D7505, 7505, 25155
D7505, 7505, 25155


Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
25155 shunting at Wadebridge at 05.40am on the morning of July 4th 1977. This freight did not last much longer and although it was a regular Class 25 turn, because of the early morning time few people went and photographed it. By 06.00am it was all over with the freight on its way back to Bodmin Road.

The sixteen year five week career of D7505/25155 was split almost equally between London Midland Region & Western Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (September 1975).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 62 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 10 months.

Allocations

D7505 was new to Toton (16A) on October 22nd 1964. Further transfers were:

December 1964 to Burton (16F).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
February 1968 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1972 to Laira (84A).
December 1972 to Cardiff (86A).
October 1974 to Bristol.
November 1975 to Cardiff.
May 1977 to Laira.
October 1980 to Springs Branch.
November 15th 1980 to unserviceable store at Swindon Works.
Withdrawn December 1st 1980.

Renumbered April 1974.

25155 was the 76th Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen Class 25s retired during December 1980.

25155 was broken up at Swindon Works by the end of September 1981.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works May 1967.
Noted Derby Works February 1968.
Noted Derby Works February 1971.
Paint Date Derby Works November 12th 1971.
Noted Derby Works August & September 1975 (dual brake equipment fitted).

Highlights

1965
Condition March: two-tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.

1966
During its operating career D7505/25155 handled a modest number of passenger workings. On May 21st 1966 the 08.36 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and return working were handled by D7505 & D5280.

1971
On July 23rd the seven coach 16.52 Nottingham - Manchester Piccadilly was worked by 7505, filling in for a diesel multiple unit.

On December 31st 7505 and 7574 werer noted on the through road at Exeter St Davids, was this the transfer move for 7505?

1972
On January 8th 7505 & 1010 were noted at Exeter with the 6A17 15.05 Penzance - Paddington milk & perishables, the Class 25 coming off the train at Exeter Riverside.

On January 13th 7505 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks (six tanks), the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids (two vans) and the 20.10 Exeter St David - Newton Abbot.

On January 14th 7505 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (eight tanks).

At about 2pm on January 15th 7505 departed Exeter stabling point for Tiverton Junction to work the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks (seven tanks).

On February 18th 7505 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (eight tanks). On February 19th 7505 worked the 6B64 16.35 Torrington - Exeter milk. It would later work the 2B84 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On February 21st 7505 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks.

On February 25th the 6A17 15.05 Penzance - Paddington milk and perishables arrived at Exeter with 7505 & 807, the Class 25 being removed and retiring to the stabling point.

On February 28th 7505 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk and the 20.10 Exeter St David - Newton Abbot.

On March 10th 7505 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (thirteen tanks).

On the early afternoon of March 11th 7505 ran light engine to Tiverton Junction.

On March 17th 7505 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (11 tanks) and the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On the early afternoon of March 18th 7505 ran light engine to Tiverton Junction. It later worked the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (11 tanks).

On March 20th 7505 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (ten tanks).

The 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot was worked by 7505 on March 24th.

On March 25th 7505 worked the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk. On returning to Exeter 7505 was added to 6514 working the 17.55 Exeter St Davids - London Waterloo as far as Chard Junction, where it was removed to assist failed 7577 with 6A19 16.55 Chard - Morden Milk (six tanks), the Class 25s working to Exeter.

On March 27th the 6B65 20.20 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Central cement (20 Presflos) was worked by 7575 & 1685, with 829 added at St Davids to lead the train up to Central.

On March 30th 7505 worked 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (seven tanks), the 20.10 Exeter St David - Newton Abbot.

On April 4th the 20.20 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Central cement with twenty Presflos was worked by 7505 & 1059, 1006 assisted with the train up to Exeter Central, 7505 & 1059 later retired to the stabling point.

On April 10th the 6B65 20.20 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Central cement (20 Presflos) was worked by 7505 & 1017. 7505 retired to the stabling point and 1036 was added to the train to lead it up to Central.

On April 11th 7505 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids (two vans).

On June 3rd & June 10th 7505 & 7574 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 June 10th 7505 handled the same diagram but now paired with 7574. On June 17th 7505 handled the same diagram but now paired with 7504.

On the evening of July 14th Exeter stabling point held at least ten locomotives: 15, 37, 48, 1047, 4015, 6523, 6543, 7503, 7505 & 7506. The locomotives were used on the following workings:
15: 7/15 03.50 0F76 down light engine
37: unknown
48: 7/15 00.24 0F76 down light engine; later noted on 1M00 08.58 Kingswear - Nottingham
1047: 7/14 19.40 Bristol Goods - Ponsandane; take over at Exeter
4015: unknown
6523: 7/15 14.41 6523 & 6543 up light engines
6543: see 6523
7503: 7/15 6B15 03.00 Exeter - Barnstaple vans
7505: 7/15 6B19 04.30 Exeter Riverside - Barnstaple
7506: ?? to work 6B09.

On July 15th 7505 worked the 6B19 04.30 Exeter Riverside - Barnstaple vans, it returned with the 6B66 11.02 Barnstaple - Exeter vans. At about 2pm 7505 departed Exeter stabling point for Tiverton Junction and worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On July 18th 7505 worked the 3B67 19.05 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids (two vans). On July 21st the 6A17 15.20 Penzance - Paddington milk and perishables arrived at Exeter with 7505 & 1044. 7505 came off here and retired to the stabling point.

