The twenty year career of D7616/25266 commenced with just over two years on the Scottish Region, followed by eighteen years allocated to London Midland Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7616 was new to Eastfield (65A) on May 12th 1966. Further transfers were:
August 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
Renumbered December 5th 1973.
25266 was the 297th Class 25 withdrawn, one of seven retired during September 1986.
After withdrawal 25266 was stored at Carlisle (KD) from January 1987 to December 1988. It was moved to Carlisle Upperby on July 14th 1988 but then returned to the storage line. On December 7th 1988, 25266 was towed to Workington, the next day to Carnforth and Basford Hall. On December 16th 1988 25266 moved to Leicester depot and finally reached Vic Berry, Leicester on December 20th 1988. The locomotive was scrapped by the end of February 1989.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works October 1969.
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 13th D7616 was noted at Mallaig.
On August 17th the 19.25 Stirling - Glasgow Buchanan Street was worked by D7616.
Condition July: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfronts, no blanking plates, hand/footholds sheeted over, tablet catcher recesses present, numbers at 'wrong' end, straight sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps.
On June 19th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25266 & 25243.
The 09.20 Derby - Skegness and the return 13.05 Skegness - Derby were worked by 25266 & 25210 on July 10th. On July 22nd a roundtrip St. Pancras - Skegness day excursion was worked by 25266 & 25250 for a total of 401 passenger miles.
On October 24th the 10.45 St. Pancras - Derby failed at ?? (at least south of Leicester) and was taken forward to Derby by 25266 & 25221.
The 09.15 Derby - Skegness and the return 18.15 Skegness - Derby were worked by 25266 & 25264 on August 22nd. A week later on August 29th the same pair worked the relief 08.07 Alfreton & Mansfield - Skegness and the return relief 18.55 Skegness - Alfreton & Mansfield.
On July 28th 25266 & 25315 were noted at Bedford with a lengthy freight, possibly wagons loaded with bricks.
Originating from Heysham were a series of ‘out of gauge’ loads - concrete beams destined for the Tyne & Wear Metro, 25266 handled the second shipment on October 20th.
25266 was stabled at York on May 31st.
On June 2nd a coke train was noted passing through Wakefield behind 40195 & 25266. On June 5th 25266 was noted southbound at Royston with empty coaching stock from Leeds. On June 18th the 16.05 St. Pancras - Derby failed at Bedford behind 45013, 25266 took the service forward to Leicester where 46056 took over.
A northbound brick train was noted at Sharnbrook on August 3rd with 25266. The 16.10 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25266 on August 20th.
On December 31st 25277 & 25266 worked cement emties to Tring Cutting, then ran light to Bletchley.
25266 was noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with an engineers train on April 3rd.
On May 12th the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North was worked from Preston by 25266. The Cranmore - Ellesmere Port bitumen tanks were worked by 25266 on May 25th.
Engineering work on July 31st saw 25266 (25198 had failed earlier) assist two electric services between Bletchley & Rugby due to the power being off.
On August 20th 25266 & 25300(?) were noted passing the closed station at Calvert on a UKF Fertilisers train, headed for their Akeman Street facility.
25266 was noted southbound through Wellinborough with a ballast train on September 2nd.
On October 1st 25266 & 25245 worked a roundtrip Coventry - Aberystwyth charter.
A couple of days during early March saw 25266 quite active. On March 6th 25266 worked the 14.40 Euston - Blackpool North forward from Preston. The next day (7th) 25266 worked the 06.30 Preston - Barrow and the 08.22 Barrow - Liverpool.
On May 25th 25266 started out with the 00.59 Garston - Forders brickliner but failed at Ditton with a traction motor flashover, where 25226 took over. 25266 went on to Allerton for repairs.
25266 was stabled at Bescot on March 2nd.
On June 11th the 11.40 Poole - Manchester Piccadilly was dragged between Bescot & Wolverhampton by 25266 after 86247 failed. On June 22nd 25266 was stabled at Crewe. On June 27th the relief 13.50 Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh was dragged between Stockport & Preston by 25266.
An Ayr - Caersws return charter was hauled by 25266 & 25285 from Warrington to Caersws on July 7th. The next day (8th) the same pair worked the relief 13.50 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh as far as Preston. A week later on July 13th the 01.30 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston by 25266, returning to Preston with the 09.45 Blackpool North - Stranraer Harbour. On July 19th 25266 worked the 06.30 Blackpool North - Euston to Preston.
A lengthy run took place on August 15th with 25266 working a relief 09.06 Bristol Temple Meads - York throughout.
25266 was noted passing through Crewe station northbound on September 5th with a train of hoppers. On September 20th a relief 13.50 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh was worked forward from Carstairs by 25266 (& 25199?). 25266 was stabled at Springs Branch on September 29th.
25266 & 25279 were stabled at Manchester Victoria on October 24th.
25266 & 25278 were noted passing Garsdale on the afternoon of May 3rd with a diverted northbound twelve coach parcels train. On May 9th 25266 was noted at Workington with a train of brake vans (at least eight). On May 16th 25266 was noted at Preston with an engineers train.
On June 29th a special from Caersws to Edinburgh, the Cambrian Railways Society 'Edinburgh Flyer' utilised 25266 & 25313 on the Caersws - Chester & return legs, 25313 would fail (on the return leg presumably?). The next day (30th) 25266 assisted a failed four car Swansea - Shrewsbury diesel multiple unit from at least Llanwrtyd Wells to Shrewsbury.
On July 22nd 25266 was stabled at Rugby station.
25266 was withdrawn on September 19th 1986.
Page added October 8th 2012.