D7623, 7623, 25273
D7623, 7623, 25273

Bescot based 25273 shunts Pensnett freight terminal on July 11th 1980.

The fourteen year five month career of D7623/25273 started out on the Scottish Region before moving to the London Midland Region for the remainder of its career (including over ten years continuously at Birmingham area depots).

Built: Derby Locomotive Works.
Tablet catcher recess fitted (never removed).

Allocations

D7623 was new to Eastfield (65A) on September 8th 1966. Further transfers were:

July 1968 to Preston Division (D10) on loan
November 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16)
November 1970 to Birmingham Division (D02)
May 1973 to Bescot
February 1st 1981 - withdrawn

Renumbered March 30th 1974.

25273 was the 95th Class 25 withdrawn, one of twelve retired during February 1981.

After almost eight years allocated to Bescot 25273 was retired and moved with 08294 to Swindon Works on March 23rd 1981. By the first week of April 1982 25273 had been broken up at Swindon Works.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works March 1967.
Noted Crewe Works June 1975.
Noted Derby Works September 1978 (collision damage).
Noted Derby Works February 1980, N1 repair.

Highlights

1966
Delivered as D7623 to Eastfield (65A) in October this locomotive almost became the last Class 25 to be built at Derby Locomotive Works. The last batch of Class 25s (7624 - 7677) were to be built by Beyer Peacock, Manchester, however the worsening financial situation at BP saw the last eighteen machines 'return' to Derby for construction. D7623 was the last of a batch (D7611 - D7623) delivered to the Scottish Region, the only Class 25s delivered brand new to the Scottish Region, and the only Class 25s equipped with a cabside recess for the fitting of 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 merry-go-round workings.

1967
D7623 was under repair at Derby during March, possibly following a derailment on the Scottish Region whilst working a coal train, the locomotive becoming derailed and leaning over at a 45 degree angle.

1968
After almost two years on the Scottish Region 7619 - 7623 were transferred to the Preston Division (D10) in July, by November 7616 - 7623 had moved on to the Nottingham Division (D16).

1972
7623 was noted through High Wycombe on June 16th bound for Ruislip with new Northern Line underground stock.

1973
On May 26th a Paddington - Aberystwyth excursion was worked roundtrip Wolverhampton - Aberystwyth by 7623 & 7534.

1974
On August 3rd the 09.30 Glasgow Central - Nottingham relief was noted between Sheffield & Nottingham behind 25273 & 25126, possibly the locomotive change emanating from Leeds. At month-end, August 31st, the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth, to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were hauled by 25273 & 25210.

On September 14th a Weston-super-Mare – Aberystwyth excursion utilised 25273 & 25040 west of Shrewsbury. The latter machine, already smoking badly, was later declared a failure after arrival at Aberystwyth. Fortunately on the return trip 25273 was upto the challenge and reached Shrewsbury without assistance, the excursionists eventually reaching home ahead of schedule. On September 28th the 08.00 Walsall - Norwich and the 15.18 Norwich - Walsall were worked by 25273 & 25187.

1975

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A work stained 25273 passes through Leamington on April 24th 1975.

During June 25273 visited Crewe Works for repair.

The 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25273 & 25107 on September 27th.

1978
On June 3rd the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25273 & 25188.

A visit was made to Derby during September to repair accident damage.

1979
The 13.40 Bangor - Crewe relief was worked by 25273 on April 17th.

On June 2nd 25273 worked the 12.36 Birmingham New Street - Norwich.

On July 21st the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25273 & 25275.

Possibly the last known passenger working for 25273 took place on August 26th working a roundtrip Melton Mowbray - Barmouth with 25298 for a total of 368 passenger miles.

1980
Power unit repairs were carried out at Derby during February.

1981
25273 was withdrawn on February 1st 1981.

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis.
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