D7506, 7506, 25156
D7506, 7506, 25156

Photograph courtesy Andrew Walker.
25156 with a train of steel products passes a very active Wath Yard during April 1978.

The seventeen year two month career of D7506/25156 included allocations to London Midland Region & Western Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 49 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 5 months.


D7506 was new to Toton on October 23rd 1964. Further transfers were:

January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
October 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1969 to Nottingham Division (D16).
January 1972 to Laira (84A).
September 1973 to Cardiff.
September 1974 to Bristol.
February 1976 to Longsight.
February 1976 to Crewe.
Withdrawn December 21st 1981.

Renumbered July 3rd 1974.

25156 was the 121st Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during December 1981.

After withdrawal 25156 was stored at Tyseley until March 16th 1982 when it was moved with 25290 to Swindon Works and broken up there by the end of May 1982.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September 1972 (full repaint - presumed two-tone green to blue/yellow).
Noted Glasgow Works October 1977 (classified).


On the evening of February 14th D7506 was noted at Manchester Victoria on an Ancoats - Glasgow freight (4L18). On the evening of February 23rd D7506 was noted at Miles Platting on an Ancoats - Glasgow freight. On the evening of February 26th D5198 & D7506 were noted at Manchester Victoria on an Ancoats - Glasgow freight.

On June 7th 7506 & 7620 were noted on the 13.43 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich.

Condition August: two-tone green livery, full yellow ends, 'D' prefixes present.

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 January 27th the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans was combined with a two coach officials train. The combination was 7506 plus vans then 7675 plus two coaches, each locomotive being crewed separately (?) At Exeter 7506 retired to the stabling point whilst 7675 continued on with the officials train (1Z00) in the down direction. One of the vehicles was DW 150302, ex-Collett SK5153, converted during November 1963 as a BTU staff coach for use out of Laira (it would be condemned during April 1981).

On April 14th the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels (18 vans) arrived at Exeter St Davids with 5843. This retired to the stabling point with 7506 coming on and leaving for Plymouth with 13 vans.

On April 15th 7506 worked the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (11 tanks).

At about 1pm on May 1st 7506 was noted arriving light engine at Exeter stabling point from Keyham. It would later work the 15.15 milk empties to Lapford.

On May 20th 7502 & 7577 were noted at Long Rock shed whilst 7506 was at Penzance station.

Condition May: two-tone green with full yellow ends, still with 'D' prefixes.

On June 20th the 6B67 17.10 Barnstaple - Exeter, with two vans required the assistance of 814 after 7506 became a complete failure. At Exeter both retired to the stabling point.

At about 21.30 on June 22nd 122 & 7506 (dead) departed Exeter stabling point light engines in the down direction.

On June 23rd the 3A17 15.10 Penzance - Plymouth perishables arrived at Exeter with 7506 & 1064?, 7506 came off and retired to the stabling point.

On June 24th 7506 worked the 6B66 11.02 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (six vans). It later worked the 6B70 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (one tank).

On June 30th 7506 worked the 6B67 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (two vans).

On July 1st 7506 worked the 6B24 19.07 Lapford - Exeter milk.

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

On July 7th 7506 worked the 6B36 19.45 Exeter Riverside - Plymouth Friary freight (13 vans).

On July 8th 7506 worked the 6B66 11.02 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (six vans). Later at about 2pm 7506 ran light to Tiverton Junction.

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 the 1B79 08.15 London Paddington - Barnstaple with 7084 was worked forward from Exeter St Davids by 7504 & 7506, returning with the 14.40 Barnstaple - London Paddington to Exeter St Davids.

On July 21st 7506 worked the 6B67 19.10 Barnstable - Exeter vans.

On July 22nd 7506 worked the 6B24 15.00 Torrington - Exeter milk (six tanks).

