D7576, 7576, 25226
D7576, 7576, 25226

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.
Boiler equipped.
Dual brake equipped.


D7586 was new to Nottingham (16A) on November 9th 1963. Further transfers were:

November 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
October 1964 to Derby (16C).
January 1965 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
September 1967 to Eastfield (65A).
June 1969 to Haymarket (64B).
February 1970 to Eastfield (65A).
September 1973 to Haymarket.
May 1977 to Inverness.
May 1978 to Eastfield.
February 1981 to Haymarket.
August 1981 to Eastfield.
September 1982 to Haymarket.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn June 10th 1985.

Renumbered to September 1974.

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

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works November 1964.
Noted Derby Works February 1967.
Noted Derby Works January 1970.
Noted Glasgow Works June 1979 & September 1979 (Intermediate repair).
Noted Glasgow Works May 1980 (N4 repairs).


1964: The Whitworth branch saw the use of D7576 bringing in a breakdown train to assist a derailed Class 2 2-6-0 at Shawclough on November 9th. This same Type 2 also had charge of the first Southport-Rochdale residential to be diesel hauled over the Central Lancashire line.

1967: October - the Scottish Region swapped D7598 - 7601/11/12 for D7576 - 79/81/83/84, the latter being boiler equipped, allowing them to replace the ailing NBL types on the Glasgow - Dundee run.

1984: Class 25’s noted on the Wednesday/Friday’s only early morning Gartson – Forders brickliner during May included 25226 (25th), which failed at Ditton with traction motor troubles and being replaced by 25266.

D7576's first recorded passenger working took place on April 22nd 1965 with the 12.30 Morecambe - Leeds. D7576 was noted on similar workings during September & October but with the exact dates uncertain. During September 1967 D7576 was transferred to Eastfield beginning a lengthy spell in Scotland.

On May 23rd 1968 D7576 worked the a Glasgow Central - Liverpool service forward from Preston.

Overnight travellers on September 25th 1969 on the 01.00 Manchester Victoria - Edinburgh had 7576 from Carstairs. 7576 was the Cowlairs banker to the 06.00 Glasgow Queen Street - Mallaig on August 24th 1970. 7576 worked a late afternoon Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street service on August 24th 1973. On December 28th 1974 25226 was selected by Haymarket to take the 23.15 ex Kings Cross on from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, a storm force wind and the heavy train led to a twenty minute late arrival despite the best efforts of the train crew.

The 17.10 Edinburgh - Berwick on June 28th 1976 was worked by 25226 with three coaches. The 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs was worked on April 19th 1977. Two specials were handled on March 4th 1978, starting with an Edinburgh - Blackpool North mystery excursion to Carstairs with 25241. The same pair then worked the LCGB 'Caledonian No.3' railtour from Glasgow Central to Kincardine and back via a circuitous 141 mile route. A more mundane duty saw 25226 as the Cowlairs banker to the 08.36 Glasgow Queen Street - Mallaig on July 27th 1978. The All Blacks Rugby International at Murrayfield on December 9th 1978 found four specials running between Glasgow Queen Street & Edinburgh, 25226 hauled the last one, 27005/11/20 the first three.

The recorded passenger workings for 1979 generally feature the Glasgow - Dundee route, with the exception on January 20th when 25226 worked the 12.50 Edinburgh - Perth. The Glasgow - Dundee route was worked on April 14th & September 19th 1979 (with 27022).

A variety of passenger workings were handled during 1980, being first recorded on the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs on February 19th. 25226 worked the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee on July 10th 1980. During December 1980 the 10.14 Perth - Motherwell was worked on 1st with 25241, followed on December 6th by the 13.00 Perth - Dundee.

1981 produced the most recorded passenger workings for 25226, no doubt these barely scratched the surface of the actual passenger workings handled. On February 9th 1981 25226 worked the 17.40 Edinburgh - Inverness as far as Perth. On the last day of March 1981 the 14.00 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked. 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. A month later 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.

The 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh was worked on April 10th & May 8th 1982, on the latter date the return 12.51 Edinburgh - Perth was worked. On May 9th 1982 25226 worked the 01.05 Perth - Aberdeen, and on August 3rd 1982 the 19.03 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street. The end of the summer timetable saw 25226 transferred away from the Scottish Region to Crewe. A diesel multiple unit failure on November 27th 1982 saw 25226 assisting a Birkenhead - Kidderminster charter forward from Wrexham.

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.

May 16th 1985 noted through Hereford with bogie tankers. On May 17th it was noted on the Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend.

Pictures of D7576/7576/25226

Not sure of the date on this view, but is believed to be about 1965. D7576 heads a lineup of mixed Type 2 & 4 locomotives, but still with plenty of evidence of the infrastructure required to look after the diminishing steam locomotive fleet. D7576 was never allocated to Holbeck so the locomotive has probably arrived on a working from the London Midland Region.
Photograph collection of webmaster.
25226 at Haymarket on June 11th 1976. With exactly nine years left in service from the date of this view 25226 will end its days dumped at Crewe. In the middle of April 1986 it'll be moved to Doncaster Works where it will be broken up during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A few miles west from Elgin at Alves Junction is the short ex-Highland Railway branch to Burghead, which was visited on July 27th 1977 by 25226 and its train as the 11.15 goods from Elgin. On this day the journey was made right to the end of the line at Hopeman with grain wagons in tow. Although this part of the line was not normally used it had been left in place with the possibility of it being used to store grain wagons.
Photograph courtesy Malcom Roughley.
Its been many years since 25226 was outshopped new from Darlington, now standing forlorn at Crewe Depot on a damp August 4th 1985. It has a very pronounced droop to the cab, presumably this was the reason for its withdrawl two months earlier.
Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
25226 Doncaster Works April 27th 1986.
Photograph courtesy Paul Bettany.

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.


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