D7509, 7509, 25159

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).
April 1968 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1972 to Laira (84A).
July 1972 to Ebbw Junction (86B).
May 1974 to Cardiff.
July 1975 to Bristol.
February 1976 to Toton.
February 1976 to Crewe.
Withdrawn November 2nd 1980.

Renumbered March 1974.

After withdrawal 25159 was moved to Swindon Works on December 1980, and broken up there by the middle of March 1981.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works May 1967.
Noted Derby Works February 1968.
Noted Derby Works December 1971.
Noted Derby Works April 1975.
Noted Derby Works July 1976.


1977: The WR witnessed a number of double headed Class 25s during the summer season. On July 16th the 08.50 Birmingham - Paignton used 25159 & 25101, also returning with the empty coaching stock.

1979: Late into March the two remaining Class 24s 24063 & 24081 were still soldiering on, observed on the Oakamoor sand train were 24081 & 25215 (28th) and 24063 & 25159 (29th). During April 24081 was a regular visitor to Hereford. It arrived with 25211 on 9th on a freight from Stoke to South Wales, returning north with the 15.10 Radyr Shotwick. On 15th & 21st it arrived with a continuously welded rail train, the latter time with 25159.

On August 16th 1969 7509 worked the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.52 return. On September 6th 1969 7509 worked the 07.00 Derby - Yarmouth as far as Norwich.

July 11th 1970 saw the annual Keswick Convention, with one through special running from Euston hauled by 371. To create a path for this train the 16.25 Penrith - Keswick disel multiple unit and 17.05 return were cancelled, however two coaches and 7509 were added to the special at Penrith, the Class 25 being placed on the rear. Upon return to Penrith 7509 was removed and the train proceeded north to Carlisle as a local.

During January 1972 7509 was transferred to Laira, on June 3rd 1972 it was noted on a Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids passenger turn.

A roundtrip Derby - Skegness on August 18th 1974 was worked by 25159 & 25259. The Lickey bankers, normally a pair of Cardiff based Class 37s was in the hands of 25159 & 37299 on February 1st 1975, they were called upon to assist an ailing 46047 on the 10.06 Edinburgh Plymouth, being noted at Cheltenham an hour and a half late, all three still heading west! On May 10th 1975 the 21.00 Bristol Temple Meads - Glasgow Central with 47089 were banked up Lickey incline by 25159 & 37206. Another Derby - Skegness roundtrip was worked on May 24th 1975 with 25159 & 25212.

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 May 15th (?) 1978 25159 worked the 10.00 Crewe - Cardiff. 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.

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.

Pictures of D7509/7509/25159

Its about 6.30pm on May 10th 1977 as 25159 heads east along the North Wales mainline with a short parcels train. By this time 25159 was allocated to its final depot, Crewe Diesel. It spent four years on the WR inbetween time allocated to various LMR depots. After removal to Swindon it was broken up during March 1981.
Photograph courtesy Larry Goddard.

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

No flk

Page added August 25th 2013

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