class 25 withdrawals
Class 25 Withdrawals - Part 6
from 252 to 300 (July 1985 - November 1986)

252 - 253 : July 1985
25044 KD withdrawn July 9th 1985
25189 KD withdrawn July 12th 1985

The rate of withdrawals during the first half of 1985 mercifully slowed down during the summer months, July and August amounted to only three Class 25's taken out of service.

25044 and an unidentified Class 27 at Millerhill on June 22nd 1980. 25044 ended its days at Springs Branch, remaining here until the middle of April 1986 when it moved via Crewe to Doncaster and ended its days there during July 1986.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
A fine portrait of 25189, date & location not known. Crewe would be where 25189 was taken out of service - it remained here for six months prior to movement to Doncaster, where it was broken up during May 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson

Movements during July 1985 included:
25093, 25105/164, 25234/248/260, 25312/319 as the 9X12 17.05 Derby - Swindon on July 23rd 1985 hauled by 45060.

254 : August 1985
25231 CD

25231 at Speke Junction on April 5th 1983. 25231 clearly displays all the details of being last outshopped at Glasgow, for an intermediate in December 1979. By August 1985 it is out of service at Crewe and would come to a final end at Vic Berry's Leicester during April 1987.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.

255 - 257 : September 1985
25080 CD withdrawn September 2nd 1985
25051 CD withdrawn September 18th 1985
25078 CD withdrawn September 22nd 1985

The pace picked up a little during September with three Crewe allocated machines being taken out of service. During October the renumbering of twelve Class 25's into the 25/9 series was completed. There were no withdrawals in November.

25051 date & place not recorded. 25051 ended its working career at Kingmoor, it would remain here for eighteen months prior to movement to Vic Berry's, Leicester during March 1987. The locomotive was broken up by month end, but its bogies were returned for re-use under 97252.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
5228 at Crewe, date unknown. 25078 would be the last serviceable locomotive to leave Reddish Depot - April 30th 1983, prior to its closure. After storage at Toton 25078 moved to Doncaster during March 1986, but was later stored at Goole prior to movement to Vic Berry's, Leicester and scrapping there during May 1987.
Photographer not known.
25080 at Nuneaton on July 2nd 1981 working the T43 job to Bescot. 25080 would eventually be retired with a main generator fault. It was initially stored at Toton and would linger until June 1993 when the end finally came at MC Metals, Glasgow during June 1993.

258 - 267 : December 1985
25257, 25287, 25300 all CD, withdrawn December 3rd 1985
25072 & 25175 all CD withdrawn December 5th 1985
25060 & 25064 all CD withdrawn December 9th 1985
25209 CD withdrawn December 17th 1985
25324 & 25325 all CD withdrawn December 24th 1985

After several relatively quiet months there would be no Christmas joy for the Class 25 fleet, ten were taken out of service in December, all allocated to Crewe.

25060 makes a fine sight at the south end of Reddish depot, date unknown. It would end its days in service at Crewe with a power unit defect. During January 1986 it moved to Doncaster Works, then to Goole by the summer of 1986 and eventually down to Vic Berry's, Leicester where the end came in April 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25064 passes through Bolton, date unknown. This would be another machine to be taken out of service at Crewe, then eventually moved to Vic Berry's, Leicester for cutting up during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Malcolm Roughley
25072 makes a fine sight in Derby Works on February 6th 1982. 25072 would be taken out of service at Leicester, but would have a brighter future than most as it reached preservation early in 1988.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
25175 & 25034 at Swindon Works on the 'Llandore Lodger/Swindon Ambassador' railtour on September 21st 1985. Another casualty to end its days at Crewe prior to making the final trip to Vic Berry's, Leicester, being broken up there during April 1987.
Photograph courtesy Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
25209 at Toton on the 'down' side, date unknown. This was another Class 25 that would spend a great deal of time withdrawn, it would be broken up at MC Metals, Glasgow during March 1992.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25257 & 47189 at Springs Branch on a damp March 23rd 1985. 25257 was taken out of service at Toton, then moved to Doncaster early in March 1986. During the summer of 1986 it was moved to Goole for storage before heading off to Vic Berry's, Leicester for scrapping during January 1987.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker
A clean looking 25287 date & location unknown. 25287's movements follow the path taken by 25257 (above), with scrapping taking place at Vic Berry's, Leicester in February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25300 passes Carnforth on June 17th 1980. Endings its working days at Kingmoor it would move south to Doncaster during February/March 1986 and would be cut up there during June 1986.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
25324 at Speke Junction on August 23rd 1981. 25324 sustained collision damage in the London area and was initially dumped at Willesden. It journey'd north to Crewe during March 1986, followed by the inevitable trip to Vic Berry's, Leicester when the end came during October 1987.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection of Neil Johnson.
25325 at Toton on March 23rd 1985. 25325 was taken out of service at Leeds Holbeck and was moved to Kingmoor for storage. It's last trip was to Glasgow late in November 1988, where it was broken up by MC Metals durings February 1989.
Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore

