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25225 was the 48th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of four retired during October 1980, including shedmate 25223.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.
At about 8am on September 10th 7575 was noted passing Ardwick with a down tank train.
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.
At about 7.30pm on October 4th 7573, 7575 & 7577 were noted at Exeter St Davids on transfer from the Manchester Division to Laira. This date would also mark the official usage of only Class 33s on the Waterloo - Exeter services.
On October 15th 7575 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks (eight tanks), returning to the stabling point after this job.
7575 was noted heading west at Exeter on November 12th.
On December 22nd 7575 worked the 7B18 04.30 Exeter Riverside - Torrington freight.
On December 28th 7575 worked the 2B84 20.10 Exeter - Newton Abbot service.
On March 13th 7575 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans).
On March 25th 7575 worked the 6B74 16.35 Torrington - Exeter milk (three tanks), then retired to the stabling point.
On March 27th 7575 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans), then retired to the stabling point.
On March 30th 7575 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (three vans), then retired to the stabling point.
On the afternoon of April 1st 7575 worked a special 6B73 Exeter - Hemyock, returning with the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (eight tanks).
On April 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th & 14th 7575 worked the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.
On April 4th 7575 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (nine tanks).
On April 11th 7575 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (nine tanks).
On April 14th 7575 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (nine tanks).
On May 1st 7575 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans).
On May 5th the 6A17. 15.20 Penzance - Paddington milk & perishables (two tanks, 11 vans) arrived at Exeter with 7575 & 825, 7575 came off here and retired to the stabling point.
On May 6th 7575 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans).
On May 9th 7575 and Inspection Saloon W9005W were noted at Newton Abbot having come of the Heathfield branch.
7575 was noted shunting milk tanks at Lostwithiel on May 20th.
Derby Works was host to 7575 during June.
On June 30th 7575, in ex-works condition worked the 6B16 17.15 Lapford - Exeter milk. At about 6pm the 4B10 15.58 Bristol - Plymouth parcels arrived with 149, which retired to the stabling point with 7575 taking the train forward.
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 12th the 6A17 15.20 Penzance - Paddington milk and perishables arrived at Exeter with 7575 & 1014, 7575 came off here and retired to the stabling point.
On September 16th 7575 worked the 09.51 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple, the return 12.18 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids, the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the return 17.55 Barnstaple - 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 - Barnstaple and the return 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids.
On June 2nd 7575 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.
7575 & 5223 were noted working an engineers train at Barnstaple on June 3rd.
At about 06.40am on June 16th 7575 was noted at Exeter with the 15th's 6B14 23.23 Severn Tunnel Junction - Totnes tanks (two tanks).
On September 15th 7575 worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (two tanks).
7575 worked the 09.51 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the return 12.20 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids on September 22nd.
On September 29th 7575 worked the 6B66 11.02 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.
On October 6th 7575 was noted at Exeter with the previous day's 14.30 York - Plymouth parcels (running about seven hours late), uncertain if 7575 worked through to Plymouth.
7575 paid a visit to Derby Works during November.
At about 10pm on January 17th locomotives stabled at Exeter included 7516, 7575 & 7625.
On January 19th 7575 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.
On February 7th 25225 worked the 07.30 Tavistock Junction - Hackney.
25225 was noted at Plymouth North Road on the morning of February 25th.
At about noon on March 21st 25225 was noted shunting vans at Penzance.
On April 18th 25225 and another Class 25 were noted at Plymouth with a permanent way train.
At about 1pm on May 20th 25225 was noted at Penzance.
On the morning of May 29th 25225 was noted at Hayle and later noted at Penzance.
On the evening of June 18th 25225 was noted at Exeter stabling point, possibly failed.
On September 14th 25225 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On October 30th 25225 was stopped at Exeter stabling point with flat batteries.
At about 13.30 on November 2nd 25225 departed Exeter for Chard Junction with six milk tanks. It returned later with the 6B58 17.00 Chard Junction - Exeter milk (seven tanks).
At about noon on November 6th 25225 worked an Exmouth Junction - Exeter Riverside trip. It later worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (two tank).
On November 20th 25225 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (one tank).
On Friday November 22nd noted at Exeter stabling point were 25015, 25172, 25224 & 25225.
On November 30th 25225 worked the 6B16 16.25 Torrington - Exeter.
On December 2nd 25225 worked the 2B48 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot (ten coaches).
On December 4th 25225 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
At about 18.34 on December 9th 25223 & 25225 were noted at Exeter with the 6A19 13.50 St Erth - Acton milk (16 tanks).
At about 11.10am on December 11th 25223 & 25225 were noted at Exeter with the previous day's 6V20 16.05 York - Plymouth parcels (16 vans). The locomotives returned north with the 6A19 13.50 St Erth - Acton milk (16 tanks), passing Exeter at 18.34.
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.
25225 was at Derby Works during September & October. This was mostly likely the last classified repair carried out for 25225. The cab front gangway doors were removed during this repair.
25225 was noted at Whimple on November 9th with one van and a brakevan.
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 was noted at Exeter St Davids yard on August 4th. 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.