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.
D7505 was new to Toton (16A) on October 22nd 1964. Further transfers were:
December 1964 to Burton (16F).
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25155 was the 76th Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen Class 25s retired during December 1980.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 (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works May 1967.
Locomotives stabled at Derby on the afternoon of December 5th included D5293, D7505, D7532, D7548, D7560, 44932, 48256, 48503, 48528, 48690 & 90652.
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.
On the afternoon of May 28th D5294 & D7505 were stabled at Hasland whilst D7637 & D7644 were passing on an up freight.
On Sunday September 18th noted at Colwich shed were D5265, D5267, D5290, D7504, D7505, D7516, D7521, D7557, D7563, D7577 & D7652.
On the morning of July 19th D7505 was shunting parcels vans at Stoke on Trent.
On December 31st 7505 and 7574 werer noted on the through road at Exeter St Davids, was this the transfer move for 7505?
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 (and also June 5th/6th?) 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:
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/30th & 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.
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 October 25th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point. It later worked the 6B18 13.05 Exeter Riverside - Whimple and returned with the 6B58 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside and 17.00 Chard Junction.
On October 26th & 28th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On December 10th 25155 was noted at Exeter with the 4B10 16.05 Bristol - Plymouth parcels.
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?
On October 3rd 25155 made a test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for October 3rd recorded:
Speed noted: Looms 50mph, Spondon 58mph.
Track circuit block fit No.2
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.
25155 was handling the Uskmouth trip on March 22nd.
On April 30th 25155 was stabled at Exeter.
On May 10th 25155 worked the 6B75 21.10 Exeter City Basin - Exeter Riverside (18 Texaco tanks and brake van).
On May 28th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point. It left the stabling point at about 5.00pm headed for Crewkerne to rescue the 1V13 13.00 Waterloo - Exeter which had failed behind 33017 due to loss of amps. The service arrived at Exeter about 90 minutes late.
On July 4th 25155 worked the Wadebridge freight and was also noted at Liskeard on the Moorswater clays at about 9.30am.
On August 15th 25155 was noted shunting clay hoods at Liskeard.
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.
On April 29th 25155 was stabled at St Blazey.
On May 4th noted at St Blazey were 25155, 25207 & 25225.
On May 12th 25155 & 25052 were noted at Newton Abbot with clay wagons for Fowey. 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 July 23rd 25155 & 25207 worked a nine coach Penzance - Barnstaple excursion throughout, returning to Exeter with the 12.28 ex-Barnstaple, then laying over before working the 18.00 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple, returning in the path of the 19.06 Barnstaple - Exeter before continuing on with the excursionists to Penzance.
On July 28th 25080 & 25155 were noted at Exeter with the 7M86 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle freight (21 wagons and brake van).
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, it was later noted at Exeter St Davids with a passenger working (2B36).
On September 12th 25155 worked the 6B71 16.25 Torrington / 18.40 Barnstaple - Exeter Riverside milk/vans.
On September 16th 25155 worked the 2B99 18.03 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids and was later noted stabled at Exeter shortly after midnight.
On September 17th 25155 worked the 17.55 Paignton - Exeter St. Davids.
On September 26th 25155 worked the 2B44 19.30 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton (nine coaches).
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. On October 21st 25155 was noted at Exeter St Davids with about seven milk tanks from Torrington.
On July 6th 25206 & 25155 were noted at Exeter with the 04.24 Stoke - St Blazey empty clay working.
On the morning of September 8th & 12th 25155 & 25225 were noted at Laira. On the morning of September 29th 25155 was noted at Laira.
On the morning of March 28th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On April 8th 25155 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
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. On July 16th 25155 was noted at Par with loaded clay hoods.
On the morning of September 8th 25155 & 25225 were noted at Laira.
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. On October 7th & 9th 25155 was noted shunting at Laira depot. 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.
Page added August 17th 2013.