The twenty two year career of D5210/25060 was spent allocated to a multitude of London Midland Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5210 was new to Toton (18A) on June 22nd 1963. Further transfers were:
July 1963 to Cricklewood (14A)
Renumbered February 9th 1974.
25060 was the 263rd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of ten retired during December 1985.
After its withdrawal 25060 was stored at Crewe then moved with 25189, 37004 & 37203 as the 9Z34 10.30am Crewe Depot – Doncaster Works on January 21st. It remained intact at Doncaster Works until moved on August 14th 1986 with 25078, 25195, 25257 & 25287 to Goole Docks. The locomotives at Goole were later sold to Vic Berry, Leicester and moved as 25060/78, 25195, 25257 Goole – Tinsley - Vic Berry, Leicester on October 29th-30th, 1986. By the first week of April 1987 25060 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works December 1966.
25060 was ex-works on display at Derby Works Open Day on August 30th 1974.
Condition August (ex-works): blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over.
On June 21st the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town & 13.00 return was worked by 25060 as was August 16th's 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria.
During August 1980 25060 was transferred to Crewe and being boiler equipped and dual braked was a most useful locomotive to have available, it was also barely a year out of Derby Works following an Intermediate repair so would have had superior reliability. Because of its working boiler it would be a regular on the 'local' passenger workings. The two views below are typical of this period with 25060 working Cardiff - Crewe passenger turns.
The recorded passenger workings in the latter half of 1980 after transfer to Crewe were minimal, but once 1981 arrived 25060 racked up many miles, particularly on the Crewe - Cardiff route (one way mileage equalled 139 miles). If there were no problems with the locomotive it could work two round trips on any of the three weekday/Saturday diagrams.
May 31st was officially the last day for the Class 25’s on the Crewe – Cardiff workings. The Southern Region were intending to release Class 33’s from discontinued van traffic workings to take over from the Class 25’s, however a strike on the SR and continued operation of the van traffic permitted some Class 25’s to remain on these workings until June 4th. Throughout the last week 25042/60/66, 25219/220/245 handled the diagrams although by midweek 25220 was replaced by 47099. On June 1st 25060 was replaced by 33022 on the 16.02 Crewe – Cardiff with others gradually taking over. The final Class 25 workings were on June 4th, 25245 on the 17.10 Cardiff – Crewe and 25060 on 16.02 Crewe – Cardiff, the latter failing at Hereford, passengers being rescued by a dmu off a terminating Birmingham service.
Another unusual, but scheduled, double header was the 03.54 Ditton – Broughton Lane, Sheffield BOC tanks, frequently noted behind a Class 25 & 40, which on July 21st featured 25060 & 40197.
Once removed from the Crewe - Cardiff workings 25060's passenger turns became less frequent. On a very damp August 8th 1981, with 25245 it worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and return. The next day the same pair worked the 08.21 Leicester - Skegness and return.
Its allocation to Crewe did not prevent its use on Scottish passenger workings. For a week in October 1981 it turned up on several Scottish passenger turns: on October 10th with 27032 it worked a Coventry - Edinburgh day excursion forward from Carstairs, and also handled the return leg. On October 12th & 17th it was busy on Edinburgh - Dundee passenger turns.
June 24th found 25060 running through Westbury with 47901 in tow en route to Bristol.
Other turns in 1982 were mostly in the North West, however on August 13th 25060 worked the 08.29 Leeds - Weymouth to Sheffield. Three days later on August 16th 25202 & 25060 were noted at Crewe coming off the Stoke line with a lengthy train of hoppers (COV HOPS?).
On September 7th 25060 was noted at Moreton on Lugg with a Ravenscraig - Llanwern steel train.
During November 25060 received an 'E' examination at Carlisle Kingmoor. 25060 & 25120 spent some time in the North East in early November, 8th found them in charge of the Haverton Hill – Stevenston tanks whilst the next day they crossed the Pennines towards Carlisle with a Parkeston – Mossend working. On November 22nd the failure of 47491 on the 14.54 Carlisle - Stranraer Harbour near Auldgirth saw 25060 assist the train to Ayr.
On March 21st 25060 worked a round trip Crewe - Cardiff and on April 2nd managed a round trip Carlisle - Glasgow Central. By April 20th it had worked a round trip Manchester Victoria - Bangor turn.
On July 11th 25060 was noted shunting vans at Lawley Street. Five days later on July 16th 25060 was noted at Birmingham New Street on a nighttime parcels service.
On October 29th & 31st 1983 25060 worked the 10.40 Carlisle - Leeds & 16.00 return.
On November 10th 25060 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street.
On April 17th 25060 was noted on the Toton West yard to Derby Railfreight wagons (T12), possibly the Kirkby Summit Metal Box traffic. Two days later on April 19th 25060 was noted northbound through Derby with a short five vehicle freight including 08463 (no connecting rods) behind the Class 25.
25060 was station pilot/banker at Manchester Victoria on May 26th.
In the early hours of June 30th 25060 was noted on a short parcels working at Derby.
The first half of 1984 produced no recorded passenger workings for 25060. Late night passengers on September 21st were rewarded with 25060 on the 22.33 Sheffield - Manchester Piccadilly. Just over a week later, on September 29th 25060 & 25235 were part of the 'Worth Valley Wanderer' originating from Plymouth. The Class 25's worked the Wolverhampton, Derby, Manchester, Halifax, Carnforth, Skipton section.
25072 & 25060 were noted passing through Stafford with a lengthy train of BOC (?) bogie tankers on September 8th.
25060 was noted at Chester on a westbound parcels train during the evening of October 19th.
On October 25th 25060 worked a Carlisle - Glasgow round trip and continued to do so on October 26th, 29th, 30th, November 1st, 2nd & 3rd, on this last day on the return working 37144 was providing the power after 25060 could not, but remained to heat the train. Finally for 1984 25060 worked November 17th's 21.16 Preston - Barrow.
25060 was noted stabled at Bletchley on February 23rd.
25060 only hauled three passenger trains during 1985. The first was on March 16th working the 'Rhylstone Rambler' with 25044 forward from Toton - Shirebrook - Worksop - Tinsley - Crofton East - Wakefield Kirkgate - Healey Mills and returning Healey Mills - Wakefield Kirkgate - Knottingley - Askern - Doncaster - Rotherham - Sheffield - Derby. 1985: Three days later (19th) 25060 was noted passing through Market Harborough with an Officers special, the locomotive's steam heating boiler was working well.
Its 2nd passenger turn of 1985 occurred on April 1st with a Chester - Kirkcaldy day excursion utilised 25060 to Warrington. And the last passenger working for 25060 occurred on April 27th 1985 working the 12.30 Manchester Piccadilly - Cardiff from Crewe as far as Hereford where 25060 failed and was dragged to Cardiff by 47187.
On August 19th 25060 was noted at Derby. Three days later (22nd) 25060 was noted at West Hampstead with the Vauxhall company train from Luton headed towards the Southern Region via Cricklewood, Dudding Hill Junction and Acton Wells Junction.
25060 was undergoing maintenance at Crewe Diesel Depot on September 25th.
The final days for 25060 during November included a visit to March depot on 23rd and working the 6Z39 Stanlow - Neville Hill (Cross Green) bogie oil tanks on 29th with 25095. An Ellesmere Port crew had worked the train to Healey Mills, where a Healey Miils crew took over.
Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info). Alan's research reveals that 25060 was one of the top ten Class 25 passenger mileage performers.
Page added October 5th 2012