On July 24th the 12.05 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids multiple unit (set P536?) failed at Eggesford, the passengers and guard taking a bus to complete the journey. 7506 was sent out from Exeter to rescue the multiple unit. Later that day this 7506 and coaching stock worked the 17.03 Exeter St Davids - Axminster, returning with the 5B83 17.52 Axminster - Exeter St Davids. At about 7pm 7506 was noted at Exeter Central with the empty wagons from the 6Z40 Earles Sidings cement (23 wagons?).

The Derby Locomotive Works Open Day on August 26th featured freshly repainted 7506 on display in front of the office building.

On September 8th the 4B10 15.58 Bristol - Plymouth parcels was noted at Exeter with 1643, it was later noted with 7506 and five vans.

On September 9th the 1V82 Manchester - Penzance arrived at Plymouth with 32 three hours late, this came off here with 7504 & 7506 taking the train westwards. 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.

At about 3pm on September 16th 7506 was noted at Exeter St Davids with an unidentified milk working (maybe from Torrington?).

About a month later on September 23rd an Open Day was held at Laira, amongst a variety of exhibits were 163, 7506 & 6544.

At about 10pm on September 25th 7506 was noted at Exeter St Davids with the 6Z66 down 34 wagon empties (high sided).

On October 26th the 6B65 20.25 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside cement (13 Presflos) was worked by 7506 & 1039.

On November 7th the 6B65 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside cement (13 Presflos) was noted at Exeter with 7506 & 1642, both locomotives retired to Exeter stabling point.

On November 10th 7506 worked the 7B70 13.15 Exeter Riverside - Tiverton freight.

At about 3.45pm on December 2nd 7506 arrived at Exeter having run light from Barnstaple.

On December 6th the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels was noted at Exeter with 7506.

On February 9th 7506 worked the 6B64 13.45 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside freight.

February 28th was the day of a one-day ASLEF strike, stabled at Exeter (stabling point or Riverside) at midday were 30, 94, 141, 1007, 1027, 1028, 1053?, 1057, 1068, 1638, 1673, 1741, 3797, 4158, 4160, 7016, 7506, 7507, 7656, 7676 and five diesel multiple unit sets.

On March 3rd 7506 worked the 6B17 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (six tanks).

March 8th was the day of a one-day strike, stabled at Exeter (stabling point or Riverside) were 35, 85, 162, 189, 1020, 1026, 1030, 1034, 1043, 1563, 1659, 1680, 3509, 3797, 4022, 4158, 4160, 7055, 7506, 7656, 7675, 7676 and six diesel multiple unit sets.

On March 10th 7506 worked a special milk empties to Hemyock.

On April 19th 7506 worked the 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (two vans).

On April 21st 7506 worked the 6B21 15.15 Exeter - Lapford milk empties?, returning with the 6B73 Lapford - Exeter special milk. On this day the 19.15 Alton milk was cancelled due to no power being available.

On April 23rd 7506 worked the 15.58 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return.

On Sunday May 27th the 16.40 6B21 St Erth - Acton milk was noted passing Liskeard with 7508 & 7506. This was normally a Type 4 working, but during the summer of 1973 was worked at least six times by pairs of Class 25s. On May 29th 7506 worked the 6B36 19.25 Exeter Riverside - Plymouth Friary freight.

A Plymouth - Exeter Riverside freight was combined with a Plymouth Friary - Fawley oil tank empties working on May 30th, with the power being 6540 & 7506, this was an occasional combined working, particularly when the returning oil tank empties were few.

7506 was stabled at Laira on June 9th.

On June 16th 7506 worked the 06.15 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 08.32 return. On arrival at Exeter 7506 was failed and dragged off to the stabling point by 6537.

On August 11th 7506 worked the 4B17 13.20 Penzance - Bristol vans to Plymouth (noted Liskeard).

On August 26th 7574 & 7506 were noted passing Liskeard at about 7pm with the 6A21 16.40 St Erth - Acton milk (20 tanks), going as far as Plymouth.

