D7668, 7668, 25318
D7668, 7668, 25318

The fifteen year six month career of D7668/25318 was spent allocated to a very few London Midland Region depots.


D7668 was new to the London Division (D01) on January 21st 1967. Further transfers were:

January 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02)
July 1972 to Liverpool Division (D08)
May 1973 to Springs Branch
Withdrawn July 25th 1982.

Renumbered March 8th 1974.

After withdrawal 25318 was stored at Toton until February 3rd 1983, when it was sent to Bescot in error. On February 9th 1983 it was moved to Warrington, Blackburn (18th), Kingmoor (21st) and Glasgow Works (22nd), with the intent to convert 25318 to an ETHEL unit. This did not occur, it remained at Glasgow Works until January 29th 1987, having been sold to Vic Berry, Leicester and moved to Thornton Junction for scrapping. Some locomotives were scrapped here, but those that were not were sent to Vic Berry's Leicester yard for their final demise. On June 3rd 25318 moved to Mossend Yard, Carlisle Yard (4th), Basford Hall (5th), Leicester Humberstone Road (8th) and into Berry's Yard the next day. It was scrapped by the middle of June 1987 although the cabs lingered for a while.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works August & July 1975.


The frames for D7668 were laid down at Derby Works during the autumn of 1966 under order number 11001 and delivered to the London Division (D01) during January - essentially Willesden would be their home depot.

Twelve new, airbraked Type 2's (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 24's to the Stoke Division, as part of the eradication of steam in the North West.

7666 - 7669 were transferred to the Birmingham Division (D02) during January.

7668 was transferred to the Liverpool Division (D08) during July. This was effectively its last transfer, when the Division allocations were abolished during May 1973 25318 was allocated to Springs Branch (formerly shed code 8F).

7668/25318 has not been noted on many passenger workings, but its adventures on August 11th, must rate as one of its finest. A relief Euston - Glasgow Central was worked forward from by 7668 & 7639, presumably throughout to Glasgow. The northern advance of the WCML electrification would soon make such diesel workings obsolete.

25318 was at Derby Works during August and September.

On May 17th the 00.12 Stalybridge - Manchester Victoria was worked by 25318, this was the portion off the 22.01 York - Aberystwyth.


Toton 25318, August 13th 1977.
Photograph courtesy ??
On July 30th an Ealing Broadway - Skegness charter was worked round trip Nottingham - Skegness by 25317 & 25318.

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.

25283 & 25318 were in charge of the 07.35 Toton - Halling coal as far as Hither Green on February 26th, returning with the 10.57 ex Shepherdswell.

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 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.


On June 6th 1980 25318 was noted at Guide Bridge - for its activities the next day see the note below.
On June 7th the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe failed at Ludlow behind 25323, the following 13.20 Cranmore - Ellesmere Port with 25283 & 25318 pushed the train to Craven Arms where the two Type 2's took over the Crewe service.

On August 23rd the relief 07.30 Blythe Bridge - Llandudno Town was worked out and back (?) by 25318 & 25253.

Although the West Country was now without an allocation of Class 25's they were still frequent visitors, 25266 & 25318 were noted on January 29th in charge of the loaded Ellesmere Port - Riverside tar tanks and the afternoon return empties.

The last day of May witnessed an Open Day at Coalville, about twenty locomotives were on display, including 25318.

25318 at Coalville Open Day May 31st 1981.
On August 30th 25318 was noted on local passengers services in the Newton Abbott / Exeter St Davids area.

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.

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.

25318 was taken out of service on July 25th, being noted dumped at Toton during August.

25318 moved from Toton to Glasgow Works during February, though initially setting off in a southerly direction as February 3rd's Toton - Bescot then as the February 9th's 8M78 01.20 Bescot - Warrington, then February 18th's 9Z73 14.00 Warrington - Blackburn, then February 21st's 9Z73 08.10 Blackburn - Carlisle and finally February 22nd's 06.30 Carlisle - Glasgow Works. By February 27th the locomotive was finally noted in Glasgow Works.

Glasgow still contained two withdrawn examples - 25028 & 25318.


25318 & 25028 gather dust at Glasgow Works, seen here on September 6th 1986.
Photograph courtesy Paul Bettany.
As part of the process to clear Glasgow Works of its scrap locomotives movements were made to Thornton Junction with the intent to have Vic Berry dispose of the locomotives here. On January 29th 25028, 25318, 27016/027 made this move. Unfortunately asbestos was discovered in some of the locomotives so the decision was made to send them on to Leicester for proper treatment of the asbestos.

Thus 47238 hauled 25028, 25318, 26013 as a Thornton Jct - Mossend - Carlisle - Crewe - Leicester convoy between June 3rd - 9th. 25318 did not linger here, by month end it had been cut up.

Not quite sure of the date or location for this view of 25318, it may be at Vic Berry's, Leicester.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Undated Views

D7668 perhaps a year or so out of Derby Works, a bit mucky, but in as delivered condition. Even this final batch of Type 2's were delivered with the through steam pipe, the flexible coupling just visible in the photograph. These flexible hoses and their associated fittings would gradually be removed over time.
Photographer not known.

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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added August 22nd 2001
Last updated May 3rd 2014

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