D7673, 7673, 25323
D7673, 7673, 25323

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
25323 York October 17th 1985.

The twenty year career of D7673/25323 was spent allocated to London Midland depots in the north west of England.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 111 months.

Allocations

D7673 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on March 18th 1967. Further transfers were:

July 1967 to Carlisle Upperby (12B).
February 1968 to Carlisle Kingmoor (12A).
June 1968 to Preston Division (D10).
May 1970 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
January 1976 to Crewe.
August 1981 to Springs Branch.
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn March 9th 1987.

Renumbered November 13th 1973.

25323 was the 311th Class 25 withdrawn.

After withdrawal 25323 was stored at Basford Hall. It moved to Leicester Humberstone Road on July 3rd 1987 with 25059, 25902 & 25904 and into Vic Berry's on July 6th 1987. It joined the pyramid for about a month during October 1987, being scrapped by the middle of November 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works November & December 1968 (collision repairs).
Noted Derby Works August & October 1974.
Noted Derby Works January 1975.
Noted Derby Works October - December 1977 (dual brake equipment fitted).

Highlights

1967
Not long after its transfer to Carlisle D7673 worked its first passenger train. On July 27th 1967 D7673 & D7677 took over the 08.20 Birmingham New Street - Perth at Carlisle from Black Fives 45137 & 44983 and worked through to Perth?

1968
On August 7th 1968 25323 worked a Border Railway Society brakevan railtour, from Carlisle Kingmoor to Merrygill and return.

November, 7673 was seriously damaged in a collision at Ulverston. By November 29th the locomotive had reached Derby Works, the No.1 end cab received considerable damage, being separated from the frames, stove in a little and shoved up.

1974

Photograph collection of webmaster
A BR photo of 25323 at Derby Works with a crunched cab. Presumably the photographer has deliberately lightened the lower half of the photo to highlight the damage.

1976
During January 1976 25323 was transferred to Crewe, thus with a greater potential for more passenger workings. On April 19th 1976 a Liverpool - Blaenau Ffestiniog excursion was noted between Llandudno Junction & Blaenau Ffestiniog with 40106 & 25323.

1977
On April 30th 25323 & 40029 were noted on a railtour at Blaenau Ffestiniog. On July 3rd 25323 & 25260 worked a Weston-super-Mare - Barmouth day excursion from/to Wolverhampton.

1978
On an unrecorded day during August 25323 rescued failed 85023 on an unidentified northbound passenger service at Shap, dragging everything to Carlisle.

1979
On April 23rd 25323 was noted on the Portishead branch with the tunnel inspection train.

1980
On June 7th (or 17th) 25323 worked the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe Cardiff, but failed at Ludlow, being pushed to Craven Arms by 25283 & 25318.

On November 10th 25323 was in charge of an Edinburgh – Cardiff freightliner.

1981
During August 1981 25323 was transferred to Springs Branch.

Heading east with empty coaching stock from Tyseley to Parkeston was 25323 on August 6th. On August 31st 25323 was noted working the 13.43 Kilmarnock - Stranraer Harbour.

On September 5th 25323 & 25274 worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich returning from Norwich with the 14.20 ex-Yarmouth. The next day (6th) the same pair worked the 08.21 Leicester - Skegness and 18.30 return.

1982
A weekend on the Cambrian line occurred late in July 1982. On July 24th 25323 & 25036 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next day (25th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth forward from Shrewsbury, the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and 17.25 return followed by the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Shrewsbury.

A month later 25323 was out and about on the North Wales main line. On August 21st two Manchester Victoria - Bangor round trips were worked for a total of 400 miles.

And finally for 1982 it was back to the Cambrian line on September 18th with 25323 & 25310 working the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Machynlleth where 25323 failed and was replaced by 25311.

1983
From February 9th - 12th 25323 worked the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North forward from Preston.

25323 & 25207 were noted passing Stockport with Blue Circle cement wagons on March 25th.

25311 & 25323 worked the 6G67 MWO 13.50 Stanlow Refinery - Rowley Regis oil tanks on March 30th.

For three days in August 25323 was north of the border. On August 22nd the 15.38 Carlisle - Edinburgh was diverted via the East Coast Mainline because of a derailment, 25323 worked forward from Newcastle to Edinburgh. The next day (23rd) 25323 worked the 20.50 Carlisle - Perth forward from Mossend Yard. Finally on August 24th 25323 worked the 07.30 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.

A short working took place on September 10th with 25323 handling the 09.45 Blackpool North - Stranraer Harbour to Preston.

1984
The passenger workings for 1984 were mostly in the north-west area. On January 4th the 23.00 Kings Cross - Newcastle expired at Church Fenton behind a Class 47, 25323 dragged the train to York. Another failure occurred on January 24th requiring 25323 to work the 09.20 Morecambe - Leeds following a diesel multiple unit failure.

The Manchester Victoria pilot on May 5th was 25323.

The 6O34 11.55 Stanlow - Salfords began its journey behind 25321 & 25323 on June 25th.

