With a multitude of transfers in its eighteen year ten month career D5243/25093 was one of the most transferred Class 25s, with allocations to London Midland, Southern, Scottish and Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5243 was new to Toton (16A) on January 8th 1964. Further transfers were:
September 1964 to Southern Region.
Renumbered April 1974.
25093 was the 143rd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of twelve Class 25s retired during November 1982.
After withdrawal 25093 was stored at Bescot until February 3rd 1983 when it moved to Derby Works with 25248. It remained at Derby until July 23rd 1985 when 25093, 25105/164, 25234/248/260, 25312/319 ran as the 9X12 17.05 Derby Works - Swindon Works hauled by 45060.
Whilst at Derby Works it was noted that the builder's plate attached to the No.1 cab had been heavily damaged in attempts to remove it.
Despite 25093 being dragged down to Swindon Works for scrapping, events overtook this action with the Works closing and clearance of the scrap locomotives being consigned to Vic Berry of Leicester. The locomotives were removed by rail to their Leicester facility, possibly due to the presence of asbestos within some of the locomotive carcasses. Thus on June 3rd 1987 25093, 25126/134/161/164/180/193, 25207/208/260, 25306/327 were moved from Swindon Work to Cocklebury Yard. Later that day 25093, 25180/193 & 25306 were towed from Cocklebury Yard to Vic Berry's, Leicester arriving the next day (June 4th).
25093 was added to the stack during October 1987, but by the first week of March 1988 25093 had been scrapped.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works December 1970.
On January 3rd D5243 made its Works test run to Corby.
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. D5243 returned to Toton (16A) in November.
The increasing fleet of Brush Type 4s were now frequent visitors on the passenger workings out of St Pancras. This did not stop the Type 2s continuing to blaze a trail over this route on July 23rd D7553 & D5243 covered the 12.12 Sheffield - St Pancras.
The Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 5243 & 5251 on July 14th.
February - 25093 & 25094 moved to Toton, by month end both are at Longsight.
25093 spent the summer of 1975 allocated to Western Region depots, including Bristol and Laira, the latter allowing for some local passenger workings in the Exeter area.
On July 18th a Waterloo - Exeter St. Davids service with 33007 required assistance from Sherborne after the Class 33 failed, 25093 & 25155 dragged the service to Exeter St Davids.
The 12.20 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids was worked by 25093 on August 23rd.
25093 was noted double headed with 46004 at Newquay on September 20th on an unidentified northbound passenger service (headcode 1M95).
October 4th found 25093 & 25096 in charge of the 09.35 Penzance Wolverhampton working throughout, one can only imagine those fortunate enough to get such a long run behind these Type 2's with the Devon banks and Lickey incline thrown in for good measure!
The second set of allocations to the Scottish Region for 25093 began during October 1975 when it was transferred from Laira to Haymarket, it would remain for three years on the Scottish Region.
On March 8th the 11.52 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25093.
On September 8th 25093 worked two Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street roundtrips for a passenger mileage of 332 miles. Four days later (12th) 25093 was noted on the 11.29 Stirling - Dundee (was the 10.44 Glasgow but started from Stirling).
After three years allocated to Scottish Region depots 25093 was transferred from Eastfield to Crewe during November.
On June 15th the 5M20 08.35 Glasgow Central - Manchester Red Bank arrived at Preston behind 84003, 25093 took the train forward to Red Bank. On June 25th 25093 was noted at Bescot.
The second week of July was busy for 25093. On July 7th a roundtrip Burton on Trent - Skegness was worked by 25093 & 25133. The next day (8th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness. On July 11th 25093 & 25038 worked the 15.35 Birmingham New Street - York and the return 19.31 York - Penzance to Bristol Temple Meads.
On August 16th the 12.32 Skegness - Leicester was worked forward from Nottingham by 25093, having replaced 20081 & 20139.
On September 3rd 25093 was noted at Lenton South Junction westbound with a parcels train, possibly the 4M22 Peterborough - Crewe parcels.
25093 & 25123 were noted heading south at Sileby with a short stone train and two brakevans on November 24th.
August 29th saw 25093 working the 09.28 Leeds - Morecambe and the 11.45 Morecambe - Leeds.
25093 was stabled at Cockshute on October 10th.
On the North Wales mainline April 24th found Type 2s in abundance on Manchester Bangor passenger workings including 25093 working the 7.42 Manchester Bangor and 11.03 return. Just over a month later on May 29th the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25093 & 25180.
25093 was stabled at March on August 22nd.
A roundtrip Stoke on Trent - Nottingham football excursion on October 2nd was worked by 25093 & 25134. Was this 25093's last passenger working?
25093 was withdrawn on November 11th 1982. The withdrawal of 25093 was unremarkable apart from it being BRs most transferred machine at that time, with twenty eight moves to its credit. Following its withdrawal the honour for the most transferred passed to 47556 with twenty four moves.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 1st 2004