The eighteen year two month career of D5188/25038 included allocations to only London Midland Region depots. The lack of dual braking equipment on this locomotive would result in its early demise when considered against the likes of its elder sisters 25032/33/34/35/37.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5188 was new to Toton on March 23rd 1963. Further transfers were:
September 1963 to Toton (16A).
Renumbered February 25th 1974.
After withdrawal 25038 was stored at Crewe before moving to Derby Works on February 19th 1982 and scrapped there during September 1982.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September & October 1966.
D5188 made its test run from Derby to Corby and back on March 18th 1963.
On October 2nd 5188 & 5299 were noted in charge of the Stirling - Newton Abbot Motorail service, presumably as far as Carlisle.
5188 - 5190 moved to Bescot during May.
October 1973 - 5188 still in green livery with full yellow ends.
25038 was in charge of December 10th's Tees - Leyburn freight.
On March 31st a roundtrip Leamington Spa - Paignton day excursion was worked by 25038 & 25188, a total of 444 passenger miles.
The middle of July was a busy one for 25038 on passenger workings. On July 19th 25038 & 25135 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. Two days later (21st) 25038 & 25132 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness service. The same pair on July 26th 1975 worked the full Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. On September 13th 1975 the 16.30 Nottingham - Leicester diesel multiple unit failed before departure, 25038 & 25272 dragged the service.
On July 31st 1976 the Walsall - Walsall (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram was worked by 25038 & 25188. Two days later (August 2nd) the same pair worked a relief Derby - Skegness roundtrip. On August 7th 1976 the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram was worked by 25038 & 25158.
Its an overcast July 28th 1977 and a Works visit to Crewe provides the inevitable stop-off at Cockshute, as usual the regular diet of 08/25/40/47's was on display this day - 25038 stands front & center.
A special was run for the Royal Smithfield Show on December 6th from Aberystwyth to Euston, 25038 & 25043 hauled the train to and from Wolverhampton. On the return leg the train was failed at Machynlleth with a diesel multiple unit taking the passengers forward.
On March 4th 25038 was in charge of the 10.15am Birmingham - Norwich throughout.
A TBILS railtour on April 8th 1978 roundtrip Marylebone to Godley (for Dinting) was worked by 25038 & 25070, a total of 414 passenger miles over the route via Coventry, Nuneaton, Crewe, Northwich, Altrincham, Deansgate Junction, Skelton Junction, Northendon Junction, Woodley and returning via Dinting, Godley, Guide Bridge, Reddish South, Stockport, Stoke, Stafford and Birmingham.
On September 2nd 1978 the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25038 & 25032.
On September 1st 1979 the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25038 & 25289.
The return leg of the Pennine Rose railtour on October 13th 1979 was worked by 25038 & 25263 from Coventry - Marylebone.
A railtour on April 5th 1980 saw 25038 & 25073 work the Euston - Pwllheli 'Cambrian Coast Express' out & back between Wolverhampton and Twywn.
On June 2nd 1980 25038 was north of the border working the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 13.39 return both with 27029. The NE/SW produced a fine set of workings on July 11th 1980, with 25038 & 25093 working the 15.35 Birmingham New Street - York and returning with the 19.31 York - Penzance as far as Bristol Temple Meads.
September 25th 1980 finds 25038 on a ballast working at Streetly, on the old Midland line between Sutton Coldfield and Walsall. Not too much has changed on the locomotive. The boiler room ventilation grille is now a solid panel, the inter-gangway doors on the cab front have long since been sheeted over and the locomotive now carries the infamous corporate BR blue livery with full yellow ends.
On October 5th 25038 & 25073 were in charge of a Marylebone - Barrow Hill - Doncaster enthusiast charter. Since it was a Sunday, the engineers had possesion of the line north of Derby. The above view captures the two locomotives running round the train at Derby before heading east to Trent and the Erewash Valley route. Passenger mileage on this railtour totalled 413 miles.
25038 paid a visit to the East Coast Mainline on October 30th whilst working the 1B25 07.00 Peterborough - Kings Cross.
During November 25038 moved north to Kingmoor, despite this move 25038 put in some mileage on passenger workings that were many miles away from Carlisle. On November 19th it worked the 19.30 Crewe - Cardiff service, by 28th it was on the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich, coming back the next day (29th) with the 15.18 ex Norwich.
Sisters 25038 & 25039 were both withdrawn on May 31st 1981, but with different fates. After standing at Crewe 25038 was moved with 25299 to Derby Works on February 18th 1982 for parts removal and eventual scrapping during September 1982.
Page added October 27th 2004