D7627, 7627, 25277
D7627, 7627, 25277

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.
Dual brake equipped.

Allocations

D7627 was new to Tinsley on August 12th 1965. Further transfers were:

April 1966 to Wath (41C).
August 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
September 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
September 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1969 to Birmingham Division (D02).
May 1973 to Bescot.
Withdrawn April 15th 1984 (accident damage).

Renumbered February 1st 1974.

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until moved to Derby Works on January 25th 1984 for evaluation of repairs but these were denied and the locomotive was withdrawn.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

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works July & August 1969.
Noted Derby Works July 1971.
Noted Derby Works March - May 1979 (general repair).

Highlights

1976: Severe gales on the evening of January 2nd affected much of the country with wind speeds consistently above 50mph. These high winds brought down the wires in the Berkswell area, a disel multiple unit shuttle substituting between Coventry and Birmingham. 25251 & 25277 assisted 87023 with an empty coaching stock working through the affected area on the morning of 3rd, whilst 25236 arrived with a re-wiring train, though full service was not restored until January 4th. Such was the intensity of the storm that the majority of electric services into New Street were halted, with diesels substituted for many northbound workings. Delays of three to four hours were frequent. Not helping the matter was the derailment of 25242 on an engineers train south of Nuneaton, also on 2nd. This severely impacted the Leicester services, however the arrival of 25047 with the Saltley breakdown crane saw the line cleared by the evening. A little further south at Worcester the driver and guard of 1055 ‘Western Advocate’ lost their lives when their light engine ran into the rear of a Curzon Street – Worcester parcels on 3rd, the storm having affected communications in the area.

1979: January was plagued by ASLEF strikes and poor weather, on January 4th the cold weather froze the stone in the Mountsorrell – Kennett working, led by 25277 & 25296, it was several days before unloading could take place.

1979: 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.

1983: 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.

The early years for D7627/25277 are devoid of reported passenger workings, its transfer to Bescot during May 1973 started to produce passenger workings. The first recorded passenger working took place on July 8th 1973 with a roundtrip Wellingborough - Yarmouth day excursion, presumed worked throughout by 7627 & 7621.

On August 3rd 1974 25277 & 25257 worked the the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. Later in the same month, on August 28th 1975 the 15.35 Norwich - Birmingham New Street was worked throughout by 25277.

The recorded passenger workings for 1978 all feature Cambrian line workings. On June 10th 1979 the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25277 & 25067. The next day (11th) the same pair worked a Plymouth - Aberystwyth day excursion roundtrip between Birmingham New Street & Aberystwyth. Two months later on August 12th 1978 the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25277 & 25327.

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 1979 25277 worked the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town forward from Derby, returning with the 11.30 Llandudno Town - Nottingham. On June 30th & July 7th 1979 the 08.25 Leicester - Blackpool North was worked roundtrip between Nottingham & Blackpool North by 25277 & 25320. On July 21st 1979 the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25277 & 25259.

The passenger workings for 1980 were dominated by Cambrian line trips. On May 31st 1980 the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25277 & 25305. The 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked three times by 25277, on July 5th 1980 with 25327, on August 8th 1980 with 25197 and on August 16th 1980 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 December 7th 1980 25277 was assisting electric services at Rugby with the station shunt.

1981 has so far produced one recorded passenger working, on August 11th 1981 the 15.37 Leicester - Birmingham New Street was worked by 25277 following the failure of the diesel multiple unit.

The 12.40 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria on January 19th 1982 was worked by 25277. The 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked twice by 25277, on August 14th 1982 with 25269 and on September 11th 1982 with 25298. The failure of 47545 on October 30th 1982 at Preston working the 11.15 Barrow - Liverpool saw 25277 complete the working.

The third week of February 1983 saw 25277 work the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North forward from Preston on February 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th. Additionally on February 25th 25277 worked the 15.00 Euston - Blackpool North from Preston. On June 10th 1983 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. During July 1983 two more Cambrian line trips were handled. On July 9th 1983 25277 & 25322 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. A week later on July 17th 1983 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 1983, engineering work on the WCML saw 25277 & 25250 aqssist three services between Rugby & Bletchley.

Pictures of D7627/7627/25277

25277 with an empty ballast working at Fosse Road on December 8th 1975.
Photograph courtesy Andy Hoare.
25277 at Manchester Victoria, date unknown. 25277 was hit by some empty coaching stock at Euston on November 25th 1983 and was eventually condemned because of this damage. Whilst awaiting scrapping at Swindon 25277 was given a prominent place at the east end of the Works alongside the running lines missing one cab, not the greatest advertisement for the modern image of British Rail.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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