The sixteen year four month career of D7664/25314 was spent allocated to a few London Midland Region depots.
Built Derby Locomotive Works.
D7664 was new to the London Division (D01) on November 23rd 1966. Further transfers were:
December 1968 to Birmingham Division (D02)
Renumbered into TOPS March 16th 1974.
After withdrawal 25314 was stored at Crewe. It was taken to Derby Locomotive Works on June 23rd 1983 for attention prior to becoming 97252.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March & April 1977.
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).
25314 & 25266 were noted on the last day of July assisting a southbound WCML service between Bletchley & Willesden.
At an unknown date a pair of Class 25s with 25314 leading were noted derailed on the slow lines near West Hampstead whilst working a freight train, possibly an engineers/spoil train. Both Class 25s were derailed with 25314 leaning over at a 45 degree angle. Possibly the visit to Derby Works mentioned above was to provide repairs to 25314.
A week later on May 23rd 25314 & 25253 worked a round trip over the Cambrian lines, out from Wolverhampton to Aberystwyth and then back to Wolverhampton.
On August 15th 25314 worked the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.26 return.
On March 14th the 15.02 Manchester – Bristol parcels failed at Shrewsbury behind 25314, nearby 25318 & 25319 on a Cranmore – Ellesmere Port tank train took the parcels forward to Hereford. Here 25318 continued south, still with 25314 attached, whilst 25319 returned north to continue on with the tank train.
September 5th found 25314 at the southern end of the WCML assisting one southbound service between Watford Junction & Willesden because the power was off for engineering work. During 1982/83 25314 was one of a small pool of locomotives maintained at Bletchley specifically to handle the Fletton sidings - Wembley brick trains. Bletchley handled the A & B exams and tried to keep them on locals turns in between the brick workings and the Tring cement jobs.
June 23rd found Crewe depot sending withdrawn 25314/319 & 40007/019 eastwards, the Class 25's to Derby and the Class 40's to Doncaster. The Class 25's had been out of service for about three months and were received at Derby for generator and bogie work prior to their moving to Aberdeen to join ADB 97250 as generator vehicles. 25314 would become ADB 97252 and allocated to Eastfield during July 1983. Unfortunately 25319 would not leave Derby as intended, eventually being scrapped at Swindon in December 1985.
By the end of September 25314 had reached Aberdeen Ferryhill, with work already underway on its conversion to ETHEL 3.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added August 5th 2006