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.
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.
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.
(Highlights for this batch of locomotives including 25264 whilst allocated to Eastfield can be found on the 25261 page.)
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.
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 & 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.
Pictures of D7614/7614/25264
25264 retained its tablet catcher recesses until withdrawn.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added October 5th 2012