D7526, 7526, 25176
D7526, 7526, 25176
'Because nothing lasts forever, not even cold November rain'
Guns N' Roses, 1991

Not quite November rain, but definately a gloriously wet March 3rd 1979 as 25176 drifts through Manchester Victoria. Behind the locomotive is the holding siding for the Manchester Victoria pilot and the banking locomotives for Miles Platting bank, a duty that was frequently in the hands of a Class 25.

The twenty two year six week career of D7526/25176 included four months allocated to Eastern Region depots then followed by a lengthy career allocated to London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (October 1978).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 101 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 16 months.


D7526 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on January 30th 1965. Further transfers were:

February 1965 to March (31B).
May 1965 to Finsbury Park (34G) on loan.
June 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
October 1971 to London Division (D01).
May 1973 to Willesden.
June 1975 to Cricklewood.
November 1984 to Kingmoor.
March 1986 to Crewe.
Withdrawn March 9th 1987.

Renumbered April 1974.

After withdrawal 25176 remained at Longsight until July 27th when it made an unusual trip (9L45) to Ashburys Yard, returning to Longsight on August 1st!! Its final journey began on November 26th 1987 when it was moved as 09.41 9K13 to Crewe South Yard, then on December 12th tripped to Basford Hall. Two days later it was off to Bescot as the 9X12 06.41, followed by the 9D15 12.03 Bescot to Toton, being detached at Humberstone Road on December 17th. The next day Leicester stabling point was its next port of call, spending the Christmas break here. On January 6th 1988 it was collected by the regular Bescot - Toton freight to spend a day at Toton. It travelled south on January 8th in the 8G15 Toton - Bescot freight, being detached at Leicester. It was tripped to Humberstone Road on January 21st, then into Vic Berry's Yard on January 25th. By July 1988 25176 was no more.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works September 1968.
Noted Derby Works September 1971.
Noted Derby Works March 1973.
Noted Derby Works August - October 1978 (Dual brake equipment fitted, full repaint).
Noted Derby Works December 1983 -January 1984 (N1 repairs)


D7526 was delivered from Derby Works to the Midland Lines during January 1965 as part of the large fleet used to remove steam from the Midland Lines northwards. D7526 was quickly transferred to March (31B) in February and then briefly to Finsbury Park (34G) in May. Whilst at March D7526 was noted on Whitemoor - Colwick freights. By June D7526 was back on the Midland Lines (ML) with her many sisters.

Observation made at Stenson Junction on March 19th between noon and 1pm included:
D7553 & D7550 up light engines
D7526 up freight (8Z34)
D5236 up parcels (3C04)
D5299 & D5272 down trip freight (9T34)
D7578 up light engine (9T08)
D5204 up freight (7P04)
48177 down H freight

On the morning of May 23rd D7526 was light engine at Egginton Junction with a brakevan.

On the evening of July 4th D7526 & D7674 were at Egginton Junction with an up freight.

An Open Day at Leeds Holbeck on September 30th, marking the twilight of steam in the area, especially of the few remaining Jubilees, found the following Sulzer Type 2s on 'display': D5096, 5100/73/79, 5254/90, 7526/48/68-70/95 & 7625.

On June 29th 7526 was stabled at Crewe north holding sidings.

On July 4th 7526 worked the 17.00 Manchester Victoria - Newcastle.

On July 31st 7526 & 7615 worked the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.52 Llandudno Town - Nottingham, assumed throughout.

Livery July: two-tone green livery, full yellow ends, 'D' prefixes present.

On March 6th 7526 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for March 6th recorded:

No.1 end leading, readings from No.2 end on departure from Loughborough.

7526; March 6th 1973; time 1.50
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 28 850 825 - -
2 36 850 825 - -
3 43 900 819 - -
4 49 950 808 - -
5 60 990 805 - -
6 67 990 - - -

On the late evening of May 25th 7526 was noted at Stonebridge Park coupled to 7529.

