D7612, 7612, 25262
D7612, 7612, 25262
& 25901


Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
Of the thirteen original 'Eastfield' allocated Class 25s, three survived to the very end of the fleet's active life, March 1987. 25262 (seen above & later to become 25901) was one of those fortunate machines. It is seen here on October 11th 1981 undergoing repair/servicing at Springs Branch depot.

The twenty one year career of D7612/25262/25901 commenced with seventeen months on the Scottish Region, followed by almost twenty years allocated to London Midland Region depots.

Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped.
Delivered with tablet catcher recesses (both later sheeted over).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 118 months.
Preserved.

Allocations

D7612 was new to Eastfield (65A) on April 23rd 1966. Further transfers were:

September 1967 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML)
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16)
September 1968 to Birmingham Division (D02)
January 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16)
November 1972 to Birmingham Division (D02)
May 1973 to Bescot May 1973
April 1982 to May 1982 stored unserviceable, then reinstated May 1982 to Bescot
September 1985 to Carlisle (KD)
November 1985 to Carlisle Kingmoor (KM)
March 16th 1987 - withdrawn.

Renumbered into TOPS March 6th 1974.
Renumbered to 25901 December 12th 1985.

25262/25901 was the 316th Class 25 to be withdrawn, leaving just eleven in service.

After withdrawal 25901 was stored at Carlisle Kingmoor until moved to Upperby on August 9th 1988 for inspection before being returned to Kingmoor. Three months later on November 10th 1988 it was agained moved Upperby where it remained until moved to Crewe in error on May 31st 1989. The movement assumed it had been sold to Vic Berry, Leicester but this was not the case so 25901 returned to Carlisle on June 7th 1989, the next day it had reached Mossend, then Glasgow Works and finally to MC Metals Processing for asbestos removal. On September 17th 1989 it was moved by road to the East Lancashire Railway, Bury and into preservation.


Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
25901 keeps company with some real rubbish at MC Metals, Glasgow on September 2nd 1989.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works June 1972.
Noted Derby Works February 1974.
Noted Derby Works May & June 1976.
Noted Derby Works April - June 1977 (Classified).
Noted Derby Works January 1982 - May 1982 (N4 repairs).

Highlights

1966
Although the Scottish Region had received a batch of brand new Class 24s for use on duties from Inverness depot, the Region had not, so far received any new Class 25s. However between April & September thirteen Class 25s, including D7612 were delivered from Derby Works to Eastfield (65A).

1967
A Scottish Region Grand Tour ran on May 27th from Edinburgh behind D276 with nine coaches (327 tons), headed initially for Perth. Here a southwesterly course was taken in the direction of Stranraer. The Class 40 was exchanged at Ayr for D7612/14 which made the round trip to Stranraer, using D2434 to release the stock at Stranraer Harbor. D276 rejoined the train at Ayr to run via Mauchline and Dumfries to Carlisle, across the Pennines to Newcastle, returning to Edinburgh after a fast run over the coastal route.

After eighteen months at Eastfield D7611 & 7612 headed south to the Midland Lines, the Scottish Region having swapped D7598 - 7601/11/12 for D7576 - 79/81/83/84, the latter being boiler equipped, allowing them to replace the ailing NBL types on the Glasgow - Dundee run.

Condition September: two-tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, tablet catcher recess present, no blanking plates, handholds/footsteps present, engine exhaust in original position, straight sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps.

1973
On June 30th 7612 & 7636 were noted on a Leicester - Yarmouth working. A diesel multiple unit failure on November 14th saw 7626 & 7610 working two passenger turns over the Wolverhampton - Shrewsbury route.

1974
On July 6th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25262 & 25187.

1975
25262 & 25272 worked the Walsall - Norwich - Derby diagram on May 31st.

1976
Condition February: tablet catch recesses still present with numbers at 'wrong' end.


A close-up of 25262 at Derby Works on June 26th 1976 showing the empty tablet catcher recess. Many of the Class 25s equipped with this feature would have them sheeted over during the 1970s.

1977
On August 1st a Loughborough - Skegness excursion was worked roundtrip by 25262 & 25305. Three weeks later (21st) a Wellingborough - Barmouth mystery excursion was worked by 25262 & 25187 throughout?

A Stroud - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked forward from/to Birmingham New Street by 25262 & 25253 on September 4th.

1978
On July 22nd the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth was worked forward from by 25262 & 25259, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. Two weeks later on August 5th the Walsall - Norwich - Derby diagram was worked by 25262 & 25259. The next day (6th) the same pair worked the 09.15 Derby - Skegness and 18.15 return.

On November 18th the 10.25 Birmingham New Street - Paddington with 50029 required the assistance of 25262 somewhere north of Banbury to ?? following the failure of the Class 50.

