The nineteen year eight month career of D7607/25257 included allocations to Eastern, Scottish & London Midland Region depots. 25257 was withdrawn three times and reinstated twice.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7607 was new to Tinsley (41A) on March 23rd 1966. Further transfers were:
June 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
Renumbered to April 20th 1974.
25257 was the 258th Class 25 withdrawn, one of ten retired during December 1985.
After withdrawal 25257 was stored at Toton where it remained until March 3rd 1986 moving as the 9Z34 Toton - Doncaster Works comprised of 25078, 25195, 25257/287. The scrapping of locomotives ended at Doncaster Works prior to the disposal of several withdrawn locomotives already present including 25257. These locomotives were moved to Goole Docks for temporary storage, prior to being sold to Vic Berry, Leicester during October 1986. 25060/78, 25195, 25257 were moved as a Goole – Tinsley - Vic Berry, Leicester movement over October 29th-30th. By the end of January 1987 25257 had been scrapped.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1967.
On August 3rd the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25257 & 25277.
On October 17th 25257 was noted working a freight in the Inverness area.
After just over five years and eleven transfers between London Midland allocations, 25257 returned to Haymarket during October, but only for a month. During November it returned south to Longsight and would spend the remainder of its career allocated to the LMR.
On March 1st the Stalybridge - Manchester Victoria portion of the 21.48 York - Aberystwyth was worked by 25257.
A Leicester - Skegness roundtrip was worked by 25257 & 25100 on May 25th 1975.
On June 5th the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly from Lincoln Central were worked by 25257 & 25053. About a month later on July 10th the same turns were handled by 25257 & 25054.
On September 24th 25257 & 25230 worked the return leg of a day excursion returning from Keighley to Wellingborough via the Leeds avoiding line and the Old Road.
The 16.10 Birmingham New Street - Leeds was noted leaving New Street behind 25257 on December 2nd.
On June 21st the 06.49 Bradford - Penzance was worked to Leeds by 25257.
On August 25th 25257 & 25301 worked the 07.30 Birmingham – Newcastle and 13.40 Newcastle - Swansea as far as Derby, where 37219 took over.
The 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25257 & 25178 on September 6th.
Engineering work in the Rugby area on July 5th saw 25257 handle at least one passenger train shunt in the station area, possibly more were handled. Nearly two weeks later on July 17th 25257 worked the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow.
25257 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road on March 4th.
25257 was noted southbound at Crewe station with mineral hoppers on September 2nd. The failure of the diesel multiple unit working the 16.20 Crewe Derby on September 28th saw 25257 assist throughout.
The daily Whitemoor – Bury St Edmunds freight utilised whatever March depot might have available, on November 5th 25257 handled the turn, Classes 31 & 40 were also regular performers.
25257 worked the lunchtime Bescot to Oxford freight service on December 9th.
25257 worked a southbound loaded afternoon ballast from Ribblehead on a rainy April 11th. Three days later (14th) 25257 was noted southbound at Blea Moor with three ballast wagons.
On June 1st & 9th the 16.14 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked by 25257 to at least March? On June 10th 25257 was noted with a parcels train at Chester. 25257 worked the 9X93 Guide Bridge to Fazakerley loaded track train on June 15th.
On August 5th 25257 worked the 17.03 Euston - Blackpool North forward from Preston. Towards the end of August, on the 27th the 13.22 Newcastle - Liverpool failed behind 47519 at ?? with 25257 dragging the service to Liverpool. 25257 then worked the 18.45 Liverpool - Manchester Victoria. It was also noted shunting parcels vans at Manchester Victoria on this day.
The 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury was worked forward from Birmingham New Street on September 10th by 25257 & 25250. Six weeks later on October 23rd the 17.15 St. Pancras - Derby failed at Luton with 45131 suffering a broken window, 25257 assisted the service to Derby. During the last week of the year, on December 30th a Euston - Blaenau Ffestiniog charter was worked out & back Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog by 25257 & 40122.
25257 & 25297 were noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on December 16th.
On December 21st 25257 was withdrawn.
25257 was noted at Llandudno Junction on December 29th.
25257 was withdrawn for a second time on February 2nd and stored at Bletchley, it was moved to Toton with 08019 on March 21st but was later reinstated to Crewe on July 9th. It quickly handled several passenger workings, on July 15th a Weston-super-Mare - Grange Over Sands day excursion was handed over to 25257 & 25322 from Birmingham New Street to Grange over Sands, returning with the train as far as Crewe. On July 28th the 08.40 Edinburgh - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston, returning to Preston with the 14.28 Blackpool North - Edinburgh. It then worked forward from Preston with the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool. The 07.43 Liverpool - Preston was worked by 25257 on August 11th, this being the portion for the 07.50 Manchester - Glasgow.
25257 was stabled at Carlisle depot on a wet September 3rd.
On January 20th the 17.20 Glasgow Central - Bristol Temple Meads was assisted between Lancaster & Preston by 25257 due to the power being off for engineering work. Two months later on March 21st a diesel multiple unit failure saw the 15.32 Cheltenham Spa - Swindon assisted to Gloucester by 25257.
The failure of 47405 on April 20th at Carnforth whilst working the 21.50 Barrow - Crewe saw 25257 assist from Carnforth to Preston. The first week of May saw 25257 busy in the north west, on May 3rd it worked the 21.16 Preston - Barrow, the next day (4th) the 07.33 Barrow - Preston, the 10.45 Preston - Barrow and the 13.08 Barrow - Liverpool. 25257 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on May 14th.
25257 was stabled at Workington on July 7th. The last recorded passenger duties for 25257 feature workings north of the border. On July 16th the 10.45 Euston - Ayr was worked forward from Carlisle by 25257 & 25316. The next day (17th) the 21.10 Euston - Stranraer Harbour with 47425 was piloted by 25257 from Ayr. 25257 was stabled at Springs Branch on July 23rd. 25257 was noted at Arpley Yard on July 25th. 25257 was noted eastbound at Chester on July 31st with long wheelbase cargo wagons.
25257 was noted southbound passing Springs Branch with a Speedlink service on August 8th 1985. The relief 10.41 Exeter St. Davids - Edinburgh was worked forward from Carstairs by 25257 & 25283 on August 9th & 12th. 25257 was noted at Doncaster station with flat wagons on August 22nd.
25257 was stored unserviceable during October and finally withdrawn on December 3rd.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added April 16th 2005.