On the morning of October 23rd 25176 was stabled at York.

25176 was noted shunting wagons at Watford Junction on June 10th.

25176 was stabled at Rugby on January 31st.

The summer holiday 'weeks' in a number of the Midland towns brought increased traffic to the regular services and the usual extras. Leicester's holiday period commenced July 3rd with a heavily strengthened London service and extras to Skegness with 25176 & 25178 and to Yarmouth with 25165 & 25280.

On the morning of March 3rd 25176 was stabled at York.

On Wednesday May 3rd 25176 worked the 12.25 Willesden to Norwood and the return 14.10 Norwood to Willesden.

September & October for 25176 were spent at Derby under repair, including the fitting of dual-braking equipment.

On October 3rd 25176 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for October 3rd recorded:

25176; October 3rd 1978; train 1C49
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 27 925 - - -
2 33 930 - - -
3 40 950 - - -
4 46 - - - -
5 55 1,020 - - -
6 61 1,050 - - -

Fuse ? 17 blown
No.1 M/C power handle
Nos 1 & 2 Bicera
No.2 driver's side heater baffle
Engine stop lamps
Sealing plate cocks caps missing
B cubicle air pipes clip
B side crankcase doors

On May 22nd 25176 worked the 15.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and on May 23rd a Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town service.

On May 29th 25176 was eastbound through Guide Bridge with a mixed freight.

25176 was stabled at Cricklewood on August 28th.

On the afternoon of October 26th 25176 was southbound light engine at York.

On November 1st 25176 was stabled at York.

25176 was noted at Euston on September 2nd.

On March 12th 25178 assisted the 14.04 St Pancras - Derby when 45104 suffered a loss of power.

On April 25th the 20.55 Kensington Olympia - Stirling mororail was worked to Willesden by 25176 & 25206.

On July 14th 25176 & 25051 worked the 6A33 09.10 Daw Mill Colliery - Pitstone Cement Works (Tring) loaded merry-go-round.

Photograph collection of Roger Geach.
25176 and another Class 25 head past Sutton Junction Station signalbox with a train load of coal on September 10th 1981.

25176 was noted at Wakefield Kirkgate with flat wagons carrying steel girders on a gloomy November 13th.

On a snowy December 11th 25176 with snow ploughs at each end was noted passing Market Harborough on the up line.

25054 & 25176 were noted at Millbrook Freightliner terminal on May 26th.

25176 was northbound at Bedford & Sharnbrook with ballast wagons on August 3rd.

An 'E' examination for 25176 was carried out at Toton during August 1982.

On August 10th 45137 failed with the 15.45 St. Pancras - Nottingham at ?? the train was rescued by 25176 and diverted to Derby.

On August 22nd 25176 worked the unadvertised 02.15 Euston - Hemel Hempstead.

25176 was noted at Bletchley on August 28th.

Blea Moor was a poor place for 47455 to fail whilst working a charter on October 30th. The train had stopped to detach pilot 31115 (from Hellifield), but was unable to restart, ninety minutes passed until 25189 & 25176 arrived taking the train on to Culgaith, where they were replaced by 37048 for the run to Carlisle.

New traffic flows of gas pipes in November brought pairs of Class 25s from Leith South to St Helens or Warrington, the trains of twenty six bolsters required banking between Garswood & Shaw Street. Noted on November 3rd were 25176 & 25078 banked by 25109 whilst the next day produced 25059 & 25180 banked by 40090.

On the morning of January 20th 25176 was stabled at York.

On the afternoon of January 27th 25176 ran light from Holbeck to Leeds PCD then worked the 1V23 to at least Sheffield.

On May 17th 25176 took ex-works Croxley Green set No.507 from Wolverton Works to Croxley Green.

On July 31st 25176 & 25079 assisted 87025 and the 12.45 Euston - Glasgow between Bletchley and Rugby due to the power being off.

