The fourteen and a half year career of D7614/25264 commenced with just over two years on the Scottish Region, followed by almost twelve years allocated to London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7614 was new to Eastfield (65A) on May 7th 1966. Further transfers were:
July 1968 to Manchester Division (D09) on loan, made permanent August 1968
Renumbered March 22nd 1974.
25264 was the 82nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen retired during December 1980.
After withdrawal 25264 was moved to Swindon Works on March 27th 1981 and scrapped there during June 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Glasgow Works April & May 1968 for accident damage repairs.
These were the only Class 25s delivered with a cabside recess to accommodate tablet catcher equipment. Although based at Eastfield these Type 2s spent much of their time in South West Scotland alongside the BRCW Type 2s quickly sending many Ayr & Hurlford’s Crabs, Black Fives & BR Standards to the storage lines and additionally helped Dumfries lose its steam allocation effective April 30th. At the end of May Ayr placed seven steam locomotives into storage because of the Type 2s arrival. Additionally at this time, with the arrival of these Type 2s, the return of some re-engined NBL Type 2s to service and the tranfer of more Claytons to Haymarket, the Scottish Region were able to put the first of the Class 26s through Works for the fitting of slow speed control equipment & dual braking for use on MGR workings.
On July 27th the 13.33 Taunton - Cardiff and the 17.45 Cardiff- Bristol Temple Meads were worked by 25264.
Trips to Skegness included a roundtrip from Derby on August 22nd with 25264 & 25266 and from Alfreton & Mansfield Parkway on August 29th also with 25264 & 25266. On September 4th a Wolverhampton - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked roundtrip by 25264 & 25272.
Visitors to Kings Lynn off the Whitemoor freight included 25264 on September 12th.
On June 2nd the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25264 & 25151. The next day (3rd) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
25264 was noted shunting parcels vehicles at Bell Lane, Leicester on August 1st.
The second week of July proved to be quite hectic for 25264 & 25267 working roundtrip Leicester - Skegness turns on July 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th. After a day of rest 25264 & 25267 worked the 09.34 Leicester - Paignton relief on July 14th.
On August 7th a Leicester - St. Pancras service was worked by 25264 & 25179 throughout?
The 07.34 Leicester - Paignton was worked by sisters 25264 (leading) & 25265 on September 1st. The same pair were still together on September 3rd when they worked the 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly from Gloucester to Birmingham New Street.
On October 20th a Norwich - Birmingham New Street arrived at its destination behind 25264.
On October 30th the 17.10 Sheffield - St Pancras with 45030 and a steam heat Eastern Region set failed at Kempston Road, 25264 assisted the train to St Pancras.
The 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25264 & 25157 on May 24th.
On August 15th the 19.35 Newcastle - Bristol failed at Clay Mills behind 45010. 25264 was sent from Derby but could not release the train brakes. 47105 was also sent from Derby and eventually took the train forward after considerable delay following the removal of the Class 45 by 25264.
The middle of August saw 25264 & 25071 make four roundtrips to Skegness, from Leicester on August 18th, 19th, from Derby on 20th and and Burton on Trent on 21st.
On October 30th the 06.55 Gloucester – Birmingham behind 37180 stalled near the top of Lickey incline. The following Stoke Gifford – Redditch stone train with 25264 & 25327 & banked by 37208/231 were called up to assist in the rear. This stone train was only one of two scheduled double headed workings over Lickey. normally operated by Class 25’s, the other working a Port Clarence – Bromsgrove oil train used pairs of 31’s.
25264 retained its tablet catcher recesses until withdrawn.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added October 5th 2012