The fifteen year six month career of D7668/25318 was spent allocated to a very few London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works
D7668 was new to the London Division (D01) on January 21st 1967. Further transfers were:
January 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02)
Renumbered March 8th 1974.
25318 was the 132nd Class 25 withdrawn, the only Class 25 retired during July 1982.
After withdrawal 25318 was stored at Toton until February 3rd 1983 when moved to Bescot (possibly in error) then as February 9th's 8M78 01.20 Bescot - Warrington, February 18th's 9Z73 14.00 Warrington - Blackburn, February 21st's 9Z73 08.10 Blackburn - Carlisle and finally February 22nd's 06.30 Carlisle - Glasgow Works. By February 27th the locomotive was noted in Glasgow Works with the intent to convert 25318 to an ETHEL unit.
The conversion did not occur, 25318 remained at Glasgow Works until January 29th 1987, having been sold to Vic Berry, Leicester and moved to Thornton Junction with 25028, 25318, 27016/027 for scrapping. Some locomotives were scrapped here, but operations ceased due to the presence of asbestos. The remaining locomotives were forwarded to Vic Berry's Leicester yard, thus 47238 hauled 25028, 25318, 26013 as a Thornton Junction - Mossend - Carlisle - Crewe - Leicester convoy between June 3rd - 9th. 25318 did not linger here, by month end it had been cut up, although the cabs lingered for a while.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July, August & October 1975.
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 August 30th 7668 & 7657 worked the 17.50 Barmouth - Loughborough return day excursion.
After 47500 failed at Bristol on December 27th with the 13.55 Glasgow - Taunton, the only available power was 25298 & 25318 for the short run to Taunton.
25318 was noted at Gateshead depot on March 10th and at Springs Branch depot on March 25th.
It was off to Blackpool on July 14th, with 25318 & 25309 hauling the 08.25 Leicester - Blackpool North and 14.25 return from/to Nottingham. The next day (15th) the same pair worked a relief Nottingham - Skegness roundtrip. On July 26th 25254 & 25318 were noted working Redland PGAs on possibly a Mountsorrel - Elstow or Radlett job.
On August 13th 25318 was noted on the Cardiff - Crewe route. The 15.05 Paignton - Leeds on September 1st was worked from Birmingham New Street (?) to Leeds by 25318. On September 8th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25318 & 25293.
25318 was noted passing eastbound light engine through Manchester Victoria on October 27th.
25318 & 25283 were noted light engines at Helsby on November 19th.
On August 23rd the relief 07.30 Blythe Bridge - Llandudno Town was worked out and back (?) by 25318 & 25253.
The last day of May witnessed an Open Day at Coalville, about twenty locomotives were on display, including 25318.
On August 30th 25318 was noted on local passengers services in the Newton Abbott / Exeter St Davids area.
25318 was stabled at Crewe diesel depot on October 4th.
A Nuneaton - Bishop Auckland football special on November 21st was worked from the Leicester area to Toton by 25318 after 31323 failed with fire damage, 45038 replaced the locomotives at Toton.
25318 & 25319 were stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on April 11th.
25318 was taken out of service on July 25th, being noted dumped at Toton during August.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added August 22nd 2001