The nineteen year six month career of D7569/25219 included allocations to London Midland, Eastern & Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7569 was new to Cricklewood West (14B) on October 12th 1963. Further transfers were:
October 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered May 1974.
25219 was the 172nd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during April 1983.
After withdrawal 25219 was stored at Cricklewood until moved (with 25075, 25306 & 25326) to Acton on May 8th 1985, then to Swindon on May 14th 1985 and into the Works the next day. By the end of February 1987 it had been scrapped.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works May 1966.
D7569 made its Corby test run on September 25th 1963.
During October Saltley borrowed D5390 (and later 5389/94) from Leicester and brand new D7569 for crew training. The BRCW's were used for the Washwood Heath - Whitemoor freights, previously D5403 had been loaned to March for crew training for these workings.
D7569 was noted at Derby Works during October.
Unusual visitors to Severn Tunnel Junction shed were 6512 and 7569 during December. At this time the Class 25's were not generally found west of Gloucester, the Class 33's were familiar visitors to the Exeter & Bristol areas of the WR, but not west of the Severn.
The 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot was worked by 7569 on January 20th, 21st & February 1st.
During the 1970s transfers again reflected specific variants rather than block number manouevres. This was true of the Western Region transfers during the rundown of the diesel hydraulic fleet. 5179 - 5182 went to Ebbw Vale in 1970 to be tested in multiple on the 63 mile Port Talbot - Ebbw Vale iron ore trains, which included the six mile 1 in 80 gradient between Aberbeeg and Ebbw Vale, often requiring a restart at Aberbeeg. These services highlighted known weaknesses with the Class 25s traction motors especially when worked in multiple. The 25/1 & 25/2 subclasses had field weakening controlled by the engine governor and main generator field strength whilst the 25/3 subclass had speed induced field weakening. Should a trailing unit have improperly functioning field weakening it was possible for the motors to sustain major damage without the driver's knowledge. In addition the margin between the continuous and short time ratings for the motors was minimal. Remedies for this involved strict maintenance, driver education, avoiding mixing the 25/3 subclass with earlier machines or reducing trailing loads if that happened. As a result on these workings the 25/1 subclass had their maximum tonnage reduced from 930 tons to 810 tons. Tests using 7569 & 7676 in June and October 1972 specifically identified the sub-class variations as the main weakness. This was especially true in the field divert relays and their poor adjustment. Other areas of concern were faulty traction motor blowers, overly high engine governor settings, load regulator switches failing in the closed position, thus giving fluctuations and excessive current. On the similarly heavy Tunstead - Northwich limestone trains a heavy toll was taken on the traction motors.
On June 6th the 14.20 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton and on June 8th an unidentified Exeter St. Davids - Paignton were worked by 25219.
With 25219 being boiler equipped and allocated to Cardiff it soon found regular use on the Crewe - Cardiff services. It was noted on January 20th with the 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe, whilst during the summer months became a regular performer over this route.
Late in the year 25219 transferred to Crewe during November, this was its last transfer.
On July 14th 1978 Prince Charles made a visit to Bangor from ? 25220 & 25221 were in charge of the train as it arrived at Bangor, whilst 25219 was used to shunt the stock at Bangor, the empty coaching stock later headed east.
On August 30th 25219 & 25123 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness. It would return to handle further Crewe - Cardiff services.
On August 3rd 25219 on the 12.25 Crewe - Cardiff failed in the Hereford area and was dragged by 25216. At the end of August (31st) the 17.35 Leeds - Bristol Temple Meads was hauled by 25219 (throughout?).
May 31st found 25219 & 25127 working the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth as far as Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. The next day (June 1st) the same pair worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness whilst on June 2nd they worked the 10.05 Derby - St. Pancras. At least by June 14th 25219 was back on the Crewe - Cardiff workings.
On August 11th & 12th 25219 was busy on the North Wales mainline: on the 11th it worked the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria and the 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town. The next day (12th) it worked the 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.
