The twenty year two month career of D7528/25178 was spent allocated to a small selection of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7528 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on February 6th 1965. Further transfers were:
October 1971 to London Division (D01).
Renumbered March 19th 1974.
25178 was the 239th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during April 1985.
After withdrawal 25178 was stored at Kingmoor from October 1985 to November 1988. It was tripped to Carlisle Upperby for inspection on August 4th 1988 & November 10th 1988. On November 30th 1988 25178 was hauled away to Toton, then to Leicester depot on December 15th 1988, entering Vic Berry's yard on December 19th 1988. By March 17th 1989 25178 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works November 1968.
Condition May: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfront, no blanking plates, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes, retains 'D' prefix.
25178 was noted at Cricklewood on the morning of October 28th.
On September 6th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25178 & 25257. The next day (7th), the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25178 & 25275. On September 24th the 07.30 Birmingham New Street - Newcastle and the return 13.40 Newcastle - Swansea were worked by 25178 & 25268 to at least Sheffield northbound and to Gloucester southbound. Three days later (27th) 25178 & 25117 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich returning with the 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall from Norwich.
On February 19th the 18.08 Manchester Picadilly – St Pancras parcels (a favourite for a Class 25 or 40) failed at Grindleford with 25178 in trouble. Sheffield sent 40004 to assist, but this locomotive derailed whilst backing on to the train, blocking the main line. With the help of the Tinsley breakdown train all was cleared by shortly after midnight.
The failure of 45105 at Derby on the 17.10 (?) Sheffield - St. Pancras on May 1st saw 25178 drag the failure and the train to St Pancras. 25178 was active on the motorail services between Kensington Olympia and Willesden on August 15th with 25189, on September 1st with 25288 and on September 24th with 25051. In between the two previous workings on September 16th the 16.18 Plymouth - Birmingham New Street was worked forward from Gloucester by 25178.
25178 & 25037 passed light engines through Wellingborough on May 7th.
25213 & 25178 worked the 4E78 Stewartby - Kings Cross "Fletliner" on May 10th. On May 29th the 12.23 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked to Leicester by 25178.
On June 11th 25178 was stabled at Saltley. On June 19th 25178 was stabled at Banbury. A rescue job took place on June 22nd with 25178 assisting the 06.00 Derby - Poole between Kenilworth & Banbury after 47100 failed.
Engineering work on August 14th saw 25178 & 25269 assisting two trains between Rugby & Bletchley because the power was off. A mystery excursion on August 29th from Nelson to Largs was worked to Preston by 25178 & 25201. Four days later on September 2nd 25178 worked the 09.20 Lancaster - Barrow and 10.47 Barrow - Crewe to Lancaster.
25178 was stabled at Polmadie on September 25th.
25178 was stabled at Crewe depot on a damp October 1st.
25178 was stabled at Cockshute on April 28th.
Although 25178 was not withdrawn until April 1985, its last recorded passenger workings were in 1984. On May 31st 25178 & 25237 worked the 08.48 Leicester - Skegness and the 19.00 Skegness - Leicester, but on their return the Class 25s only worked to Nottingham where they were replaced by 20047 & 20158. 25187 was stabled at Stoke-on-Trent on June 7th. 25187 was stabled at Llandudno Junction on June 20th.
25178 was noted eastbound passing Abergele & Pensarn station with a single track maintenance vehicle on July 9th. The next day (July 10th), 25178 was noted at Rhyl with a ballast train.
25178 visited the Cauldon Low branch on July 25th to haul away a train of stone.
The Cambrian line was travelled on July 28th with 25178 & 25198 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
The Ditton BOC - Broughton Lane tanks continued the use of a Class 25 & 40, on August 4th 25178 & 40181 were so noted.
25178 returned to the Cambrian line on September 1st but with less success than before, 25178 & 25192 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton as far as Forden where the locomotives were failed and replaced by 25285 & 25286.
25178 was on parcels duty at Birmingham New Street on the evening of November 10th.
25178 was withdrawn on April 1st 1985.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added July 18th 2013