The twenty year eight month career of D7550/25200 was entirely spent allocated to London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7550 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on June 5th 1965. Further transfers were:
October 1965 to Leicester Division (D15).
Renumbered April 1974.
25200 was the 269th Class 25 to be withdrawn.
25200 was condemned whilst at Derby Works, it was later sold to Vic Berry, Leicester, on a snowy January 19th 1987 47199 took 45117, 45057 & 25200 (with snow still on their roofs) to Humberstone Road, Leicester, 25200 moved into Vic Berry's Yard on January 27th 1987. 25200 was broken up by the third week of February 1987, although the cabs lingered awhile longer.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July - September 1966.
This summer reprieve allowed 25200 & 25209 to work a Derby - Skegness round trip on June 29th.
Kingmoor’s 25200 arrived at Exeter on August 13th with the regular freight from Severn Tunnel Junction, the next day (14th) it was in use on passenger services over the Barnstaple branch!
The failure of 86257 on November 3rd's 11.00 Euston - Birmingham New Street somewhere in the Coventry area found 25200 & 25039 coming to the rescue, taking the service into New Street.
25200 was noted at Derby Works between December 1979 and January 1980 for a General Repair.
On November 11th 25200 & 25201 worked a four coach Royal Train with Prince Charles from ?? to Aberystwyth. The next day (12th) the same locomotives returned the empty stock to Wolverton. Both locomotives had been spruced up for the occasion, complete with silver buffers.
25200 visited Derby during December 1980 and January 1981 for N4 repairs.
Two seaside visits were made by 25200 at the end of May & beginning of June. On May 30th it was off to Yarmouth (well at least to Norwich and back!) with 25182. The next day (May 31st) it was a round trip Leicester - Skegness, still with 25182. And finally on June 6th it was back on the Derby - Yarmouth service with 25215, however the Type 2s got no further than Nottingham where they were failed and replaced by 47334.
25200 was at Derby Works from September 1982 to January 1983 for collision repairs.
It was railtour duty for 25200 & 25086 on a damp May 14th with the 'Amlwch Pioneer' which had started from Euston and utilised the Class 25s between Rock Ferry & Wolverhampton.
25200 was noted through Leighton with 6M86 cement empties for Tring having run round at Bletchley en route from Kings Cross goods on July 25th.
On August 14th 25200 & 25193 were busy between Rugby & Bletchley assisting three services around engineering work which required the power to be off.
It was another visit to the Cambrian lines on September 3rd with 25200 & 25212 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street. They returned eastward with 17.15 Aberystwyth - Manchester Piccadilly as far as Crewe, the train being extended due to late running.
On December 20th power was off on the WCML in the Watford area, 25200 was used to assist the 22.10 Euston - Fort William service to Rugby (?).
On March 29th 25200 worked a five coach York - Derby empty coaching stock movement.
25200 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on April 21st.
May 19th found 25200 visiting Parkeston on the early morning passenger from Wolverhampton, having replaced a failed Class 31 at Nuneaton, it returned west on the booked Harwich - Peterborough passenger service.
Preston continued to see Class 25s on passenger duty, the 16.20 Glasgow to Liverpool on Fridays produced 25200 on May 18th. On June 22nd 25200 assisted a late evening Altrincham - Crewe electric multiple unit service from Sandbach to Crewe, due to the power being off.
25200 was noted shunting at Carnforth North sidings on July 17th.
The failure of 40143 on August 20th's 09.13 Carnforth - Liverpool allowed 25200 to fill in.
25200 & 31102 were noted light engines passing Rugby on September 22nd.
25200 & 25057 were noted at Cwmbran with a very lengthy 6S78 18.10 Severn Tunnel - Mossend freight on September 26th.
The failure of a diesel multiple unit on November 19th's 07.45 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria was covered by 25200. Three days later whilst in charge of the morning Bangor - Bletchley vans 25200 became a total failure on the Northampton line south of Rugby. A following diverted Liverpool – Euston service pushed the failure to Watford Lodge loop, rescue eventually coming in the shape of 31178.
Two further rescues occurred during December, on 15th the 08.40 Euston - Wolverhampton with 81002 failed at Leighton Buzzard, 25200 worked the train forward to Bletchley. And on December 21st a Class 47 expired on the 20.00 Cardiff - Crewe at Craven Arms, 25200 & 25145 took the service forward to Crewe.
25200 was stabled at Preston on January 30th (three piece miniature snow plough equipped).
On February 7th 25200 was noted arriving at Crewe with a Class 304 electric multiple unit.
On March 9th 25200 assisted an afternoon Hadfield - Manchester Piccadilly service forward from Guide Bridge.
On March 21st 25196 & 25200 set out with the Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend freight.
25200 (with snowploughs) was noted northbound at Saltley hauling a rake of coal wagons on April 12th.
25200 & 25191 were noted on May 19th northbound at Preston with the 6S51 06.50 Stanlow Refinery - Bishopbriggs Oil Terminal bogie tankers.
25200 (with snowploughs) & 25051 worked the 6H33 12.08 Carterhouse Junction - Earles Sidings cement empties on May 29th.
Early morning travellers on June 2nd had the delights of 25200 on the 04.31 Crewe - Preston relief.
25213 & 25200 were noted departing Tyne Yard for Carlisle on July 11th.
25276 & 25200 (no snowploughs) started out a Severn Tunnel Junction to Mossend Speedlink on July 24th.
On July 30th 25095 & 25200 were stabled in the goods loop at Stalybridge, with a westbound (empties) bogie oil tanker train.
On August 3rd 1985 Hertfordshire Railtours ran Maxwell's Silver Hammer railtour out of Euston to the Maxwelltown/Dumfries area. From Euston to Wigan North Western 85035 was in charge, at Wigan 20104 & 20090 took over, running via Clitheroe and the S&C to Carlisle. Here 25286 & 25200 were waiting to work to Dumfries, where the train was Top'N'Tailed to Maxwelltown by the Class 25s. Then it was back to Carlisle for the same Class 20's to return to Wigan via the WCML, with 85035 doing the honours back to Euston. Two days later (August 5th) 25200 assisted the 13.45 Lancaster - Carlisle diesel multiple unit forward from Barrow after it got into difficulties.
When 47453 failed at Chester on September 3rd's 10.10 Holyhead - Euston 25200 & 25176 worked the train forward to Crewe.
A regular evening Newcastle – Carlisle – Euston empty coaching stock working frequently used Class 25s, 25200 so noted on September 21st.
25200 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on October 23rd.
The TOP's report indicated 25200 was stopped for the final time on October 31st 1985 with 39 hours due before its next 'A' exam, but was overdue its next 'E' exam by 1,736 hours (about two months). It was moved to Derby Works being noted there during December.
Derby Works finally lost its connection with the Type 2s (after almost 30 years) when 25200 was towed away, with other locomotives to Vic Berry’s on the morning of January 19th. The convoy consisted of 25200, 40075, 45057, 45117, leaving Derby on January 19th and reaching Vic Berry's Yard on January 27th, - 47199 was used to haul the dead locomotives.
By February 1987 25200 had been broken up.
With thanks to Alan Baylis for the passenger working details.
Page added May 5th 2006