The nineteen year four month career of D5240/25090 saw allocations to London Midland, Eastern & Scottish depots.
Many of the Class 25s between 25083 - 25099 had extensive transfer histories due to the number of allocations they received. In particular 25090 - 25096 were remarkably well travelled, with at least one of this group being allocated to depots on all five BR Regions. What is remarkable is that these were not long lived machines, only two survived in service into 1986.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5240 was new to Toton (16A) on January 4th 1964. Further transfers were:
April 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered February 1974.
25090 was the 179th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during May 1983.
After withdrawal 25090 was stored at Toton until July 10th 1984 25056, 25090, 25115 & 25139 moved to Gloucester, then to Cocklebury Yard on July 13th 1984 and into Swindon Works by July 25th 1984. By the last week of February 1985 25090 had been scrapped.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1965.
The Southern Region experienced a number of problems with some of their electric locomotives, with many temporarily sidelined awaiting attention. This created a shortage of locomotives leading to D5240 - D5245 & D5247 moving to Hither Green (73C) during September. Despite this somewhat unusual transfer there are no reports of how the locomotives were used or any photographs of them during their brief stay south of the Thames.
On June 29th 5242 & 7598 worked the 02.29 Toton - Eastleigh throughout, the normal exchange of power at Banbury did not occur as there were no replacements available. The Type 2's returned on the 14.30 Eastleigh - Washwood Heath freight.
February - 25093 & 25094 moved to Toton, by month end both are at Longsight.
June 21st proved to be a banner day for Class 25 haulage on the North Wales main line, the 09.00 Llandudno York had 25056, 09.23 Manchester Llandudno with 25082, the following 10.33 service had 25278 whilst 25095 & 25090 hauled a Blythe Bridge Llandudno relief. The 07.35 Nottingham Llandudno arrived behind 25102, it had been double headed on June 7th with 25129 & 25131! Although all the Type 2s performed well this day problems with other locomotives and a suicide near Colwyn Bay, involving 40150 required quick thinking by operating authorities to keep the traffic flowing on this busy Saturday. The next day Rhyl was graced with 24032 & 24140 on a special from Tamworth.
On July 28th 25090 spent a day along the North Wales coast, working the 07.47 Manchester Victoria Bangor, the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, the 15.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, a total of 400 passenger miles.
25094 & 25056 worked to Hither Green with October 16ths 11.45 ex Brent returning with the 10.57 Shepherdswell Cricklewood.
On December 20th evening travellers on a Liverpool Lime Street Manchester Victoria service required rescuing by the following Wigan service. The late hour, heavy rain and continued malfunctioning equipment eventually saw 25090 summonsed from Spring Branch to get the diesel multiple unit to its destination, reached almost two hours late, long after the last buses had run and taxis were scarce! At one point the staff used their own cars to ferry passengers around the closed Sutton Oak signalbox.
25090 was quite active on passenger workings during the summer season. On May 30th & June 13th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25090 & 25088 (May 30th) and 25090 & 25187 (June 13th). The next day, June 14th, 25090 & 25187 worked a roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Blackpool North day excursion.
On August 8th & 29th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25090 & 25032 (8th) and 25090 & 25152 (29th). August 9th's 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth was worked to Shrewsbury by 25090 & 25032. The first weekend in September saw 25090 & 25145 work September 5th's 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton and the next day's (6th) 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.
At the beginning of August 25090 & 25130 made a couple of round trips to Skegness, on 1st from Derby and 2nd from Burton on Trent.
25090 was noted passing through Crewe with a freight train on February 19th.
25090 was withdrawn on May 23rd 1983.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
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