The seventeen year three month career of D7658/25308 was spent primarliy allocated to London Midland Region depots with a very, very brief time allocated to the Scottish Region.
Built: Beyer Peacock Gorton Ltd, Works No.8068.
D7658 was new to London Midland (Midland) Lines on July 19th 1966. Further transfers were:
March 1967 to London Division (D01).
Renumbered April 20th 1974.
During April 1982 25308 was placed into unserviceable store at Derby Works and reinstated to Toton during May 1983. When finally withdrawn 25308 was stored at Crewe until moved (see details below) to Swindon Works on February 10th 1984 and broken up there by the last week of November 1984.
25097 (Bescot), 25186/25308 (Crewe), 08153 Chester Ė Swindon Works February 10th 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1976.
1967: The New Year began with the continued removal of withdrawn steam locomotives from various locations. Dispatched from Colwick depot to Draperís at Hull on January 6th were D7658 hauling 48137/196/432 (6th).
1982: July 20th, 25308 took 303041 from Allerton to Crewe after tyre turning, 25308 then returned with 304027 also for wheel turning, 25308 remained at Allerton to await its turn on the wheel lathe.
1982: A new freight working was introduced from August 16th, with uncoated gas pipes travelling between Leith & Heysham, again in the hands of pairs of Class 25ís, so noted were 25308 & 25309 on August 16th.
25308 worked roundtrip Leicester - Skegness turns on June 21st 1975 with 25188 and on June 5th 1976 with 25316. On August 21st 1976 25308 & 25314 worked a Wellingborough - Scarborough to Nottingham, returning with the 12.01 Scarborough - Leicester forward from Nottingham.
On June 4th 1977 the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and the return 12.35 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25308 & 25112.
The Nottingham (ex-Derby) - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram on September 1st 1979 was worked by 25308 & 25269. The Derby - Nottingham leg was worked by 20188 & 20199.
The 'Severn Valley Invader' railtour on June 28th 1980 from Newcastle to Bewdley was worked roundtrip between Birmingham New Street & Bewdley by 25308 & 25305.
A diesel multiple unit failure on June 19th 1981 saw 25308 assist a Wolverhampton - Wolverhampton service. A month later on July 18th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25308 & 25300. The next day (19th) 25308 & 25170 worked a Taunton - Aberystwyth day excursion roundtrip betwen Wolverhampton & Aberystwyth. The following weekend more Cambrian line mileage occurred. On July 25th 1981 the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25308 & 25296. The next day (26th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton. The failure of 45117 at Leicester on September 2nd 1981 whilst working the 15.11 St. Pancras - Nottingham saw 25308 & 25284 complete the run to Nottingham.
A diesel multiple unit failure on March 10th 1983 saw the 18.50 Leicester - Derby worked by 25308 & 25296. The last recorded passengers workings for 25308 took place on August 20th 1983 and again involved a diesel multiple unit failure with 25308 working the 09.20 Crewe - Shrewsbury and the 11.50 Shrewsbury - Crewe.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added September 23rd 2013