class 25 withdrawals
Class 25 Withdrawals - Part 5
from 201 to 251 (November 1983 - June 1985)

201 - 202 : November 1983
25097 TO withdrawn November 13th 1983
25120 CD withdrawn November 27th 1983

During 1983 the withdrawals of the Class 25's had remained fairly constant, November would see just two withdrawn.

25097, date & location unknown, but possibly at Crewe. 25097 ended its days dumped at Bescot, it didn't linger long here, early in February 1984 it was off to Swindon attached to 08153, 25186 & 25308. By January 1985 Swindon had done its job and 25097 was just so much scrap.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25120 at Stafford on April 5th 1981. Accident damage sent this machine to an early demise. After withdrawal 25120 did not linger long, it had reached Swindon by February 1984 and was cut up during May 1984.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.

203 - 208 : December 1983
25138 CD, 25301 CD, 25320 LO withdrawn December 11th 1983
25069 CW, 25084 KD, 25140 KD withdrawn December 18th 1983

December 1983 would see an increased number of Class 25's withdrawn, an ominous sign also was the transfer to Cricklewood of a number of Class 31's, not a good sign for the future of the Class 25's.

A mighty fine portrait of a relatively clean 25069 at Willesden, date unknown. I'm not sure how many Class 25's visited Portsmouth Harbour but 25069 was one of them, paying a visit on September 19th 1983. 25069 spent fifteen months dumped at Springs Branch before heading south during February 1985 to Swindon, where it met its demise in June 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25084 at Manchester Victoria, date unknown, displaying all the classic signs of having been outshopped at Glasgow. Withdrawal came at Newton Heath depot, moving to Swindon during February 1985, being cut up there during July 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25138 rolls along the WCML somewhere near Winwick Jct, date unknown. After just over a year dumped at Crewe 25138 moved to Swindon in February 1985, finally being broken up during November 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25140 showing signs of a little wear, date and location unknown. 25140 spent fifteen months dumped at Kingmoor before making the long journey south to Swindon early in April 1985 with 25239 & 25258. Swindon finished the locomotive off during October 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
A nice portrait of 25301 (at Crewe?) date unknown. 25301 spent four months dumped at Bletchley before moving to Swindon during April 1984. Its main generator was earmarked for reuse in ETHEL 1, by August 1984 25301 was no more.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25320 at Tan-y-bryn with a Bangor - Manchester Victoria service on September 6th 1982. By January 1984 25320 had reached Derby Works, later moving in one of the convoys of scrap locomotives to Swindon early in February 1985. By June 1985 the locomotive had been broken up.
Photograph courtesy John Powell

209 - 213 : January 1984
25049 CD withdrawn January 8th 1984
25289 BS withdrawn January 17th 1984
25117 CW withdrawn January 22nd 1984
25152 CW withdrawn January 26th 1984
25221 LO withdrawn January 31st 1984

January 1984 proved to be even more challenging than the previous month with Class 25's falling by the wayside from many LMR depots. Included in these withdrawals were 25316 & 25322 which would be reinstated later in the year, so are not recorded here. Also not recorded here was the renumbering of 97202 back to 25131, since it was then promptly withdrawn, being recorded when it was first retired.

A rather work stained 25049 at Newton Heath, date unknown. Collision damage led to the withdrawal of this machine, moving to Derby Works by January 1984, then on to Swindon early in February 1985, where it was broken up by June 1985.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Looks like a damp day somewhere, wherever this undated view of 25117 is. This was another locomotive to be swiftly dealt with, ending its days dumped at Cricklewood, it was moved to Swindon during February 1984 and cut up there during May 1984.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25152 at Derby Works on June 11th 1978. This was one of many Class 25's to end its working life at Crewe depot, but not lingering here long. During February 1984 it was off to Swindon, rotting here for a year until broken up in February 1985.
Photograph courtesy Graham Turner.
Balmy days amongst the weeds and the battered facade of Manchester Victoria for 25289 shunting parcels stock. 25289 ended its days at Toton, then was moved to Bescot before final dispatch to Swindon in March 1984 & broken up there in October 1984.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Glory days for 25221 & 25222 at Springs Branch all dolled up for a Royal working. But like many of its sisters 25221 would eventually make the trek to Swindon for breaking, ending its career there during December 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during January 1984 included:
25228 & 25277 Willesden - Derby January 25th 1984.

