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.
D5182 was new to Gateshead (52A) on March 19th 1963. Further transfers were:
December 1967 to Holbeck (55A).
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25032 was the 274th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during March 1986.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 (records incomplete).
Derby April 1965
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.
Condition July: green livery with full yellow cabfronts, gangway doors in place, no blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present.
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.
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.
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).
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 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 September 2nd 25032 & 25038 worked the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
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 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. 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.
25032 was stabled at Westbury depot on October 28th.
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 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 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.
In March 25032 moved to Longsight. The withdrawal of 25027 in May led to 25032 becoming the oldest Class 25 in service.
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.
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 February 5th 25032 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction, the next day it worked the 08.15 to Moreton-on-Lugg. 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.
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 16th 25032 was noted light engine at Hellifield. 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.
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.
On April 7th 25032 was noted propelling an engineers train through Madeley. 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.
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 7th 25032 was noted southbound at 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 was noted at St Albans with an engineering train on September 2nd (maybe in conflict with working below).
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.
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.
Page created September 3rd 2003.