D7644, 7644, 25294
D7644, 7644, 25294

The sixteen year seven month career of D7644/25294 began with about a year allocated to Sheffield area depots followed by the the remainder allocated to London Midland depots.

Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester, No.8054.
Boiler room grills sheeted over.
Reportedly the last diesel locomotive to leave Reddish Depot.

Allocations

D7644 was new to Tinsley (41A) on February 23rd 1966. Further transfers were:

April 1966 to Wath (41C).
March 1967 to London Division (Western Lines) (D01).
May 1970 to Birmingham Division (D02).
May 1973 to Bescot.
June 1974 to Longsight.
October 1975 to Crewe.
Withdrawn October 10th 1982.

Renumbered May 23rd 1974.

After withdrawal 25294 was stored at Reddish from October 1982 until May 18th 1983 when it moved to Ashburys Yard, Manchester. By the first week of July 25294 had reached Derby Works. It was sent to Swindon Works on February 4th 1985 (see movement detail below) and scrapped there by the second week of May 1985.

25050/062, 25129/133/146, 25220/233/274/294 9X12 Derby Swindon, February 3rd & 4th 1985.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works April 1970.
Noted Derby Works February 1971.
Noted Derby Works April & May 1974.
Noted Derby Works February 1976.

Highlights

1975: June 5th noted in two green with full yellow ends with TOPS numbering and blue TOPS classification panel sticker.

1979: The maintenance dispute brought many strangers into South Wales including a number of Class 25s. So noted towards the end of March were 25294 on the 14.46 Great Bridge Llandeilo flats (21st).

D7644/25294 recorded only a few passenger workings, mostly in the latter half of its career. Maintenance work in the Birmingham area on February 17th 1974 found 7644 & 5189 assisting a couple of trains. The 08.52 Liverpool - Euston required their assistance between Hednesford & Birmingham New Street when 47506 failed whilst towing 86022. Later that day they assisted a Glasgow Central - Euston service with 86043 between Crewe - Nuneaton (via Cannock & Water Orton), again because the power was off.

April 1st 1978 found 25201 with five coaches working the 'Hundred of Wirral' railtour out of Liverpool Lime Street to various locations on the Wirral peninsula. Reversals were necessary at West Kirby & New Brighton, with 25294 being added to the rear between Birkenhead North & Heswall.

On May 17th 1979 25294 worked the 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly between Gloucester & Birmingham New Street. On July 14th 1979 25294 & 25248 worked the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and 12.32 return.

August 18th 1980 was a busy day for 25294 working the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, the 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town, the 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe and the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor, a total of 324 passenger miles.

It was off to the Cambrian line on June 6th 1981 with 25294 & 25170 working the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. A month later on July 9th 1981 25294 was noted working the 13.22 Norwich - Birmingham New Street forward from Nuneaton.

25294's last passenger workings took place in 1982. On June 16th 1982 25294 worked the 22.50 Shrewsbury - York to Crewe. On June 27th 1982 40128 failed at Crewe whilst working the 09.20 Birmingham New Street - Rhyl day excursion. 25294 took the train on to Rhyl and handled the return working throughout. Following this 25294 then worked the 21.25 Birmingham New Street - Crewe relief.

Pictures of D7644/7644/25294

25294 marshalls its train at Wirksworth on April 15th 1976.
Photographer unknown.
Out to pasture - not sure of the date on this but 25294 was withdrawn at Reddish during October 1982 and moved away from the depot during May 1983 - the last diesel locomotive to leave the then closed Reddish depot. The lower half of the cab front has been painted at some point in a lighter shade of yellow. As time went by the contrast between the two shades of yellow became more noticeable.
Photograph courtesy Paul Wraithmell.

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

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Page added May 15th 2013

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