The twenty year ten month career of D7556/25206 saw it allocated to a multitude of London Midland depots and thirty months to Plymouth Laira.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7556 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on July 10th 1965. Further transfers were:
September 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
Renumbered May 1974.
25206 was the 279th Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during March 1986.
After withdrawal 25206 was stored at Bescot until March 20th 1990 when it was moved to BRML Doncaster for spares removal (including compressors & traction motors) to assist D7672 Tamworth Castle. 25206 was moved to MC Metals, Glasgow by road on March 17th 1995 and scrapped there by the third week of June 1995.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works April & May 1974 (dual brakes fitted).
Condition October: two-tone green livery with full yellow ends.
The midday Bescot - Exeter Riverside freight was worked by 7556 on January 2nd.
On June 5th 25206 & 25245 worked a roundtrip Derby - Skegness.
On September 9th 40162 failed at Ely working the early morning Whitemoor - Bury freight, the Class 40 was replaced by 25206. A week later on September 16th the 13.33 Taunton - Cardiff was worked by 25206.
On August 20th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram was worked by 25206 & 25202.
During the third week of April 25206 & 25207 were noted running together, on April 14th they worked the 7M86 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle freight as far as Exeter Riverside and on April 21st they worked a St Blazey - Temple Mills freight to Exeter Riverside.
On July 26th 25206 worked the 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton.
On August 1st 25206 worked the 09.55 Exeter St Davids - Paignton, the return 11.10 Paignton - Exeter St Davids, the 17.30 Paignton - Exeter St Davids and the 18.44 Exeter St Davids - Paignton.
On August 5th 25206 worked the 10.00 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids, the 08.25 Paddington - Barnstaple from Exeter and the return 14.40 Barnstaple - Paddington to Exeter.
On August 8th 25206 worked the 2B35 17.30 Paignton - Exeter St Davids and the 2B38 18.45 Exeter St Davids - Paignton (six coaches).
25206 was stabled at Exeter during the early hours of September 16th. 25206 & 37142 worked the 20.50 St Blazey - Temple Mills to Exeter Riverside on September 22nd.
On November 24th 37142 & 25206 worked the 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle as far as Exeter Riverside.
At about 2pm on a very, very cold January 2nd Exeter stabling point contained 08288, 08641, 08953 (station pilot) 25052, 25206, 25225, 25263, 31107, 31138, 33009, 33114, 46020, 47008 & 50022. Most of these locomotives were unserviceable, either unable to start, or unable to heat a train. The diesel multiple units were in equally poor condition. Set P464 had been obtained from Newton Abbot to work the Exmouth branch on a go-when-ready basis. At about 7am 46020 was sent from Laira to Exeter equipped with a steam lance and carrying a fitter and an electrician. Later in the day when the 'Golden Hind' failed at Brent 46020 went to its rescue, taking it as far as Newton Abbot. All the trains passing through Exeter were standing room only. 47008 had arrived with empty coaching stock from Newton Abbot to work the 07.15 to Plymouth, whilst waiting to depart the brake gear on the locomotive froze solid.
On the afternoon of January 3rd 47188, 31138, 25206, 31107 & 50018 were taken from Exeter to Laira as a dead engine movement, all having sustained damage in the recent freeze-up, the engine o0f 50018 was running but no power, the Class 25 and the two Class 31s would not start. Most main line trains were running, but timekeeoing had been abandoned. There were two diesel multiple units available at Exeter St Davids, the branch service run to connect with the main line connections.
On January 12th 25206 worked the 15.52 Bristol Temple Meads - Plymouth vans (4B10), noted at Exeter St Davids.
January 16th was a day of ASLEF strike action, at 3.30pm Exeter stabling point contained 08641, 08953, 25048, 25052, 25080, 25206, 33001, 33004, 46017, 46043, 47091, 47290, 47509 & 47543 (14 locomotives).
On April 25th ex-works 25206 worked the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels.
On October 15th 25225 & 25206 worked loaded clay wagons from Drinnick Mill to Burngullow during the afternoon. On October 19th 25206 was noted westbound at Lostwithiel with clay empties.
On June 6th 25206 worked the 19.02 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton. On June 22nd a Torrington - Plymouth excursion was worked by 25058 & 25206 to Exeter, then 50027 roundtrip to Plymouth and 33028 from Exeter back to Torrington. On June 24th 25206 worked the 18.58 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.
