The seventeen year two month career of D7572/25222 included five years at Holbeck with the remaining twelve years allocated to a variety of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7572 was new to Cricklewood West (14B) on October 19th 1963. Further transfers were:
October 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered March 22nd 1974.
25222 was the 82nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen Class 25s retired during December 1980.
25222 was moved to Swindon Works by October 30th 1980, six weeks prior to the withdrawal date. 25222 was broken up at Swindon Works by Christmas 1981.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March & June 1966.
A Royal Train working on June 22nd for the French President (Gatwick Victoria). Class 31s were used for this working but 25222 was used to get the coaching stock back to the LMR Wolverton?
It was off to Skegness with 25203 on July 17th 1976 with a morning Leicester - Skegness, returning with the 12.35 Skegness - Leicester.
25221 & 25222 were noted on July 26th bringing the Royal Train empty coaching stock from Wolverton to Newcastle, via Carlisle. At Newcastle Princess Anne boarded for the journey to Dumfries.
On November 12th 1977 25222 worked the 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe and the next day's 13.45 Crewe - Cardiff. On November 15th 25222 failed at Hereford working the 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe and was removed to the stabling point.
On March 4th 25222 worked the 12.22 Crewe - Cardiff.
25222 & 25217 were noted passing Stoke on Trent with a lengthy freight on April 20th.
On the night of June 27th 25222 was stabled at Cricklewood.
August 2nd found 25222 back on the Crewe - Cardiff line assisting a diesel multiple unit failure.
On October 17th 25222 & 25063 were noted northbound through Crewe, possibly with an Oakamoor - St Helens sand train.
25222 was noted at Cricklewood depot on September 20th & 22nd.
There was a multitude of Class 25s in the area of Bushey & Oxhey station from February 17th onwards following the dramatic derailment there of the 16ths 20.25 Euston Manchester due to a track defect. The locomotive 87007 was the only part of the train to remain on the tracks, four of the MkIII coaches ended up on their sides, with one (M12162) bringing down the overhead gantries, which blocked the slow lines. Most fortunately there were only minor injuries. Three breakdown cranes attended, from Bescot, Finsbury Park brought in by 25279 & 25256, and Old Oak Common arrived behind 25152 & 25189. The slow lines were reopened late on the 17th, the dc lines late on the 19th, the fast lines by the 25th. Spoil trains used 25222 & 25243 and 25130 & 25173, this first pair returned with track panels on 21st, followed by 25256 on the re-wiring train.
Further to the above incident comes information from Andrew Carlile, who was travelling on a train behind the Manchester express. 'Ironically we were on the Euston to Liverpool train that day. Cannot recall the exact time it should depart, could of been 19.45 or 20.00 but it was held up because the guard did not arrive for the train. Therefore train left late and was immediately behind the Manchester train. Potentially it could of been our train that derailed that day. Anyway we were stuck immediately behind the derailment for over 4 hours. As mentioned 25222 was in the area and this locomotive dragged our train back to Euston arriving back at 1am. I remember the Class 25 at the buffer stops at Euston. Think the train engine was an 87 but we were then bussed from Euston to St Pancras. They had laid a relief train on at St Pancras but we were on last bus and they let the train go before we arrived!! Another relief train arrived with a Class 45 which took us to Nuneaton and changed to electric traction to Runcorn. An eventful day but I do remember the Class 25 having to work really hard and slowly dragging train back to Euston'.
The weekend of April 6th/7th proved to quite hectic for 25222 & 25054, on 6th they worked a roundtrip Leicester - Scarborough excursion, whilst the following day they worked a roundtrip Nottingham - Barry Island day excursion for a weekend total of 623 passenger miles.
25222 was noted Clayton Bridge, Manchester on April 16th with a lengthy freight.
For two days in April 25222 was back on the Crewe - Cardiff line, working the 19.30 Crewe - Cardiff on 18th and the next day's 10.00 Crewe - Cardiff and an unidentified return working. On May 3rd 25222 worked the 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe. As a Cricklewood locomotive 25222 most likely worked the Kensington Olympia motorail many times, on June 28th 1980 25222 & 25193 worked the 08.55 Kensington Olympia - Perth the two miles to Willesden. The final recorded passenger working was perhaps a fine tribute to a five year veteran of Holbeck when on August 9th 1980 25222 with 25061 worked the 18.08 Penzance - Leeds forward from Birmingham New Street.
25222 was withdrawn on December 14th 1980.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added May 29th 2013