D5161, 5161, 25011
D5161, 5161, 25011

Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25011 poses for another portrait at Haymarket depot, date unknown.

The nineteen year three month career of D5161/25011 included allocations to Eastern and Scottish Region depots, including ten consecutive years allocated to Thornaby.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.

Allocations
D5161 was new to Thornaby (51L) on September 2nd 1961. Further transfers were:

October 1971 to Eastfield (65A)
May 1974 Haymarket
March 1975 Tinsley
August 1975 Eastfield
October 1976 Haymarket
Withdrawn December 1st 1980

Renumbered October 1973

25011 was the 72nd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of seventeen Class 25s withdrawn during December 1980.

After withdrawal 25011 was stored at Millerhill. From February 9th - 11th 1981 25010 with 25011, 25023 & 25087 were moved from the Scottish Region (Millerhill) to Swindon for scrapping. At least as far as York (and possibly further southwards, Toton?) 25010 was used to power the consist, perhaps giving 25010 the dubious honor of being the last Class 25/0 to remain in an operational condition. 31215 may have been used to take the scrappers forward from Toton. It is believed the convoy reached Swindon by February 11th. 25011 was broken up at Swindon during March 1981.

Works Visits (records incomplete)
Noted Darlington Works January & February 1963
Noted Derby Works July - October 1966
Noted Derby Works March 1967
Noted Glasgow Works October 1973
Noted Glasgow Works June 1974
Noted Glasgow Works March 1976
Noted Derby Works August 1978
Noted Glasgow Works February 1979

Highlights

1961
The frames for 5161/25011 were laid down at Darlington Works during June 1961, being completed late in August 1961.

1964
On July 4th an Ushaw Moor - Seaburn roundtrip (?) day excursion was worked by D5161.

1968

Photograph collection of webmaster
An undated view of recently outshopped D5161 at Derby, believed to be in the first half of 1968. The locomotive still retains its frame level skirt and has the original style exhaust port and location. The fuel tank has gained a circular gauge and the boiler room grille has now been fitted with a solid cover.

1972
Condition June: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place, blanking plates fitted, hand/footsteps plated over, fuel tank fitted with circular gauge, straight & ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, valencing above batteries missing, buffer beam steam pipe connection mostly present.

1973
On November 9th the 20.47 Perth - Carlisle behind 5161 was failed at Motherwell and the train terminated due to an overhead line clearance infringement.

1975
On an unknown date during May 25011 worked the 8T64 Peterborough - Hitchin Stockyard freight.

On June 22nd 25011 & 31325 were noted passing Holbeck depot with an engineer's train for Stourton.

1976
A new contract to move pipes from Leith Docks to several long distance destinations including Derby, Wisbech and Salisbury, and shorter hauls to Carlisle, Darlington, Law Junction, Maud & Montrose would provide much work for pairs of Haymarket Class 25s. The Leith Salisbury diagram involved the Scottish Type 2s working as far as Didcot, examples noted were 25011 & 25026 (March 13th & 15th) and 25002 & 25317 (March 27th), 25018 & 25031 (April 10th), 25026 & 25092 (April 24th), the locomotives generally returning north light, at least as far as the Birmingham area.

Photograph courtesy Barrie Watkins
A familiar location for generations of photographers, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh finds 25011 heading east with a great mixture of parcels & other wagons on September 6th 1976.

1977
The 16.54 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 19.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25011 & 27032 on August 24th.

1978
On June 2nd the 12.50 Ayr - Largs school excursion was worked roundtrip (?) by 25011.

During August 25011 was noted at Derby Works receiving minor attention. After release the locomotive was sent off in the opposite direction to its home depot in Scotland! It was noted on the 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels on September 7th, working as far as Exeter, being replaced here by 25155. It continued its westward march by working the 19.30 Exeter - Paignton!

A surprise visitor to Derby Works was 25011, seen here on August 5th 1978. It was only received for minor repairs, and was soon released back into traffic. At this late stage in the life of the Class 25/0s any major attention would normally be carried out by Glasgow Works.

1979

Photograph courtesy A Forster
Its 9am at Haymarket on February 18th 1979 and 25011 awaits its next turn of duty.

On May 12th 25011 was noted with buffet car SC1706 at Millerhill headed for the work taking place at Penmanshiel following the recent collapse of the tunnel.

On July 5th 25011 worked a Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee service. At month end on July 31st 25011 worked the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs.

The 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25011 on August 27th.

1980
The 07.40 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25011 on August 25th. The next day (26th) 25011 worked an evening Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh service. On August 27th the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25011.

25011 was noted on Haymarket depot on October 14th derailed and awaiting repair.

On November 7th the 17.12 Aberdeen - Stonehaven was worked by 25011.

All the remaining Class 25/0s were taken out of service and withdrawn during December, including 25011. 25011 ended its days out of service at Haymarket, by early January it was at Millerhill.

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