D7534, 7534, 25184
D7534, 7534, 25184

Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
Longsight allocated 25184 at its home depot on July 10th 1978, this machine was always allocated to LMR depots. Five more years of service remain for 25184.

Almost eighteen years of service for D7534/25184 saw it allocated to London Midland depots the length & breadth of the Division.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (1977).
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 77 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 5 months.


D7534 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on March 6th 1965. Further transfers were:

July 1969 to the London Division (Western Lines) (D01).
December 1971 to the Birmingham Division (D02)
May 1973 to Bescot.
July 1973 to Willesden.
November 1974 to Kingmoor (KM).
January 1975 to Kingmoor (KD).
February 1975 to Bescot.
May 1975 to Willesden.
June 1975 to Cricklewood.
January 1976 to Longsight.
October 1976 to Crewe.
March 1978 to Longsight.
January 1980 to Bescot.
October 1981 to Longsight.
April 1982 - May 1982 unserviceable store at Derby Works.
May 1982 reinstated to Longsight.
Withdrawn August 28th 1983.

Renumbered July 13th 1974.

25184 was the 192nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during August 1983.

After withdrawal 25184 was moved to Swindon Works on September 21st 1983 and was broken up by the first week of February 1984.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works March 1966.
Noted Derby Works September & November 1968.
Noted Derby Works February 1972.
Noted Derby Works March 1977 (classified & full repaint, dual brake equipment fitted).
Noted Derby Works April & May 1982, initially stored unserviceable followed by N1 repairs.


On the afternoon of August 18th D7534 was light engine at Sheffield.

Noted at Nottingham shed on Sunday September 18th were D5208, D5261, D5262, D5282, D7534, D7539, D7540, D7548, D7574, D7593 & D7657.

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

On the afternoon of May 18th noted at Stenson Junction were D7534 on a down freight and D5261 & D5267 on an up freight.

On the early afternoon of May 11th D7534 was light engine at Manchester Victoria. Steam was still in evidence with 44809 & 45255 as the bankers, 44890 as the parcels pilot, 45156 as the Exchange pilot and 48369 eastbound with a freight.

Condition August: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfronts, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' prefixes present, buffer beam steam pipe connections present.

On the morning of October 2nd 7532 & 7534 were noted at Willesden.

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

On June 19th 7534 was at Euston on empty coaching stock duty.

On the afternoon of January 12th 7534 & 7668 were noted at Hither Green depot.

Condition April: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfronts, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' prefixes present, buffer beam steam pipe connections present, engine exhaust located above engine room.

On the morning of April 25th 7534 was noted light engine at Skelton (York).

The first recorded passenger working for 7534/25184 occurred on the Cambrian line at a time when the Class 24s were still in command of most locomotive hauled workings to Aberystwyth. On May 26th a Paddington - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked forward from Wolverhampton (?) to Aberystwyth and back with 7534 & 7623.

On June 1st 7534 worked the 10.30 Worcester Shrub Hill - Birmingham New Street (via Droitwich & Stourbridge Junction).

On May 29th 25184 worked the 12.42 Manchester - Llandudno.

On the afternoon of August 28th 25184 was noted light engine at Preston, later heading southbound with a parcels/van train.

The Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25184 & 25135 on September 11th.

On September 23rd 25184 was southbound at Warrington Bank Quay with another Class 25.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25184 & 08585 at Lightmoor Junction on December 17th 1976 presumably on a trip visiting the Horsehay branch. In the background a Class 47 with merry-go-round empties has priority returning from Buildwas.

On March 24th 25184 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for March 24th recorded:

No.1 end leading, recording made from No.2 cab.

25184; March 24th 1977; 1C41
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 29 850 - - -
2 36 850 - - -
3 42 900 - - -
4 51 930 - - -
5 64 950 - - -
6 68 995 - - -

No.2 cab light switch issue
Red light conduit clip up to E/P
Engine tappets noisy
A side crankcase door securing stud leaking
Tacho blank plate leaking
Heater baffle to fit
No.6 cylinder ?? liner broken
Engine A side free end seam leaks
AWS failed in No.2 cab.

25184 was noted at Kings Lynn on June 2nd, presumably having arrived with a freight from March. During 1977 Skegness was a popular destination, 25184 & 25218 were together between June 5th & June 9th, working a round trip from Leicester on June 5th and from Derby on June 7th/8th/9th from Derby. Just over a week later 25184 managed a Crewe - Cardiff round trip on June 18th.

25184 was the Manchester Victoria banker on August 22nd. On August 28th 25184 & 25131 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.30 return.

On September 3rd 25184 was noted at Chester assisting an unidentified passenger service following the failure of a diesel multiple unit.

On May 20th 25184 & 25218 worked a Wellingborough - Chester excursion. On May 29th 25184 & 25196 worked the 09.29 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and 17.20 return.

