D5182, 5182, 25032
D5182, 5182, 25032

Photograph courtesy Brian Daniels
A night time shot at Oxford on November 13th 1979 finds 25032 keeping company with an unidentified Class 47.

The twenty three year career of D5182/25032 was spent allocated to depots on the Eastern, Western & London Midland regions. D5179 - D5182 were ordered without boilers which no doubt affected their allocation history. Like 25026 - 25031, 25032 spent its first seven years on the Eastern Region but then moved to the Western Region for six years service in the Welsh Valleys, then spending its last nine and a half years on the London Midland Region. Unlike 25029 - 25031, 25032 was dual-braked, giving it a considerable life extension when compared to the three aforementioned.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5179 - D5182 never fitted with train heating boilers.
Dual brake equipped (1974).
When dual braked the hinges were fitted to the filters on the BIS side, although no boiler is fitted, contrast similar modification to 25242 where no hinges were fitted.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 83 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 34 months.


D5182 was new to Gateshead (52A) on March 19th 1963. Further transfers were:

December 1967 to Holbeck (55A).
November 1970 to Ebbw Junction (86B).
May 1974 to Cardiff.
October 1976 to Bescot.
March 1983 to Longsight.
July 1983 to Crewe.
Withdrawn March 10th 1986.

Renumbered March 1974.

25032 was the 274th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during March 1986.

After withdrawal 25032 was stored at Toton until July 14th 1988 went it moved to Leicester Humberstone Road. The next day it moved to Vic Berry's Leicester yard. By the first week of January 1989 25032 had been broken up.

Works Visits.

Works visits (records incomplete).

Derby April 1965
Derby February & June 1966
Derby June - August 1974 (dual braking equipment fitted, full repaint)
Derby February - March 1979 (Intermediate repair)


The frames for D5182 were laid down at Darlington during December 1962. D5182 was not boiler equipped and was initially allocated to Gateshead (52A), it was released from Darlington on March 19th. The arrival of D5182 and her other sisters at this time greatly assisted in easing the problems caused by the severe winter of 1962/63 which only released its icy grip on the country in March.

The first seven Class 25/1s were allocated to North Eastern Region depots; D5176 - D5178 (boiler equipped) to Holbeck (55A) whilst D5179 - D5182 (non-boilered) were allocated to Gateshead.


Photograph collection of webmaster
Gateshead allocated 5182 makes an interesting sight at Robroyston on July 4th 1964 on what is reported as the 12.30 Glasgow - Oban. The Scottish Region would frequently use visiting Type 2s & 4s on internal workings prior to their return south, this working to Oban must rank as one of the most unusual fill-in turns.

D5182 visited Derby Works during April.

Condition August: green livery with frame level stripe, small yellow warning panels with curved upper corners, blanking plates fitted.

Derby Works was visited by D5182 in February & June.

On May 2nd a train of short wheelbase oil tanks was noted at Hest Bank behind D5182 & Class 9F No.92077 (presumably the loaded Heysham - Neville Hill tanks).

Condition July: green livery with full yellow cabfronts, gangway doors in place, no blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present.

The summer only passenger workings between Newcastle, Ayr & Stranraer continued to feature Class 24/25s. The 23.45FO Newcastle - Stranraer and the 13.50SO return working included 5182 & 5196 on July 25th/26th.

The last summer season working of the 09.25 Scarborough - Manchester ran on September 5th behind 5182.

With the Western Region taking steps to reduce its fleet of diesel hydraulic locomotives, Class 25s Nos.5179 - 5182 were transferred during November to Newport (86B) for freight traffic workings. These South Wales freight turns would generally dominate the workings of 25032, with very few recorded passenger turns.

5182 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on March 4th.

Condition April: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present.

Somewhat west of their normal haunts, 5182 & 7588 were noted at Llandilo Junction with a special freight comprised of ‘Grampus’ wagons on June 21st.

Renumbered March 1974.

25029 - 25032 moved from Newport to Cardiff during May.

