The twenty two year two month career of D5194/25044 saw allocations to London Midland and Scottish Region depots. The allocation history was similar to the immediately preceding locomotives but included a four year stint on the Scottish Region.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5194 was new to Toton (18A) on May 4th 1963. Further transfers were:
February 1964 to Leicester (15A).
Renumbered March 16th 1974.
25044 was the 252nd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of two retired during July 1985.
After withdrawal 25044 was stored at Carlisle between July & October 1985, then moved to Springs Branch. 25044 was moved to Warrington on April 15th 1986, here it was picked up on April 16th 1986 by the 9Z34 Crewe - Warrington - Doncaster withdrawn engine movement, 25044 joining 25119, 25226 & 25245 for their last journey. It ended its days at Doncaster Works during July 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works January 1965.
During the middle of April D5194 was noted on several passenger workings, on April 17th working the 06.13 Nottingham - Sheffield and the 09.38 Sheffield (?) - York. Two days later (19th) it worked the 16.10 Manchester Central - Sheffield.
5194 operated the 1F51 21.25 Preston - Liverpool Exchange on the evening of January 23rd. Incidentally, this service had been the final BR steam worked ordinary passenger service five months earlier.
5194 visited Derby Works during October.
A Nottingham - Lincoln mail was worked by 25044 on November 29th.
25044 was noted on September 12th arriving at Great Rocks with an empty set of ICI limestone hoppers.
25044 and breakdown train were noted at Wigan station on the afternoon of October 2nd repairing the damage caused by 82005 bringing down the wires and loosing its pantograph, the flying debris narrowly missing waiting passengers. This caused heavy delays on the WCML, not helped by the many specials visiting the Blackpool Illuminations.
After twelve years allocated to London Midland depots 25044 was transferred to Eastfield during October and would spend almost four and a half years allocated to Scottish Region depots.
About a month later on May 17th 25044 worked the 17.10 Edinburgh - Berwick and the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs.
Glasgow Works received 25044 for repair between June & August, during this repair the cab gangway doors were shetted over.
On September 4th 25044 & 25066 worked the 16.54 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
25044 visited Glasgow Works from November 1979 to January 1980 for N4 generator repairs.
The 17.30 Edinburgh - Cardenden was hauled by 25044 on June 2nd.
25044 was noted southbound through Aviemore on June 27 with a single Mark III departmental coach.
On September 17th the 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25044, whilst on Septembeber 25th it was noted through Invergowrie on an unidentied working.
On February 13th 25044 & 25060 hauled the Manchester Piccadilly - Kensington Olympia SAGA Crufts Show charter out and back for a total of 370 passenger miles.
An unidentified WCML was noted behind 25044 & 25310 on May 10th between Bletchley & Willesden due to the power being off for engineering work.
25044 & 25287 hauled August 29th's 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth & 14.20 return to/from Norwich.
During October 25044 transferred to Toton, the following month it moved to Kingmoor, its last transfer.
December 8th found the Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton (to Euston) Smithfield Market charter in the hands of 25044 & 25048 and return?
A trip to the coast occurred on June 19th with 25044 & 25036 in charge of the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 return as far as Wolverhampton.
On August 7th 25044 worked the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle & 15.37 return. Four days later it was assisting 31303 forward from Whitacre Junction with the 09.03 Cambridge - Birmingham New Street, and returning with 16.17 to Norwich as far as March.
During August 25044 received an 'E' examination at Carlisle Kingmoor.
On September 19th 25037 & 25044 piloted two electric services in & out of Manchester to Stafford. This pair then transitioned to Crewe to assist an overnight WCML service between Crewe & Preston. More assistance was provided on September 23rd, aiding an ailing 31176 on an afternoon Poole - Liverpool between Leamington Spa & Birmingham New Street. Two days later (25th) saw 25044 in charge of the 08.35 Birmingham – Paddington! It returned from the capital in charge of the 17.41 service to Manchester as far as Birmingham (also quoted as October 2nd).
On October 1st the Under-Secretary of State for Transport made a visit to the Birmingham Division and travelled in Saloon / Inspection Coach 45026 hauled/pushed by 25044, being noted at one point at Priestfield heading to Wednesbury.
On November 19th 25044 hauled the 08.04 Birmingham - Norwich between Leicester & March. A week later (25th) the Prince & Princess of Wales traveled from Euston to Central Wales by Royal Train. From Shrewsbury to Aberdovey/Towyn 25259 & 25278 were in charge, with 25044 on standby. Due to restrictions on Barmouth Bridge the train went no further north than Morfa Mawddach. An overnight stop was made at Rossett prior to the Royal party visiting Wrexham & Hawarden on 26th.
Tragedy struck the WCML early on the morning of December 9th when the 8th's 22.55 Euston - Glasgow hauled by 81016 derailed at speed at Old Linslade. The locomotive hit a bridge causing severe damge to the locomotive and regrettably fatally injuring the driver. Next morning under grey winter skies a variety of breakdown trains attended the scene, 25044 brought in the Bescot breakdown crane, 47135 with the Stratford breakdown train and 25245 with the Bletchley rerailing train. 08235 would also attend on December 10th to take 81016 to Bletchley. Other Class 25s involved were 25309 & 25319 on the Bletchley rerailing train and 25257/25137, 25075/25076 on ballast jobs a day later.
The Bletchley/Aylesbury area workings were operated and manned by crews and locomotives outstabled at Bletchley. Workings from here included cement tanks from Tring to Kings Cross Goods Yard, brickliners from Forder's Siding to Kings Cross goods, cement Presflos to Kew Yard, household coal, wine concentrate & parcels to Aylesbury, the latter also to Didcot. A Saturday's only working for a pair of 25s was the Bletchley to Akeman Street fertiliser. From Bletchley the Oxford line was taken to Claydon Junction, then onto the former Great Central route to Grendon Underwood, following the former main line to Ashendon Junction. Once the train was unloaded it reversed along the single line prior to reaching Aylesbury, running round here in order to return to Bletchley.
