The eighteen year nine month career of D7558/25208 included allocations to London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7558 was new to the Nottingham Division on August 14th 1965. Further transfers were:
May 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
Renumbered September 1st 1973.
25208 was the 217th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during May 1984.
After withdrawal 25208 was briefly stored at Newton Heath until moved (see details below) to Swindon Works on June 25th 1984. However the Works closed before 25208 could be scrapped. It was moved to Cocklebury Yard on June 3rd 1987, Leicester Humberstone Road on June 4th and into Vic Berry's, Leicester yard on June 5th 1987. By the third week of July 1987 25208 had been scrapped, although the cabs lingered until September 1987.
25126/134/158, 25208 Newton Heath – Swindon Works June 25th 1984 (none of this batch would be scrapped at Swindon).
25093, 25126/134/161/164/180/193, 25207/208/260, 25306/327 Swindon Works – Cocklebury Yard, June 3rd 1987.
25161, 25207/208, 25327 Cocklebury Yard – Vic Berry, Leicester June 4th - 5th, 1987
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1973.
On August 31st 7558 made a test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for August 31st recorded:
On September 9th 25208 was ex-works at Derby fuelling point.
On February 7th 25208 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 4M04. On February 13th 25208 was noted at Manchester Victoria.
On March 5th 25208 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 6E86. At about 6pm on March 6th 25208 was noted at Warrington Central on an up freight (6T75).
On December 19th 25208 worked a Tinsley - Tyne freight.
On August 4th 25208 made a test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for August 4th recorded:
Last two diverts in early and load regulator on stop at 70
For the Derby Locomotive Works Open Day on August 5th 25208 was freshly painted and parked by the defuelling shed.
On August 11th 25208 made a second test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for August 11th recorded:
86mph 60 volts, No.2 end leading
On September 14th 25208 worked the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe, whilst on September 23rd 25208 was noted at Skipton with an engineers train.
On September 25th 25208 was at Lostock Junction with a brakevan.
On October 21st the 'Lindisfarne' railtour was worked from St. Pancras to Derby by 25208 & 25218, taking over at Derby were 40013 & 40015.
On February 24th 25208 was stabled at Birkenhead.
On March 3rd 25208 & 25199 was noted at Birkenhead. On this date 25208 & 25199 were also noted at Stafford in the evening with a northbound oil train.
On May 29th 25208 was noted eastbound at Manchester Victoria with a lengthy mixed freight.
The 11.05 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead was worked by 25208 on June 9th.
It was a busy weekend for 25208 on August 11th/12th. On 11th 25208 & 25305 worked the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (12th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
The 09.55 Derby – Newquay on October 20th was worked by 25208 & 25209 to Birmingham New Street being replaced here by 47003.
On November 6th 25104 & 25208 worked the 01.36 Whitemoor - Temple Mills freight, via Broxbourne, the return working being the 06.00 Temple Mills - Whitemoor.
On December 8th 1979 passengers on the 07.04 Leicester – Parkeston Quay diesel multiple unit (51289 & 56131) received haulage from 25140 after the diesel multiple unit failed. This machine was replaced at March by 25208 after the reporting of a defective horn on 25140. At Cambridge passengers transferred to a replacement diesel multiple unit!
25208 was stabled at March depot on May 5th.
The summer of 1980 produced a number of Cambrian line workings for 25208. On June 21st 1980 25208 & 25313 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (22nd) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The same diagram as June 22nd was worked on July 13th 1980 by 25208 & 25215. On August 23rd 1980 25208 & 25154 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
On the afternoon of December 15th 25208 was noted at Nuneaton.
On the weekend of June 13th/14th 25209 & 25208 were back together again working the 13th's 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The next day (14th) they worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness. 25208 & 25034 were noted with a lengthy mineral train at Northampton on June 23rd.
On August 9th a Northampton - Morecambe roundtrip mystery excursion was worked by 25208 & 25213.
On the morning of September 9th 25208 was stabled at York.
On October 19th 25208 was noted southbound at Sileby with a lengthy train of loaded ballast wagons from Mountsorrel.
On June 5th 25208 was stabled at Motherwell. June 13th saw 25208 & 25209 working the 08.19 Leicester - Skegness but being failed at Nottingham and replaced by 20016 & 20147.
For some period during the ASLEF strike (July 4th - 18th) 25208 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.
25208 was noted southbound at Skipton with empty coal wagons on August 4th.
Two weekends in September saw 25208 very active, on September 4th 25208 & 25242 worked the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next weekend (11th) 25208 & 25181 worked the relief 07.43 Derby - Weston-super-Mare and the return relief 11.35 Weston-super-Mare - Derby.
The 07.32 Stranraer Harbour - Glasgow Central on October 22nd was worked to Ayr by 25208 & 26026.
25208 was stabled at Carlisle Kingmoor on Christmas Eve 1982.
On the early afternoon of March 7th 25208 & 25206 were noted at Heaton Norris with cement tankers headed for Guide Bridge. On March 9th 25206 & 25208 were in charge of an early morning Trafford Park – Newcastle Freightliner working.
On June 11th 1983 the 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury was worked forward from Birmingham New Street by 25208 & 25205, the same working was handled on June 25th 1983 by 25208 & 25196.
On June 29th 25208 was northbound over the Settle & Carlisle with a mixed freight.
25208 was noted light engine at Guide Bridge on November 30th.
25208 was noted at Ashburys on February 14th with a short freight.
25208 was withdrawn on May 4th 1984.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added September 2nd 2013.