214 : February 1984
25327 BS

February marked the beginning of a period where Class 25 withdrawals fell to a minimum. Two were taken out of service in February but one of them 25257 was later reinstated so it is recorded elsewhere. The other withdrawal was significant, that of 25327 - the last diesel locomotive built at Derby Works, with an operational life of about seventeen years.

Derby's last built diesel 25327 stands withdrawn in the rain (at Crewe?). After withdrawal it spent a couple of months at Kingmoor before moving south to Crewe. Almost a year was spent here before a tow down to Swindon at the end of March 1985. Its demise would however not be at Swindon, it would be dragged off to Vic Berry's, Leicester for dismantling there during February 1988.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson

Movements during February 1984 included:
25289 Toton - Bescot February 8th 1984.
25097, 25186, 25308 & 08153 Chester- Swindon February 10th 1984 (25097 from Bescot, 25186 & 25308 from Crewe, the 08 from Chester!)
25117 Cricklewood - Acton - Swindon February 9th - 14th 1984
25120, 25152, 25167, 25168 Springs Branch - Swindon February 9th - 15th 1984 (25120 from Springs Branch, the rest from Crewe).

215 : March 1984
25228 LO

Another quiet month with just one Class 25 retired.

A very work-stained 25228 catches the sun at Eastfield, date unknown. 25228 was moved from Willesden to Derby Works in January 1984 where it was later condemned with severe structural defects. A move to Swindon followed in February 1985, then a final move to Vic Berry's, Leicester yard, being broken up here during June 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during March 1984 included:
25316 Doncaster depot - Toton March 21st 1984
25289 Bescot - Gloucester - Swindon March 20th - 21st 1984
25257 & 08019 Bletchley - Toton March 28th 1984
25104, 25124 & 46016 Crewe - Bescot - Swindon March 28th 1984 (46016 from Bescot)
25132, 25135, 25136, 25143 Crewe - Gloucester March 29th 1984.

216 : April 1984
25277 BS

Just one Class 25 was withdrawn in April, though this was balanced by the return to service of 25316 to Longsight.

25277 at Manchester Victoria, date unknown. 25277 was hit by some empty coaching stock at Euston on November 25th 1983 and was moved to Willesden. Like 25228 above it was then off to Derby and Swindon, where 25277 ended its days during October 1985. Whilst dumped at Swindon 25277 was given a prominent place at the east end of the Works alongside the running lines missing one cab, not the greatest advertisement for the modern image of British Rail.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during April 1984 included:
25301 Bletchley - Bescot - Gloucester April 13th 1984

217 - 219 : May 1984
25208 LO & 25242 CD withdrawn May 4th 1984
25250 CD withdrawn May 13th 1984

The pace picked up a little during May with three Class 25's withdrawn, though this was offset by the return to service of 25322 to Bescot.

A fine portrait of 25208 at Speke Junction on February 18th 1983. Newton Heath became the dumping ground for 25208 before it moved to Swindon late in June 1984. This was another machine to eventually make the journey to Vic Berry's, Leicester ending its days there in July 1987.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection of Neil Johnson.
Odd man out 25242, date & location unknown. The only one of the boilered 25's to have its water tanks removed. Once retired it did not linger too long, it was moved from Crewe to Swindon early in July 1984, and was broken up there during November 1984.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25250 stands at Edge Hill depot, date unknown. It ended its working life at Crewe, was towed to Swindon early in July 1984 and was cut up there during February 1985. Thanks to Phill Davison for identifying the location.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

June 1984
Movements during June 1984 included:
25177, 08550, 40092 as 9Z28 Stratford - Swindon June 5th - 14th 1984
25157 Carlisle - Ashburys - Bescot June 14th - 15th 1984
25126, 25134, 25158 & 25208 Newton Heath - Swindon June 25th 1984
25130, 25141, 25179 & 25188 Springs Branch - Swindon June 27th 1984
25242 & 25250 Crewe - Swindon June 29th - July 7th 1984

220 : July 1984
25083 CD

There were no withdrawals in June and just one in July, that of 25083 which would by tenuous means escape the scrappers torch. 25257 was returned to service during July.

