D7528, 7528, 25178
D7528, 7528, 25178

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25178 at Birkenhead, date unknown.

The twenty year two month career of D7528/25178 was spent allocated to a small selection of London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (August 1977).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 90 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 47 months.


D7528 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on February 6th 1965. Further transfers were:

October 1971 to London Division (D01).
May 1973 to Willesden.
June 1975 to Cricklewood.
May 1981 to Bescot.
October 1981 to Crewe.
Withdrawn April 1st 1985.

Renumbered March 19th 1974.

25178 was the 239th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during April 1985.

After withdrawal 25178 was stored at Kingmoor from October 1985 to November 1988. It was tripped to Carlisle Upperby for inspection on August 4th 1988 & November 10th 1988. On November 30th 1988 47450 worked the 9R61 Carlisle - Crewe Basford Hall with 25178, 25213 & 25911. They later moved to Leicester depot on December 15th 1988, entering Vic Berry's yard on December 19th 1988. By March 17th 1989 25178 had been broken up.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works November 1968.
Noted Derby Works October 1972.
Noted Derby Works August & September 1977 (dual brakes fitted).
Noted Derby Works June 1980 (N4 repairs).
Noted Derby Works June 1981 (N1 power unit repairs).


D7528 was allocated to the Nottingham Division for its first six years, not surprisingly it featured several times on the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town service, on July 13th 1968 with 7523 and on August 17th 1968 with 5236.

The summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town service was worked by 7528 & 7523 on June 20th, both locomotives were in two-tone green livery.

On May 17th March depot allocated 7501 & 7528 for a freight to Leyton Depot, working as far as Cambridge where they were removed to work empties back to Whitemoor.

Condition May: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfront, no blanking plates, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes, retains 'D' prefix.

On February 26th 1972 a Euston - Liverpool football special was worked by 7528 & 5184, out and back?

On the late evening of May 25th 7528 was noted at Hemel Hempstead.

At about 3pm on March 18th 25178 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

The 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and 12.35 return on July 3rd 1976 were worked by 25178 & 25176.

On Wednesday July 12th 25178 worked (presumably) the 09.55 Willesden - Norwood and the return 12.10 Norwood to Willesden.

Two seaside workings were handled during 1978, on July 29th 25178 & 25245 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. And on August 5th the 09.20 Derby - Skegness and 13.02 return were worked by 25178 & 25193.

On Tuesday August 22nd 25178 worked the 12.25 Willesden to Norwood and (presumably) the 14.10 Norwood - Willesden. On Thursday August 31st 25178 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and the return 12.00 Norwood to Willesden.

25178 was noted at Cricklewood on the morning of October 28th.

On Tuesday December 12th 25178 worked (presumably) the 09.55 Willesden - Norwood and the return 12.00 Norwood to Willesden.

25178 & 25254 were stabled at Nuneaton on the evening of July 15th.

The 12.33 Rugby - Euston on August 19th 1979 required assistance from 25178 between Bletchley & Euston due to the power being off for engineering work.

On November 29th 25120 & 25178 were noted departing Aylesbury with coal empties for ??

25178 at Willesden on December 22nd 1979.

A short passenger working on April 26th 1980 saw 25178 & 25213 work a Crystal Palace - Liverpool football special roundtrip between Mitre Bridge Junction and Norwood Junction.

On the afternoon of June 2nd 25178 was stabled at Cricklewood.

On September 6th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25178 & 25257. The next day (7th), the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25178 & 25275.

On September 24th the 07.30 Birmingham New Street - Newcastle and the return 13.40 Newcastle - Swansea were worked by 25178 & 25268 to at least Sheffield northbound and to Gloucester southbound. Three days later (27th) 25178 & 25117 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich returning with the 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall from Norwich.

Photograph courtesy Tony Smith.
25178 & 25268 at York with the 13.40 Newcastle - Swansea on September 24th 1980.

On the afternoon of September 29th 25178 was noted at Kings Norton with Salmon wagons.

25178 received an 'E' examination at Tyseley during January.

On February 19th the 18.08 Manchester Piccadilly St Pancras parcels (a favourite for a Class 25 or 40) failed at Grindleford with 25178 in trouble. Sheffield sent 40004 to assist, but this locomotive derailed whilst backing on to the train, blocking the main line. With the help of the Tinsley breakdown train all was cleared by shortly after midnight. On February 25th 25178 was noted at Reddish recieving attention.

The failure of 45105 at Derby on the 17.10 (?) Sheffield - St. Pancras on May 1st saw 25178 drag the failure and the train to St Pancras. 25178 was active on the motorail services between Kensington Olympia and Willesden on August 15th with 25189, on September 1st with 25288 and on September 24th with 25051. In between the two previous workings on September 16th the 16.18 Plymouth - Birmingham New Street was worked forward from Gloucester by 25178.

