The nineteen year six month career of D7543/25193 was spent allocated to London Midland Region depots, including much going backwards and forwards between Cricklewood & Toton in the mid to late 1970s.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7543 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on April 17th 1965. Further transfers were:
May 1968 to Longsight (9A).
Renumbered February 16th 1974.
25193 was the 224th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during November 1984.
After withdrawal 25193 was stored at Toton until February 21st 1985 when it moved to Gloucester (see full details below), then on to Swindon Works by February 25th 1985. 25193 was part of a batch of condemned locomotives to leave Swindon Works on June 3rd 1987, moving to Cocklebury Yard, then to Leicester, Humberstone Road and entering Vic Berry's yard on July 4th 1987. The locomotive was briefly placed in the stack, being removed in early November 1987 and scrapped by the middle of the month.
25161, 25193 & 25207 Toton Gloucester Swindon February 21st-25th 1985.
25093, 25126/134/161/164/180/193, 25207/208/260, 25306/327 Swindon Works Cocklebury Yard, June 3rd 1987.
25093, 25180/193, 25306 Cocklebury Yard Vic Berry, Leicester June 3rd - 4th, 1987
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works February & March 1970 (accident damage).
The 02.25 Euston - Bletchley was worked by 25193 on September 13th & 20th. Also on the 20th the 21.18 Perth - Kensington Olympia motorail was worked forward from Willesden by 25193.
The 03.47 Willesden Bescot freight running behind 25193 & 25058 became partially derailed at Bletchley on October 23rd. A burned off journal caused most of the train to derail, only the locomotives and several one hundred ton oil tankers remained on the rails. Electric multiple units 087 & 092 standing in the station sustained minor damage, luckily the fast lines remained open, though it would take three days to clear and repair the slow lines.
Another lengthy trip took place on June 27th with 25193 & 25145 working a 'Cambrian Venturer' charter from Birmingham International to Aberystwyth and return.
25193 was stabled at Toton on July 3rd and received an 'E' examination at Toton during July.
On August 2nd 25193 was recorded as working a portion or all of the 17.14 Derby - St Pancras. The 19.26 Barrow - Preston was worked by 25193 on August 18th. A Skegness - Llandudno Town return mystery excursion on August 30th required the use of 25193 & 25195 as far as Derby following the failure of the booked 47236. A diesel multiple unit failure on September 8th saw 25193 work the 09.55 Llandudno Town - Blaenau Ffestiniog and 11.18 return.
On August 11th 25193 was noted westbound passing Ulverston with a short freight of four nuclear flask vehicles and a brake van.
On March 26th 25193 was stabled at Skipton station with a single oil tank.
April 17th saw the 08.40 Liverpool - York worked forward by 25193 from Manchester Victoria, via Healey Mills to York. 25193 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on April 19th, 20th & 23rd. 25193 was stabled at Cockshute on April 30th.
A visit to East Anglia on June 22nd saw 25193 handling the 08.04 Birmingham New Street - Norwich. 25193 was noted at Crewe station on June 26th.
On July 4th the evening 4E78 Forders - Kings Cross fletliner was worked by 25193 & 25117.
The failure of 81001 on July 6th at Bletchley on the 13.18 Birmingham New Street - Euston saw 25193 take the service in to Euston. It was off to the Cambrian line on July 16th with 25193 & 25236 working the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Shrewsbury, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On August 14th three southbound services with 25200 were handled between Rugby & Bletchley due to the power being off. The next day (15th) 25193 worked the 06.25 Poole - Liverpool between Coventry & Birmingham New Street.
25193 was stabled alongside Peterborough station on August 27th, four days later (31st) 25193 was still in the Peterborough area handling a daily trip freight including delivering paper to a nearby St Neot's factory and household coal to the coal merchant in the station goods yard.
25193 was noted at Banbury on September 9th. Four days later on September 13th 25193 was noted at Lawley Street freight terminal.
25193 was noted eastbound at Barton Moss on October 22nd with a parcels train on ten bogie vehicles.
The final working for 1983 took place on December 21st with 25109, assisting a Class 86/2 on the 23.00 Glasgow Central - Euston between Bletchley & Euston due to the power being off.
25193 was noted at Crewe station with loaded ballast wagons on August 27th.
25191 & 25193 were noted passing through Crewe station light engines on October 17th. 25193 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on October 26th.
25193 was noted at Allerton depot on November 25th 1984.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added June 8th 2013