The nineteen year four month career of D7557/25207 was split between London Midland & Western Region depots, with the bulk of the time at the London Midland depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7557 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on August 7th 1965. Further transfers were:
September 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
Renumbered to February 16th 1974.
25207 was the 225th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during November 1984.
After withdrawal 25207 was stored at Toton until moved to Swindon Works February 21st - 25th 1985 (detail of moves below). The Works closed before 25207 could be scrapped, it moved to Cocklebury Yard on June 3rd 1987, Leicester Humberstone Road June 4th and into Vic Berry's yard on June 5th 1987. The locomotive became part of the stack until removed during the third week of February 1988, and scrapped by the second week of March 1988.
25161/193, 25207 Toton – Gloucester – Swindon Works February 21st-25th 1985.
25093, 25126/134/161/164/180/193, 25207/208/260, 25306/327 Swindon Works – Cocklebury Yard, June 3rd 1987.
25161, 25207/208, 25327 Cocklebury Yard – Vic Berry, Leicester June 4th - 5th, 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1970.
During May pairs of Class 25’s substituted for Class 45’s on coal trains destined for the Kent area with 7557 & 5187 noted on May 17th working a Brent - Southfleet service and the return Betteshanger - Toton.
Two Skegness roundtrips have so far been recorded for 1973, from Leicester on June 17th with 5279 and from Derby on July 1st with 5233. On June 30th this same pair were noted on the Derby - Nottingham line with the Etches Park maroon set of coaches.
During March 25207 was transferred to Laira, to spend two and a half years in the West Country.
On August 2nd 25207 was noted hauling a three-car Swindon unit, noted at Perranwell & Truro.
25207's last transfer was to Bescot during October.
New freight contracts out of Heysham brought a considerable influx of Class 25’s to the area, working the South Leith – Heysham coated gas pipes and return empties. The first train ran on September 29th behind 25262 & 25285, with the contract expected to last into the New Year (1982). During October 25201 & 25207 were regular performers on this working.
During February 25207 received an 'E' examination at Tyseley.
On April 20th the 07.51 Lincoln St. Marks - Birmingham New Street diesel multiple unit required assistance at least from Nuneaton, possibly Leicester.
The Mountsorrel – Radlett ‘Redland’ stone working regularly required two Type 4 machines to handle the forty eight loaded wagons, however on May 14th 25212 & 25207 were in charge of forty seven wagons.
The 10.39 Carlisle - Newcastle on July 23rd required assistance throughout following the failure of the diesel multiple unit. A run over the Cambrian line took place on August 14th with 25207 & 25190 working the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
On March 2nd 25207 was an unusual choice for merry-go-round empties in the Huddersfield area, normally the fixture for Knottingley’s Class 47/3’s.
On the evening of May 21st Class 40 No. 40069 was noted assisting a failed 25207 and its load of ICI hoppers out of the loop at Altrincham, headed for Northwich.
On July 23rd 1984 25207 & 40044 were noted on the BOC tanks passing Manchester Victoria.
The other two recorded passenger workings during 1983 were also in winter, on November 8th 25207 worked the 07.48 Leicester - Leeds to Nottingham and on December 1st 25207 assisted the 10.38 Stranraer Harbour - Euston between Lancaster & Preston due to a power failure.
Class 25s filling in for pairs of Class 37’s on the morning Earles Sidings – Widnes cement included 25207 & 25230 on April 9th.
On April 19th the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria was worked forward from Preston by 25207. More assistance was provided on May 13th when the 07.15 Euston - Holyhead charter was dragged between Northampton & Coventry by 25207 & 25072, the power being off for engineering work. On June 2nd 25207 & 25042 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
25207 & 25076 were noted on July 12th's 6V32 1456 Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction freight. On July 23rd the eastbound BOC tank train was noted at Manchester Victoria behind 25207 & 40044.
25207 was north of the border on July 31st working the 07.25 Glasgow Central - Carlisle. The 23.00 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North on August 10th was worked throughout by 25207.
And finally on October 24th 25207 & 25205 worked the 19.00 Manchester Piccadilly - Cardiff forward from Crewe, a relief parcels train with passenger accommodation?
25207 was withdrawn on November 12th 1984.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added July 13th 2013