D7519, 7519, 25169
D7519, 7519, 25169

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25169 running light engine on March 28th 1976 in the rolling Cornish countryside near Crugwallins, Burngullow. 25169 was allocated to Laira for nine months.

The sixteen year eight month career of D7519/25169 was spent allocated to London Midland & Western Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1979).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 23 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 5 months.

Allocations

D7519 was new to Nottingham (16A) on January 9th 1965. Further transfers were:

January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1965 to Saltley (2E).
March 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
July 1965 to Saltley (2E).
April 1966 to Birmingham Division (D02).
April 1966 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
December 1967 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1968 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
July 1972 to Cardiff Canton (86A).
October 1975 to Laira.
July 1976 to Springs Branch.
August 1976 to Crewe.
Withdrawn September 8th 1981.

Renumbered September 1973.

25169 was the 112th Class 25 to be withdrawn.

After withdrawal 25169 was stored at Bescot from September 1981 until Christmas Eve 1981 when it moved to Swindon Works with 25073 & 08585, with 25169 being scrapped there by the middle of February 1982.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works March 1965.
Noted Derby Works June 1967.
Noted Derby Works September 1968.
Noted Derby Works September 1973 (full repaint).
Noted Derby Works August & September 1979 (General repair).

25169 undergoing its final General repair at Derby Works on September 1st 1979. Barely two years later, on September 8th 1981 25169 would be retired, presumably due to some sort of serious failure.

Highlights

1965
On August 28th the summer dated Nottingham - Llandudno Town roundtrip was worked by D7519.

1966
On Sunday November 27th stabled at Saltley were D5183, D5202, D5226, D5230, D7519, D7534, D7574, D7575, D7588, D7589, D7597 & D7639.

1967
On April 30th D7519 was at Wortley Junction with a loaded ballast train. It was involved in the engineering work surrounding the commissioning of the new Leeds power signal box.

Condition April: two-tone green livery with small yellow ends, engine exhaust in original position.

1968
D7519 & D7628 were noted at Preston with the 08.15 Leicester - Blackpool on August 3rd.

1969
On September 6th the summer dated 10.00 Sheffield - Llandudno Town and the return 14.28 Llandudno Town - Sheffield were worked by 7519 & 7652.

Photograph courtesy Graeme Wareham.
7519 with a work-stained two-tone green livery and small yellow warning panels; date & location unknown.

1970
On November 11th 7519 was stabled at Toton.

Condition November: two-tone green livery with full yellow ends, with 'D' prefixes.

1972
With Class 25s now allocated to depots in the south west they frequently worked through in pairs on the Hope Exeter Central cement, though normally it would be LMR 25s in charge. Other pairs of Class 25s on the WR mainline included those in charge of freight workings from Severn Tunnel Junction to Didcot or Acton, so noted on July 18th were 5179 & 7519 eastbound on a coal train.

1973
On September 11th 7519 made a test run from Derby Works - the locomotive was most likely renumbered whilst at Derby Works.

The snag sheet for September 11th recorded:

7519; September 11th 1973; time 13.45
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 - - - - -
2 33 - - - -
3 39 910 - - -
4 47 - - - -
5 60 - - - -
6 67 - - - -

Above information recorded from Derby, below is from Long Eaton.

Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 28 850 - - -
2 36 850 - - -
3 42 870 - - -
4 49 925 - - -
5 60 1,000 - - -
6 66 1,000 - - -

25169 was noted at Exeter on November 14th and was available for the 7B59 and the Chard milk if needed.

1974
25169 worked a morning Bescot - Exeter Riverside freight on March 25th.

25169 was stabled at Cardiff Canton on March 30th.

On the evening of April 18th 25169 was northbound at Saltley with a freight.

1975
On January 21st 24141 and 25169 were noted leaving Severn Tunnel Junction with a freight headed in the Gloucester direction.

On October 9th 25169 was noted at Exeter St Davids with the 4B10 15.53 Plymouth - Bristol parcels.

On October 17th 25169 was westbound at Liskeard with a parcels train (4B08).

On December 3rd 25169 worked the 6V73 Chard Junction - Exeter Riverside milk.

At 6pm on December 4th 25160, 25169 & 25215 were noted at Exeter stabling point.

On December 9th 25169 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

At about 2pm on December 13th 25081, 25122, 25169 & 25224 were noted at Exeter stabling point.

At 5pm on December 16th 25152, 25158, 25169, 25216, 25217 & 25224 were noted on Exeter stabling point.

