The twenty year ten month career of D7525/25175 was allocated to a handful of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7525 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on January 30th 1965. Further transfers were:
October 1971 to London Division (D01).
Renumbered March 16th 1974.
25175 was the 262nd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of ten Class 25s retired during December 1985.
After withdrawal 25175 was stored at Crewe until sold to Vic Berry, Leicester during January 1986. It moved to Leicester Knighton Sidings on January 23rd 1987 and into Vic Berrys yard three days later. By the first week of May 1987 25175 had been scrapped, although the cabs lingered a little longer.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works May 1968.
On June 29th the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked by 7525 & 7520.
After over six years allocated to the Nottingham Division D7525 moved to the London Division (D01) during October, spending the next thirteen and a half years in the London area, at either Willesden or Cricklewood.
25175 received an E exam at Cricklewood during August.
On November 23rd the 'Yorkshire Terrier' railtour was worked from Dalston West Junction to Birmingham New Street by 25175 & 25213.
A short working on December 20th saw the 00.25 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston assisted between Willesden & Camden by 25175 due to the power being off for engineering works.
On March 2nd 25175 was noted at Bletchley with a train of empty container flats for the brickworks at Stewartby.
During May 25175 was stored unserviceable at Toton, being noted inside Toton shed on jacks on July 3rd, by August it had reached Derby Works and would recieve approval for generator repairs to be carried out.
On April 30th 25175 was noted at Oxford with the return leg of a ten coach Reading - Altrincham day excursion, the Class 25 handled the roundtrip Coventry - Reading portion.
During July and August 25175 was at Derby for repairs.
25175 was noted shunting civil engineering wagons in the yard opposite Springs Branch depot On August 9th. A week later on August 17th was noted northbound at Winwick with a short track train.
A wandering ballast working caused problems on the Oxford - Bletchley line on October 4th. The up Oxford line was already closed due to out-of-gauge track, all traffic using the down line, including the ballast working behind 25175. Having cleared the single line section it was then decided to return the train to Aylesbury using recently arrived 25080. This locomotive derailed whilst changing tracks, the scene cleared by the Bletchley rerailing team later that evening with the ballast train being towed away by 25175!
25175 dragged an electric multiple unit between Rugby & Coventry on April 8th, the power being off for engineering work. May 17th & 18th found 25175 working three passenger trips in the Preston area, a round trip to Manchester Victoria (17/18th) and a Preston - Blackpool turn (18th).
On June 28th 25175 worked the 07.25 Glasgow Central - Carlisle service.
A trip to the seaside took place on August 18th when 25175 & 25044 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Shrewsbury, coming back with the 14.00 to Shrewsbury, which was extended to Birmingham new Street, the Class 25s going as far as Wolverhampton.
On November 7th 25175 did more dragging on the WCML, this time assisting 86252 between Nuneaton & Birmingham New Street.
The Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction bitumen tanks were noted with 25175 & 25048 on February 5th, Class 47's would soon be diagrammed for this working.
25175 was noted passing through Manchester Victoria with a brake van on March 9th.
More Scottish haulage occurred for 25175 with 25196 on April 10th when they took the relief 12.05 Bristol - Edinburgh service forward from Carstairs.
On April 23rd two pairs of Class 25's were noted at Chesterfield, the morning Arpley - Parkeston Speedlink behind 25175 & 25032 and the late evening Bristol - Newcastle parcels with 25201 & 25245.
June 1st's 'Blackpool Boomerang' railtour gave the chance for 25175 & 25198 to show their mettle over 169 miles between Healey Mills - Blackburn - Blackpool - Bolton - Ashburys - New Mills - Sheffield. When the Class 25s joined the tour it was already running about an hour late, a little time was gained until 25198 expired at Manchester Victoria. The threat of the local banker, a Class 31, joining the train was thwarted by the speedy repair of 25198, both 25s making a spirited ascent of Miles Platting bank.
25175 was noted southbound through Stafford on June 15th with a lengthy parcels train.
The 12.00 Euston - Blackpool was worked forward from Preston on July 8th by 25175.
25175 was noted on the Kenilworth - Coventry line with a lengthy ballast working on August 5th.
The run of the mill Bolton - Swansea 'Llandore Lodger/Swindon Ambassador' railtour on September 21st, which included admission to Swindon Works & Llandore Open Day became a hot ticket when two Class 25's were diagrammed for the working. On the day 25034 & 25175 handled the 512 mile journey; Bolton - Stockport - Birmingham - Didcot - Swindon - Severn Tunnel - Cardiff - Swansea - Llanelli - Central Wales line - Shrewsbury - Crewe & return to Bolton. This was the last passenger working for 25175. On September 29th 25230 & 25175 were noted at Crewe with the Ince Sidings - Severn Tunnel Junction freight. On September 30th 25175 & 25230 were noted reversing at Hooton having arrived light engines presumably from Chester Depot to take the line towards Ellesmere Port.
25175 was a very rare visitor to the North West Gas Board sidings at Partington on October 2nd.
When 56105 failed on an afternoon York - Tees coal empties on November 28th, 25175 & 25201 were provided for the remainder of the trip. They later returned south on an evening salt working to Reading. Two days later (30th) 25175 towed ex-works Class 504 Unit M65452 from Horwich to Bury after overhaul.
Just over a week later on December 5th 25175 was withdrawn at Crewe.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added October 16th 2001