268 : January 1986
25145 KD

The beginning of 1986 brought a brief respite with just one Class 25 withdrawn, one of the few remaining allocated to Kingmoor.

25145, date & location unknown. 25145 was the first locomotive to be withdrawn during 1986, being retired at Crewe with multiple defects. It would end its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during May 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during January 1986 include:
25300 & 25302 Carlisle - Springs Branch January 20th 1986
25060, 25189, 37004 & 37203 as the 9Z34 10.30am Crewe Depot - Doncaster Works January 21st 1986
25210, 25237 & 25298 as the 9Z38 10.20am Crewe Gresty Lane - Doncaster Works January 23rd 1986
25054, 25229 & 25256 as the 9Z38 10.20am Crewe Gresty Lane - Doncaster Works January 24th 1986
25072 Leicester - Toton January 27th 1986

269 - 273 : February 1986
25200 KD withdrawn February 10th 1986
25048, 25089, 25198, 25303 all CD withdrawn February 24th 1986

The pace picked up in February - if this pace had continued the entire fleet would have been gone by year's end.

25048 at Longsight presumably about 1975. It would be condemned at Crewe during a 'B' exam. Vic Berry, Leicester would break up 25048 during April 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25089 at Manchester Victoria, date unknown. The locomotive carries no data panel or builders plate. It too would be withdrawn at Crewe whilst undergoing a 'B' exam and would end its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during October 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
An interesting view of 25198 and brake van at York on a chilly November 20th 1981. 25198 was taken out of service at Bletchley, was moved to Crewe and then on to Vic Berry's, Leicester, being cut up during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
25200, 47150 & 47069 at Ladywell Sidings, Preston on Sunday July 21st 1985. 25200 was the last Class 25 to visit Derby Works, being condemned there with extensive power unit damage, though it did surrender its bogies to 25190. It would be removed to Vic Berry's, Leicester and be broken up there during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker.
25303 northbound at Church Fenton on September 2nd 1978. After storage at Crewe 25303 moved to Vic Berry's, Leicester and was broken up there during March 1986.

274 - 279 : March 1986
25032 CD & 25282 CD withdrawn March 10th 1986
25196 KD & 25285 CD withdrawn March 17th 1986
25311 CD withdrawn March 19th 1986
25206 CD withdrawn March 21st 1986

Six more bit the dust in March, including the elder statesman of the class - 25032. This honour would now pass to 25034.