25083 at Millerhill during 1978. The one that got away, no doubt due to it being dumped at Crewe Electric Depot. This would become the last non-preserved Class 25 on BR property, which then of course made it the perfect machine for preservation!
Photograph courtesy A Foster

Movements during July 1984 included:
25067, 25101, 25157 & 25187 Wolverhampton - Bescot - Swindon, July 6th - 11th 1984 (only 25067 from Wolverhampton)
25131, 25144 & 25153 Toton - Cricklewood - Swindon July 10th - 12th 1984 (only 25131 from Toton)
25056, 25090, 25115 & 25139 Toton - Gloucester July 10th 1984
25056 & 25090 Gloucester - Swindon July 10th - 12th 1984
25115 & 25139 Gloucester - Swindon July 24th 1984

221 - 226 : November 1984
25185 CD & 25239 CD withdrawn November 5th 1984
25076 KD, 25193 CD, 25207 BS withdrawn November 12th 1984
25161 CD withdrawn November 28th 1984

August, September & October saw the Class 25 fleet remain intact, elsewhere however the Classes 40/45/46 saw their numbers reduced. November would bring the end to the Class 46's in revenue earning service and saw six Class 25's taken out of service and would be the start of a period of increased withdrawals for the Class.

Passenger duty for 25076 & 25095 at Crewe, date unknown. 25076 was dumped for a short while at Bescot prior to removal to Swindon late in March 1985. It would linger here until broken up during August 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
7511 & 7513 at Cardiff? date unknown. 25161 ended its days dumped at Toton before moving to Swindon late in February 1985. It survived here long enough to join the locomotives that were transferred to Vic Berry's Leicester, and was broken up there during March 1988.
Photographer not known
A reasonably smart looking 25185 is seen at Thornaby on June 15th 1980. After withdrawal at Toton 25185 became a training locomotive for the depot, once this duty was over it was quickly acquired for preservation and moved to South Devon under its own power on February 13/14th 1986 for a bright future.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
25193 heads south near Syston Junction, May 6th 1980. This locomotive's retirement history is a mirror to that of 7511 (25161) above, only it met its demise at Leicester alittle earlier, during November 1987.
25207 at Toton, date unknown, it would be at Toton when its working career ended. And its final movements mirrored that of 25161 & 25193 above, with Vic Berry cutting up 25207 during March 1988.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25239 & 25006 along with many others at Eastfield, date unknown. 25239 ended its days at Kingmoor, making the long move south to Swindon between March 20th & April 2nd 1985, then lingering about a year at Swindon before being cut up there during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during November 1984 included:
25123 ? - Swindon November 14th 1984

227 - 228 : December 1984
25236 KD withdrawn December 5th 1984
25258 CD withdrawn December 21st 1984

Withdrawals decreased slightly in December, however the transfers made in December left no Class 25's at Cricklewood.

Looks like a snowy day at Speke Junction on January 25th 1979 with 25236 and some Class 40's awaiting their next turn of duty. 25236 moved from Crewe to Swindon in the latter half of February 1985. Swindon would break up 25236 during November 1986.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
25258 at Manchester Victoria on August 3rd 1984. Like 25239 (above) this machine ended its days dumped at Kingmoor and would make the journey with 25239 & 25140 to Swindon, with Swindon cutting 25258 up during December 1985.
Photograph courtesy J Davenport.

