The twenty one year career of 7542/25192 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland depots, with a definate bias to the north west.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7542 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on April 10th 1965. Further transfers were:
May 1968 to Longsight (9A), then to the Manchester Division (D09).
Renumbered February 16th 1974.
25192 was the 283rd Class 25 to be withdrawn, leaving 44 Class 25s remaining in service.
After withdrawal 25192 was stored at Tyseley from May 1986 to March 1987, then to Bescot with 25154 on March 30th 1987 and the next day to Basford Hall. 25192 & 25154 were moved to Vic Berry, Leicester on July 9th/10th 1987. Included in this move were 08473 & 97405 which were sent in error. 25192 was added to the stack until November 3rd 1987 and broken up by the middle of November 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1968.
After outshopping from Derby D7542 retained its two-tone green livery, but now with full yellow cabfronts. The original engine exhaust location was also retained.
On December 29th 7542 was westbound at Guide Bridge with loaded ICI limestone wagons.
Condition December: two-tone green with full yellow ends, engine exhaust in original position.
7542 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on February 10th & 13th (with 5153).
The snag sheet for April 17th recorded:
No.1 end leading, No.2 for recordings.
Governor top leak.
At about 6pm on September 20th 7542 was noted passing Miles Platting with an up hopper train.
At about 5pm (?) on November 28th 7542 was noted at Liverpool Lime Street with a down van train.
At about 6pm on February 21st 25192 was noted passing Manchester Exchange with an up freight.
On May 14th 25192 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 5J24.
On July 15th 25192 worked the 00.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria vans (4M10?), presumably forward from Preston.
On August 16th 25192 & 25114 worked the 09.19 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth as far as Lincoln Central, returning with the 09.15 ex-Yarmouth.
On August 7th 25192 & 25029 worked a Euston - Aberystwyth service from Wolverhampton to Aberystwyth (and presumably returning on the diagrammed service?)
On September 4th 25192 was noted at Gloucester & Bristol assisting the 2B68 17.45 Cardiff - Bristol diesel multiple unit.
On September 24th a Dinting Railway Centre Limited railtour, the 'The Stanier-Jubilee Express' utilised steam locomotives 5690 + 5305 Guide Bridge - New Mills - Sheffield, then 31221 & 31304 Sheffield - York, 47425 York - Harrogate - Leeds, steam locomotives 44871 + 45407 Leeds - Carnforth and 25148 & 25192 from Carnforth to Manchester Piccadilly via Wigan NW and Ordsall Lane Junction.
25192 was stabled at Longsight on September 11th and Newton Heath on September 30th.
25192 was stabled at Carlisle New Yard on February 22nd.
On June 8th 25163 & 25192 were eastbound approaching Uttoxeter with a freight train.
On the afternoon of June 23rd 25192 was noted at Ashton (Manchester) with a westbound parcels train.
The 10.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe was hauled by 25192 on August 15th. The next day (16th) 25192 was noted piloting 47445 between Stoke-on-Trent and Holyhead, the train was running almost an hour late, its presumed the Class 47 was not well. On August 19th 25192 was stabled at Gloucester Horton Road.
On April 19th 25192 was noted at Cheadle Junction with loaded ICI limestone hoppers for Northwich.
On June 20th 25192 & 25242 were southbound at Dunhampstead (Worcs) with empty stone wagons.
On June 29th a Gloucester - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked from/to Shrewsbury Abbey Foregate Junction over the Cambrian line by 25192 & 25158.
25192 was noted at Warrington Arpley on July 11th.
On the morning of July 19th 25192 was noted at Preston Ladywell sidings.
The third recorded passenger working was definately a lengthy day out for 25192 & 25169 on August 3rd working a total of 530 passenger miles on a Chester - Paignton day excursion. Four days later on August 7th 25192 was noted at Clayton, Manchester propelling a yellow & brown liveried Fisons weed killing train time.
On October 13th 25192 was noted with a Research Dept (?) test train at Wellingborough.
A Derby - Shields special with six APT vehicles and a Test car was worked from Derby to Crewe by 25192 on November 6th, 83011 took the train forward.
On a gloriously sunny July 18th engineering work at Fenny Compton saw 25192 bringing loaded ballast hoppers to the site, whilst 47281, 25084 & 25298 were also present. The next day (19th) 25192 was stabled at Nuneaton.
During September 25192 received an 'E' exam at Springs Branch.
On March 2nd 25192 & 25288 were noted at Nuneaton on an empty stone train, two of seven Class 25s present in the Nuneaton station area at the same time.
On April 7th 1982 86249 failed at Stafford with a morning Euston - Liverpool service, 25192 assisted as far as Crewe.
The power was off for engineering work between Rugby & Tamworth on July 25th, 25192 & 25285 assisted two, possibly three northbound passenger trains over this section.
On August 19th 25192 was stabled at Nuneaton.