1976
On January 24th 25169 was stabled at Laira.

On January 29th 25169 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On February 10th 25225 & 25169 were noted at Exeter with the 7E18 19.15 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (26 wagons).

On February 17th 25169 & 25225 were noted at Exeter with the 7E18 19.15 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (22 wagons).

On March 5th 25169 & 25217 were noted at Exeter with the 6E79 19.15 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (24 wagons).

On the evening of April 21st 25169 & 25216 were noted at Par with a mixed freight.

June 20th: 25169 worked the 18.05 Paignton - Exeter St. Davids.
June 22nd: 25169 worked the 6B73 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside (one CovHop and brake van).
June 24th: 25169 worked the 10.00 Paignton - Plymouth.
June 25th: 25169 worked the 7B64 09.25FO Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside freight. 25169 was noted eastbound through Totnes with six passenger coaches on June 25th. On the same day a derailment at Riverside Yard was attended to by the Laira breakdown train, at about 4.30pm it was noted at Exeter attached to 25169.

June 26th: 25169 worked the 2B99 08.25 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids, the 09.59 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple, the 12.20 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids, the 15.46 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple, the 18.00 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids and the 2B48 20.50 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot. This day had been a hot one across the country, at Newton Abbot the rails had buckled in several places, with railhead temperature recorded as high as 105F.

June 30th: 25169 worked the 6B71 18.45 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

The 07.35 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids was worked by 25169 on July 1st.

Photograph courtesy J. Davenport.
Its July 1st 1976 and soon to be transferred 25169 is arriving at Exeter with the 07.35 mixed train from Barnstaple.

On July 3rd 25169 worked the 08.10 Paddington - Barnstaple forward from Exeter St. Davids, returning with the 14.40 Barnstaple - Paddington to Exeter St. Davids.

25169 was noted at Exeter St Davids on July 4th.

On September 22nd the 11.05 Cardiff - Taunton and the 13.33 Taunton - Cardiff was worked by 25169.

On October 2nd 25169 was noted at Chester depot.

1977
On June 25th 25169 & 25145 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and returned from Norwich with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Walsall.

1978
25162 & 25169 were noted at Birkenhead North on April 15th with an iron ore train.

On May 7th 25169 was stabled at Birkenhead. On May 8th 25165 & 25169 were noted at Seacombe Junction with iron ore empties from Shotton.

The middle of July produced several hectic days for 25169. On July 13th 25169 worked the 13.30 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe. The next day (14th) 25169 managed 349 passenger miles, working 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. On July 17th 25169 worked the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria and the 13.45 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.

25169 was stabled at Llandudno Junction on August 12th.

On September 1st 25169 worked the 22.45 Bangor - Llandudno Junction. Two days later (3rd) 25169 & 25220 worked the 'White Rose 2' railtour out and back (?) Bangor - York.

1980
25169 was noted at Crewe with a permanent way train on January 6th.

On the morning of June 18th 25169 was northbound at York with a mixed freight.

25169 was stabled at Cockshute on June 29th.

On July 20th 25166 & 25169 worked a roundtrip Shrewsbury - Scarborough (via Nuneaton out, Derby return) day excursion.

On August 3rd 25169 & 25192 worked a roundtrip Chester - Paignton day excursion throught, a total of 530 passenger miles. On the return journey Paignton was left on time, but at Bristol the train was held for about an hour whilst a crew was found to take the train forward.

On August 9th 25169 worked the 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria, the 14.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 18.17 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria.

During the afternoon of December 15th 25169 was stabled at Chester station and was noted later that day at Crewe.

1981
25169 was noted at Preston with a permanent way train on April 16th.

On May 16th 25169 was stabled at Blackburn.

At about midday on May 21st 25169 was noted down light engine at Preston. At lunch time on May 29th 25169 was at Edge Hill yard.

The 09.28 Leeds - Morecambe and the return 11.45 Morecambe - Leeds were worked by 25169 on July 4th.

The last recorded passenger workings for 25169 took place with 25220 on July 15th, working the 09.28 Derby - Skegness and the 18.40 Skegness - Derby.

On July 17th 25169 was at Peterborough with a freight.

25169 was withdrawn on September 8th 1981.

Flame cut number panels from 25169 survived the scrapping of the locomotive.

Resources:
1970s Western Region information courtesy online notebooks of Sean Greenslade.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added July 20th 2013.
Last updated August 17th 2022.

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