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).
D7634 was new to Tinsley (41A) on October 19th 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Wath (41C).
Renumbered October 20th 1973.
25284 was the 231st Class 25 withdrawn, one of five retired during January 1985.
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 (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1965 (Collision repairs).
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.
December 12th was a poor day for Class 25 reliability in the Northampton area. A Tring Cutting – Dam Mill merry-go-round 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.
25284 received an 'E' examination at Springs Branch during October.
25284 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on December 14th.
25284 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on July 20th.
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.
On a snowy Christmas Day 25284 & 25289 were stabled at Carnforth, Furness sidings.
25284 was stabled at March depot on a misty January 2nd.
25284 was stabled at Tinsley depot on January 17th.
25284 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on November 13th.
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.
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. 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. 25282 & 25284 were stabled at Guide Bridge on April 24th.
The 8F21 Oakamoor - St Helens sand train was worked by 25284 and an unidentified Class 25 on June 10th.
August 11th 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. 25284 was noted with a short southbound freight train at Golbourne on August 30th.
The 16.06 Crewe - Cardiff on September 21st 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.
25284 was stabled at Cockshute on December 31st.
A diesel multiple unit failure on March 15th found 25284 working the 16.24 Leicester - Birmingham New Street and the 18.00 Birmingham New Street - Derby. On March 28th 25284 dragged 40126 by itself to Doncaster Works for scrapping. 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. On March 30th 25284 was noted passing Radlett (northbound?) with three Research Department vehicles.
25284 was noted southbound passing Springs Branch depot on April 26th with a short freight of three ICI tank wagons.
On May 14th five Class 25s including 25284 were on permanent way duties at Chester. The six vehicle 06.45 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend freight was noted passing Cwmbran with 25284 on May 25th. The next day (26th) 25284 was stabled at Newton Heath.
25284's last passenger visit to the Cambrian line took place on June 23rd with 25284 & 25249 working the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
25189 & 25284 were noted westbound at Peak Forest with a westbound train of loaded ICI hoppers on July 15th. The remainder of 25284's passenger workings all have a north west flavour. A diesel multiple unit failure on July 24th 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 was worked to Preston by 25284, later working the 19.35 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria.
On September 19th 25259 & 25284 worked a loaded Oakamoor -St Helens snd train.
The final recorded passenger working for 25284 took place on October 27th with the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria being worked forward from Preston.
25284 was withdrawn on January 21st 1985.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added June 29th 2013