D7562, 7562, 25212
D7562, 7562, 25212


25212 with a short engineers train somewhere on the WCML during December 1984.

The nineteen and a half years of active service for 7562/25212 was spent allocated to only London Midland depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual braked.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 78 months.

Allocations

D7562 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on December 4th 1965. Further transfers were:

April 1967 to London Division - Western Lines (D01).
March 1968 to Birmingham Division (D02).
December 1970 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
May 1980 to Bescot.
October 1981 to Crewe.
Withdrawn May 12th 1985.

Renumbered February 28th 1974.

After withdrawal 25212 was stored at Basford Hall until moved to Vic Berry, Leicester on July 7th/8th 1987 with 25191, 25278 & 25313. The locomotive was added to the famous stack, being removed late in October 1987 for cutting, being finally disposed of ny the middle of November 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works May & June 1969.
Noted Derby Works August 1973.
Noted Derby Works November 1978 (dual braking equipment fitted).
Noted Derby Works December 1982 & January 1983 (N4 repairs).

Highlights

1971
With a varied LMR allocation history, 7562/25212 acquired an interesting mix of passenger workings. On March 31st a Birmingham New Street - Skegness day excursion used 7562 & 7503 from Nottingham to Skegness and the return to Birmingham.

1973
From time to time the services out of St Pancras utilised pairs of Types 2's, on June 16th the 15.05 St. Pancras - Sheffield used 7562 & 5293 throughout.

1974
Passenger workings during 1974 included a Skegness - Leicester job on May 25th with 25101, and a round trip Nottingham - Llandudno Town (outwards from Derby) on August 31st.

1975
On January 17th the 15.30 St Pancras - Nottingham was worked forward from Leicester with 25212 assisting 45117. On April 8th (or 12th) the 10.25 St. Pancras - Sheffield required assistance from 25212 between Kibworth & Leicester after the Class 45 failed. At Leicester the following 10.30 St Pancras - Derby surrendered its locomotive 45147 to the Sheffield service, whilst 25212 took the Derby service forward.

On May 24th 25212 & 25159 worked the 09.20 Derby - Skegness and the 13.05 return. On August 9th the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25212 & 25123.

1976

Derby July 30th 1976.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

25212 & 25280 worked the 09.20 Derby - Skegness the return Skegness - Derby on August 17th.

When the 10.56 Cambridge - Doncaster diesel multiple unit failed at March on November 3rd 25212 was on hand to assist to Doncaster.

1977
The last week of July 1977 proved to be quite busy for 25212. On July 27th it handled a round trip Derby - Skegness day out with 25269. The next day (28th) the same locomotives worked a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip. It was back to the east coast on July 30th, this time with 25175 on the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram.

1978
The arrival of 25212 on the Peterborough - Liverpool Street parcels at Ipswich on February 11th was nothing unusual, except that the March driver left the train with no available local crew qualified to operate the Class 25. A Class 31 was found to remove the unlucky locomotive.

North Wales was the location of two summer passenger workings for 25212. On August 18th 25212 worked the 15.32 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and 19.30 return. On September 2nd it was the turn of the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.02 return for 25212.

Early November brought a variety of Class 25’s to Kings Lynn, including a block oil train for the sugar beet factory with 25212 & 25310 (8th), deputising for a defective 37264.

1979
On April 25 a Peterborough - Leicester diesel multiple unit required assistance from 25212 after the multiple unit ran out of fuel.

Two round trips took place over the Cambrian lines, on June 9th with 25218 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On June 16th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25212 & 25262. Towards the end of June (29th) the 17.10 Poole - Nottingham was noted at Derby behind 25212.

1980

25212 & 25040 await departure from Nuneaton on October 23rd 1980 with the T43 job to Bescot. 25040 is only along the for the ride to Bescot as it required repairs. Ironically 25040 was not long for this world, it was taken out of service the following month.
Photograph courtesy David Smith.

1982
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.

On September 9th the 19.26 Barrow - Preston and the 22.25 Preston - Barrow were worked by 25212.

1983
On May 28th 25212 & 25202 worked the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. Three weeks later on June 18th the 08.38 Leicester - Skegness and the 12.37 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25212 & 25106. The Ellesmere Port – Riverside tanks ran with 25231 & 25212 on August 9th.

On September 3rd the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe were hauled by 25212 & 25200, the return working had been extended due to late running.

The year closed with 25212 working the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston on December 30th & 31st - hopefully the nights weren't too chilly.

1984
The workings for 1984 focused generally on the North West. Weather problems on January 23rd saw the 10.15 Euston - Glasgow Central hauled from Carlisle to Newcastle by 25212 & 25185, where the train was terminated. Class 25’s were still frequent visitors to Parkeston, often heading back to the LMR on the evening Parkeston – Ditton working so noted were 25095 & 25212 on February 16th.

The 21.44 Preston - Liverpool was worked by 25212 on April 13th, whilst on May 28th a Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria was worked to Preston by 25212.

Having survived a visit to Derby Works late in 1982 for minor repairs, 25212 would soldier on until withdrawn at Crewe in May 1985. Seen here in this fine view at Winwick Jct on June 6, 1984 25212 works a short train of new cars.
Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore.
A lunchtime up goods on June 16th 1984, comprised of heavy track panels hauled by 25212 & 25244 are caught just east of Salthouse Junction in Barrow whilst heading for Carnforth where they will gain access to the West Coast main line.
Photograph courtesy John Broughton.
On July 4th 1984 45132 heads west through Stalybridge with the 16.14 to Liverpool whilst 25212 heads east with a loaded oil train. Depending on the load 25212 would have certainly coughed going up towards Saddleworth, it's only 15 mph through Stalybridge, so basically it's a standing start assuming the signal at the end of the platform is green, if it wasn't, you had two colour light intermediate block signals to encounter on the bank.
Photograph collection of webmaster.

On July 13th 25212 hauled the 07.10 Morecambe - Leeds due to a diesel multiple unit failure. On July 18th it assisted the same working between Morecambe & Lancaster. The final passenger working for 25212 took place on August 1st working the 17.32 Bangor - York as far as Manchester following the failure of 40015. At Manchester Victoria 45044 took over.

Noted at Westbury stabling point on June 24th were 25212 & 25191.

1985
25212 was noted at Willesden South Sidings on March 25th with ballast wagons, the same day it was also noted at Cricklewood.

Noted on April 30th(?) were 25212 & 25058 running light to the Wirral. Noted on May 1st & 2nd were 25212 & 25058 on the Ellesmere Port – Severn Tunnel Jct bitumen tanks. On May 10th 25212 was noted at Stockport on a short train of short-wheelbase tanks.

25212 was withdrawn on May 12th 1985.

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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added February 23rd 2013
Last updated February 2nd 2017

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