229 - 233 : January 1985
25251 CD withdrawn January 16th 1985
25182 CD & 25284 CD withdrawn January 21st 1985
25326 CD withdrawn January 23rd 1985
25218 KD withdrawn January 28th 1985

If January was a bad month for the Class 25 withdrawals with six taken out of service (five from Crewe depot), it was considerably worse for the Class 40's with fourteen withdrawn.

Well no surprise its Manchester Victoria again, now ith 25182 front and center! 25182 would end its service life dumped at Toton, by the end of March 1985 it was off to Swindon where the cutters did their job on 25182 six months later in September 1985.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25218 with 25208 on October 21st 1978 on railtour duty at Derby. This machine survived a trip to Swindon during May 1980 to recieve a replacement cab after sustaining damage at Stonebridge Park on March 19th 1980. 25218's final trip to Swindon took place in March 1985 after a short period dumped at Bescot. Remarkably 25218 did not linger long at Swindon, by May 1985 the cutters had done their job.
A fine view of 25251 at Springs Branch. After three months dumped at Crewe 25251 moved south to Swindon late in March 1985. It took awhile for Swindon to finish off 25251, not until December 1986 did the end finally come.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Well the rain is certainly coming down here on 25284 at March on January 2nd 1982. Crewe was the location where 25284 was taken out of service, three months later at the end of March 1985 it was off to Swindon, where the end came in October 1986.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A misty September 6th 1981 finds 25326 parked at Bletchley. This locomotive would end its working career in the London area, dumped at Cricklewood. Early May 1985 found it on the move to Swindon, where it was cut up during Februasry 1986.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

234 - 235 : February 1985
25306 CD withdrawn February 25th 1985
25234 CD withdrawn February 28th 1985

Two more Class 25's fell by the wayside in February, both from Crewe depot.

25234 at Crewe? 25234 is reported as being withdrawn due to its general poor condition, that it survived a visit to Derby Works in October 1984 is therefore quite remarkable! It moved to Swindon late in July 1985, then on to Vic Berry's Leicester where it was scrapped in June 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Manchester Victoria again, but this time a rather unusual movement with 25306 hauling a SR electric multiple unit from Horwich, perhaps. 25306 was dumped at Cricklewood until early in May 1985 when it moved to Swindon, it survived its stay here, moving to Vic Berry's, Leicester for its final demise in February 1988.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during February 1985 included:
25050/062, 25129/133/146, 25220/233/274/294 as the 9X12 Derby - Swindon on February 3rd - 4th 1985
25036/049, 25150, 25228/253/277, 25304/317/320 as the 9X12 Derby - Swindon February 4th - 5th 1985
25084, 25086 & 25270 Newton Heath - Swindon February 19th 1985
25069, 25221, 25236 & 25318 Springs Branch - Swindon February 20th - 21st 1985 (25236 & 25318 from Crewe only)
25161, 25193 & 25207 Toton - Gloucester - Swindon February 21st - 25th 1985

236 - 238 : March 1985
25235 CD withdrawn March 13th 1985
25298 CD withdrawn March 19th 1985
25154 BS withdrawn March 27th 1985

Three Class 25's were taken out of service during March.

25154 out of service at Tyseley? It ended its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during July 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25235, somewhere, some day. 25235 would of course reach preservation, hooray!
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Happy days at Warrington on April 7th 1984 with 25298 and a dmu in tow. Taken out of service at Crewe it moved during February 1986 to Doncaster Works for breaking. This occurred in October 1986, with 25298 being the last Class 25 to be broken up at Doncaster Works.
Photograph courtesy J Davenport.

Movements during March 1985 included:
25027, 25180 & 25275 Tyseley - Swindon March 22nd - 25th 1985 (25027 from Saltley)
25076, 25182, 25218 & 08095 Toton - Bescot - Swindon March 25th - 27th (25076 & 25218 from Bescot only)
25140, 25239, 25258 & 08599 Carlisle - Bescot - Swindon March 20th - April 3rd 1985 (08599 from Bescot)
25251, 25284 & 25327 Crewe - Swindon, March 26th - April 2nd 1985

239 - 241 : April 1985
25178 CD & 25256 CD withdrawn April 1st 1985
25210 CD withdrawn April 30th 1985

Another three were taken out of service during April, including 25256 which had received its last classified repair some ten years earlier!

