D7631, 7631, 25281
D7631, 7631, 25281


Photograph collection of webmaster.
25281 at Northwich shed yard, date unknown. The boiler room grilles have been sheeted over.

The fifteen year career of D7631/25281 started with two years on the Eastern Region before transfer to the London Midland Region for the remainder of its career.

Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester.
Modifications: Boiler room grills sheeted over.

Allocations

D7631 was new to Tinsley (41A) on September 29th 1965. Further transfers were:

April 1966 to Wath (41C).
August 1967 London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
June 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
January 1969 to Birmingham Division (D02).
May 1973 to Bescot.
October 1976 to Springs Branch
Withdrawn February 1st 1981.

Renumbered April 1974.

25281 was the 96th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of twelve retired during February 1981.

After withdrawal 25281 was held at Reddish until February 27th 1981 when 25055, 25100/122, 25281 were moved to Swindon (25100 & 25281 ex Reddish & 25122 ex Newton Heath). 25281 was scrapped at Swindon by the middle of May 1981.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September 1971.
Noted Derby Works July 1976.

Highlights

1974
On July 20th 25281 & 25272 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram.

1975
On August 2nd 25281 & 25142 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram. On August 22nd the 12.52 Norwich - Birmingham New Street was noted with 25281 in charge at Leicester, its uncertain where the Class 25 took over, maybe March?

On September 13th 25281 & 25081 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram.

1976
On September 11th 25281 & 25081 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram.

1977
The 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked from Derby by 25281 on June 25th, and returned with the 13.05 Llandudno Town - Nottingham.

1979


Photograph courtesy Barrie Watkins.
Its a snowy overcast January 3rd 1979 as 25281 runs through Warrington with a mixed assortment of snow covered wagons. To the left an electric service appears from underneath the road bridge.

On March 10th the 12.36 Birmingham New Street - Norwich failed at Leicester behind a Class 31, 25281 took the service Norwich.

The 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe was worked by 25281 on August 28th.

1980
25281 was noted working Northwich - Tunstead limestone empties at Chinley on April 23rd.

The 19.50 Crewe - Derby was worked by 25281 on June 17th following failure of the diagrammed diesel multiple unit.

1981
25281 was withdrawn on February 1st.

At least one cabside number panel was saved following scrapping of the rest of the locomotive.

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

15/1916
flk 0117 partial

Page added January 11th 2013
Last updated January 16th 2017

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