The sixteen year career of D7509/25159 was split between allocations to London Midland Region & Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7509 was new to Toton on November 5th 1964. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
Renumbered March 1974.
After withdrawal 25159 was moved to Swindon Works during December 1980, and broken up there by the middle of March 1981.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1967.
On February 25th 7509 worked the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.
On June 3rd 7509 worked the 09.51 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable, the 12.18 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids, the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable and the return 17.55 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids. About a week later on June 9th 7509 piloted Class 46 No. 141 between Exeter St Davids & Plymouth on the 21.05 Bristol Temple Meads - Plymouth.
June 4th 1977 found Leeds Holbeck short of power to handle the 09.35 Carlisle - Nottingham, all they had available was 25124. To this machine was added 25159 borrowed from a parcels train, this fine pair then making the run to Nottingham and returning with the 15.52 to Glasgow, being relieved at Leeds by 47467. The NE/SW route beckoned on July 16th 1977 with 25159 & 25101 in charge of the 08.50 Birmingham New Street - Paignton, 25101 failed at Wellington leaving 25159 to drag it and the train on to Paignton.
On July 16th the 08.50 Birmingham - Paignton used 25159 & 25101, also returning with the empty coaching stock.
25159 was stabled at Chester on May 13th. On May 15th (?) 1978 25159 worked the 10.00 Crewe - Cardiff. 25159 was noted at Northwich depot on May 20th.
On June 26th 1978 25159 worked the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, 13.30 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town, 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe, 20.30 Crewe - Bangor and the 22.45 Bangor - Llandudno Junction. The next day (27th) 25159 worked the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor and 22.45 Bangor - Llandudno Junction.
On August 15th 25259 was noted northbound through Chesterfield with a lengthy freight including an ex-works Class 08 directly behind the Class 25.
On October 25th 25159 & 24063 were noted with two wagons and a brakevan en-route to BIS Oakamoor?
On April 21st a continuously welded rail train was noted at Hereford with 24081 & 25159.
The final recorded passenger workings for 25159 took place on August 24th 1979 with 25159 working the 15.10 Cardiff - Crewe and the 19.28 Crewe - Cardiff. On August 2th 25159 was the Manchester Victoria pilot.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added August 25th 2013.