The nineteen year nine month career of D7586/25236 was split between London Midland Region and Eastern Region allocations.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7586 was new to Nottingham (16A) on February 25th 1964. Further transfers were:
March 1964 to Trafford Park (9E).
Renumbered to March 9th 1974.
25236 was the 227th Class 25 to be withdrawn.
After withdrawal 25236 was briefly stored at Crewe until moved (see detail below) to Swindon Works on February 21st 1985 and scrapped there by the third week of November 1986. The cabs were taken by road to Vic Berry, Leicester for disposal.
25069, 25221 (SP) & 25318, 25236 (CD) Springs Branch – Swindon Works February 20th-21st 1985.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works April 1968.
Condition no month: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, frame level stripe covers bottom of warning panel, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds in place, exhaust located above engine room, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.
Condition September: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors fitted, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.
Condition September: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, centre bracket and other fittings removed from cab front (both cabs), blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps
A round trip Leicester - Skegness was handled by 25236 & 25054 on May 27th, but returning only as far as Nottingham.
25236 & 25081 were active on the NE/SW route on April 15th working a relief 12.20 Bristol Temple Meads - Birmingham New Street (did this same pair work the same train on the next day?). A lengthy railtour took place on October 6th with 25236 & 25189 working the 'The Venerable Bede' railtour from Watford Junction to Newcastle (336 miles) where 31156 & 31209 took over.
The continuing shortage of locomotives, partly caused by a backlog of repairs at the main workshops, led to Swindon Works receiving unclassified repairs for locomotive types it had not dealt with before. On March 9th collision damaged 31124 & 31154 were moved from Doncaster to Swindon. Likewise 25191 and 25236 were also received for repairs. To provide Swindon with a source of spares 25111/147/252 were withdrawn during March and consigned there (25111 was the first to arrive on May 6th).
The shortage of electric locomotives for WCML services continued, on June 25th (or 26th?) 25236 worked the 03.37 Carlisle – Willesden parcels service throughout.
25236 received an 'E' examination at Toton during September.
On August 27th 25243 & 25236 worked the Cranmore - Ellesmere Port tanks, being noted at Lawrence Hill.
The remainder of the passenger workings for 1982 had a distinct north west area flavour. On October 15th the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North was worked from Preston by 25236. On December 11th the day started with the 11.49 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, the 15.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 19.26 Bangor - Manchester Victoria. Further north on December 23rd 25236 worked the 19.26 Barrow - Preston and on December 28th the 18.30 Barrow - Liverpool.
On March 23rd 25236 & 25227 were noted passing Watford Junction with a lengthy train of mostly empty container flats.
25236 was noted on an eastbound set of ICI Northwich - Tunstead empties on April 23rd.
25236 & 25235 were together on May 7th 1983 working a Paddington - Bewdley 'The Evening Star' railtour from Dorridge to Kidderminster, unfortunately 25236 failed and was dragged. 25236 was station pilot at Manchester Victoria on May 20th.
Visitors to Exeter on the bitumen tanks from Ellesmere Port included 25236 & 25313 on June 3rd.
Double headed diesels over the southern end of the WCML were quite rare, to have them on a consistent basis with mixed classes was most unusual, but during June the Lawley St – Ipswich freightliner, normally electric hauled south of Nuneaton, produced an interesting variety. June 13th produced 47353 & 25236 and 15th 25236 & 47452.
25236 & 25181 worked the evening 4E78 Fletliner from Forders Siding to Kings Cross Goods on June 28th.
It was a trip to the Cambrian line on July 16th 1983 with 25236 & 25193 working the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, returning on the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. 25236 was north of the border on July 29th 1983 handling the 15.50 Glasgow Central - Carlisle whilst the next day (30th) it worked the 10.40 Carlisle - Leeds and the return 16.00 Leeds - Carlisle.
On August 16th 25236 was stabled at Saltley. On August 27th 25236 was on parcels duty at Euston.
Another railtour working occurred on September 17th 1983, the 'Severn-Thames Express' from Waterloo to Bridgnorth was worked from Coventry to Bewdley by 25236 & 25209 out and back. 25236 was noted at Lawley Street on September 28th.
The Great Western Society’s railtour roundtrip from Coventry to Aberystwyth was worked by 25245 & 25236 on October 1st.
A railtour from Bewdley to Paddington on October 8th 1983 was worked to/from (?) Coventry by 25236 & 25048. On October 16th 25236 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.
Overhead line damage south of Rugby on December 20th/21st 1983 saw the 20th's 23.35 Euston - Glasgow Central worked to Rugby by 25236 & 25199, the same pair returned south from Rugby on the 21st's 06.00 Wolverhampton - Euston.
25236 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on December 18th.
1984 was the last year in service for 25236, with the opportunity to handle a variety of passenger workings, commencing on a cold and snowy January 31st with the 22.38 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and on February 4th it worked the 17.10 Perth - Arbroath and the return 18.35 Arbroath - Dundee. The 02.35 Euston - Bletchley was worked by 25236 on February 12th. On April 8th 25236 assisted three workings in the Willesden/Camden area because of the power being off for engineering work. On May 6th 25236 worked the 09.27 Birmingham New Street - Blackpool North from Preston, returning south with the 15.14 Blackpool North - Euston as far as Preston. 25236 was north of the border on May 14th working the 06.05 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and the return 15.50 to Carlisle. The next day (15th) 25236 headed north again with the 06.05 Carlisle - Glasgow Central.
25236 was receiving attention at Kingmoor on August 13th.
The 15.40 Carlisle - Newcastle was worked by 25236 on August 30th following a diesel multiple unit failure.
On a rainy September 4th 25032 & 25236 were noted at Crewe with a parcels train.
September 1984 was a busy month for 25236, on September 12th it worked the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor following the failure of 45126, returning with the 11.14 Bangor - Newcastle as far as Manchester Victoria. A week later on September 19th 25236 worked the 15.24 Barrow - Crewe to Preston. The final passenger workings for 25236 involved the Carlisle - Glasgow service. On September 25th & 26th 25236 worked the 06.05 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and the 15.50 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.
On October 6th 25236 was stabled at Carnforth with 25269. On October 28th 25236 was noted at Bolton with a short train of engineers wagons.
On November 9th 1984 25236 worked the 17.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central returning south on November 10th's 07.25 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.
25236 was withdrawn on December 5th 1984.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added July 7th 2013