25032 spent June through August at Derby Locomotive Works for a major overhaul including the fitting of dual braking equipment. The fitting of this equipment would extend the working life of the locomotive.

On September 5th 25152 & 25032 coupled together were at Exeter stabling point.

During the early afternoon of September 6th two pairs of Class 25s were at Exeter stabling point: 25152 & 25032 and 25158 & 25077.

On December 16th 25032 & 25275 were noted on Exeter stabling point. 25032 would later work the 6B58 17.38 Chard Junction - Exeter milk (eight tanks).

On August 8th 25154 & 25032 were at Barnstaple with a return excursion to Pembrey.

On August 10th 25032 was stabled at Cardiff Canton.

On August 11th 25032 was noted passing light engine through Lincoln Central, then returning later with a stone train in the Barnetby direction. One recorded roundtrip working whilst allocated to Cardiff took place on August 26th with 25032 handling the 16.30 Weston-super-Mare - Cardiff and the return 19.05 Cardiff - Bristol Temple Meads. The next day (27th) 25032 was noted on an eastbound relief from North Wales to Crewe.

During October 25032 was reallocated to Bescot.

On December 5th 25032 was noted at Birmingham New Street with the Soho Overhead Wires maintenance train.

On December 24th & 28th 25032 was stabled at Exeter.

On December 29th 25032 was noted at Exeter stabling point, it was unable to reverse. This was a day of extreme cold, wintry weather which had hit the railways badly. Other locomotives at Exeter were in poor shape, 25052 on the cripple road, 31260 had two traction motors isolated, 47063 was restricted to local work, 47103 was suffering a complete power loss. 31124 & 31229 had come off a Salisbury - Meldon empties with one of the Class 31s having developed a fault. The two Class 31s later towed 47103 & 25032 to Bristol Bath Road. The good news was that 50044 was available for work!

On June 2nd 25032 was at Follingsby freightliner terminal.

On June 24th 25032 was eastbound at Manchester Victoria with a mixed freight.

On July 16th 25032 worked the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.05 Llandudno Town - Nottingham. On July 22nd 25242 & 25032 were northbound at Crewe with a loaded coal train.

On December 30th a southbound oil train failed near Fosse Road behind 47244, 45038 on a following oil train was removed from its train and took the failed train to Leamington, here 25032 arrived from Coventry to take the train forward.

On the afternoon of February 15th 25032 was light engine at Washwood Heath.

On March 28th 25032 was noted northbound at Settle Junction with a mixed freight.

On the morning of April 8th & 18th 25032 was stabled at York.

On April 19th 25032 was southbound at York with empty ballast hoppers.

On Thursday June 15th 25032 worked (presumably) the 12.25 Willesden - Norwood and the return 14.10 Norwood to Willesden.

On September 2nd 25032 & 25038 worked the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

From the afternoon of January 15th to the morning of January 17th 25032 was stabled at York, ASLEF were on strike on January 16th.

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During February & March 1979 25032 underwent an Intermediate Repair at Derby Works, its last major repair and is seen here in the erecting shop.

On March 24th 25032 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for March 24th recorded:

25032; March 24th 1979; 3F01 Nottingham
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 29 890 - - -
2 36 890 - - -
3 42 920 - - -
4 50 950 - - -
5 61 1,000 - - -
6 64 1,040 - - -

No.2 low pressure fuel pipe union leak
B side crankcase door seal leak
HP? oil flange joint leak
Nos.1 & 4 rocker cover
Engine tappets noisy
Triple pump fuel adaptors leaking
Paint to complete
No.5 exhaust manifold joint blowing
Oil leak from turbo-charger ?? oil separator
?? joint to exhaust leak.

On May 26th & June 2nd the 10.10 Euston – Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25032 & 25095 (May 26th) & 25032 & 25259 (June 2nd). The next day (3rd) the latter pair are believed to have worked a roundtrip Birmingham - Barmouth service.

The 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25032 & 25120 on June 23rd and by 25032 & 25249 on June 30th. In between these two dates, on June 24th 1979 the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth was worked forward from Bescot by 25032 & 25120.

