D7667, 7667, 25317
D7667, 7667, 25317
D7667 - The 1,000th diesel locomotive built at Derby Works

The unique plate carried by D7667. Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
One of these plates sold for 400 at the Sheffield Railwayana Auction in Derby on June 12th 2010

An ex-works view of D7667, despite being very near to the end of the production run it still carries the footsteps to nowhere, the boiler room grille and the original location of the exhaust port.

The sixteen year three month career of D7667/25317 was spent allocated to several London Midland Region depots.

Built Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped from new.

Allocations

D7667 was new to the London Division (D01) on January 7th 1967. Further transfers were:

January 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02)
February 1973 to Liverpool Division (D08)
May 1973 to Springs Branch
October 1982 to Crewe
Withdrawn April 25th 1983.

Renumbered February 9th 1974.

25317 was the 176th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during April 1983.

After withdrawal 25317 was stored at Crewe until June 28th 1983 when it moved to Toton, then to Etches Park on July 3rd 1983 and into Derby Works on July 28th 1983. On February 5th 1985 it moved to Swindon as part of a large scrap engine movement, and was scrapped at Swindon by the third week of April 1986.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works October 1970.
Noted Derby Works May 1974

Highlights

1967
The frames for D7667 were laid down at Derby Works during the autumn of 1966 under order number 11001, with delivery to the London Division (D01) during January - essentially Willesden would be their home depot.

D7667 was the 1,000th diesel locomotive constructed at Derby Works and carried two small plaques in recognition of this fact. This special number would not have been achieved had the original builders allocations been carried out. D7667 was part of a lot successfully bid for by Beyer Peacock, Manchester. However due to their worsening financial situation the last seventeen machines were transferred back to Derby, including D7667.

Twelve new, airbraked Type 2s (D7660 - 7671) 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.

On April 18th an AM10 electric multiple unit became derailed at Milton Maisor near Roade. Several coaches were thrown down the low embankment. On April 20th three trains were at the scene making good the damage, a Class 40 with a breakdown train and D7667 on a short train of four wagons and two brakevans.

1969
The derailment of a number of wagons of August 8th's 00.30 Wolverhampton - Ripple Lane at Kings Langley whilst on the up slow line caused quite an operating headache. The wreckage partially fouled the up fast, being run into by the 19.45 Perth - Kensington Motorail hauled by E3129. Although damage to this train was minor a number of coaches were derailed. For the Motorail terminal at Kensington a very busy weekend ensued. With Kensington servicing trains to St Austell, Fishguard and Perth, all in a very short period of time problems could quickly escalate due to the limited loading facilities and the necessity to separate the passenger coaches from the Cartics. Willesden's 7667 & 7669 were on the terminal's shunting duties that night and required some smart workmanship in train marshaling, especially following the delayed arrival of the vehicles from the derailed train. This was not made any easier by the use of this route for a variety of scheduled inter regional freights and other special movements.

1970
On the south side of London Hither Green was frequently visited by Willesden's Class 25s, the 8M83 14.52 Hither Green - Willesden being regularly used to return the visitors to the LMR, so noted in a short period during October were 7531, 7662/67/69.

During October 7667 was briefly at Derby Works.

1973

7667 was one of the few Class 25's to receive blue livery from new. Seen here in the rain at Saltley on April 23rd 1973 the Liverpool Division (D08) had been the home of 7667 since February.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

1974
25317 was noted in Derby Works during May.

On June 2nd & 12th (?) 25317 & 25202 handled roundtrip Leicester - Skegness passenger workings.

Its sometime in December 1974 as 25317 is lit up by one of the yard lights as it stands in front of the old Springs Branch steam shed.
Photograph courtesy Tom Sutch.

