D7574, D7574, 25224
D7574, D7574, 25224
The highest passenger mileage Class 25?
One of the last vacuum brake only Class 25s


A regular summer Saturday trip out for Toton's Class 25s was the 1D30 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town & 1D17 13.00 return. Seen here on July 29th 1978 25224 is approaching Platform 2 at Derby, a runround will be necessary before heading off to Stoke and the North Wales resorts. Sometimes the incoming locomotives would run round and work the trip throughout to North Wales, at other times Derby would have another locomotive standing by to take over.

The twenty two year six month career of D7574/25224 saw allocations to London Midland Region & Western Region depots.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Center lampbracket & other fittings removed - No.2 cab only.

Allocations

D7574 was new to Cricklewood West (14B) on October 26th 1963. Further transfers were:

October 1964 to Derby (16C).
December 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines (LMML).
April 1966 to Nottingham Division (D16).
September 1966 to London Midland (Midland) Lines (LMML).
August 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
September 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines (LMML).
April 1968 to Allerton (8J).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1970 to Manchester Division (D09).
October 1971 to Laira (84A).
May 1978 to Crewe.
January 23rd 1983 - withdrawn.
February 1983 reinstated to Crewe.
Withdrawn May 8th 1986.

Renumbered February 1974.

25224 was the 282nd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of four retired during May 1986.

25224 was stored at Crewe after withdrawal until sold to Vic Berry, Leicester during December 1986. On January 9th 25064, 25198, 25224/269 were moved from Crewe to Leicester, with 25224 entering Vic Berry's yard on January 12th 1987 and was scrapped during February 1987, however the cabs lingered until at least November 1987.


Photograph courtesy Nick Wheat.
25224 awaits its grim fate at Vic Berry's Leicester, by the end of February 1987 it would be no more. The view shows the No.2 cab which is missing the center lampbracket and other fittings.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works October 1968.
Noted Derby Works October 1971.
Noted Derby Works August - October 1979 (General & Fire).

Highlights

1963
The frames for D7574 were laid down during the summer of 1963 at Darlington, being delivered to Cricklewood (14A) during October.

This batch D7568 - D7577 were numerically built out of sequence, chronologically they followed on from D5222 at Derby. D5223 - D5232 were planned for construction at Derby but this batch were transferred to Darlington to allow Derby to tool up for the redesigned Class 25's commencing with D5233.

D7573 & D7574 worked their test train to Corby on October 18th 1963.

1965
The Type 2s made regular visits on excursions and specials to the south coast resorts, visiting Eastbourne on May 25th were D7595 & 7574 (25th), having originated from the Eastern Region.

On July 10th the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town were worked by D7574.

1967
On July 22nd the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town were worked by D7574 & D5228.

1968
By October 7574 had been received by Crewe Works for repairs.

1969
The 17.34 Manchester Exchange - York (via Hebden Bridge) was worked by 7574 on January 3rd.

1970
The 17.30 Manchester - York was worked by 7574 On April 3rd.

1971


Photograph courtesy collection of Ian Hammond.
Its August 7th 1971 and 7574 runs through Preston station, still sporting solid green livery with white band and full yellow ends and gangway doors. The center lamp bracket is missing. When the summer timetable ended 7574 would be transferred to the Western Region.

With the Western Region making further inroads into its hydraulic fleet 7573 - 7575/7577 were transferred to Laira (84A) during October, part of a larger fleet reorganisation. At the time of these transfers 7574 visited Derby Works during October. The Class 25s were not the most popular machines in the south-west, their mechanical condition leaving a lot to be desired. Typical was 7573 spending a month out of service at Exeter before being moved to Laira for repair. The Class 25s had still not fully replaced the Class 22s on the local duties in Devon and Cornwall, crew training still taking place at several locations. Not helping matters was the use of Laira based 7574 at Bristol for crew training. Additionally the Class 25s were still not cleared for use on the Drinnick Mill branch.

1972
On June 3rd & June 10th 7505 & 7574 worked the 7B34 19.40 Bristol Temple Mills to Ponsandane freight, the 1E21 10.30 Penzance to Bradford passenger service to Plymouth, then light engines to Laira depot and ending with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary to Par freight.

On June 24th 7508 & 7574 worked the 7B34 19.40 Bristol Temple Mills to Ponsandane freight, the 1E21 10.30 Penzance to Bradford passenger service to Plymouth, then light engines to Laira depot and ending with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary to Par freight.

