The seventeen year one month career of D5220/25070 was spent allocated to London Midland Region depots, with most of the time at depots in the London area.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5220 was new to Cricklewood West (14B) on September 21st 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to London Division (D14).
Renumbered March 7th 1974.
25070 was the 55th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of seventeen to be withdrawn during November 1980.
After withdrawal 25070 was stored at Crewe Diesel depot (noted there December 15th 1980) was moved to Swindon Works on March 3rd 1981 with 25166, 25263 & 25293 and broken up there by the last week of May 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1964.
D5220 made its test run to Corby on August 22nd 1963, it would make a second test run on August 27th, now joined to D5221.
Passengers on a Derby - St Pancras relief on Christmas Eve had the delights of D5206 & D5220.
D5220 was at Derby Works for repair during May.
On July 7th D5220 was noted passing Radlett with a spent ballast train.
On November 14th D5220 worked the 07.54 Harpenden - Moorgate.
On February 5th, 8th & 29th D5220 worked the 07.54 Harpenden - Moorgate.
On March 25th D5220 worked the 08.12 St Albans - St Pancras.
On April 24th D5220 worked the St Pancras - St Albans.
On an unidentified Saturday in August the summer dated Nottingham - Llandudno Town was hauled by 5220 & ??
On August 7th the loaded 6M35 01.19 Dagenham Dock - Pensnett was worked north of Brent by 5220. However on trying to pick up the empties at Pensnett 5220 was unsuccessful as the Engineering Department had already lifted the track ready for relaying on Sunday.
5220 was stabled at Cricklewood on November 3rd.
On February 2nd 5220 was light engine at Crewe station.
Condition February: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
Near the end of February the 07.30 Birmingham New Street - Leeds and the 12.38 Leeds - Birmingham New Street was worked by 5220 & 5226.
On March 23rd the Marylebone - Loughborough Great Central 75th Anniversary (MLST) railtour was worked out and back by 25070 & 25066.
On May 11th a Luton - Aberystwyth Merrymaker utilised 25070 & 25072 from Luton to Shrewsbury via the Nuneaton Flyover, Bescot and Wolverhampton. At Shrewsbury the Class 25's were replaced by 24074 & 24056, with the Merrymaker now doubling as the 11.40 all stations to Aberystwyth, with four coaches on the train reserved for the regular passengers. The return working is reported as 24056 hauling four coaches to Dovey Junction where a set back was made onto nine coaches, stock from a return Leamington - Barmouth special. 24082 & 24087 were added to the train, at least as far as Machynlleth where 24087 was removed, leaving the two Type 2's to carry one eastwards with thirteen coaches.
A Marylebone - Llandudno Town day excursion on June 30th was worked roundtrip between Marylebone & Coventry by 25070 & 25183. On September 21st the 08.12 Derby - Yarmouth toy Norwich and the return 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall from Norwich was worked by 25070 & 25087.
On December 18th 25070 was noted at Aylesbury with a lengthy Bletchley - Marylebone parcels.
During the early evening of April 8th 25070 was noted westbound passing Margam with bogie bolsters.
On May 15th 25070 was stabled at Saltley.
Condition May: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
From May to July 25070 returned to Derby Works for repair. The locomotive had received minor scrape damage to the battery isolating switch side of the locomotive. Estimated cost for the repairs were GBP4,570.
25070, 25127 & 25275 were stabled at Goucester on July 23rd, whilst on the same day 25070 & 25275 were noted on a passenger service at Bristol (westbound).
On May 4th 25070 had the unusual occurrence of being hit by lightning at Greenbank (Cheshire). The crew and the locomotive suffered no ill effects, but when the electrical charge passed to the rails much damage was done to nearby lineside equipment & transformers.
On June 27th the 22.25 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead was worked by 25070.
The 17.10 Manchester - Blackpool, normally a Class 40 turn in summer was hauled by 25070 on July 31st.
On the afternoon of July 14th 25070 was noted at Chester depot. Since June Dee Marsh sidings had been accumulating Class 502 stock, (replaced by the new Class 507's), on July 22nd 25070 worked nine of these condemned vehicles to Crewe Basford Hall.
The Gricers Heaven railtour on November 24th returning from Rotherwood to Euston was worked between Ashburys & Preston by 25070 & 25056.
25070 was noted at Newton Heath depot on December 1st.
Class 25s stabled at Warrington Arpley on the evening of July 19th included 25070, 25156, 25195 & 25304.
On August 20th (or 22nd or both?) 25070 was working ICI hoppers between Tunstead & Northwich.
An unusual duty for 25070 on October 15th was to take the Springs Branch breakdown train to Millgate near Manchester Victoria. Here an empty four car Bury Line electric multiple unit overran a siding leaving the leading vehicle overhanging a city street, into which had fallen the leading bogie.
After a service life of seventeen years 25070 was withdrawn during November 1980.
Page created January 4th 2004.