The sixteen year eleven month career of D7575/25225 was split almost equally between allocations to London Midland & Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7575 was new to Toton (16A) on November 9th 1963. Further transfers were:
November 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
Renumbered February 6th 1974.
25225 was the 48th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of four retired during October 1980, including shedmate 25223.
On October 18th 1980, three days after its withdrawal 25225 was moved to Swindon Works, by the last week of November 1980 25225 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1972.
On July 1st & 13th 7575 was the Manchester Victoria banker.
With the WR making further inroads into its hydraulic fleet 7573 - 7575/7577 were transferred to Laira (84A) during October, part of a larger fleet reorganisation. At the time of these transfers 7574 visited Derby Works during October. The Class 25s were not the most popular machines in the south-west, their mechanical condition leaving a lot to be desired. Typical was 7573 spending a month out of service at Exeter before being moved to Laira for repair. The Class 25s had still not fully replaced the Class 22s on the local duties in Devon and Cornwall, crew training still taking place at several locations. Not helping matters was the use of Laira based 7574 at Bristol for crew training. Additionally the Class 25s were still not cleared for use on the Drinnick Mill branch.
7573 & 7575 would spend the rest of their working lives on the Western Region, they would become familiar locomotives handling the secondary passenger duties in the Exeter area, with eight years in this area it is more than likely they covered all the local passenger duties many times over. They would also be very active on the summer holiday extras and assisting the long distance workings out of Penzance & Plymouth from time to time.
7575 was noted heading west at Exeter on November 12th.
7575 was noted shunting milk tanks at Lostwithiel on May 20th.
Derby Works was host to 7575 during June.
On July 1st 7573 & 7575 worked the 7B34 19.40 Bristol Temple Mills to Ponsandane freight, the 1E21 10.30 Penzance to Bradford passenger service to Plymouth, then light engines to Laira depot and ending with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary to Par freight. The same diagram was worked by 7575 & 7577 on July 15th.
On August 12th, 19th and September 2nd 7574 & 7575 worked the 7B34 19.40 Bristol Temple Mills to Ponsandane freight, the 1E21 10.30 Penzance to Bradford passenger service to Plymouth, then light engines to Laira depot and ending with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary to Par freight.
On September 16th 7575 worked the 09.51 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable, the return 12.18 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids, the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable and the return 17.55 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids.
On October 5th St Blazey received 7575 & 7676 for taking up further Class 22 duties, unfortunately 7575 was defective and returned to Laira for repair. Its replacement was 5180, with the two locomotives handling the trips to Dennis Junction, Retew and Goonbarrow Junction.
On December 23rd 7575 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstable and the return 17.55 Barnstable - Exeter St Davids.
7575 worked the 09.51 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the return 12.20 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids on September 22nd.
7575 paid a visit to Derby Works during November.
On March 8th 25225 worked the 20.20 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple.
On Sunday May 11th the 1E21 11.35 Penzance - Leeds failed at Lostwithiel behind Class 52 No.1070 'Western Gauntlet', 25225 was added to take the train forward to Plymouth, where both locomotives were removed (see photograph below).
On October 29th the St Blazey Class 25s were dispersed as follows: Wadebridge, Liskeard & Hayle 25223; St Blazey - Drinnick Mill 25167, 25220; Goonbarrow Junction 25225; Control Train 25217.
On July 24th 25225 was noted working the 20.50 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot. 25225 was also noted around Exeter on August 14th & 15th on passenger workings.
On June 22nd the 16.40 Plymouth - Paignton was worked by 25225.
The WR witnessed a number of double headed Class 25s during the summer season, so noted was a Plymouth - Old Oak Common parcels with 25225 & 50029 (July 16th?).
The 19.25 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton was worked by 25225 on August 29th.
On September 10th the 09.35 Penzance - Wolverhampton was worked to Plymouth by 25225 & 25216. They returned west from Plymouth with the 08.08 Wolverhampton - Penzance Plymouth.
A St Blazey - Carlisle freight was worked to Exeter Riverside by 25215 & 25225 on May 12th. 25225 was noted at Newton Abbot with down clay empties on the morning of May 18th.
The latter half of the summer of 1978 provided recorded examples of many diagrams worked. On July 22nd 25225 worked the 09.50 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple, the 11.57 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids, the 13.40 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and the 15.52 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids. The same diagram was worked on September 2nd.
