Neil Phillps looks back
D5180 was delivered new to Gateshead 52A on 19 February 1963, one of a batch of four (5179-82) built new for freight duties so never fitted with boilers and water tanks. It moved to Leeds Holbeck 55A in January 1968 and then in November 1970 to Newport Ebbw Junction 86B. In the photo 55A cast shed plates on the driver’s cab sides as well as ‘EBBW JUNC’ allocation stickers on all four corners can just be detected. It was officially allocated to Laira in October 1971 and was at Penzance on 31 December that year, the penultimate day of Class 22 operation. On 3 January 1972 5180 had the task of towing the last four operational Class 22s away from the South West, 6336/38 from St Blazey and collecting 6333/39 at Exeter to deposit them all at Bristol Marsh Junction. Later that month it was sent back to Ebbw Junction, then in May 1974 to Cardiff, by then renumbered 25030. In October 1975 its WR career ended when it was despatched all the way to Haymarket depot, then one month later moving all the way up to Inverness! In May 1976 it jumped Region again, this time to Cricklewood where its luck soon ran out as on 5 August that year while paired with 25174 it was hit by runaway wagons in the Aylesbury area. Both locomotives were withdrawn, 25030 being only the eleventh member of the class to fall. It was eventually scrapped at Derby Works in spring 1980. Information courtesy of the ever-informative ‘derbysulzers’ website.
From a personal viewpoint, by strange coincidence there is a photo in a book showing 25030 partially dismembered at Derby with a fire-damaged and cabless ‘Peak’ 46003 for (temporary) company. 46003 was at the head of the up 1M74 on 29 May 1975, which I caught at Truro and took this photo of the city from the train (would that truly ugly multi-storey car park have been permitted in such a location nowadays?) It was a poignant moment because from that day I was technically no longer a Cornish resident, and remained so for nearly 45 years……! Truro School visible top left, almost exactly ten years earlier I had been one of the first occupants of the prominent new extension, from memory the Richard Lander Building opened 1 May 1965. Brilliant for watching the trains on the viaducts………” Phillips! Are you paying attention?!” “Yes Sir, of course Sir!”
Thanks for your memories and for the pictures. That car park certainly spoils the view - I cannot say glorious view because the other buildings don't exactly 'tone in' with superb cathedral.