On August 5th the 11.15 Euston - Stirling motorail was worked forward from Carlisle to Polmadie by 25176 & 25210.

On August 8th the 20.50 Carlisle - Perth was worked forward from Mossend by 25176.

For 25176 December 1983 & January 1984 were spent at Derby, with unclassified repairs made to the power unit, a visit to Derby by this time was a risky venture as many Class 25s went in for minor repair work and were condemned following the discovery of more serious woes. Many that found themselves in this unfortunate position did provide many spares to keep the ever dwindling fleet running a little longer.


Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
During December 1983 & January 1984 25176 spent time at Derby Works for power unit repairs, seen here on January 14th. Class 25s visiting Derby Works at this late stage in their working lives risked the possibility of withdrawal following discovery of other needed work that would then exceed the cash limits set for repair work on the Class 25s.

On February 5th 25176 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction, the next day it worked the 08.15 to Gloucester. On February 17th 25176 worked the 18.05 Euston - Blackpool North forward from Preston. On February 20th 25176 worked the 6P82 Preston Docks - Blackburn trip with four empty cement PCAs. On February 23rd 25176 was at Pensnett with a train of ingots(?).

On March 6th 25176 was at Manton Junction with cement hoppers.

On March 8th 25176 worked the Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury freight.

25176 was stabled at Cockshute on April 7th. On April 14th 25176 worked a Tunstead - Northwich ICI hopper train.

Swindon finally received three Class 27s from Scotland for repair at the end of April, they were noted arriving at Gloucester on April 26th behind 25176.

Photograph courtesy John Turner (via RG).
Three Class 27s travelled to Swindon Works April 24th-27th 1984, with 27002/19/36 & 08570 noted behind 26028 Millerhill - Tyne Yard and southbound at Ouston Junction behind 47321 and at Gloucester behind 25176. The consist is seen here led by 25176 at Sutton Park. Whilst at Swindon Works 27002 was reinstated to Inverness during May and repairs were also approved for 27036 being reinstated to Haymarket, with 27019 withdrawn during May to become a spare parts source.

On May 1st 25076 & 25176 were unusual power for a Lackenby - Scunthorpe special. 25176 was stabled at Bletchley on May 5th.

On May 15th 25176 worked the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston. 25176 was stabled at Newton Heath on May 26th.

25176 was stabled at Birkenhead on July 22nd.

On July 31st 25176 surprisingly worked the 07.25 Glasgow - Carlisle with 25207, it returned alone on the 12.40 ex Carlisle.

The Ditton BOC - Broughton Lane tanks continued the use of a Class 25 & 40 combination, during August noted were 25178 & 40181 (4th), 25176 & 40155 (9th), 25213 & 40192 (13th), 25181 & 40044 (17th) and 25201 & 40028 (22nd), incursions by Class 47s becoming more frequent, by October they would be the norm.

On August 8th 25176 was noted southbound at Warrington Bank Quay with a breakdown crane and a couple wagons. The next day (9th) 25176 & 40155 were noted on the BOC empties, the 6M59 15.07 TThO Broughton Lane BOC Sidings to Ditton BOC Sidings.

Between September 3rd & 6th 25176 worked four passenger trains out of/through Preston, a Blackpool - Manchester Victoria on 3rd, a Preston - Blackpool hop ex-Birmingham on 4th, assisting a southbound electric to Warrington on 6th when the power was off, then returning to Preston to work a round trip to Blackpool North. 25176 was stabled at Speke on September 13th. On the evening of September 20th 25176 was stabled at Rugby.

Its last passenger working of 1984 was on October 11th, double headed with 25181, assisting an electric from Euston to Watford due to the power being off. Also on this date 25176 was noted at Whitacre Junction with empty mineral wagons. 25176 was noted at West Hendon on October 12th in charge of a track maintenance train. 25176 was stabled at Cricklewood on October 13th.

