The twenty one year eight month career of D7549/25199 included allocations to London Midland Region depots, again with a preference to depots in the north-west.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7549 was new to the Nottingham Division on May 29th 1965. Further transfers were:
October 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
Renumbered March 21st 1974.
25199 was the 307th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during February 1987.
After withdrawal 25199 was stored at Basford Hall until moved (see details below) to Vic Berry, Leicester on June 2nd/3rd 1987. The locomotive was placed in the stack by October 1987, being scrapped eighteen months later by the end of April 1989.
25199, 25244/249, 25906 Crewe Diesel – Vic Berry, Leicester June 2nd/3rd, 1987
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works November 1968.
25199 was noted eastbound at New Mills Central on the afternoon of August 16th with ICI limestone empties for Tunstead.
The last week of June had seen a continuing shortage of diesel multiple units in the Liverpool area, leading to a number of locomotive hauled trains substituting. Class 25’s took over the 01.23 Stafford – Liverpool Lime St and the following 06.30 to Manchester Victoria. Noted were 25325 (22nd), 25186 (23rd), 25172 (24th) and 25199 (25th), each from a different depot!
The 01.50 Crewe - Cardiff was worked by 25199 & 25042 on February 15th. On August 1st 1981 25199 & 25073 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury, 25199 failed at Shrewsbury and was removed.
The 03.54 Ditton – Broughton Lane, Sheffield BOC tanks featured 25199 & 40118 on August 11th.
On October 23rd 25187 was noted hauling 47207, 25199 and another Class 25 at Beeston Castle & Tarporley headed towards Crewe.
On November 26th 25199 was noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with a mixed freight including mineral wagons & ICI tankers.
The 'Ffestiniog Pullman' railtour on June 26th saw the roundtrip Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog segment worked by 25199 & 25276.
25199 was noted at Llandudno Junction on July 8th. On July 28th 25199 & 25083 worked a roundtrip Derby - Aberystwyth day excursion for a total of 408 miles.
On August 3rd 25199 was noted at Rock Ferry with the 6E93 Birkenhead Docks - Whitemore Yard freight, including five wagons of fertiliser.
September 18th found Severn Tunnel Junction depot using two Class 25s on local workings, 25199 on the morning local to Hereford and 25084 to Gloucester. 25199 was stabled at Shrewsbury on September 24th.
Overhead line damage on December 20th/21st 1983 saw 25199 & 25236 assist two WCML workings, the 20th's 23.35 Euston - Glasgow Central and the 21st's 06.00 Wolverhampton - Euston were both assisted between Rugby & Euston.
25199 was noted passing Cwmbran with an engineers train on May 29th.
25199 & 86209 were noted with an unidentified Euston bound service passing Soulbury on June 8th. 25199 was noted light engine at Bedford on June 21st.
Cambrian metals were visited by 25199 & 25109 on July 14th, working the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
A visit to Derby Works in the last week of August found only one Class 25 under repair, 25199 in for rectification work.
25199 was noted at Stafford on September 16th with a permanent way train. A diesel multiple unit failure on September 18th saw 25199 assist the 08.10 Crewe - Derby throughout. 25237 & 25199 were noted passing Chester light engines on September 29th.
With both Classes 25 & 40 slowly succumbing to withdrawal the infamous Ditton – Broughton Lane BOC working saw a number of trials involving Classes 37, 47 & 56 during late September/early October. However October 8th found the working behind 25199 & 40194, which on returning to Speke took out a Halewood – Dagenham car train as far as Crewe. On October 24th the 13.55 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria was worked forward from Preston after the Class 47 failed.
25199 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on November 7th. The 08.47 Holyhead - Newcastle on November 8th was worked from Manchester Victoria to Leeds, a Class 45/1 taking over at Leeds.
The latter half of 1985 produced a batch of passenger workings. On July 7th 25199 worked a Derby - Skegness roundtrip. Ten days later on July 17th 25199 handled the 18.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston but failed at Leyland, 47129 took the train forward.
25199 was north of the border on August 26th working the 15.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.
Late September found 25199 in service on a variety of Sottish Region turns. On September 20th 25199 worked the 16.56 Carstairs - Edinburgh (portion off the 07.17 Harwich - Glasgow) after the booked Class 47 was failed. Later the same day (20th) 25199 worked the 17.55 Edinburgh - Dunbar and 18.42 return. The next day (21st) 25199 worked an Edinburgh - Dunblane service following the failure of a diesel multiple unit. On September 24th 25199 was noted at Carstairs. The next day (25th) 25199 worked the 13.05 Carstairs - Edinburgh (portion off the 09.27 Liverpool - Glasgow) and followed up with the 16.10 Edinburgh - Carstairs (portion for 16.15 Glasgow - Liverpool).
On October 10th 25199 & 25213 were noted northbound through Warrington Bank Quay with a sand train (?).
On November 16th 25199 & 25316 worked the 18.05 Euston - Barrow forward from Preston.
25199 was noted at Bidston with loaded ballast hoppers on March 23rd.
On April 3rd 25199 & 25190 were noted eastbound at Mirfield with at least twelve bogie oil tankers, possibly the Stanlow - Hunslet East.
25199 worked the 3V20 15.10 Manchester - Bristol Temple Meads four vehicle parcels on May 6th.
25199 was noted eastbound at Manchester Victoria with mineral wagons on June 27th.
On July 2nd 25199 worked the 16.20 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North and the 18.15 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria.
On August 8th the 06.30 Wolverhampton - Shrewsbury, 16.15 Shrewsbury - Crewe and the 17.18 Crewe - Shrewsbury were handled by 25199 with hauled stock.
25199 was noted northbound at Findern on September 18th with seven diesel multiple unit vehicles.
25199 was stabled at Cockshute on October 11th. With 40046 recently moved from the MOD at Moreton on Lugg, a replacement machine was required for their exercises. This arrived in the shape of 47403 on October 13th, the locomotive brought from Bescot to Hereford two days earlier by 25199.
25199 was stabled at Saltley on November 1st.
On January 19th 25199 was busy on a freight to Aberystwyth.
25199 was noted passing the site of Bushbury shed and sidings with an up permanent way engineer's train on February 1st. The next day (2nd) 25199 worked the 01.00 Stanlow - Aberyswyth short wheelbase oil tanks.
25199 was withdrawn on February 9th 1987.
At least one cabside number panel escaped scrapping.
Three-piece miniature snowploughs fitted: March 1979 (black) - February 1980, April 1981, November 1982, December 1982.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added September 1st 2013