D5293, 5293, 25143
D5293, 5293, 25143
A well travelled LMR based machine

For a large (154K) view of the above picture click here.

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.

(A small page added for 25143 because I recently acquired the above view and felt it deserved displaying - they didn't remain in this fine condition for long!).

The frames for D5293 were laid down at Derby during the spring of 1964. The new locomotive would be delivered to Toton (16A) during August, moving quickly on to 16C during September, and then Cricklewood (14B) during October.

During September D5293 was allocated to the Midland Lines, then in October to the Midland Division.

Transfers in 1967 moved D5293 to the Midland Lines in March, the Birmingham Division (D02) in August, Springs Branch (8F) in November and finally Longsight (9A) during December.

D5293 was noted at Derby Works during February.

For the summer timetable Type 2's again were diagrammed for the seasonal weekend extras. A Toton Type 2 worked the Saturday's only 08.00 Leicester - Clacton throughout, July produced D5190, 5257, 5293 & 7655.

5293 was at Derby Works during February.

Transfers during 1971 were to the Birmingham Division (D02) in January and the Manchester Division (D09) in February.

After just over a year in the Manchester area 5293 moved to the Nottingham Division (D16) during April, then to the London Division (D01) during August and then back to the Manchester Division (D09) in September!

On June 16th 5293 and 7562 were noted in charge of the 15.05 St Pancras - Sheffield service. During August 5293 was transferred to Bescot.

Its allocation to Bescot made 5293 a prime candidate for occasional passenger workings out of the Birmingham area. On May 25th it covered an early afternoon Norwich - New Street service with 25252 whilst on August 24th it was joined by 25261 to work the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth (to Norwich) coming back from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.

25143 & 25131 were sent out on a Birmingham - Barmouth working (from Shrewsbury) on June 5th, 25143 sustained damage when a fuel pipe broke, the locomotive being removed at Machynlleth. Six weeks later (July 24th) 25143 did make it to Barmouth, with 25173 it worked the 17.30 to Birmingham New Street.

25143 was noted at Derby Works during February & March.

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, returning later in the day to Shrewsbury with a railtour.


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.

Its a dull July 9th 1980 as 25143 manouevres round the yard at York depot. This is one of the Class 25's to have had its boiler room grill sheeted over at some point.

The annual holiday fortnight at Leicester beginning July 15th saw a reinforcement of services through the city that day. Amongst many workings the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth was worked by 25254 & 25258 with a relief 10.03 service handled by 25143 & 25129. Three weeks later (26th) 25143 was back on this route with 25163 on the 08.02 Walsall, coming back with the 14.15 to Derby, then going out the next day with a round trip Leicester - Skegness working.

One of the first workings of 25143 for 1981 was January 2nd's 1M25 18.08 Manchester Piccadilly - St Pancras parcels. This was for many years a solid Class 25 run, operated via the Hope Valley with the Class 25 exchanged at Derby for a Class 45/1.

From June 22nd - 26th 25143 was working with 25251 around Kensington Olympia. By June 28th a West Ruislip - Blaneau Ffestiniog excursion reached its destination behind 25143 & 40115. A DMU failure on August 15th put 25143 in charge of the 06.43 Wolverhampton - Chester, followed up on the following two days with a round trip each day with 25153 over the Cambrian route. It would return to this route on September 9th for one round trip between Wolverhampton & Aberystwyth with 25194

25143 at Newton Heath on February 21st 1981.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
Five months later on July 25th 1981 25143 is again photographed at Newton Heath, this time from the other end.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

On May 6th Cardiff sent 25143 out on the 17.20 to Weymouth, Bristol had 33014 waiting to takeover from there! Two round trips from Nottingham to Skegness were made on August 31st and September 1st, these appear to be 25143's last passenger workings.

25143 was withdrawn from service at Crewe during November, after a working life of just over eighteen years.

After almost eighteen months dumped at Crewe 25143 moved as part of the 25132/135/136/143 Crewe - Gloucester on March 29th 1984. It would linger at Swindon until October 1984 when it was broken up.

Undated Views

Some fine looking architure provides a backdrop to Leicester stabling point with 25143 & 25265 prominent in the foreground.
Photograph courtesy Mark Cook.

