The nineteen year eight month service life of D7535/25185 saw it allocated to a multitude of London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7535 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on March 6th 1965. Further transfers were:
July 1969 to the London Division (Western Lines) (D01).
Renumbered February 28th 1974.
25185 was the 221st Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during November 1984.
After withdrawal 25185 was stored at Toton, having been sold to the Dart Valley Railway. It moved from Toton on March 15th 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September 1971.
On June 27th the 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central was worked by 25185.
On October 29th 25185 was noted at Three Spires Junction with a short two wagon freight, plus brakevan, possibly the trip freight from Coventry.
The reported passenger workings for 25185 increased considerably during 1982 compared to previous years. On May 4th 25185 worked the 17.26 Barrow - Carnforth following a diesel multiple unit failure.
On May 26th the 14.10 St. Pancras - Derby was worked forward from Wellingborough by 25185 assising ?? Three days later (29th) 25185 & 25120 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On June 2nd 25185 worked the 20.40 Shrewsbury - Wolverhampton.
25185 was noted at Northwich on July 3rd.
A busy couple of days in August saw 25185 & 25097 active on Cambrian metals. On August 14th they worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next day (15th) they worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, then the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and the 17.25 return, before heading home with the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
On August 27th the 07.40 Norwich - Birmingham New Street failed at Nuneaton Midland Junction behind 31318, 25185 was used to push the train to Nuneaton Abbey Junction. On September 2nd the 08.25 Wolverhampton - Bournemouth excursion was worked between Banbury & Basingstoke by 25185.
The last transfer for 25185 came in October when it was transferred to Crewe.
With the power off for engineering work 25185 & 25195 assisted two electric services between Crewe & Preston on June 13th.
On July 5th 25185 was noted northbound at Lawrence Hill with an Up Nuclear Flask train.
25185 was noted northbound at Leicester on July 12th with passenger stock.
25185 was noted passing Cwmbran with oil (bitumen?) tanks on August 4th.
September 19th found the Mountsorrel - Elstow Redland stone working used 25044 & 25185, a working then normally in the hands of pairs of Class 31s. 25185 was noted passing Bishops Itchington with a lengthy freight on September 22nd.
On December 8th the 06.20 Wolverhampton - Paddington failed behind 47459 with 25191 assisting to Banbury. Here both locomotives were replaced by 25185 for the run to Paddington (also reported as 25182). On December 20th when the southern end of the WCML was having serious operating issues in the Hemel Hempstead area, the 08.10 Northampton - Euston was worked by 25185.
25185 was stabled at Saltley on February 19th.
25185 was noted at Preston on April 27th.
On June 9th 25185 worked the 15.20 Manchester - Bristol parcels, normally a Class 47 turn. 25185 was stabled at Cardiff Canton on June 10th. On June 23rd a freightliner was noted arriving at Bescot behind 25205, 25185 & 25xxx.
25185 was noted at Edge Hill with parcels stock on July 30th.
A working once familiar to the Class 25s was seeing a greater use of other classes, the 18.12 Manchester - St Pancras parcels, as far as Derby, 25185 handled this working on August 1st.
25185 was noted at Nuneaton on August 12th.
The end came for 25185 in November at Cricklewood being stopped with a traction motor fault, it soon reached Toton for storage. However the locomotive was chosen as the basis for a 'Heavy Maintenance' course utilising small teams to carry out the equivalent of a C exam plus repairs.
The second team to complete this session (featured in the photograph below) had charge of the locomotive from November 12th to December 7th 1984. The C exam was completed, additionally several pistons and liners were removed due to low compression, the piston rings were renewed. The traction motor fault that had condemned the locomotive was investigated, the number 4 motor interpole cables were found to be to earth, causing the locomotive to run on only two motors. Although diagnosed the team were not permitted to change the motor.
Following the mechanical review of the locomotive two of the team gave 25185 a good clean, repainting the yellow cabfronts and the red buffer beams. To confirm the operational status of the locomotive a test run was made to Westhouses, albeit on the two good traction motors. The first team had also made a test run, the locomotive carrying an unofficial name 'Realfright'.
After this treatment 25185 returned to its slumbers as Toton, but it was not to go the way of the majority, preservation was in the future for D7535/25185.
With thanks to Steve Morris for the information and photographs of 25185's post-withdrawal activities. It is believed that on its two test runs there were a number of lineside photographers who might have photographed this unusual working. Steve would be most interested in any views of these workings - Thank you!
Page added July 31st 2004.