D7502, 7502, 25152
D7502, 7502, 25152

Photograph courtesy Mark Cook.
25152 hauling a very varied mixed freight at Garsdale on April 15th 1982. 25152 had another eighteen months to travel through this fine Pennine scenery.

The nineteen and a half year career for D7502/25152 was split between the London Midland (15.5 years) and the Western Region (4 years).

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1978).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 67 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 12 months.


D7502 was new to Nottingham (16A) on October 8th 1964. Further transfers were:

December 1964 to Burton (16F).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
February 1967 to London Midland Division (D01).
August 1967 to Stoke Division (D05).
November 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1969 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1972 to Laira (84A).
October 1972 to Bristol (82A).
December 1972 to Cardiff (86A).
October 1974 to Bristol.
February 1976 to Crewe.
September 1977 to Toton.
March 1983 to Cricklewood.
Withdrawn January 26th 1984.

Renumbered April 1974.

25152 was the 212th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of five withdrawn during January 1984.

After withdrawal 25152 was stored briefly at Crewe prior to movement to Swindon Works with 25120 (from Springs Branch) & 25152/167/168 (from Crewe) during February 9th - 15th 1984. 25152 was scrapped by the end of January 1985.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works August 1968.
Noted Derby Works September & October 1972 (full repaint, blue/yellow).
Noted Derby Works June 1978 (Classified repair).


On the morning of January 29th D7502 was shunting at Sawley Junction.

Noted at Derby station on March 24th between 4.30pm & 7pm were about fifty train and locomotive movements involving diesel Classes 08/25/37/45/46/47. Class 25s and steam locomotives included:
D7528 shunting empty coaching stock
48350 up freight - oil tanks
D7548 down light engine
D7561 down light engine
D5188 Nottingham?? - Derby passenger (2P92)
D5299 empty coaching stock for Derby - Bakewell service
D5190 empty coaching stock for Derby - Sheffield service
48143 down light engine
D7584 up freight (5G52)
45211 up light engine
D7511 & D7565 down freight (9T44)
48672 down light engine
D7505 up light engine
48103 down freight, later retiring to the shed
48646 up freight
92008 up light engine
48752 down freight
D7572 shunting empty coaching stock
76043 down light engine
D5206 up local
D5204 Sheffield - Derby passenger (2M76)
48214 down special freight
48177 down movement with brake van
45224 down light engine
D7502 up light engine
D5223 up local (2P53)
D68 & D7583 19.45 Derby - St Pancras
Amongst the locomotives on shed during this period included 12039, D2504, D7514, D7572, D7581, D7585, D7646, E6022 & 48064.

On the morning of July 9th D7502 was southbound at Helpston (Midland side).

On July 23rd the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked by 7502 & 7521.

On the early afternoon of August 6th there were 54 locomotives on shed at Toton including (Classes 20/45/46/47 excluded):
12038, 12052
D3117, D3119
D5236, D5280, D7502, D7508, D7521, D7530, D7539, D7548, D7553, D7562, D7659
D4, D5, D6
78021 & 48272.

On March 21st D7502 was noted at Brackley in charge of wagons being used in the dismantling of the ex-LNW Banbury - Verney Junction line. The Class 25 had been provided by Bletchley depot.

On the morning of April 8th D7502 was at Nuneaton with an up freight.

Condition April: two-tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, engine exhaust in original location.

On the afternoon of September 16th 7502 was light engine at Bamfurlong Junction.

On August 22nd 7502 & 5244 were noted at Derby on an unidentified passenger service.

A Doncaster - Peterborough parcels was worked by 7502 on December 3rd.

At about 9pm on December 30th 7502, 7506 & 7507 were noted on the down through road at Newton Abbot on transfer to Laira from the LMR.

On March 10th 7502 was noted at Exeter stabling point, later to work the 4B10 vans.

On March 17th 7502 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (three vans).

On May 6th 7502 & 7577 worked the 7B34 19.40 Bristol Temple Mills to Ponsandane freight, the 1E21 10.30 Penzance to Bradford passenger service to Plymouth, then light engines to Laira depot and ending with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary to Par freight. On May 20th 7502 & 7577 were noted at Long Rock shed whilst 7506 was at Penzance station.

On May 19th 7502 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (nine tanks).

On June 2nd the 4A17 15.20 Penzance - Paddington perishables (nine vans) arrived at Exeter with 7502 & 1039, here 7502 was taken off and retired to the stabling point.

On June 3rd 7502 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans and later worked the 6B70 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (four tanks).

On June 7th 7502 worked the 6B67 19.10 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (three vans).

On June 10th 7502 worked the 6B19 04.30 Exeter Riverside - Barnstaple Junction. It returned with the 6B66 11.02 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter Riverside vans (six vans).

On June 14th 7502 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (four vans).

On June 15th 7502 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On June 16th 7502 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On June 17th the 4B10 15.53 Bristol - Plymouth parcels arrived at Exeter St Davids with 7084, this retired to the stabling point with 7502 taking over.

