D7508, 7508, 25158
D7508, 7508, 25158


Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
Class 25s Nos.7508 & 7506 are in charge of the 6A21 16.40 St Erth - Acton milk train near Liskeard on Sunday May 27th 1973. This train ran for a short period only on Sundays during 1973.

The eighteen year seven month career of D7508/25158 included allocations split between the London Midland Region and the Western Region.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over.

Allocations

D7508 was new to Toton on November 5th 1964. Further transfers were:

January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1965 to Saltley (2E).
April 1966 to Birmingham Division (D02).
April 1966 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
January 1967 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1967 to London Midland (Western) Lines.
March 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
December 1967 to Nottingham Division (D16).
February 1968 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1972 to Laira (84A).
December 1972 to Ebbw Junction (86B).
May 1973 to Bristol (82A).
July 1973 to Cardiff.
October 1974 to Bristol.
December 1974 to Cardiff.
May 1975 to Bristol.
February 1976 to Toton.
February 1976 to Crewe.
Withdrawn May 22nd 1983.

Renumbered May 1974.

25158 was the 180th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during May 1983.

After withdrawal 25158 was stored at Newton Heath from June 1983 until June 26th 1984 when it was moved (see details below) to Swindon Works. The Works closed prior to the scrapping of 25157, which was moved to Cocklebury Yard on May 25th 1987, then to Hinksey Yard, Oxford on June 2nd 1987 and into Vic Berry's Yard, Leicester on June 11th 1987. The locomotive had been scrapped by the beginning of July 1987, although the cabs lingered for a while.

25126/134/158, 25208 Newton Heath Swindon Works, June 25th 1984. (none of this batch would be broken up at Swindon Works).

25027/75, 25123/133/144/158, 25228/234, 97202, 40046/63 Swindon Works Cocklebury Yard, May 26th 1987.

25027/75, 25123/133/144/158, 25228/234, 97202, 40046/63 Cocklebury Yard VB Leicester June 2nd-11th, 1987, by 20019 & 20197 (Oxford Leicester).


Photograph courtesy Michael Kaye
On September 18th 1987 all that remains of 25158 are its cabs, put aside until the breaking up of larger items has been completed, then the cutters would return to the multitude of cabs frequently found scattered about the yard. The cabs would remain at least until November 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works June 1967.
Noted Derby Works September 1968.
Noted Derby Works January 1973.
Noted Derby Works May - July 1979 (General repair).
Noted Derby Works December 1979 - February 1980 (Rectification?).
Noted Derby Works November 1981 (N4 repairs).

Highlights

1967
On March 24th the 20.05 Luton Bathgate special car carrier, normally a Type 4 diagram found D7508 & D5233 working the trip throughout, returning south the next day on the 06.40 Millerhill - Carlisle freight. The regular working for this car carrier had recently disappeared in the new timetable.

1971
Any early passenger workings for D7508/25158 have so far gone unreported. On August 4th 1971 7508 & 5244 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness. 7508 was in two-tone green livery with full yellow ends.

1972
During January 1972 7508 was transferred to Laira and was noted on May 15th working the 13.55 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and the 16.10 return. It was supposed to also work the 17.40 to Newton Abbot but failed before departure, with a diesel multiple unit substituting. On August 5th 7508 worked the 09.51 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and 12.18 return.


Photograph collection of webmaster
7508 & 7506 at St Austell with a short train of milk tanks, the date is believed to be May 27th 1973. The 6A21 headcode indicates this is the 16.40 St Erth - Acton milk train. 7508 was only allocated to Laira between January & December 1972, so it is presumed this view is from 1972.

On June 24th 7508 & 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 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.

1975
The Plymouth to Old Oak 5A06 empty news vans was always a lottery loco wise as it was a Laira "chuck out", on August 16th Laira must have been on the floor for traction as 25158 put in an appearance on this very heavy train. The locomotive worked throughout and later returned light to Laira, no doubt the crew that took the train up to Paddington were the only crew available with traction knowledge to take the Class 25 away from Paddington.

1976
Mainline running was the order of the day on January 24th when 25158 & 25167 rescued failed 47027 at ?? on the 13.30 Paddington Paignton service, all three were replaced at Exeter. During February 1976 25158 was transferred north to Toton, on August 7th 1976 25158 & 25038 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich.

1977
25158 was north of the border on July 22nd with 25108 working the 22.00 Stranraer Harbour - Euston to Carlisle Kingmoor. A week later (30th) 25158 & 25151 worked the roundtrip Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth).

1978
The 16.05 Nottingham - Carlisle on June 23rd was worked throughout by 25158, a total of 195 miles. A week later on July 1st 25158 & 26040 worked the 01.20 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool North to Carlisle. On August 19th 25158 & 25213 replaced 40068 at March on the 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall, possibly the Class 40 had taken over from another pair of the diagrammed Class 25's which were presumed failed.


Photograph collection of webmaster.
25158 at Manchester Victoria, date unknown. 25158 was allocated to the LMR & WR depots, ending its days with a seven year stint at Crewe. Like a number of other machines withdrawn during this period, 25158 spent about a year at a depot, in this case Newton Heath, then it was off to Swindon (June 1984), then a final trip to Vic Berry's before its demise there during June 1987.

1979
On August 25th 25158 & 25101 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. The same pair were noted the next day (26th) on an unidentified excursion at Birmingham New Street (possibly returning from Pwllheli). Two weeks later on September 5th 25158 & 25177 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness. Two days later (7th) the 17.10 Poole - Nottingham was worked forward from Birmingham New Street to Derby by 25158, possibly also taking the train on to Nottingham.

On August 29th whilst working an afternoon Scunthorpe - Brierley Hill freight, 25158 became a failure at Hasland, rescue came in the shape of 20021 & 20096, sent from Barrow Hill.

1980
Only one passenger working has so far been noted for 1980, on June 29th a Gloucester - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked from/to Shrewsbury Abbey Foregate Junction by 25158 & 25192.

1981
Unlike 1980, the year 1981 produced a mixed selection of passenger turns. Not far into the summer timetable, on May 18th 25158 worked the 17.18 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria. On June 27th 25158 & 25279 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (28th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth (via Bescot) and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.

On July 14th a roundtrip Derby - Skegness was worked by 25158 & 25177. The same pair were back at Skegness on July 16th with a roundtrip from Burton on Trent. 25158 & 25177 were still together on July 18th when they worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the 14.20 return to Derby from Norwich. Between July 19th & July 22nd 25158 & 25115 were noted on a variety of motorail services between Kensington Olympia & Willesden. By July 23rd 25158 had finished with its motorail duties and was noted with 25177 working the 10.05 Derby - St. Pancras as far as Bedford where both Class 25s were replaced by a Class 45/0. On August 8th 25158 & 25138 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton. Just over a week later 25158 was noted north of the border, on August 17th 25158 worked the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and the return 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle. The next day (18th) saw 25158 work the 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.

1982
On July 24th 25158 worked the 08.40 Manchester Victoria - Scarborough forward from Leeds returning with the 12.00 Scarborough - Manchester Victoria. About a month later on August 28th 25158 worked the four coach 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle. The final passenger working for 25158 took place two days later on August 30th with the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle, 47473 had worked the outward leg.

1983
On the evening of February 1st 25158 & 25253 were stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.

On April 12th 25158 was noted at Cockshute.

25158 was noted at Oxford with oil tanks on May 6th. Four days later (10th) 25079 & 25158 were noted at Skelton Junction with empty ICI PHV hoppers from Northwich to Tunstead.

On June 3rd 25158 was noted at Westhouses working a weedkilling train.

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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