The north side of Toton shed plays host to 7559 on an unknown date, perhaps sometime during 1969. The locomotive still retains the original exhaust port location, whilst the clean roof and bodywork at the No.1 end suggest attention has been paid to the leakage commonly associated with the Type 2's at this time.
The twenty year four month career of D7559/25209 included allocations to a variety of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7559 was new to the Nottingham Division on August 28th 1965. Further transfers were:
May 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
Renumbered April 1974.
After withdrawal 25209 was stored at Toton from January 1986 until February 13th 1992 when it was moved by rail to MC Metals, Glasgow arriving in their yard on Februry 19th 1992 and scrapped there during the first week of March 1992.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works October 1969.
1980: A broken rail occurred on the WCML on May 9th between Nuneaton and Rugby, a number of services were diverted over the line to Coventry, 25209 was used as a pilot.
1984 The week of February 15th saw the evening Hardendale – Lackenby freight and returning empties were worked by 25089 & 25209.
1984: The Ditton – Broughton Lane BOC tanks continued with its familiar pair of Classes 25 & 40, so noted were 40001 & 25209 on May 15th.
1984: Class 25’s noted on the Wednesday/Friday’s only early morning Gartson – Forders brickliner included 25209 on May 16th.
1985: On June 5th 25089 & 25209 were noted at Ipswich with the Llanwern – Parkeston tanks.
D7559/25209 acquired a respectable passenger mileage, its first recorded workings being noted in 1973. On June 30th (?) 1973 7559 and an unidentified Class 25 worked the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town. Two months later September 1st 1973 7559 & 5241 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness. The next day (2nd) the same pair were noted on the 18.15 Skegness - Derby.
On June 29th 1974 25209 & 25200 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness.
25209 & 25141 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central on May 31st 1975, returning with the 09.30 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly. On September 16th 1975 25209 worked the 06.52 St. Pancras - Manchester Piccadilly.
On August 14th 1976 25209 & 25167 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly.
The 00.13 Stalybridge - Manchester Victoria was worked by 25209 on May 25th 1977, this being the portion off the 21.50 York - Shrewsbury.
On February 22nd 1979 the 17.50 Manchester Victoria - Rochdale (Oldham loop) was worked by 25209 with hauled stock, this combination may have worked other services this day. On April 28th 1979 a Euston - Blaenau Ffestiniog charter was top'n tailed between Llandudno Junction & Blaenau Ffestiniog by 47515 & 25209. On June 2nd 1979 25209 & 25115 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. The 16.02 Crewe - Cardiff was worked by 25209 on June 21st 1979. The next two workings involved Derby, on July 28th 1979 the 13.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham was worked from Derby by 25209 and on October 20th 1979 the 09.55 Derby - Newquay was worked to Birmingham New Street by sisters 25209 & 25208, being replaced by 47003.
A Paddington - Aberystwyth railtour on April 19th 1980 was worked between Wolverhampton & Aberystwyth roundtrip by 25209 & 25263. The Cambrian line was revisited on June 7th 1980 with 25209 & 25089 working the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. Ten days later on June 17th 1980 25209 was noted in the Carnforth area assisting a diesel multiple unit. On September 20th 1980 the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25209 & 25302.
The failure of 47556 on February 19th 1981 at Birmingham New Street on the 07.20 Leeds - Penzance saw 25209 assist the train to Bristol Temple Meads. On June 13th 1981 sisters 25209 & 25208 worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby. The next day (14th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness. Another rescue job took place on June 28th 1981 when 47463 failed at Wolverhampton with the 13.40 Euston - Shrewsbury, 25209 took the service forward to Shrewsbury. On October 23rd 1981 after a week on similar services, 25209 & 25117 worked 20.50 Kensington Olympia - Stirling motorail to Willesden, the last motorail service from Kensingon Olympia.
The 08.19 Leicester - Skegness on June 13th 1982 was worked to Nottingham by sisters 25209 & 25208 where the locomotives were failed and replaced by 20016 & 20147. A diesel multiple unit failure on August 7th 1982 saw 25209 assist a Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North service. 25209 & 25206 were busy on August 28th/29th 1982 working the 28th's 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury and the 29th's 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and 17.25 return and the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Shrewsbury. On August 31st 1982 31114 failed at Nuneaton with the 14.14 Norwich - Birmingham New Street, 25209 dragged the service to Birmingham New Street. The 10.00 Bradford - Paignton was worked to Leeds by 25209 on September 4th 1982. Cambrian metals were revisited on September 11th 1982 when 25209 & 25242 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
During January 1983 25209 was transferred from Bescot to Longsight, changing the passenger turns available to it. On March 18th 1983 25209 worked the 22.07 Preston - Blackpool North following the failure of the booked diesel multiple unit. Another failure saw 25209 work the 14.14 Norwich - Birmingham New Street forward from Narborough on April 11th 1983 after 31422 failed. On May 31st 1983 25209 & 25035 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness. The latter half of July 1983 was busy for 25209, working the 07.30 Glasgow Central - Carlisle on July 15th & 22nd, the 08.01 Crewe - Cardiff & the 11.40 Cardiff - Crewe on July 18th and the relief 00.01 Preston - Liverpool on July 31st 1983. The 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool was worked from Preston by 25209 on August 23rd 1983. A Waterloo - Bridgnorth 'Severn-Thames Express' railtour on September 17th 1983 was worked out and back between Coventry & Bewdley by 25209 & 25236. Finally for 1983 the 07.16 Manchester Victoria - York on December 3rd was worked by 25209.
On April 1st & 8th 1984 25209 was busy dragging electric services between Willesden & Camden due to the power being off for engineering work. On May 7th 1984 a Swindon - Aberystwyth railtour was worked roundtrip between Birmingham New Street & Aberystwyth by 25209 & 25154. Five days later on May 12th 1984 25209 & 25058 worked a roundtrip Oldham - Llandudno Town day excursion. An electric multiple unit failure on July 27th 1984 saw the 12.42 Manchester Piccadilly - Stafford worked forward from Stoke-on-Trent by 25209. The 'Northern Belle' railtour from Carlisle to Kings Cross on August 20th 1984 was worked by 25209 & 25054 between Appleby & Leeds following the failure of 30777 Sir Lamiel. A relief 00.30 Leicester - Wolverhampton on August 31st 1984 was worked by 25209. A diesel multiple unit failure on November 29th 1984 saw the 16.32 Great Malvern - Birmingham New Street assisted from Stourbridge Junction by 25209. A similar failure on December 29th 1984 found 25209 & 25182 assisting the 09.01 Rock Ferry - Chester.
1985 was the last year in service for 25209, its remaining passenger workings coming after it had been transferred to Crewe during July 1985. On July 29th 1985 the 14.00 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria was worked by 25209 following a diesel multiple unit failure. The failure of a Class 47 on August 5th 1985 allowed 25209 to work the 07.05 Holyhead - Cardiff throughout (?), a total of 244 miles. 25209 was north of the border on September 30th 1985 working the 07.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle and the 12.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central.
Pictures of D7559/7559/25209
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 6th 2013