The nineteen year nine month career of D7666/25316 was spent allocated to only London Midland Region depots.
D7666 was new to the London Division (D01) on December 16th 1966, the last Class 25 to be delivered in 1966, the next, 25317 would be delivered after the Christmas/New Year break on January 7th 1967. Further transfers were:
January 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02)
Renumbered into TOPS March 16th 1974.
After withdrawal 25911 was stored at Kingmoor. It was taken to Upperby depot on July 14th 1988, then returned to Kingmoor. It again visited Upperby depot on November 10th 1988 and was then dispatched to Crewe Basford Hall on November 30th 1988, reaching Leicester stabling point (via Toton) on December 15th 1988. Five days later it reached Vic Berry's Yard. During the first week of March 1989 cutting up commenced, by March 23rd 1989 25316/25911 was no more.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July & August 1977.
The locomotive was delivered with train air brake equipment and blue livery with full yellow ends.
On December 30th D7666 was noted at Clapham Junction on an inter-regional freight (7O80).
Condition December: blue/yellow livery, emblems on each cabside, two numbers on each bodyside, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.
It was another trip to the East Coast for 25316 & 25069 on August 6th working the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth as far as Norwich and returning with the diagrammed 14.15 to Walsall.
Engineering work at Rugby on May 10th found 25316 assisting trains over a very short dead section in the vicinity of Rugby station.
On May 12th 85022, running light at Speke Jct, collided with 25316 & 25313 working the 00.19 Garston – Forders brickliner. 25316 sustained damage and moved to Derby Works two days later. It would spend from August to October under repair at Derby, surprisingly repairs were granted at a time when such damage would have condemned most Class 25's to the scrapheap.
25316 was noted on March 6th's 02.35 Euston - Bletchley.
25316 & 25289 were in use on the Cambrian lines on June 4th, working the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and coming back east with 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton.
July 3rd's (?) 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury featured 25305 & 25316 forward from Birmingham New Street.
25316 & 25239 assisted an electric service between Rugby & Bletchley on August 7th, with the power off for engineering work.
On January 27th 25316 failed whilst working the Heysham - Tees ammonia train at Keighley. The locomotive was withdrawn on January 31st and initially dumped at York before being moved to Doncaster depot. From here it was moved to Toton on March 21st and was re-instated back to Longsight on April 12th.
The 'Anglo-Scottish Freighter' railtour started out from Marylebone behind 25316 & 25321 on May 4th, this pair working as far as Toton.
A working once familiar to the Class 25’s was seeing a greater use of other classes, the 18.12 Manchester – St Pancras parcels, as far as Derby. Noted during August were 25185 (1st), 25316 (20th) & 25249 (22nd) as were a number of the fast disappearing Class 40’s.
A dmu failure on August 25th found 25316 working the 11.25 Southport - York service throughout.
A Carlisle - Euston steam charter on September 15th utilised 25316 as far as Leeds, replaced here by a Class 31/4. And later in the month (29th) 25316 took over a Scarborough - Bangor service at Chester, returning with the diagram - the 17.32 Bangor - York as far as Manchester Victoria.
Pre-Christmas travellers on December 20th found 25316 working the 17.27 Leicester - Birmingham New Street, with a failed Class 31 and the stock of a late running Norwich train.
A charter from Stranraer Harbour to Dover on March 7th was worked by 25315 & 27206 to Ayr where 20048 & 20137 took over.
On March 21st 25316 took out a morning freight to Margam, leaving with the next evening’s (22nd’s) empties to Great Rocks.
During May 25316 was transferred to Crewe.
May 3rd saw 25316 & 25313 working the Carstairs - Edinburgh portion of a relief service from Bristol. The next day (4th) 47503 failed at Hellifield with the 05.13 Euston – Stranraer Harbour parcels, 25316 assisted through to Carlisle. Later that day a diesel multiple unit failure on the 17.42 Carlisle - Newcastle was covered by 25316 throughout.
Frontline duty befell 25316 & 25257 on July 16th when they worked the 10.45 Euston - Ayr forward from Carlisle. The following week 25316 was back in action on Scottish passenger duties covering a round-trip Carlisle - Glasgow service on July 23rd.
During November 25316 was busy over the North-West area, on 8th covering the 08.47 Holyhead - Newcastle between Manchester Victoria and Leeds Heckmondwick, on the 11th assisted a failed dmu between St Helens Shaw Street & Wigan NW and finally on 16th, with 25199 taking the 18.05 Euston - Barrow forward from Preston.
25316 was transferred to Kingmoor in November and renumbered 25911 in December.
25911 was placed in store on August 11th 1986 and finally withdrawn on September 13th 1986. It was initially stored at Kingmoor.
Page added August 5th 2006.