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D7649, 7649, 25299
D7649, 7649, 25299

The fifteen year five month career of D7649/25299 included allocations to Eastern Region & London Midland depots.

Built: Beyer Peacock Gorton Ltd, Works No.8059.

Allocations

D7649 was new to Tinsley on April 15th 1966. Further transfers were:

December 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
January 1967 to Nottingham Division (D16).
April 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
March 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
May 1969 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1973 to Toton.
October 1975 to Crewe.
May 1977 to Longsight.
June 1977 to Bescot.
April 1981 to Cricklewood.
Withdrawn October 5th 1981.

Renumbered February 16th 1974.

After withdrawal 25299 was stored at Crewe until February 19th 1982 when it was moved to Derby Works and broken up there during the second week of June 1982.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works January - April 1975.
Noted Derby Works September 1979 (N6 repairs).

Highlights

1969: A special Coalville – Littlehampton was noted on the Southern Region behind 7535 & 7649 on April 17th – it’s not recorded whether this train reached its destination still with the Class 25s in charge.

1974: On July 25th 25299 & 25305 were in charge of a Leamington Spa – Morpeth troop special.

1985: 25176 & 25299 powered a Ravenscraig – Llanwern coil train on September 3rd.

On July 26th 1970 a roundtrip Nottingham - Morecambe mystery excursion was worked by 7649 & 7524.

The 14.30 Blackpool North - Leicester on July 20th 1974 was worked to Nottingham by 25299 & 25135. On August 17th 1974 the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked to Derby by 25299.

A roundtrip Derby - Skegness on June 28th 1975 was worked by 25299 & 25018.

The 16.22 Newcastle - Cardiff on August 18th 1978 was worked throughout by 25299 & 25272. The next day the same pair worked the 05.35 Cardiff - Crewe and the 10.00 Crewe - Cardiff.

On June 9th 1979 25299 & 25099 worked the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On July 10th 1980 the 15.07 Plymouth - Manchester Victoria was worked from Gloucester to Birmingham New Street by 25299 & 25157. On July 19th 1980 25299 & 25270 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, 31243 worked the return leg, since the 18.32 Norwich - Birmingham New Street was noted that evening being hauled by two Class 25s it is presumed these were 25299 & 25270. The 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25299 & 25263 on August 9th 1980 and by 25299 & 25242 on September 6th 1980.

The last recorded passenger working for 25299 took place on August 5th 1981 with the 14.38 Paignton - Leeds being worked by 25299 & 25138 between Gloucester and Birmingham New Street. The Lickey bankers, 37096 & 37303, assisted the service due to problems with 25299.

Pictures of D7649/7649/25299

Having joined the North London Line at Acton Wells Junction from Brent (behind the guards van) 25299 on the 05:30 Toton East Yard with its motley collection of coal wagons, turns off and heads for Acton East Junction on June 22nd 1981.7613 heads.
Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell.
25299 undergoing testing at Reddish, date unknown. 25299's last depot was Cricklewood after a varied career at many LMR depots and two in the Sheffield area. After a short time stored at Crewe 25299 was moved to Derby on February 14th 1982 and was broken up there during June 1982.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

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

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No flk.

Page added September 20th 2013

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