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.
D7612 was new to Eastfield (65A) on April 23rd 1966. Further transfers were:
September 1967 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
Renumbered into TOPS March 6th 1974.
25262/25901 was the 316th Class 25 to be withdrawn, leaving just eleven in service.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.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1972.
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.
A Stroud - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked forward from/to Birmingham New Street by 25262 & 25253 on September 4th.
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.
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.
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 25s to the area, working the South Leith Heysham coated gas pipes and return empties. The first train ran on September 29th behind 25262 & 25285.
On a snowy December 14th 25119 & 25262 were noted running light at Crewe in the Chester direction.
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.
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 31s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Late in September 1986 the North Notts Locomotive Group had purchased D8 (44008) from its then current owner, with the Class 44 languishing on the Strathspey Railway. On January 28th 27024 arrived at Aviemore to take the Class 44 south, getting as far as Perth before brake troubles stopped the journey. Repairs were effected by February 2nd when 27050 took D8 as far as Mossend. On February 10th 20201 took D8 to Carlisle, 25901 to Crewe (11th), 25288 to Bescot (12th) and 31449 to Toton (13th). On February 16th 20100 & 20045 took D8 from Toton to Matlock.
At lunchtime on March 12th 25901 was working an Ellesmere Port - Warrington local trip freight.
25901 was withdrawn on March 16th 1987.
On March 21st 25901 was stabled at Carlisle station with 37100, 40122 & 47343.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis.
Page added September 30th 2012.