The twenty one year three month career of D7587/25237 included allocations to London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7587 was new to Toton on March 9th 1964. Further transfers were:
April 1964 to Saltley (2E).
Renumbered November 26th 1973.
25237 was the 246th Class 25 withdrawn, one of seven retired during June 1985.
After withdrawal 25237 was stored at Crewe Gresty Lane from October 1985 until January 23rd - 29th 1986 when it moved (see details below) to Doncaster Works, being scrapped there by the first week of May 1986, the cabs lingered until September 1986.
25210/237/298 10.20am Crewe Gresty Lane – Doncaster Works 9Z38 January 23rd 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works May 1966.
On November 1st a Birmingham New Street - Norwich service was worked to Leicester by 7587.
On July 11th 7587 & 7616 (both in green livery) worked the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town.
On June 22nd the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly was worked to Sheffield by 25237 & 25147. At Sheffield 25237 was removed and 25147 took the service forward alone.
During November 1974 25237 was transferred to Haymarket for an eight year allocation to Scottish depots.
With eight years at either Haymarket or Eastfield 25237 would operate frequently on the Glasgow/Edinburgh - Dundee & Aberdeen services and the Edinburgh - Carstairs, being noted on the latter route on July 14th 1976 (21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs) and October 19th 1976 (21.28 Edinburgh - Carstairs).
On July 19th the 14.24 Scarborough - Glasgow Queen Street was worked from Edinburgh by 25237. Two days later (21st) the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee & 11.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25237.
A Rail Fair held at Haymarket over the weekend of September 24/25th attracted over 18,000 patrons and featured a number of machines including 25237, 87001 and HST set 254002, a harbinger of things to come.
The 18.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25237 on November 18th.
The 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25237 on December 6th.
Two workings south of the border involved 25237 on the 14.00 Glasgow Central - Carlisle on April 7th & 16th.
The 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25237 on July 28th. Two days later (30th) 25237 worked the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee, but did not handle the next leg of the diagram.
With less than a month to go before transfer to Kingmoor 25237 worked the 23.05 Edinburgh - Perth with 25218 on September 10th, being the portion for the 23.30 Glasgow - Inverness.
25237 was stabled at Springs Branch on March 20th.
On April 30th a Euston - Aberystwyth charter was worked by 25237 & 25243 roundtrip between Wolverhampton & Aberystwyth.
During May 1983 25237 was transferred to Crewe. 25237 was noted light engine passing Cwmbran on May 26th.
25237 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on June 5th. 25237 was noted eastbound with a parcels train through Manchester Victoria on June 13th.
The 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth on August 27th was hauled from Rugby to Dovey Junction by 25237 & 25117, the train was terminated at Dovey Junction after 25237 failed. 40135 was later noted pushing the train into the goods yard at Machynlleth. 25237 was noted light engine at Chester on August 31st.
On October 14th 25237 was noted shunting withdrawn 83010, 83007, 82004 & 82006 at Stockport.
The failure of 45106 on the 17.10 St. Pancras - Derby at Bedford on November 7th saw 25237 drag the service to Derby.
25237 was stabled at Bescot on December 1st. On the wet evening of December 13th 25237 was noted lighted engine at Derby station.
25076 & 25237 were noted light engines at Crewe on May 19th.
On May 31st 25237 & 25178 worked the 08.48 Leicester - Skegness, on the return 19.00 Skegness - Leicester the locomotives were removed at Nottingham after struggling, they were replaced by 20047 & 20158.
25237 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on June 6th. Two trips were made to Aberystwyth during June 1984, on June 23rd 25237 & 25173 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next weekend (30th) 25237 & 25057 worked the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
On September 8th the 12.59 Blackpool North - Euston was worked by 25237 & 25239 between Warrington & Crewe after the failure of 85025. 25237 & 25229 were noted southbound (?) at Crewe on September 27th with bogie oil tankers. 25237 & 25199 were noted light engines at Chester on September 29th.
25297 & 25237 were stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on December 16th.
25237 was noted light engine at Toton on December 19th.
The final recorded passenger working for 25237 took place on April 5th 1985 assisting the 05.42 Hull - Manchester Piccadilly forward from Chinley after the Class 31 failed, which is perhaps ironic as it was over the Hope Valley route that many brand new Class 25s worked the Derby - Manchester locals.
On April 2nd 25237 was noted passing Primrose Hill (Camden) with cement tankers.
25237 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on May 18th.
On June 2nd 25237 was stabled at Buxton station. Two days later (4th) 25237 was in charge of a Manchester – Bristol parcels working, on reaching Hereford the relieving driver refused to accept the Class 25, 47152 was borrowed off the southbound bitumen tanks to go forward. Whatever ailed 25237 proved fatal as it was withdrawn later in June.
25237 was withdrawn on June 10th 1985.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 11th 2013