D5196, 5196, 25046


Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection of Neil Johnson.

25046 relatively ex-works at Polmadie, sometime during 1980. Despite this recent outshopping, the locomotive would be withdrawn early in 1981.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Dual brake equipped.

The seventeen year nine month career of D5196/25046 saw allocations to London Midland and Scottish Region depots. The allocation history was similar to the immediately preceding locomotives.

Allocations

D5196 was new to Toton (18A) on May 11th 1963. Further transfers were:

March 1964 to Derby (16C).
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines LMML.
January 1966 to London Divison (Midland) (D14).
January 1967 to Nottingham Division (D16).
June 1968 to London Midland (Midland) Lines LMML.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
July 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1970 to Preston Division (D10).
July 1972 to Liverpool Divison. (D08).
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
September 1973 to Toton.
August 1976 to Springs Branch.
May 1977 to Haymarket.
Withdrawn February 1st 1981.

Renumbered February 25th 1974.

After withdrawal 25046 was stored at Haymarket until June 1981 when it moved to Millerhill where it remained until late October 1981 when it was taken via Mossend to Polmadie. At Polmadie it was moved to Shawfield Sidings. During April 1987 25046 was sold to Vic Berry's for scrap and moved to Thornton Junction on April 29th 1987 for scrapping. The presence of asbestos in locomotives being scrapped here saw operations cease with the remaining locomotive sent down to Leicester. On June 10th 1987 25046 begain its journey, to Mossend (10th), Carlisle (11th), Basford Hall (22nd) and Leicester Humberstone Road (23rd). 25046 entered Berry's yard on June 30th 1987, cutting started quickly, by July 10th 1987 25046 was no more.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works April 1966.
Noted Derby Works June 1966.
Noted Derby Works June 1970.
Noted Crewe Works June 1975.
Noted Glasgow Works February - April 1980 (Intermediate repair).

Highlights

1963
The frames for D5196 were laid down at Derby Works during November 1962 and completed towards the end of April 1963, initially being allocated to Toton (18A). Being boiler equipped D5196 would frequently be utilised on the area's local passenger workings.

D5196 made two test runs to Corby, the first on May 2nd 1963 and the second on May 7th 1963.

1964
Transferred during 1964 was D5196 to Derby (16C) during March.

1966
Transfers during 1966 sent D5196 to the London Division (M14) during January.

D5196 visited Crewe Works during April and Derby Works during in June.

1967
During January D5196 was transferred to the Nottingham Division (D16).

1968
After five years of allocation to Midland sheds D5196 moved to the Liverpool Division (D08) during July.

On August 24th D5196 & D5266 worked the summer dated round trip Nottingham - Llandudno Town. On November 11th 5196 worked the 09.20 Carlisle - Edinburgh and 14.55 Edinburgh - Carlisle over the Waverley route.

1969
The summer only passenger workings between Newcastle, Ayr & Stranraer continued to feature Sulzer 2s, though the Class 25's were now more common on these workings than the Class 24's. The 23.45FO Newcastle - Stranraer and the 13.50SO return working brought utilised 5182 & 5196 on July 25th/26th. This service had seen Class 40s in 1968, though these had not ventured beyond Ayr due to lack of driver knowledge of the Stranraer line. Loads varied between nine & twelve coaches.

August 2nd proved to be a very busy day at Carlisle due to the ending of the Paisley & Kilmarnock works holidays and the beginning of the Glasgow holiday. The majority of the specials ran with Peaks, Brush 4s and EE Type 4s. Peaks were in charge of the Glasgow trains coming off the Leeds route, because of the quantity of trains this day the locomotives were quickly turned round to take up their next workings. However the lucky passengers on the relief Morecambe - Glasgow (1Z10) had the thrill of 5259 & 5196.

1970
5196 was allocated to the Preston Division (D10) during May, joining sisters 5194 & 5195.

Derby Works was visited by 5196 in June.

1971
On August 11th 5196 worked the 20.33 Carlisle - Perth, the next night (12th) it worked the 20.30 Perth - Carstairs, a parcels train? Two days later (14th) 5196 & 7589 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.28 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly.

1972
5196 was transferred to the Liverpool Division (D08) during July.

1973
The 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough was worked by 5196 on February 11th.

5196 moved to Toton in September.

1974
On August 3rd 25046 & 25211 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness service. On August 28th 25046 & 25116 were noted at Birmingham New Street on an unidentified passenger working.

1975
On May 24th the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and 12.30 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25046 & 25210.

25046 was noted under repair at Crewe Works during June.

1976
The Pennine Venturer 3 (LCGB) railtour on January 24th was worked from Liverpool Exchange to Manchester Victoria where 25046 failed and was replaced by 25104. On May 27th 25046 made it all the way to Parkeston Quay on a freight from Whitemoor, the Class 25 returned light to Ipswich before taking another freight west.

On July 3rd the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth was worked to Norwich by 25046 & 25075, returning from Norwich with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.

After two years at Toton 25046 moved to Springs Branch during August.

1977
25046 was transferred to Haymarket during May, this would be its last transfer.

On August 20th 25046 worked the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee. Later that day 25046 & 25013 worked the 23.45 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street forward from Stirling, having replaced 40006.

