D7622, 7622, 25272
D7622, 7622, 25272


Photograph courtesy David Smith.
25272 at Nuneaton Abbey Street working trip T39 on March 25th 1981

Built Derby Locomotive Works
Tablet catcher recess equipped
Tablet catcher recess later sheeted over at 'B' end, but retained at 'A' end

The fifteen year career of D7622/25272 commenced with almost two years on the Scottish Region, followed by thirteen years allocated to London Midland Region depots.

Allocations

D7622 was new to Eastfield (65A) on September 2nd 1966. Further transfers were:

July 1968 to Preston Division (D10) on loan
November 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16)
November 1970 to Birmingham Division (D02), then to Bescot when the LMR Division allocations were abandoned
Withdrawn July 12th 1981.

Renumbered May 14th 1974.

After withdrawal 25272 was stored at Bescot. It was moved to Derby Works on March 4th 1982 (with 25261 which had been towed from Tyseley) and was scrapped there by early August 1982.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works June 1970.
Noted Derby Works April & May 1974.
Noted Crewe Works November 1974.
Noted Crewe Works March & April 1975.
Noted Derby Works February - March 1978.


Photograph courtesy Mark Bennett.
August 1982 finds the back of Derby Works littered with the remnants of various scrapped machines including 25092 and 25272.

Highlights

(Highlights for this batch of locomotives including 25272 whilst allocated to Eastfield can be found on the 25261 page.)

1974
On June 22nd 25272 worked the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the 14.00 return.

On July 13th 25272 & 25210 worked a roundtriop Derby - Skegness service. A week later (20th) 25272 & 25281 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. The following weekend, on July 28th 25272 & 25253 worked a roundtrip Barnsley - Aberystwyth day excursion (via the Birmingham area?), this provided in excess of 400+ passenger miles and is the longest recorded passenger working for 25272.

1975
The 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth was worked by 25272 & 25262 on May 31st to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.

On August 17th a Gloucester - Barmouth was worked roundtrip from/to Wolverhampton by 25272 and an unidentified Class 25.

On September 6th 25272 & 25037 worked the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and 12.30 return. A week later (13th) the diesel multiple unit working the 16.30 Nottingham - Leicester failed at Nottingham, 25272 & 25038 dragged the service to Leicester.

1976
On July 31st the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston was worked to Wolverhampton by 25272 & 25260.

On November 13th the Bridgnorth - Paddington 'Severn Valley Limited' was worked between Bewdley & Kidderminster by 25272 & 25292.

1977
The 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and from there the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Walsall were worked by 25272 & 25276 on June 11th. The same diagram was handled by 25272 & 25092 on July 9th.

25272 & 25264 worked a roundtrip Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton day excursion on September 4th.

1978
25272 & 25297 worked the 11.11 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead on May 29th.

Cambrian metals were travelled on July 29th when 25272 & 25276 worked the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

On August 18th 25272 & 25299 covered 315 passenger miles whilst in charge of the 16.22 Newcastle - Cardiff. After this lengthy run the same pair of locomotives were turned out the next day to work the 05.35 Cardiff - Crewe and 10.00 return, a total of 278 miles.

1979
All the reported passengers working during 1979 for 25272 involved the former Cambrian lines. On May 27th 25272 & 25293 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth, returning with the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On June 23rd the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25272 & 25161. The next day (24th) the same pair of locomotive were diagrammed for the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth, but got no further than Bescot Yard where they were failed and replaced by 25032 & 25120.

25272 heads north through Crewe on July 23rd 1979. Although the tablet catcher recess has been sheeted over the locomotive still carries its number at the 'wrong' end. A review of the photographs of 25272 indicate that at the time of withdrawal the tablet catcher recess was sheeted over at the 'B' end, but remained intact at the 'A' end.
Photograph courtesy Phil Trotter.

1980
On May 29th steam locomotives 3205 & 600 and Class 52 D1062 were moved from the Rainhill exhibition to the Severn Valley Railway by 25272.

1980 produced more passenger workings for 25272 over Cambrian metals. On June 7th 25272 & 25215 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. A week later on June 14th the same diagram as June 7th was handled by 25272 & 25129. The next day (15th) a Birmingham New Street - Bridlington day excursion was worked by 25272 & 25129, presumed out & back for 354 passenger miles.

On July 5th the Saltley crane was hauled to Birmingham New Street by 25272 to attend to the aftermath created by the head-on collision of 47337 and the 12.29 Longbridge Lichfield diesel multiple unit. Despite serious damage to the locomotive and railcar No.50115 injuries were only minor apart from the diesel multiple unit driver. 47337 was removed to Saltley by 47536 whilst 47534 took the wrecked railcar to Kings Norton, where it would eventually be broken up.

On July 26th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25272 & 25187. The next day (27th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the return 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Birmingham New Street.

On August 2nd 25272 & 25291 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from their with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.

Passengers on November 19ths 12.42 Carlisle Newcastle diesel multiple unit received a tow from 25272.

1981

With about four months to go before withdrawal 25272 rests at Saltley on March 1st 1981, standing guard over a much bigger Western Region visitor.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25272 waits at Abbey Street for T39's wagons to be loaded on March 25th 1981. This is the second trip of the day for this working. 25272 carries its number at the 'wrong' end due to the location of the tablet catcher recess, and also sports an improvised '5272' numbering on the cab front.
Photograph courtesy Dave Smith.

25272's last passenger workings occurred less than a month prior to her withdrawal. On June 13th & 14th 1981 25272 & 25260 were active on the Cambrian line workings, handling one round trip each day. On 14th the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston was worked through to Nuneaton.

25272 was retired on July 12th 1981, the 108th Class 25 to be withdrawn.

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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)

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Last updated April 29th 2016

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