The twenty year four month career of D7635/25285 included allocations to Eastern Region & London Midland Region depots.
Built: Beyer Peacock Gorton Ltd, Works No.8045.
D7635 was new to Tinsley on November 5th 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Wath (41C).
Renumbered April 20th 1974.
25285 was the 277th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during March 1986.
After withdrawal 25285 was stored at Crewe Depot until March 1987 when it moved to Gresty Lane and then Basford Hall. On July 16th 1987 25285 was moved (see details below) to Leicester Humberstone Road, reaching Vic Berry's yard by July 24th 1987. By the first week of October 1987 25285 had been scrapped.
25042, 25052, 25285, 25910 Crewe – Vic Berry, Leicester July 16th -24th, 1987
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works September 1968.
On August 3rd services north of Crewe were seriously disrupted when 7636 & 7635 became derailed near Winsford station after running through catch points whilst hauling the 6M55 15.22 West Thurrock - Corkickle freight (eight 100 ton empty tanks). An overhead gantry was hit, the lead locomotive nearly falling into a country lane. The crew fortunately escaped with only minor injuries. By August 16th 7635 had reached Derby Works for repairs - the No.1 cab was seriously damaged.
1979 has so far identified only one passenger working, on December 13th the 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly was worked between Gloucester & Birmingham New Street by 25285.
Just before noon on May 12th light engines 86016 & 83001 brought down the overhead wires between Allerton & Speke junctions. An unidentified Class 25 was used to haul two passenger services through the de-energised section whilst later in the day 86219 working the 13.05 Liverpool - Euston suffered damage to a pantograph, being removed at Ditton by 25285 whilst working a Fazakerley - Wigan freight, 40129 took the passenger train forward to Crewe.
On August 14th 25285 was noted at Oakleigh Sidings with a The Fisons weedkiller train.
September produced the only two recorded passenger workings for 1980. On September 13th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25285 & 25325. A week later on September 20th 25285 & 25271 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich returning from there with the 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall.
73109 reached Banbury on September 15th with a special Eastleigh – Warrington freight, 25284 & 25285 took the freight northward. Four days later (19th) sisters 25285 & 25284 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
New freight contracts out of Heysham brought a considerable influx of Class 25s to the area, working the South Leith – Heysham coated gas pipes and return empties. The first train ran on September 29th behind 25262 & 25285, with the contract expected to last into the New Year (1982).
On February 12th 25254 & 25285 were in charge of a Rylstone-Hull 'Tilcon' limestone train, being noted passing Holbeck.
The Broughton Lane - Ditton BOC tanks on April 8th was noted at Stockport behind 40076 & 25285.
The 09.49 Norwich - Birmingham New Street arrived at Nuneaton on May 29th behind 25303 & 31189 (failed), these were removed and 25285 worked through to Birmingham New Street. 25285 was noted at Birmingham New street with passenger stock on May 30th.
Engineering work on the WCML on July 25th saw 25285 & 25192 assist three services between Rugby & Tamworth. Three days later on July 28th 85011 failed working the 16.13 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston at ?, 25285 dragged the service to Nuneaton. On September 4th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25285 & 25259. On September 24th the 09.42 Poole - Newcastle with 47447 failed at Oxford, 25285 worked the service to Birmingham New Street.
On September 1st the 18.30 Wolverhampton - Euston failed at Tring behind 85012, 25285 & 25265 dragged the service to Euston. A diesel multiple unit failure on December 27th found 25285 assisting the 15.20 Crewe - Lincoln Central to Derby. The next day the (Dec 28th) 25285 worked the 07.16 Manchester Victoria - York to Leeds.
On August 30th 25285 & 25286 were noted stabled at Shrewsbury, the next day (31st) they were noted working an afternoon Llanwern – Dee Marsh steel coils working. The next day (September 1st) the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth got into trouble with 25178 & 25192, these were replaced at Forden by sisters 25285 & 25286 which after reversing to Welshpool worked only to Machynlleth where the service was terminated due to late running. At Machynlleth the train was turned around to become the 17.38 Machynlleth - Shrewsbury.
On December 15th 25285 & 25231 handled a UKF Fertilisers working over the Marches route.
More snow was present at Grindleford on February 15th when 25285 was noted hauling the down empty newspaper train, 4M22 09:30 SX Cleethorpes to Manchester Mayfield.
The passenger workings for 1985 brought a mixed bunch of routes to 25285, with a definate north-west area flavour. Om March 9th 1985 25285 worked the 18.23 Preston - Barrow following a diesel multiple unit failure. four days later on March 13th 25285 was at Madeley with a weekend ballast working of nine sealions.
25285 was north of the border for the next group of passenger workings. On May 17th 1985 the 12.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central was worked to Gretna Junction where 25285 failed and was dragged by 37077.
On June 10th 25285 was noted at Helsby a Warrington bound rail train.
By June 26th 25285 was north of the border when it worked the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central from Dumfries after 27030 failed, then continued on the diagram to work the 13.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle and the 17.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central.
The returning 'Cambrian Scot' railtour on July 7th 1985 from Ayr to Caersws was worked forward from Warrington by 25285 & 25266. The next day (July 8th) the same pair worked the relief 13.50 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh from Birmingham New Street to Preston.
On July 19th 25285 worked Workington's Target 57 trip freight to Wigton & Carlisle, the Speedlink freight comprised about twenty fve wagons of many different types.
25285 was back in Scotland on July 29th 1985 piloting 47434 on the 21.10 Euston - Stranraer Harbour between Ayr & Stranraer Harbour. On a very wet August 11th 25285 was noted at Maghull with a track train. Two days later, August 13th the 18.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria was worked forward from Preston by 25285. The failure of 33004 at Flint on August 27th 1985 working the 14.17 Bangor - Cardiff saw the following service push it to Chester where 25285 was added and dragged the train to Crewe.
On September 28th the 07.40 Leicester - Leeds was booked for 45116 but this failed before departure, 25285 worked through to Leeds, it then ran light to Birmingham New Street to take over the 09.50 Eastbourne - Newcastle SAGA charter to Newcastle. On October 7th 1985 25285 worked the 15.28 Carstairs - Edinburgh, being the portion off the 09.15 Euston - Inverness. Two days later (Oct 9th) 25285 assisted the 10.30 Inverness - Euston between Warrington & Crewe (via Chester).
25285 was noted at Hereford on November 16th with a down bogie tank train at Hereford, the locomotive was removed here. At month end, November 30th 25285 was stabled at a very foggy March depot.
The failure of a diesel multiple unit on March 2nd 1986 provided 25285 with its last passenger working, the 13.40 Crewe - Cardiff.
25285 was withdrawn on March 17th 1986.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added September 16th 2013.