On August 12th & August 19th 7575 & 7574 worked the 7B34 19.40 Bristol Temple Mills to Ponsandane freight, the 1E21 10.30 Penzance to Bradford passenger service to Plymouth, then light engines to Laira depot and ending with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary to Par freight.

On September 2nd front line duty befell 7574 & 7575 when they were noted leaving Penzance in charge of the northbound Penzance - Bradford 'Cornishman'.

1973
On July 21st a Kensington Olympia - St. Austell motorail service failed behind 1662 at ??,7574 & 7573 were used to drag the service to St. Austell. They were then used to start out the returning working as far as??

1975
Heavy rains in the south west between January 18th and 20th caused flooding on the SR line east of Exeter, on the 18th the 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids was worked by 25224, which then worked the 19.55 Exeter - Basingstoke as far as Yeovil, the locomotive returning light to Exeter.

On March 27th the 17.30 Plymouth - Penzance and the 21.05 Penzance - Plymouth were worked by 25224 & 25223.

The 'Atlantic Coast Express' railtour on May 17th from Paddington to Meldon Quarry was worked between Crediton & Torrington and back to Exeter by 25224 & ??

An Paignton - Exeter St. Davids service was worked by 25224 on October 15th.

25224 was noted at Okehampton on December 10th with a lengthy train of short wheelbase vans.

1976
On June 23rd 25224 worked an Exeter St. Davids - Paignton service. Two days later (25th) 25224 worked the 15.30 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.

25224 worked a Liskeard to St Blazey freight on July 26th.

On a very wet September 14th 25224 ran light from Moorswater to Liskeard to shunt the yard.


Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25224 spent seven years on the WR from 1971 - 1978 allocated to Laira, being equally at home on local passenger workings or the many freights covered by St Blazey depot. Seen here September 15th 1976 in front of the turntable at St Blazey depot.

The 16.00 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple was worked by 25224 on October 30th.

1977
On April 7th 25224 worked a late evening Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple service. The next day 25224 worked the 07.16 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple, the 18.04 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids and the 21.00 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot.

The 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton was worked by 25224 on June 16th. The last week of June was hectic for 25224, being noted on Exeter area services on June 25th & 26th and on Paignton - Plymouth services on June 27th, 29th & 30th.

25224 was noted at Barnstaple on July 13th with a parcels van and possibly attached to a diesel multiple unit (unless they were sharing the platform). On July 17th an Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple service was worked by 25224. Four days later (17th) 25224 worked the 09.50 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton. On July 25th a relief 00.05 Paddington - Penzance led to an additional connecting Newton Abbot - Paignton service worked by 25224.

25080 & 25224 were noted at Par with an up china clay train on August 19th.

The 09.35 Penzance - Wolverhampton and the 08.08 Wolverhampton - Penzance were worked west of Plymouth by 25224 & 25223 on September 17th and by 25224 & 25216 on September 24th.

1978
25224 was noted at Par with loaded clay hoods on January 9th and at Middleway on January 11th.

25052 & 25224 were noted westbound at Exeter St Davids on a rainy April 1st with eight parcels vehicles.

On May 3rd & 6th 25224 worked a number of local passenger services in the Exeter area.

After six years seven months allocated to Laira 25224 was transferred north to the Stoke Division (D05) during May, this transfer probably prevented 25224 from being an early casualty on the Western Region two years later. Now based in the Crewe area it would be frequently used on the Crewe - Cardiff passenger services.

The Crewe - Cardiff passenger workings for 25224 would be many, shortly after its transfer from the Western Region it was noted on these services on May 29th, 30th and June 2nd, 4th and 17th.

The 11.11 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town was worked by 25224 on July 11th. The next day (12th) 25224 worked the 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff. The last ten days of July saw 25224 busy on a variety of services. On July 20th 25224 & 25289 worked a Coventry - Barnstaple day excursion from/to Exeter St. Davids (?) by 25224 & 25289. Two days later (22nd) the same pair worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) Norwich - Derby diagram. 25224 & 25289 remained together to work two roundtrip Skegness services, from Leicester on July 23rd and from Burton on Trent on July 24th. A rescue job took place on July 29th when the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town failed behind 25224 at Crewe, 47227 worked the train forward.

