The eighteen year eleven month career of D7648/25298 included allocations to Eastern Region & London Midland Region depots.
Built: Beyer Peacock Gorton Ltd, Works No.8058.
D7648 was new to Tinsley on April 7th 1966. Further transfers were:
December 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
Renumbered April 1974.
25298 was the 237th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during March 1985.
After withdrawal 25298 was stored at Crewe Gresty Lane until January 23rd 1986 when it was moved (see details below) to Doncaster Works and broken up there during the last week of September 1986.
Movement: 25210/237/298 10.20am Crewe Gresty Lane – Doncaster Works 9Z38 January 23rd 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1970.
Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panels, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, exhaust in original position.
When 31253 failed at Derby on June 6th working the 07.57 Weymouth - Bradford 25298 took over for the run to Leeds via Sheffield, Huddersfield & Bradford.
On August 13th 25298 & 25301 were noted at Exeter with the 6M35 13.15 Exeter-Ellesmere Port empty tar tanks.
25298 was north of the border on September 17th working the 13.43 Kilmarnock - Stranraer Harbour.
25298 & 25322 were still together on September 4th & 5th when they worked the 4th's 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury and the 5th's 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and 17.25 return and finally the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. Another visit was to Cambrian metals on September 11th when 25298 & 25277 worked the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
During October 1982 25298 was transferred to Crewe.
On October 20th 25298 was noted at York Yard south with a mixed freight.
On November 25th 25298 was on banking duties at Manchester Victoria.
On August 6th 1983 the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25298 & 25288.
On August 10th the Kings Cross -Tring cement empties were worked by 25324 & 25298.
On September 5th 25300 & 25298 were noted passing through Chester station.
On April 30th 25298 was noted passing through Leamington Spa on an eight wagon MOD freight.
1984 produced more mileage over Cambrian metals. On July 7th 25298 & 25311 worked the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
25298 headed a short rake of mineral wagons past Abergele and Pensarn on August 15th.
On August 25th 25298 & 25276 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. A week later on September 1st 1984 25298 & 25254 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton, being extend due to late running. 25288 was on a Trans-Pennine working on September 15th 1984 working the 11.41 Manchester Piccadilly - Hull throughout. Engineering works with the power off on September 28th 1984 found 25298 working the 17.18 Liverpool - Birmingham New Street from Liverpool via Chester to Crewe. The next day (29th) the 11.05 Huddersfield - Small Heath football special was worked between Wolverhampton & Small Heath by 25298.
On the last day of September the 11.40 Manchester – Gatwick behind 47331 became completely derailed approaching Dorridge station, car transporter wagons on an adjacent track prevented the derailing vehicles from tipping completely over. The Bescot crane arrived behind 25298, the re-railing train behind 25034 and a little later the Toton crane appeared behind 45017.
On the late evening of October 19th 25298 was noted shunting parcels vans at Birmingham New Street. On October 27th 25298 was noted heading north through Crewe with a Class 304 unit. On October 28th the 11.50 Euston - Manchester Piccadilly was worked forward from Crewe by 25298 due to the power being off for engineering work.
25298 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on November 12th.
Possibly because of the diminishing numbers of Class 25s there had been a greater frequency of Class 27s arriving at Tyne Yard from the Carlisle direction. So noted on February 22nd was 27026 arriving with a special freight, returning west light coupled to 25298.
25298 was withdrawn on March 19th 1985.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 20th 2013