The sixteen year career of D7630/25280 started with almost two years on the Eastern Region, followed by the remainder allocated to London Midland Region depots.
D7630 was new to Tinsley (41A) on September 16th 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Wath (41C)
Renumbered April 20th 1974.
25280 was the 119th Class 25 to be withdrawn.
After withdrawal 25280 was stored at Toton. 25280 (with 25148?) was moved to Swindon Works on March 18th 1982 and broken up by the end of July 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Due a Classified 3rd quarter 1969.
On July 25th 7630 & 7614 were noted on an unidentified passenger train between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
On June 21st 25280 & 25081 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, they did not return on the diagrammed working.
August provided 25280 with some passenger work. On August 7th 25280 & 25133 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness service, whilst on August 17th a roundtrip Derby - Skegness was worked by 25280 & 25212. On August 28th 25280 & 25268 had a trip down to the West Country with the 09.49 Nottingham - Paignton, for a total of 261 passenger miles. On August 30th 25280 & 25075 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness relief (it is also reported that on this day 25280 & 25268 worked a Wellingborough - Hastings day excursion as far as Cricklewood).
The failure of a diesel multiple unit on September 30th saw the 13.20 Crewe - Derby worked by 25280.
On July 5th 25280 & 25150 worked the 09.20 Derby - Skegness and the return 19.20 Skegness - Derby.
The 18.35 Birmingham New Street - Norwich on August 2nd was worked to Peterborough by 25280. A week later on August 10th a Shrewsbury - Cambridge special was worked by 25280 & 25107.
The 08.45 Manchester Victoria - Scarborough was worked by 25280 on September 2nd. Two days later on September 4th the 07.47 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria were worked by 25280.
The 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25280 & 25301 on June 16th. The next day (17th) the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the return 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25280 & 25195.
25280 was noted southbound at Derby with a seventeen wagon mixed freight with brakevan on June 1st, and was later noted passing Cheltenham with a longer freight (lengthened by about a dozen loaded bogie steel wagons), but now double headed with 31306.
On July 28th the 08.25 Leicester - Blackpool North was worked forward from Nottingham by 25280 & 25248, returning to Nottingham with the 14.25 Blackpool North - Leicester.
A roundtrip Leicester - Skegness was worked by 25280 & 25161 on August 2nd. Two days later on August 4th 25280 & 25261 worked the 08.25 Leicester - Blackpool North from Nottingham, returning as far as Nottingham with the 14.25 Blackpool North - Leicester. On August 12th the relief 09.15 Nottingham - Skegness and the return relief 19.07 Skegness - Nottingham were worked by 25280 & 25270.
The end of August produced some passenger workings for 25280. On August 28th the 15.18 Norwich - Birmingham New Street was worked throughout by 25280. Two days later on August 30th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25280 & 25242. The next day, August 31st, the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth was worked to Wolverhampton by 25280 & 31245, at Wolverhampton 31245 was replaced by 25073. The Class 25s returned with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
On September 9th the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.00 Llandudno Town - Nottingham were worked by 25280.
25280 was noted southbound at Tamworth Low Level on October 10th with a loaded ballast train.
Condition October: blue/yellow livery, boiler room grilles sheeted over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, No.2 cab 2nd man's side - corner shows signs of a minor scrape, with three distinct scrapes.
25280 was noted at Northwich depot on July 12th.
An interesting combination occurred on August 8th when 25280 & 27001 worked the 01.20 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool as far as Carlisle.
On August 22nd the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich was worked by 25280 & 25274.
An Ealing Broadway - Skegness day excursion on August 25th failed behind 47147 north of Burton-on-Trent, 25280 & 25274 dragged the service to Nottingham where 45049 replaced everything.
25280 was withdrawn on November 8th 1981.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added November 16th 2012