D7504, 7504, 25154
D7504, 7504, 25154

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
25154 & 25152 pass through Warrington Bank Quay with an Oakamoor - St Helen's sand train on March 29th 1983.

London Midland & Western Region allocations would be the homes for D7504/25154 during its twenty year five month career.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (1974).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 66 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 31 months.


D7504 was new to Toton (16A) on October 17th 1964. Further transfers were:

December 1964 to Burton (16F).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1968 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 Canton (86A).
December 1976 to Crewe.
March 1978 to Longsight.
January 1980 to Bescot.
September 1981 to Crewe.
April 1982 to Kingmoor.
November 1982 to Cricklewood.
January 1984 to Bescot.
Withdrawn March 27th 1985.

Renumbered March 1974.

25154 was the 238th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during March 1985.

After withdrawal 25154 was stored at Tyseley from March 1985 until March 30th 1987 when it moved with 25192 to Bescot, then next day to Basford Hall Yard. It was forwarded to Leicester Humberstone Road on July 9th 1987 (see details below) and to Vic Berry's Yard the next day. The locomotive was placed into the stack until early November 1987 when it was removed and broken up by the middle of November 1987.

08473, 25154/192, 97405 Crewe – Vic Berry, Leicester July 9th 1987 (Cl. 08 & 40 sent in error)

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25154 out of service at Tyseley. It ended its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during July 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works May 1967.
Derby paint date October 13th 1971.
Noted Derby Works February & March 1974 (Dual brake equipment fitted).
Noted Derby Works January 1977.
Noted Derby Works August & September 1979 (Intermediate repair).
Noted Derby Works October 1980.
Noted Derby Works September & October 1982 (N4 repairs).


On August 20th 1966 D7504 & D7577 worked the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town.

September - on the Great Central line at Blackwell (MP61) by the LMR boundary 7504 & 7521 were noted on track lifting trains the week following closure. Authorities were anxious to remove the re-useable rail prior to the right of way being severed by the construction of the M1 motorway.

On November 11th 5246 & 7504 worked a 22.00 Narborough - Hamworthy special, going as far as Eastleigh, thence returning light to Banbury, where they were procured to work the 12.10 Banbury - Reading West and 14.50 return, the last working regularly featured Class 25s .

On December 9th 7504 ran light from Whitemoor to Hitchin, via Cambridge to take up a Hitchin - Whitemoor freight.

On December 30th 7504 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks.

During January 1972 7504 was transferred to Laira, which would lead to a number of passenger workings being handled during its time in Devon & Cornwall.

On February 1st 7504 worked the 6B16 17.15 Lapford - Exeter milk (three tanks). The arrival of the 15.53 Bristol - Plymouth parcels saw 1012 retired to the stabling point with 7504 taking the train forward.

On February 11th 7504 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks. At Exeter it would continue by retrieving a set of coaching stock from the sidings, then working the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On February 15th 7504 worked the 6B15 03.00 Exeter - Barnstaple Junction, returning with the 6B99 05.10 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter parcels (four vans).

On February 25th the 6B66 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter was worked by 7093 & 7504, with 7504 being a complete failure. On the evening of February 26th 1740 towed 7504 from Exeter stabling point to Laira.

On April 21st 7504 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeters vans (three vans).

On April 22nd 6504 failed prior to departure, reportedly with a generator fault, allowing 7504 to come off the stabling point to work the 16.05 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable and the return 17.55 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids.

On April 24th 7504 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (nine tanks).

On May 5th the 4B10 15.58 Bristol - Plymouth parcels arrived at Exeter with 5695, this came off here, with 7504 added for the run to Plymouth.

On May 12th 7504 worked the 7B51 19.15 Newton Abbot - Exeter Riverside.

On May 13th 7504 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans.

On May 20th the 4B10 15.58 Bristol - Plymouth parcels arrived at Exeter St Davids with 7050 and eight vans. 7050 retired to the stabling point, whilst 7504 took six vans forward as the 3B10.

Two-tone green liveried 7504 (with 'D' prefixes and full yellow ends) was noted crossing the Saltash Bridge with an eastbound parcels train on May 20th.

On June 17th 7504 & 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 July 1st 7504 worked the 08.15 London Paddington - Barnstable forward from Exeter St Davids returning with the 14.40 Barnstable - London Paddington as far as Exeter St Davids.

