D7634, 7634, 25284
D7634, 7634, 25284

After two years allocated to Eastern Region depots and a brief spell at Tinsley in 1973 the remainder of D7634/25284's career was spent allocated to a variety of northern London Midland depots.

Built: Beyer Peacock Ltd, Manchester (Works No. 8044).

Allocations

D7634 was new to Tinsley (41A) on October 19th 1965. Further transfers were:

April 1966 to Wath (41C).
October 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
August 1973 to Tinsley.
October 1973 to Springs Branch.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn January 21st 1985.

Renumbered October 20th 1973.

After withdrawal 25284 was stored at Crewe until moved to Swindon Works with 25251 & 25327 between March 26th & April 2nd 1985 and scrapped there by the first week of November 1986. The cabs were taken to Vic Berry's, Leicester, being finally disposed of by September 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works November 1965 (Collision repairs).
Noted Crewe Works July & August 1969.

Highlights

1976: On November 8th the signalman controlling the Low Moor signal box had an amazing escape following the demolition of the box by a number of vehicles derailing from the 7A09 Carlisle - Willesden freight. The Kingmoor and Wigan cranes were brought in by 40137 & 25284 to assist with clearing the lines.

1979: February 11th saw 25284 acting as one of the Crewe Works pilots, presumably caused by a missing Class 08.

1979: December 12th was a poor day for Class 25 reliability in the Northampton area. A Tring Cutting Dam Mill mgr train which went forward from Northampton with 25285, after 25254 had been cut off here, got no further than Althorp before expiring. 25284 pushed the train to Rugby, ran round and took the train on to its destination.

1983: March 18th proved to be a sorry day for the Hereford area with two failed Class 25s dumped at the stabling point. 25240 had expired on the 15.02 Manchester - Bristol parcels, being rescued by 25284, whilst 25279 came to grief on the 19.08 Manchester Cardiff parcels.

1984: March 28th 25284 dragged 40126 by itself to Doncaster Works for breaking. British Rail were well aware of the involvement of D326 in the Great Train Robbery, presumably trying to avoid souvenier seekers from removing items prior to its scrapping.

Like many of the Class 25's initially allocated to Tinsley, the first recorded passenger workings for D7634/25284 involved the summer dated Sheffield - Llandudno Town round trips, on August 12th 1967 D7634 was so noted. D7634 was also noted on this working on August 26th 1967, doubleheading with D7636.

Assuming the locomotives worked throughout, June 6th 1970 saw 7634 & 5201 work a Gourock - York SAGA special return leg. Another lengthy run occurred on August 15th 1980 with 7634 & 7671 in charge of a relief Blackpool North - Glasgow Central throughout. No passenger workings have been recorded so far for 1971 - 1975.

The 11.05 Cardiff - Taunton produced 25284 on September 2nd 1976. A lengthier run over the Western Region took place on July 23rd 1977 when 25284 & 25250 worked the 12.20 Birmingham New Street - Newquay as far as Plymouth, a run of 218 miles.

On August 10th 1978 25284 worked the 09.20 Lancaster - Barrow and the 11.04 Barrow - Crewe. A month later on September 12th 25284 handled the 07.47 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 11.30 return.

A Blackpool North - Motherwell relief on August 2nd 1980 was worked by 25284 to Preston.

A rescue job on September 2nd 1981 saw 25284 & 25308 work the 15.11 St. Pancras - Nottingham from Leicester after 45117 failed and was removed. A visit to the Cambrian line was made on September 19th 1981 with 25284 & 25285 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. No passenger workings have so far been recorded for 1982.

1983 produced a small mix of workings, starting off on April 2nd with the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor from Prestatyn to Llandudno Junction (train terminated here) after 47492 failed. (CHECK ON THIS 1983 or 1984) The return working, 11.49 Bangor - Manchester Victoria started from Llandudno Junction with 25284 as far as Chester where 40177 was added because the new driver was not familiar with the Class 25. August 11th 1983 saw 25284 work the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool forward from Preston. Two days later (13th) 25284 returned to the Cambrian line with 25276 to work the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The 16.06 Crewe - Cardiff on September 21st 1983 was worked from Shrewsbury by 25284 after 33014 failed and was dragged. Finally for 1983 on November 24th 25284 worked the 06.45 Derby - Leicester and 07.48 Leicester - Leeds to Nottingham.

The passenger workings started early in 1984, on January 13th 25284 worked the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central. A diesel multiple unit failure on March 15th 1984 found 25284 working the 16.24 Leicester - Birmingham New Street and the 18.00 Birmingham New Street - Derby. 25284's last passenger visit to the Cambrian line took place on June 23rd 1984 with 25249 working the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The remainder of 25284's passenger workings all have a north west flavour. A diesel multiple unit failure on July 24th 1984 saw 25284 assist the 11.48 Manchester Victoria - Liverpool forward from Earlstown. On August 10th the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool was worked forward from Preston by 25284. A relief 12.51 Blackpool North - Euston on August 31st 1984 was worked to Preston by 25284, later working the 19.35 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria. The final recorded passenger working for 25284 took place on October 27th 1984 with the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria being worked forward from Preston.

Pictures of D7634/7634/25284

Although this view is not dated it is presumably taken during 1966, when D7634 was allocated new to Tinsley during April, and the paint still appears remarkably fresh in this view. No doubt it would have arrived at Toton on an inter-regional freight most likely from the Sheffield area.
Photographer not known.
Its a glorious summers day, August 28th 1979 at St Helens Junction station as 25284 & 25297 start to throttle up as the end of the train clears the curve. In the distance a DMU pulls away as a lady passenger with her bike look back to find out what is making all the noise in the far platform. Pretty soon the empty oil train will have rumbled off into the distance, the DMU will be well on its way to its next stop and quiet will return to St Helens Junction.
Photograph courtesy Barrie Watkins.
The rain is certainly coming down here on 25284 at March on January 2nd 1982.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25284 speeds through Llandudno Junction station with a Speedlink freight on May 20th 1983. 25284 has another two and a half years left in service, being withdrawn from Crewe during January 1985.
Photographer not known.

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

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