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Visitors to the Annual Works Horticultural Show & Open Day at Derby on August 30th 1964 found brand new D5293 & D1756 on display alongside D94, D3016 and steam locomotives 92053 & 42645.
The eighteen year two month career of 5293/25143 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland divisions & depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5293 was new to Toton (16A) on September 2nd 1964. Further transfers were:
September 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
After withdrawal 25143 was stored at Crewe from January 1983 until March 29th 1984 when it moved to Gloucester, and reached Swindon Works on April 2nd 1984. 25143 had been broken up by the end of October 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1967.
On June 16th 5293 and 7562 were noted in charge of the 15.05 St Pancras - Sheffield service.
25143 did manage one Cambrian Coast working during 1978 - on June 10th it covered the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 return to Euston, as far as Wolverhampton, accompanied by 25147.
Early November brought a variety of Class 25's to Kings Lynn, the 14.47 Whitemoor - Kings Lynn had 25143 (9th) whilst a block oil train for the sugar beet factory had 25212 & 25310 (8th), deputising for a defective 37264.
The solitary Cambrian working occurred on September 15th when 25143 & 25151 worked the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton, a diesel multiple unit had covered the leg from Aberystwyth. Later that day the Class 25s returned to Shrewsbury to take over a steam railtour from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton where 86212 took over for the run up to London.
After almost seven years at Bescot 25143 moved to Toton in May, perfect timing for use on the East Midlands summer holiday extras. However its first passenger working for 1980 was May 24th's 08.42 Sheffield - Huddersfield, being a portion for the 08.55 York - Llandudno.
On July 5th 25143 & 25129 worked the relief 10.03 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich. Two days later (7th) 25143 worked the 18.35 Birmingham New Street - Norwich (throughout?).
On July 22nd 25143 & 25221 worked the 09.27 Birmingham New Street - Llandudno Town forward from Crewe, returning with the 18.10 Llandudno Town - Crewe. Four days later (26th) 25143 & 25163 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby, the same pair going out the next day (27th) with a round trip Leicester - Skegness working.
On April 28th 25143 worked the 09.41 Norwich - Birmingham New Street (throughout?).
Between June 22nd - 26th 25143 worked with 25251 around Kensington Olympia. By June 28th a West Ruislip - Blaneau Ffestiniog excursion reached its destination behind 25143 & 40115 from Llandudno Junction. A diesel multiple unit failure on August 14th put 25143 in charge of the 06.43 Wolverhampton - Chester. The next day (15th) 25143 & 25153 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and returned with the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day, August 16th, the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.
On September 12th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the return 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25143 & 25194.
On June 26th 25143 was noted at West Ealing with a train of condemned London Underground R-stock headed from Ruislip to Booths, Rotherham for scrapping.
On August 31st 25143 worked the relief 10.19 Nottingham - Skegness and 18.10 Skegness - Nottingham. This is believed to be 25143's last passenger working.
25143 was withdrawn from service at Crewe on November 14th, after a working life of just over eighteen years.
With thanks to Alan Baylis for the majority of the passenger workings.
Page added March 18th 2005