D7674, 7674, 25324
D7674, 7674, 25324


Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
25324 at Speke Junction on August 23rd 1981.

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.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 82 months.

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Withdrawn December 24th 1985.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.

25324 was the 266th Class 25 withdrawn, one of ten retired during December 1985, including sister 25325 also on December 24th.

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

1967
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.

1973
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.

1974
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.

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

1978
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.

1980
On March 21st 25315 & 25324 worked the down loaded 4F53 Fletliner from Forders' Sidings (Stewartby) to Trafford Park and Garston. Cricklewood had a batch of 25/3s for this work. Bedford drivers took the train from Stewartby to Wigston, handing over to Leicester men. The train was booked for 15 wagons.

1981
25324 & 25288 were noted eastbound through Reading with oil tankers on July 31st.

The failure of 47077 on August 7th with the 08.55 Euston - Blackpool North saw 25324 work the train forward from Preston.

25265 & 25324 worked the 'Brickliner' Forders Siding - Garston on September 3rd with three five-wagons sets, two loaded, one empty.

With the power off between Coventry & Rugby on September 27th 25324 & 25278 assisted four electrically hauled expresses.

1982
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.


Photograph courtesy Mark Cook.
Another generator of traffic in the Aylesbury area was the Post Office. Seen here with a variety of parcels vehicles is 25324 on May 20th 1982.

1983
1983 produced a small variety of workings, starting with an afternoon Llandudno Junction - Crewe run on March 4th. On March 17th 25324 worked the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North from Preston. 25324 was stabled at Saltley on March 23rd.

On May 16th 25324 was noted eastbound with passenger stock on the center roads at Cardiff General.

On June 3rd 25324 worked the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston. The Cambrian line was visited on July 23rd 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, with 25213 dragging two services between Rugby & Bletchley because of engineering work. 25324 & 25298 worked the Kings Cross - Tring cement empties on August 10th. 25324 was noted northbound at Nuneaton on August 23rd with the brick (?) train. 25324 was noted at Ribblehead with a ballast train on August 30th & 31st.

25324 was stabled at Bescot on December 1st. 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.

1984
On March 3rd 25324 was the Manchester Victoria station pilot and was noted passing through the station on March 18th.

25324 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on May 29th.

25324 was stabled at Cardiff Canton on July 5th and at Severn Tunnel Junction on July 9th. 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.

25324 was noted westbound at Manchester Victoria with a short engineering train on December 28th.

1985
On March 30th 25324 was noted southbound passing Soho depot.

25324 & 25276 were noted southbound at Ais Gill on May 4th with a lengthy parcels train.


Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
A wonderful sunny May 28th 1985 finds 25324 in Watford Yard ready to work target 78.

25324 was stabled at Bescot on June 8th. On June 11th 37075 (leading) & 25324 worked a loaded merry-go-round coal train from Dodworth Colliery.

On June 19th 25324 worked the 3V20 Manchester - Bristol parcels.

The last recorded passenger workings took place during 1985, on August 8th 25324 handled the 18.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria from Preston. The next day (9th) 25324 was noted hauling a three-car Swindon multiple unit through Bolton.

On October 4th the 07.47 Cardiff - Edinburgh from Carstairs. 25324 & 25303 worked the Stanlow - Leeds oil tanks on October 8th.

25324 was noted northbound at West Hendon on November 11th with a freight from Brent comprised of low-sided bogie wagons (bricks or pipes?).

25324 was withdrawn on December 24th 1985.

1986


Photograph courtesy Neil Middleton.
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.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cab: 2nd man's side: old number '7674' bleeding through the paintwork: (not visible December 1983) March 1984 until withdrawn.
No.2 cabfront: 2nd man's side: several points of paint discolouration around the electrication flash: July 1981 (at least one discolouration) until withdrawn.
No.2 cabfront: driver's side corner: scrape/missing paint on corner at marker light height: April 1980 until withdrawn.
No.2 cab front: no electrification flashes: April 1980.
Non-BIS bodyside: minor scrape high up on the bodyside, about the length of the air filters: July 1981 until withdrawn.

Three-piece miniature snowploughs: March 1983, April 1983.

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

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