D7614, 7614, 25264
D7614, 7614, 25264


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An ex-works 25264 awaits final attention at Crewe Works prior to its return to trafic, September 20th 1975.

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.

Allocations

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
September 1968 to Birmingham Division (D02)
January 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16)
February 1973 to Birmingham Division (D02), then to Bescot following the abolition of the LMR Division allocations
September 1973 to Toton
September 1973 to Bescot
May 1974 to Toton
January 1976 to Crewe
December 1976 to Toton
Withdrawn December 14th 1980.

Renumbered March 22nd 1974.

After withdrawal 25264 was moved to Swindon Works on March 27th 1981 and scrapped there during June 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Glasgow Works April & May 1968 for accident damage repairs.
Noted Derby Works January 1970
Noted Crewe Works August & September 1975
Noted Derby Works October & November 1977

Highlights

(Highlights for this batch of locomotives including 25264 whilst allocated to Eastfield can be found on the 25261 page.)

1967
On May 27th an Edinburgh - Stranraer Harbour railtour was worked out and back from Ayr by 7614 & 7612. Class 40 No.276 worked the roundtrip Edingburgh - Ayr section.

1968
On August 10th the 09.35 Blackpool North - Glasgow Central and the 11.05 Glasgow Central - Blackpool North were worked between Preston & Carlisle by 7614 & 7542.

1972
The summer of 1972 produced at least three recorded workings of 7614 on the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram. The diagrams were worked by sisters 7614 & 7613 on July 8th and by 7614 & 5279 on July 15th and August 5th.

1973
On June 30th the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth was worked to Norwich by 7614 & 7619. The next day (July 1st) the same pair worked a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip.

1974

25264 and parcels vehicle W161 at Bingley Junction, Shipley on September 21st 1974.
Photograph courtesy Bill Jamieson.

1976
On June 3rd 1976 a Leamington Aberystwyth excursion was powered by 25055 & 25264, on the return working the latter failed at Upton Magna, both being replaced by 47488 (at Wolverhampton).

On July 27th the 13.33 Taunton - Cardiff and the 17.45 Cardiff- Bristol Temple Meads were worked by 25264.

1977
On July 2nd the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25264 & 25163. On July 30th the 12.20 Birmingham New Street - Newquay was worked to Plymouth by 25264 & 25210.

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.

1978
The 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly from Lincoln Central were worked by 25264 & 25258 on June 17th. The next day (18th) the same pair worked a Derby - Skegness roundtrip.

Visitors to Kings Lynn off the Whitemoor freight included 25264 on September 12th.

1979
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 heads north through Chesterfield on July 27th 1979.
Photograph courtesy Steve Morris

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.

1980
On April 1st an evening Coventry Aston Villa match was cancelled at the last minute, of three specials booked to run, only one set out, behind 25264, this was greeted by police at Coventry, returning immediately to Birmingham New Street without incident.

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 25s, the other working a Port Clarence Bromsgrove oil train used pairs of 31s.

Pictures of D7614/7614/25264

25264 retained its tablet catcher recesses until withdrawn.

Not quite sure of this location, I think its near Springs Branch, as 25264 passes on the main line. The locomotive still carries the tablet catcher recess, with the number in the typical position for these machines.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson

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No flk

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added October 5th 2012
Last updated August 3rd 2015

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