On September 9th 25225 worked the 09.50 Exeter - Branstaple, the 11.57 Barnstaple - Exeter, the 16.40 Exeter - Barnstaple & the 18.03 Barnstaple - Exeter. Finally 25057 & 25225 worked the 21.00 Exeter - Newton Abbot.
On September 10th a Bideford - Kingswear day excursion was worked by 25225 & 25057. The next day (11th) 25225 was stabled at Exeter mid-morning, later the 14.10 Exeter St Davids - Paignton and the 19.30 Exeter - Paignton were worked by 25225. On the very early morning of September 16th 25225 was stabled at Exeter.
On November 25th the RPPR 'Welsh Wonder' railtour from Paddington to South Wales left the capital with 25157 & 25225 in charge. However all was not well with the pair, 46001 being added at Reading taking the train as far as Severn Tunnel Junction. Here 20044 & 20188 took over for a trip round the Welsh Valleys, the return to London was behind a pair of Class 37's. The Class 46 and the two Class 25s were later noted at Bristol Bath Road depot. This tour was repeated on the following Saturday, December 2nd, with 25052 & 25225 providing more solid performance between Paddington and Severn Tunnel Jct.
The year closed out with bad weather on December 29th. Heavy snow over the New Year plagued services with delays and faulty equipment made life even more difficult to maintain the timetable. In the West Country Exeter proved to be a graveyard for frozen up locomotives, with temperatures reaching down to -13C most things simply froze up. The 00.05 Paddington - Penzance was reported sixteen hours late at Plymouth, 50046 had left Paddington 150 minutes late continuing to loose time throughout the journey, before expiring completely at Brent, with 47106 coming to the rescue. The train was cancelled at Plymouth with Penzance passengers connecting with the 10.30 from Paddington, arriving at Penzance some eighteen hours late! At Exeter the local services were cancelled with the diesel multiple units frozen solid. The diesels fared little better with eighteen frozen up locomotives including 25052, 25206/225/263, the only serviceable machine being 46020, which had been equipped with steam lances for the freeing of pointwork and rodding.
Despite its continued allocation to Laira, 25225 has produced few reported passenger workings during 1979 - obviously 25225 was out there in action, just so far unreported! It should be noted that with eight years spent at Laira the average mileage for the passenger trains worked by 25225 was about half that of the norm for the Class 25 fleet.
25225 was noted at St Blazey on June 23rd.
On October 15th 25225 ran light engine to Fowey to pick up some empties, then worked later in the day to Drinnick Mill with clay empties. Loaded clay wagons then returned to Burngullow during the afternoon hauled by 25225 & 25206.
Railtour duty befell 25225 & 25080 on April 12th, taking over at Exeter from 31304 & 31163 on a Paddington - Meeth / Meldon Quarry railtour, the Torrington - Meeth section top and tailed due to lack of run round facilities at Meeth. The special also covered the line to Meldon (see image below).
On July 29th 25225 worked the 16.05 Newton Abbot - Paignton. On July 30th 25225 worked the 14.16 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton.
Late July / early August workings included July 31st's 14.16 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton, Saturday August 2nd 13.45 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and the 15.52 return, the 17.25 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton and the 19.05 return, August 3rd 12.25 Newton Abbot - Exeter St. Davids and the 14.45 Exeter St. Davids - Paignton. 25225 came to the rescue of the 18.56 Exeter - Barnstaple diesel multiple unit on August 15th (throughout?) & returning with the 20.50 to Exeter. On August 16th 25225 worked the 12.00 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids and the 14.35 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple. On August 24th a four coach Torrington - Southampton excursion was worked by 25225 from Torrington to Bristol Temple Meads. Here the four coaches were attached to a Bristol - Portsmouth Harbour service hauled by 33110. The return was similarly worked with 25225 taking over at Bristol for the return to Torrington.
On September 3rd 25225 worked the 11.04 Paignton - Exeter St. Davids. On September 13th 25225 worked the 16.42 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple. On September 15th 25225 worked the 18.00 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids, having to later return to the branch to assist ailing 25207 on the 17.15 freight to Exeter.
25225 was withdrawn on October 5th 1980.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added June 21st 2002.