Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester.
The seventeen year seven month career of D7651/25301 was spent allocated to London Midland Region & Scottish depots.
D7651 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on May 9th 1966. Further transfers were:
April 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02)
Renumbered March 2nd 1974.
25301 was the 204th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during December 1983.
After withdrawal 25301 was stored at Bletchley until moved on April 17th 1984 to Swindon Works and broken up there during the middle of August 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March & April 1972 (dual brake equipment fitted).
On June 24th the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25301 & 25259. The next day (25th) the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25301 & 25259.
On July 15th the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked forward from Derby by 25301, returning to Derby with the 13.02 Llandudno Town - Nottingham.
Stone traffic from Mountsorrell to Kennett was now handled by new, air braked high capacity wagons. The second trip on October 4th ran behind 25249 & 25301 and twenty four wagons. This same pair were noted on a similar working on October 12th.
On February 14th most unusually 25301 was noted at Margam on the 12.29 Swansea - Paddington parcels.
The 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were hauled by 25301 & 25280 on June 16th.
On July 7th the 09.28 Leeds - Morecambe and an unidentified return Morecambe -Leeds were worked by 25301.
25301 was stabled at March depot on March 23rd.
The 13.28 Peterborough - Norwich and the return 16.45 Norwich - Peterborough were worked by 25301 on May 31st.
The third week of August produced several workings for 25301 over the NE/SW route. On August 22nd the relief 14.34 Wolverhampton - Paignton was worked throughout by 25301 & 25290. The next day (23rd) the relief 14.53 Paignton - Sheffield was forward from Birmingham New Street to Sheffield (?) by 25301. On August 25th the 07.30 Birmingham New Street - Newcastle and the return 13.40 Newcastle - Swansea to Derby were worked by 25301 & 25257, the locomotives were replaced at Derby by 37219. On August 22nd a New Street - Paignton relief was powered by 25301 & 25290. Clearly enjoying its passenger workings it was off in the other direction on August 25th's 07.30 Birmingham - Newcastle and 13.40 return to Swansea, this time with 25301 joined by 25257. This return leg was worked only as far as Derby, 37219 took the train forward.
The North Wales coast was host to 25301 on June 23rd when it worked a round trip Manchester Victoria - Bangor, then returning with the 17.42 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Junction. Three days later (26th) 25301 worked the 11.50 Cardiff - Crewe throughout.
25301 was transferred to Cricklewood during August.
25298 & 25301 worked the 6M35 1315 Exeter - Ellesmere Port empty tar tanks on August 13th.
During September 25301 received an 'E' exam at Crewe.
On November 1st 25301 & 25242 were noted at Bedford with a brakevan.
25301 was stabled at Northampton on June 25th.
During February 25301 was in the Preston area working one passenger trip from Preston to Blackpool on February 11th, 14th & 15th.
A fourteen hour vigil of movements at St Albans on May 26th revealed just three Class 25's in action, 25283, 25301/316, all on freight workings.
On September 5th 25301 assisted 85018 between Preston & Carnforth on the 21.20 Bristol - Glasgow Central working due to overhead line problems. The next day it worked the 12.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central - possibly its last passenger working?
25301's last transfer was to Crewe during November, it would be retired the next month, ending her days dumped at Bletchley.
25301 was withdrawn on December 11th 1983.
At least one cabside number was saved following scrapping of the locomotive.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page created February 2nd 2002