D7503, 7503, 25153
D7503, 7503, 25153

D7503 on display at Barrow for review by the officials from the nearby Vickers-Armstrong Works, which was responsible for building the power unit fitted in this locomotive. Also present was brand new Brush Type 4 No.D1779. Both had arrived behind a steam locomotive.

The eighteen year six month career for D7503/25153 was split between allocations to London Midland & Western Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Angled strip at bottom of cab doors.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 50 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 47 months.


D7503 was new to the Nottingham (16A) on October 14th 1964. Further transfers were:

December 1964 to Burton (16F).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
October 1965 to London Division (D14).
February 1968 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1972 to Laira (84A).
November 1972 to Bristol (82A).
December 1972 to Cardiff (86A).
October 1974 to Bristol.
February 1976 to Crewe.
March 1980 to Springs Branch.
February 1981 to Crewe.
April 1981 to Cricklewood.
November 1982 to Toton.
March 1983 to Crewe.
Withdrawn April 3rd 1983.

Renumbered April 1974.

25153 was the 171st Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during April 1983.

25153 was stored at Cricklewood until moved (see details below) to Swindon Transfer Yard on July 12th 1984 and into Swindon Works by July 23rd 1984. The locomotive was broken up by the end of February 1987, although the cabs were taken to Vic Berry's, Leicester for final processing.

25131 (97202), 25144*/25153* Toton Cricklewood* - Swindon July 10th - 12th 1984.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works April 1967.
Noted Crewe Works November 1968.
Noted Glasgow Works January & February 1979 (General repair).


February 9th & 10th brought chaos and destruction to the Midland mainline. The first event involved the 08:07 Harpenden - St Pancras eight car diesel multiple unit which caught fire between Radlett & St Albans. Similar to previous events a drive shaft punctured a fuel tank, over thirty people were injured, many having to jump hurriedly from the blazing vehicle. The next day, a few miles away at Flitwick twelve loaded wagons hauled by D5218 ran into a stationary D5383 immediately north of the station. Most of the train was derailed, necessitating the attendance of D7503 and the Cricklewood crane. The lines were cleared by midnight, but hindered additionally by a snowfall. The damaged locomotives were removed to Bedford, prior to heading north to Derby Works.

The last day of 1969 saw a couple of Class 25s called out to work those duties that they seemed so familiar with, but were of such a non-routine nature. AM10 071 working the 10.43 Coventry - Euston service collided with some empty derailed wagons near Roade. The leading coach M76155 was severely damaged in the collision. For the clean up Rugby sent out a wiring train led by 5239 whilst 7601 arrived with the Bletchley crane. Mainline services into Euston were routed over to the Midland mainline, via Nuneaton & Wigston using an assortment of diesel power. Tremendous delays were encountered in the St Pancras area due to lack of platform space and the extreme length of the trains, especially the sleepers. The following day creativity took over through the use of the Bedford - Bletchley line, using part of the truncated Hitchin branch, a number of freight sidings and the sharp single track curve at Bedford No.1 box. By the turn of the New Year the lines at Roade were back in service, but the overhead wiring was still inoperative. Southbound electric locomotives were doubleheaded with diesels over this short section, with a number of Class 25s acting as pilots, including 7503.

Condition November: two-tone green livery will full yellow cab fronts, yellow paint wraps slightly around top of side window (Crewe painting variation), no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' number prefix.

On August 22nd 7503 worked a roundtrip Derby - Yarmouth to/from Norwich.

A Birmingham - Skegness day excursion on March 31st was worked from/to Nottingham by 7503 & 7562.

The morning Carlton Sidings - Manvers Main freight could produce a wide variety of power, it was worked by 5236 & 7503 on June 24th and 5242 & 7512 on June 26th.

On July 31st 7503 & 5245 worked the 08.30 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich.

Condition April: two-tone green livery will full yellow cab fronts, yellow paint wraps slightly around top of side window (Crewe painting variation), blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' number prefix.

During January 1972 7503 was transferred to Laira, spending just over four years allocated to the Western Region.

On April 3rd 7503 worked the 20.10 Exeter St David - Newton Abbot.

7502, 7503, 7504 & 7506 were all stabled at Exeter on July 2nd.

