The sixteen year career of D7624/25274 started out on the Eastern Region, transitioned to the Western Region before moving to the London Midland Region for the remainder of its career.
Built; Beyer, Peacock Co. Ltd, Gorton, Manchester; No.8034
D7624 was new to Tinsley (41A) on July 30th 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Wath (41C).
Renumbered May 1974.
25274 was the 128th Class 25 withdrawn, leaving 199 remaining in service.
After almost seven years allocated to Bescot 25274 was retired and moved to Derby Works. On February 4th 1985 25274 joined a convoy of withdrawn locomotives being moved to Swindon Works for scrapping, which for 25274 took place by the end of April 1985.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July 1967.
D7624 was the first of thirty five Class 25s to be built by Beyer Peacock.
Delivered new with blanking plates fitted?
25274's recorded passenger workings were not that prolific and very much run of the mill, particularly after its allocation to Bescot. It made the familiar trips to Skegness, Norwich (for Yarmouth), Barmouth, Aberystwyth, Llandudno & Blackpool.
Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panels, exhaust in original location.
The Barnstaple - Cheltenham Spa return leg of a day excursion was worked to Exeter St Davids by 25274 on August 4th.
Noted during October with no blanking plates fitted.
Ex-works 25274 was noted at Northwich depot on February 23rd, presumably trying to find a way back to its home shed of Bristol.
A diesel multiple unit failure on July 29th saw the 15.16 Newquay - Plymouth assisted from Par by 25274.
On Sunday August 10th the St Austell - Worcester motorail was worked by 25274 & 25275 to at least Plymouth.
The 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston was worked from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton by 25274 & 25039 on September 4th.
The 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the return 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25274 & 25195 on August 25th and by 25274 & 25141 on September 15th.
On September 16th (a Sunday) six coal trains were worked from South Wales to Corby. Four of the coal trains were held at Didcot and two at Oxford, with Banbury providing locomotives to work the trains forward to Corby. Two pairs of Class 25s were used, 25141 & 25274 and 25134 & 25212, other types included Classes 20 & 47.
The 18.35 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked by 25274 on July 5th. A week later on July 12th sisters 25274 & 25275 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On July 19th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25274 & 25263. The next day (20th) the same pair were noted on the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury(?).
On September 1st 25274 worked the 16.42 Llandudno - Crewe, two days later (3rd) it worked the 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.
The 21.13 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North was worked by 25274 on June 9th & 13th.
On August 22nd the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25274 & 25280. Three days later (25th) an Ealing Broadway - Skegness day excursion failed behind 47147 near Burton-on-Trent, 25274 & 25280 dragged the service to Nottingham where 45049 took over.
The 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25274 & 25323 on September 5th. The next day (6th) the same pair worked the 08.21 Leicester - Skegness and the 18.30 Skegness - Leicester.
The service life of 25274 after its last Classified repair was only 26 months, its unclear whether it suffered a major failure or whether there was a surplus of vacuum braked Class 25s at this time.
Beyer Peacock - a very brief potted history
Formed by a partnership of Charles Frederick Beyer (1813 - 1876), Richard Peacock (1820 - 1889) and Henry Robertson (1816 - 1888), the engineering firm of Beyer, Peacock Ltd, Gorton, Manchester produced nearly 8,000 locomotives between 1855 & 1966. Gorton Foundry was located at Openshaw on the south side of the railway line opposite to the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway works at Gorton.
Steam locomotives were the mainstay of Beyer Peacock's production, with a total of 7,853 built. The transition to more modern forms of traction came too late for Beyer Peacock, although some orders were recieved (see below), they were not enough and so similar to several other renowned British locomotive manufacturers, production ceased and the workshops closed during the 1960's.
7879 - -/62 Brush Traction prototype (0-6-0 diesel electric)
Although Beyer-Peacock did not complete all of its Class 25 order, it did create the Builders Plates for those locomotives transferred to Derby Works. These Builders Plates were transferred to Derby, but obviously were never used.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added June 11th 2012