On September 8th the 1V53 23.55 Liverpool - Penzance was worked forward from Newton Abbot by 7506 & 7573. The same locomotives then worked the 1C04 12.45 Penzance - Cardiff to Plymouth and returned west with the 1V48 09.25 Manchester Piccadilly - Penzance from Plymouth (observed at Liskeard). On Sunday September 9th the 16.40 6B21 St Erth - Acton milk was noted passing Liskeard with 7506 & 7573.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
7506 & 7573 pass Dobwalls with the 12.45 Penzance - Cardiff on September 8th 1973.

The 07.40 Penzance - Liverpool was worked by 7506 & 153 between Exeter St. Davids & Bristol Temple Meads on October 4th.

7506 was stabled at Ebbw Junction on March 3rd.

On September 25th 25156 & 25080 were noted leaving Tytherington with a loaded stone train (headcode *Z84).

On October 17th & 18th 25156 & 25227 were noted coupled together at Exeter stabling point.

On the morning of November 4th 25156 was stabled at York.

On January 15th & 17th 25156 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

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 earlier been noted at Fairwater PAD.

On the evening of April 9th 25156 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On the afternoon of May 26th 25156 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road.

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.

The 12.45 Cardiff - Taunton on July 3rd was hauled by 25156.

On February 16th 25156 was noted passing Boarshaw with a train of empty flats for Castleton. 25156 was stabled at Springs Branch on February 21st.

On September 19th 25326 & 25156 were noted at Lichfield Trent Valley running wrong line with a loaded spoil train.

On July 15th 25156 & 24091 were noted together at Crewe depot, the next day (16th) they worked the 09.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Shrewsbury. The next day (17th) 25156 & 25150 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth, returning with the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street. A month later on August 21st 25156 worked the 16.09 Holyhead - Euston to Crewe.

On June 3rd the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth was worked forward from Wolverhampton by 25156 & 25141 returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury, 25156 returned the stock to Oxley.

On June 16th 25156 was noted at Talacre with a coal train and was later noted at Chester with a westbound freight.

At about 10am on February 9th 25168 & 25156 passed through Crewe station with up empties, taking the Stoke line. On a snowy February 14th 25216 & 25156 were noted between Longport & Kidsgrove with a train of coal wagons.

On March 2nd 25156 was noted at Chester depot.

On May 30th 25156 was noted at Chester with Holyhead - Manchester Red Bank empties.

On July 6th 25156 & 25047 were noted at Seacombe Junction with an iron ore train.

25156 & 25140 were stabled at Chester on August 12th. The relief 17.13 Llandudno Junction - Llandudno Town was worked by 25156 on August 13th. Five days later during the early afternoon of August 18th 25122 & 25156 were noted southbound through Craven Arms with a lengthy passenger train. On September 16th a diverted Inverness - Euston stalled on Miles Platting bank, after a considerable delay 25156 assisted the train up the bank.

Photograph courtesy Larry Goddard
25156 & 25235 wait time at Colwyn Bay on February 9th 1979.

On the afternoon of February 3rd 25140 & 25156 were noted at Crewe on an up permanent way train.

On the morning of March 21st 25156 ran light from Holbeck to Leeds PCD and then worked the 4M38 to Derby.

May 5th found 25156 at Hexham with the local pick up freight from Tyne Yard.

Class 25s stabled at Warrington Arpley on the evening of July 19th included 25070, 25156, 25195 & 25304.

The last year of passenger workings for 25156 took place during 1981 with the latter half of July producing a variety of turns. On July 18th 25156 worked the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.26 return. On the morning of July 24th 25156 was noted at Ambergate with an engineers train. A week later on July 25th 25156 & 25175 worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The next day (26th) the same pair worked a Leicester - Skegness roundtrip.

On September 24th 25156 & 25067 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Llandudno Town day excursion, a roundtrip of 298 miles.

25156 was withdrawn on December 21st 1981.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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