D7650, 7650, 25300
D7650, 7650, 25300

25300 at Acton Grange on October 3rd 1974.
Photograph courtesy Tom Sutch.

The nineteen year career of D7650/25300 was spent entirely allocated to London Midland Region depots.

Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester (Works No.8060).
Dual brake equipped.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 89 months.

Allocations

D7650 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on May 7th 1966 and immediately went on loan to the London Division (D01). Further transfers were:

November 1966 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 1970 to Liverpool Division (D08)
March 1971 to London Division (D01)
October 19720 to Liverpool Division (D08)
December 1972 to London Division (D01)
February 1973 to Liverpool Division (D08)
May 1973 to Springs Branch
October 1982 to Crewe
May 1985 stored unserviceable
Withdrawn December 3rd 1985.

Renumbered November 30th 1973.

25300 was the 260th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of ten withdrawn during December 1985.

After withdrawal 25300 was stored at Carlisle Kingmoor until being moved on January 20th 1986 with 25302 to Springs Branch. Two months later on March 20th 1986 the pair moved to Healey Mills, then to Doncaster Works later in March 1986, and scrapped there by late June 1986.

Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
A line-up of condemned locomotives at Doncaster on April 20th 1986, led by 25300 & 25302 followed by 45038/19/42/72/56/16/75.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September & October 1969.
Noted Derby Works November 1973.
Noted Glasgow Works June 1978 (Classified & repaint).

Highlights

1966
During May 1966 D7650 was loaned to Willesden for crew training pending the delivery of D7660 - D7672 to Willesden.

1970
November 21st saw the FA Cup first round matches begin, 5202 & 7650 worked a Wigan - Tyne Dock football special. The empty coaching stock was taken to South Shields allowing the locomotives to reverse and head off to Heaton Carriage sidings. It is assumed that the Class 25s worked the return leg, and although the exact route is not now known, this was most likely 25300's longest passenger working.

1977
On January 24th the 15.30 St. Pancras - Nottingham was noted arriving at Nottingham behind 45103 & 25300, its uncertain as to how far 25300 had been on the train.

25300 was noted on a local Manchester freight trip working in the Brindle Heath area on July 5th.

An ammonia leak outside Preston station on November 16th saw 25300 & 25319 assisting 86039 with a WCML express through the area due to power being off.

1978
On August 12th the 08.32 Derby - Yarmouth was failed at Nottingham behind 25300 & 25303, they were removed and replaced by 25129 & 25136. The next day (13th) 25300 & 25303 worked the relief 09.20 Nottingham - Skegness and the return relief 19.15 Skegness - Nottingham.

1979
The 05.35 Cardiff - Crewe was worked by 25300 on August 28th.

1980
The 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria and the 14.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town as far as Chester were worked by 25300 on June 14th, 25300 failed at Chester and was replaced by 47547.

Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
25300 Carnforth June 17th 1980.

On July 26th the 08.30 Glasgow Central - Blackpool North was worked to Carlisle by 25300 & 25258, the locomotives returning north from Carlisle with the 15.05 Blackpool North - Glasgow Central.

1981
25300 received an 'E' examination at Springs Branch during May.

25300 was stabled at Exeter on July 6th.

The 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25300 & 25308 on July 18th.

On September 5th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25300 & 25302.

1982
On March 20th the 23.55 Glasgow Central - Bristol Temple Meads failed at Hartford LNW Junction behind 81003, 25300 dargged the service to Crewe.

25300 was noted eastbound through Wakefield Kirkgate with a lengthy freight on May 11th.

On July 24th 25300 worked the 06.50 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria and the 08.40 Manchester Victoria - Scarborough to Leeds, where it was replaced by 25158.

1983
The 10.45 Liverpool - Barrow failed at Preston behind 47515 on February 23rd, 25300 dragged everything to Barrow.

25300 was noted westbound through Chinley with loaded ICI hoppers on April 14th, and also eastbound with empties at Great Rocks.

On August 14th engineering work between Rugby & Bletchley saw 25300 & 25095 assist three WCML passenger through the dead section.

On August 20th 25266 & 25300 were noted passing Calvert on a UKF Fertilisers train to/from their depot at Akeman Street.

25300 & 25298 were noted passing Chester light engines on September 5th.

1984
25300 worked the Kings Cross - Tring Cutting empty cement tanks on March 8th. 25300 was stabled at Bscot on March 24th.

The 12.00 Lawley Street - Beeston Freightliner was worked by 25300 on April 25th.

On May 18th the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool was worked forward from Preston by 25300. Four days later on May 22nd the 0842 Leicester - Birmingham New Street failed before departure behind 31420, 25300 took the train forward, returning with the 10.20 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout.

25300 was noted at Birmingham New Street on the later afternoon of June 1st with a parcels working.

On July 17th the 21.20 Crewe - Grantham was worked by 25300. On July 19th 25265 & 25300 worked the 6V32 14.56 Ellesmere Post - Cranmore, comprised of twenty short wheelbase tanks. On July 20th 25265 & 25300 worked the 6V32 14.56 Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction, comprised of sixteen short wheelbase tanks. 25300 was at Garston Holding sidings (Speke) on the afternoon of July 24th. On July 26th 25300 was noted at Liverpool with a parcels train.

25262 & 25300 were noted at Nuneaton station with a parcels train on August 13th.

On November 17th 25300 was the Manchester Victoria pilot.

25300 was stabled at Saltley on December 17th.

25300 was noted southbound at Stafford on a snowy December 28th with a parcels train.

1985
25300 was noted passing Whitacre Junction with a ballast cleaner and brake van on a snowy January 19th.

On February 13th the 17.36 Crewe - Holyhead failed behind 47428, 25300 dragged the service forward between ?? On a snowy February 16th 25300 was noted southbound at Atherstone with a six coach parcels train.

On March 2nd 25300 was noted passing Amersham with tube stock headed for Neasden.

25300 was noted southbound at Hereford on March 20th with the Moreton-on-Lugg to Severn Tunnel Junction freight.

The relief 13.50 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh on April 3rd was worked between Carstairs & Edinburgh by 25300 & 25276. A similar working took place on April 15th with the relief 12.05 Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh being worked between Carstairs & Edinburgh by 25300 & 25254.

On May 2nd the 16.02 Crewe - Cardiff failed at Shrewsbury behind 33034, 25300 worked the service to Cardiff. The next day (3rd) the 07.00 Worcester Shrub Hill - Bristol Temple Meads was worked by 25300.

25300 was withdrawn on December 3rd 1985.

31/1937
flk 1216

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)

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Last updated May 27th 2017

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