The sixteen year nine month career of D7625/25275 included allocations to Eastern, Western & London Midland depots.
Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester, No.8035.
D7625 was new to Tinsley (41A) on July 30th 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Wath (41C).
Renumbered April 1974.
After withdrawal 25275 was stored at Tyseley from April 1982 until March 22nd 1985 when it moved to Swindon Works with 25027 (from Saltley) & 25180 arriving on March 25th. 25275 was broken up there by the third week of July 1985.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September 1968.
1975: The local Whitemoor – Kings Lynn freights were frequently hauled by Class 25’s, the trip on June 12th produced Laira based 25275, which had only been released from Derby Works several days before.
Although many of the Tinsley allocated Class 25's worked the Sheffield - Llandudno Town summer dated services, D7625 was noted on August 21st 1965 working a Scarborough - Sheffield service. Five years allocated to Western Region depots has not produced many records passenger workings. On September 1st 1973 the 12.45 Penzance - Cardiff was worked to Penzance by 7625 & 7676. Two years later on June 18th 1975 25275 worked the 20.15 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot.
After transfer to Bescot during the summer of 1975 25275 acquired afew more passenger workings. On July 5th 1975 25275 & 25105 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. No passenger workings have so far been identified for 1976.
1977 saw 25275's first recorded passenger working on the Cambrian line. On June 7th 1977 the 'Mid-Walesman' Euston - Aberystwyth railtour was worked from/to Wolverhampton by 25275 & 25295. Two weeks later on June 18th 1977 the 07.22 Bradford - Weymouth was worked from Leeds to Birmingham New Street by 25275 & 25070.
On August 20th 1978 25275 & 25325 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and returned to Wolverhampton on the Barmouth - Euston service. A month later on September 23rd 1978 25275 & 25245 worked the relief 09.00 Birmingham New Street - Paignton throughout.
July 21st 1979 saw the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth worked by 25275 & 25273, returning with the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. A very short working took place on October 20th 1979 working a railtour roundtrip between Kidderminster & Bewdley.
A York - Birmingham International charter on June 27th 1980 was worked by 25275 & 25276. The next day (28th) the same pair worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. Unfortunately 25276 failed enroute and was dragged. Having just spent a weekend with sister locomotive 25276, two weeks later 25275 was paired with 25274 on July 12th 1980 aand worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next recorded pairing for 25275 was another sister engine, 25271, this time on August 23rd 1980 working the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. It was back to the Cambrian line on September 7th 1980 with 25178 working the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, coming back with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
1981 proved to be a reasonably busy year for passenger workings. On June 13th 1981 the 08.47 Wolverhampton - Portsmouth Harbour worked to Birmingham New Street by 25275 & 25325. Two days later (15th) was back at New Street and now with 25136 to work the 08.25 Manchester Piccadiily - Cardiff forward from Birmingham New Street, coming back with the 15.35 Cardiff - Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street. The next six workings all involved Cambrian line round trip workings, with 25304 on June 27th, 25262 on July 4th and 25276 on July 11th. For a change of scenery 25275 headed east on September 1st 1981 with the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as March, returning with the 18.34 Norwich - Birmingham New Street from March as far as Leicester, being replaced here by 25150. Two weeks later on September 16th 1981 25275 worked the 18.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich to ? The last recorded passenger working for 25275 was very short, on October 12th 1981 rescuing the 16.45 Birmingham New Street - Walsall from Bescot after electric multiple unit No. 304029 failed.
Pictures of D7625/7625/25275
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added May 25th 2013