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)
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 (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August & July 1975.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 was taken out of service on July 25th, being noted dumped at Toton during August.
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.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added August 22nd 2001