A short loaded ballast working was noted at Settle Junction (from Ribblehead) on November 8th hauled by 25219. The 07.47 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria were worked by 25219 on November 18th.
Pre-Christmas travellers on December 23rd had the delights of 25219 & 25043 on the 14.45 Holyhead - Crewe relief.
On May 4th the Vale of Rheidol held an open house at Aberystwyth, all three steam locomotives being in steam. Not to be left out 25219 was also active on this day over the Crewe - Cardiff route. The next day (5th) proved to be of mixed blessings for 25219, it replaced a failed 25033 at Aberystwyth which had been diagrammed with 25035 to work a York excursion as far as Crewe. On the return leg 25035 failed at Hookagate and 25219 ceased functioning at Westbury!
25219 continued its passenger duties during May, initially on the Crewe - Cardiff services (18th & 25th). On May 30th 25219 & 25048 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 (?) Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
The last day of May was also officially the last day for the Class 25's on the Crewe - Cardiff workings. The Southern Region were intending to release Class 33's from discontinued van traffic workings to take over from the Class 25's, however a strike on the SR and continued operation of the van traffic permitted some Class 25's to remain on these workings until June 4th. Throughout the last week 25042/60/66, 25219/220/245 handled the diagrams although by midweek 25220 was replaced by 47099. On June 1st 25060 was replaced by 33022 on the 16.02 Crewe - Cardiff with others gradually taking over. The final Class 25 workings were on June 4th, 25245 on the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe and 25060 on 16.02 Crewe - Cardiff, the latter failing at Hereford, passengers being rescued by a diesel multiple unit off a terminating Birmingham service. Other workings, including the 20.00 Cardiff - Crewe postal previously powered by Class 45/46's reverted to Class 47 from June 1st.
On June 20th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25219 & 25126. On June 20th a Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked roundtrip by 25219 & 25073.
A Preston Division inspection saloon visited Heysham on July 22nd behind 25219.
25219 was active on August 1st working the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno from Derby, returning with the 13.26 Llandudno Town - Nottingham throughout. A week latr (9th) a roundtrip Crewe - Llandudno Town relief was worked by 25219. Late in August (20th & 21st) 25219 was back on the Crewe - Cardiff run.
25219 visited the Scottish Region on November 2nd working a round trip on the Carlisle - Glasgow circuit covering the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and 12.40 return.
December 29th found the 'Severnsider' Southport - Bewdley railtour worked roundtrip between Manchester Victoria - Birmingham New Street by 25219 & 25056.
During the middle of March 25219 was particularly active on the Glasgow Central - Carlisle passenger turns, being noted on March 9th, 11th, 13th, 18th & 19th. It is believed to have failed on 13th & 18th and was coupled to 26039 for at least one of the workings.
25219 & 25048 came to the rescue of 40169 at Crewe when it failed on a Stoke - Llandudno excursion on April 12th. The Class 25's completed the remainder of the turn. A week later (18th) 25219 worked the early morning 02.45 Crewe - Bangor.
25219 & 25160 was stabled at Cockshute on May 23rd.
Early August found more passenger workings for 25219, on 1st it was on the 11.55 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead throughout, whilst on 7th it teamed up with 25199 for a trip over the Cambrian metals, out from Wolverhampton and back to Shrewsbury.
On September 11th 25219 & 25251 were working a round trip over the Cambriam, out from Birmingham New Street and back to Shrewsbury.
The 'Dick Turpin' school charter on October 16th utilised 4930 'Hagley Hall' from Bridgnorth to Bewdley where 25083 & 25219 took over for the run to York and return.
25219 was noted eastbound through Chinley with coal/coke empties on November 15th.
Possibly the last passenger working for 25219 was the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central on November 18th.
A brief summary of the more frequent passenger workings that these three machines worked is detailed below: please note over the life of these workings the headcodes and timings did change through the years, particularly on the Crewe - Cardiff services
East Coast Seaside Resorts
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added January 23rd 2001