25178 at Birkenhead. This locomotive was initially stored at Kingmoor and finally ended its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester almost four years later during March 1989
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25210 possibly at Birmingham New Street. After a period dumped at Crewe the locomotive moved to Doncaster Works during January 1986, and was broken up a short while later in April 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25256 in the sun, somewhere, maybe Crewe? Initially dumped at Crewe it moved to Doncaster late in January 1986, two months later it headed south to Swindon Works where it was finally cut up during October 1986.
Photograph courtesy ??.

242 - 244 : May 1985
25054 CD, 25212 CD, 25229 CD
all withdrawn May 12th 1985

The transfers made during May left no Class 25's at Longsight, the three withdrawals this month were all from Crewe depot.

25054 at Stockport with one of the Hadfield line electric multiple units. Crewe became the dumping ground for the withdrawn 25054, it was moved to Doncaster Works late in January 1986 and broken up there in September 1986.
Photograph courtesy ??
A scene from the not too distant past with 25212 at Derby on July 30th 1976. After withdrawal 25212 was stored at Crewe until called to Vic Berry's, Leicester where it was broken up during July 1987.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A very damp night at Crewe finds 25229 on parcels duty. 25229 would spend eight months dumped at Crewe before moving to Doncaster Works late in January 1986, where it would be broken up during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Andrew Walker.

Movements during May 1985 included:
25075, 25219, 25306 & 25326 Cricklewood - Swindon May 3rd - 14th 1985

245 - 251 : June 1985
25226 CD & 25237 CD withdrawn June 10th 1985 CD
25119 CD, 25195 CD, 25302 CD withdrawn June 14th 1985
25194 CD withdrawn June 17th 1985
25245 CD withdrawn June 25th 1985

Seven Class 25's bit the dust in June 1985, all from Crewe depot, at this rate of withdrawal the remaining members of the Class would all be gone by April 1986, fortunately this would not be the case.

25119 at Buxton on March 11th 1979. 25119 was retired to surrender its power unit to 25057, after storage at Crewe it moved to Doncaster in the middle of April 1986 and was broken up there during July 1986.
25194 & 25151 at Newton Heath. 25194 was used at Shrewsbury early in October 1985 as part of an emergency services exercise. After this it was moved to Bescot at the end of August 1986 and remained here for almost eight years. In April 1994 it was taken by road to MC Metals Glasgow and broken up there during May 1994.
Photograph courtesy ??
25195 in Watford Yard on April 21st 1985. 25195 surrendered its power unit to 25205 and its bogies to 25262. Storage took place at Toton, then it was off to Doncaster Works early in March 1986. It was later removed to Goole and then sent on to Vic Berry's, Leicester for breaking up during December 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond
25226 at Haymarket on June 11th 1976. With exactly nine years left in service from the date of this view 25226 will end its days dumped at Crewe. In the middle of April 1986 it'll be moved to Doncaster Works where it will be broken up during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
25237 at Crewe, date unknown. After eight months stored at Crewe 25237 was moved to Doncaster Works during February 1986 and broken up there during April 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25245 at Crewe, date unknown. Like many others withdrawn at this time 25245 would be dumped at Crewe, linger here for awhile and then be dispatched for breaking up, in the case of 25245 it remained at Crewe until the middle of April 1986 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and broken up here during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
It is perhaps fitting to end this section with a view of 25302 at Hellifield on June 14th 1985, on one of its very last workings prior to withdrawal at Kingmoor. It is believed to have surrendered its power unit to 25323 and its bogies to 25321. It would reach Doncaster in the middle of March 1986 and be broken up there during June 1986.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker

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Last updated March 15th 2007

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