1979
On June 16th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth was worked forward from Birmingham New Street by 25262 & 25212, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. During the late afternoon of June 26th problems with the overhead line equipment at Hanslope stranded the Euston - Manchester Pullman, 25262 was on hand to assist the service from Castlethorpe to Rugby.

1980
25262 recieved an 'E' examination at Toton during March.

On April 13th the 09.35 Carlisle - Nottingham is believed to have been worked south from Leeds by 25262. About six weeks later on May 26th 25262 & 25320 worked the 15.09 St. Pancras - Nottingham throughout. On June 13th 25262 was operating out of Leeds again, this time with the 07.05 Glasgow Central - Nottingham, working from Leeds to at least Sheffield, possibly further.

The last week of June saw 25262 & 25154 busy on Cambrian metals, on June 28th they worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, returning with the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day they worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the return 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On July 19th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25262 & 25184.

1981
On May 30th the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.26 to Nottingham were worked by 25262.

25262 & 25275 worked July 4th's 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury.

The month of August brought a considerable number of passenger workings for 25262. On August 1st the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the return 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25262 & 25254. A short trip on August 14th saw a Leamington Spa - Edinburgh day excursion worked to Birmingham New Street by 25262 & 25248.

The remainder of the August passenger workings were over Cambrian metals. On August 15th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25262 & 25248. A week later (22nd) the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25262 & 25282. The next day (23rd) 25262, now paired with 25290 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and returned with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Nuneaton. The next weekend, August 29th 25262 & 25289 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston Aberystwyth to Wolverhampton. The next day (30th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.

New freight contracts out of Heysham brought a considerable influx of Class 25’s to the area, working the South Leith – Heysham coated gas pipes and return empties. The first train ran on September 29th behind 25262 & 25285.

1982
The recorded passenger workings for 1982 were scarce, on August 21st 25262 & 25269 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

On a snowy December 14th 25119 & 25262 were noted running light at Crewe in the Chester direction.

1983
Problems with the locomotive on February 7th’s 08.13 Rugby – Liverpool saw the train start from Coventry behind 25262 with 86312 taking over at Birmingham New Street. The next day 25262 rescued 87005 at Coventry on the 18.40 Euston – Wolverhampton service, being so noted at New Street.

25262 & 25307 were in charge of a southbound empty coaching stock working from leaving Clifton Carriage Sidings, York on March 31st.

  On April 12th 25262 & 25278 were noted at Findern with the 6D22 Garston - Toton, comprised of about 30 HBA hoppers.

25243 & 25262 were noted on a wet Sunday ballast job at Leighton Buzzard on May 12th. The collision on May 28th at Luton between 47535 on a Cricklewood - mLuton empty coaching stock working and a Class 127 diesel multiple unit (inc 51620 & 59605) saw 25262 attend with the breakdown train and included the Class 25 pulling damaged vehicles away from the scene.

25262 was noted at Bescot with a Speedlink freight on June 30th.

On July 10th the 04.00 Crewe - Chester was worked by 25262. Two weeks later on July 23rd the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth was worked by 25262 & 25296 between Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury, here 25262 was replaced by 25250.

The 08.38 Leicester - Skegness was worked to Nottingham by 25262 on August 6th, it was replaced by 45113. A derailment at Huyton on August 22nd saw 25262 go to the assistance of the 21.44 Preston - Liverpool with 47587, it dragged it back from Rainhill signalbox to Hartford LNW signalbox to allow it to go forward to Liverpool via Runcorn. The next day (23rd) the 17.10 Bangor - York arrived at Manchester Victoria behind 25044 & 25059, these were removed and 25262 took over to York.

On September 1st the 15.25 Barrow - Preston was worked by 25262.

The 10.05 Liverpool – Newcastle on December 15th (or 16th?) was noted at Huddersfield behind non-boilered 25262, not a great choice during the cold spell that had gripped the country.

1984
25262 & 25315 were noted at Crewe on March 30th with the Oakamoor - St Helens sand train. On the night of March 31st 25262 was noted with parcels stock at Crewe station.

On April 4th the 10.40 Euston - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston by 25262, returning to Preston with the 18.23 Blackpool North - Euston

The Ditton – Broughton Lane BOC tanks is well remembered for its frequent use of pairs of Classes 25 & 40, however on April 29th an extra working produced 25249 & 25262.

25262 & 25287 were noted on Madeley Bank with bogie oil tanks on May 10th.

25262 was stabled at Toton on June 2nd. 25262 was noted at Melton on an additional freightliner service on June 8th.

On July 3rd the 17.40 Paddington - Wolverhampton failed at Banbury behind 50040, 25262 dragged everything to Wolverhampton, 25262 was noted stabled at Saltley this day, probably in the morning. 25262 was stabled at Crewe on July 6th and at Saltley on July 18th.

Pairs of Class 31’s had become frequent on the Earles – Widnes cement train, however on July 25th 25262 & 25302 were in charge of the working.

