D7539, 7539, 25189
D7539, 7539, 25189

The twenty year four month career of D7539/25189 included allocations to a multitude of London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipment fitted.


D7539 was new to Toton on March 27th 1965. Further transfers were:

May 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
October 1969 to London Division (D01).
January 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02).
July 1971 to Manchester Division (D09).
October 1971 to Liverpool Division (D08).
April 1972 to Birmingham Division (D02).
October 1972 to Manchester Division (D09).
December 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
November 1973 to Bescot.
March 1974 to Willesden.
August 1974 to Longsight.
February 1976 to Cricklewood.
October 1976 to Toton.
April 1977 to Cricklewood.
January 1984 to Crewe.
Withdrawn July 12th 1985.

Renumbered February 23rd 1974.

After withdrawal 25188 was stored at Crewe Gresty Lane from October 1985 until January 1986 when it was moved (see details below) to Doncaster Works, and broken up there by the end of May 1986 although the cabs lingered until at least July 1986.

25060, 25189, 37004, 37203 moved as the 9Z34 10.30am Crewe Depot – Doncaster Works, January 21st 1986 by 31134.

The method by which the various Workshops scrapped locomotives seemed to vary considerably. Here at Doncaster Works the cutters have neatly cut the panelling above the frames on 25189, seen here are April 27th 1986.
Photograph courtesy Paul Bettany.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works December 1966.
Noted Derby Works April & May 1973.
Noted Derby Works August 1979.
Noted Derby Works January - March 1979 (General repair and dual brake equipment fitted).


1980: There was a multitude of Class 25’s in the area of Bushey & Oxhey station from February 17th onwards following the dramatic derailment there of the 16th’s 20.25 Euston – Manchester due to a track defect. The locomotive 87007 was the only part of the train to remain on the tracks, four of the MkIII coaches ended up on their sides, with one (M12162) bringing down the overhead gantries, which blocked the slow lines. Most fortunately there were only minor injuries. Three breakdown cranes attended, from Bescot, Finsbury Park – brought in by 25279 & 25256, and Old Oak Common – arrived behind 25152 & 25189. The slow lines were reopened late on the 17th, the dc lines late on the 19th, the fast lines by the 25th. Spoil trains used 25222 & 25243 and 25130 & 25173, this first pair returned with track panels on 21st, followed by 25256 on the re-wiring train.

On August 31st 1968 7539 & 7677 worked the 09.35 Sheffield - Llandudno Town and 14.28 return.

The 19.05 St. Pancras - Sheffield required assistance on December 15th 1969 from 7539 between Napsbury and Sheffield after Class 47 No.1533 failed.

On July 7th 1973 the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the 13.55 Llandudno Town - Nottingham was worked by 7539 at least from/to Derby.

The 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth on August 23rd 1975 was worked to Lincoln Central by 25189 & 25141, returning with the 09.30 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly.

Engineering work on July 29th 1979 saw the 11.40 Euston - Wolverhampton dragged between Bletchley & Northampton by 25189 & 25182. The LVRC 'The Venerable Bede' railtour on October 6th 1979 was worked between Watford Junction & Newcastle by 25189 & 25236, taking over at Newcastle were 31156 & 31209.

A Stoke-on-Trent - Norwood Junction football special was worked throughout (?) on February 9th 1980 by 25189 & 25222, a total of 310 miles. The continuing shortage of electric locomotives led to the novel use of pairs of Cricklewood’s Class 25’s on the heavy Kensington Olympia – Stirling Motorail service. 25180 & 25190 handled the down working on June 2nd 1980, 25189 & 25054 up on 3rd, the latter pair were also used the following night. They worked as far as Crewe, coming south with the 23.40 ex Stirling. 25189, recently mentioned on the Motorail services, had by the 9th reached the Middlesborough area on local workings, before retiring for a couple of days to Gateshead for repairs.

On June 11th 1981 the 07.40 Bedford - St. Pancras was worked by 25189. On August 15th 1981 25189 & 25178 were busy on the Kensington Olympia - Willesden motorails.

On May 31st 1982, the day of the Pope's visit to the north-west 25189 worked the 08.10 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston after 40052 failed having run out of fuel. 25189 continued on with the 11.45 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North, the 14.10 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria, the 17.15 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North and the 19.40 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria. On September 8th 1982 the 11.27 (or 14.03?) Derby - Plymouth was worked to Bristol Temple Meads after the failure of the HST. Blea Moor was a poor place for 47455 to fail whilst working a charter on October 30th 1982. The train had stopped to detach pilot 31115 (from Hellifield), but was unable to restart, ninety minutes passed until 25189 & 25176 arrived taking the train on to Culgaith, where they were replaced by 37048 for the run to Carlisle.

25189 was north of the border on August 16th 1983 working the 07.30 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.

Cambrian metals were visited on June 2nd 1984 with 25189 & 25076 working the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. A month later on July 7th 1984 the 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury was worked forward from Wolverhampton by 25189 & 25060.

The final two passenger workings for 25189 involved diesel multiple unit failures. On March 25th 1985 25189 assisted the 06.10 Kidderminster - Birmingham New Street from Stourbridge Junction and on June 17th 1985 worked the 07.30 Shrewsbury - Chester, in both cases the diesel multiple unit had become a failure.

Pictures of D7539/7539/25189

Its February 28th 1982 and 25189 stands in the dampness whilst being refuelled at Willesden. Visible through all the electrification clutter is the Proler car crushing/recycling plant, complete with its resident Class 03.
From the collection of Mark Cook.
A fine portrait of 25189 at Speke Junction on September 6th 1984. 25189 was taken out of service at Crewe - it remained here for six months prior to movement to Doncaster, where it was broken up during May 1986.
Photograph Danny Preston, courtesy Neil Johnson.

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

No flk

Page added August 27th 2013

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