D7565, 7565, 25215
D7565, 7565, 25215

Photograph courtesy Barrie Watkins
25215 at Warrington Arpley on a snowy December 21st 1981.

The seventeen year six month career of D7565/25215 included allocations to Scottish, Western & London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Non-standard Battery Isolating Switch Cover - three circular hinged discs.
Boiler room grilles sheeted over (1978).
Final exhaust roof panel: flush.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 64 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 4 months.

Allocations

D7565 was new to the Nottingham Division on December 4th 1965. Further transfers were:

May 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
January 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
August 1972 to London Division (D01).
October 1972 to Haymarket (64B).
August 1975 to Cardiff.
October 1975 to Laira.
May 1978 to Crewe.
Withdrawn June 19th 1983.

Renumbered December 1973.

25215 was the 183rd Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during June 1983.

After withdrawal 25215 was stored at Crewe until moved to Swindon Works between August 27th 1983 & September 8th 1983. 25215 was scrapped by the end of October 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted ex-works May 1969.
Noted ex-works late 1973? with TOPS numbering, perhaps at Glasgow due to flush roof (similar treatment for 25216 & 25217).
Noted Derby Works July 1976.
Noted Derby Works January & February 1978 (Classified).

Highlights

1966
Noted at Derby station on March 24th between 4.30pm & 7pm were about fifty train and locomotive movements involving diesel Classes 08/25/37/45/46/47. Class 25s and steam locomotives included:
D7528 shunting empty coaching stock
48350 up freight - oil tanks
D7548 down light engine
D7561 down light engine
D5188 Nottingham?? - Derby passenger (2P92)
D5299 empty coaching stock for Derby - Bakewell service
D5190 empty coaching stock for Derby - Sheffield service
48143 down light engine
D7584 up freight (5G52)
45211 up light engine
D7511 & D7565 down freight (9T44)
48672 down light engine
D7505 up light engine
48103 down freight, later retiring to the shed
48646 up freight
92008 up light engine
48752 down freight
D7572 shunting empty coaching stock
76043 down light engine
D5206 up local
D5204 Sheffield - Derby passenger (2M76)
48214 down special freight
48177 down movement with brake van
45224 down light engine
D7502 up light engine
D5223 up local (2P53)
D68 & D7583 19.45 Derby - St Pancras
Amongst the locomotives on shed during this period included 12039, D2504, D7514, D7572, D7581, D7585, D7646, E6022 & 48064.

On the afternoon of October 28th D7565 was at Loughborough with a down freight.

1972
On July 25th 7528 & 7565 along with many multiple units were noted at Aylesbury.

Freight trains noted at Bletchley on August 25th include:
7531 & 7529 0Z00
E3083 4A51
E3080 6M48
E3001 8B71
E3022 6E39
E3114 5A53
7560 7F20
5186 9M13
7566 8T61
E3016 8B80
1019 6Z32
7565 & 5275 6A32
1614 6M36
E3004 8M17
E3157 3A14
E3011 6B27
E3083 4M74
1657 6M30
7524 8B83
E3059 6M43.

On the morning of October 27th 7565 was stabled at Rugby.

From October 1972 until August 1975 7565 / 25215 was allocated to Edinburgh Haymarket. During its time on the Scottish Region it did not visit Glasgow Works for any type of Classified repair. However it did at some point receive the battery isolating switch cover modification carried out at Scottish Region depots, the two hinged flaps being replaced by the three circular access panels. Most likely this modification was removed during its visit to Derby Locomotive Works during January & February 1978.

1974
On January 12th a clean 25215 was noted at Gateshead.

On the evening of October 29th 25215 was at Edinburgh Waverley to work the 3E03.

1975
D7565/25215's first recorded passenger workings occurred midway through its service life whilst allocated to the Western Region. On February 27th 1975 the 20.15 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot was worked by 25215.

On October 16th 25215 was noted dragging 50026 light engine through Exeter St Davids.

