The sixteen year five month career of D7654/25304 was spent allocated to a modest selection of London Midland Region depots.
Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester (Works No. 8064).
D7654 was new to the London Midland (Midland) Lines on June 24th 1966. Further transfers were:
August 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02)
Renumbered April 1974.
25304 was the 155th Class 25 withdrawn, one of twelve retired during November 1982.
After withdrawal 25304 was stored at Crewe until moved to Derby Works during March 1983. On February 5th 1985 it moved to Swindon Works and was broken up there by the middle of June 1985.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September & October 1971.
On September 3rd the 10.15 Glasgow Central - Euston was worked between Beattock & Carlisle by D7654, which had replaced D148.
A new Freightliner service was established between Forders siding, Bedford and Trafford Park/Garston. The route out was via the Midland line and the Hope Valley route, returning over the WCML. From the beginning of the service Class 25s were used, with 7592, 7654/55 frequently being noted.
On September 15th the 15.40 Manchester Victoria - Bangor was worked by 25304.
25304 & 25292 were stabled at Cockshute on October 4th. 25304 was stabled at Reddish on October 28th.
The 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly was worked by 25304 between Gloucester & Birmingham New Street on November 20th.
25304 was stabled at Chester on December 16th. Two days later (18th) 40116 failed near Llandudno Junction with the 07.47 Manchester Victoria - Bangor, 25304 dragged the service to Bangor.
25304 was noted passing through Guide Bridge on April 16th with a load of empty 16ton mineral wagons.
On May 16th the 'Salopian Steam Special' with 4498 required the assistance of 25304 up Miles Platting bank.
June 27th saw 25304 & 25275 working the 07.40 Euston - Aberyswyth forward from Wolverhampton and returning with the 16.05 to Wolverhampton.
On July 7th 25304 was noted at Northampton on a freight off the Bridge Street branch.
25304 worked an unidentified Blackpool North - Preston service on August 1st.
25304 was noted at Newcastle station on November 14th (attached to a diesel multiple unit?).
This would be the last summer in service for 25304, it managed quite a variety of passenger workings during this period. On June 19th 25304 & 25270 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 to Shrewsbury. Unfortunately 25270 was removed at Machynlleth leaving 25304 to take the train forward alone. On July 31st the Manchester Victoria pilot - 25304 - was used to rescue an ailing diesel multiple unit on a late evening Manchester Victoria - Southport service. The Class 25 worked the train to Wigan where a replacement was waiting, 25304 then reversed its route to get the defective set back to Newton Heath. Four days later on August 3rd 25304 worked 10.45 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead and the return the 15.17 Holyhead - Manchester Victoria.
25304 worked a Manchester Piccadilly to St Pancras parcels (to Derby?) on July 22nd. 25304 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on July 31st.
On September 9th 25304 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction with possibly the 14.30 6M35 13.10 Westbury Up Yard - Ellesmere Port East Sidings mixed freight, comprised of about thirteen vehicles (high sided hoppers and oil tanks).
Somewhat off the beaten track on September 17th 25304 covered for a diesel multiple unit failure on the 16.33 Cheltenham Spa - Swindon! The next day (18th) it was coupled to 25194 to work the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, coming back with the 14.00 to Shrewsbury. By the 27th it was on the 04.27 St Pancras - Derby newspapers, on the 30th it was on the 15.02 Manchester - Bristol parcels which included some preserved stock.
Possibly the last passenger working for 25304 was on November 2nd when it rescued a Morecambe - Leeds diesel multiple unit, bringing the service into Leeds. 25304 was withdrawn in November and dumped at Crewe.
25304 was withdrawn on November 28th 1982.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page created February 2nd 2002
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