The twenty one year five month career of D7579/25229 was split between allocations to London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7579 was new to Toton on December 14th 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered April 1974.
25229 was the 244th Class 25 withdrawn.
After withdrawal 25229 was stored at Crewe Gresty Lane from October 1985 until January 24th 1986 when it moved (see details below) to Doncaster Works, being scrapped there by the middle of September 1986.
25054, 25229 & 25256 10.20am Crewe Gresty Lane – Doncaster Works 9Z38 January 24th 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Doncaster Works June 1964.
D7579/25229 was allocated to Scottish Region depots for just over fifteen years, resulting in quite a selection of passenger workings hauled over the Scottish network. The first passenger working so far recorded for 7579 took place on February 8th 1969 working the 16.15 Fort William - Kings Cross between Glasgow Queen Street & Edinburgh.
On October 14th 25229 & 26034 worked the 14.35 Aberdeen - Edinburgh.
Another typical short working was the 04.20 Mossend Yard - Cowlairs Junction (for Glasgow Queen Street), being the portion off the 1S07 Euston - Inverness, worked by 25229 on August 28th.
25229 and a Divisional Manager's Saloon passed through Crianlarich on August 25th.
Condition July: noted with ridge sided sandboxes.
An 'E' exam was carried out by Eastfield depot on 25229 during July.
On August 18th the 08.35 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour was worked by 25229.
On August 23rd 25229 was noted at Forres with a northbound coal train.
During October 1982 25229 was transferred to Longsight, ending its long fifteen year connection with Scottish depots.
25229 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road on February 15th.
On May 7th 25229 was noted coupled to 08018 passing Warrington Bank Quay station. On May 12th 25229 was noted passing Wigan Springs Branch on a trip freight. On May 15th 25173 & 25229 were noted arriving arrive at Aintree Sefton Arms with twelve loaded bogie ballast hoppers. On May 17th 25223 was northbound at Preston with short wheelbase tankers. 25229 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on a very wet May 30th.
On June 11th 25229 & 25117 were noted bringing sand hoppers into Knottingley.
The late summer of 1983 produced a mix of passenger workings. On July 30th 25229 & 25181 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, on the return 17.15 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury saw 25181 fail, it was subsequently restarted at Machynlleth but failed again shortly afterwards, 25229 failed at Caersws with both locomotives dragged by 47226.
On August 5th 25229 was noted passing through Preston light engine.
Engineering work on August 7th saw 25229 & 25302 assist the 19.30 Inverness - Euston between Rugby & Bletchley. On August 13th 25229 & 25181 return to the Cambrian line, working the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston, unfortunately 25229 got no further than Machynlleth before failing, however 25181 saved the day and dragged everything at least to Shrewsbury. The next weekend (August 20th) 25229 was back on Cambrian metals now with 25234 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and returning with the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury without any issues. 25229's next visit on these services was not good - on September 3rd 25229 & 25076 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton to Sutton Bridge Junction, where both were removed after 25229 failed. This was the last recorded passenger working for 25229 on the Aberystwyth services!
September 13th was a busy day for 25229. It began with the 12.20 Derby - Crewe with hauled stock, returning with the 14.20 Crewe - Cleethorpes to Nottingham. The next leg, still with hauled stock was the 17.20 Nottingham - Birmingham New Street followed by the 20.18 Birmingham New Street - Leicester and finally the 22.55 Leicester - Derby.
25161 & 25229 were noted at Maghull on May 27 with a lengthy set of empty track wagons, returning from engineering work between Maghull & Ormskirk.
25229 was stabled at Garston Holding sidings on the evening of May 29th, three-piece miniature snowploughs were fitted.
On June 17th?? heavy rain and storms found electric multiple unit 310054 hit by lightning near Bletchley, damaging the pantograph. A following service pushed the unit into Bletchley, however this coupled with the heavy rain and numerous track circuit failures disrupted the WCML timetable for the rest of the day. On the Aylesbury line the storms caused a number of minor landslips, interrupting services for several hours. 25229 assisted the 17.05 St Pancras - Nottingham between Harlington & Leicester, it is not known whether this was storm related.
During July 25229 was noted heading westbound through Uttoxeter with the 7L73 Old Dalby - Sellafield, to return the nuclear flask used in the destruction of 46009 at Old Dalby.
The last recorded passenger workings for 25229 took place during 1984, starting with the 13.35 Crewe - Cardiff on July 1st.
On August 9th 25229 worked the 15.23 Crewe - Lincoln St. Marks following the failure of the booked diesel multiple unit. Finally on August 31st 25229 worked the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool forward from Preston.
On the late evening of September 7th 25037 & 25229 were noted headed southbound through Carnforth with a lengthy train of bogie tankers.
25229 & 25190 worked the 6S51 06.50 Stanlow refinery to Bishopbriggs bogie oil tanks on September 18th.
25237 & 25229 were noted southbound at Crewe on September 27th with bogie oil tankers.
25229 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on November 25th.
The last week of March saw the 15.02 Manchester – Bristol parcels worked by 25229 on 27th.
On May 2nd 25173 & 25229 were noted at Birkenhead North, about to work a Birkenhead North - Wolverton Carriage Works special.
25229 was withdrawn on May 12th 1985.
Condition Final: straight sided sandboxes fitted, No.1 cabside, very distinctive dark paint patch where builder's plate used to be.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 9th 2013