The Bletchley 25s were also equally at home on the district's many engineers/permanent way trains, especially those on the WCML. Despite their reputation for being somewhat uncomfortable to work on, the two Bletchley drivers who provided these notes, (Mr A Morris & Mr D Robinson) preferred the Class 25 to their sorry replacements, the Class 31s.
25044 covered the Preston - Blackpool route a number of times, usually on the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool, being noted on March 10th & 11th (on this date it also worked the 21.15 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool) and April 1st & 2nd - two trips on the latter date.
25044 was noted south through North Oxford with inspection saloon TDM 45026 on June 9th.
On June 10th 25044 was noted passing through Shrewsbury with an exhibition train.
On August 19th 25044 was noted at Bristol Bath Road. On August 21st 25044 hauled the 04.00 Crewe - Chester. Two days later 25044 & 25059 assisted 45050 (or 45070) between Chester & Manchester Victoria on the 17.10 Bangor - York, 25262 took over at Manchester.
September 19th saw the Mountsorrel – Elstow Redland stone working used 25044 & 25185, now normally in the hands of pairs of Class 31’s. On September 30th 25044 was again on the Preston - Blackpool route, bringing in an excursion from Dundee.
A return football excursion on December 3rd was hauled from Carlisle to Leeds by 25044 & 25072.
The 10.05 Liverpool – Newcastle on December 15th was noted at Huddersfield behind non-boilered 25262, not a great choice during the cold spell that had gripped the country. In the Liverpool area services from Preston continued to see Type 2 haulage, 25327 arrived from Preston on 18th, 25044 from Barrow (19th) and 25145 from Preston, ex Edinburgh (27th).
25044 was busy during May starting with May 6th working the 15.58 Blackpool - Euston as far as Preston. On May 18th & 19th a total of three runs were made over the GSW route, the 18th's 15.50 Glasgow - Carlisle and the 19th's 06.05 to Glasgow and the 15.50 return.
August 3rd found 25044 on the 19.35 Blackpool - Manchester Victoria throughout. On August 7th 25044 was noted eastbound through Guide Bridge on ballast hoppers. By August 18th it was on Cambrian metals with 25175 on the 07.35 Euston - Aberyswyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with 14.00 to Birmingham New Street as far as Wolverhampton.
Condition August: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
On September 27th 25044 brought Class 508 units 030 & 034 northwards from Cricklewood to Wellingborough.
As the year closed out New Year’s Eve found 25044 & 27023 working the 06.05 Carlisle - Glasgow Central. Unfortunately the steam heat pipe fell off the Class 25 just before departure, leading to an increasingly chilly journey.
The Newcastle region continued to suffer periodic diesel multiple unit shortages, even those in service succumbed all to frequently, on January 12th 25044 filled in on three diesel multiple unit workings between Carlisle and Newcastle as were two more on 14th.
During the last week of January and into February 25044 was very active on the Carlisle - Glasgow route, being noted on January 26th, 28th, 29th, 31st & February 1st & 2nd. On February 1st 25044 & 25054 worked the 07.25 Glasgow Central - Carlisle, later that day the APT moved from Polmadie to Thornaby for wheel turning, being noted through Hexham behind 25044 & 25054, returning on 4th behind the same locomotives.
The Ellesmere Port – Severn Tunnel Junction bitumen tanks were noted with 25044 on 8th, Class 47’s were now diagrammed for this working. On February 14th operational difficulties saw 25044 assist four electric services between Liverpool Lime Street & Allerton. On February 21st 25044 worked the 11.41 Manchester Piccadilly - Hull as far as Sheffield, where 31459 took over.
RESL's 'The North Midlander' on February 23rd sent 25034 & 25044 over 408 miles of track that they would have been very familiar with, particularly from their early years. Starting from St Pancras they circumnavigated parts of north & west London to reach the WR main line at Acton Wells Jct. From here it was plain sailing until Bicester & Claydon LNE Junction where the line to Bletchley was taken. It was then a dash northwards, via the Trent Valley line to Stafford. Here 45048 took over, back-tracking to Litchfield where the curve was taken to join the NE/SW route to Derby for a visit to the Locomotive Works. Then it was on to Attenborough for a connecting visit to Toton, before 45048's last leg to Nottingham. Here 25034 & 25044 came back on for the run to Leicester, Water Orton, Walsall, Bescot, Aston, Stechford, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Oxford and then the reverse of the outward route back to St Pancras.
Three weeks later the Severnside Tours 'The Rylstone Rambler' ran from Swansea to Rylstone on March 16th. 25044 & 25060 were used over part of the route, the Toton - Shirebrook - Worksop - Tinsley - Crofton - Wakefield Kirkgate - Healey Mills as the outward leg. The return used the Class 25's from Healey Mills to Wakefield Kirkgate - Knottingley - Askern - Doncaster - Rotherham - Sheffield - Derby. The remainder of the journey was in the hands of pairs of Class 31/37's, though it is reported (and quite rightly so) that the best performance of the trip involved the Class 25's between Sheffield & Derby, with speeds in excess of 90mph recorded. This may have been 25044's last passenger working.
25044 was noted northbound through Preston on April 24th with a five vehicle empty coaching stock train for Carnforth, which included several vintage coaches. It was also noted at Carlisle on the same date. On April 26th 25044 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction.
25044 was noted at Leicester on a northbound parcels working on May 17th.
25044 was withdrawn on July 9th 1985 and initially stored at Carlisle Kingmoor.
Page added June 20th 2005.