The eighteen year two month career of D5188/25038 included allocations to only London Midland Region depots. The lack of dual braking equipment on this locomotive would result in its early demise when considered against the likes of its elder sisters 25032/33/34/35/37.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5188 was new to Toton on March 23rd 1963. Further transfers were:
September 1963 to Toton (16A).
Renumbered February 25th 1974.
After withdrawal 25038 was stored at Crewe before moving to Derby Works with 25299 on February 19th 1982 and scrapped there during September 1982.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September & October 1966.
D5188 made its test run from Derby to Corby and back on March 18th 1963.
D5188 moved to Derby during June 1964, on July 18th 1964 D5188 was noted on a Chinley - Derby passenger service.
On the morning of April 25th D5188 was at Stoke on Trent with a down parcels.
On the morning of October 1st D5188 was at Monument Lane with a ballast train.
On the afternoon of October 15th D5188 was at Crewe with a northbound parcels.
On October 2nd 5188 & 5299 were noted in charge of the Stirling - Newton Abbot Motorail service, presumably as far as Carlisle.
October 1973 - 5188 still in green livery with full yellow ends.
On August 18th 1974 the 08.50 Leicester - Skegness & the diagrammed return were worked by 25038 & 25258.
25038 was in charge of December 10th's Tees - Leyburn freight.
On March 31st a roundtrip ten coach Leamington Spa - Paignton day excursion was worked by 25038 & 25188, a total of 444 passenger miles.
On the afternoon of April 17th 25038 was shunting at Banbury.
The middle of July was a busy one for 25038 on passenger workings. On July 19th 25038 & 25135 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. Two days later (21st) 25038 & 25132 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness service, carrying 'Jolly Fisherman' headboards. The same pair on July 26th 1975 worked the full Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. On September 13th 1975 the 16.30 Nottingham - Leicester diesel multiple unit failed before departure, 25038 & 25272 dragged the service.
On May 15th 25070, 25038, 25209 & 25130 were noted at Saltley depot.
The Leamington/Coventry area started their holiday weeks on July 11th and featured amongst others 25038 & 25145 to Rhyl on July 21st.
On July 31st 1976 the Walsall - Walsall (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram was worked by 25038 & 25188. Two days later (August 2nd) the same pair worked a relief Derby - Skegness roundtrip. On August 7th 1976 the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram was worked by 25038 & 25158.
On June 2nd 25038 was noted with the Bescot - Spring Vale steel works trip.
On September 16th 25038 was noted southbound at Oxford with a mixed freight.
A special was run for the Royal Smithfield Show on December 6th from Aberystwyth to Euston, 25038 & 25043 hauled the train to and from Wolverhampton. On the return leg the train was failed at Machynlleth with a diesel multiple unit taking the passengers forward.
On March 4th 25038 was in charge of the 10.15am Birmingham - Norwich throughout.
A TBILS railtour on April 8th 1978 roundtrip Marylebone to Godley (for Dinting) was worked by 25038 & 25070, a total of 414 passenger miles over the route via Coventry, Nuneaton, Crewe, Northwich, Altrincham, Deansgate Junction, Skelton Junction, Northendon Junction, Woodley and returning via Dinting, Godley, Guide Bridge, Reddish South, Stockport, Stoke, Stafford and Birmingham. On April 27th 25038 was noted at Leamington Spa with an inspection saloon.
On the afternoon of May 21st 25038 was noted at Saltley depot.
On September 1st 25038 was noted at Fenny Compton with the trip freight for Kineton Army depot. On September 2nd 1978 the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25038 & 25032.
Stabled at Saltley on the afternoon of October 28th were 25038, 25123, 25133, 25276 & 25280.
25038 was noted light engine at Nottingham on June 8th. The forty one locomotives stabled at Saltley at 11am on June 10th included 25038, 25124, 25131, 25268, 25273 & 25279.
The start of the local holiday weeks on July 14th at Birmingham did not see many 'extras' due to the ongoing oil shortages. 25038 & 25153 worked the 08.28 Walsall - Yarmouth as far as Norwich, returning with the 14.15 ex-Yarmouth to Derby. At about 6.30pm on July 15th 25038, 25088, 25114, 25153 & 25300 were stabled at Leicester depot. On the morning of July 21st 25038 was at Bristol Bath Road.
On September 1st 1979 the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25038 & 25289.
The return leg of the Pennine Rose railtour on October 13th 1979 was worked by 25038 & 25263 from Coventry - Marylebone.
Noted stabled in Bescot yard on the morning of March 9th were 25038, 25145, 25192 & 25324.
On the morning of March 28th 25038 was noted passing Saltley with a freight. On March 29th an RPPR Paddington - Manchester 'Spotter Special' railtour set out with 31188 & 31250, changing to 25038 & 25073 at Birmingham but getting no further than Water Orton where both locomotives were failed and replaced by 45022.
A railtour on April 5th 1980 saw 25038 & 25073 work the Euston - Pwllheli 'Cambrian Coast Express' out & back between Wolverhampton and Twywn.
On June 2nd 1980 25038 was north of the border working the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 13.39 return both with 27029. The NE/SW produced a fine set of workings on July 11th 1980, with 25038 & 25093 working the 15.35 Birmingham New Street - York and returning with the 19.31 York - Penzance as far as Bristol Temple Meads.
25038 was noted at Stoke Prior on July 13th with a ballast working.
25038 was noted at Wolverhampton on the morning of August 1st. 25038 was noted running light engine at Stourbridge Junction on August 21st.
25038 paid a visit to the East Coast Mainline on October 30th whilst working the 1B25 07.00 Peterborough - Kings Cross.
During November 25038 moved north to Kingmoor, despite this move 25038 put in some mileage on passenger workings that were many miles away from Carlisle. On November 19th it worked the 19.30 Crewe - Cardiff service, by 28th it was on the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich, coming back the next day (29th) with the 15.18 ex Norwich.
On December 27th 2508 was stabled at Springs Branch.
On the morning of February 28th 25038 and another Class 25 were stabled at York.
25038 was noted at York on March 1st. On the afternoon of March 5th 25038, 25245 & 25291 were at Healey Mills. 25038 was noted on a down van train at Coventry on March 12th. On March 19th 25038 worked the 16.02 Crewe - Cardiff, coming back the next day (20th) with the 05.35 ex Cardiff, unfortunately 25038 expired at Shrewsbury.
The last recorded passenger working for 25038 occurred on April 7th when it worked the 08.15 Birmingham New Street - Plymouth with 25033 as far as Gloucester. On April 10th 25038 was noted at Crewe depot.
25038 was noted on permanent way duties at Preston station on May 22nd. On the morning of May 24th 25038 was noted at Ordsall Lane with a permanent way train.
25038 was withdrawn on May 31st 1981.
Three-piece minature snowploughs fitted: (not fitted August 1977), April 1978, June 1979 - July 1979 (not fitted July 1980 - October 1980, May 1981).
Page added October 27th 2004.