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.
D7649 was new to Tinsley on April 15th 1966. Further transfers were:
December 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
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 (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works January - April 1975.
1969: A special Coalville Littlehampton was noted on the Southern Region behind 7535 & 7649 on April 17th its 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
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 20th 2013