On July 2nd 7502, 7503, 7504 & 7506 were noted on Exeter stabling point.

July 17th was a busy day for 7504, it started out with the 06.20 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable, returning with the 08.32 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids. Later that day 7504 & 7506 worked the 08.15 London Paddington - Barnstable forward from Exeter St Davids, returning with the 14.40 Barnstable - London Paddington as far as Exeter St Davids.

On July 19th 7504 & Class 52 No.1002 were noted eastbound at Newton Abbot with an Up milk train.

7504 worked the 12.18 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids on July 22nd, followed by the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable and the return 17.55 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids.

On July 24th 7504 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exter milk (eight tanks). At about 7pm 7504 came off the stabling point and attached to multiple unit P586.

On July 28th 7504 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exter milk (eight tanks).

On July 29th 7504 worked the 08.15 London Paddington - Barnstable forward from Exeter St Davids, returning with the 14.40 Barnstable - London Paddington to Exeter St Davids.

On August 12th 7504 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable, returning with the 17.55 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids.

On August 29th 7504 was noted at Exeter with the 6B09 13.50 Acton - St Erth milk empties.

On September 5th 7504 worked a Keyham - Exeter Riverside freight followed by the 6B78 15.15 Exeter Riverside - Lapford(?).

On September 9th 7506 & 7504 worked the 1V82 10.24 Manchester Piccadilly - Penzance forward from Plymouth, the train had arrived three hours late into Plymouth with 32. This swapping of locomotives may have been due to the derailment of the last twelve Presflos of the 6B65 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Central cement inside Parsons tunnel (Dawlish). Single line working was later implemented, a broken axle spring being the cause.

On September 12th the 4B10 15.58 Bristol - Plymouth parcels was noted at Exeter St Davids with 7504 and 11 vans.

At about 1.30pm on June 15th 7504+7510 were noted passing Newport High Street with a down freight (8A94).

Whilst allocated to Cardiff 25154 worked the 13.30 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town on July 27th 1974.

On September 23rd 25154 was working the Parkend ballast train.

On October 31st 25154 worked the 16.00 Bristol - Plymouth vans.

On July 10th 1976 25154 & 25107 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. On July 29th 25154 worked the 13.33 Taunton - Cardiff and 17.45 Cardiff - Bristol Temple Meads.

On August 3rd an evening Curzon Street - Plymouth was noted at Gloucester behind 25154.

Although the South Wales allocation of Class 25s had been greatly depleted earlier in the year, the Christmas break found three Class 25s stabled at area depots, with 25054 at Severn Tunnel Junction and 25055 & 25154 at Cardiff Canton.

The early morning Peterborough - Cambridge parcels was worked by 25154 on August 9th.

25154 was noted southbound at Harlech on March 12th with ballast wagons.

When 40147 failed at Long Preston on July 27th 1978 with a Huddersfield - Largs day excursion 25154 & 25137 were on hand to take the train to Carlisle.

On the evening of November 28th 25154 was noted at Crewe station with an HST barrier vehicle and ex-works HST power car 43078 on wheelskates under the leading axle at the cab end.


Photograph courtesy Martin Margerrison.
What is believed to be 25154 heads through Kegworth sometime during 1979.

25154 & 25252 worked a Mountsorrel - Kennett stone train on January 12th.

At about 11am on March 21st 25154 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up freight.

On July 14th 25154 was noted at Llandudno Town with a summer timetable service from Stoke on Trent.

25154 worked the 10.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town on August 11th.

Recorded workings during 1980 focus on roundtrips over the Cambrian line to Aberystwyth, on June 7th & 8th with 25261, on the return working 25261 failed at Newtown (fire) and was dragged to Shrewsbury; June 21st with 25138 and June 28th & 29th with 25262.

On August 2nd 25154 worked the 09.28 Leeds - Morecambe and 11.45 Morecambe - Leeds. 25154 returned to the Cambrian line with 25208 to work the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

On March 4th 1981 25154 worked the 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich from Leicester to Norwich (?) after the failure of the Class 31/4.

The Nottingham - Llandudno Town summer dated service on May 16th was noted at Stoke on Trent with 25154.

