The twenty year eight month career of D7561/25211 was spent entirely allocated to London Midland Region depots.
D7561 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on October 23rd 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1967 to London Division (D01)
Renumbered November 24th 1973.
After withdrawal 25211 was stored at Crewe before moving to Bescot Yard during October 1986. 25211 was sold to MC Metal Processing, Glasgow about September 1993. After seven years dumped at Bescot it was taken by road to Glasgow, arriving at MC Metals on June 14th 1995. By the first week of July 1995 25211 had been broken up, the last Class 25 to be so treated.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1966.
D7561 was noted at Derby Works during October.
D7561 was reallocated to the London Division (D01) during April.
On July 5th the 13.35 Banbury - Marylebone DMU service required the assistance of 7561 throughout following the failure of the DMU.
When the 08.01 Manchester Piccadilly - St. Pancras failed at Derby on October 23rd behind Class 45 No. 132 the train was taken forward to Leicester by 7581, here the Class 25 was replaced by a Class 45.
7561 was noted at Derby Works during November, it was renumbered on November 24th, presumably when it was still in Works.
It was a trip to the seaside with 25046 on August 3rd working the 12.30 Skegness - Leicester having presumably worked out on the 08.52 from Leicester.
On June 12th it was off to Norwich with 25065 on the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth, returning from Norwich with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.
On August 14th 25211 & 25029 had quite a day out working the 1V77 09.49 Nottingham - Paignton throughout. Its not recorded how the Class 25's returned from the West Country.
During April 24081 was a regular visitor to Hereford. It arrived with 25211 on 9th on a freight from Stoke to South Wales, returning north with the 15.10 Radyr – Shotwick. On Easter Monday April 16th the good weather saw large numbers of visitors spend a day at Blackpool. This was great for business but overwhelmed the passenger services when it was time for everyone to go home. To ease the crowded conditions the police asked BR to provide additional services to assist in getting the crowds home. With the evening’s final diesel multiple unit services imitating sardine cans emergency resources produced 25211 with eight coaches and 40151 with elevens coaches, both bound for stations to Manchester Victoria.
There were more trips to the seaside during August, on 11th 25211 replaced 25133 at Derby with the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and returned with the 13.00 to Nottingham. On August 15th 25211 & 25221 worked a Cliffe Hill - Hayes freight. The next day (16th) the same pair were off to the East coast on a roundtrip Derby - Skegness relief (the 09.53 from Nottingham which this day started from Derby) and the 18.15 return to Derby.
September 14th found 25211 in charge of the 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly between Gloucester and Birmingham New Street, naturally requiring a pair of Class 37's to assist the train up Lickey Incline. 25211 would recieve an 'E' exam (its last?) at Reddish during September.
A month later on October 14th 25211 worked the 15.15 Flint - Euston as far as Crewe. This train normally started from Holyhead. The next day (15th) the 13.22 Norwich - Birmingham New Street failed behind 25211 at ??, 31417 pushed the service to ??
A month later on February 20th 25211 & 25196 were on hand to assist 86318 between Tring & Bletchley after it had failed on the 09.40 Euston - Wolverhampton. At Bletchley 47537 replaced the three locomotives.
There were two short passenger turns in October. Firstly from Ashton-under-Lyne to Manchester Victoria in providing assistance to the 17.10 York - Manchester Victoria. Secondly on the same route on October 15th when 45077 working the 08.05 Liverpool - Newcastle required assistance from Stalybridge to Leeds, where both were replaced by 46045.
On November 1st 25211 provided assistance to the 07.40 Norwich - Birmingham New Street from Nuneaton to Birmingham New Street after 31419 had failed.
More failures in December, again in the Manchester area brought more unexpected passenger haulage for 25211. When the 22.34 York - Shrewsbury with 45103 expired at Standedge Tunnel, it was 25211 that took the train on to Crewe. Then shortly after Christmas on December 28th 46026 expired at Manchester Victoria with the 08.05 Liverpool - Newcastle, 25211 took the train on to Leeds.
When 47413 failed at Kilmarnock on March 14th with the 21.50 Glasgow Central - Euston 25211 worked the train forward to Carlisle. On April 9th Edge Hill could provide nothing bigger than 25211 for the 09.05 Liverpool - Scarborough which it worked as far as Leeds before being replaced.
The failure of a Class 31 at Nuneaton on June 29th whilst hauling the 12.10 Cambridge - Birmingham New Street saw 25211 on hand to take the train forward to New Street.
25211 was reallocated to Bescot during July.
August 20th found the Severn Tunnel Jct – Whitemoor ‘Speedlink’ service, normally a Class 37 turn, in the hands of 25211 & 25258. 25211 was still in the area on the 23rd when it started a three day turn on the Cardiff - Crewe services, starting with the 23rd's 11.45 Cardiff - Crewe from Abergavenny after 33008 failed. Another seven workings followed, ending on the 25th with the 10.03 Crewe - Cardiff, a total of approximately 1,080 miles over these three days. Two days later (27th) 25211 assisted the 20.36 Lichfield City - Longbridge from Lichfield City to Birmingham New Street after the DMU failed at the outset.
February 10th's 21.44 Preston - Liverpool was worked by 25211.
When the 14.13 Portsmouth - York arrived at Birmingham on May 2nd Saltley had turned out 25211 to work the service northwards. The good news ended at Derby where a Class 45/1 was waiting to take over. At the end of the month 25211 was back on the NE/SW route, this time however the Class 25 was allowed full access to the route working May 28th's relief 14.25 York - Plymouth as far as Bristol Temple Meads. What a delight that must have been, happy days!
The last transfer for 25211 came in July when it was allocated to Crewe.
25211 was north of the border on August 11th when it worked the 13.45 Plymouth - Edinburgh forward from Carstairs. It appears to have stayed in the area for a couple of days as it was noted on ECS duties at Edinburgh Waverley on August 14th.
Many of BR's freight services were frequently withdrawn from the timetable with little fanfare and often mourned only by those locals who knew of their operations. One such working was the Charringtons oil train from Ripple Lane to the small Charringtons depot at Hawkesbury Lane on the Coventry - Nuneaton line. This was generally electrically hauled over the WCML to Coventry where a diesel would take over for the short run to Hawkesbury Lane. The last working of this train occurred on May 7th 1986, after which the depot was closed, its work being transferred to their Brownhills facility. The diesel locomotive on duty this was day 25211 and local enthusiast Ron Kosys was aware of this last working and was able to capture on film both the north & southbound workings (see below). The northbound loaded working was the 6M43 04.05 Ripple Lane - Charringtons, whilst the southbound empties was the 7E53 13.42 Charringtons - Ripple Lane.
The end came on June 27th 1986 when 25211 was withdrawn from Crewe. The locomotive was initially stored at Crewe before being moved to Bescot by November 1986, possibly earlier. Here it went into hibernation for nine years, it should have been expected to make the short journey to Vic Berry's at Leicester but the unexpected closure of the facility prompted its continued stay at Bescot.
1993 - 1995
Page added February 7th 2009