The twenty year career of D7571/25221 started with almost four years on the LMR followed by five years at Leeds Holbeck, then the remaining eleven and a half years back on the LMR.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7571 was new to Cricklewood West (14B) on October 12th 1963. Further transfers were:
October 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered February 16th 1974.
25221 was the 213th Class 25 withdrawn, one of five retired during January 1984.
After withdrawal 25221 was stored at Springs Branch until moved to Swindon Works with 25069, 25236 & 25318 during February 20th - 21st 1985. 25221 was broken up by the middle of December 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1964.
Although 7571/25221 spent five years allocated to Leeds Holbeck, and many years allocated to LMR London area depots, it was still able to run up a considerable number of passenger miles. This was enough, according to the sterling research of Alan Baylis, to be placed in the top ten in the mileage table for passenger miles covered by Class 25s. Mileage recorded so far is 16,500+ miles.
7571 returned to the 16.11 Leeds - York working on August 17th.
A frequent memory of your webmaster's visits to Doncaster include see a Holbeck Type at the north end of Doncaster station waiting to take over an ex-Kings Cross service. On November 13th 7571 worked the 17.30 Kings Cross - Bradford / Halifax forward from Doncaster to at least Huddersfield.
During May 25221 was transferred to Crewe, a move which would see it become a regular on the Crewe - Cardiff services.
25221 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff services on October 23rd and November 12th/15th/25th.
In between the many Crewe - Cardiff turns other passenger jobs occasionally were handled. On June 11th 25221 & 25193 worked a roundtrip day excursion from Matlock to Barmouth throughout, a total 375 miles.
On June 18th 25221 was noted on a Crewe - Cardiff service.
On July 14th Prince Charles paid a visit to Bangor from ? with 25220 & 25221 in charge of the train as it arrived at Bangor, 25219 was used to shunt the stock at Bangor, the empty coaching stock later headed east.
Elsewhere during July 25221 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff services on July 25th/27th/28th/29th.
Things were not good on August 20th when 25221 & 25088 were turned out for the 08.06 Manchester Piccadilly - Aberystwyth day excursion, but failed south of Crewe, 86228 on a following train pushed everything to Stafford where 81006 took over to Wolverhampton, being replaced here by 25276 & 25293.
Crewe - Cardiff services were worked by 25221 on September 2nd/27th, October 25th/28th & December 14th.
During March 25221 worked Crewe - Cardiff services on March 3rd/12th/17th.
The Easter weekend found 25221 misbehaving on the Cardiff – Crewe services. On Good Friday (13th) it expired on the 15.10 Cardiff – Crewe in the vicinity of Leominster. 47099 took the train forward with the Class 25 limping back to Hereford. After repairs it headed north light engine. Easter Sunday (15th) brought more trouble when 25221, this time working the 14.15 Cardiff –Crewe expired near St Devereux. 37210 was taken off a nearby engineers train to rescue the passenger service. At Hereford 25221 was removed and 47106 substituted. In getting the Class 47 extricated from the stabling point 45004 had become derailed creating more problems for the authorities.
On June 14th/19th/23rd/24th and July 20th 25221 worked Crewe - Cardiff services.
On August 15th 25211 & 25221 worked a Cliffe Hill - Hayes freight. The next day (16th) the same pair worked a relief Derby - Skegness and return. By 20th 25221 was back on the Crewe - Cardiff workings.
Crewe - Cardiff services were worked by 25221 on September 18th and October 6th.
During the Christmas week on December 20th the 08.00 Euston - Bridgnorth was worked from New Street to Bewdley and back by 25221 & 25224, routed via Sutton Park & Dudley due to freight train derailments.
On January 15th 25221 failed on the 12.25 Crewe - Cardiff at Pandy and was assisted forward to Newport by 47027.
Crewe - Cardiff services were worked on February 17th and May 2nd/3rd/10th whilst on May 4th 25221 worked the 03.57 Crewe - Birmingham New Street.
The 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe was worked by 25221 on June 16th.
On July 22nd/23rd/24th 25221 was quite active away from the Crewe - Cardiff route. On 22nd 25221 & 25143 worked the 09.27 Birmingham New Street - Llandudno Town from Crewe and returning with the 18.10 Llandudno Town - Crewe. On 23rd/24th 25221 & 25126 worked the 09.27 Birmingham New Street - Llandudno Town from Crewe.
Three weeks later on August 16th 25221 & 25320 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
On August 22nd 37290 assisted 25221 on the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe. The next day (23rd) 25221 & 25245 worked a Crewe - Cardiff services.
On September 19th 25221 was noted eastbound at Chester with vehicles from a diesel multiple unit.
Crewe - Cardiff services were worked by 25221 on October 7th, November 22nd and December 8th/9th.
A Euston - Bridgnorth charter on December 20th utilised 25221 & 25224 between Birmingham New Street & Bewdley (and return?), freight train derailments in the area saw this charter routed via Sutton Park, Dudley & Stourbridge.
25221 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff services on January 8th/20th/29th, February 9th/10th/16th/18th/19th. The working on February 9th produced two round trips for a total of 556 passenger miles.