On February 15th 40028 & 25178 were noted at Sheffield on BOC oxygen tanks.

On June 19th 1982 the 16.30 Crewe - Derby was worked by 25178 due to the failure of the booked diesel multiple unit.

On July 29th 25178 was noted at Warrington Arpley.

On November 28th the 16.05 Glasgow Central - Nottingham was noted passing Dore behind 25178 & 25279.

The passenger workings for 1983 were of a short nature, generally under 50 miles. The 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North on March 31st was worked from Preston by 25178.

25178 & 25037 passed light engines through Wellingborough on May 7th. 25213 & 25178 worked the 4E78 Stewartby - Kings Cross "Fletliner" on May 10th. On May 29th the 12.23 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked to Leicester by 25178.

On June 11th 25178 was stabled at Saltley. On June 19th 25178 was stabled at Banbury. A rescue job took place on June 22nd with 25178 assisting the 06.00 Derby - Poole between Kenilworth & Banbury after 47100 failed.

On July 4th 25178 was stabled at Shrewsbury station.

Engineering work on August 14th saw 25178 & 25269 assisting two trains between Rugby & Bletchley because the power was off. A mystery excursion on August 29th from Nelson to Largs was worked to Preston by 25178 & 25201. Four days later on September 2nd 25178 worked the 09.20 Lancaster - Barrow and 10.47 Barrow - Crewe to Lancaster.

On September 7th 25178 worked the 8T62 Garston - Arpley, arriving at Arpley with eleven wagons loaded with scrap. 25178 was stabled at Polmadie on September 25th and noted at Mostyn on September 29th.

25178 was stabled at Crewe depot on a damp October 1st.

On November 1st 25178 worked a Glossop set from Guide Bridge to Longsight.

25178 was stabled at Bletchley on January 9th.

25178 was noted at Bletchley on March 27th.

25178 & 25244 were northbound through Bescot on April 27th with bulk tankers. 25178 was stabled at Cockshute on April 28th.

Although 25178 was not withdrawn until April 1985, its last recorded passenger workings were in 1984. On May 31st 25178 & 25237 worked the 08.48 Leicester - Skegness and the 19.00 Skegness - Leicester, but on their return the Class 25s only worked to Nottingham where they were replaced by 20047 & 20158.

25187 was stabled at Stoke-on-Trent on June 7th. 25187 was stabled at Llandudno Junction on June 20th.

25178 was noted eastbound passing Abergele & Pensarn station with a single track maintenance vehicle on July 9th. The next day (July 10th), 25178 was noted at Rhyl with a ballast train. 25178 & 25236 were noted at Leek Brook Junction with loaded sand hoppers on July 17th. 25178 visited the Cauldon Low branch on July 24th & 25th to haul away a train of stone.

The Cambrian line was travelled on July 28th with 25178 & 25198 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

The Ditton BOC - Broughton Lane tanks continued the use of a Class 25 & 40, on August 4th 25178 & 40181 were so noted.

On September 1st 25178 & 25192 took over the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth at Wolverhampton, reversing at Shrewsbury for the onward journey to Aberystwyth. However 25192 failed shortly after leaving Shrewsbury and 25178 failed at Forden, west of Welshpool. 25285 & 25286 were sent out from Shrewsbury to drag everything back to Welshpool, where 25285 & 25286 ran round the train, removed 25178 & 25192 and dumped them in a siding east of the station. The train then headed for the coast, but due to late running was terminated at Machynlleth, from where the return working started.

Photograph courtesy John Turner (via RG).
25178 & 25192 stopped at Forden with both locomotives failed on September 1st 1984.

Photograph courtesy John Turner (via RG).
25286 & 25285 dragged the train and locomotives back to Welshpool, here they are seen running round the train in order to remove 25178 & 25192 and dump them in a nearby siding.

Photograph courtesy John Turner (via RG).
25178 & 25192 wait for 25285 & 25286 to remove them from the train and be placed in a siding at the east of the station, 25286 & 25285 will then head west with the delayed service, on September 1st 1984.

25178 was on parcels duty at Birmingham New Street on the evening of November 10th.

On December 17th 25178 was on a short Speedlink service passing Mostyn Dock.

25178 was stabled at Carlisle station on January 5th. On January 24th the oil trains diverted through Huddersfield due to the derailment & fire in Summit tunnel included the use of 25089 & 25178 and 25196. Their use is remarkable considering the vast array of locomotives (Classes 20/37/47/56/58) which were still idle due to the ongoing coal miners strike.

25178 was withdrawn on April 1st 1985.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Page added July 18th 2013.
Last updated December 25th 2021.

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