On the morning of June 11th 25032 was stabled at York.

On July 7th 25032 & 25141 worked the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth returning with the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton, the next day (July 8th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The early morning Toton - Eastleigh freight was noted at Oxford with 25032 on July 12th. 25032 was noted at Saltley on the evening of July 13th. Just over a week later on July 21st 25032 & 25203 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. The following weekend, July 28th, 25032 & 25145 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

On August 25th the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25032 & 25321. The next day (26th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On September 1st 1979 the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25032 & 25147.

On the evening of October 1st 25032 was stabled at York.

25032 was stabled at Westbury depot on October 28th.

After the hectic summer of 1979 for passenger workings for 25032, 1980 has so far only revealed one. On April 19th the 'Great Western' LCGB railtour from Wigan to Didcot/Swindon utilised 25032 & 25088 between Birmingham New Street - Leamington - Didcot - Swindon - Cheltenham - Worcester - Droitwich Spa - Stourbridge Junction - Birmingham New Street. The Class 25s were in fine fettle and were able to put up a commendable performace including some 90mph running.

Photograph courtesy Martin Bray
Its May 27th 1980 and 25032 is at Newton Heath receiving attention to its batteries.

On June 24th 25032 worked a Shrewsbury - Oxley sidings empty coaching stock move. On June 26th 25032 was at Bescot with empty lumber wagons.

Photograph courtesy Chris Taylor
The Toton breakdown crane dwarfs 25032, pictured at Coalville during July 1980. The train had been brought in to assist with some merry-go-round wagons that had somehow been shoved through a set of buffers.

On October 21st 25032 was eastbound at Guide Bridge with a mixed freight.

The transfer of 25033 & 25034 to Bescot in February brought 25032/33/34 together for the first time.

On April 12th 25032 was noted at Thornaby fitted with three-piece miniature snowploughs. On the afternoon of April 29th 25032 was noted at Leyland on a permanent way train.

A diesel multiple unit failure on May 2nd saw 25032 assist the 11.30 Chester - Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury. Later that afternoon 25032 was noted on a Wolverhampton - Shrewsbury (Chester?) service.

On June 20th the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25032 & 25286. The next day the same pair worked a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip. The 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25032 & 25069 on June 27th 1981 and 25032 & 25088 on July 4th 1981. The next day (5th) the same pair worked a Derby - Skegness roundtrip. On July 9th 1981 an Aberystwyth - Coventry charter was worked roundtrip (?) by 25032 & 25080. On July 11th 1981 the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton was worked by 25032 & 25069. The next day (12th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.

On August 1st the failure of steam locomotive 5000 saw 25032 & 25085 assist, being noted at Chester. The 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton on August 8th were worked by 25032 & 25090. The next day (9th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury.

On a very snowy December 8th 25032 was noted returning light engine from Dunstable to Luton.

25032 reveals a decidely droopy cab, particularly about the roof line
Photograph courtesy Mark Bennett

On March 19th 25032 was noted at Reading with a parcels working.

25032 was noted shunting at Llandudno Junction on April 2nd.

The Foss Islands branch, home to the Rowntree factory saw the local trip working receive Type 1 & 2 haulage during May, 25032 (13th) & 25193 (14th) noted in lieu of the regular York Class 08.

On the afternoon of May 28th 25032 was eastbound at Pilning with a mixed freight.

On May 31st the Pope visited Manchester, a half hourly service provided from Blackpool, with Class 40s predominating, although 25032 worked an evening Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North round trip.

25032 was noted at Llandudno Junction on a damp June 26th.

On July 10th 25032 was stabled at Longsight.

On July 24th 25032 was northbound at Preston with short wheelbase chemical tanks.

On August 2nd 25032 was noted at Settle Junction with a Bescot - Carlisle freight.

On a snowy February 12th the 10.40 St Pancras - Derby was noted passing Market Harborough abount 17 minutes late behind 25032 & 45125.

In March 25032 moved to Longsight. The withdrawal of 25027 in May led to 25032 becoming the oldest Class 25 in service.