On October 22nd 25215 worked the 2B84 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On October 23rd, 24th & 25th 25215 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On October 30th 25215 worked the 6B71 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On November 3rd 25215 worked the 6B73 13.05 Exeter Riverside - Whimple and the return 9B73 15.00 Whimple - Exeter Riverside.

On November 29th 25215 worked the 7B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter.

On December 2nd 25215 worked the 2B84 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

At 6pm on December 4th 25160, 25169 & 25215 were noted at Exeter stabling point.

At about 10.30am on December 6th 25215 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

1976
On January 14th 25215 & 25217 were noted at Exeter with the 6E18 19.15 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (17 wagons).

On January 29th 25225 & 25215 were noted at Exeter with the 7E18 19.15 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (14 wagons).

On February 9th 25225 & 25215 were noted at Exeter with the 7E18 19.15 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight (26 wagons).

On May 17th the 7E19 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills (all Presflos) was noted at Exeter Riverside behind 50019, 25052 & 25215. Presumably the Class 50 came off here and worked on to Exeter stabling point.

Photograph collection of webmaster
25215 was allocated to Laira from October 1975 to May 1978. It is seen here on the headshunt at Laira, date unknown.

On the evening of September 3rd Exeter stabling point included 08259, 08410, 25080, 25130, 25215, 45030, 46009 and 24054 & 24142 with a brake van.

On September 4th 25215 worked a Torrington - Riverside milk.

On September 11th 25215 worked the 2B99 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple.

On September 16th 25215 worked the 2B48 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On the evening of October 20th 25215 was with an up goods at Plymouth.

On October 29th 25215 & 25080 worked the 19.45 St Blazey - Temple Mills goods to?

On November 4th 25215 & 25052 were noted at Exeter with the 7E79 19.40 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight.

On November 19th St Blazey sent out 25217 & 25080 on the 19.45 St Blazey - Temple Mills goods and 25215 & 25223 on the 22.05 St Blazey - Carlisle goods.

On December 9th 25215 worked the 18.30 St Blazey - Plymouth Friary.

On December 17th 25215 worked the 18.30 St Blazey - Plymouth Friary goods and the 20.30 Plymouth Friary - St Blazey goods.

1977
On January 14th 25170 & 25215 were noted at Plymouth with the 19.45 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25215 with 08576 at Bolitho (Redruth) on January 15th 1977.

On January 21st 25080 & 25215 were noted at Plymouth with the 19.45 St Blazey - Temple Mills freight.

At about 2pm on January 29th 25215 was up light engine at Plymouth.

On February 25th 25215 & 25170 were noted at Plymouth with the 19.40 St Blazey - Carlisle goods.

The 08.30 Paddington - Plymouth failed at Tiverton Junction on March 19th behind 50020, 25215 dragged the service to Newton Abbot where both locomotives were replaced.

On March 24th 25215 was light engine at Exeter Central.

On the late evening of March 25th 25052, 25215, 47106 & 50014 were stabled at Exeter depot.

On April 15th 25217 & 25215 were noted at Plymouth with the 19.40 St Blazey - Carlisle goods.

Condition May: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, non-standard BIS cover - three circular discs ex-Scottish Region mod.

On May 20th 25215 & 25216 were noted at Plymouth with the 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle freight.

At about 19.30 on May 27th 25225 & 25215 were noted up light engines at Plymouth.

At about 5pm on June 1st 25215 was up light engine at Plymouth.

On June 3rd 25215 & 25216 were noted at Plymouth with the 20.55 St Blazey - Temple Mills goods.

On the evening of June 24th 25215 was noted at Laira.

On the evening of June 25th 25103, 25172, 25215, 25224, 31200 & 47511 were stabled at Exeter depot.

On June 26th 25080 & 25215 were stabled at Exeter St Davids.

On July 1st 25215 worked the 15.20 Penzance - Paddington vans to Plymouth, here 50037 took over.

At about 6pm on July 2nd 25215 was noted at Exeter St Davids returning from Chard Junction.

