Durings its twenty two year one month career D7594/25244 spent considerable time allocated to Longsight & Eastfield as part of its time spent allocated to London Midland & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7594 was new to Nottingham (16A) on June 3rd 1964. Further transfers were:
July 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered October 30th 1973.
25244 was the 288th Class 25 to be withdrawn, leaving 49 Class 25s remaining in service.
After withdrawal 25244 was stored at Crewe depot and Basford Hall. 25244 was moved with 25199, 25249 & 25906 to Leicester Humberstone Road on June 2nd 1987 and into Vic Berry's yard the next day. During the first week of July 1987 25244 was sold to the Swanage Railway Society for preservation. The locomotive left Vic Berry's yard on September 23rd 1987 for Leicester Humberstone Road. The next day it headed for Basingstoke, but the battery boxes hit the platform edge at Banbury. The locomotive reached Basingstoke on September 25th 1987 after movement from Banbury as a control special at reduced speed. 25244 was sent to Eastleigh Works for repair. The Swanage Railway was reached late in May 1989.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works December 1970.
Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panel, curved upper corners (cannot determine if warning panel covers frame level stripe), straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, engine exhaust appears to be located above engine room.
During August 25244 was transferred to Eastfield.
On September 6th 25244 & 24111 worked the 16.10 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street.
The 08.35 Glasgow Queen Street - Mallaig was worked by 25244 as far as Fort William on September 6th. Two days later (8th) the 11.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25244.
The 12.47 Edinburgh - Perth was worked by 25244 on September 18th.
On April 13th 25244 was stabled at Dundee depot and later in the day worked the 22.06 Perth - Glasgow Queen Street.
25244 was stabled at Inverness on May 8th. The next day (9th) the 17.10 Perth - Arbroath and the 18.33 Arbroath - Dundee were worked by 25244.
On June 15th 25244 & 25317 worked the 21.25 Dover Western Docks - Stirling forward from Mossend Yard.
A lengthy railtour took place on September 27th with 25244 & 25072 working the Edinburgh - Dufftown leg of the LCGB 'Grampian No.2', for a total of 261 miles.
On November 26th the 20.55 Euston - Stranraer Harbour arrived at its destination 120 minutes late behind 25244 & 47441.
On April 20th 25244 worked the 13.15 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen and relief 17.25 return. The next day (21st) 25244 worked the 18.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
25244 was stabled at Grangemouth on May 2nd.
During the morning hours of July 6th 25244 assisted three workings out of Glasgow Queen Street up Cowlairs bank. On July 28th & 29th 25244 worked the 04.20 Mossend Yard - Glasgow Queen Street to Cowlairs Junction, being the Glasgow portion of the Royal Highlander.
On September 4th the 06.49 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25244 & 25049, whilst the 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25244 alone.
The 10.15 Edinburgh - Dundee (diverted via Dunfermline) was worked by 25244 on November 15th, the next day (16th) 25244 worked an Edinburgh - Dundee service.
Workings over the Settle & Carlisle included the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle and 15.37 return on August 14th, and the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle on August 16th.
Possibly 25244's last passenger working whilst allocated to Eastfield took place on September 17th with the 17.35 Glasgow Central - Inverness (only one locomotive?). During October 25244 was transferred to Longsight.
25244 was stabled at Motherwell on September 19th.
The relief 09.37 Derby - Skegness and the return relief 18.10 Skegness - Derby were worked by 25244 & 25097 on May 30th.
25244 was Manchester Victoria pilot on June 5th & 9th. The Leeds - Red Bank empties, comprised of twelve vehicles, were hauled by 25244 on June 12th.
25244 was stabled at Cockshute on September 17th.
The 15.02 Manchester Bristol parcels continued with Class 25 haulage, on November 15th 25154 failed on this working at Hereford, remarkably 25244 was available to take the train forward.
25244 was noted at Manchester Victoria on December 28th with a parcels (?) working.
25244 was Manchester Victoria pilot on March 24th.
25244 passed northbound through Preston station on June 29th with a single Mk1 CK coach.
The month of November saw Cricklewood lose its four remaining Class 25s (25048, 25176, 25244 & 25311) to other LM depots, leaving the London area depots without any BR/Sulzer Type 2s on allocation.
25244 was noted at March depot on November 21st.
On November 29th a lack of a diesel multiple unit saw 25244 and hauled stock used for the 15.25 Derby - Crewe and the 17.20 Crewe - Derby.
25244 was noted passing Berkswell on May 31st with a northbound Speedlink.
25244 was stabled at Peterborough station on June 21st.
25244 & 25037 worked the 6V32 Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction on July 9th. The next day (10th) 25244 worked the 6S78 18.10 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend freight, being noted at Ponthir with eleven wagons.
The 20.48 Crewe - Cardiff was worked to Shrewsbury by 25244 on July 31st, it was replaced by 33047.
25244 worked the Burn Naze - Birkenhead Duke Street special of empty oil tanks on August 12th. Also on this day 25244 worked a short train of cement tanks from Walton Old Junction to Kirkham Yard.
25244 was noted at Crewe depot on August 20th.
25244 was noted southbound passing Springs Branch depot on August 28th with mineral wagons.
On September 24th 25244 worked a Stranraer Scunthorpe freight to Tyne Yard, returning with a Tyne Carlisle cement.
25244 was north of the border for its last recorded passenger working, on September 30th the 21.10 Euston - Stranraer Harbour had 25244 added as pilot from Ayr, a Class 47 was the train locomotive.
The Leeds - Stanlow bogie oil empties were noted passing Healey Mills on November 19th behind 25244 & 25190.
February 15ths Heaton Red Bank parcels, loaded to fifteen vehicles was hauled by 25244.
The extremely cold weather caused major problems for the sand trains operating at Caldon & Oakmoor, with the loads being frozen into the wagons! These workings, once a mainstay for the Class 25s were now usually in the hands of Classes 20 or 47, although on March 6th 25244 visited Caldon. After taking up a string of empties it returned with twenty four loaded hoppers (made in two trips). 25244 was noted light engine at Watford Junction on March 8th. 25244 was stabled at Bescot on March 31st.
On April 7th 25244 was noted southbound through Bescot with a short freight.
25244 was stabled at March depot on June 8th. 25244 worked the 6E93 Birkenhead Duke Street - Whitemoor freight on June 10th.
On July 2nd 25244 was noted stopped in the down sidings at St Helens Shaw Street station with inspector's saloon DB999503, the staff taking their lunch break.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
No.1 & No.2 end central brackets removed (and prior to 3/1976).
Three-Piece Miniature Snowplough (Observations incomplete):
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