The eighteen year eleven month career of D7608/25258 saw allocations to Eastern, Scottish & London Midland Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
The frames for D7608 were laid down at Derby Works during January 1966, with the locomotive delivered to Tinsley (41A) on April 2nd 1966. Further transfers were:
June 1966 to Staveley (Barrow Hill) (41E)
Renumbered April 1974.
25258 was the 228th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two withdrawn during December 1984.
25258 was stored at Carlisle Kingmoor from December 1984 until April 3rd 1985 when it was moved to Swindon Works, being broken up there during the first week of February 1986.
Movement: 25140, 25239/258 were moved Carlisle – Bescot – Swindon during March 20th – April 3rd picking up 08599 at Bescot.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March - April 1977 (Classified Repair).
On July 9th D7608 worked a Sheffield - Chinley service.
Shades of the future were witnessed in the arrival of Class 31 5522 during August at Cricklewood, being transferred in from York. This was the first of the class to be permanently allocated to the LMR. With more Class 31s due to arrive the Class 25s were intended for Scotland, releasing Class 37s to the ER. Concurrently Doncaster was beginning a program to fit electric train heating equipment to the Class 31s, with 5521 being the first. As if in protest on August 2nd a morning Peterborough - Kings Cross service was worked through out by 5190 & 7608.
On August 3rd the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were hauled by 25258. Two weeks later on August 18th a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip was worked by 25258 & 25038.
The 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich on July 12th was worked by 25258 & 25136.
On October 4th the 10.23 Derby - Matlock was worked by 25258.
On September 3rd 25258 worked the 11.05 Cardiff - Taunton. A week later on September 11th the 09.49 Nottingham - Paignton was worked throughout by 25258 & 25218, a total of 261 passenger miles. The locomotives returned north with the empty coaching stock as the 5Z97 17.45 Newton Abbot - Sheffield (see image below).
On June 17th the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth was worked to Lincoln Central by 25258 & 25264, with the return 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly worked forward from Lincoln Central. The next day (18th) the same pair worked a Derby - Skegness roundtrip. A week later on July 27th 25258 worked the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe.
Trouble on December 16th involved a return Mountsorrell – Radlett working which became derailed on leaving Radlett in charge of 25258 & 31299, the slow lines being blocked for seven hours.
The last E exam for 25258 took place at Springs Branch during September.
25258 was present at Derby works for N4 repairs from December 1979 to February 1980.
25258 was noted at Derby Works for an N6 repair during November.
25256 moved to Crewe during July, bring 25256 - 25258 together for one last time.
On December 14th 25258 & 25256 were in charge of a Stanlow - Bishopbriggs block oil train. A late afternoon Euston - Northampton service on December 20th was assisted by 25258 throughout due to the power being off because of overhead line damage.
25258 & 25288 came to the assistance of 86222 in the late evening of May 26th after the Euston – Manchester was targeted by vandals, the driver requiring assistance from an ambulance crew. The Type 2’s were replaced at Rugby by another electric locomotive. The next day (27th) the 15.55 Carlisle - Euston was assisted between Preston & Crewe by 25258 & 25059, due to engineering work requiring a diversion. On May 31st 25258 & 25251 were noted northbound through Crewe with a block sand train.
On August 3rd the 14.00 Scarborough - Liverpool with 45119 failed at Stalybridge, 25258 assisted the service to Manchester Victoria. On August 7th 25258 was noted hauling 08374 & 40022 through Guide Bridge en-route from Ashburys to Doncaster Works for scrapping. The next day (8th) 25258 was noted passing through Bescot with an engineer's train. On August 20th 25258 & 25211 were noted on the evening Severn Tunnel Junction - Whitemore speedlink service.
The 17.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Hull was worked to Sheffield by 25258 on November 18th, 31452 worked the train forward.
25258 was withdrawn on December 21st 1984.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis
Page added April 16th 2005.