The eighteen year nine month career of D7558/25208 included allocations to London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7558 was new to the Nottingham Division on August 14th 1965. Further transfers were:
May 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
Renumbered September 1st 1973.
25208 was the 217th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during May 1984.
After withdrawal 25208 was briefly stored at Newton Heath until moved (see details below) to Swindon Works on June 25th 1984. However the Works closed before 25208 could be scrapped. It was moved to Cocklebury Yard on June 3rd 1987, Leicester Humberstone Road on June 4th and into Vic Berry's, Leicester yard on June 5th 1987. By the third week of July 1987 25208 had been scrapped, although the cabs lingered until September 1987.
25126/134/158, 25208 Newton Heath – Swindon Works June 25th 1984 (none of this batch would be scrapped at Swindon).
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 August 1973.
On September 14th 1978 25208 worked the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe. On October 21st 1978 the 'Lindisfarne' railtour was worked from St. Pancras to Derby by 25208 & 25218, taking over at Derby were 40013 & 40015.
On May 29th 25208 was noted eastbound at Manchester Victoria with a lengthy mixed freight.
The 11.05 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead was worked by 25208 on June 9th 1979. It was a busy weekend for 25208 on August 11th/12th 1979. On 11th 25208 & 25305 worked the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (12th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The 09.55 Derby – Newquay on October 20th 1979 was worked by 25208 & 25209 to Birmingham New Street being replaced here by 47003.
On November 6th 25104 & 25208 worked the 01.36 Whitemoor - Temple Mills freight, via Broxbourne.
On December 8th 1979 passengers on the 07.04 Leicester – Parkeston Quay diesel multiple unit (51289 & 56131) received haulage from 25140 after the diesel multiple unit failed. This machine was replaced at March by 25208 after the reporting of a defective horn on 25140. At Cambridge passengers transferred to a replacement diesel multiple unit!
The summer of 1980 produced a number of Cambrian line workings for 25208. On June 21st 1980 25208 & 25313 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (22nd) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The same diagram as June 22nd was worked on July 13th 1980 by 25208 & 25215. On August 23rd 1980 25208 & 25154 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
On the weekend of June 13th/14th 25209 & 25208 were back together again working the 13th's 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The next day (14th) they worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness. 25208 & 25034 were noted with a lengthy mineral train at Northampton on June 23rd.
On August 9th a Northampton - Morecambe roundtrip mystery excursion was worked by 25208 & 25213.
On October 19th 25208 was noted southbound at Sileby with a lengthy train of loaded ballast wagons from Mountsorrel.
On June 5th 25208 was stabled at Motherwell. June 13th saw 25208 & 25209 working the 08.19 Leicester - Skegness but being failed at Nottingham and replaced by 20016 & 20147. Two weekends in September saw 25208 very active, on September 4th 1982 25208 & 25242 worked the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next weekend (11th) 25208 & 25181 worked the relief 07.43 Derby - Weston-super-Mare and the return relief 11.35 Weston-super-Mare - Derby. The 07.32 Stranraer Harbour - Glasgow Central on October 22nd 1982 was worked to Ayr by 25208 & 26026.
25208 was stabled at Carlisle Kingmoor on Christmas Eve 1982.
On March 9th 25206 & 25208 were in charge of an early morning Trafford Park – Newcastle Freightliner working.
On June 11th 1983 the 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury was worked forward from Birmingham New Street by 25208 & 25205, the same working was handled on June 25th 1983 by 25208 & 25196.
25208 was noted light engine at Guide Bridge on November 30th.
25208 was withdrawn on May 4th 1984.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
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