25224 was noted on Crewe - Cardiff services on August 26th, 30th, September 6th, November 5th (services operating south of Hereford due to engineering works) and December 2nd.

1979
Crewe - Cardiff workings continued for 25224 on January 14th, February 28th, March 3rd & March 16th.

On March 17th 25224 worked a roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Norwich service.

Crewe - Cardiff workings continued for 25224 on March 25th, April 28th, May 28th, June 3rd & 4th, 30th and August 2nd.

From August to October 25224 was at Derby Works for a General Repair including making good some fire damage. The No.2 cab was replaced, with the center lampbracket and other fittings missing from the No.2 cab from this overhaul until withdrawal.

The 07.47 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria were worked by ex-works 25224 on October 22nd.

'The Stoneliner' railtour on November 24th from Paddington to Westbury was worked by 25224 & 25027 over the route Parson Street, St. Phillips Marsh, Lawrence Hill, Avonmouth, Bristol Parkway, Tytherington and return to Bristol Temple Meads.

The 11.50 Cardiff - Crewe was worked by 25224 on December 8th.

On December 20th 25224 & 25221 were noted on an unidentified charter train at Bewdley.

The year closed out with heavy rains leading to flooding from December 27th in many areas. The Berks & Hants line was closed at Laverton, as was Box Tunnel and the WR Bristol line at Saltford. On the SR the Weymouth line was closed at Yetminster, with the Exeter route closed at Crewkerne and between Chard & Axminster. The Barnstaple and Looe branches also went underwater. The Central Wales line was closed south of Llanwrtyd Wells, whilst the Hereford - Newport line was cut in two places, at Ponthir & Pandy, trapping 46040 on the 12.25 Crewe - Cardiff. 25224 on the 11.30 Cardiff - Crewe was running an hour late due to heating problems, whilst 25055 on the 16.02 return encountered moderate flooding at Woofferton. The Class 46 was finally released from its impoundment early on December 29th. Also closed were the Rhondda & Rhymney Valley lines and a weakened embankment on the South Wales main line west of Neath led to single line working.

1980
25224 was heavily involved on the Crewe - Cardiff services during 1980. These workings were noted on January 1st, 11th, March 8th, 19th, 29th, April 12th - 19th, 21st, 26th, 29th, June 3rd, 7th, 14th, 17th, 28th, July 14th, 19th, August 4th, 16th, September 10th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 30th, October 14th, 18th, November 15th, 20th, 22nd, December 4th & 12th.

A Euston - Bridgnorth special on December 20th worked forward from New Street behind 25221 & 25224 running via Sutton Park, Dudley & Stourbridge, services in the area were somewhat in turmoil due to freight train derailments at Barnt Green & Rowley Regis.

The 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe was worked by 25224 on December 31st.

1981
25224 continued its heavy involvement on the Crewe - Cardiff line services into 1981. These workings were noted on January 3rd, 5th, 14th, 24th, 26th, 29th, February 2nd, 7th, 9th - 12th, 14th, 18th - 20th, 23rd, 26th, 27th, March 2nd, 5th - 7th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, April 3rd, 4th, 9th, 15th, 30th.

The arrival of the summer timetable saw 25224 continue to rack up miles on the Crewe - Cardiff line services, being noted on May 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, whilst on May 10th 25224 worked the 03.57 Crewe - Birmingham New Street via Cannock. Further service on the Crewe - Cardiff line continued on May 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd.

There is an absence of 25224 on the Crewe - Cardiff line services during the second half of 1981.

On July 4th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston were worked by 25224 & 25080. The next day (5th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth (via Bescot) and the return 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton. 25224 & 25161 were noted at Rugby on July 7th with cement tanks.

On August 1st the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston were worked by 25224 & 25130. The next day (2nd) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the return 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On August 10th (or 5th?) the 15.32 Norwich - Birmingham New Street failed at Nuneaton behind 31260 with a defective speedometer, 25224 assisted the service to Birmingham New Street. The next day (11th) 25224 worked the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich and the return 15.32 Norwich - Birmingham New Street. 25224 was stabled at Carlisle station on August 25th.

On December 11th 25224 & 25220 worked a roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth.

1982
Early in 1982 25224 spent a little time in Scotland, on a bitterly cold snowy January 7th 25224 was noted passing Markinch with a southbound rake of ballast hoppers, presumably from the Clachard Craig quarry a few miles further north near Newburgh, on February 26th it was on the Dundee - Glasgow circuit, whilst on March 5th & 6th it worked the 10.14 Perth - Motherwell with 25037, though on the latter day both Type 2s failed near Gleneagles.