Photograph courtesy David Smith
25154 waits for a signal just south of Sutton Park on July 3rd 1981. The working is the 4L51 return containers from Gosford (Bell Green) to Linwood via Dudley.

On August 1st the 08.22 Barrow - Blackpool North was worked by 25154 to Preston (? or throughout?). A short working on August 22nd saw 25154 work the 09.58 Bradford - Paignton to Leeds. A late season run over the Cambrian line took place on September 12th with 25154 & 25160 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.

A diesel multiple unit failure on May 4th saw 25154 assist the 15.28 Birmingham New Street - Cambridge from Melton Mowbray to Cambridge.

Two Cambrian line visits followed, on June 12th 25154 & 25200 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next day (13th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and 17.25 return followed by the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On June 17th 25154 was noted at Hereford with the afternoon Manchester - Bristol parcels and a dead 25106, which was taken off the train and left on the stabling line.

25154 was stabled at Longsight on July 10th whilst 25154 & 25104 were noted arriving at Newton Heath on July 17th.

On July 23rd 25154 worked the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle, whilst on August 13th the 15.12 Manchester Piccadilly - Harwich Parkeston Quay was worked by 25154 between Sheffield and Peterborough.

The 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool was worked forward from Preston by 25154 on June 20th 1983. Two days later (22nd) 25154 was noted on the early afternoon Dean Lane to Appley Bridge rubbish train.

Two weeks later on July 2nd 25154 & 25211 worked the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, but approaching Aberystwyth 25154 failed and was dragged into the station.

On July 10th 25154 and a ballast machine were noted at Harpenden and later at Dudding Hill.

25154 was stabled at Leeds City station on September 16th.

25154 & 25210 were noted northbound with bogie oil tanks at Carlisle on the evening of October 22nd.

The 15.02 Manchester – Bristol parcels continued with Class 25 haulage, on November 15th 25154 failed on this working at Hereford, remarkably 25244 was available to take the train forward. 25154 was towed northwards on November 17th. About a week later a rescue job took place on November 23rd when 45026 failed at Stalybridge on the 15.00 Scarborough - Liverpool, 25154 worked the train forward to Liverpool.

45136 working January 31st’s 12.05 Liverpool – Scarborough failed at Greenfield, 25154 pushed the train to Huddersfield, here removing the Peak. Replacement 47145 got no further than Dewsbury before requiring assistance from the following train, a Bangor – Scarborough service headed by 45145, which pushed the failed train into Leeds.

25154 was stabled at Toton on February 18th.

On the last day of February 25154 worked the afternoon Elswick – Ardrossan tanks returning the next day with the empties.

On March 1st 25154 worked an Ardrossan - Elswick freight, then heading west with an Elswick - Ardrossan freight.

25154 was stabled at Cockshute on April 8th.

Two railtours followed - on May 6th a return LNER Society charter from Aberystwyth to Euston was worked by 25154 from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton. The next day (7th) a Swindon - Aberystwyth Wessex railtour was worked from/to Birmingham New Street by 25154 & 25209, running as service trains west of Shrewsbury. On May 8th 25154 was noted passing Claydon (Oxon) with a down van train comprised of at least 25 short-wheelbase vans mostly in railfreight livery.

The 13.35 Crewe - Cardiff was worked by 25154 on May 27th.

On June 2nd 25154 was stabled at Cockshute, whilst on June 18th southbound oiltanks from Stanlow (for Salfords?) was noted behind 25078 & 25154 at Leighton Buzzard.

On July 18th 25154 was stabled at Cricklewood.

Two Cambrian line workings followed, on August 4th 25154 & 25161 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On August 11th 25154 & 25095 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

25154 was noted at Hooton on September 16th with a train of ballast. Two days later (18th) 25154 & 25191 were noted southbound through Penrith with a trainload of steel coils.

The Ashburys - Dowlow trip freight on March 10th was worked by 25154, The train included a variety of about twenty wagons and a Stanier brakevan, with the mixture of vacuum braked wagons having likely received repairs at Ashburys wagon shops.

25154 was withdrawn from service on March 27th 1985.

Distinguishing Features

No.1 cab front, 2nd man's side, next to lightning flash - dent/missing paint at least March 1983 to withdrawal.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Page added July 20th 2013.
Last updated April 27th 2020.

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