It was a little of everything for 25042's wide variety of passenger services during 1982, it covered the Crewe - Cardiff line on January 5th & May 25th, it was on the Birmingham - Norwich run on May 1st, the next day a Birmingham - Leeds working. June 19th found it on a Carlisle - Glasgow working, August 17th on a Llandudno Town - Stoke on Trent working and then a round trip between Leeds & Carlisle on September 4th. On October 16th it worked the Crewe - Aberystwyth legs of an excursion from Carlisle with 25080. It was back to a round trip on the Leeds - Carlisle circuit on October 28th before its last passenger working of the year, between Glasgow Central & Carlisle on December 20th.
The variety of passenger workings continued on into 1983 for 25042 with its first outing being the 22.00 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbor followed by a Carlisle - Glasgow trip on February 4th. The next day it worked the 15.50 Carlisle - Edinburgh, via Newcastle. On March 14th & 15th it handled two round trips each day between Crewe & Cardiff.
April 11th found it on the 11.49 Bangor - Manchester Victoria. Victoria was visited again, this time on May 26th with 25042 handling a late afternoon Blackpool service. No passenger workings were recorded in June but a round trip Carlisle - Glasgow Central occurred on July 23rd.
Swindon broke up 25041 during June.
October 28th proved to be a bad day - 25042 was diagrammed for the 10.40 Carlisle - Leeds but expired at Appleby, being rescued by 40099. It was repaired in time to cover the 16.00 Leeds - Carlisle but only managed to cover three miles before failing at Kirkstall, being rescued by 31195. A brief railtour turn occurred a month later on November 26th when 25042 & 25161 worked 'The Cheshire Cheeser' between Liverpool and Warrington Arpley Jct.
25042's passenger duties continued, with still more variety, opening the new year's working with January 13th's 19.35 Birmingham - Bristol throughout. There was a round trip Crewe - Cardiff working on February 6th followed a late afternoon Manchester - Blackpool turn on February 17th, heading back south the next day with the 06.55 to Manchester Victoria. It was held here to work a football extra to Newcastle, the Class 25 being replaced at Leeds.
All was quiet in March, but April followed with three railtours. The 'Knotty Northern Circular' was worked from Stafford to Leeds and back by 25042 & 25224, the following week (14th) it was on the F&W's 'Capital City Transfer' with 25083 between Coventry & Marylebone. More railtour duty followed the next weekend (20th) with the first leg of a railtour to Scotland, 25042 & 25057 were booked from St Pancras to Derby, but by Bedford 25042 had failed with 31118 assisting to Derby.
A trip to the seaside occurred on May 5th with 25042 & 25080 working out with the 08.48 Burton - Skegness, coming back with the 19.00 to Leicester. A WCML working on May 26th took 25042 & 25224 from Wolverhampton to Mitre Bridge Junction on an excursion to Folkestone Harbour. In the opposite direction on June 2nd 25042 & 25207 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.05 to Shrewsbury. A short working on June 16th found 25042 & 25109 taking a Barrow - Windsor excursion as far as Carnforth.
25042 was again coupled to 25224 for a visit to Aberystwyth on July 7th, bringing in the 07.35 ex Euston from Wolverhampton and returning to Wolverhampton with the 14.00 to New Street. Its last passenger working for 1984 was the 19.35 Blackpool - Manchester Victoria on August 24th.
||Stoke station plays host to 25042 & 25161 on August 11th 1984.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
The boiler on 25042 was isolated during August.
25042 was withdrawn from Crewe on May 8th. It was the last vacuum brake only Class 25 to remain in service, when withdrawn it was retired surplus to requirements and was in full working order. It was initially stored at Crewe.
||The date is uncertain, but withdrawn 25042 heads a lineup of locomotives at Crewe which includes also withdrawn 25196, which has already been cannibalised for parts.
Photograph courtesy Paul Wraithmell.
Part of the large clear out of Class 25's from the Crewe area during July included the movement of 25042/058/285/910 on July 16th from Crewe to Vic Berry's, Leicester. By October 25042 was no more.