25323 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on July 11th and would work the 09.45 Severn Tunnel Junction - Bescot comprising three wagons and a brake van. 25323 was noted at Newcastle Central light engine on July 14th, later in the day it was noted southbound through Durham.

A third failure, on August 17th saw 25323 assist the 17.12 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston from Prestbury to Stafford after 86228 failed. On August 22nd 25323 and hauled stock was required to fill in for a diesel multiple unit on the 16.38 Manchester Victoria - Southport and 18.27 return. 25323 was noted westbound at New Mills South Junction on August 31st with a lengthy train of ferryvans and other freight vehicles.

The final passenger working for 1984 took place on September 20th with the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool forward from Preston.

1985
25323 was stabled at Toton on March 2nd and was receiving there attention on March 10th.

1985 produced a variety of workings. The first recorded was to cover yet another diesel multiple unit failure, on June 4th the 06.05 Barrow - Carlisle was hauled by 25323.

25323 was noted southbound through Crewe with a parcels train on August 16th.

On September 2nd 25323 worked the 18.00 Llandudno Town - Stoke-on-Trent. 25323 was noted southbound through Crewe station with an engineers train on September 22nd. 25323 was stabled at Birkenhead on September 25th. On September 27th 25303 (leading) & 25323 had an excellent adventure on the NE/SW mainline with the 14.25 York - Taunton relief, working through to Bristol Temple Meads where 37176 & 37236 took over. The next day (28th) the same pair were on the 'Cambrian Explorer' railtour running from North Walsham to Aberystwyth, with the Class 25s working from/to Shrewsbury Abbey Foregate Junction.

A derailment on October 9th saw the 17.55 Preston - Coventry diverted via Chester with 25323 added between Warrington and Crewe, dragging 85012. 25323 returned to the north east on October 15th working a Stanlow – Jarrow oil train.

A Class 86 failure on December 14th saw 25323 assisting the 17.27 Wolverhampton - Euston from Linslade Tunnel to Euston after 86251 suffered severe arcing to its damaged pantograph. Arrival at Euston was some three hours late, with half the time lost put against the Class 25, which according to the driver was useless!

Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond
25323 works the local job T78 on December 14th 1985.

1986
Although 25323 was not withdrawn until March 1987 its remaining passenger workings all took place in 1986 with many covering for some sort of failure. The first occurred on January 27th with 25323 assisting an ailing 31434 on the 09.35 Norwich - Birmingham New Street forward from Nuneaton. 25323 then took out the 14.25 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as March.

25323 received accident damage at Fazakerley Yard, Liverpool about February 15th, moved to Allerton on February 19th 1986 by 31425 and received repairs.

On April 11th 25323 worked the 6V32 Ellesmere Port to Severn Tunnel Junction oil tanks (comprised nine short wheelbase tanks).

On June 17th 25323 appeared at Hereford with a tank train, the Class 25 was taken off here, stabled overnight and then became the station pilot the next day after the Class 08 wouldn’t start.

An unusual working on September 13th 1986 was the addition of 25323 to 37429 on the 07.25 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth between Shrewsbury and Machynlleth for use on a ballast working. 25323 worked the 6G24 Coton Hill - Bescot Speedlink on September 17th. September 20th brought two workings, the 16.15 Liverpool - Preston and the 21.42 Preston - Liverpool.

25323 was stabled at Cockshute on October 4th. 25323 was noted at Farington Junction engaged in engineering work on October 26th.

The last passenger workings for 25323 were all north of the border, on November 20th 25323 handled the 09.40 Dundee - Montrose following a diesel multiple unit failure, returning with the 14.00 Montrose - Dundee. Finally on November 24th 1986 25323 worked the 10.55 Carlisle - Glasgow Central forward from Dumfries after 47412 failed, returning with the 15.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle with 27008.

Sometime during December and a long way from its normal haunts 25323 was noted on a works train at Fairlie, no doubt part of the Ayrshire electrification project.

1987
On January 24th 25323 was noted hauling 47118 northbound through Newark.

On February 6th 25313 & 25323 were on the Churnet valley line with empty British Industrial Sand hoppers for Moneystone quarry, Oakamoor.

February 27th found 25323 on a short parcels train in the Coventry area.

25323 was noted at Saltley on March 2nd, the next day 25323 left Saltley with the 3V10 to Bristol, it was taken off at Gloucester, being noted here with traction motor problems. It was towed back to Saltley on 7th, then to Crewe on 8th and was withdrawn the following day.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cab: various dents with paint missing, in center below hand rail, on driver's side corner below handrail and to right of marker light: begins approx August 1981 until withdrawn.
No.1 cab: midway between center lampbracket & driver's side corner - a short thin scrape, paint missing: July 1982 until withdrawn.
No.1 cab: various dents, two at handrail height, and to left of center lampbracket: July 1982 until withdrawn?
No.1 cabroof: three circular discolourations on driver's side: July 1982 until withdrawn?
Non BIS side: missing paint below blanking plate cover: May 1984 until withdrawn.
Cab swap: the number 25327 was visible on one of the cabs: noted September 1985.

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

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