On September 3rd the 10.45 Edinburgh - Aberdeen failed at Arbroath behind 40061, 25046 took the service on to Aberdeen.

The 23.05 Edinburgh - Perth on October 8th was worked by 25046 & 25050. This pair were then were utilised for the Carstairs - Edinburgh - Dundee - Aberdeen leg of October 8th's (by now the 9th when the 25s took over) Wirral Railway Circle 'Spirit of the Barley' railtour which ran between Crewe - Fraserburgh. The Class 25's were not used on the return leg, 47205 ran throughout from Aberdeen to Crewe.

1978
RPPR's weekend railtour 'The Skye Train' on March 31st - April 2nd from Paddington to Mallaig made extensive use of 25046 & 27002 on April 1st. They worked the train throughout from Mossend to Mallaig. 27002 suffered a traction motor fire near Ardlui, resulting in about half an hour's delay. The Class 27 remained with the train, going all the way to Mallaig and working the return leg back to Mossend with 25046. Considering some of the horror stories that have befallen other workings, charter or regular, this tour was lucky to escape with such a minor delay. Hopefully the memories still linger on of this journey, of Derby & Smethwick built Type 2's echoing across the upper reaches of Loch Lomond, through Glen Falloch, past the outposts of Tyndrum & Bridge of Orchy to the desolate moors of Rannoch and Courror, a station without road access. Then down past the the delights of Loch Treig and into Glean Spean. Having passed in the shadow of Ben Nevis it was out along Loch Eil, on the road to Skye, with more Scottish lochs and hills before views appear of the Sea of the Hebrides, of Eigg, Muck & Rhum, just before journey's end at Mallaig. And of the return leg, of fading daylight and happy memories as the echoes of Sulzer's finest reverbated across the Scottish moors, with steam heat coursing through the pipes and the rythmic motion of the train bringing on sleep to many......

On June 19th 25046 worked the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs. Glasgow - Dundee turns were worked on August 22nd & 28th by 25046.

On a damp July 1st 1978 25046 sits alongside the mainline at Haymarket. 25046 must have been one of the last Class 25's to retain its gangway doors, they were sheeted over during its intermediate repair at Glasgow during 1980.
Photograph collection of webmaster (ADH).

1979
With its pre-TOPS number starting to show through the cab paintwork 25044 recieves attention at Haymarket on April 22nd 1979.
Photograph courtesy A Forster.
Another Haymarket view of 25046 on May 13th 1979, this time possibly attached to a diesel multiple unit.
Photograph courtesy A Forster.

The 14.25 Edinburgh - Birmingham New Street was worked to Carstairs by 25046 & 25019 on August 12th.

1980
25046 visited Glasgow Works from February to early April for an Intermediate repair, it returned to Glasgow mid-month for rectification work.

The 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25046 on May 20th.

25046 paid a brief visit to Glasgow Works during mid June but by the 28th was noted in charge of the 10.44 Glasgow Queen St - Dundee and the 13.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.

On September 15th 25046 & 25078 were noted through Barrow in Furness with an empty coaching stock train. A month later it was at Haymarket depot with wheel and axle defects awaiting parts. During November & December it was twice noted at Inverness depot with a traction motor fault.

A fresh coat of paint reveals that 25046 has paid a visit to Glasgow Works, receiving an Intermediate repair. Seen here at Millerhill on April 28th 1980. Regrettably the overhaul did not prolong the life of 25046, within ten months of this view 25046 was withdrawn.
Photograph courtesy A Forster.

1981
25046 was withdrawn on February 1st and stored at Millerhill. It was less than a year out of an Intermediate repair, so the cause for its demise must have been significant and beyond the existing cost limits. 25046 would remain here until October 2nd when it moved to Mossend, the next day moving on to Polmadie Works. After a short while in the works it was moved across to Polmadie stabling point.

1982
Early in April 25046 was moved from Polmadie stabling point back to the Works.

1983
By early in June 25046 had been moved back to Polmadie stabling point.

Withdrawn for almost two and a half years 25046 is seen at Polmadie on August 13th 1983. Although still carrying its builders plate, other parts have been removed including the windscreen wipers and the speedometer axlebox cover.
Photograph courtesy A Forster.

1987
On April 29th the movement of 25046 & 25160 from Polmadie to Thornton Junction brought all the Class 25s remaining on the Scottish Region to one location.

The discovery of asbestos in some of the locomotives at Thornton Jct curtailed scrapping here, all those remaining were gradually shipped off to Vic Berrys Leicester Yard. On June 11th it was left for 25046 & 25160 to be the last Class 25s on the Scottish Region, on this day they journeyed south from Mossend to Carlisle.

On June 10th 25046, 25160 & 27016 began their final journey southwards from Thornton Yard, reaching Mossend on the first day, they left here on June 11th, the last Class 25's on the Scottish Region heading to Carlisle Crewe - Leicester, arriving here on June 30th behind 31168. By the end of July 25046 was no more.

A line up of locomotives at Thornton Junction pending cutting up, including 25046, seen here during May 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.

Undated Views
These would prove to be the last Class 25's on the Scottish Region, 25046 & 25160 at Polmadie. They still have to be dragged to Thornton Jct, then back south to Mossend before finally leaving Scotland for ever, via Carlisle.
Photograph courtesy Richard Howatt.

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