An Edinburgh - Blackpool North day excursion on September 14th was worked forward from Preston by 25262 & 25230. The next day (15th) the same pair worked the 01.30 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool North forward from Preston, returning with the 09.45 Blackpool North - Stranraer Harbour to Preston. On September 17th the 14.05 Liverpool - Scarborough was worked between Manchester Victoria & York by 25262.

1985
25262 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on January 21st. On January 23rd March depot utilised 25262 (substituting for the diagrammed Class 45) on the local freight to Bury and the grain facility at Kennett.

25262 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on February 16th.

The failure of 47604 at Chester on March 8th working the 19.00 Euston - Holyhead saw 25262 take the train through to Holyhead. On March 27th 25262 was noted northbound at Hereford with empty 16ton MCV mineral wagons.

25262 was noted southbound through Leyland station on April 10th with a lengthy freight.


Photograph courtesy Steve Houlker
A typical scene at Warrington Arpley. Present here on July 21st 1985 are 25262, 25224 & 25283.

25262 was noted at Warrington Arpley on July 24th.

25322 & 25262 were noted northbound? at Stafford on August 25th with a freight train.

A diesel multiple unit failure on September 3rd saw 25262 assist the 14.50 Shrewsbury - Chester throughout. A week later on September 9th the relief 12.06 Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh was worked forward from Carstairs by 25262 & 25268.

The last passenger haulage for 25262, as 25262 (with 25288) occurred on November 13th when it dragged the 07.47 Cardiff - Edinburgh between Crewe (via Chester) and Warrington due to a broken rail.

25269 & 25262 were noted on a Ravenscraig – Llanwern steel coils on December 6th.


Photograph courtesy Paul Corrie
25901 & 25903 pass Marsh Lane, Leeds on December 10th 1985. A light snowfall has added new dimensions to the view.

On November 30th 25262 was noted passing Balshaw Lane with a short engineers train.

25269 & 25262 were noted on the very wet night of December 6th at Hereford with loaded steel coils.

During December 25262 was renumbered 25901. After renumbering to 25901 its passenger duties were scarce but a number of short workings were handled in the Liverpool - Manchester area. On November 13th the 07.47 Cardiff - Edinburgh was worked between Crewe & Warrington, via Chester by 25901 & 25288 due to a broken rail at Weaver Junction. On December 22nd the 16.45 Euston - Blackpool North failed at Kirkham & Wesham behind 47438, the service was dragged to Blackpool North by 25901.

On December 22nd 25908, 25901 & 97408 were stabled together at Preston.

1986
On January 18th the 17.03 Holyhead - York failed at Chester behind a Class 47, 25901 & 25908 worked the train forward to Manchester Victoria.

25901 and another Class 25 were noted shunting the Tunnel Cement yard at Penyffordd on February 5th during a snow shower.

25901 was stabled at Allerton on April 10th When AM4 No 304013 failed at Ditton on May 19th (?) 25901 & 25911 pushed the service to Runcorn. In the same area on June 1st the 17.00 Liverpool - Euston was worked to Crewe by 25901 due to a locomotive failure.

25901 was receiving attention at Crewe depot on June 15th and was noted at Warrington Arpley on June 25th. On June 30th 25901 & 25902 were noted with a northbound salt train at Kingmoor.

On July 12th 40013 & 25901 were on display at Rugby station. On July 19th 47337, 25259, 25903 & 25901 were departing Warrington Arpley in a westbound light engine move. On July 21st 25903 & 25901 were noted eastbound through Chester on tank wagons.

The last recorded passenger working for 25901 took place on September 15th when the 20.44 Liverpool - York failed at Rainhill behind 47638 (or 45114), the train was dragged to Manchester Victoria by 25901.

25901 & 25910 were noted at Warrington Arpley on October 3rd.

25901 & 25904 were noted at Warrington Arpley on November 16th.

1987
25901 & 25902 headed eastbound through Manchester Victoria on the January 2nd with a bulk powder? train, the following day (3rd) they were noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with a similar working.

On February 11th 25901 was noted towing 44008 and a brakevan through Carnforth (headed in the Skipton direction?)


Photograph courtesy Ron Kosys
Ellesmere Port March 12th 1987, 25901 is in charge of the 7T74 Ellesmere Port - Arpley tank train. Just four more days of service remain for 25901.

25901 was withdrawn on March 16th.

On March 21st 25901 was stabled at Carlisle station with 37100, 40122 & 47343.

Distinguishing Features
No.1 end cab front: large dent on driver's side corner & missing paint to the left of the center lampbracket: from at least February 1982 until withdrawn
No.2 end cab front: central lampbracket present but other fittings missing: (present December 1978) from at least September 1980 until withdrawn
Non-BIS side: light scrape mark along parts of the body, noticeable around the blanking plate: from at least July 1985 until withdrawn.

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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis

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