25192 was noted on March 29th with empty ICI blogies hoppers from Northwich to Tunstead.
25192 was stabled at Longsight on April 3rd and at Warrington Arpley on April 23rd.
On May 12th 25192 with four ex-works Southern Region 2-car electric multiple units was noted westbound at Manchester Victoria presumbly en-route from Horwich Works. On the late afternoon of May 18th 25192 was noted at Leighton Buzzard with a rake of empty stone wagons.
25192 was stabled at Buxton on July 2nd.
On July 11th & 15th 25192 handled the ex-Glasgow 16.20 Preston - Liverpool on July 11th & July 15th. By July 25th 25192 was working a loaded Tunstead - Northwich limestone train. 40141 was on hand at Northwich to provide banking assistance.
25192 was noted at Guide Bridge on August 8th. On August 22nd 25192 was north of the border working the 11.15 Euston - Stirling motorail forward from Carstairs with 25230.
On September 4th 25192 was stabled at Tinsley.
The year closed with chaos at the southern end of the WCML on December 20th. With the power off diesel traction was the order of the day, 25192 worked the 17.18(?) Euston - Northampton and the 19.15 Euston - Carlisle as far as Rugby, dragging 87014.
Pairs of Type 2s were still common on the Ellesmere Port – Riverside bitumen tanks, including 25192 & 25089 on February 8th.
The end of March saw much continued activity of Class 25’s in the North East including 25192 on local Tees duties (29th).
Three of the four passenger workings in 1984 involved diesel multiple unit failures, the fourth working involved the failure of 25192! On April 28th 25192 assisted the three-car 07.45 Birmingham New Street - Great Malvern and 09.26 return and was later noted at Saltley. A failure on August 18th found 25192 working the 06.00 Crewe - Cardiff. September 1st found 25192 & 25178 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, but getting no further than Forden, where they were replaced by 25285 & 25286.
25192 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on December 2nd.
25192 was southbound at Preston with mineral wagons on December 12th.
On June 7th 25192 was southbound at Basford Hall with a parcels train. 25192 & 25190 were noted passing Manchester Victoria on June 11th with sand for St Helens. 25192 & 25190 were noted leaving Hereford on the June 12th with the 6V32 Ellesmere Port to Severn Tunnel Junction oil tanks. Engineering work between Bletchley & Hanslope Junction on June 23rd saw 25192 assist one southbound service over the affected section.
The 7M14 09.35 Severn Tunnel Junction - Bescot freight on July 3rd was worked by 25192, the freight consisted of bogie steel coil, coke wagons & oil tanks, totalling approximately fourteen wagons. Three days later (July 6th) the late running 13.40 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton was worked forward from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton by 25192 & 25282.
On August 15th 25192 was at Crewe with a parcels working.
On August 20th the 13.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25192.
On September 3rd 25192 was stabled at Warrington Arpley.
25192 took over September 25th's 17.28 Peterborough - Birmingham New Street at Leicester from 20056 & 20080.
On October 7th 25192 worked empty cement tanks from Dewsbury to Earls Sidings, Hope.
25192 was noted eastbound at Chester with a parcels train on October 28th.
Stanlow oil terminal on November 23rd provided a veritable feast of Class 25’s including 25190 & 25192 on a working from Leeds (the Neville Hill empties?)
On December 1st & 6th 25192 & 25196 were noted at Hereford on oil tanks, whilst on December 9th 25192 was noted at Panteg on an early afternoon Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend freight comprised of twelve short wheelbase & one long wheelbase van. The next day (11th) whilst working the Manchester - Bristol vans 25288 rescued 47597 on the 14.17 Bangor – Cardiff after its failure at Ludlow. The vans were taken to Hereford and collected by the following day’s service in the hands of 25202 & 25192.
On December 28th the 6E47 10.35 Folly Lane - Seal Sands ICI tanks was noted at Mirfield behind 47212, 25213 & 25192, presumably one of the Class 25s had failed.
On February 20th 25192 was noted at Birkenhead with a freight for Ely. The next day on February 21st 25192 assisted the 14.10 Cambridge - Blackpool between Ely & Peterborough after the failure of 47605. 25192 was also noted this day working a single van from Whitemoor to Temple Mills, returning light engine to March.
Sightings of 25192 during March included passing through Manchester Victoria with a parcels train on March 1st, noted light engines at Warrington Bank Quay on March 13th with 25181, and stabled at Carlisle station on March 15th. The final passenger working for 25192 took place on March 18th following a diesel multiple unit failure at the outset of the 17.42 Carlisle - Newcastle. Class 25s stabled at Rugby on March 29th for permanent way work were 25034, 25035, 25037, 25058, 25192 & 25202.
25192 was noted in Tyseley shed on April 26th.
25192 was noted at Tyseley on May 3rd, from where it would eventually be taken out of service on May 9th 1986.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added March 2nd 2013.