On July 30th 25206 worked the 18.58 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.
On the afternoon of August 6th 25206 was noted at Exeter St Davids yard. On Saturday August 9th 25206 worked the 05.08 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids vans(4B70), the 07.25 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and the 10.00 return, the 09.48 Paddington - Barnstaple forward from Exeter St. Davids and the return 14.45 to Paddington as far as Exeter St. Davids.
On September 2nd 25206 worked the 09.34 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton, the 11.04 return and the 14.20 Exeter St.Davids - Paignton. On September 6th 25206 worked the 10.00 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids, returning from there with the 09.48 Paddington - Barnstaple, the 14.45 to Barnstaple - Paddington, the return 16.42 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and the return 18.05 to Exeter. On September 11th 25206 worked the 19.55 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.
At the end of the summer 1980 timetable 25206 was transferred to Springs Branch, with the last recorded working prior to transfer being a roundtrip Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple on September 20th 1980.
On June 16th 25206 & 25202 worked a Birmingham New Street - Llandudno Town day excursion from/to Crewe. Two weeks later on June 27th 25206 & 25141 worked a roundtrip (?) relief Blythe Bridge - Llandudno Town.
The 09.42 Poole - Manchester Piccadilly on October 17th with 47519 required assistance from 25206 at least between Leamington Spa & Birmingham New Street. Two days later on October 19th 25206 & 25209 were noted southbound at Tring with a ballast train.
The surplus of Type 4s and the recently arrived Class 31’s on the Midland did not prevent the use of the Class 25’s on some odd workings during August, on 10th the 12.35 Northfleet – Toton merry-go-round was hauled by 25202 & 25206.
The end of August proved quite hectic for 25205 on Cambrian line workings. On August 21st 25206 & 25058 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On August 22nd the same pair of locomotives worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and 17.25 return and finally the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The following week, and now attached to 25209, 25206 on August 28th worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next day (29th) the same pair worked the same diagram as was handled on August 22nd.
25206 underwent an 'E' exam at Tyseley during December 1982.
25206 & 25117 came to the rescue of 56031 on July 19th after the Class 56 suffered a turbo-charger failure working an ARC stone train at Verney Jct, the Class 25s taking the working to Wolverton and then the broken Class 56 to Bletchley for examination.
The recorded passenger workings for 1983 all featured the Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria workings, including a round trip on October 17th 1983.
June 2nd brought three trips, the 06.30 Preston - Barrow, the 08.20 Barrow - Liverpool and the 16.14 Liverpool - Preston.
A change of scenery took place on September 3rd working the 12.10 Cambridge - Birmingham New Street forward from Nuneaton Abbey Junction following the failure of 31419. On September 11th 25206 & 40192 were noted on one of the local Speke trip workings. 25206 returned to the north-west during mid September, on September 13th working the 19.35 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria, then the 21.16 Preston - Barrow and the following morning's 07.33 Barrow - Preston on September 18th/19th & 20th (morning only). On September 21st 25173 worked the 07.33 Barrow - Preston but required assistance from 25206 forward from Dalton Junction. 25206 continued on to work the relief 12.51 Blackpool North - Euston to Preston, then a returning Glasgow Central - Blackpool North day excursion from Preston.
On August 9th 25206 was noted at Leamington Spa on an up Cartic. 25206 was north of the border on August 23rd with 25059 working the relief 10.41 Exeter St. Davids - Edinburgh forward from Carstairs.
The last recorded passenger working for 1985 saw a visit to the North Wales coast, on September 25th handling the 15.18 Llandudno Town - York as far as Manchester Victoria.
1985 (?): The return to traffic for Hornby Docks saw 25206 working the first (trial?) service to Hornby Docks for many years using BDA 961116, with the first traffic being from Workington BSC with steel sleepers for export to Africa.
25206 handled a Tyne – Carlisle cement working on February 6th.
On Tuesday February 18th 25206 worked the 3J14 12:36 (MSX) Preston Up Goods Loop - Manchester Red Bank Carriage Sidings parcels (formed of M7191, M93831, W93216, M84078, W93172, M84196, M84053, 93885, M93981, M93485, W93503, E9360?).
On March 7th 25206 traversed the Hindlow branch with a single wagon.
25206 was withdrawn on March 21st 1986.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added June 8th 2013.