On August 5th 7503 & 7505 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 November 24th the 25153 18.00 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads with Class 47 No. 1634 utilised 7503 as pilot from Newton Abbot to Bristol Temple Meads.

On April 19th 40092 & 25153 were noted on a Manchester - Newcastle newspaper train.

The recorded passenger workings for this period are currently few, but no doubt involved the summer locals in the Exeter area. On April 29th 25153 was noted on the 20.15 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot.

May 31st saw the 07.15 Birmingham New Street - Paddington doubled headed by 47091 & 25153.

A rescue job occurred on September 1st when 45011 caught fire on the 07.40 Leeds - Penzance at Bridgwater, 25153 & 25063 took the train on to Exeter St. Davids. And on September 20th 25153 handled the 15.58 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and the 20.45 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot. By the time the next summer season started 25153 had been transferred to Crewe.

Condition September: blue/yellow livery, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over.

On October 46020 failed at Taunton working the 09.50 Edinburgh - Plymouth, 47063 was removed from the 17.20 Plymouth - Bristol freight to take over the ailing passenger service, whilst 25153 & 25219 arrived from the west to take the freight train forward.

On June 2nd 24047 & 25153 worked the 8F51 04.50 Grange Junction (BSC Skelton Works, Stoke) - Shotwick (24047 leading). On June 25th 25153 & 25312 worked the 08.40 Leicester - Skegness and 18.30 return. A day excursion on July 2nd 1978 from Weston-super-Mare to Aberystwyth was worked from/to Wolverhampton by 25153 & 25160. Two days in the second week of September saw much activity in North Wales. On September 12th 1978 25153 worked the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor, followed by the 22.45 Bangor - Llandudno Junction. The next day (13th) started with the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, the return 13.30 to Llandudno Town, the 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe, the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor and finally the 22.45 Bangor - Llandudno Junction.

On May 14th 1979 25153 worked the 15.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor. 25153 & 25303 worked the Derby - Norwich - Walsall - Norwich - Walsall diagram on July 7th 1979. The following week on July 14th 25153 & 25038 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram.

25153 was noted at East Didsbury on April 3rd with a Tunstead - Northwich loaded ICI stone train.

On a snowy January 16th 25153 was noted passing Northenden Cement Works with a loaded train of ICI limestone hoppers.

Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore.
A pair of Class 25s, 25153 & 25124 gingerly ease its train of sand through Earlestown on June 15th 1981.

1981 saw several visits to the Cambrian line. On June 20th 25153 & 25173 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton returning with the 16.05 to Wolverhampton. The next day (21st) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.

On August 14th 25153 was noted at Bletchingdon with a freight train. On the weekend of August 15th/16th 25153 & 25143 handled the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth followed by the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (16th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton. The 16.36 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked by 25153 at least as far as Peterborough on August 28th 1981.

25153 was noted light engine at York on September 30th.

Prior to midnight on January 25th 25083 failed with brake problems at Finedon Road whilst hauling two Class 317 units southwards, the units remained here until January 30th when 25153 continued their journey southwards.

25153 was stabled at Wellingborough on February 13th.

The last recorded passenger workings for 25153 took place in 1982, commencing on a glorious August 14th with 25221 on the nine coach 09.00 York - Llandudno Town, presumably substituting for a Class 40.

Photograph courtesy P Ryan.
25153 & 25221 approach Dewsbury station whilst in charge of the 1M71 Saturday's Only 09.00 York - Llandudno Town on August 14th 1982. It looks like some enthusiasts in the first coach are enjoying this pair of Class 25's, no doubt York were only to happy to return the Class 25s to the LMR.

A rescue job took place on September 3rd 1982 when 47507 failed at Earlestown on the 13.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor, 25153 pushed the train the five miles to Warrington. September 4th found 25153 working the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle. Ten days later (14th) 25153 worked the 14.22 Crewe - Nottingham following a diesel multiple unit failure. The final passenger working for 25153 was back on the Settle & Carlisle on September 30th 1982 with the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle.

25153 was noted at Warrington Arpley with an engineering train on October 10th.

25153 was stabled at Willesden depot on March 26th.

25153 was withdrawn on April 3rd 1983.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Last updated November 11th 2019.

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