With thanks to Alan Baylis for the majority of the passenger workings.

The headcode displayed on D5293 at the head of this page suggests it was possibly the one carried for its acceptance trials. The following list is from the records kept by Fred Kerr of the Derby Works Test Train as it passed through Corby for much of 1963/1964. It is not a complete list but does provide an insight into the locomotives on this working. The train was normally a scratch set of coaches.

This list not only includes the new locomotives outshopped from Derby Works (Class 25's & Class 46's) but also Claytons delivered from the Hatton Works and Loughborough built Brush Type 4's.

08/01/63  1T48   D191

10/01/63  1T48      D192/193

01/02/63  1T48      D8517/18

15/02/63  1T48            D5186

12/03/63  1T48            D5186

15/03/63  1T48            D5187

18/03/63  1T48            D5188

20/03/63  1T48            D5189

19/04/63  1T48            D8530

02/05/63  1T48            D5196

03/05/63  1T48            D5197

07/05/63  1T48            D5196

08/05/63  1T48            D5198

10/05/63  1T48            D5199

16/05/63  1T48            D5200

21/05/63  1T48            D5202

06/06/63  1T48      D5204/05

11/06/63  1T48            D8536

13/06/63  1T48      D5206/07

18/06/63  1T48      D5208/09

26/06/63  1T48            D8522

05/07/63  1T48      D8523/24

09/07/63  1T48      D5215/16

25/07/63  1T48            D8533

30/07/63  1T48      D5217/18

21/08/63  1T48      D8527/36

22/08/63  1T48            D5220

27/08/63  1T48      D5220/21

30/08/63  1T48      D8543/44

04/09/63  1T48            D5222

19/09/63  1T48            D7568

25/09/63  1T48            D7569

26/09/63  1T48      D8550/51

27/09/63  1T48            D7570

01/10/63  1T48      D8552/53

07/10/63  1T48            D7571

11/10/63  1T48            D7572

18/10/63  1T48      D7573/74

25/10/63  1T48      D8558/59

30/10/63  1T48            D8560

05/11/63  1T48      D7575/76

03/12/63  1T48      D1694/95

04/12/63  1T48      D5234/35

05/12/63  1T48            D1696

06/12/63  1T48            D5233

10/12/63  1T48      D5236/38

12/12/63  1T48      D5237/39

12/12/63  1T48            D1697

16/12/63  1T48      D8565/66

18/12/63  1T48      D5241/42

31/12/63  1T48  D1698/1700


03/01/64  1T48            D5243

16/01/64  1T48      D8567/68

17/01/64  1T48            D8573

20/01/64  1T48            D5245

22/01/64  1T48      D1709/10

28/01/64  1T48            D8573

29/01/64  1T48            D5247

03/02/64  1T48            D5248

04/02/64  1T48            D1715

06/02/64  1T48            D5249

17/02/64  1T48            D5251

19/02/64  1T48            D5252

25/02/64  1T48            D1717

28/02/64  1T48      D8578/80

04/03/64  1T48            D5255

11/03/64  1T48            D5256

12/03/64  1T48      D1723/24

13/03/64  1T48      D5257/59

17/03/64  1T48            D5260

19/03/64  1T48      D5258/61

20/03/64  1T48      D1725/26

02/04/64  1T48            D1727

08/04/64  1T48            D5262

10/04/64  1T48            D5263

15/04/64  1T48            D5264

16/04/64  1T48            D8584

17/04/64  1T48      D1730/36

20/04/64  1T48            D5265

27/04/64  1T48      D5266/67

04/05/64  1T48      D5269/70

05/05/64  1T48            D5268

11/05/64  1T48            D1738

21/05/64  1T48            D5273

25/05/64  1T48            D1741

26/05/64  1T48            D1742

29/05/64  1T48            D5274

01/06/64  1T48            D5275

02/06/64  1T48            D1739

05/06/64  1T48            D1743

08/06/64  1T48            D5279

09/06/64  1T48            D5276

10/06/64  1T48      D5278/80

15/06/64  1T48            D5281

16/06/64  1T48            D1745

17/06/64  1T48            D1744

18/06/64  1T48            D5282

30/06/64  1T48            D1746

Page added March 18th 2005
Last Updated December 25th 2006

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