The diagram 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 was worked by 7573 & 7505 on July 29th & 7503 & 7505 on August 5th.

On September 16th 7508 & 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 September 29th 7505 was noted shunting china clay wagons in St Blazey yard.

1973
At about 1.30pm on June 15th 7505+7520 were noted in Severn Tunnel Junction yard and later noted passing Newport High street with a down freight (8A94).

1974
Condition March: blue/yellow livery, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, through steam pipe still fitted.

On April 20th 25155 was noted passing Margam with a down freight (6V91).

On May 26th 25324 & 25155 were noted at Yarmouth with an excursion, possibly from Derby.

On December 10th 25155 was noted at Exeter with the 4B10 16.05 Bristol - Plymouth parcels.

1975
A Hookagate - Newport welded rail train arrived at Hereford behind 40177 on June 14th, 25155 & 25156 took the train forward to Newport, the Class 40 returned northwards light engine.

On July 18th 33007 failed at Sherborne on a Waterloo - Exeter St. Davids working, 25155 & 25093 dragged everything to Exeter. Three months later on October 18th 25155 & 25139 were noted arriving at Edinburgh on a day excursion from Manchester Victoria, did they work throughout or just forward from Carstairs?

1976


Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
During the early 1970's Class 25s were transferred to South Wales to cover a number of duties including their use in pairs on the heavy iron ore trains. These arduous workings brought about a multitude of failures, usually related to the motors or the electrical control equipment. Seen here at Ebbw Jct on July 25th 1976 is 25155.

On October 2nd 25155 hauled an InterCity diesel multiple unit as the 06.30 Crewe – Cardiff passenger, this route was frequently seeing locomotive hauled substitutions due to the poor reliability of the diesel multiple units, with many being away at Works.

1977
Cardiff’s diagramming of Class 25s on freight duties ended in early January although they were still much in evidence in the Newport area handling the Machen stone trains and the Uskmouth branch trips – 25155 being noted on January 21st. At this time Newport drivers were being trained on the Class 31’s, 31296 being the first, and used on the early morning Newport - Bristol parcels.

25155 was handling the Uskmouth trip on March 22nd.

Despite spending over eight years allocated to Western Region depots including over four years at Laira, there are few recorded passenger workings during these years. On September 23rd 25155 worked the 11.10 Plymouth - Penzance.

1978
On May 18th 25155 worked the 07.55 Plymouth Friary - Keyham freight.

1978 produced some local Devon workings; on June 28th 25155 worked the 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton.

On September 2nd the 08.25 Paddington - Barnstaple was worked forward from Exeter St. Davids by 25155 & 25058. A surprising visitor on the 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels on September 7th was Haymarket based 25011, which worked as far as Exeter, replaced here by 25155. On September 9th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point during the early afternoon, it would then work the 13.40 Exeter - Barnstaple and the return 15.52 Barnstaple - Exeter. On September 11th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point during the morning. On September 16th 25155 was stabled at Exeter shortly after midnight. On September 17th 25155 worked the 17.55 Paignton - Exeter St. Davids, whilst on September 26th 25155 worked the 19.30 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.

Condition September: still displaying four digit headcodes at No.1 end

On October 11th Laira based 25155 was at the sugar beet plant at Ely.

1979
On June 13th 25155 worked an Exeter St. Davids - Paignton service. The 08.25 Paddington - Barnstaple on June 16th was worked forward from Exeter St. Davids by 25155. On June 23rd 25155 was noted at St Blazey.


Photograph courtesy Andy Hoare
After many years of work in and about the East Midlands the transfer of 25155 to the West Country brought a whole new set of workings. Of trips to the furthest south-west station in the country, local passenger workings along the scenic coastline of Devon & Cornwall and dealing with the Devon banks on china clay workings. Its the summer of 1979 at St Austell and 25155 needs a touch-up to the cab front paint job.

1980
The evening St Blazey - Longport china clay train was worked by 25223 & 25155 on February 15th.

25155 & 37299 formed a strange partnership for working the 'Penzance Pullman' railtour over a number of Cornish branches on April 26th. The railtour originated at Paddington, celebrating the end of normal express passenger locomotive hauled services between Paddington & Penzance. The Class 25/37 combination took over from 50028 at Plymouth, then proceeding to Saltash - Lostwithiel - Par - Goonbarrow Junction - St Dennis Junction, then returning to Par and then westward to Penzance. After running round the train at Penzance the 25/37 combination returned the railtour to Plymouth, where 50028 took over for the trip back to London.

25155 was noted at St Austell on July 6th.

All but one of the WR Class 25s were either withdrawn or transferred to the London Midland Region on October 6th, Laira kept one for the St Blazey – Truro – Penzance trip working, by November 3rd this too had been taken over by a Class 37. Likewise the Scottish Region sent eight machines to the LMR and withdrew five more. The LMR itself condemned seventeen machines and placed six into storage. A number of these transferred machines on arrival at their new depots were found to be only fit for scrapping, 25155 was in this category.

On October 2nd 25155 worked the 18.58 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton. The final passenger working for 25155 took place on October 4th working the 13.45 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and the return 15.52 to Exeter St. Davids. Shortly after this 25155 was transferred to Springs Branch.

25155 was sent down to Swindon Works, being stored then on November 15th and officially withdrawn on December 1st.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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