The sixteen year career of D7669/25319 was spent allocated to a handful of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7669 was new to the London Division (D01) on March 4th 1967. Further transfers were:
January 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02).
Renumbered March 5th 1974.
After withdrawal 25319 was sent to Derby Works for conversion to an ETHEL unit. However 25305 was substituted and work stopped on 25319, which lingered at Derby Works until movement to Swindon Works (see detail below) on Februry 21st 1985, and broken up there by late July 1985.
25093, 25105/164, 25234/248/260, 25312/319 9X12 17.05 Derby Works - Swindon Works July 23rd 1985, hauled by 45060.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September 1968.
D7660 - D7669 from new were dual braked and delivered in blue livery with full yellow ends. They were allocated to Willesden to handle the Euston empty coaching stock and Stonebridge Park’s inter-regional freight duties.
D7669 was noted in ex-works condition at Derby Works on January 15th and shortly after being placed in service D7669 was noted running with three-piece black painted miniature snow ploughs.
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.
The recorded passenger workings for D7669/25319 were minimal, but the first run recorded was a mighty fine one. On August 4th 1973 7669 & 7629 worked the 12.08 Birmingham New Street - Glasgow Central from at least Carlisle (possibly Preston) to Glasgow Central.
On March 21st the southbound ‘Night Aberdonian’ was noted leaving Aberdeen behind 25319 & 364.
On August 30th the 18.55 Birmingham New Street - Liverpool was worked via Cannock by 25319 & 25285 to at least Stafford.
On October 30th 25319 took brand new Class 507 units 507004/005 from Warrington to Birkenhead North via Mickle Trafford, Dee Marsh, Heswall & Bidston. They had reached Warrington behind 40120.
The 'Woldsman Railtour' on April 21st was worked by 25319 & 25297 from Liverpool to Guide Bridge and return, where 76014 & 76030 took over, with an ultimate destination of Cleethorpes. A month later on May 22nd 1979 25319 worked the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria. Two days later (24th) 25319 worked the 15.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor. On June 21st 1979 25323 worked the 17.18 Kings Cross - Peterborough (did it work the balancing morning working, the 06.32 from Peterborough?).
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.
On June 23rd Crewe depot sent withdrawn 25314/319 (with 40007/19 for Doncaster) to Derby Works. They 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.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added May 11th 2013