London Midland & Western Region allocations would be the homes for D7504/25154 during its twenty year five month career.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7504 was new to Toton (16A) on October 17th 1964. Further transfers were:
December 1964 to Burton (16F).
Renumbered March 1974.
25154 was the 238th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during March 1985.
After withdrawal 25154 was stored at Tyseley from March 1985 until March 30th 1987 when it moved with 25192 to Bescot, then next day to Basford Hall Yard. It was forwarded to Leicester Humberstone Road on July 9th 1987 (see details below) and to Vic Berry's Yard the next day. The locomotive was placed into the stack until early November 1987 when it was removed and broken up by the middle of November 1987.
08473, 25154/192, 97405 Crewe Vic Berry, Leicester July 9th 1987 (Cl. 08 & 40 sent in error)
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1967.
September - on the Great Central line at Blackwell (MP61) by the LMR boundary 7504 & 7521 were noted on track lifting trains the week following closure. Authorities were anxious to remove the re-useable rail prior to the right of way being severed by the construction of the M1 motorway.
On June 17th 7504 & 7505 worked the 7B34 19.40 Bristol Temple Mills to Ponsandane freight, the 1E21 10.30 Penzance to Bradford passenger service to Plymouth, then light engines to Laira depot and ending with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary to Par freight.
7504 worked the 12.18 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids on July 22nd.
On the evening of November 28th 25154 was noted at Crewe station with an HST barrier vehicle and ex-works HST power car 43078 on wheelskates under the leading axle at the cab end.
25154 worked the 10.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town on August 11th.
On August 2nd 25154 worked the 09.28 Leeds - Morecambe and 11.45 Morecambe - Leeds. 25154 returned to the Cambrian line with 25208 to work the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
The Nottingham - Llandudno Town summer dated service on May 16th was noted at Stoke on Trent with 25154.
On August 1st the 08.22 Barrow - Blackpool North was worked by 25154 to Preston (? or throughout?). A short working on August 22nd saw 25154 work the 09.58 Bradford - Paignton to Leeds. A late season run over the Cambrian line took place on September 12th with 25154 & 25160 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
25154 was stabled at Longsight on July 10th whilst 25154 & 25104 were noted arriving at Newton Heath on July 17th.
On July 23rd 25154 worked the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle, whilst on August 13th the 15.12 Manchester Piccadilly - Harwich Parkeston Quay was worked by 25154 between Sheffield and Peterborough.
Two weeks later on July 2nd 25154 & 25211 worked the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, but approaching Aberystwyth 25154 failed and was dragged into the station.
On July 10th 25154 and a ballast machine were noted at Harpenden and later at Dudding Hill.
25154 was stabled at Leeds City station on September 16th.
The 15.02 Manchester Bristol parcels continued with Class 25 haulage, on November 15th 25154 failed on this working at Hereford, remarkably 25244 was available to take the train forward. About a week later a rescue job took place on November 23rd when 45026 failed at Stalybridge on the 15.00 Scarborough - Liverpool, 25154 worked the train forward to Liverpool.
25154 was stabled at Toton on February 18th.
On the last day of February 25154 worked the afternoon Elswick Ardrossan tanks returning the next day with the empties.
25154 was stabled at Cockshute on April 8th.
Two railtours followed - on May 6th a return LNER Society charter from Aberystwyth to Euston was worked by 25154 from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton. The next day (7th) a Swindon - Aberystwyth Wessex railtour was worked from/to Birmingham New Street by 25154 & 25209, running as service trains west of Shrewsbury. On May 8th 25154 was noted passing Claydon (Oxon) with a down van train comprised of at least 25 short-wheelbase vans mostly in railfreight livery.
The 13.35 Crewe - Cardiff was worked by 25154 on May 27th.
On June 2nd 25154 was stabled at Cockshute, whilst on June 18th southbound oiltanks from Stanlow (for Salfords?) was noted behind 25078 & 25154 at Leighton Buzzard.
On July 18th 25154 was stabled at Cricklewood.
Two Cambrian line workings followed, on August 4th 25154 & 25161 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On August 11th 25154 & 25095 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
25154 was noted at Hooton on September 16th with a train of ballast. Two days later (18th) 25154 & 25191 were noted southbound through Penrith with a trainload of steel coils.
25154 was withdrawn from service on March 27th 1985.
No.1 cab front, 2nd man's side, next to lightning flash - dent/missing paint at least March 1983 to withdrawal.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
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