The twenty one year seven month career of D7576/25226 included fifteen continuous years allocated to Scottish depots, the remaining time being at London Midland depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7586 was new to Nottingham (16A) on November 9th 1963. Further transfers were:
November 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered to September 1974.
25226 was the 245th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six withdrawn during 1985, including shedmates 25237 & 25245.
After withdrawal 25226 was stored at Basford Hall, Crewe until moved (see detail below) to Doncaster Works on April 16th 1986 and scrapped there by the third week of August 1986.
25044, 25119, 25226/245 9Z34 Crewe – Warrington - Doncaster Works, April 16th 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1964.
On March 4th the 08.33 Edinburgh - Blackpool North mystery excursion was worked by 25241 & 25226 to Carstairs. The locomotives were then used on the Crewe - Kincardine LCGB 'Caledonian No.3' railtour. This tour had arrived from Crewe behind 85008, giving way to the Class 25s at Glasgow Central. The train headed south to Rutherglen, then heading off to Carmyle, Langloan (where the train was stoned by the locals), Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Larbert & Stirling. The freight only line was taken to Alloa, a slow ride due to the gated crossings, then to Kincardine Junction and alongside the Firth of Forth, through Culross, Valleyfield, Charlestown Junction and to Dunfermline Lower. Then on to Townhill, Cowdenbeath station, Thornton, at Thornton West the spur to the Aberdeen - Edinburgh line was taken for Inverkeithing and the Forth Bridge, Falkirk and rejoining the outward route at Carmuirs. A window was broken by the locals in this area, which was boarded up at Glasgow Central.
An All Blacks Rugby international at Murrayfield on December 9th saw four specials worked from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh, hauled by 25226, 27005, 27011 & 27020.
July 2nd was a busy day with 25226 handling the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh and 12.51 return, then the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee. On July 22nd it was the turn of the 04.35 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street for 25226. On August 4th & 5th 25226 was noted on the Glasgow - Dundee services. There was a change of scenery on August 26th with 25226 & 25229 working the 17.55 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street.
On September 25th 25226 worked the 8K71 14.00 Perth Yard - Millerhill Speedlink, including empty auto carriers, chocolate and cement products.
On October 1st 25226 handled the 10.35 Stranraer Harbour - Kilmarnock and the 13.43 return. All was not well on October 24th 1981 on the 05.55 Stirling - Edinburgh when 25226 required the assistance of 08718 for the last few yards into Waverley station. A week later (31st) 25226 was back in action on the Dundee - Edinburgh route.
Post-Christmas workings included the 06.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 09.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street on December 28th 1981.
25226 was receiving attention at Reddish on April 1st.
The recorded workings for 1983 fall in the last half of the year. On September 30th an Edinburgh - Blackpool North day excursion was worked forward from Preston, the next day (Oct 1st) a Blackpool North - Birmingham New Street excursion was worked to Preston by 25226, which was back at Preston on October 2nd having worked a Blackpool North - Euston. Overhead line damage at Hemel Hempstead on December 20th 1983 saw all sorts of unusual activity including 25226 assisting the 09.20 (or 08.25?) Bletchley - Euston dragging a Class 310 unit, and the 15.10 Glasgow Central - Euston from Bletchley dragging 87033.
During August the Lincoln - Derby - Crewe service saw more issues with its aging diesel multiple units. On August 9th 25226 worked the 18.45 Lincoln St. Marks - Derby, whilst on August 13th it was the turn of the 16.33 Derby - Crewe and 18.30 Crewe - Derby to require help from 25226. On this day it was also noted with a BG and a bullion coach (?) at Finddern. Engineering work near Wigan on October 28th 1984 saw 25226 & 25109 assisting three passenger trains between Wigan North Western & Lostock Junction.
On August 12th 25226 worked the Dean Lane to Appley Bridge GMC waste terminal rubbish train.
25226 was noted at Stoney Bridge / Skelton Junction running rounds its train of empty cement tanks from the Blue Circle cement depot at Northernden on September 29th.
25226 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on November 5th. On November 13th 25226 & 25231 worked the 6H41 07.54 Oakleigh - Great Rocks ICI limestone empties, presumably both locomotives worked throughout.
On June 18th 25226 was noted at Bedford station with a southbound parcels train.
25226 was noted eastbound on July 22nd with a train of recovered rail passing Abergele and Pensarn station en-route to Rhyl where the wagons would be stabled for later onward movement.
During the early afternoon of July 25th 25226 was noted hauling 45135 & 45127 southbound at Beighton Junction.
On August 13th 25226 was noted westbound at Stenson Junction with a BG and a TPO. On August 9th 25226 assisted the diesel multiple unit working the 2M58 18.45 Lincoln St Marks - Derby.
On February 6th 25226 & 25191 worked the 6V32 Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction bitumen tanks.
25226 was stabled at Tyseley on March 32st.
May 16th 1985 noted southbound through Hereford with bogie tankers with barrier wagons. On May 17th 25226 worked the 6S75 12.55 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend, being noted passing Pontypool, with a lengthy train including ten loaded Cartics.
25226 was withdrawn on June 10th 1985.
No.2 cab front: driver's side: rust spot just above marker light: April 1983 until withdrawn.
No.2 cab corner: 2nd man's side: dent/rust spot on corner at same height as bottom of electrication flash: June 1985 until withdrawn.
No.2 cab corner: 2nd man's side corner valencing: dent/rust spot: July 1984 - until withdrawn.
No.1 cab corner: 2nd man's side: dent/rust spot about halfway up corner: September 1983 until withdrawn.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added June 3rd 2013.