25032 at Manchester Victoria, date unknown. 25032 was taken out of service at Holbeck and then moved to Toton. It ended its days at Vic Berry's Leicester during December 1988.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25196, 20021 & 20022 at Tinsley on November 20th 1983. Another one of many Class 25's to end their days at Crewe, then making its final move to Vic Berrys' Leicester, being broken up there during July 1988.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
A wonderful view of 25206 at Birkenhead, date unknown. Ending its days at Bescot it spent four years dumped there prior to moving to Doncaster Works to donate parts for D7672. From there it was on to MC Metals, Glasgow where it was broken up during June 1995.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25282, 31153 & 31275 at Thornaby on June 28th 1981. After storage at Crewe it moved to Vic Berry's, Leicester and was broken up there during February 1989.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
25285 at Edge Hill on a misty, damp day during October 1984. 25285 followed the route of many others, storage at Crewe then movement to Vic Berry's, Leicester, where it was cut up during October 1987.
Photograph collection of Ian Hammond.
25311, somewhere, sometime. After storage at Crewe 25311 moved on to Vic Berry's, Leicester, but was not cut up quickly, it lingered here until March 1989.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during March 1986 included:
25078, 25195, 25257 & 25287 as the 9Z34 Toton - Doncaster Works March 3rd 1986
25300 & 25302 Springs Branch - Healey Mills March 20th 1986
25214 & 25256 as the 9Z33 Doncaster - Gloucester - Swindon on March 20th - 21st 1986

280 : April 1986
25269 KD

April brought a little relief, just one withdrawn.

25269 awaits its next turn of duty at Bletchley on September 29th 1981. When withdrawn this was a Carlisle allocated locomotive, but it still ended up stored at Crewe. Vic Berry finished it off at Leicester during March 1987.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

Movements during April 1986 included:
25044 Springs Branch - Warrington April 15th 1986
25044, 25119, 25226 & 25245 as the 9Z34 Crewe - Warrington - Doncaster Works on April 16th 1986 ( 25044 attached from Warrington)

281 - 284 : May 1986
25042 CD & 25224 CD withdrawn May 8th 1986
25192 CD withdrawn May 9th 1986
25205 KD withdrawn May 12th 1986

May brought the demise of the last vacuum braked only example, 25042.

25042 & 25161 at Stoke on Trent on August 11th 1984. This was the last vacuum braked Class 25 to remain in service, it was withdrawn surplus to requirements, in full working order. It would end its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during October 1987.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
7542 date & location unknown. Vic Berry's, Leicester would cut up 25192 during July 1987.
Photograph courtesy ??.
25205 date & location unknown. 25205 was used in Sulzer publicity to promote its 6LDA28B power unit during the mid 1960's. It would end its days at Bescot where after a lengthy stay it was shipped off to MC Metals, Glasgow where it surrendered many parts prior to breaking up during June 1995.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25224 in the rain at Crewe Station, date unknown. It was withdrawn due to power unit & collision damage, ending up dumped at Crewe. The locomotive was broken up at Vic Berry's, Leicester during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

285 : June 1986
25211 CD

The summer months brought a reduction in the withdrawal rate, just one fell by the wayside.

25211 approaches Manchester Victoria on May 18th 1983. This was another of the small group of Class 25's that would spend a great length of time dumped at Bescot. It ended its days at MC Metals, Glasgow during July 1995.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

286 - 288 : July 1986
25095 CD, 25202 CD, 25244 CD
all withdrawn July 28th 1986

July brought the end for the unmistakeable 25095, one of three Class 25s withdrawn this month.

Its definately a rainy, misty March 18th 1986 at Blaenau Ffestiniog as 25095 waits for the run back to Llandudno Junction. After withdrawal it was stored at Crewe before making the last trip to Vic Berry's, Leicester - it ended up on the infamous stack of locomotives, eventually being broken up during January 1989.
Photograph courtesy John Powell.
A snowy day at Guide Bridge finds 25202 in charge of a train of limestone filled hoppers. After being dumped at Etches Park 25202 was noted at Stratford Works during July 1987 for brake testing. It eventually returned north and ended up at Vic Berry's, Leicester where it was broken up during April 1989.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
A work weary 25244 somewhere, sometime. 25244 was withdrawn due to fire damage at Crewe. It made the expected trip to Vic Berry's, Leicester but fortunately left there after being purchased for preservation.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

289 - 291 : August 1986
25230 CD withdrawn August 6th 1986
25181 CD withdrawn August 11th 1986
25259 CD withdrawn August 21st 1986

August also was a quiet month, though one of the three casualties choose its demise on a railtour to the Southern Region, a place from which it never returned.