On July 21st 25215 worked the 2B35 18.15 Paignton - Exeter St Davids.

At mid-day on August 1st 25215 was stabled at Exeter shed.

On August 12th 25215 worked the 2B44 19.35 Exeter St Davids - Paignton.

On August 20th 25215 & 31319 worked the 13.40 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple.

At 9am on August 21st 31319 & 25215 were noted at Exeter shed, later this day 25215 worked the 09.50 Exeter St Davids - Paignton and the 18.00 Exeter - Newton Abbot and the 20.00 Newton Abbot - Exeter St Davids.

On August 23rd 25215 worked the 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton.

On August 24th 25215 worked the 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton and the 19.35 Exeter St Davids - Paignton.

On August 26th 25215 worked the 18.15 Paignton - Exeter St Davids.

On August 28th 25215 worked the 18.00 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot and the 20.00 Newton Abbot - Exeter St Davids.

On August 29th 25215 worked the 2B99 17.45 (or 17.15) Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids and the 2B44 19.35 Exeter St Davids - Paignton.

At 9.20am on August 30th 25215 was stabled at Exeter shed, it later worked the 11.00 Paignton - Exeter St Davids and the 2B35 18.15 Paignton - Exeter St Davids.

On September 1st 25215 worked the 2B35 18.15 Paignton - Exeter St Davids.

On September 13th & 14th 25215 worked the 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton.

On September 17th 25215 worked the 2B50 21.00 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell
25215 runs round its train at Barnstaple on September 18th 1977 having recently arrived with the 11.10 from Exeter.

Photograph courtesy Peter Lovell
The starter is already up for 25215 to leave Barnstaple on September 18th 1977 with the 12.30 to Exeter St Davids.

On September 24th the 09.48 Paddington - Newquay was worked between Plymouth & Par by 25215 & 25217, with 50037 taking over at Par. 50037 then worked the 16.58 Newquay - Par, at Par 50037 replaced 47048 on the 16.20 Penzance - Morden South/Paddington milk tanks & vans. 25215 & 25217 would take the 10.30 Newquay - Paddington from Newquay (?) to Plymouth.

On October 14th 25215 was noted at Exeter with the 4B10 15.56 Bristol - Plymouth parcels.

At 4pm on October 28th noted at Plymouth were 25215 up light engine and 25155 down light engine.

On the afternoon of November 14th 25216 & 25215 were on a down clay train at Plymouth.

On the morning of November 15th 25215 & 08576 ran light engines from St Blazey to Laira. Later that afternoon 25215 & 50032 were up light engines at Plymouth.

On the evening of December 2nd 25223 & 25215 worked the 18.25 Avonmouth - Truro goods from?

On the late afternoon of December 14th 25215 was up light engine at Plymouth.

On the morning of December 23rd 25215, 25224, 47098 & 50023 were noted at Exeter stabling point.

1978
On March 5th 25215 was noted stabled at Par.

On March 9th 25215 & 25170 were noted at Plymouth with the 18.40 St Blazey - Carlisle goods.

On March 31st 25215 & 25207 were noted at Plymouth with the 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle goods.

25215 was stabled at Newton Abbot shed late on the evening of April 11th.

On April 12th 25215 worked the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels as far as Exeter, it came off here and was replaced by 46019.

The 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle freight was worked to Exeter Riverside by 25215 & 25170 on April 28th.

On the morning of May 10th 25215 was at Moorswater with a clay working.

Observations on the evening of May 12th at Plymouth include:
25224 18.06 Truro - Plymouth Friary goods
25293 4B10 15.52 Bristol - Plymouth vans
25224 03.24 6V53 Stoke - St Blazey clay empties
25052 & 25155 down clay Fowey
25215 & 25222 18.50 St Blazey - Carlisle goods (to Exeter Riverside).

Observations at Plymouth on the evening of May 19th include:
25215 & 25224 18.05 St Blazey - Stoke clay
25058 15.52 Bristol - Plymouth vans
25223 & 25052 19.50 St Blazey - Carlisle goods.

