The working life of D7646/25296/25906 spanned nineteen years ten months, with a year spent at Sheffield area depots and the remainder allocated to a variety of London Midland depots.
Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester, No.8056.
D7646 was new to Tinsley (41A) on March 25th 1966. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
Renumbered to 25296 February 16th 1974.
After withdrawal 25906 was stored at Basford Hall Yard until moved with 25199, 25244 & 25249 on June 2nd 1987 to Leicester Humberstone Road Yard and into Vic Berry's Yard the next day. By the middle of December 1987 25906 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1969 (Intermediate).
For the Rainhill 150 celebrations 25296 was painted and spruced up to take part in the celebrations on May 24th/25th. Freight vehicles hauled by 25296 were:
On July 29th 25296 worked the 09.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.
Possibly the lengthiest passenger working took place on August 4th when 25296 & 25251 worked a roundtrip Maryport - Llandudno Town day excursion, a total of 468 miles. On August 29th 25296, with 25282 returned to the Cambrian line working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
On a wet October 29th 25296 was involved in a heavy shunting accident at Blackburn. Several wagons were derailed, a 12 ton van No. B762075 was heavily damaged, breaking a buffer on the No.1 end of 25296 and coming to rest against the cab front causing superficial damage. The locomotive was not derailed and was fortunate to have come away virtually unscathed.
On March 23rd 25296 failed at Hereford with the 15.02 parcels again, the station pilot 08668 removing the train from the mainline as no replacement was immediately available.
25296 was noted at Bescot on July 11th. It was back to the Cambrian line on July 23rd to work the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton with 25262 to Shrewsbury then with 25250 to Aberystwyth. 25296 & 25250 returned with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The last recorded working for 1983 took place on August 19th with the 14.26 Southport - Manchester Victoria. On the same day 25296 assisted the 11.15 Bangor - Scarborough after 46018 derailed at Salford, 25296 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the stock.
On December 13th 25296 & 25268 were noted at Exeter with the tar tanks from Ellesmere Port.
On July 14th 25296 & 25307 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton (with fully air-conditioned stock for the first time to Aberyswyth?) and returned with the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury but got no further than Machynlleth where 25296 expired and was dragged to Shrewsbury. The next day (15th) 25296 went out on the 13.35 Crewe - Cardiff but failed at Hereford and was replaced by 47150.
1985 produced quite a variety of workings, starting on August 19th 1985 with 25296 & 25286 working the relief 10.41 Exeter St. Davids - Edinburgh forward from Carstairs.
A month later on September 20th the 15.18 Llandudno Town - York failed at Chester behind 45103, 25296 worked the train to York. September 29th’s 15.00 Manchester – Swansea produced 25296 with eleven coaches, all was not well with the service as the train arrived over an hour late at Hereford where the standby locomotive, 47325 took over.
Class 25s over the Central Wales line continued with October 5th’s 'Welsh Borderer' charter from Wolverhampton to Tenby hauled throughout by 25037 & 25059. As there was no way to refuel the locomotives at Tenby, the return trip was via Cardiff where 25296 & 25282 were waiting to take over for the return to Wolverhampton. Two weeks later on October 19th 25296 & 40122 worked the 15.08 Carlisle - Kings Cross from Carlisle to Leeds.
Over the Christmas break the only Class 25s in South Wales were 25037, 25288 & 25906 stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction. The latter machine had been noted on 17th on an Ellesmere Port – Severn Tunnel Junction freight.
The final passenger working for 25296 was also in the north-west on February 7th 1986 working the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North forward from Preston.
25906 was withdrawn on November 1st 1986.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added May 18th 2013