On March 11th 25224 had the slow job of towing 08149/303/455/622 from Derby to Swindon Works. Only one of the shunters (08622) was for overhaul, the rest were for scrap, ironically 08303 & 08455 were withdrawn whilst allocated to Derby. Two days later (13th) 25224 & 25327 worked the return leg of an excursion (ex-Nelson) from Preston back to Leamington Spa.

A Kettering - Chester day excursion on May 15th was worked out and back by 25224 (& ??).

On June 19th 25224 was deputising for a diesel multiple unit on the 09.19 Morecambe - Leeds. More majestic scenery beckoned on June 26th when 25224 worked the 8.57 Leeds - Carlisle & 15.37 return.

25224 made two summertrips over the Cambrian lines during July. On July 3rd 25224 & 25133 worked the 7.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberysywyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. And on July 28th 25224 & 25167 worked a roundtrip Derby - Aberystwyth day excursion, however the recent reduction of run-round facilities at Aberystwyth caused problems to the regular diesel multiple unit service when this excursion arrived late.

The 11.57 Bangor - Manchester Victoria and the 15.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor were worked by 25224 on August 2nd. The next day (3rd) 25042 was noted passing through Manchester Victoria with a lengthy freight.

Despite the loss of the Scottish allocation of Class 25s they were still frequent visitors to Glasgow, 25224 worked the 17.30 Glasgow - Carlisle on October 20th & 21st, presumably having worked in on the 12.50 Carlisle - Glasgow? More normal power for these services over the GSW featured eth equipped Class 47s.

The 12.46FO Portsmouth - Leeds used 25224 north of Birmingham on December 3rd, the next day (4th) 25224 was in charge of the 10.15 Birmingham - Norwich and 16.45 return.

1983
The New Year was only a week old when 25224 & 25188) worked January 7th's 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as Leicester.

On February 12th 25224 was noted at Llandudno Junction with Presflows from Bangor to Penyffordd cement terminal near Wrexham. On February 28th 25224 worked the 08.01 Crewe - Cardiff and 11.50 return, this was a Monday's only turn due to the regular Class 33 being required for crew training.

A short working on March 27th found 25224 assisting 47439 between Stafford & Birmingham on the 23.55 Glasgow - Bristol.

April saw 25224 on one Cardiff - Crewe service (4th) and one Birmingham - Norwich (20th).

25224 was noted at St Helens Shaw Street on July 29th.

During the summer season there were no recorded workings of 25224 on the scheduled Aberysywyth services. However it did work a relief Llandudno Town - Euston service as far as Crewe on August 10th.

During September 25224 worked the 07.22 Derby - Birmingham service (2nd) and the 02.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Cleethorpes throughout on 15th.


Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
New Year's Day 1983 finds snow plough equipped 25224 resting over at Tyseley. Along with 25042, 25224 would be one of the last vacuum braked only Class 25s to remain in service.

1984
Deputising for something on March 29th 25224 worked the 18.18 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as March, where 37088 took over. 25224 was noted at Derby on March 31st with a parcels train.

On April 7th 25042 & 25224 had railtour duty, working the "Knotty Northern Circular" between Stafford & Leeds and return.

25224 was stabled at Saltley on May 19th. A thrash down the WCML, again with 25042, took a charter train from Wolverhampton to Mitre Bridge Junction (destination Folkestone Harbour) on May 26th. On the last day of May (31st) 25224 filled in on the late evening 22.20 Birmingham New Street - Leicester.

25224's solitary trip over the Cambrian during 1984 occurred on July 7th, again attached to 25042. They worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwth forward from Wolverhampton, bringing back the 14.00 to Shrewsbury, which was extended to Birmingham, though the Class 25s came off at Wolverhampton.

Scottish adventures took place on July 23rd/24th with 25224 taking over the 20.50 Carlisle - Perth at Mossend Yard. Perth turned the locomotive out for the 24th's 01.05 Perth - Aberdeen. After fuelling here it was sent out on the 04.49 to Elgin & Inverness, where its passenger wanderings came to an end.

25182 & 25224 were noted passing Abergele with ballast empties for Penmaenmawr on August 31st.

