The fifteen year six month career of D5297/25147 included allocations to many London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5297 was new to Toton (16A) on September 18th 1964. Further transfers were:
September 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered March 18th 1974.
25147 was the 28th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during March 1980. 25147 had sustained minor scrape damage to the driver's side No.1 end cab and bodyside.
After withdrawal 25147 was stored at Toton until moved to Swindon Works on June 20th 1980 and had been scrapped by the second week of September 1980.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July 1966.
During March 1974 25147 was transferred to Longsight, allowing on June 22nd 1974 for its use on the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth as far as Lincoln Central with 25327 which was removed at Sheffield and the return 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly alone from Lincoln Central. The same diagram was handled on September 7th 1974 with 25061. The same diagram was worked on July 5th 1975 with 25248.
On the evening of May 2nd 25147 was at Leeds to take up a parcels working.
Condition September: No.1 cab 2nd man's side suffered minor collision damage: corner valencing missing, new cabside window frame, creased corner cabsheeting, blue/yellow paint touched up from top to bottom of corner.
At about 5pm on September 10th 25147 was noted at Preston with a down freight.
On December 19th 25235 & 25147 were noted at Manchester Victoria with the 6J63. On December 20th 25147 was noted at Manchester Victoria.
On February 12th 25147 was noted at Manchester Victoria. On Sunday February 16th three pairs of Type 2s as light engines were noted pasing through Manchester Victoria: 25318 + 25147, 24021 + 24027 and 24020 + 24026, all presumed to/from permanent way duties.
At about 6pm on March 3rd 25147 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up freight.
On May 15th 25147 was noted at Manchester Victoria.
On July 5th 25147 & 25248 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth as far as Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly.
On November 1st the diesel multiple unit working the 07.45 Manchester Piccadilly - Buxton required assistance forward from Whaley Bridge because of poor adhesion due to leaves on the line.
On the morning of August 28th 25147 & 25185 were noted light engines at Manchester Victoria.
Condition August: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes at No.1 end, ridge sided sandboxes No.2 end.
By the summer of 1977 25147 was now at Bescot providing it with a differing mix of passenger workings. On August 18th 25147 worked the 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff.
On March 30th 25147 made a test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for March 30th recorded:
No.1 cab driver's side door difficult to shut
On April 21st 25147 was noted at Norwich.
On May 29th 25147 was stabled at Stourbridge Junction with several other Class 25s.
During the summer of 1978 a mixture of passenger workings took place. On June 10th 1978 25147 & 25143 worked the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On June 24th 1978 & July 8th 1978 the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked, with 25151 (Jun 24th) and 25261 (Jul 8th).
On July 2nd 25147 was stabled at Wolverhampton.
The week of August 12th - 15th was quite busy for 25147 & 25132. On August 12th they worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The followed three Leicester - Skegness roundtrips on August 13th/14th/15th.
25147 was receiving attention at Bescot on September 20th.
On October 10th 25147 was noted at Bescot with a mixed freight.
On March 7th 25147 was noted passing through Oxford with four loaded coal wagons and a brake van.
25147 was noted inside Crewe Diesel depot on April 22nd.
On May 12th 25147 was noted passing through Chester with a short engineers train.
25147 was back on the Cambrian line on the weekend of July 28th/29th with 25040 working the 28th's 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton (also reported as 25157 this day) and the 29th's 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On the return 25040 failed at Machynlleth and was removed, 25147 went ahead alone with eleven coaches, more happy days!!
The next weekend saw 25147 & 25253 work the August 4th's 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The F&W 'Cambrian Coast Express' railtour from Exeter - Pwllheli on August 26th was worked by 25147 & 25188 roundtrip from/to Birmingham New Street - Pwllheli, a total of 322 miles.
The final passenger workings for 25147 took place on September 1st with 25032 on the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On the afternoon of September 28th 25147 was noted at Saltley.
During the early afternoon of November 5th 25147 was passing Washwood Heath with a freight.
25147 was noted at Toton on February 23rd.
25147 was withdrawn on March 30th.
25147 was noted at Toton depot on April 26th in scruffy condition, partly dismantled and labelled 'Tyseley to Derby Works 26/11/79'. Present next to 25147 was withdrawn 25252.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added August 16th 2013.