On May 3rd 25032 was stabled at Bletchley.

On May 29th 25032 hauled Crewe depot's Overhead Wiring Train northbound through Crewe station.

25032 was noted at Banbury on June 1st with a freight train.

On June 9th 25032 was southbound at Loughborough with a loaded ballast train.

During July 25032 was transferred to Crewe, its last move. On July 3rd 25032 & 25120 worked the 23.00 Milton Keynes - Crewe, a relief train for travellers returning from a David Bowie concert, the booked electric locomotive had rescued another service. On July 29th 25032 was noted westbound through Chinley with loaded ICI hoppers.

A double headed combination worked August 3rd’s 00.30 Cardiff – Manchester mail with 25032 & 25240, three days later (August 6th) 25032 & 25083 were active on the Cambrian lines working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham and returning with the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

On a snowy December 12th 25032 worked assorted wagons or Wednesbury sidings to be loaded with scrap metal.

On the evening of December 20th 25032 was at Hemel Hempstead with an electrification train.

25032 & 25231 were stabled at Cockshute on January 30th.

On February 5th 25032 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction, the next day it worked the 08.15 to Moreton-on-Lugg. On February 14th 25032 & 25231 worked a loaded Oakamoor - St Helens sand train. February 24th found 25032 in charge of a Tees Yard - Dringhouses Speedlink working.

An afternoon additional Ellesmere Port - Westbury bitumen tank train On March 3rd was noted at Hereford behind 25032 & 25193.

Photograph courtesy Mark Cook
25032 shunting at Aylesbury on March 29th 1984. This view clearly shows the No.2 end has lost its corner valencing and the center fittings apart from the lamp bracket have been removed.

25032 was stabled at Rugby station on June 23rd.

On July 13th 25032 worked empty ballast hoppers from Coton Hill Yard to Bayston Hill Quarry for loading.

On August 14th 25032 was light engine at Hellifield.

On August 16th 25032 was noted light engine at Hellifield and also noted at Ribblehead with loaded ballast wagons. On August 22nd 25032 worked the 6P83 Warrington Arpley to Chorley ROF trip. An ailing 47616 was replaced at Chester whilst working the seven coach 07.55 York - Llandudno Town on August 30th, with 25032 taking over and remarkably continung with the return working, the 13.24 to Scarborough, though 25032 was replaced at York! The next day (31st) 31107 was noted westbound at Huddersfield hauling 47131 & 25032, presumably the York - Crewe working used to take surplus power from the Eastern Region to the London Midland Region.

On September 3rd 25032 worked the 08.05 Crewe - Cardiff. On September 4th 25032 & 25236 were noted northbound at Crewe with a parcels train. On September 8th 25032 & 25059 took the 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury forward from Wolverhampton comprised of fully air-conditioned stock. 25032 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on September 15th. A short passenger trip of six miles from Cheltenham to Gloucester occurred on September 28th when 45146 failed working the 07.43 Hull - Cardiff, assisted forward by 25032, 47304 took the train on from Gloucester.

25032 was shunting freightliner wagons at Lawley Street on October 12th.

On November 19th 25032 was noted northbound at Carlisle with a train of rail from Workington. 25032 was noted light engine at Warrington Arpley Junction on November 29th.

Another short trip for 25032 occurred on December 27th assisting an ailing diesel multiple unit between Stoke on Trent & Crewe (the 17.42 Lincoln - Crewe). Since the summer of 1984 the diesel multiple unit operated service between Lincoln and Crewe had seen an increasing use of locomotives and stock to supplant the ailing multiple units.

25032 was stabled at Oxford on the night of January 30th.

On February 2nd 25085 was stabled at Warrington Arpley.

During February 25032 seemed to be in the right place at the right time when it came to rescuing ailing passenger services. It started on February 5th when 25032 & 25035 assisted the 17.42 Lincoln - Crewe diesel multiple unit forward from Nottingham. Seven days (12th) later when a Class 47 failed on the 07.40 Milford Haven - Bristol at Cardiff, 25032 was available to complete the journey. On February 16th the 08.40 Leicester – Birmingham operated as a diesel multiple unit hauled by 25032, the booked Class 31 and coaching stock were replaced due to having no heating. 25032 and the diesel multiple unit then worked the 10.20 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as Leicester, where they were replaced by a Class 31/4 and hauled stock.

