The twenty year four month career of D7657/25307/25908 included allocations up and down the London Midland Region and a four year stint on the Western Region.
Built: Beyer Peacock Ltd, Manchester (Works No. 8067).
D7657 was new to London Midland (Midland) Lines on July 4th 1966. Further transfers were:
March 1967 to London Division (D01).
Renumbered into TOPS May 1974.
25908 was the 300th Class 25 withdrawn, the only Class 25 retired during November 1986.
After withdrawal 25908 was stored at Springs Branch and taken into Departmental service under number ADB968026 based at Toton. It moved from Springs Branch to Crewe on April 4th 1987, then to Bescot the next day and to Toton on April 4th 1987. It appears the locomotive was never renumbered and saw no use whilst at Toton. 25908 moved to Vic Berry on July 5th 1988, by the end of January 1989 it had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1967.
On August 30th 7668 & 7657 were noted on 17.50 Barmouth - Loughborough return day excursion.
Condition August: two-tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, engine exhaust in original location, 'D' prefix present.
On April 10th the 1B94 18.00 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads with Class 52 No.1030 was assisted by 7657 from Exeter St Davids to Bristol. On April 13th the 1B94 18.00 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads with D1065 was piloted by 7657 between Newton Abbot & Exeter St Davids.
The 07.54 Huntingdon - Kings Cross was hauled by 25307 on September 30th 1975.
April 17th found 25307 working the 12.46 Holyhead - Euston as far as Crewe, arriving on time with a 12 coach load.
A visit to the Cambrian line on June 15th saw 25307 & 25282 working the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
On September 9th 25307 & 25321 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
The only recorded working for 1981 took place on September 18th with 25307 working the 09.17 Leeds - Poole as far as Sheffield.
25307 was noted at Derby on August 2nd with a mixed freight. 25307 was stabled at Northwich on August 18th.
On March 31st 25262 & 25307 were noted departing Clifton sidings, York with a southbound empty coaching stock move.
25307 was noted southbound at York on April 12th with an empty coaching stock train of four coaches.
The 08.10 Birmingham New Street - York on July 24th presented a problem to the new crew at Leicester who were not passed for 37068, it was replaced by 25307 which worked through to York. On July 26th 25307 was noted in charge of a Hartlepool Widnes car train. The remarkable combination of a Class 25 & 40 on the Ditton Broughton Lane BOC tanks continued throughout the summer, although pairs of Classes 25 or 40 were occasionally seen, such as 25106 & 25307 on July 28th.
25307 worked the 9C06 08.15 Severn Tunnel Junction - Hereford on March 28th.
On April 14th 25307 (leading) & 40002 worked the Broughton Lane - Ditton BOC tanks.
25307 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on June 16th.
The last passenger working for 25307 on the Cambrian line occurred on July 14th 1984, with 25296 it worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton (with air-conditioned stock - the first on this route?). The return working was the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury, however 25296 was declared a failure at Machynlleth, the locomotive remained with the train as 25307 worked on to Shrewsbury.
On September 6th 25307 handled the 21.44 Preston - Liverpool (the portion off the 18.20 Glasgow - Manchester. 25307 was noted at Whitehall Junction, Leeds on September 19th with fifteen cement tanks. 25307 was noted southbound at Derby with a freight on September 24th.
On November 24th the SO 3V16 11.05 Curzon Street PCD, Birmingham - Worcester Shrub Hill N.P.C.C.S. van train was worked by 25307 with one bogie parcels van.
25307 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on December 9th.
When the 07.37 Cleethorpes - Manchester Piccadilly failed behind 31431 on April 5th 25307 assisted the train from ?? to its destination.
On June 29th the 09.50 Edinburgh - Blackpool North came forward from Preston with 25307, returning to Preston on the 16.30 Blackpool North - Euston.
25307 was noted northbound through Rotherham on July 2nd with the 6E44 08.50 Cardiff Tidal - Scunthorpe empty steel flats. 25307 was noted on a scrap train at Peterstone, Newport on July 3rd. 25307 worked a Severn Tunnel Junction - Gloucester New Yard freight (all mineral wagons) on July 14th. 25307 was stabled at March on July 19th.
The failure of a Class 47 on September 20th working the 12.55 Scarborough - Bangor saw 25307 take over at Manchester Victoria to Bangor, returning with the 19.10 Bangor - Manchester Victoria.
On November 2nd 25307 came to the rescue of 27051 which had failed at Corby Gates on the early morning Tyne Carlisle cement. Another failure, this time north of the border on November 9th saw the 22.00 Stranraer Harbour - Euston worked by 25307 from Ayr to Carlisle. 25307 was recorded later in the month handling 19ths evening Parkeston Mossend, a working that regularly featured Scottish Type 2s. On a snowy November 27th 25307 was noted at Wilmslow with a container train.
In the early hours of December 4th a Stanlow - Dalston oil train was worked to Warrington by 97408 & 25307, here 25904 & 25912 took over for the run to Dalston. The first week of December saw the afternoon Manchester Bristol parcels almost totally in the hands of the Class 25s, with 25307 noted on 4th. Possibly the first Class 25/9 to visit the South Wales area was 25908 & 25201 on a Margam Crewe coal empties on December 17th. 25908 was stabled at Preston on December 22nd.
The last recorded passenger workings for 25307/25908 took place in the first half of 1986. Another Class 47 failure saw 25908 & 25901 working the 17.03 Holyhead - York from Chester to Manchester Victoria. Similarly on April 8th 1986 45146 failed on the 09.31 Bangor - Newcastle at Colwyn Bay, 25908 with its freight train pushed the passenger train to Rhyl, here it was joined by 25288 to take the train forward to Manchester Victoria. Another failure led to the last passenger working for 25908 on May 2nd 1986 when the 14.17 Bangor - Cardiff with 33201 failed at Llanfairfechan, 25908 worked the train to Crewe.
On April 20th 25908 was noted at Llandudno Junction.
25908 was noted at Warrington Arpley on July 16th. 25908 was noted eastbound at Slutchers Lane, Warrington with a Speedlink working on July 17th.
25908 was noted at Ellesmere Port on October 19th with a lengthy train of bulk powder wagons.
25908 was withdrawn on November 7th 1986.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added June 27th 2013