The nineteen year nine month career of D7666/25316 was spent allocated to only London Midland Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
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.
25911 was the 295th Class 25 withdrawn, one of seven withdrawn during September 1986 including shedmates 25905, 25907 & 25909.
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 (Classified & full repaint).
Twelve new Type 2s (D7660 - D7671) were allocated to Willesden to take over the empty coaching stock, parcels and local freight duties in the London area. With the arrival of these locomotives it was possible to release the remaining Class 24s to the Stoke Division, as part of the eradication of steam in the North West. Of this batch of Class 25s D7660 - D7669 were dual braked from new, whilst D7670 & D7671 were not, however these latter two were quickly transferred to the Nottingham Division (D16).
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 to the No.1 cab and was 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 25s to the scrapheap.
25316 worked the 6E54 Ribblehead - Healey Mills ballast on April 28th.
On May 27th 25316 worked loaded ICI limestone PHV hoppers from Tunstead to Northwich.
25316 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on July 26th.
On August 20th 25316 worked the 08.35 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour throughout.
On September 11th 25316 was on display at Carlisle Upperby Open Day.
25316 & 25233 were noted at Stratford depot on April 16th.
25316 was stabled at Bescot on June 3rd. 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.
On August 4th 25316 was noted westbound at Stamford with a mixed freight. 25316 & 25239 assisted an electric service between Rugby & Bletchley on August 7th due to the power being off for engineering work.
25316 was noted southbound at Warrington Bank Quay with a freight on September 29th.
On January 14th 25316 was stabled at Birkenhead . 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.
25316 was noted southbound through York with empty coaching stock from Clifton Carriage Sidings on April 19th.
Having worked the empty coaching stock from Cricklewood to Marylebone, the 'Anglo-Scottish Freighter' railtour started out from Marylebone behind 25316 & 25321 on May 4th, this pair working as far as Toton.
25316 worked the 6V93 Mossend - Severn Tunnel Junction Speedlink service forward from Crewe on July 20th. Three days later on July 23rd 25316 worked the 9C07 12.30 Hereford - Severn Tunnel Junction freight.
On August 12th 25316 was working with an electrification train at Farington Curve Junction. A working once familiar to the Class 25s was seeing a greater use of other classes, the 18.12 Manchester – St Pancras parcels, on August 20th 25316 worked this service to Derby. A diesel multiple unit 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.
On 24th October an additional lengthy westbound freightliner (4Z92) was noted departing March Down Yard behind 25316.
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.
25316 was stabled at Bescot on April 8th. 25316 worked the 6L10 ballast trip from Birkenhead North to Ince Moss tip on April 22nd.
During May 25316 was transferred to Crewe.
On May 1st 25313 & 25316 were noted southbound passings Springs Branch with an oil train (for Stanlow?). 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.
25316 was stabled at March on August 10th.
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 diesel multiple unit 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 & 25909 were noted eastbound at Chester with a mixed freight on April 6th. 25316 was noted at Hereford with an engineers train on April 17th.
On May 1st the 6T68 13.40 SX Warrington Arpley - Ellesmere Port freight was worked by 25911. When 304013 working a morning Liverpool – Crewe service on May 30th failed at Ditton, the nearest help was 25901 & 25911, assisting to Runcorn where the passenger service was terminated.
On June 7th 25259 & 25911 were noted eastbound at Manchester Victoria with a train of track panels.
25911 was placed in store on August 11th 1986 and finally withdrawn on September 13th 1986. It was initially stored at Kingmoor.
With thanks to Alan Baylis for many of the Class 25 passenger workings.
Page added August 5th 2006.