On June 22nd at about 14.20 7502 arrived light engine at Exeter from Keyham. It later worked the 6B21 15.15 Exeter Riverside - Lapford milk empties and the 6B16 17.15 Lapford - Exeter milk (six tanks).

On June 24th 7502 worked the 6B21 19.07 Lapford - Exeter milk (seven tanks).

On June 30th 7502 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (one tank). At about 8.50pm the 6B09 15.05 Acton - Plymouth milk empties arrived at Exeter St Davids with 810 and eight tanks. 810 came off here and retired to the stabling point with 7502 taking over. However before departing 61 was added as a pilot.

7502 was stabled at Exeter on July 2nd.

On August 10th 7502 was noted at Long Rock with about a twenty wagon freight and two brakevans.

On August 19th 7502 worked the 20.55 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On August 23rd 7502 was scheduled to take over the 6B09 13.50 Acton - St Erth milk empties from Exeter to Newton Abbot, at which point 7508 would take charge of the train.

On October 6th 7502 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for October 6th recorded:

7502; October 6th 1972; time 9.45
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 27 - - - -
2 34 950 - - -
3 41 950 - - -
4 48 - - - -
5 58 1,000 - - -
6 64.5 - - - -

On the morning of October 25th an ex-works 7502 was noted at Bristol Temple Meads with a down freight.

Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell.
On a wet & dismal October 31st 1972 7502 banks Class 45 No.120 and its train towards Exeter Central.

On September 26th the following Class 25s were noted in passing:
Bristol Parkway: 7507 with freight 8B25 about 10.30am
Ebbw Junction Newport: 5182, 7502, 7516, 7517, 7518, 7521, 25080. 1000 & 1200 were also present.
Severn Tunnel Junction: 5189 & 7520.

On the afternoon of November 26th 7502 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On December 21st & 22nd 7502 was noted at Exeter stabling point. It was also presumably there on Sunday December 23rd, a day without trains due to an ASLEF overtime ban.

On December 24th 7502 was noted at Exeter stabling point. It would later work the 6B70 13.15 Exeter - Hemyock empty milk (five tanks).

On December 27th 7502 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On September 5th 25152 & 25032 coupled together were at Exeter stabling point.

During the early afternoon of September 6th two pairs of Class 25s were at Exeter stabling point: 25152 & 25032 and 25158 & 25077.

On February 28th 25152 & 25156 worked an 8X06 down engineers track special (18 vehicles and a brakevan), PWM 652 was marshalled in the train.

On the afternoon of March 6th 25152 & 25156 were stabled at Taunton. They had been noted earlier at Fairwater PAD.

On July 18th 25152 & 25162 were noted at Exeter in the Up direction with 8X68 reclaimed rail train.

On July 31st 7502 hauled preserved Hymek Class 35 No.7017 from ?? to Taunton as the 9X42 special movement.

25152 & 25217 worked a Poole - Newcastle on September 8th, presumably from Birminmgham New Street, returning south the next day with a Tyne - Toton freight.

On October 9th 25152 worked the 2B84 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On October 15th 25152 worked the 2B84 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

At 10am on November 22nd 25152 was noted on shed at Exeter.

At 5pm on December 16th 25152, 25158, 25169, 25216, 25217 & 25224 were noted on Exeter stabling point.

On February 17th 25152 worked the 2B84 20.15 Exeter St Davids -Newton Abbot.

On February 23rd & 25th 25152 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

25152 was stabled at Birkenhead on April 11th.

25152 was stabled at Guide Bridge on July 3rd.

On July 21st the 11.40 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth with four coaches was worked by 25152.

On the afternoon of August 12th 25152 was stabled at York.

A Brighton - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked roundtrip Wolverhampton - Aberystwyth by 25152 & 25269 on September 12th.

25129 & 25152 were noted at Wolverhampton on September 18th 1976 in charge of a MGN Joint railtour from St Pancras to Welshpool.

25152 was noted at Oxford Road, Manchester with five parcels vans on February 5th.

On March 18th 25152 was noted at Agecroft Power Station with a rake of coal empties.

On March 27th 25152 was noted with a permanent way train between Milford and Brocton (Trent Valley line) whilst the next day (28th) it was noted at Stoke with a sand working from Oakamoor.

25152 was stabled at Birkenhead on July 23rd.

The afternoon Whitemoor - King's Lynn freight was worked by 25152 on November 11th.

On April 29th 25127 & 25152 worked a Mountsorrel - Trowse stone train. They were noted the next day stabled at Norwich. 25152 returned west on the 30th's evening parcels to Nottingham.

Photograph courtesy Graham Turner.
25152 undergoes extensive repairs at Derby Works on June 11th 1978. The sheeting over of the boiler room openings were undertaken during this repair.

On June 30th 25152 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for June 30th recorded:

25152; June 30th 1978; 3F01 Nottingham
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 28 900 - - -
2 34 960 - - -
3 41 970 - - -
4 49 1,020 - - -
5 61 1,030 - - -
6 66 1,050 - - -

No.2 HP nut leaking
Union?? oil leak B side free end drain
Oil pressure low on top ??
No.2 Bicera leaking
No.1 & 2 cabs horn sticking
No.1 bulkhead door seal needs attention
Knecht fuel filter leaking
Engine governor top leak
B crankcase door leak
Loco vibrating at No.1 end at idling.

