D7537, 7537, 25187
D7537, 7537, 25187

D7537/25187 was another of the Class 25 fleet to be allocated only to London Midland Region depots, in this case for seventeen years and eight months and allocated mostly to Midland & London area depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over.
Dual brake equipped.


D7537 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on March 13th 1965. Further transfers were:

October 1965 to Leicester Division (D15).
August 1967 to Birmingham Division (D16).
July 1969 to London Division (D01).
January 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02).
May 1973 to Bescot.
March 1974 to Willesden.
March 1974 to Bescot.
January 1980 to Longsight.
Withdrawn November 28th 1982.

Renumbered to April 1974.

After withdrawal 25187 was stored at Saltley from November 1982 to February when it was moved to Bescot (see detail below). 25187 remained here until moved to Swindon Cocklebury Yard on July 11th 1984 and into Swindon Works by July 25th 1984. By the end of January 1987 25187 had been scrapped.

25067, 25101/157/187 Wolverhampton (25067) – Bescot – Swindon Works, July 6th - 11th 1984.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September 1972.
Noted Derby Works April & May 1977.
Noted Derby Works November 1978.


1980: On July 21st 25157 & 25187 were in charge of the 07.20 Newcastle – Leeds parcels.

The 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.52 return on June 14th 1969 were worked by 7537 & 7533. The Women’s International Hockey Match at Wembley on March 14th 1970 brought four specials, two led by 1727 (Wolverhampton) & 95 (Nottingham), the others had class 25 haulage from Willesden with 5185 on thirteen coaches (Crewe) and 7537 & 5219 on sixteen coaches to Barrow.

A day excursion on May 27th 1973 from Burton on Trent to Yarmouth was worked out and back (?) by 7537 & 7664. On July 6th 1974 25187 & 25262 worked the full Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. Presumably deputising for a missing diesel multiple unit, on September 6th 1974 25187 worked the 10.30 Worcester Shrub Hill - Birmingham New Street, via Stourbridge Junction. On September 28th 1974 25187 & 25273 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Norwich and 15.18 return.

On July 5th 1975 the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and 12.30 return were worked by 25187 & 25269.

1977 produced a number of sightings of 25187 on passenger workings but with some sketchy details. On May 29th a charter believed to have originated in the West Midlands worked through to Porthmadog from (?) Wolverhampton with 25187 & 25179. Two months later on July 30th a NE/SW working from Birmingham New Street to Paignton was worked by 25187 & 25269 (or was it 25289?), quite where the working started is uncertain, either Nottingham (9.47) or Leicester (9.34). On August 7th 1977 the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and 17.30 return were worked by 25187 & 25325. Two weeks later on August 21st a Wellingborough (?) - Barmouth mystery excursion was worked out and back by 25187 & 25262. Skegness was the destination for excursions on August 29th & 30th with 25187 & 25145, the starting points not yet known for either date. The same pair were still together on September 4th 1977 and worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth from Shrewsbury and the 17.30 return as far as Shrewsbury.

A Bewdley - Paignton charter on May 6th 1978 was worked the five miles out & back to Kidderminster by 25187 & 25261.

During 1980 two trips were worked over the Cambrian lines, on July 26th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25187 & 25272. The next day (27th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Birmingham New Street.

1981 produced another Cambrian line working, on June 13th 25187 & 25090 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The next day (14th) the same pair worked a roundtrip 08.40 Birmingham New Street - Blackpool North day excursion, the outward journey was via Cannock, Stoke on Trent & Manchester Victoria, the return was via the WCML direct.

The final recorded passenger workings for 25187 took place on October 19th 1982 with the 09.53 Bangor - Manchester Victoria and 13.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor.

Pictures of D7537/7537/25187

Its July 30th 1977 with 25187 & 25269 at sunny Paignton, recently arrived from Birmingham New Street.
Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
Looks like a cool winter's day as 25187 heads south past Bishop's Itchington with a loaded ballast train. Just visible in the background is the Blue Circle cement plant.
Photograph courtesy Andy Hoare.

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


Page added July 16th 2013

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