D5198, 5198, 25048

The twenty two year career of D5198/25048 was spent mostly at London Midland Region depots apart from thirty months allocated to the Western Region at Laira.


The frames for D5198 were laid down during January 1963 at Derby Works. D5198 was new to Toton (18A) on May 18th 1963 and re-allocated:

September 1963 to Nottingham (16A)
February 1964 to Leicester (15A)
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines (LMML)
October 1967 to Wigan Springs Branch (8F)
May 1968 to Longsight (9A)
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09)
May 1973 to Longsight after abolition of LMR Division allocations
October 1975 to Springs Branch
May 1978 to Laira
November 1980 to Bescot
January 1983 to Cricklewood
November 1984 to Bescot
July 1985 to Crewe Diesel

Renumbered February 16th 1974.

After seven months allocated to Crewe 25048 was stored unserviceable on February 21st 1986 and then withdrawn on February 24th 1986, being stored at Crewe. During December 1986 25048 was sold to Vic Berry, Leicester and moved to Knighton Sidings, Leicester on January 23rd 1987 with 25145/175, 25231, 25303, entering their yard three days later. By the second week of April 1987 25048 had been scrapped.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works November 1964.
Noted Derby Works December 1966 and March 1967.
Noted Derby Works December 1970.
Due for a Classified Repair Jan 1975???
Noted Derby Works September 1978.
Noted Derby Works February - April 1980 (Intermediate repair).
Noted Derby Works June 1983 N4 repairs.


1976: On February 20th four Royal Train coaches were brought into Edinburgh by 25048 & 25053.

1983: An usual duty on February 24th for 25048 was the movement of recently preserved Hymek D7076 from Leicester via the Hope Valley line to the East Lancashire Railway group at Bury.

1984: The transfer of 25048, 25176, 25244 & 25311 during November from Cricklewood left the depot with no Class 25's on allocation. Cricklewood was the last London area depot to hold on to its Class 25's.

Longest recorded passenger workings, both were 290 miles
September 20th 1977: Lichfield - Barmouth & return with 25039 and May 3rd 1982 Manchester Piccadilly - Aberystwyth with 25044.

Highest record daily passenger mileage November 6th 1984 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow, 13.45 return and 17.40 back to Glasgow - 345 miles.

Last passenger working November 1st 1985 13.12 Peterborough - Harwich Parkestone Quay between Ely & Bury St Edmunds when 31426 failed but was successfully restarted at Bury St Edmunds.

Pictures of D5198/25048

25048 at Longsight depot, date unknown but possibly late 1974 into early 1975. The locomotive retains its gangway doors, which would be sheeted over in a Classified repair during 1975.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
A sparkling and steamy 25048 at Wigan North Western station on November 14th 1975. In contrast to the view at Longsight above, 25048 has lost its gangway doors and has received dual braking equipment. Sadly the details of this working are not known.
Photograph courtesy D Felton/collection webmaster.
It May 29th 1978 and 25048 has only recently been transferred to Laira. It is seen here at Newton Abbott in charge of the 10am Paignton - Plymouth.
Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell.
The transfer of 25048 to Laira during May 1978 led to many new types of workings, including this view of 25048 & 25107 passing Pinhoe on April 21st 1979 working the Chard Junction - Exeter milk tanks.
Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell.
Local passenger workings were also handled by 25048, typical of which included services over the Exeter - Barnstaple route. Seen here on May 31st 1979 is 25048 at Cowley Bridge Junction.
Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell.
June 30th 1979, the 07.32 Derby - Paignton made it as far as Taunton before 45073 failed. The train reached Paignton behind 25048 & 31165, the pair returning north with the 10.20 Paignton - Manchester service as far as Exeter where 47030 took over.
Photographer unknown.
A portrait of 25048 at Toton on March 14th 1981. The locomotive has gained the circular plate on the cab front for use when on Royal Train workings. The builders plate has been removed from the cab door.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis.

Page added November 23rd 2009

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