2 cab: 2nd man's side: cabside valencing heavily dented: July 1982 until withdrawn.
No.1 cab: driver's side corner: multiple areas with paint missing: August 1981 - October 1982.
Non BIS side: frame level scrape from above battery box to No.1 cab door: August 1980 (painted at some point).

Three-piece miniature snowploughs fitted December 1977, January 1978, January 1980, August 1980.
Not fitted July 1978, May 1981, August 1981, July 1982, October 1982

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Page added June 15th 2013.
Last updated September 13th 2022.

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