D7607, 7607, 25257
D7607, 7607, 25257

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eight month career of D7607/25257 included allocations to Eastern, Scottish & London Midland Region depots. 25257 was withdrawn three times and reinstated twice.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.
Dual brake fitted.


D7607 was new to Tinsley (41A) on March 23rd 1966. Further transfers were:

June 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
December 1966 to Haymarket (64B).
June 1969 to Nottingham Division (D16) on loan, made permanent July 1969.
November 1970 to Birmingham Division (D02).
January 1971 to London Division (D01).
October 1971 to Nottingham Division (D16).
April 1972 to Birmingham Division (D02).
July 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
February 1973 to Liverpool Divison (D08).
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
September 1973 to Willesden.
October 1973 to Toton.
March 1974 to Bescot.
October 1974 to Haymarket.
November 1974 to Longsight.
August 1977 to Toton.
November 1980 to Springs Branch.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn December 21st 1983.
Reinstated January 24th 1984 to Crewe.
Withdrawn February 2nd 1984.
Reinstated July 9th 1984 to Crewe.
Stored unserviceable October 1985.
Withdrawn December 3rd 1985.

Renumbered to April 20th 1974.

After withdrawal 25257 was stored at Toton where it remained until moved to Doncaster Works on March 3rd 1986. The scrapping of locomotives ended at Doncaster prior to the disposal of several withdrawn locomotives including 25257. These locomotives were moved to Goole Docks for temporary storage, prior to being sold to Vic Berry, Leicester during October 1986. 25257 moved from Goole to Vic Berry's Leicester Yard on October 29th/30th 1986. By the end of January 1987 25257 had been scrapped.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February 1967.
Noted Derby Works January ?? 1975 (noted ex-works).
Noted Derby Works February & March 1976.


The frames for D7607 were laid down at Derby Works at the beginning of 1966, with delivery to Tinsley (41A) towards the end of March. By year's end D7607 had moved twice, to Barrow Hill (41E) during June and to Haymarket (64B) in December.

7607 was noted at Derby Works during February.

A failure on the Waverley route involved D6861 failing at Hawick with the 16.45 Millerhill – Carlisle freight, D7607 was commandeered from the following freight, which was sidelined at St Boswell’s with Millerhill sending out D1745 to take that over.

After thirty months operating on the Scottish Region 7607 transferred to the Nottingham Division (D16) during June.

On September 4th (?) the 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby was worked from Norwich by 7607 & 7564.

On March 3rd 7606 & 7607 dragged a WCML electric service between Birmingham New Street & Stafford via Cannock because of engineering works.

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 August 3rd the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich by 25257 & 25277.

On October 17th 25257 was noted working a freight in the Inverness area.

25257 was noted at Derby Works during January.

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.

25257 was noted at Derby Works during February.

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.

Class 25’s were frequent visitors to Cambridge on the 05.10 parcels from Peterborough, so noted were 25154 (9th) and 25257 (12th).

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 first week of September proved to be quite busy for 25257 & 25248. On September 2nd they worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central returning from there with 09.15 ex-Yarmouth. The next three days saw roundtrips to Skegness, from Derby on 3rd & 5th and Burton on Trent on 4th.


25257 approaches Manchester Victoria with a parcels train on May 15th 1979.
Photograph courtesy Paul Corrie
On July 23rd the 15.40 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria were worked by 25257.

The 16.10 Birmingham New Street - Leeds was noted leaving New Street behind 25257 on December 2nd.

During June 1980 25257 received an 'E' exam at Toton.

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.

On June 27th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25257 & 25088.

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.

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.

On June 1st & 9th the 16.14 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked by 25257 to at least March? 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.

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.

On December 21st 25257 was withdrawn.

After about a month in a withdrawn state 25257 was reinstated to Crewe on January 24th.

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.

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.

25257 & 47189 at Springs Branch depot on a very wet Saturday March 23rd 1985.
Photograph courtesy Steve Houlker.
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.

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. Finally the relief 10.41 Exeter St. Davids - Edinburgh was worked forward from Carstairs by 25257 & 25283 on August 9th & 12th.

25257 drifts past Wigan Springs Branch with a Speedlink service on August 8th 1985. 25257 has about four months left in service.
Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore.
25257 was stored unserviceable during October and finally withdrawn on December 3rd.

On March 3rd 25078, 25195, 25257/287 moved as the 9Z34 Toton – Doncaster Works. Shortly after this move Doncaster ceased cutting up locomotives leading to 25060/078, 25195, 25257/287 moving to storage at Goole Docks during August.

The end of the line for 25257 at Doncaster Works, April 27th 1986. Surprisingly it would not be cut up here, after further storage at Goole it would be one of many to be cut up at Vic Berrys.
Photograph courtesy Paul Bettany.
Once a new location had been found for the disposal of existing scrap locomotives 25060/78, 25195, 25257 were moved as a Goole – Tinsley - Vic Berry, Leicester movement over October 29th-30th.

25257 was broken up by Vic Berry, Leicester during January 1987.

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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added April 16th 2005.
Last updated May 10th 2014

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