25224 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on September 2nd. 25 224 was noted at Nuneaton on September 21st with a parcels (?) train headed for the Hinckly line. On September 26th 25224 was in charge of a Manchester - Leeds newspapers train.

25224 was noted at Winwick on October 26th with a short engineers train (two vehicles and a brake van).

After its mid-summer Scottish wanderings 25224 started over nine hundred miles of passenger work between Carlisle and Glasgow Central between December 4th & 8th. Round trips were completed on 5th/6th/7th, a Carlisle - Glasgow leg was worked on 4th & 8th. During 1984 this was the longest consecutive number of days that a Class 25 was on passenger duties. And finally post-Christmas travellers on December 28th had 25224 on the 09.20 Crewe - Lincoln, as far as Derby.

On December 18th 25224 was southbound at Winwick Junction with an engineers train.

1985
On January 19th the 12.10 Liverpool - Plymouth failed at Norton Bridge behind 47535, 25224 & 25195 dragged everything to Stafford.

On March 4th 25224 was noted at Ince Moss with a spoil train from the Manchester area. On March 9th 25034 & 25224 worked the 'Lancashire Linx' railtour between Southport and Birmingham New Street. The last week of March saw the 15.02 Manchester - Bristol parcels behind 25224 (26th) & 25229 (27th). On March 31st 25224 was noted at Derby with a parcels train.

A Stoke - Llandudno Town round trip took place on April 8th with 25042 & 25224 doing the honours.

The 07.00 Worcester Shrub Hill - Bristol started its journey behind 25224 on July 11th, the Class 25 being replaced at Gloucester (or did it work throughout?). The 3V20 15.10 Manchester Red Star - Bristol Temple Meads parcels was worked by 25224 on July 18th.

25224 passed southbound through Crewe station on August 14th with a short engineers train. 25224 was noted northbound at Whitacre Junction with a freight on August 22nd.

25224 & 25209 passed through Warrington Bank Quay with a freight on September 21st.

When the 13.50 Manchester Victoria - Liverpool diesel multiple unit failed before even starting the journey on October 12th, 25224 was called on to assist - this was possibly 25224's last passenger working.

1986
Late January found a number of Class 25's reaching Exeter. 25057 arrived on 23rd & 29th with an early morning Cartics from Severn Tunnel Jct, 25224 (23rd) with a Hookagate - Newton Abbott engineers train.

On April 5th 25224 was noted at Crewe station with a southbound parcels train. On April 30th the three vehicle 3E16 Sutton Park PCD - Curzon St, Peterborugh parcels was worked by 25224.

25224 was noted at Peterborough stabling point on May 3rd and at Bristol Bath Road depot on May 7th. 25224 was stabled at Crewe on May 12th.

25224 soldiered on until the start of the summer timetable, being withdrawn on May 8th 1986 and stored at Crewe.

Distinguishing features

No.1 cab drivers side corner - three dents & scrape marks; (not present December 1982) July 1983 - until withdrawal.
No.1 cab 2nd mans side - dent/paint missing extreme left handrail mount; (not present July 1981) August 1982 - until withdrawal.
No.1 cab headcode box - much paint missing from edges, especially at the bottom, April 1980 - until withdrawal.
No.1 cab center lampbracket and other fittings present, No.2 cab center lampbracket and other fittings removed; March 1979, summer 1982, March 1984.
BIS side missing paint at various points along bodyside, about four feet up; August 1984 - until withdrawal

Snow ploughs fitted (yellow)(list of dates incomplete): January 1978: April 1978; May 1978; (no ploughs July 1978); May 1979; January 1980; March 1980 - May 1980; (no ploughs February 1981 - April 1981; July 1981), January 1982; March 1982; (no ploughs May 1982); January 1983 - February 1983; (no ploughs July 1983; October 1983); March 1984 - May 1984; (no ploughs November 1984 - December 1984, March 1985, July 1985, September 1985); April 1986 - May 1986


Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
May 11th 1986 and 25224 is towed into Crewe Depot by 47547. 25224 was withdrawn three days previously. The dent/scrape marks on the corner of the No.1 cab can be seen.


Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker.
Its Sunday July 27th 1986 and 25224 has been dumped at Crewe for about two months, slowly surrendering parts to the dwindling active members of the class. The missing paint on this side of the locomotive is clearly visible.

260/29554 (No.1 for passenger mileage)
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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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