D7674, 7674, 25324
D7674, 7674, 25324

The eighteen year nine month career of D7674/25324 was spent allocated to variety of London Midland depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Blue & yellow livery from new.
Dual brake equipped.

Allocations

D7674 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on March 11th 1967. Further transfers were:

July 1967 to Carlisle (12A).
February 1968 to Carlisle (12B).
May 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
January 1971 to Liverpool Division (D08).
March 1972 to London Division (D01).
May 1973 to Willesden.
June 1975 to Cricklewood.
January 1984 to Longsight.
May 1985 to Crewe.
Withdrawn December 24th 1985.

Renumbered April 1974.

After withdrawal 25324 was stored at Willesden until moved to Crewe depot about March 1986 and then to Crewe Gresty Lane by March 1987. On July 15th 1987 25089, 25196, 25230 & 25324 were moved to Leicester Humberstone Road, then into Vic Berry's yard by July 20th 1987. The locomotive was placed briefly into the stack, scrapping had started by October 10th 1987 and was finished a week later.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works January 1973.
Noted Derby Works December 1978 & January 1979 (Intermediate repair).

Highlights

1983: Whilst propelling a ballast train at Bletchley on December 2nd 25324 derailed one wagon, a mis-communication causing the train to set back without the route being properly set.

1985: June 11th 37025 (leading) & 25324 worked a loaded merry-go-round coal train from Dodworth Colliery.

The first recorded passenger working for D7674/25324 was not a success, on August 12th 1967 the 06.40 Birmingham New Street - Glasgow Central was taken forward from Carlisle by D7674 which failed at Kirkconnel, D5055 took the train forward. Things were running much more smoothly for D7674 on September 5th 1967, taking over the 10.25 Edinburgh Birmingham New Street at Carlisle, after D1954 suffered a fuel leak. Twenty minutes was lost in exchanging locomotives, with only a further ten minutes lost on the journey as far as Crewe.

On August 16th 1973 the diesel multiple unit working the 14.05 Bedford St. Johns - Bletchley failed, 7674 hauled the unit to maintain the service. July 10th 1974 found the southern end of the WCML blocked after a derailment near Bletchley. All lines were blocked just before noon when a coach became derailed, damaging a stanchion, bringing down the wires and finally hitting the flyover. Six down trains were trapped for two hours before being slowly worked past the accident scene. Two up trains were diverted into Marylebone, using 25182 & 25310 and 25309 & 25324, other services used St Pancras, including one hauled by 50036, whilst Paddington and Kings Cross dealt with the overflow.

On November 14th 1977 the 15.55 St. Pancras - Derby was noted at Leicester running over an hour late with 25324 in charge.

A returning day excursion to Plymouth on February 25th 1978 was worked by 25324 & 25269 between Kensington Olympia and Tring. North of the border on August 22nd 1978 25324 worked the 10.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle.

The failure of 47077 on August 7th 1981 with the 08.55 Euston - Blackpool North saw 25324 work the train forward from Preston. With the power off between Coventry & Rugby on September 27th 1981 25324 & 25278 assisted four electrically hauled expresses.

Passenger workings during 1982 were of a short nature, assisting electric services on April 4th & December 12th because of engineering work and on December 8th rescuing 47414 after it failed working the 07.45 Scarborough - Liverpool at St. Helens Junction, 25324 finished the journey by propelling the train into Liverpool Lime Street.

1983 produced a small variety of workings, starting with an afternoon Llandudno Junction - Crewe run on March 4th 1983. Two north west area workings followed, on March 17th 1983 25324 worked the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North from Preston and on June 3rd the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston. The Cambrian line was visited on July 23rd 1983 with 25320 working the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. More WCML assistance was provided on August 7th 1983, with 25213 dragging two services between Rugby & Bletchley because of engineering work.

A visit to the Cambrian line was made on July 21st 1984 with 25282 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and returning with the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

The last recorded passenger workings took place during 1985, on August 8th 25324 handled the 18.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria from Preston and on October 4th 1985 the 07.47 Cardiff - Edinburgh from Carstairs.

Pictures of D7674/7674/25324

25324 at Speke Junction on August 23rd 1981.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection of Neil Johnson.
A wonderful sunny May 28th 1985 finds 25324 in Watford Yard ready to work target 78. Christmas Eve 1985 proved to be the end for 25324, being withdrawn at nearby Willesden and remaining there until February 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
A rainy day at Willesden on January 10th 1986 finds 25324 a little the worse for wear. It was withdrawn on Christmas Eve 1985, later towed to Crewe for spares removal then off to Vic Berry's for scrapping.
Photograph courtesy Neil Middleton.

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

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