During November Cricklewood lost its four remaining Class 25s (25048, 25176, 25244 & 25311) to other LM depots, 25176 moving to Carlisle Kingmoor. These re-allocations left the London area depots without any BR/Sulzer Type 2s on allocation.

25176 was noted at Carlisle station on February 23rd.

Passenger workings for 25176 in 1985 were scarce. The first came on March 28th dragging a diverted Euston - Liverpool service between Warrington & Liverpool Lime Street.

25176 & 25xxx were stabled at Stoke on Trent station on April 13th.

25176 & 25206 worked the Ellesmere Port - Cranmore bitumen tanks on May 30th.

On June 7th 25176 was noted at Norton Bridge with a short freight and on the same day 25176 worked the 3V20 15.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Bristol Temple Meads parcels. On June 11th 25176 was noted at Manchester Victoria and had been seen the same day at Chinley with a short freight.

On July 22nd 25176 was in charge of the 12.40 Carlisle - Glasgow.

On the evening of August 6th 25176 was stabled at Carlisle station. 25176 was noted at Earlestown on August 16th with a permanent way train. On a very wet August 23rd 25181 & 25176 were noted at Warrington with high sided hoppers. 25176 worked the 4V52 15.18 Manchester - Bristol vans on August 30th.

When the 10.10 Holyhead - Euston failed at Chester on September 3rd behind 47453 it was left for 25176 & 25200 to drag the whole ensemble to Crewe, this pair were later noted on a Ravenscraig - Llanwern coil train. On September 29th 25176 was receiving attention at Crewe Diesel depot.

Photograph courtesy Richard Howat
Late in 1984 25176 moved north to Kingmoor, leading to possible passenger duties, in the summer months on the Carlisle - Dumfries - Glasgow service. At an unknown date (presumably in 1985) 25176 stands at Glasgow Central with just such a working.

On November 22nd 25176 was noted taking the York avoiding line with a very lengthy train of engineering vehicles.

On the North & West route on December 4th 25176 became a failure on a northbound freight, rescued by 31134 and dumped temporarily at Hereford.

25176 worked the 6M75 12.55 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend on January 6th, being noted at Cwmbran. 25176 was noted eastbound at Manchester Exchange on January 31st with a four coach parcels train.

25176 was stabled at Rugby station on February 26th.

March saw two Class 31s (31259 & 31271) transferred to Carlisle, allowing 25176 & 25278 to be transferred down to Crewe. This was the last transfer for 25176.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25176 at Warrington Arpley on April 25th 1986.

25176 was stabled at Buxton on April 26th.

25176 was stabled at Rugby station on May 11th and at Machynlleth on May 26th. On May 27th 25176 was southbound at Milton Keynes with parcels vans from Northampton.

On June 2nd 25176 was noted passing Alsager with empty ballast wagons. By the summer Class 25s arriving at Hereford from the north were usually turned round here due to the diminishing number of South Wales crews trained on them. On June 4th 25176 and 25265 arrived on separate freights and were taken off, though 25265 remained in the area on permanent way workings.

On July 12th 25176 was noted at Caersws with a breakdown train headed for Machynlleth. On July 16th 25176 hauled 40046 from Moreton-on-Lugg to Crewe on the first part of its journey to Doncaster Works for scrapping. On July 23rd 25176 worked the Stanlow - Aberystwyth fuel tank train, comprised of fourteen short wheelbase tanks. On July 31st 25905 & 25176 worked an Over and Wharton - Inverness rock salt train as far as ??

25176 was stabled at Springs Branch on August 2nd and at Manchester Victoria on August 19th & 21st. On August 30th 25176 worked the 09.50 Blackpool North - Euston to Preston. On August 31st 25176 was at Preston with a parcels working.

On September 3rd the 21.10 Euston - Stranraer Harbour was assisted by 25176 between Warrington & Wigan N.W. due to the power being off because of overhead line damage.

