The twenty year seven month month career of D7589/25239 included allocations to London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7589 was new to Toton on April 13th 1964. Further transfers were:
May 1964 to Leicester (15A).
Renumbered April 1974.
25239 was the 222nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during November 1984.
After withdrawal 25239 was stored at Kingmoor until moved (see details below) to Swindon Works between March 20th & April 3rd 1985, being scrapped there by the middle of September 1986, with the cabs beings taken to Vic Berry's Leicester for final processing.
25140, 25239/258 Carlisle Bescot Swindon Works March 20th April 3rd 1985 (08599 from Bescot).
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May & June 1964.
1965 - 1967
On October 23rd 7589 overran the buffer stops at Newton Heath, ending up in St Marys Road.
A Tunstead to Northwich limestone was noted behind 25239 near New Mills on September 4th.
Condition September: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors fitted.
On May 17th 25239 was noted on the daily Whitemoor Kings Lynn freight round trip.
Condition June: gangway doors fitted.
On June 5th 25239 & 25126 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. Early into the 1976 summer timetable 25239 was transferred to the Scottish Region for just over six years. On August 2nd 25239 worked the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs.
On October 28th, 29th & November Novemer 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th 1976 25239 handled a roundtrip Glasgow Queen Street - Fort William service (possibly to/from Mallaig) each day for a six day total of almost 1,500 passenger miles.
On June 10th the 11.03 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25239. On July 15th the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth was worked to Lincoln Central by 25239 & 25107, presumably 25239 had strayed briefly from its Scottish duties. The Class 25s did not work the booked return working. On July 31st 25239 worked the 07.00 Perth - Dalwhinnie, the next day (Aug 1st) it worked the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs.
November 23rd saw the 19.30 York - Edinburgh parcels powered by 25239.
With the end of the summer timetable 25239 was transfered to Kingmoor during October 1982, then quickly moved on to Crewe in the same month. The 17.35 Leeds - Bristol Temple Meads vans was noted at Derby behind 25239 on October 19th. On October 22nd the 18.18 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was hauled by 25239 between Nuneaton Midland Junction & March.
For 1983 the majority of the recorded passenger workings occurred during the latter half of the year. On May 15th 25239 worked the unadvertised 02.15 Euston - Hemel Hempstead.
On June 2nd the 11.05 Leeds Bescot freightliner was worked by 25239.
On July 4th 25239 & 47233 departed Lawley Street with a freightliner service. A failure took place on July 16th with the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth when 25239 & 25228 worked forward from Wolverhampton but 25239 failed at Albrighton with brake problems. On a very wet July 23rd 25239 did reach Cambrian metals with 25228 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Crewe (extended from Shrewsbury).
25239 was noted at Northampton on August 6th. Engineering work on the WCML on August 7th saw 25239 & 25316 assist two services between Rugby & Bletchley.
25239 was stabled at Northwich on September 16th. 25239 & 25210 were noted passing Skelton Junction on September 29th with empty cement tanks from the Blue Circle Cement depot at Northernden.
'The Burntisland Bellower' railtour on October 1st was worked by 25239 & 25051 between Carlisle & Newcastle. Short workings on October 31st (also reported as November 7th), deputising for a diesel multiple unit, saw 25239 work the 16.35 Nottingham - Grantham and the 17.40 Grantham - Nottingham.
On November 4th 25239 was noted at Stockport with eight short wheelbase ICI wagons. The failure of 45126 at Manchester Victoria on November 22nd working the 08.05 Liverpool - Newcastle saw 25239 handle the service between Manchester Victoria & York, 45140 took over at York. On December 1st 1983 the 16.35 Carlisle - Leeds was worked by 25239.
The 12.59 Blackpool North - Euston failed at Warrington behind 85025 on September 8th, 25239 & 25237 took the train on to Crewe. 25239 was stabled at Nuneaton on a very wet September 21st.
October opened with 25051 & 25239 arriving at Newcastle with a Paisley Sheffield special, going forward behind 31291 & 31327, the Class 25s returning to Carlisle with an ecs working.
With both Classes 25 & 40 slowly succumbing to withdrawal the infamous Ditton Broughton Lane BOC working saw a number of trials involving Classes 37, 47 & 56 during late September/early October. However October 3rd found the working behind 40099 & 25239. By month end Class 47s would be in charge of the BOC working. On October 5th the 16.38 Manchester Piccadilly - York failed at Sheffield behind 31445, 25239 took the service on to York. The last recorded passenger working for 25239 took place on October 13th doubleheading the 06.55 Kings Cross - Carlisle steam railtour between Long Marton & Howes Sidings with 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added September 13th 2013.