25032 & 25051 were stabled at Stonebridge Park on March 9th.

On April 7th 25032 was noted propelling an engineers train through Madeley. On April 21st 25032 was at Bristol Bath Road. On April 23rd a pair of Class 25s were noted at Chesterfield hauling the morning Arpley - Parkeston Speedlink behind 25175 & 25032. From the photograph below it appears that this combination of 25032 & 25175 remained together at least through May 3rd 1985, although on April 28th 25032 was noted at Crewe station with a large crane.

Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker
Its late spring at New Mills on May 3rd 1985 as 25032 & 25175 return from Earles sidings.

25032 was noted at Warrington Bank Quay on May 22nd with a southbound speedlink freight and later noted at Ashburys with this service. On May 26th 25032 assisted a failing diesel multiple unit between Parkside Jct and Warrington (a Disley - Llandudno Town service?).

25032 was stabled at Buxton on June 9th. On the morning of June 25th Healey Mills commandeered 25032 to take a brake van to Knottingley, returning with two wagons and a brake van, a working normally handled by Classes 31/37.

Mainline running took place for 25032 on July 6th, working the 04.27 St Pancras - Leicester relief. Two days (8th) later it worked the round trip Burton - Skegness, normally worked by pairs of Class 20s, followed on July 9th with the 06.33 Leicester - Birmingham New Street and the 08.10 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as March where it was replaced by a 31/4. From March 25032 was joined by 25095 to takeover the 6M86 Parkeston - Arpley. On a very wet July 15th 25032 passed through Leicester northbound with a single parcels coach.

On August 1st 25032 was southbound at Shrewsbury with a parcels train.

On August 7th 25032 was noted southbound at Crewe and Hereford with six parcels vans. 25032 & 25199 were stabled at Shrewsbury on August 10th. 25032 worked the 18.44 Edinburgh - Carstairs postal on August 30th.

25032 worked the trip job that included a visit to Haymarket coal yard on September 3rd.

25032 was noted northbound at Hereford on September 25th with a seven van 6S75 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend speedlink. On September 29th 25032 was involved with engineering relaying work at Fazakerley, leading to the abolition of Fazakerley signalbox.

25032's last passenger haulage for 1985 was in assisting a diverted electric service (13.05 Glasgow - Euston) between Warrington & Crewe, via Chester due to engineering works on October 10th.

On November 2nd 25032 worked a Lidlington Tip - Bletchley spoil empties.

On January 26th 25032 was at Roodee Junction, Chester with a track crane renewing the down fast line. whilst handling this engineering work 25032 woould also drag 97406 and the track crane back to Chester depot for refuelling.

On a frosty February 7th 25032 was noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with a eastbound parcels train. Later that day the 18.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria was worked forward from Preston by 25032.

25032, at the time the elder statesman of the Class, was handling trip workings in the Speke area on March 6th. The next day it was noted parked at Holbeck, it would be taken out of service here on March 10th 1986.

Of the four non-boilered Class 25s (D5179 - D5182) delivered to Gateshead during February & March 1963, D5182/25032 outlived the three others by at least nine years. The fitting of dual brakes during 1974 and the recieving of a Classified repair early in 1979 gave 25032 important life extensions not recieved by 25029/30/31.

Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye
25032 at Holbeck on March 7th 1986, three days before it was withdrawn. To the right is 31245.

Photograph courtesy RS
25032 stands dumped at Toton on May 18th 1988. It has about two months left at this location prior to moving to Leicester for scrapping.

Distinguishing Features
No.1 end lamp brackets/fittings normal, No.2 end center lamp bracket only with corner valencing missing - cab front fittings missing since at least July 1977.
No.2 end - both corner valences missing by July 29th 1983 (still present April 1982).

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