The twenty year career of D7637/25287 included allocations to Eastern Region & London Midland Region depots.
Built: Beyer Peacock Gorton Ltd, Works No.8037.
D7637 was new to Tinsley on November 22nd 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Wath (41C).
Renumbered March 4th 1974.
After withdrawal 25287 was stored at Toton until moved (see details below) to Doncaster Works on March 3rd 1986. The scrapping of locomotives ceased here before 25287 could be dealt with, on August 13th 1986 a group of locomotives including 25287 were moved to Goole Docks for further storage. The locomotives were eventually sold to Vic Berry, Leicester and moved to Leicester Humberstone Road on October 30th 1986 and into Vic Berry's yard on November 4th 1986. 25287 was scrapped by the third week of February 1987.
25078, 25195, 25257/287 9Z34 Toton – Doncaster Works March 3rd 1986.
25060/078, 25195, 25257/287 Doncaster Works – Goole Docks August 13th 1986 (one trip?).
25287, 45016/75 Goole – Tinsley - Vic Berry, Leicester October 30th – November 4th, 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works December 1969.
1967 - 1968
On the WCML on September 20th 25287 assisted 86217 from Lancaster to Carlisle after the latter had two traction motors isolated whilst working the 15.00 from Euston. Only seven minutes were lost after the addition of 25287.
The failure of the Class 47 at Manchester Victoria on September 9th 1980 whilst working the 18.05 Liverpool - Leeds saw 25287 take the service on to Leeds.
On August 29th 1981 25287 & 25044 worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich returning from there with the 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby. A diesel multiple unit failure on September 22nd saw the 08.10 Nottingham - Derby worked by 25287.
An 'E' examination was completed during November at Crewe depot.
On June 18th 25287 hauled 304 007 from Allerton to Wolverton Works for attention, two days earlier the unit had failed on a late evening Crewe - Liverpool service.
A day excursion from Birmingham New Street to Blackpool North on August 14th was worked roundtrip between Preston & Blackpool North by 25287. On September 6th the 16.30 St. Pancras - Nottingham failed at Bedford, 25287 took the train on to Nottingham.
25287 was on station pilot duty at Manchester Victoria on 5th March.
25287 worked a roundtrip Tunstead - Northwich train of ICI bogie hoppers on April 14th, the loaded working was made up of eighteen hoppers.
On June 1st 25287 was noted on the fuelling point at Severn Tunnel Junction. Four days later (June 5th) 25287 worked the 04.00 Crewe - Chester. A Willesden – Clapham Junction weedkilling train ran in the early hours of June 17th behind 25287.
On July 30th 25287 & 25251 worked the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (31st) the same pair worked the 10.00 Euston - Wolverhampton between Bletchley & Rugby due to power being off for engineering work. On August 27th the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton were worked by 25287 & 25250.
25287 was stabled at Cockshute on September 17th.
On October 27th 25287 was noted at Sheffield with parcels stock on 27th October 1983.
Although the display of locomotive headcodes had long since ceased 25287 retained a working set of headcodes above the No.2 cab, although '0000' was normally displayed, from time to time the headcodes were set to other combinations. The No.1 cab displayed the normal two dot 'domino'.
On December 20th line damage at Hemel Hempstead saw 25287 & 25251 work the 07.46 Northampton - Euston, the 09.00 Glasgow Central - Euston from Bletchley, the 11.10 Glasgow Central - Euston between Bletchley & Watford Junction and the 18.15 (?) Euston - Northampton dragging two Class 310 electric multiple units. The next day (21st) 25287 worked the 08.13 Northampton - Euston.
25262 & 25287 were noted at Madeley (south of Crewe) on May 10th with a lengthy train on bogie oil tanks. Three days later (13th) the 02.35 Euston - Bletchley was worked by 25287.
On June 30th the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25287 & 25268. On July 14th the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25287 & 25279.
On August 4th the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25287 & 25259. Two days later (August 6th) 25287 worked the 4V12 09.22 Shrewsbury - Malago Vale with five vans, being noted at Severn Tunnel Junction.
On August 16th 25287 was noted stabled at Saltley. Two days later (18th) the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25287 & 25265 (25265 to Shrewsbury only) and by 25287 & 25278 on September 8th, on the outward leg a car was hit on a crossing just outside Aberystwyth.
On February 27th 25282 & 25287 worked a roundtrip special Stanlow - Preston Dock oiltank train.
25287 was noted parked in Rhyl yard with a short parcels train on March 3rd. The No.2 cab still had a working headcode panel.
25287 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on April 16th. A week later on April 24th 25287 was noted in the loop at Panteg with 21 short-wheelbase tanks.
25287 was stored unserviceable during May and was withdrawn on December 3rd 1985.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 19th 2013