The nineteen year ten month career of D5236/25086 was split between allocations to London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5236 was new to Toton (16A) on December 21st 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered February 27th 1974.
25086 was the 197th Class 25 withdrawn, one of five retired during October 1983.
After withdrawal 25086 was stored at Crewe until June 1984 when it moved to Newton Heath. On February 19th 1985 25084, 25086 & 25270 moved to Swindon Works, where 25086 was broken up by the end of March 1986. At least one cab was taken on June 4th 1986 to Vic Berry's Leicester yard by lorry for final disposal (with cabs from 25084 & 46017).
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July 1965.
The tests revealed the location of the grilles on the Derby designed build allowed for much more debris to reach the filters (especially the lower ones), clogging them quicker, leading to decreased air quality within the engine compartment, and so potentially affecting performance and engine wear. With over two hundred Class 25s still on the order books the redesign of these areas would result in a cost savings in the long run, in addition to a better working environment within the cabs, and providing less cluttered look to the locomotive's exterior.
One unique feature of these machines was their being equipped with steam heating equipment, all the following Class 25s would be without boilers.
D5236 & D5238 went on their Corby test run on December 10th.
A late morning Leeds - Carlisle service was worked by D5236 on September 5th.
The 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno and 13.52 return featured 5236 & 5246 on June 21st.
5236 was noted in Derby Works during September, the locomotive was in two-tone green livery with full yellow ends, did it leave Derby Works with a fresh coat of blue & yellow paint?
On June 10th 5236 & 5244 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.
5236 & 5250 worked south from Birmingham on July 22nd with the 08.35 Birmingham - Portsmouth Harbour, presumably as far as Reading.
On September 1st 5236 handled a York – Manchester passenger service. On September 23rd the 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall was worked from Norwich by 5236 & 7647.
The 20.43 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough on March 25th was worked by 5236. A month later on April 23rd 5236 was noted on an unidentified passenger working at Skegness.
Towards the end of the summer season 5236 was transfered to Eastfield in August. During November 5236 moved to Kingmoor.
A step back in time occurred early in October when a motive power shortage in Scotland saw a number of the Edinburgh - Aberdeen services reverting to pairs of Type 2’s. So noted on October 8th was 5116 & 5236 on the 10.30 to Aberdeen.
During the summer 25084 - 25087 were all transfered to Eastfield, 25086/87 in July & 25084/85 in August. 25086 would spend the next five years on the Scottish Region.
On August 3rd 25086 worked the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs. An early morning Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street service on September 13th was worked by 25086 (from Fort William?)
The 23.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness on August 21st was worked to Perth by 25086 & 25076.
On March 23rd the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25086. A week later (31st) 25086 replaced a failed 27009 at Dundee whilst working the 19.35 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen, unfortunately the Class 25 proved to be as equally unreliable by expiring at Arbroath, the train terminated with passengers transferring to an ex-Kings Cross service.
The 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked by 25086 on April 14th.
On June 8th the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25086.
During February - April 25086 was at Glasgow Works for its last classified repair.
May 22nd produced 25086 & 27044 on the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 13.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.
July was a particular hectic month for 25086 being noted on a multitude of Glasgow - Dundee services. On July 23rd 25086 worked the 17.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh, whilst on July 26th it worked the 05.55 Stirling - Edinburgh, being the portion off the 23.52 Inverness - Glasgow.
Further Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee services were worked during August.
On October 28th & 29th 25086 worked the 07.40 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street, whilst on November 1st a Shrewsbury - Edinburgh day excursion was worked roundtrip Carstairs - Edinburgh by 25086 & 25050.
Transfers in 1980 took 25086 in December to Springs Branch.
Dead engine moves featured a number of Class 25’s - on April 1st 25086 brought 25172, 40017/137/161 from Carlisle to the Birmingham area, eventually destined for Swindon Works.
On April 18th 25086 was noted westbound at Chinley with loaded ICI hoppers.
On the last weekend of May (30th/31st) 25086 & 25075 worked a roundtrip each day over the Cambrian route to Aberystwyth, interestingly on the 'English' side the start/end was different each time, the 30th's day started at Shrewsbury, coming back to Wolverhampton, the 31st started at Birmingham and came back to Nuneaton.
On a snowy December 20th was stabled at Crewe Diesel depot, with the train heating boiler fully functioning.
The last day of February produced some considerable mileage for 25086 & 31216 when they worked a Derby - Newcastle football special out & back.
On March 6th the return leg of the Peak Forest Peak railtour from Liverpool - St. Pancras was worked from Liverpool to Dee Marsh Junction by 25086 & 25056. On March 28th 25086 was stabled at Springs Branch.
Cleethorpes was host to two unusual machines on April 8th. Firstly 50030 filled in for a failure on the 06.20 service to Kings Cross whilst the 08.26 to Doncaster was hauled by 25086, normally a Class 40 working. On April 24th the 19.25 Bangor - Manchester Victoria was worked by 25086 from Llandudno Junction.
25086 moved to Kingmoor in May. On May 27th 25086 was noted at Crewe with an engineers train, whilst on May 29th 25086 was stabled at Cockshute.
Some varied passenger mileage was racked up by 25086 during June. It worked the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle service on 10th, a late afternoon Manchester - Blackpool service beyond Preston, coming back with a Manchester Victoria service throughout (15th). On June 23rd 25134 & 25086 were noted passing Lawrence Hill with a Down freight. On June 26th it was joined by 25213 to work a round trip Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, the return trip being worked to Wolverhampton.
25086 came to the rescue at Nuneaton of an ailing Norwich - Birmingham service on August 6th. A similiar event occurred on 16th, but in the other direction assisting 31108 between Nuneaton and Leicester, where 25326 was waiting to take over.
On October 2nd 25086 was in charge of the 10.20 Manchester Victoria – Newcastle service. After arrival at Newcastle it quickly headed south light engine.
25086 transferred to Bescot in November.
On a wet November 16th 25086 & 25027 were noted light engines at Derby.
25086 was transferred to Crewe in March, this would its last transfer. 25086 was stabled at Springs Branch on March 3rd and was the Wallside pilot at Manchester Victoria on March 12th..
On May 2nd 25083 & 25086 were in charge of a Manchester Piccadilly - Aberystwyth day excursion. Three days later (5th) 25086 worked the 17.35 Leeds - Sheffield. On May 8th 25086 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction. 25086 (with 25220) was busy again on May 14th bringing back a Euston - Amwlch charter between Rock Ferry & Wolverhampton.
On July 7th 25086 was noted passing Cwmbran with the 4V20 15.10 Manchester Red Star - Bristol Temple Meads parcels, comprised of at least twelve vehicles.
On August 16th 25086 was noted on the ECML at Newark hauling 46011 northwards, later returning south with 47295 & 47430. On August 25th 25086 was stabled at Crewe Diesel depot. On the last day of August the 23.59 Sheffield - St Pancras was worked to Derby by 25086.
25086 worked the 17.15 Manchester - Blackpool and 19.14 return on October 3rd, were these the last passenger workings for 25086?
25086 was withdrawn on October 9th 1983.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 20th 2001