Workings during March occurred on March 6th/9th/22nd with the March 22nd working seeing 25221 & 25027 on the 13.45 Crewe - Cardiff.
More Crewe - Cardiff workings took place on May 4th/5th/6th/7th/9th/10th/11th/12th/27th.
Away from the Marches route 25221 managed a couple of days on the Cambrian line workings to Aberystwyth. On May 23rd & 24th it was working with 25312 between Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth on four separate workings. Its return to the Crewe - Cardiff services was not without incident, on May 27th whilst working the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe it required the assistance of 25138 to Crewe sidings where 25139 attached to train to bring it into the station.
Crewe - Cardiff services worked in June included June 3rd/28th/29th and July 1st/2nd/4th/27th, whilst on July 14th 25221 & 25035 worked the 09.32 Cardiff - Manchester Piccadilly throughout.
25221 would return to the Cambrian lines on August 9th working a day excursion from Stoke-on-Trent to Aberystwyth with 25236.
During August 25221 was transferred from Crewe to Longsight, this would be its last transfer. On August 23rd 25221 worked the 03.57 Crewe - Birmingham New Street.
Perhaps the most unusual working for 1981 occurred on September 5th when 25221 & 25271 worked the 08.40 Manchester Victoria - Scarborough and return throughout.
On October 31st a Shrewsbury - Stirling day excursion was worked between Shrewsbury & Warrington and return by 25221 & 25080.
25221 was noted on a Cardiff - Crewe service on December 11th.
On February 17th 47425 failed whilst working the Wigan breakdown crane to an electric multiple unit derailment at New Brighton, 25221 came to the rescue.
25221 received an 'E' exam at Tyseley during April.
On May 1st a Euston - Machynlleth day excursion was worked from/to Wolverhampton by 25221 & 25084. Later in May, on 22nd 25221 & 25044 worked a Paddington - Bewdley steam railtour from Dorridge to Bewdley and returning as far as Saltley.
25221 was noted at Derby on August 6th. The next day (7th) 25221 & 25325 worked August 7th's 08.50 Leicester - Skegness and 12.35 return. A week later on August 14th 25221 & 25153 worked the 09.00 York - Llandudno Town. On August 21st 25221 handled the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle.
25221 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on September 5th.
25221 passed through Manchester Victoria westbound with a single parcels van on October 16th.
On October 23rd 25221 worked two round trips between Manchester Victoria & Bangor, a total of 400 miles.
To close the year out on December 9th 25221 worked the 10.15 Sheffield - Manchester Piccadilly and the 17.38 Sheffield - Manchester Piccadilly and return, these extra trains being laid on due to the accident at Linslade tunnel. possibly these workings may have contained Mk III coaches.
25221 was noted at Bescot on December 26th (no snow!).
On February 5th the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston by 25221.
On April 2nd 25221 worked the 07.16 Manchester Victoria - Scarborough as far as York, two days later (4th) it worked an afternoon/evening Manchester - Bangor round trip. Two weeks later on April 15th 25221 worked the 12.50 Birmingham New Street - York as far as Derby.
25221 was noted passing Chinley on June 8th with loaded ICI hoppers for Northwich. Later that day Northwich utilised 25221 for a mixed goods working bound for Healey Mills.
On June 18th the 10.47 Glasgow Central - Paignton with 86221 (or 86238) was assisted by 25221 between Preston & Stockport due to the power being off for bridge works at Hartford. Two days later (20th) 25221 worked the 17.15 Manchester Victoria to Blackpool North.
The southbound GMC binliner was noted at Agecroft behind 25221 on July 27th (and/or 22nd).
On August 3rd 25221 was noted southbound at Warrington Bank Quay with a short train of chemical tankers. The next day (4th) 25221 was stabled at Warrington Arpley.
The six days commencing August 14th were busy, starting off with the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town. On August 16th it was the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool, returning with the 12.45 to Manchester Victoria. Four days later on August 20th 25221 & 25175 worked the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
Passenger workings in September included the 2nd's 17.03 Euston - Blackpool North forward from Preston, the 15th's 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor, whilst 25221 returned to the Crewe - Cardiff line on September 26th working the 08.01 Crewe - Cardiff and the return 11.40 to Crewe.
25221 was noted at Manchester Victoria on banking duty on October 14th.
On October 26th 25221 and the LMR Inspection coach were noted at Windmill Bridge Junction, Croydon passing over the recently completed realignment at Windmill Bridge Junction.
On November 1st 25221 was noted southbound through Warrington Bank Quay with short wheelbase ICI tanks.
The final recorded passenger working for 25221 was definately one to go out in style with. On November 9th it worked the 06.05 Bristol Temple Meads - Newcastle as far as Birmingham New Street where 25221 was replaced by 31412.
The remaining asbestos laden Class 76s were finally sold to CF Booth’s, Rotherham, with the seven machines sent in two moves. 25221 took 76002/43/48/50 on November 24th.
As if to acknowledge its many years allocated to London area depots 25221 (with headcode 1M58 displayed) was noted at St Pancras on December 18th 1983 with a short parcels working.
Not all passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added January 22nd 2013.