The eighteen year eight month career of D7627/25277 included allocations to Eastern Region & London Midland Region depots with its time on the LMR spent at depots on the southern half of the region.
Built: Beyer Peacock Gorton Ltd, Works No.8037.
D7627 was new to Tinsley on August 12th 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Wath (41C).
Renumbered February 1st 1974.
25277 was the 216th Class 25 withdrawn, the only Class 25 retired during April 1984.
Accident damaged 25277 was stored at Cricklewood until moved to Derby Works on January 25th 1984 for evaluation of repairs but these were denied and the locomotive was withdrawn. The locomotive remained at Derby Works until moved on February 5th 1985 to Swindon Works. By the last week of September 1985 the locomotive had been scrapped although the damaged cab lingered at Derby Works for a further year.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works July & August 1969.
Two months later on August 12ththe 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25277 & 25327.
On February 11th Crewe Works was the destination for two enthusiast specials from Paddington. Four pairs of locomotives were used, the second special used 25277 & 25282 between Birmingham New Street and Crewe, the same machines then took the first special from Crewe back to Birmingham.
Two railtours on February 11th 1979 ran from Paddington to Crewe, being the 'The Crewe Campaigner' & 'The Crewe Campaigner Relief'. 25277 & 25282 worked the 'Crewe Campaigner Relief' (outward leg) between Birmingham New Street & Crewe and the 'Crewe Campaigner' (return leg) between Crewe & Birmingham New Street.
On May 26th 25277 worked the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town forward from Derby, returning with the 11.30 Llandudno Town - Nottingham.
On June 30th & July 7th the 08.25 Leicester - Blackpool North was worked roundtrip between Nottingham & Blackpool North by 25277 & 25320. On July 21st the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25277 & 25259.
The 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked three times by 25277, on July 5th with 25327, on August 8th with 25197 and on August 16th with 25259. The following day (Aug 17th) 25277 & 25259 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
On November 4th 25277 & 25323 were noted at Roade with a loaded merry-go-round train.
On December 7th 25277 was assisting electric services at Rugby with the station shunt.
25277 was stabled at Tinsley on October 25th.
On a snowy December 9th 25277 was noted Mollington Street derailed.
On February 17th 25277 was stabled at Manchester Piccadilly.
25288 & 25277 were noted northbound at Rugby with a lengthy train of mineral wagons on June 1st.
25277 & 40170 were noted eastbound at Chester with an oil train on July 29th.
25277 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on August 1st.
The 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked twice by 25277, on August 14th with 25269 and on September 11th with 25298.
The failure of 47545 on October 30th at Preston working the 11.15 Barrow - Liverpool saw 25277 complete the working.
On December 31st 25277 & 25266 worked the Kings Cross - Tring cement empties.
On May 28th 25277 was the Manchester Victoria pilot.
On June 5th 25277 was the Manchester Victoria pilot. Two days later on June 7th 25277 worked a Northwich - Tunstead train of empty ICI hoppers. On June 10th the 10.16 Barrow - Nottingham was worked to Preston by 25079, which was replaced by 25277 for the run to Nottingham. 25277 then returned with the 16.40 Nottingham - Barrow. 25277 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on June 15th.
During July two more Cambrian line trips were handled. On July 9th 25277 & 25322 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. A week later on July 17th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the return 17.15 Aberystwyth - Crewe (extended from Shrewsbury) were worked by 25277 & 25285.
The final recorded passenger workings for 25277 took place on August 14th, engineering work on the WCML saw 25277 & 25250 assist three services between Rugby & Bletchley.
November 25th found 25277 on duty at Euston handling the evening’s empty coaching stock movements. After drawing forward from the stock for the 22.10 sleeper, the stock rolled forward hitting the locomotive, derailing the Class 25 and two sleepers. Rerailing was completed by 8.00am the next morning, though some outbound overnight services were inconvenienced. Although the damage suffered by 25277 was minor it was enough to bring about withdrawal following a trip to Derby Works for evaluation.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 15th 2013