25181 date and location unknown. 25181 ended up being broken up by Vic Berry's, not at its Leicester yard but at Eastleigh depot during July 1988, the locomotive having failed on a railtour at Ludgershall on July 27th 1986 and dragged to Eastleigh for storage.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
A fine view of 7580 on passenger working presumably somewhere on the Highland main line. 25230 would be the last Darlington built Class 25/2 in service and ended its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during October 1987.
Photograph collection of Ian Hammond.
25259 in a line of locomotives at Guide Bridge on March 26th 1983. 25259 ended up dumped at Bescot, it would remain here for almost nine years before moving to MC Metals, Glasgow for scrapping. It would provide many parts for preserved 25283 prior to scrapping during June 1995.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

Movements during August 1986 include:
25060/078, 25195, 25257/287 Doncaster Works - Goole Docks, sometime during August - as one movement?

292 - 298 : September 1986
25254 CD withdrawn September 4th 1986
25905 KD, 25909 KD, 25911 KD withdrawn September 13th 1986
25907 KM withdrawn September 18th 1986
25266 CD withdrawn September 19th 1986
25321 CD withdrawn September 29th 1986

September was not a good month, it included the first examples of the Class 25/9 subset, the hoped for traffic levels for this small batch did not fully materialise and the most mechanically challenged of the batch became the first casualties.

25254 at the Test House, Derby Works on April 24th 1982.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25266 & 54344 at Rhyl on December 18th 1985. 25266 ended its active service at Carlisle, it was eventually moved south to Vic Berry's, Leicester, but would linger here until broken up during January 1989.
Photograph courtesy John Powell.
25321 at Preston June 29th 1985 with a train of oil tanks. This locomotive was taken out of service at Crewe, but by year's end was in the hands of the Research Department, Derby. It would later be sold into preservation to the Derby Industrial museum.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker.
25286 (25905) date & location unknown. After withdrawal 25905 surrendered its power unit to 97252. It was moved to Glasgow Works during November 1988 and was broken by MC Metals, Glasgow during February 1989.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25297 (25907) southbound at Warrington on September 13th 1983. 25907 ended its days at Springs Branch before removal to Vic Berry's, Leicester when it was broken up during June 1989.
Photograph courtesy ??.
A work stained 7659 (later 25309 & 25909) date & location unknown. 25909 ended its days at Carlisle Kingmoor, before visiting Vic Berry, Leicester for asbestos removal prior to reaching preservation.
Photographer not known.
25316 (25911) date & location unknown. 25316 was retired twice, the first time in February 1984, but later reinstated two months later to Longsight. It was finally retired with a defective main generator. Vic Berry would cut up 25911 at Leicester during March 1989.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

299 : October 1986
25906 KM

Another Class 25/9 succumbed, the only Class 25 taken out of service in October.

25296 (25906) at Chesterfield on June 29th 1979. In a couple of months it'll be at Glasgow Works for its final general repair. The following year it would be part of the Rainhill exhibition. 25906 was broken up at Vic Berry's, Leicester during December 1987.
Photograph courtesy J Davenport.

Movements during October 1986 include:
25060, 25078, 25195 & 25257 Goole - Tinsley - Leicester for Vic Berry October 29th - 30th 1986
25287, 45016 & 45075 Goole - Tinsley - Leicester for Vic Berry October 30th - November 4th 1986

300 : November 1986
25908 KM

The three hundredth Class 25 to be withdrawn became one of the Class 25/9 series. And with just twenty seven machines left in service it could not be expected for them to last very long into 1987.

25307 (later 25908) at Speke Junction on February 18th 1984. 25908 would be retired from Kingmoor but ended up at Toton in the guise of ADB 968026. Vic Berry would finally lay it to rest at Leicester during December 1988.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.

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