D7520, 7520, 25170
D7520, 7520, 25170

Photograph collection of webmaster.
Cabside details of 25170, date unknown.

The seventeen year career of D7520/25170 included eleven years allocated to LMR depots and six years at WR depots.

Built Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1977?).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 8 months.


D7520 was new to Toton (16A) on December 22nd 1964. Further transfers were:

January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1965 to Saltley (2E), then to the Birmingham Division (D02).
April 1966 to the London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
December 1967 to the Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1968 to the London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
June 1968 to the Nottingham Division (D16).
July 1972 to Cardiff (86A).
October 1975 to Laira.
May 1978 to Crewe.
Withdrawn April 18th 1982 and stored at Reddish.
June 20th 1982 reinstated to Crewe, but did it ever actually re-enter service?
Withdrawn August 2nd 1982

Renumbered July 4th 1974.

25170 was the 134th Class 25 to be withdrawn.

After its first withdrawal 25170 was stored at Reddish and appears to have remained there despite being reinstated. It moved to Derby Works on August 1st 1982 and was broken up there by early April 1983.

Its the end of the line for 25170 at Derby Works on March 8th 1983. Immediately behind 25170 is equally doomed 25290.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February 1967.
Noted Derby Works June 1967.
Noted Crewe Works September & October 1968.
Noted Crewe Works May 1969.
Noted Derby Works August 1977 (boiler room grills sheeted over).
Noted Derby Works November 1979 to February 1980 (N4 repairs).
Noted Derby Works September 1980 (N4 repairs).


On August 7th the 10.30 Glasgow Buchanan Street - Dundee relief behind D7520 had barely departed Glasgow Buchanan Street when it became a failure. D3901 took the train to St. Rollox where D5128 took over. Later the same day a second Glasgow Buchanan Street - Dundee relief was succesfully worked by D7520.

On June 29th the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked by D7520 & D7525.

On March 18th an empty van train from York to Weymouth was noted in the London area with 7520.

7520 was the Manchester Victoria bank on April 21st.

Condition June: two-tone green livery with full yellow cab fronts, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes, engine exhaust in original position.

A stranger at Derby on September 27th was 1200 ‘Falcon’ towing 7520 destined for the Works, the Class 53 returned promptly to the WR.

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).

On April 20th 7520 & 7521 were noted passing Newport High Street with up hoppers.

On October 2nd the 21.00 Bristol Temple Meads - Glasgow Central with 46020 was assisted up Lickey Incline by 25170 & 37299.

On June 7th 25170 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

A longer distance working regularly hauled by Class 25s and featuring considerable mileage ‘under the wires’ was the round trip Gunnie – Penyffordd (Wrexham North???) freight, 25165 & 25170 taking the northbound leg on June 13th.

During October 25170 was transferred to Laira, providing the opportunity to handle local passenger services in the Exeter area.

On November 13th 25170 worked the 9B73 15.05 Whimple - Exeter Riverside (five vehicles).

On November 14th, 17th & 24th 25170 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On February 12th 25170 & 25220 were noted at Exeter with the 6E18 19.15 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (26 wagons).

On March 15th 25217 & 25170 were noted at Exeter with the 6E79 19.15 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (22 wagons).

On May 22nd 25170 was noted on Exeter stabling point.

On May 29th 25170 worked the 20.50 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot.

On June 30th 50007, 25170 & 25225 were noted at Exeter on the 6E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills (21 wagons and brake van). 50007 came off at Exeter, presumably the Class 25s took the train forward.

On July 19th 25052 & 25170 worked the 6E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills (14 wagons and brake van).

On August 5th 25170 worked an officer's special towards Lostwithiel during the early afternoon. It then returned to Plymouth and worked the 16.10 Plymouth - Newquay, an unadvertised special passenger service which ran on Tuesdays & Thursdays for six weeks during the summer. It was not often worked by a Class 25.

On August 11th the 6E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (21 wagons) was noted at Exeter with 50017 on the front and 25170 & 25217 pushing from the rear. The Class 50 came off at Exeter and its presumed the Class 25s took the train forward.

On August 13th 25170 & 25217 were noted at Exeter with the 6E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (40 wagons).

On February 18th 25224 & 25170 were noted at Exeter on the 6M86 19.40 St Blazey - Carlisle.

On April 18th 25170 was noted at Bristol Temple Meads.

As a change from the local Exeter workings, on June 11th 25170 & 25080 worked the 1M39 09.35 Penzance - Wolverhampton from Penzance to Plymouth.

During August 25170 was at Derby Works for a Classified repair. On September 3rd it piloted 45145 on the 10.05 Derby - St. Pancras as far as Leicester.

On January 20th 25080 & 25170 were noted at Exeter with the 7M56 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle (27 wagons and brakevan).

A St Blazey - Carlisle freight was worked to Exeter Riverside by 25215 & 25170 on April 28th.

On May 6th 25170 was noted at Liskeard with a weedkilling train. On May 9th 25170 was noted at Exeter stabling point, possibly headed north on transfer to Crewe.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25170 at Springs Branch on July 9th 1978.

On August 8th 25170 was noted westbound at Manchester Victoria with a loaded spoil train.


25170 at Newton Heath on March 11th 1979.

25170 was noted at Crewe on a down freight on March 23rd.

On May 25th 25170 worked a North Wales service (Llandudno - Manchester Victoria?). The 11.05 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead on May 26th was worked by 25170.

On the afternoon of July 8th 25140 & 25170 were noted at Crewe with a permanent way train. On July 28th the 08.26 Llandudno Town - Birmingham New Street was worked to Crewe by 25170.

On July 12th 25170 & 25127 worked the Derby - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby (not Walsall) passenger diagram. The next day (13th) the same locomotives worked the 09.00 Derby - Skegness anmd 18.15 Skegness - Derby.

On June 2nd 25170 was noted at Stafford with a nine wagon freight plus brake van. On the afternoon of June 3rd 25170 was noted at Crewe with a down sand train. On June 6th 25170 & 25294 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.

On July 4th 25170 was stabled at Saltley depot. A July 19th a Taunton - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked roundtrip Wolverhampton - Aberystwyth by 25170 & 25308. Other locomotives on this excursion included 47080, 47408 & 47151 with 46049 assisting up Lickey complete with its own train.

25170 was withdrawn on August 2nd 1982.

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

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Page added November 27th 2012
Last updated February 17th 2021.

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