During May 1978 25215 was transferred from Laira to Crewe and was only three months out of a repair at Derby Works, including a full repaint.

On the afternoon of June 14th 25206 & 25215? were up light engines at Plymouth.

On a sunny August 5th 25215 worked the roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town.

25215 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on the late afternoon of September 13th.

1979
Late into March the two remaining Class 24s 24063 & 24081 were still soldiering on, observed on the Oakamoor sand train were 24081 & 25215 on March 28th.

On May 2nd 25215 & 25042 were westbound at Stoke on Trent with a loaded sand train.

On the afternoon of May 4th 25215 was stabled at Gloucester.

Since June Dee Marsh sidings had been accumulating Class 502 stock, (replaced by the new Class 507s), some condemned, some simply stored. On July 20th 25047 & 25215 hauled off to Birkenhead six ex-works units.

1980
25215 was at Liverpool Lime Street with a wiring train on January 6th. The early morning 05.43 Grange Shotwick freight on January 7th, in charge of 24081 got into trouble at Greenbank, with a main generator fault disabling the locomotive. Rescue came in the shape of 25071 as far as Oakleigh, where 25215 took the train forward, whilst 25071 took the errant Class 24 to Crewe.

On the afternoon of February 3rd 25215 & 47365 were noted at Crewe on an up permanent way train.

The Cambrian line was visited on June 7th when 25215 & 25272 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

A month later on July 4th 25215 worked the 16.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe, the 20.30 Crewe - Bangor and the 22.45 Bangor - Llandudno Junction. Two days later (9th) it was the turn of the 09.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town for 25215. On July 13th the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25215 & 25208. On July 19th 25215 was north of the border noted in Carlisle yard and later worked the 18.07 Carlisle - Glasgow Central.

On the afternoon of September 10th 25215 was stabled at York.

1981
The last recorded passenger workings for 25215 took place during 1981. On June 6th 25215 & 25200 started out with the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth but were removed at Nottingham and replaced by 47334.

On August 1st 25215 was stabled at Ladywell sidings, Preston.

On August 14th 25215 worked the 17.45 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Junction and the following day's (15th) 12.40 Llandudno Junction - Holyhead and 16.30 Holyhead - Manchester Victoria.

On the evening of September 17th 25215 was at Peterborough.

25215 & 25123 were in charge of a lengthy Carlisle - Tinsley freight on November 4th.

On a snowy December 18th 25215 was noted at Salford with a train of Presflos.

1982
25215 was stabled at Cardiff Canton on May 3rd.

Condition May: blue/yellow livery, boiler room grilles sheeted over, hand/footholds plated over, straight & ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, standard BIS cover, No.2 cab drivers side - aluminium unpainted window frame.

On June 10th 25181 & 25215 were light engines at Milton Keynes.

On August 14th 25215 worked the 17.45 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Junction, whilst the next day (15th) it worked the 12.40 Llandudno Junction - Holyhead and the 16.30 Holyhead - Manchester Victoria.

On September 2nd moved a Class 503 three-car unit from Horwich Works to Merseyrail's Hall Road depot.

25215 was noted at Warrington Arpley on September 13th with four red liveried breakdown/rerailing coaches.

1983
25215 was stabled at Cockshute on January 29th.

25215 was stabled at Chester depot on March 13th (normal BIS cover). On March 29th a convoy of Class 76 locomotives moved from Guide Bridge to Reddish for component recovery, 25215 was used to haul 76036, 76001, 76009, 76028 & 76008.

On April 13th 25138 & 25215 worked the 8M20 Acton - Toton freight.

On April 29th 25215 & 25268 were southbound at Nuneaton with a freight.

On May 9th 25042 & 25215 were noted northbound through Crewe with a loaded sand train.

On May 15th 25215 & 25237 were noted at Worcester stabling point.

25215 was withdrawn on June 19th 1983.

Resources:
1970s Western Region information courtesy online notebooks of Sean Greenslade.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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