The eighteen year eleven month career of D7597/25247 saw allocations to London Midland Region & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7597 was new to Toton (16A) on August 12th 1964. Further transfers were:
August 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
Renumbered March 6th 1974.
25247 was the 186th Class 25 to be withdrawn.
After withdrawal 25247 was stored at Crewe until moved to Swindon Works on August 27th 1983 and scrapped there by the end of November 1983. It is believed one cab from 25247 was sold privately and was in use as a garden shed.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works September 1968.
D7597 was noted on unidentified Leeds - Morecambe passenger services on September 25th and October 12th.
Condition September: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, bottom of warning panel partially covers frame level stripe, no blanking plates, hand/footholds fitted, straight sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps.
On April 11th the Waterloo - Dinting 'Midlands Enterprise' railtour was worked roundtrip Stockport - Dinting by 7597 & 7585.
On July 30th 25247 was noted on a Dundee - Edinburgh service.
40122 & 25247 were noted at Carlisle on December 29th with a terminating (?) passenger service.
Local services in the Edinburgh area continued to see the diesel multiple unit services supplanted by hauled stock. On May 6th 25247 was noted in charge of the 17.10 Edinburgh - Newcastle, a working which seemed capable of being hauled by anything Haymarket could turn out, including multiple units. On May 20th 25247 worked an unidentified Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street service. On August 30th 25247 working the 06.22 Thornton Yard - Craiginches hit a GPO van stuck on a minor crossing at Barrowfield (Montrose). Fortunately no injuries occurred and the line was cleared within 1½ hours.
The seemingly ongoing shortage of Type 2 power in the London area found locomotives borrowed from distant depots with Eastfield's 25235 & 25247 noted on local workings towards the end of August/beginning of September.
On October 4th the 13.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25247.
'The Grouser' railtour over the weekend of October 10th - 12th Plymouth - Ardrossan Harbour saw 25247 & 25064 put in an impressive 396 miles on a circuitous route between Edinburgh & Ardrossan Harbour. The Class 25s replaced 47210 at Edinburgh Waverley departing at 07.23 (close to right time) for a roundtrip to Berwick North. From Edinburgh Waverley the routing was believed to be Haymarket West Junction - Dalmeny - Inverkeithing - Burntisland - Kirkaldy - Ladybank - Dundee (reverse), then Dundee - Leuchars - Ladybank - Thornton North Junction - Thornton West Junction - Cowdenbeath - Townhill Junction - Charlestown Junction - Longannet - Kinkardine Junction - Alloa - Stirling - Larbert Junction - Carmuirs East Junction - Grangemouth Junction - Grangemouth (reverse). Then on to Grangemouth Junction - Carmuirs West Junction - Greenhill Upper Junction - Lenzie - Cowlairs Signalbox. Two Class 20s were supposed to take over here but the Class 25s continued with the train to Sighthill Junction - Bellgrove - High Street Junction - Sheilds Junction - Paisley Canal - Elderslie - Dalry - Kilwinning - Ardrossan South Beach - Ardrossan Harbour. The return to Ardrossan South Beach saw 08433 lead the train with the Class 25s on the rear. The route continued to West Kilbride - Largs (reverse) - West Kilbride - Ardrossan South Beach - Dubbs Junction - Irvine - Prestwick - Ayr (reverse) Prestwick - Irvine - Kilwinning - Dalry - Elderslie - Paisley Gilmour Street - Shields Junction - Terminus Junction - Larkfield Junction - Polmadie - Rutherglen Junction - Carmyle Junction - Langloan Junction - Gartsherrie South Junction - Gartcosh Junction - Sighthill Junction - Cowlairs Signalbox where the Class 25s were taken off and 47220 took over at 20.11, 11 minutes late according to the working timetable. On the return to Plymouth the train was about 2½ hours late at Birmingham New Street.
On March 21st a Birmingham New Street - Kyle of Lochalsh railtour utlised 25247 & 27021 roundtrip Mossend Yard - Perth, 27021 would fail on the return leg. Two days later (23rd) 25247 worked the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh, on March 25th it worked the 04.35 Carstairs - Edinburgh (portion off the 1S19 Bristol - Glasgow Central) and the 17.24 Edinburgh - Dundee. The next day (26th) it worked the 07.05 Perth - Edinburgh and the 17.24 Edinburgh - Dundee.
On July 18th 25247 worked the 11.12 Bangor - Manchester Victoria.
25247 was at Derby Works for N4 repairs September 1982 to January 1983, whilst here it was reallocated to Kingmoor after six years allocated to Eastfield.
On March 4th 25247 was noted propelling Saloon TODM999501 between Lostock Hall junction and Farington junction.
On a sunny April 1st 25247 was noted towing 08919 through Coventry. 25247 was noted at Lawley Street on April 24th.
25247 was withdrawn on July 24th 1983.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added July 21st 2002