D7529, 7529, 25179
D7529, 7529, 25179

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All the paintwork visible on D7529 shines and glistens as it stands at Platform 1, Derby, suggesting that the locomotive is only a day or two out of Derby Locomotive Works, sometime during February 1965.

The seventeen year career of D7529/25179 was spent allocated to only three London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 66 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 50 months.


D7529 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on February 13th 1965. Further transfers were:

August 1969 to the London (Western Lines) Division (D01).
May 1973 to Willesden.
June 1975 to Cricklewood.
Withdrawn November 28th 1982.

Renumbered April 1974.

25179 was the 147th Class 25 withdrawn, one of twelve retired during November 1982, including sisters 25177, 25180, 25186 & 25187.

After withdrawal 25179 was stored at Springs Branch from December 1982 until June 27th 1984 when it was moved with 25130/141/188 to Swindon Works. 25179 was broken up here by the middle of February 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September 1971.
Noted Derby Works April - May 1977 (Classified, full repaint).


On Sunday December 5th a visit to several East Midlands area installations produced the following Derby/Sulzer Type 2s:

Derby Works:
D5054, D 5087, D5135
D5268, D5298
D7562, D7564, D7566, D7567, D7576, D7588, D7598, D7599, D7600, D7601, D7602

Derby shed:
D5185, D5189, D5198, D5205, D5224, D5230, D5293
D7505, D7521, D7529, D7532, D7538, D7540, D7543, D7548, D7559, D7560, D7569, D7572, D7582, D7591, D7594, D7634

Toton shed:
D5201, D5228, D5231, D5235, D5237, D5240, D5242, D5256, D5259, D5261, D5265, D5267, D5272, D5280, D5284, D5285, D5287, D5288, D5299
D7504, D7527, D7542, D7544, D7545, D7558, D7561, D7571, D7577, D7579, D7597

Nottingham shed:
D5209, D5270, D5290
D7511, D7533, D7563

Colwich shed
D5195, D7554, D7557

On Sunday September 18th D5285, D5294, D7500, D7511, D7513, D7514, D7517, D7525, D7529, D7543, D7544, D7552, D7558, D7564 & D7658.

On the afternoon of July 10th D7529 & D8168 were southbound at Derby with a freight (8P34).

On July 26th 7529 & 7500 worked the summer dated Nottingham - Llandudno Town and return.

Noted in the vicinity of Willesden on the afternoon of June 6th were 7529, 7533, 7534 & 7538.

On June 26th 7529 was on parcels duty at Euston.

Condition June: two-tone green with full yellow cab fronts, 'D' prefixes present, original engine exhaust location.

On the afternoon of July 12th 7529 was noted at Brent yard with an up freight.

With its last thirteen years spent allocated to London area depots the potential for 7529/25179 to obtain passenger workings was not great. However one short working that would have been handled by a very few Class 25's, was the Bedford St John's - Bletchley line, covering most likely for an absent diesel multiple unit. On October 29th 7529 worked a Bedford St. Johns - Bletchley service, a grand total of 16 miles.

On August 14th freight services through Luton included:
1860 8F20
7529 with Cadbury No. 11 9X01
5216 9C23
123 8V27
70 8C59
5220 5C90
7663/7664 6Z40.

Freight trains noted at Bletchley on August 25th include:
7531 & 7529 0Z00
E3083 4A51
E3080 6M48
E3001 8B71
E3022 6E39
E3114 5A53
7560 7F20
5186 9M13
7566 8T61
E3016 8B80
1019 6Z32
7565 & 5275 6A32
1614 6M36
E3004 8M17
E3157 3A14
E3011 6B27
E3083 4M74
1657 6M30
7524 8B83
E3059 6M43.

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

On November 20th 25179 & 25194 worked the 7V61 09.50 Bescot - Exeter Riverside freight, at about 19.30pm they were noted heading for Exeter Riverside yard, to take up a northbound working?

In the early hours of June 6th whilst waiting on the slow lines with a coal train at Nuneaton station 25286 witnessed the high speed derailment of the 5th's 23.30 Euston - Glasgow sleeper service. The two locomotives, 86006 & 86242 became parted, with the latter causing considerable damage to itself and the station, bringing down several gantries that caused minor damage to the Class 25. All the coaches were derailed, with damage being heaviest at the front of the train, tragically six lives were lost. By the evening of 6th the Bescot, Crewe & Saltley cranes were present alongside other engineering trains, in the hands of 24074, 25179, 25193, 25256 & 47034. Six coaches, (five sleepers and a BG) were broken up on site. By the 11th engineering/rewiring trains were still present including 24074 and 25193, the latter having been present since the day of the accident. Two days later only 24058 was on hand with an engineers train.

On June 9th 25179 was noted at Stoke Hammond on a down van train.

On April 30th 25179 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for April 30th recorded:

Reportedly this was the last test run from Nottingham.

25179; April 30th 1977; 1C41 Nottingham
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 28 850 - - -
2 37 860 - - -
3 43 850 - - -
4 51 900 - - -
5 62 950 - - -
6 69 970 - - -

Radiators unbalanced B side low
No.2 vacuum brake stiff and reading high
No.2 bogie apply too fast in goods position
Blue light is bright in fault condition
Bodyside lighting ?? over switch fault?
Load regulator fixing bolt
Paint to complete.

