The sixteen year eleven month career of D7575/25225 was split almost equally between allocations to London Midland & Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7575 was new to Toton (16A) on November 9th 1963. Further transfers were:
November 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered February 6th 1974.
25225 was the 48th Class 25 to be withdrawn.
On October 18th 1980, three days after its withdrawal 25225 was moved to Swindon Works, by the last week of November 1980 25225 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1972.
7573 & 7575 would spend the rest of their working lives on the Western Region, they would become familiar locomotives handling the secondary passenger duties in the Exeter area, with eight years in this area it is more than likely they covered all the local passenger duties many times over. They would also be very active on the summer holiday extras and assisting the long distance workings out of Penzance & Plymouth from time to time.
On July 1st 7573 & 7575 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. The same diagram was worked by 7575 & 7577 on July 15th.
On August 12th, 19th and September 2nd 7574 & 7575 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 October 5th St Blazey received 7575 & 7676 for taking up further Class 22 duties, unfortunately 7575 was defective and returned to Laira for repair. Its replacement was 5180, with the two locomotives handling the trips to Dennis Junction, Retew and Goonbarrow Junction.
7575 paid a visit to Derby Works during November.
On July 24th 25225 was noted working the 20.50 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot. 25225 was also noted around Exeter on August 14th & 15th on passenger workings.
The WR witnessed a number of double headed Class 25's during the summer season, so noted was a Plymouth - Old Oak Common parcels with 25225 & 50029 (July 16th?).
The 19.25 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton was worked by 25225 on August 29th.
On September 10th the 09.35 Penzance - Wolverhampton was worked to Plymouth by 25225 & 25216. They returned west from Plymouth with the 08.08 Wolverhampton - Penzance Plymouth.
On September 9th 25225 worked the 09.50 Exeter - Branstaple, the 11.57 Barnstaple - Exeter, the 16.40 Exeter - Barnstaple & the 18.03 Barnstaple - Exeter. Finally 25057 & 25225 worked the 21.00 Exeter - Newton Abbot.
On September 10th a Bideford - Kingswear day excursion was worked by 25225 & 25057. The next day (11th) 25225 was stabled at Exeter mid-morning, later the 14.10 Exeter St Davids - Paignton and the 19.30 Exeter - Paignton were worked by 25225. On the very early morning of September 16th 25225 was stabled at Exeter.
On November 25th the RPPR 'Welsh Wonder' railtour from Paddington to South Wales left the capital with 25157 & 25225 in charge. However all was not well with the pair, 46001 being added at Reading taking the train as far as Severn Tunnel Junction. Here 20044 & 20188 took over for a trip round the Welsh Valleys, the return to London was behind a pair of Class 37's. The Class 46 and the two Class 25s were later noted at Bristol Bath Road depot. This tour was repeated on the following Saturday, December 2nd, with 25052 & 25225 providing more solid performance between Paddington and Severn Tunnel Jct.
The year closed out with bad weather on December 29th. Heavy snow over the New Year plagued services with delays and faulty equipment made life even more difficult to maintain the timetable. In the West Country Exeter proved to be a graveyard for frozen up locomotives, with temperatures reaching down to -13C most things simply froze up. The 00.05 Paddington - Penzance was reported sixteen hours late at Plymouth, 50046 had left Paddington 150 minutes late continuing to loose time throughout the journey, before expiring completely at Brent, with 47106 coming to the rescue. The train was cancelled at Plymouth with Penzance passengers connecting with the 10.30 from Paddington, arriving at Penzance some eighteen hours late! At Exeter the local services were cancelled with the diesel multiple units frozen solid. The diesels fared little better with eighteen frozen up locomotives including 25052, 25206/225/263, the only serviceable machine being 46020, which had been equipped with steam lances for the freeing of pointwork and rodding.
Unusual duty befell 25225 & 25080 on April 12th, taking over at Exeter from 31304 & 31163 on a Paddington - Meeth / Meldon Quarry railtour, the Torrington - Meeth section top and tailed due to lack of run round facilities at Meeth. The special also covered the line to Meldon.
Late July / early August workings included July 31st's 14.16 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton, August 2nd 19.05 Paignton - Exeter St. Davids, August 3rd 12.25 Newton Abbot - Exeter St. Davids and the 14.45 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.
25225 came to the rescue of the 18.56 Exeter - Barnstaple diesel multiple unit on August 15th (throughout?) & returning with the 20.50 to Exeter. A month later on September 15th 25225 worked the 18.00 Barnstaple - Exeter, having to later return to the branch to assist ailing 25207 on the 17.15 freight to Exeter.
Numerical sisters 25223 & 25225 were withdrawn by the WR in October. 25225 was quickly sent to Swindon Works and had been scrapped by the end of November - one of the quickest disposals of a Class 25.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added June 21st 2002