The eighteen year five month career of D7518/25168 was split between allocations to London Midland & Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7518 was new to the Toton (16A) on December 12th 1964. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
Renumbered March 1974.
25168 was the 181st Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during May 1983 including sister 25167.
25168 was stored at Crewe from June 1983 until moved to Swindon Works (movement details below) by February 16th 1984 and scrapped there by the second week of April 1984.
25120 (Springs Branch), 25152/167/168(Crewe) as the Springs Branch – Swindon Works February 9th - 15th, 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works September & October 1968.
Condition no date: two tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, bufferbeam steam pipe connection present.
No passenger workings have so far been reported from 1969 - 1975.
On July 22nd 7518 & 7651 worked a morning Manvers Main - West Drayton, returning north from Reading West Junction with an evening Andover - Thirsk special freight.
The snag sheet for August 27th recorded:
B side crankcase doors
On September 22nd 25063 & 25168 were noted up light engines at Exeter St Davids.
On November 8th 25168 worked the 7B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter parcels.
At 7pm on November 12th 25168 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
In the early morning hours of November 19th 25168 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
At 10am on November 22nd 25168 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On January 3rd 25168 worked the 7B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter freight.
On January 5th 25168 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On January 8th 25168 worked the 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.
At about 9pm on February 12th 25227 & 25168 were noted at Exeter St Davids with an Up ballast working.
On February 16th 25168 & 25227 were noted with an up ballast at Exeter St Davids.
At about 12.15pm on February 26th 25168 was noted at Exeter with a goods train from Barnstaple.
It was railtour duty on June 26th with 25168 & 25293 working an M&GNJRS charter roundtrip between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog, the train having started from Euston.
On July 18th 25168 was stabled at Chester.
On October 11th 25168 worked the 16.00 Crewe - Cardiff.
25168 and another Class 25 was at Caldon Low on November 29th.
At about 1pm on May 2nd 25264 & 25168 were noted light engines at Sutton Bridge Junction.
On June 12th a circular tour involving two trains, one from Kettering, one from Oakham, destined for Minfford and Blaenau Ffestiniog. 25168 & 24036 were noted roundtrip on the Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog legs of the circular tours.
On July 2nd 25168 was noted at Chester with a parcels train.
The first week of August 1978 produced many passenger workings in North Wales for 25168. The busy week started on August 2nd with the 16.58 Holyhead - Stoke-on-Trent. The next day (3rd) 25168 worked the 13.30 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town. Then followed the same diagram on the 4th, 7th & 8th: the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, 13.30 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town, 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe, 20.30 Crewe - Bangor and the 22.45 Bangor - Llandudno Junction, a daily passenger mileage of almost 350 miles. On August 9th 25168 & 25165 worked the 10.45 Birmingham New Street - Holyhead from Crewe returning with the 19.32 Llandudno Town - Crewe.
25168 was noted at Cardiff Canton depot on August 24th.
On March 2nd 25168 was noted at Chester with a southbound freight.
On the morning of July 15th 25131 & 25168 were noted at Peterborough stabling point.
25168 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on August 5th. On August 16th the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria failed at Chester behind 25241, the train was dragged by 25168 to Manchester Victoria.
On September 27th 25168 & 25221 were southbound through Kidsgrove with mineral wagons.
On the morning of November 3rd 25168 was noted at Crewe on up empties.
On December 13th 25168 was called out to rescue a lunchtime Worcester - Hereford multiple unit which had run into cows near Ledbury. 25168 took the multiple unit to Hereford, both remaining here overnight before leaving for Bristol.
On April 23rd 25168 was stabled at York.
The 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and 13.00 return on August 23rd was worked by 25168.
This year again saw the 09.42 Llandudno – Manchester and 13.42 return, 16.42 Llandudno – Crewe and 20.30 Crewe – Bangor back in the hands of diesels, usually Classes 25 or 40. This service utilized the stock off the SO York – Llandudno which laid over for the week at Llandudno. On August 28th 25168 & 25216 worked the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor.
25168 was noted at Llandudno Junction with a permanent way train on November 22nd.
On June 26th 25168 was noted at Ulverston with a mixed freight.
On February 27th 25168 was the Manchester Victoria banker.
On March 2nd 25168 was on banking duty at Manchester Victoria.
25141 & 25168 were noted northbound at Crewe with hopper wagons on April 5th.
On June 4th 25168 was stabled at Cockshute. Three days later on June 7th 25168 worked the 11.05 Crewe - Cardiff. Five days later on June 12th 25168 & 25049 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury, en-route 25049 failed at Wolverhampton and was dragged to Shrewsbury.
On August 1st 25168 was stabled at Cockshute. On August 20th 25168 worked the relief 15.10 Crewe - Llandudno Town. Further reliefs were worked on August 25th, being the 11.00 Llandudno Town - Crewe and 15.10 return.
The final recorded passenger workings for 25168 took place over the Settle & Carlisle on September 17th & 18th, working the 17th's 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle (45049 worked the return leg) and the 18th's 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle and 15.37 return.
On October 12th 25168 was at Workington with a freight.
On March 7th 25168 worked a Preston Deepdate - Warrington Arpley coal empties and also a Chorley MOD - Warrington Speedlink.
25168 was noted Warrington on northbound parcels May 7th 1983.
The Shopping Proposal dated May 13th 1983 for 25168 changed its status to scrap. The locomotive had been stopped at Crewe depot on May 12th 1983 because the overspeed trip failed to shut down the engine, the turbocharger was seized, possibly hydrauliced. Contained in the proposal were the following details:
Last Classified Body Repair: July 10th 1979
The proposal also indicated the locomotive components included:
25168 was withdrawn on May 22nd 1983.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added June 12th 2013.