On May 15th 25179 was stabled near Peterborough station.

On May 29th a roundtrip Gloucester - Porthmadog charter was worked by 25179 & 25187 from & to Wolverhampton.

On July 28th 25179 was northbound at Bescot with a train of cement products.

On September 8th 25179 & 25092 were noted on a short coal train at Winslow, presumably headed for Aylesbury CCD.

On October 7th & 14th 25179 worked the Fridays only Washwood Heath - Hethersett tanks, retiring to Norwich depot before returning west. This was a regular Class 25 turn at this time.

March 9th brought trouble to the Wembley area when an engineers train led by 25236 had three wagons become derailed as they split the trap points on leaving the up loop. Both slow lines were blocked, Willesden had to borrow 25179 from Cricklewood to attend with the breakdown crane, which was in fact not needed, the errant wagons being rerailed by other means.

On Tuesday April 25th 25179 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and the return 12.10 Norwood to Willesden.

On April 29th 25179 & 25236 were at Northampton with a coal train.

On Thursday May 11th 25179 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and (presumed) the 12.10 Norwood - Willesden.

On Tuesday July 18th 25179 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and (presumed) the 12.10 Norwood - Willesden.

On the morning & evening of September 6th 25179 was noted at Willesden.

On September 11th, 14th & 15th 25179 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and the return 12.00 Norwood to Willesden (as a light engine on 11th and presumed on the 15th).

25112, 25114, 25173 & 25179 were all noted at Rugby station on October 7th for Sunday permanent way work. On Wednesday October 18th 25179 worked the (presumed) 09.55 Willesden - Norwood and the return 12.00 Norwood to Willesden.

On Monday December 11th 25179 worked the 12.25 Willesden to Norwood and the return 14.00 Norwood to Willesden.

On Friday February 16th 25179 worked the 12.25 Willesden to Norwood and (presumed) the 14.10 Norwood - Willesden.

On Monday March 19th 25179 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and (presumed) the 12.10 Norwood - Willesden.

On July 28th 25179 & 25053 worked the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness to Nottingham, being replaced here by 20006 & 20030.

On August 1st 25179 was noted westbound at March with a mixed freight. The remainder of 25179's passenger haulage involved the Midland mainline. On August 7th 25179 & 25264 worked a Leicester - St. Pancras service.

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An eastbound freight hauled by 25179 passes through New Mills, date unknown.

On the afternoon of January 30th 25179 was at Leagrave with a down permanent way train.

Observations on the Midland mainline on the afternoon of February 10th included:
25117 Cricklewood (13.40)
25067 permanent way train Radlett (13.50)
25135 permanent way train Harpenden (14.00)
25179 permanent way train Harpenden (14.00)
25151 permanent way train Luton (14.15)
25127 permanent way train Luton (14.15)
25150 ballast train Leagrave (14.20)
25192 permanent way train Leagrave (14.20)
25154 & 25214 ballast train Flitwick (14.30)
25250 Bedford stabling point (14.45)
25270 permanent way train Wellingborough (15.05)

25179 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on March 7th.

On the afternoon of March 26th 25179 was stabled at York.

On March 28th 25179 was noted northbound through Derby with coal wagons.

On April 18th 25132 & 25179 and 40067 were noted in the ballast sidings at Loughborough.

On April 28th 25179 was noted at Cockshute yard.

25179 was noted at Milford Junction on May 9th on a freight service.

On May 21st 25153 & 25179 were northbound through Gobowen with empty cement wagons for Penyfford.

On the morning of March 14th 25179 was noted at Carlisle.

On April 4th 25179 was stabled at Saltley.

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25179 with a freight train at Oxford sometime in May 1981.

25179 was stabled at Wellingborough on May 25th.

On the evening of June 2nd 25179 was at St Albans with an up permanent way train.

On the late afternoon of June 9th 25115, 25179, 25184, 25190 were noted at Cricklewood.

On August 10th 25179 worked a Healey Mills - Ribblehead ballast empties.

At about 04.15am on August 12th 25179 arrived at Holbeck, light engine from Skipton. On the same day it was noted returning to Holbeck at 13.35 off the K60 tripper.

On September 21st 25179 was noted eastbound at New Mills Central with a lengthy freight.

On September 24th 25179 was noted eastbound at Chinley with empty ICI stone hoppers.

A heavily loaded 15.02 Bristol Manchester parcels on October 9th used 25177 & 25179.

25179's last passenger haulage involved rescuing 45131 on the 08.48 St. Pancras - Sheffield forward from Bedford, the date is stated as either November 4th or November 11th.

On the morning of June 25th 25179 was noted at Willesden.

25179 was noted at Tamworth on August 28th.

Photograph courtesy Mark Cook
Class 25s at Aylesbury invariably meant parcels traffic, here 25179 waits on April 1st 1982 for its next duty.

On the late afternoon of July 3rd 25049 was noted at Bletchley, 25179, 25249 & 25313 at Willesden and 25289 at Euston.

At noon on August 26th 25179 was noted at Edge Hill.

In its last week of service 25179 was noted passing eastbound through Manchester Victoria with spoil & coal wagons, November 26th and was noted at Manchester Victoria on November 27th.

25179 was withdrawn on November 28th 1982.

At least one cabside number panel with TOPS panel escaped scrapping.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Last updated April 19th 2024.

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