On or about June 12th 25184 was operating on local trips out of Guide Bridge, on 13th it became derailed at at Godley Sidings.

On June 17th 25184 had somehow reached Exeter and ended up working two Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple roundtrips. On June 18th 25184 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

25305 & 25184 were stabled at Nuneaton on the weekend of July 29th.

Two months later on August 19th 25184 & 25289 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. The next day (20th) the same pair went out on a Derby - Skegness round trip. On August 22nd 25184 was by itself working the 15.32 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and 19.30 return.

On the late afternoon of September 2nd 25184 was noted at Heaton Chapel on a down van train. On September 7th 25184 handled two round trips between Manchester Victoria & Bangor, a total of 400 miles.

25184 was noted eastbound through Chinley with empty stone (Tilcon?) hoppers on November 11th.

25184 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on December 31st.

On a snowy January 4th 25184 worked the Shrewsbury - Manchester Mayfield vans.

The maintenance dispute in late March/early April brought many strangers into South Wales including a number of Class 25s including 25184 & 25194 on April 12th as a light engine movement west of Cardiff.

On April 30th 25184 was stabled at Cricklewood.

25184 at Derby on June 12th 1979.

On the morning of June 27th 25184 was at Peterborough.

1979 was a quieter year for passenger workings, on July 20th worked a Manchester Victoria - Holyhead Manchester, whilst five days later (25th) 25184 worked the 11.09 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead and the return 15.03 Holyhead - Manchester Victoria.

25184 was stabled at Buxton on September 10th.

25184 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road on January 9th.

On June 14th 25184 & 25259 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On July 5th 25184 & 25242 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The next day (6th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On July 14th a points failure at Coventry delayed 25144 and its train of merry-go-round empties for at least an hour. On July 19th 25184 & 25262 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. And finally for July, on the 28th 25184 & 25181 worked the 14.35 Paignton - Leeds forward from Birmingham New Street.

During August 25184 returned to the Cambrian lines, on August 2nd 25184 & 25276 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The next day (3rd) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. Finally on August 31st the 16.15 Birmingham New Street - Leeds was worked throughout by 25184. Happy memories for any enthusiasts in the front coach on the two NE/SW trips, with the quickening departure from New Street through the tunnel to reach Landore Street, the lengthy Clay Cross tunnel, and then the departure from Chesterfield with the climb up Bradway Bank before the continued climb into Bradway tunnel.

On January 24th there were eight Class 25s stabled at Bescot, including 25184.

On the afternoon of May 21st 25184 was noted at Crewe on an up van train.

The only significant passenger working during 1981 took place on June 13th working the 10.35 Stranraer Harbour - Kilmarnock and the 13.43 return.

Photograph courtesy Steve Morris.
25184 passes Saltley with a container train on July 10th 1981.

On the afternoon of August 4th 25184 was noted at Llandudno Junction with up tanks headed for Holyhead.

On September 20th the 21.35 Kensington Olympia - Perth motorail was worked to Willesden by 25184 & 25190.

On the morning of November 11th noted at Bletchley were 25184 & 25251.

On the morning of December 8th 25184 was stabled at York. Also on shed at the same time was 47409 which would later work the 13.53 York - Liverpool Lime Street and would derail shortly into its journey at Copmanthorpe, with at least twenty injured. The cause was a broken rail. 47409 was noted at York depot the next morning.

On the morning of December 17th 25184 & 25312 were at Luton.

25184 & 25185 were stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on Januaury 30th.

25184 was stabled at Bescot on February 14th.

During April & May 25184 was stored unserviceable whilst at Derby Works, it was reinstated during May to Longsight.

On July 24th 25184 & 25235 worked the round trip Derby - Yarmouth as far as Norwich and between Norwich and Yarmouth they worked the 08.10 Leeds - Yarmouth and the 14.31 Yarmouth - Sheffield.

25184 was stabled at Coventry station on August 8th.

The following month on August 21st 25184 & 25083 worked the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton.

The final passenger working for 1982 took place on September 19th with 25184 working the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.

The final recorded passenger workings were the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool forward from Preston on March 8th & 9th.

On March 24th 25154 & 25184 worked a Exeter City Basin - Avonmouth? empty tank train, comprised of about six tanks.

25184 was noted southbound at Warrington Bank Quay on March 30th and on the afternoon of the same day was noted here northbound 25184 hauling 40157.

25184 passed through Leicester light engine on April 13th.

25184 was stabled at Preston on June 3rd.

On July 12th 25076 & 25184 worked a morning Bestwood Park - Garston Dock coal train.

25184 was withdrawn on August 28th 1983.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cabfront: number carried on cabfront in black: July 1981 - August 1982. (No.1 cab front: no number January 1982, June 1983)
No.2 cabfront: driver's side corner valencing: paint missing: August 1982.
No.2 cabfront: 2nd man's side: valencing missing: August 1982.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Page added March 3rd 2013.
Last updated October 4th 2023.

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