D7677, 7677, 25327
D7677, 7677, 25327
The End of the Production Run

D7677 features on the cover of a pamphlet issued to visitors at Derby Works during the late 1970's.

June saw the frames laid at Derby for the last batch of Class 25's, D7660 - 7677, under order number 11001. These were part of an order given to Beyer Peacock but their worsening financial position led to the company asking for a release from the final eighteen machines.

D7677 was delivered to the Nottingham Division (D16) during May, being delivered to traffic in blue livery with full yellow ends. D7671 - 7677 were transferred to Carlisle (12B) during July, as part of the manouevring of the diesel fleet to eradicate steam in the north west.

D7677 was noted at Carlisle on the night of July 22nd replacing 45212 on an overnight Morecambe - Stranraer relief. The 27th saw D7673 & 7677 replace 45137 & 44983 on the 08.20 Birmingham - Perth. D7677 appeared again on August 12th in charge of 11.25 Newcastle - Llandudno.

In February D7671 - 7677 were moved to Carlisle (12A), then in May D7674 - 7677 headed south to Longsight (9A).

The Liverpool Division (D08) received 7675 - 7677 in November.

In a reshuffle of power to assist in the removal of the hydraulics on the Western Region 7677 moved to Newport (86B) in July. By October 7675 - 7677 were transferred to Laira (84A).

By January 7676 & 7677 were at Bristol (82A), then 7675 - 7677 were off to Cardiff (86A) in May. By the end of the year the three of them were back at Laira (84A).

25326 & 25327 headed north to Crewe in August.

A short lived summer diagram involved the 07.19 Bangor - Manchester, the 12.42 back to Llandudno and the 18.40 return to Manchester, then ecs to Bangor. Most frequently in the hands of a Class 40, 25327 worked the diagram on August 25th.


A horribly grainy view of 25327 at Derby Works on September 10th 1977.

25327 was under repair at Derby during October & November, the latter month also seeing 25325 at Derby.

In May 25327 moved to Bescot.

During June 25327 found itself commandeered to handle the weedkilling train on the Inverness - Aberdeen line.

Along way its home depot from during June 1981, Elgin station is the location for 25327 hauling a weedkilling train.
Photograph courtesy Norman Smart
As the train pulled away from the station the spraying equipment restarted. It looks like the newest vehicle in the whole train might be the locomotive.
Photograph courtesy Norman Smart.

25327 worked a North Wales coast Saturdays only diagram on June 26th handling the 09.44 Llandudno - Manchester Victoria, then the 13.45 to Bangor and the 16.52 return to Manchester Victoria.

On October 30th the 06.55 Gloucester - Birmingham behind 37180 stalled near the top of Lickey incline. The following Stoke Gifford - Redditch stone train with 25264 & 25327 & banked by 37208/231 were called up to assist in the rear. This stone train was only one of two scheduled double headed workings over Lickey, normally operated by Class 25's, the other working a Port Clarence - Bromsgrove oil train used pairs of 31's.

On July 2nd 25289 & 25327 covered the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On July 9th 25297 & 25327 were running late on the 7.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, so much so that the journey terminated short at Machynlleth, starting the return 1A46 to Euston from there. On the last summer Saturday of the season, September 17th, 25265 & 25327 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham, returning with the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

On February 2nd 25327 was withdrawn and stored at Kingmoor, by June it would be at Crewe.

From March 26th to April 2nd 25251/284 & 25327 were in transit from Crewe to Swindon.

When Swindon Works closed Vic Berry was contracted to dispose of the scrap materials on the Works premises including the remaining locomotives. The presence of asbestos in some of these locomotives led to the decision to remove them to Vic Berry's facility at Leicester. This included two further moves for the remains of 25327, moving in convoy with 25093, 25126/134/161/164/180/193, 25207/208/260, 25306/327 from Swindon Works yard to Cocklebury Yard on June 3rd then with 25161, 25207/208, 25327 from Cocklebury Yard to Leicester on June 4th & 5th.

The greater part of 25327 was broken up during June although the cabs lingered for a while longer.


To the background of several Class 25 & 27 cabs (including 25327), a bogie from a Class 25 succumbs to the cutters torch on March 5th 1989.
Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.

Undated Views

From the files of "Old Buffers" comes this fine black & white view of D7677 on a very familiar scene from the late 1960's. Although the view is undated it seems likely the view is taken after a Works visit. Compared to the first view on this page the numbers are now on the cab side, without the 'D' and the repositioned BR symbol.
Photograph courtesy www.oldbuffers.com.

Page added June 13th 2003.
Last updated August 2nd 2008.

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