The nineteen year seven month career of D7577/25227 included allocations to Scottish, Western and London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7577 was new to Toton on November 16th 1963. Further transfers were:
November 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered June 24th 1974.
25227 was the 185th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during June 1983.
After withdrawal 25227 was stored at Cricklewood, then moved to Swindon Works from Acton Yard on August 23rd 1983 and was broken up at Swindon Works during the last week of December 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1964.
Another early passenger working for D7577 took place on August 20th working the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town. with 7504.
On September 28th a Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth was worked to Norwich by 7577 & 7589.
Condition November: green livery with full yellow cab fronts, gangway doors in place, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' prefixes present.
On July 15th 7502 & 7577 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 July 22nd 7507 & 7577 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 where the diagram ended for 7577.
The Penzance - Leeds 'Cornishman' (1E21) with Warship 812 failed at Par on August 23rd, 7577 was added working through to Plymouth. At this time 7577 was allocated to Laira but would be transferred to Bristol during October 1972.
On July 30th 7577 worked a Bristol Temple Meads - Weymouth roundtrip.
25227 & 25225 were noted at Burngullo on July 12th with loaded china clay hoods.
Condition September: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, ridge sided sandboxes, three-ring bogie mounted footsteps, No.2 cab front 2nd man's side - large patches of paint missing, centre lamp brackets and other fittings present.
On October 2nd 25227 was noted at Newton Abbot with an unidentified passenger service, possibly an Exeter St. Davids - Paignton service.
On August 13th 25227 worked the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
The 23.45 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25227 & 25241 on September 4th.
25227 was noted shunting at Elgin on October 30th.
The 23.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness on November 14th was worked to Perth by 25227 where 40062 took over with the combined Glasgow & Edinburgh portions. 25227 was involved in a debacle on November 27th involving the 09.45 Aberdeen – Glasgow Queen Street beginning when 47272 failed at Camperdown Junction, Dundee’s Class 08 pilot was first to assist but a vacuum fault rendered it useless, 26045 off a nearby ballast working brought the entourage into Dundee. 25227 had been procured to take the train forward but promptly failed and was replaced by 27032. This succeeded in becoming a partial failure near Perth, requiring assistance from 26036, finally departing Perth over one hundred minutes late.
On December 9th the 20.10 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25227 & 25068, this being the Edinburgh portion off the 16.40 Inverness - Glasgow.
The 06.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25227 on October 27th. Later that day 25227 was assigned to a Dundee trip working, a northbound freight (five loaded coal wagons, six plate wagons and a brakevan).
On December 14th the 08.20 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was noted arriving at Glasgow behind 25227 & 26029, its not certain where the Class 26 failed. The next day (15th) 25227 worked the 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
On December 14th the 08.20 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was noted arriving at Glasgow behind 25227 & 26029, its not certain where the Class 26 failed (Duplicate of 1979). The next day (15th) 25227 worked the 04.35 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street and the 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee (Duplicate of 1979??).
The 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25227 on December 23rd.
25227 was noted passing Drumochter in quite a storm on October 13th, there was snow on the higher elevations of the Highlands.
On November 21st 25227 worked the 07.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street, the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.
On April 3rd the 12.00 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh failed at Haymarket behind 47703, 25227 pushed everything into Edinburgh. A week later on April 10th 25227 worked the 13.20 Dundee - Edinburgh.
25227 was at Polmadie wOrks on June 19th.
Condition August: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-ring bogie mounted footsteps, No.2 cab front - blue star coupling symbols placed higher up than normal, centre lamp brackets and other fittings removed.
25227 was stabled at Motherwell on October 22nd, it would be transferred to Crewe by the end of the month.
On April 2nd the 'Annesley Annabis' railtour from Euston to Annesley Colliery was worked by 25227 & 25241 between Euston & Willesden No.7 signalbox.
25227 was withdrawn on June 26th 1983.
(Observed between October 1979 & May 9th 1981 with three-piece miniature snow ploughs fitted - may not be continuous time span)
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 8th 2013