The twenty two year career of D7551/25201 was entirely spent allocated to London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7551 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on June 19th 1965. Further transfers were:
October 1965 to Leicester Division (D15).
Renumbered March 30th 1974.
Carried the name Castell - Y -Bere.
25201 was the 304th Class 25 to be withdrawn, leaving 23 Class 25s remaining in service.
After withdrawal 25201 was stored at Basford Hall until moved to Leicester on July 29th 1987 with 25173 & 25288, and moved into Vic Berry's Yard the next day. 25201 was broken up by the third week of January 1988.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1974 (dual braking equipment fitted).
25201 was noted dragging a failed two-car diesel multiple unit through Manchester Victoria station en-route to Newton Heath depot on July 26th.
25201 was noted stabled at Rugby station on July 17th in company with three other Class 25s.
Engineering work on August 7th between Rugby & Bletchley saw 25201 & 25079 assist three electric services over the affected section where the power was off.
It was off to the seaside on August 11th when 25201 worked the 09.37 Derby - Skegness relief and the 18.10 return. Towards the end of the month on August 29th a Nelson - Largs mystery excursion was worked Nelson - Preston and return by 25201 & 25178.
On September 7th 25201 worked two passenger trains, the 18.23 Barrow - Liverpool to Preston, where it was terminated, then the 21.00 Preston - Crewe relief.
On October 26th 1983 25201 worked the 20.15 Tees – Bescot Speedlink.
25201 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on February 25th.
When 31424 failed at Leicester on May 15th working the 07.40 Norwich - Birmingham New Street, 25201 took over and later continued with the 12.30 Birmingham New Street - Peterborough and 17.20 return.
31289 & 25201 were noted at Radlett with a southbound engineers train on June 24th.
25201 came to the rescue again on July 6th when 31423 failed at Nuneaton working the 16.45 Norwich - Birmingham New Street, 25201 completed the working. Two days later (8th) 25201 worked the 17.20 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as Leicester, where 31210 took over.
The Ditton BOC - Broughton Lane tanks continued the use of a Class 25 & 40 pairing, being worked on August 22nd by 25201 & 40028. Four days (26th) later 25201 & 25239 assisted an ailing 85025 throughout on the 02.35 Euston - Bletchley. On August 29th 25201 & 25218 were noted southbound through Warrington with oil tankers.
25201 was noted northbound at Carlisle on the wet evening of September 22nd with loaded cartics.
An oil tank train from Stanlow was noted passing through Chester with 25191 & 25201 on the night of October 1st.
25201 was on hand to cover another failure, this time the diesel multiple unit on November 15th's 17.44 Nottingham - Sleaford and 20.40 Sleaford - Lincoln Central.
For 25201 Christmas 1984 was spent stabled at Springs Branch.
On May 1st 25201 was in charge of the 15.02 Manchester – Bristol parcels. On May 5th 25201 & 25245 started a couple of days of passenger workings, with the 18.28 Liverpool - Barrow followed by the next day's 16.40 Nottingham - Barrow and finally the 21.50 Barrow - Crewe to Preston. 25201 was noted arriving at Crewe station with parcels coaches and later shunting two guards vans there on May 25th during the station remodelling. On the afternoon of May 29th 25173 & 25201 were noted on the ECML at Thirsk with a train of coal empties.
During August 25201 was connected to a couple of Class 33 workings. The failure of 33050 at Shrewsbury on August 24th's 05.33 Cardiff - Crewe saw 25201 take the train forward to Crewe. On August 27th 25201 was noted at Nuneaton with bogie ballast wagons. And on August 28th the 07.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Cardiff was worked forward from Crewe by 25201 & 33004.
25201 was noted at Stafford on September 5th. 25201 & 25191 worked the afternoon Dalston - Grangemouth oil tanks on September 6th.
On September 12th 47520 failed at Chester working the 17.03 Holyhead - York, 25201 took the service to Manchester Victoria. On September 17th the 07.45 Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street with 87034 was dragged between Crewe & Stafford by 25201 & 25173.
When 56105 failed on an afternoon York – Tees coal empties on November 28th, 25175 & 25201 were provided for the remainder of the trip. They later returned south on an evening salt working to Reading.
Perhaps the most interesting passenger working for 1985 for 25201 was on December 14th when it worked the 11.14 Bangor - Newcastle as far as York. Three days later 25908 & 25201 were noted on a Margam – Crewe coal empties.
The 3B05 SO 07.45 Holyhead to Bletchley Yard empty NPCCS on March 1st was noted passing Holywell Junction with 25201.
25201 was stabled at Derby London Road curve on March 8th.
Services from Stanlow continued to see paired Class 25s, the Leeds tankers included 25201 & 25202 on April 18th. The next day (19th) the same pair were noted westbound at Manchester Victoria with bogie oil tankers
25201 was noted light engine at Manchester Victoria on May 18th. On May 27th 31454 failed at Manchester Victoria with the 05.23 Hull - Liverpool, 25201 dragged everything to Liverpool.
The 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria was taken forward from Preston by 25201 on August 12th. On August 24th F & W ran their 100th tour, a re-run of their first trip in 1973. The ‘Snowdonian II’ (1Z37) starting at Paddington used 25201 & 25037 for the 296 mile round trip Wolverhampton to Pwllheli. An oil leak troubled 25201 but on board surgery kept the machine running. The next day (25th) the same locomotives worked a roundtrip Manchester Victoria - Liverpool football special.
25201 was noted eastbound at Manchester Victoria with a parcels train on October 11th. 25201 was receiving attention at Crewe depot on October 19th.
On October 31st 25201 was noted running through Huddersfield with a rake of coaches, later that day it was noted in charge of the 15.02 Manchester – Bristol parcels.
The last four recorded passenger workings for 25201 were all the result of failures and were scattered across the country. On November 3rd 47468 failed at Chester with the 13.00 Bangor - York, 25201 took the train forward to Manchester Victoria. About a month later on December 5th 31408 expired at Leicester on the 10.30 Birmingham New Street - Norwich, 25201 took the train forward to March, being replaced by 37209. It was noted stabled at March depot the next day.
On December 30th a Cardiff - Manchester Piccadilly service failed on departure behind 47564, 25201 is reported to have worked the train to Crewe.
25201 had earlier worked the Guide Bridge - Hartshill working on January 13th. The TOPS report showed it as out of service at Nuneaton on January 17th with loss of power, could its entrapment at Hartshill have something to do with this? Time was running out for 25201, it was noted at Toton on the morning of January 23rd (for repairs?), by the early morning of January 25th it was at Bedford and moved on to Bletchley by the evening of January 26th but again reporting loss of power. Its next move was to Crewe arriving in the early hours of January 29th where it was promptly withdrawn.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added January 28th 2013