The 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and the return 12.32 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25152 & 25321 on July 29th.

The 08.45 Leicester - Skegness and the return 18.30 Skegness - Leicester (a day excursion?) were worked by 25152 & 25113 on April 16th.

The late morning Banbury pick-up freight was noted at Oxford on September 26th with 25152.

There was a multitude of Class 25s in the area of Bushey & Oxhey station from February 17th onwards following the dramatic derailment there of the 16th’s 20.25 Euston – Manchester due to a track defect. The locomotive 87007 was the only part of the train to remain on the tracks, four of the MkIII coaches ended up on their sides, with one (M12162) bringing down the overhead gantries, which blocked the slow lines. Most fortunately there were only minor injuries. Three breakdown cranes attended, from Bescot, Finsbury Park – brought in by 25279 & 25256, and Old Oak Common – arrived behind 25152 & 25189. The slow lines were reopened late on the 17th, the dc lines late on the 19th, the fast lines by the 25th.

On the afternoon of May 10th 25152 was stabled at Saltley.

On June 15th 25152 was westbound at Exeter St Davids with an unidentified passenger working.

On June 16th 25152 worked the 18.58 Exeter St Davids - Paignton.

A Rugby - Barmouth charter on June 22nd was worked roundtrip Wolverhampton - Machynlleth by 25152 & 25123, a diesel multiple unit took the passengers between Machynlleth & Barmouth.

On July 7th 25152 was stabled at Toton.p> 25152 was noted at Crewe station with a down van train on July 19th.

On July 25th 25152 was light engine at Carnforth.

On August 25th 25152 worked the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria.

On September 6th the 08.42 Sheffield - Huddersfield and the 16.58 Huddersfield - Sheffield (being out and back portions of a York - LLandudno Town diagram) were worked by 25152. On September 15th 25152 was noted southbound (?) through Trent with a lengthy train of mineral wagons.

25152 & 25302 were noted on the Up main at Barrow upon Soar on November 26th with a lengthy coal train.

25150 & 25152 were noted passing Wakefield Kirkgate on February 4th with a lengthy tripper freight for Healey Mills.

At about 10am on March 4th 25152 was eastbound at Chinley with empty ICI hoppers.

25152 was noted northbound through Peterborough with an engineers train on April 22nd.

25152 was noted passing Leicester light engine (with two other Class 25s) on May 7th.

25152 was noted at Chinley with loaded ICI hoppers for Northwich on July 6th. 25152 was stabled at Northwich depot on July 12th alongside steam locomotive 46229.

On August 12th a Kettering - Blackpool North day excursion was worked roundtrip by 25152 & 25146.

The 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the return 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25152 & 25090 on August 29th.

On November 13th 25152 was noted on the Leeds - Morecambe run due to a diesel multiple unit failure.

A late afternoon Manchester Victoria - Newcastle relief was worked by 25152 & 25051 on January 10th.

On the afternoon of April 21st 25152 was at Saltley.

25152 was noted with loaded Cartics at Ellesmere Port on August 18th.

On September 7th 25152 was noted passing Winchester with a southbound freight (Toton - Eastleigh?), it was later noted heading north light engine.

On December 21st 25152 & 25140 were used on a recovery train for telegraph poles and wire on the Blaenau Ffestiniog branch. The train included a Mk.1 brake coach for the Signalling & Telegraph staff borrowed for the weekend from a Llandudno - Manchester set. Flooding at Llanrwst delayed the returning train and the return of the coach to normal service.

25287 & 25152 doubleheaded a Northwich - Tunstead ICI working through on a snowy January 22nd.

25152 was noted northbound through Chesterfield with a mixed freight on March 7th.

A ballast train from Whitemoor to Bury St Edmunds on April 27th was worked by 25152 & 31182. The train spent most of the day at the reballasting location, then headed off to Stowmarket to run-round and return to Whitemoor.

25152 was working a loaded Tunstead - Northwich ICI PHV hopper train on May 3rd.

25152 was noted at Manchester Victoria on June 11th.

July 1st: Skipton - Leeds service was worked by 25152 following the failure of a diesel multiple unit.
July 10th: 25152 was southbound at Bamfurlong Junction with a two-car Class 108 unit in tow.
July 11th: 25152 & 25059 were northbound at Lancaster with a lengthy train of spoil wagons.
July 26th: 25152 was noted approaching Bolton with an ex-works Class 313 unit returning from Horwich Works to Hornsey, and also noted eastbound at Manchester Victoria light engine.
July 30th: 25152 was stabled at Willesden.

25152 & 25313 were noted at Bedford on August 26th.

25152 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road on September 19th.

25152 and three other Class 25s headed south through Crewe station on October 22nd.

25152 was noted passing through Longport with a down goods, about seven empty low sided wagons and two brake vans on January 3rd.

25152 was withdrawn on January 26th 1984.

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