The twenty year eight month career of D7548/25198 included allocations to London Midland Region depots, with a very distinct preference for north-west area depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7548 was new to the Nottingham Division on May 22nd 1965. Further transfers were:
November 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
Renumbered March 19th 1974.
25198 was the 272nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of five retired during February 1986.
After withdrawal 25198 was stored at Crewe depot until moved (see details below) to Vic Berry, Leicester on January 12th 1987. By the third week of February 1987 25198 had been scrapped.
25064, 25198, 25224/269 Crewe – Vic Berry, Leicester January 9th-12th, 1987. This was the first movement of scrap locomotives from Crewe to Vic Berry, Leicester.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1974 (dual braking equipment fitted).
The 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly were worked by 25198 & 25088 on August 26th 1978.
25198 was stabled at Northwich on March 9th.
The 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, 14.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 18.17 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria were worked by 25198 on May 17th 1980.
On November 29th stored 40146, 46041/42/43 were moved from York to Swindon by 25198.
25198 was noted light engine at Derby on October 30th.
25198 was stabled at York depot on November 28th.
25198 was noted at Consett East with scrap wagons on May 26th 1982, possibly the last Class 25 to visit Consett.
25198 was recieving attention at Reddish on July 17th.
An early evening Crewe - Derby service on September 6th 1982 was worked by 25198 following a diesel multiple unit failure.
The 12.25 Crewe - Cardiff on May 10th failed before departure with 33063, 25198 worked the service and returned with the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe. On May 16th 25198 was noted at Bristol Bath Road depot.
The 'Manchester Railway Reunion' railtour on June 18th was worked by 25198 & 25196 from Manchester Victoria to Hellifield.
On the morning of July 31st 25198 & 25266 were diagrammed to assist electric services south of Rugby. However 25198 failed to start so it was left to 25266 to provide assistance.
On November 28th (?) 1983 th 21.44 Preston - Liverpool was worked from Wigan N.W. by 25198, being the Liverpool portion of the 18.20 Glasgow - Manchester.
25198 was stabled at Birkenhead on December 3rd.
25198 was stabled at Northwich on March 10th.
25198 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on May 12th.
On June 10th 25198 & 25245 were noted light engines at Nuneaton. 25198 was noted on a fertiliser train heading for Ince at Newport June 19th.
On July 18th 25198 was noted stopped on Primrose Viaduct, Clitheroe with the bridge inspection train. On July 20th 25198 was noted running light engine from Blackburn to Springs Branch depot. The latter half of 1984 produced a number of passenger workings for 25198. On July 23rd the 08.20 Liverpool - Birmingham International was worked to Crewe by 25198 due to a power failure. The next day (24th) 25198 worked the 21.44 Preston - Liverpool (ex 18.20 Glasgow - Manchester). On July 28th 25198 & 25178 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton returning with the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On July 30th 25198 & 25258 worked the 6V32) Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction bitumen tanks. On July 31st 25198 & 25202 were noted at Birkenhead Mollington Street with an engineers train.
On August 14th 25198 worked the relief 02.47 Carlisle - Newcastle following the failure of the diesel multiple unit. A lineside fire on August 23rd saw the 09.45 Euston - Glasgow Central assisted between Preston & Lancaster by 25198 due to the power being off. The next day (24th) the 17.03 Euston - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston by 25198.
The failure of 33021 on September 3rd at Harlescott whilst working the 11.45 Cardiff - Crewe saw 25198 drag the train to Crewe. On September 9th 25198 & 25202 worked the 12.10 Glasgow Central - Euston between Preston & Crewe due to engineering works requiring a diversion. The 07.20 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria, 10.15 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North and the 13.55 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria were worked by 25198 on September 18th.
25198 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on November 28th.
On April 22nd 25190 & 25198 were noted passing Stonebridge Park. On April 26th 25190 & 25198 were noted passing Primrose Hill Junction, (Camden Road West) with a train of bulk powder tankers. An Eastbourne - Bedford charter on April 27th was worked forward from Mitre Bridge Junction by 25198 & 31217 after 47597 failed.
On May 16th 25198 was noted northbound at Clay Cross with an empty steel train from the Derby direction. Later in the day 25198 returned south with the 6V03 18.20 Scunthorpe - Severn Tunnel Junction merry-go-round empties. On May 29th 25198 was noted at Warrington Arpley on a mixed freight from Widnes.
The 'Blackpool Boomerang' railtour on June 1st from Kings Cross to Blackpool North was worked from Horbury Junction to Blackpool North by 25198 & 25175. 25198 was noted southbound at Basford Hall with a parcels train on June 14th.
25198 worked the 6V34 12.27 Albion - Waterston on July 3rd, being noted at Cwmbran. On July 4th 25198 & 25095 worked the 6V32 Ellesmere Port - Cranmore (?) bitument train.
On August 22nd the 19.00 Euston - Holyhead failed at Nuneaton behind 87101, 25198 dragged the train to Crewe.
The last passenger working for 25198 took place on September 2nd with 25198 working the 15.25 Carstairs - Edinburgh, being the portion off the 11.10 Birmingham - Inverness.
25198 was noted at Llandudno Junction with a loaded ballast train on October 13th. 25198 was noted passing Water Orton with empty bogie flats on October 18th.
25198 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on Christmas Day.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added August 31st 2013