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.
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.
1976: On April 19th the 21.00 Edinburgh – Glasgow Queen Street arrived twenty minutes late behind 25237, its return working the 22.00 to Edinburgh was only thirteen minutes late leaving, in charge of 24106. On April 27th 25237 was back in the news after catching fire whilst hauling an engineer’s saloon through Cumbernauld.
1977: 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.
1982: Late April saw the brief return of Class 25’s to Glasgow Works for minor repairs, so noted were 25059 & 25237 (N4) and 25247 (N1). However by late May operational Class 25’s would be gone for good from Glasgow Works.
1983: The Ellesmere Port – Riverside bitumen tanks continued to bring Class 25’s to Exeter, 25227 & 25237 so noted on January 20th.
1985: On June 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 Whatever ailed 25237 proved fatal as it was withdrawn later in June.
An early passenger working for D7587/25237 took place on December 3rd 1966 working the 06.40 Birmingham New Street - Bradford Foster Square at least as far as Sheffield. On May 27th 1967 7587 & 7595 worked the roundtrip summer dated Nottingham - Llandudno Town. On November 1st 1969 a Birmingham New Street - Norwich service was worked to Leicester by 7587.
On August 12th 1972 7587 & 5197 worked the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return 09.28 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly from Lincoln Central. On March 16th 1974 a Manchester Piccadilly - Weston-super-Mare roundtrip charter was worked by 25237 & 25058 throughout (?).
During November 1974 25237 was transferred to Haymarket for an eight year allocation to Scottish depots. On April 19th 1976 the 21.00 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25237. 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 17th 1977 the 17.10 Edinburgh - Berwick was worked by 25237. The 21.25 Dover Western Docks - Stirling motorail on June 1st 1980 was worked forward from Mossend Yard by 25237 & 27023. On July 19th 1980 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. The 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25237 on December 6th 1980.
Two workings south of the border involved 25237 on the 14.00 Glasgow Central - Carlisle on April 7th 1981 & April 16th 1981. The 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25237 on July 28th 1981. With less than a month to go before transfer to Kingmoor 25237 worked the 23.05 Edinburgh - Perth with 25218 on September 10th 1982, being the portion for the 23.30 Glasgow - Inverness.
During May 1983 25237 was transferred to Crewe. On April 30th 1983 a Euston - Aberystwyth charter was worked by 25237 & 25243 roundtrip between Wolverhampton & Aberystwyth. The 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth on August 27th 1983 was hauled from Rugby to Dovey Junction by 25237 & 25117, the train was terminated at Dovey Junction after 25237 failed. The failure of 45106 on the 17.10 St. Pancras - Derby at Bedford on November 7th 1983 saw 25237 drag the service to Derby.
The passenger workings for 1984 have a seaside resort flavour. On May 31st 1984 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. 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 1984 the 12.59 Blackpool North - Euston was worked by 25237 & 25239 between Warrington & Crewe after the failure of 85025.
'The Cornishman' railtour from Plymouth to St Pancras on January 26th 1985 was worked between Leicester & St. Pancras by 25237 & 25034. 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.
Pictures of D7587/7587/25237
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 11th 2013