D5245, 5245, 25095

Photograph courtesy John Powell
25095 at Llandudno on May 22nd 1986

D5245 was constructed at Derby Works during the last quarter of 1963, it went to Corby for its test run on January 20th 1964 and was delivered to Toton (16A) during the third week of January 1964.

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. D5245 returned to Toton (16A) during December.

Transfers during 1965 remained within the LMR, becoming part of the Midland Lines allocation during January, then moving to Saltley (2E) later the same month. Whilst here during May the Type 2's had the possibility of being diagrammed for Birmingham New Street - Gloucester passenger workings, utilised at least as far as Worcester where a WR steam locomotive took over.

During April D5245 moved from Saltley, returning to the Midland Lines (ML) pool. It was loaned to Cricklewood (D14) during August, returning to the Nottingham Division (D16) during November.

D5245 moved to the LM Western Lines during March then returned to the LM Midland Lines by the end of the month.

During June it was back to the Nottingham Division (D16), then a change of scenery the next month when it was transferred to the Liverpool Division (D08).

During May 5245 was transferred back again to the Nottingham Division (D16).

On March 31st 25095 & 25259 worked the 09.20 Birmingham – Poole as far as Reading.

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.

Further tests with Warflat wagons took place between Derby & Long Marston, 25205 was noted on July 1st, 25095 on July 27th.

After eight years at Toton 5245 moved south to Cricklewood during November.

March continued to see the 15.15 Plymouth – Manchester receive mixed power from Gloucester, observed were 25095 (13th), 25133 (14th) and 25118 (22nd), the latter in charge of ten coaches.

When the summer schedules commenced the 08.02 Walsall – Yarmouth was again in the hands of Class 25’s, 25130 & 25135 noted May 26th, with the 10.10 Euston – Aberystwyth going forward from Birmingham New Street behind 25032 & 25095.

Because of the implications of a recent derailment the Class 86/0’s regained their 80 mph speed restriction whilst the use of Classes 81 – 85 was permitted on air braked, air conditioned trains. Despite these alterations the northern end of the WCML saw a number of electrically hauled freights substituting with diesel power including the use of Class 25’s. So noted were 25095 on a late evening Willesden – Runcorn freight and 25105 & 25159 on a mid-day Carlisle – Severn Tunnel Jct freight.

25095 moved to Toton during February.

Sometime during 1982 25095 is noted on a ballast working at Saltney Junction.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

25095 moved to Cricklewood during January.

During January 25095 moved to Bescot, whilst here one of its more unusual workings was to cover for a shortage of a DMU on February 8th's 16.35 Derby - Nottingham, coming back with the 17.20 to Birmingham New Street, but only working as far as Derby, where a serviceable DMU substituted.

Class 25’s were still frequent visitors to Parkeston, often heading back to the LMR on the evening Parkeston – Ditton working so noted were 25211 (Jan 27th), 25199 & 25231 (Feb 8th), 25095 & 25212 (Feb 16th).

25095 & 25154 handled August 8th's 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton returning with the 14.00 to Shrewsbury.

The final transfer for 25095 came during July when it was transferred to Crewe.

On July 2nd 25095 worked the 07.49 Manchester – Cardiff continuing the diagram for the rest of the day and working the 3rd’s midday Cardiff – Crewe. A week later (July 9th) the Parkeston – Arpley tanks was noted at Chesterfield behind 25032 & 25095.

Class 25’s visiting the Huddersfield area in early December included 25095 & 25145 (4th) on oil tanks, recently renumbered 25904 (12th) on a freight and 25912 (18th) on a ballast working.


Its definately a rainy, misty March 18th 1986 at Blaenau Ffestiniog as 25095 waits for the run back to Llandudno Junction. It now sports its unique cab front livery, although at this time it only carries 25095 in one location on the cab front.
Photograph courtesy John Powell.
May 22nd 1986 finds 25095 assisting 33016 at Llandudno station. The Class 33 has run out of fuel. Did 25095 cover its return working? 25095 has now acquired a second set of numbers on the cab front.
Photograph courtesy John Powell.

Active service for 25095 came to an end following its withdrawal at Crewe on July 23rd. It was initially stored at Crewe then moved to Basford Hall during March 1987.

Its July 27th 1986 at Crewe depot and 25095 has been out of service for four days. The standard yellow fronted Class 25 on the right shows just how much 25095 has been customised with extra numbers and other paintwork 'improvements'.
Photograph courtesy Steve Houlker.

After ten months dumped at Crewe/Basford Hall 25095 was moved to Vic Berry's Leicester on May 29th accompanied by 25034/037/190/199. The increased number of arrivals at this time saw 25095 put into the stack during October 1987.


A badly burned 25095 sits atop 27208, whilst on the bottom row sits 25058 which has the cab of 20039 leaning against it. Scenes of course unique to Vic Berrys, Leicester - the date is June 5th 1988.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

25095 lingered at Berry's until January 1989, always unmistakeable to the end with its unique modified black window surrounds.

Undated Views


Awaiting its next banking duty 25095 stands at Manchester Victoria, date unknown.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

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