25176 was eastbound at Llandudno Junction with a freight on September 9th (or 10th). On September 18th 25176 was noted light engine at Manchester Victoria headed for Red Bank sidings. On September 22nd 25176 was noted running light engine through Rhyl. On September 24th the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria was worked forward from Preston by 25176. 25176 worked the four van Manchester - Bristol parcels on September 26th.

25176 was noted passing Saltley on October 7th. 25176 was at Gloucester depot on October 25th. October 26th's afternoon Manchester - Bristol parcels was hauled by 25176.

November 21st (or 22nd) found 25176 rescuing a late night Birmingham - Euston electric multiple unit after it failed at Denbigh Hall Junction, 25176 was on hand to drag the failure to Bletchley, this was 25176's last passenger working.

For 25176 the last week of 1986 was spent mostly in the Chester/Wirral area.

On January 8th 25176 came to assistance of ex-works 47119 which had failed on its test train from Crewe, being noted at Rhyl. On January 9th 25176 was again on local Chester jobs, though by the snowy 13th had migrated to Warrington and was also seen on this date with a short railtrain at Manchester Victoria. By breakfast on 17th 25176 was at Crewe Depot requiring attention to a traction motor armature, expected release was the evening of January 19th. On 24th 25176 was still in the Crewe area, allocated to the 3K02 05.00 Crewe - Liverpool, returning to Crewe for more local work on 25th.

The evening of January 27th saw 25176 at Manchester Victoria, scheduled for the following day's 1P55 02.28 Manchester Victoria to Barrow, returning with the 5P55 empties to Red Bank. After being noted at Bolton in the early evening of the 29th the loco repeated its previous day trip to Barrow (30th).

A short time was spent at Newton Heath depot on January 31st before moving to Manchester Victoria.

25176 and a brakevan were noted at Crewe station on February 8th.

February 10 - 12th were spent in the Crewe - Shrewsbury area before reaching Machynlleth on the morning of the 14th. Bescot was reached on the evening of the 17th on the 7G25, returning to Crewe light engine late on 18th. By the early morning hours of February 21st 25176 was at Holbeck, allocated to work an empty stock special to Longsight Carriage Sidings (5Z97). After reaching Manchester Victoria it was off light engine to Edge Hill to bring some stock back to Manchester Victoria. Again the 1P55 to Barrow and return empties to Red Bank was handled on the morning of 24th. Later that day it was back at Manchester Victoria on the 1H07.

On February 26th 25176 worked the 1H07 19.34 Bolton - Mayfield vans. 25176 was noted at Manchester Victoria on February 27th. 25176 was noted at Longsight on February 28th & March 2nd, on the latter allocated to the 0K36 light engine to Guide Bridge to collect the 6K36 to Nuneaton Hartshill. By the early morning of 5th it had arrived at Liverpool Lime Street on the 1F54, being then allocated to the 8X31 to Bury. On the morning of 10th the locomotive returned to Longsight for attention to the valve and rocker gear. Although repairs were expected to be completed by the end of the day, they did not occur, with 25176 now consigned for scrap after a service life of twenty two years.

25176 was withdrawn on March 9th 1987.

Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
25176 at Longsight, date unknown, but most likely after its withdrawal.

Distinguishing Features
No.1 cab front: valencing: rusty patches in several places especially above the m.u. sockets and lengthy gash above dual brake connection: November 1981 (some) - May 1986 (presumably until withdrawn?).
No.1 cab front: 2nd man's side: rusty patch to left of electrification flash and on corner at same height as bottom of window: May 1984 - May 1986 (presumably until withdrawn?).
No.2 cab front: rust patch below handrail towards center of cabfront: (not August 1985) April 1986 - until withdrawn.
No.2 cab side: 2nd man's side: missing paint above valencing on 2nd man's cabside panel: June 1985.
No.2 cab headcode panel: missing from at least September 1981 to August 1982.
(With thanks to Neil Cannon for making available the TOPS reports for 1987).

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