The twenty year career of D7511/25161 started with seven years on the LMR followed by four years on the Western Region with the remainder back on the LMR.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7511 was new to Nottingham (16A) on November 17th 1964. Further transfers were:
November 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
Renumbered April 1974.
25161 was the 226th Class 25 to be withdrawn.
After withdrawal 25161 was stored at Toton, then moved with 25193 & 25207 Toton – Gloucester – Swindon between February 21st - 25th 1985. On June 3rd 1987 it was moved to Cocklebury Yard following the closure of Swindon Works. On June 4th/5th 1987 25161, 25207/208, 25327 moved from Cocklebury Yard to Vic Berry, Leicester for scrapping. 25161 was placed in the stack by October 1987 and removed during March 1988 for cutting up which was completed by the last week of March 1988.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1971.
Condition November: Blanking plates still fitted.
On August 26th the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25161 & 25260.
On October 7th 25161 & 25195 came to the rescue of 6000 on the 'Marches Venturer' railtour after the King suffered a hotbox, taking the train forward to Chester. They would later work the Chester - Hereford return leg of 'The Fenman' railtour, replacing 7029.
The 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were worked by 25161 on July 7th.
On October 5th the 12.25 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked by 25161.
An unusual working for 25161 on September 27th was to assist single parcels DMU 55994 on the 03.35 Manchester Victoria - St Helens newspapers (was this September 27th 1982?).
Most unusual visitors to Eastleigh on January 14th were 25161, 25167 & failed 25230. They had arrived on an unidentified freight and turned on the loop at the diesel depot to keep the failed 25230 at the rear of the trio.
On the evening of March 19th 25161 was noted southbound at Sheffield working a parcels service.
25161 was noted at Bescot on May 25th with a train of ballast wagons.
On June 3rd 1983 recently overhauled 08421 & 08631 were noted passing through Preston behind 25161 en-route from Crewe Works to Scotland. 25161 was stabled at Skipton on June 12th.
On July 12th was noted southbound at Kearsley with a five coach parcels train. On July 16th 25161 & 25254 were noted eastbound through Chester with a freight. Three days later (19th) 25161 was noted southbound at Clifton with a one van parcels service.
The 08.01 Crewe - Cardiff and the 11.40 Cardiff - Crewe were worked by 25161 on August 15th. 25173 & 25161 were noted passing Crewe on August 25th 25th August 1983 with loaded BIS sand hoppers from Oakamoor to St. Helens.
On September 7th 25161 was noted at Bangor with hopper wagons, whilst on September 20th 25161 worked the 09.15 Bangor - York.
The 'Cheshire Cheeser' railtour on November 26th, from Plymouth to the Merseyside area, was worked between Liverpool & Warrington Arpley Junction by 25161 & 25042
25161 was stabled at Llandudno Junction on December 29th.
On May 27th 25161 & 25229 top and tailed an empty track train from engineering work between Maghull & Ormskirk.
On July 30th 25161 worked the 4V12 0922 Shrewsbury - Malago Vale sidings parcels train.
The 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25161 & 25154 on August 4th. Four days later (August 8th) 25161 was at Bescot with a loaded ballast train. On August 11th 25161 & 25042 were stabled at Stoke on Trent station.
On September 27th 25161 was noted southbound at Bescot hauling 08691, 27028 & 27034 to Swindon Works, arriving at Swindon the next day, the Class 08 was to be overhauled, the Class 27s were for scrap.
Possibly the last passenger working for 25161 took place on November 2nd when a diesel multiple unit failure saw 25161 work the 18.20 Crewe - Lincoln St. Marks to Derby.
25161 was withdrawn on November 28th 1984.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added January 30th 2013