D7529, 7529, 25179
D7529, 7529, 25179

The seventeen year career of D7529/25179 was spent allocated to only three LMR depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.

All the paintwork visible on D7529 shines and glistens as it stands at Platform 1, Derby, suggesting that the locomotive is only a day or two out of Derby Locomotive Works, sometime during February 1965.
Photograph collection of webmaster.


D7529 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on February 13th 1965. Further transfers were:

August 1969 to the London (Western Lines) Division (D01), then to Willesden following abandonment of the LMR Division allocations.
June 1975 to Cricklewood.
Withdrawn November 28th 1982.

Renumbered April 1974.

After withdrawal 25179 was stored at Springs Branch from December 1982 until June 27th 1984 when it was moved with 25130/141/188 to Swindon Works. 25179 was broken up here by the middle of February 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September 1971.
Noted Derby Works April - May 1977.


With its last thirteen years spent allocated to London area depots the potential for 7529/25179 to obtain passenger workings was not great. However one short working that would have been handled by a very few Class 25's, was the Bedford St John's - Bletchley line, covering most likely for an absent diesel multiple unit. On October 29th 7529 worked a Bedford St. Johns - Bletchley service, a grand total of 16 miles.

On May 29th a roundtrip Wolverhampton (?) - Porthmadog charter was worked by 25179 & 25187.

March 9th brought trouble to the Wembley area when an engineers train led by 25236 had three wagons become derailed as they split the trap points on leaving the up loop. Both slow lines were blocked, Willesden had to borrow 25179 from Cricklewood to attend with the breakdown crane, which was in fact not needed, the errant wagons being rerailed by other means.

On July 28th 25179 & 25053 worked the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness to Nottingham, being replaced here by 20006 & 20030.

The remainder of 25179's passenger haulage involved the Midland mainline. On August 7th 25179 & 25264 worked a Leicester - St. Pancras service.

A heavily loaded 15.02 Bristol Manchester parcels on October 9th used 25177 & 25179,

25179's last passenger haulage involved rescuing 45131 on the 08.48 St. Pancras - Sheffield forward from Bedford, the date is stated as either November 4th or November 11th.


Class 25's at Aylesbury invariably meant parcels traffic, here 25179 waits on April 1st 1982 for its next duty. It would spend about four and a half years in a withdrawn state - initially stored at Springs Branch before making its way down to Swindon, being broken up during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Mark Cook.

In its last week of service 25179 was noted passing eastbound through Manchester Victoria with spoil & coal wagons, November 26th.

Pictures of D7529/7529/25179

An eastbound freight hauled by 25179 passes through New Mills, date unknown.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

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

Page added February 11th 2013
Last updated May 11th 2014

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