1976
A new contract to move pipes from Leith Docks to several long distance locations including Derby, Wisbech and Salisbury, and shorter hauls to Carlisle, Darlington, Law Junction, Maud & Montrose would provide much work for pairs of Haymarket Class 25s. The Leith - Salisbury diagram involved the Scottish Type 2s working as far as Didcot, examples noted were 25011 & 25026 (March 13th) and 25002 & 25317 (March 27th), 25018 & 25031 (April 10th), 25026 & 25092 (April 24th), the locomotives generally returning north light, at least as far as the Birmingham area.

25317 heads south through Winwick Junction on May 28th 1976 with a Merseyrail unit in tow, presumably headed for the Liverpool or Birkenhead area. Just visible to the left of the unit is a Class 40 and in the background is part of the Vulcan Foundry complex.
Photograph courtesy Barrie Watkins

On June 6th a Leicester - Pwllheli day excursion was worked from/to Nottingham by 25317 & ?, a total of 431 passenger miles!

On June 26th 25317 worked the 13.33 Taunton - Cardiff, the 17.45 Cardiff - Bristol Temple Meads and the 23.08 Bristol Temple Meads - Cardiff.

1977
Gosford Green freightliner terminal commenced a new daily service to Scotland from December 7th, 25317 took out the first service, specially seen off by the Lord Mayor of Coventry.

1978
On July 30th an Ealing Broadway - Skegness excursion was worked between Nottingham & Skegness and back by 25317 & 25318.

On August 19th 25317 worked the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town as far as Chester where it was declared a failure and replaced by 25094. Five days later (24th) 25317 worked the 15.32 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria, followed on August 25th with the same two workings. Three days later (28th) a Longton - Scarborough excursion was worked roundtrip by 25317 & 25060.

Whilst working the Mostyn Dock - Amlwch non-ferrous ore train on November 21st, ten hoppers became derailed due to a washout. 25317 remained on the track, the line was cleared by November 23rd when 25317 worked out with an Amlwch - Ellesmere Port freight.

1979
During October 25317 was at Derby Works undergoing repair.

1980
Although 25317 was never allocated to any Scottish Region depots it managed two passenger workings north of the border during 1980. 25317 was stabled at Springs Branch on June 8th receiving attention. On June 15th the 21.25 Dover Western Docks - Stirling was worked forward from Mossend Yard by 25317 & 25244. On June 24th the 22.00 Stranraer Harbour - Euston required assistance from 25317 between Dunragit & Carlisle after 47541 failed.

1981
On July 12th 25317 was in use at Rugby station assisting electrically hauled services in the vicinity of the station due to the power being off.

25317 was noted passing through Bolton with a freight on October 14th.

Surrounded by the 'tools of the trade' 25317 rests at Springs Branch on July 26 1981.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

1982

Two views of 25317 as it heads north through Preston station on May 12th 1982 with one of the APT sets.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

Towards the end of May (actual date uncertain) 25317 worked a Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour service.

25317 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on August 1st. On August 29th the 23.05 Manchester Piccadilly - Brighton was assisted by 25317 & 25322 between Bletchley & Watford Junction due to the power being off for engineering work.

25317's last transfer came in October, with Crewe becoming its final home.

On November 28th 25101 & 25317 were on an engineers turns at Leighton Buzzard.

1983
On March 9th 1983 25317 working the 15.02 Manchester - Bristol parcels failed at Wem, Shrewsbury sent out 47197 to assist, the failed Class 25 being dumped at Hereford.

Withdrawal for 25317 came on April 25th 1983. At the time of its withdrawal 25317 had run seven years since its last Works overhaul.

Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore.
25317 stands surrounded by other members of the class at Derby Works on November 26th 1983. Despite having been withdrawn for six months the locomotive looks in reasonable condition for a 'scrapper'.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cab: 2nd man's side corner, dent with missing paint about halfway up the cab front: October 1981 until withdrawn.
No.2 cab: center of cab front: several vertical stains: December 1980 - July 1981 (may have been cleaned off or painted over at some point).
No.1 cab: driver's side corner, damage and rust where handrail joins the cabfront: ?? until withdrawn.

20/1952
flk 0217.

Page added August 22nd 2001
Last updated February 21st 2017

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