The sixteen year five week career of D7505/25155 was split almost equally between London Midland Region & Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7505 was new to Toton (16A) on October 22nd 1964. Further transfers were:
December 1964 to Burton (16F).
Renumbered April 1974.
25155 was the 76th Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen Class 25s retired during December 1980.
25155 was broken up at Swindon Works by the end of September 1981.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1967.
On February 28th 7505 worked the 20.10 Exeter St David - Newton Abbot.
The 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot was worked by 7505 on March 17th & March 24th. The next day (25th) 7505 piloted 6514 working the 17.55 Exeter St Davids - London Waterloo as far as Chard Junction, where it was removed to assist failed 7577 with 6A19 16.55 Chard - Morden Milk. On March 30th 7505 worked the 20.10 Exeter St David - Newton Abbot.
On June 3rd & June 10th 7505 & 7574 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. On June 17th 7505 handled the same diagram but now paired with 7504.
The diagram 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 was worked by 7573 & 7505 on July 29th & 7503 & 7505 on August 5th.
On September 16th 7508 & 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. On September 29th 7505 was noted shunting china clay wagons in St Blazey yard.
On October 2nd 1976 25155 hauled an InterCity diesel multiple unit as the 06.30 Crewe – Cardiff passenger, this route was frequently seeing locomotive hauled substitutions due to the poor reliability of the diesel multiple units, with many being away at Works.
Despite spending over eight years allocated to Western Region depots including over four years at Laira, there are few recorded passenger workings during these years. On September 23rd 25155 worked the 11.10 Plymouth - Penzance.
A surprising visitor on the 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels on September 7th was Haymarket based 25011, which worked as far as Exeter, replaced here by 25155. On September 9th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point during the early afternoon, it would then work the 13.40 Exeter - Barnstaple and the return 15.52 Barnstaple - Exeter. On September 11th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point during the morning. On September 16th 25155 was stabled at Exeter shortly after midnight.
Condition September: still displaying four digit headcodes at No.1 end
On October 11th Laira based 25155 was at the sugar beet plant at Ely.
All but one of the WR Class 25s were either withdrawn or transferred to the London Midland Region on October 6th, Laira kept one for the St Blazey – Truro – Penzance trip working, by November 3rd this too had been taken over by a Class 37. Likewise the Scottish Region sent eight machines to the LMR and withdrew five more. The LMR itself condemned seventeen machines and placed six into storage. A number of these transferred machines on arrival at their new depots were found to be only fit for scrapping, 25155 was in this category.
The final passenger working for 25155 took place on October 10th 1980 working the 15.52 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids. Shortly after this 25155 was transferred to Springs Branch.
25155 was sent down to Swindon Works, being stored then on November 15th and officially withdrawn on December 1st.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added August 17th 2013