Its March 15th 1987 and this was the date when the Class 25's were to be officially turned off, seen here on this day is 25265 at Holyhead, presumably the last Class 25 to visit here in regular service. 25265 would officially be withdrawn at Crewe on March 18th 1987.
The almost twenty one year career of D7615/25265 commenced with just over two years on the Scottish Region, followed by almost nineteen years allocated to London Midland Region depots.
D7615 was new to Eastfield (65A) on May 12th 1966. Further transfers were:
August 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08)
Renumbered March 2nd 1974.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March - May 1974, including fitting of dual brake equipment.
(Highlights for this batch of locomotives including 25265 whilst allocated to Eastfield can be found on the 25261 page.)
Despite its longevity D7615/25265's recorded passenger workings were not prolific. As expected, being a longtime LMR locomotive it featured on occasional trips to the regular seaside resorts, but also gained mileage on several of the lesser known workings. Its longest recorded passenger working occurred on September 1st 1979 working the 07.34 Leicester - Paignton with 25264, a distance of 234 miles. Two days later and presumably making their way north the same pair of locomotives worked the 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly between Gloucester and Birmingham New Street.
On September 8th 25265 worked the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle throughout.
On October 25th the 06.00 Derby - Poole with 47536 required assistance from 25265 between Banbury & Reading after the Class 47 failed.
On June 16th 25265 took a brand new London Transport 1983 Jubilee Line 3-car underground train from Metro-Cammell, Washwood Heath to Ruislip.
A lengthy 6V93 Mossend Yard - Severn Tunnel Junction Speedlink service was noted passing through Shrewsbury behind 25265 on July 7th. 25265 & 25300 worked the 6V32 14.56 Ellesmere Post - Cranmore oil tanks on July 19th. On the afternoon of July 24th 25265 was noted at Garston Holding Sidings.
On August 31st the 15.13 Crewe - Barrow was worked forward from Preston by 25265.
On November 19th 25265 worked the 15.02 Manchester – Bristol parcels.
25265 worked the first leg of the 6S75 12.25 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend on December 17th, the train being comprised of about twenty short wheelbase Railfreight wagons. 25265 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on December 26th.
On September 10th 25265 worked the 16.02 Lancaster - Hull as far as Leeds after the diagrammed Class 31/4 failed.
25265 & 25309 were noted at York stabling point on September 14th. The next day (15th) these Class 25s were diagrammed for the 14.05 York - Plymouth relief as far as Sheffield, where the train was taken forward by 47574.
On November 2nd 25265 was noted at Wembley on a loaded ballast working.
A diesel multiple unit failure on November 4th saw the 07.40 Nottingham - Birmingham New Street being hauled forward from Derby by 25265.
December 30th saw 25265, 20049 & 20178 running light through Hagley under cloudy skies and with light snow on the ground.
The 09.38 Swansea – Shrewsbury was noted at Craven Arms on May 24th with 25265 hauling failed Cardiff based diesel multiple unit set C802.
During June & July a number of Trans-Pennine workings were handled, principally between Liverpool & Sheffield. On June 6th 25265 worked the 08.45 Liverpool - Sheffield & 11.22 return. On July 23rd 25265 was noted passing through Carlisle light engine, three days later (26th) 25265 worked the 14.00 Preston - Liverpool, on July 29th the 08.45 Liverpool - Sheffield & 11.22 return and the 14.45 Liverpool - Hull as far as Sheffield. 25265 was noted at Derby in the early hours of July 30th on a parcels working.
25265 was noted at Hereford with an engineers train on August 3rd. On August 22nd 25265 was noted passing through Warrington on cement tankers and was noted the next day (23rd) at Bescot.
25265's last passenger hauled working was brief, and again involved a failure, this time the 18.00 Holyhead - Birmingham New Street on September 29th which failed at Sandwell & Dudley behind 86214, 25265 working the last five miles to New Street.
Late in its career 25265 was unofficially named Castell Harlech / Harlech Castle, the name being neatly stencilled in white on the bodyside (see view above at Holyhead).
On November 18th 25265 was noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with an engineers train (no painted name 'B' end leading)
25265 (with painted name) was noted at March on November 26th.
Highlights from 1987:
After withdrawal 25265 was stored at Basford Hall, Crewe until moved on July 14th 1987 as the 9L37 10.50 Basford Hall - Leicester Humberstone Road (with 25035, 25057, 25109), before being tripped as the 9T16 13.00 to Vic Berry's yard on September 11th 1987 (with 25057 & 25313). The locomotive was secured for preservation and moved to Peak Rail, Buxton between July 7th - 16th 1988
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info), 1987 TOPS information courtesy Neil Cannon.
Page added October 7th 2012