D7577, 7577, 25227
D7577, 7577, 25227

25227 at Polmadie Works on June 28th 1978.

The nineteen year seven month career of D7577/25227 included allocations to Scottish, Western and London Midland Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Dual brake fitted (Dec 1977).
Center lampbracket & other fittings removed.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 66 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 6 months.

Allocations

D7577 was new to Toton on November 16th 1963. Further transfers were:

November 1963 to Cricklewood West (14B).
October 1964 to Derby (16C).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
March 1967 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
April 1968 to Allerton (8J).
June 1968 to Liverpool Division (D08).
October 1969 to Manchester Division (D09).
October 1971 to Laira (84A).
October 1972 to Bristol (82A).
May 1976 to Laira.
October 1976 to Eastfield.
January 1982 stored serviceable.
January 1982 reinstated to Eastfield
October 1982 to Crewe.
Withdrawn June 26th 1983.

Renumbered June 24th 1974.

25227 was the 185th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during June 1983.

After withdrawal 25227 was stored at Cricklewood, then moved to Swindon Works from Acton Yard on August 23rd 1983 and was broken up at Swindon Works during the last week of December 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works November 1964.
Noted Derby Works November 1966.
Noted Derby Works December 1972.
Noted Glasgow Works October - December 1977 (Classified & dual brake equipment fitted).

Highlights

1965
On Sunday March 7th D7577 was stabled at Holbeck along with D5184, D5251 & D7595.

1966
On the evening of July 25th D7577 was noted between Boston & Nottingham, presumably on a service from Skegness.

Another early passenger working for D7577 took place on August 20th working the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town. with 7504.

1967
Condition July: green livery with small yellow warning panels, curved upper corners, no frame level stripe, gangway doors in place, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, engine exhaust located above engine room.

1968
On the afternoon of April 26th D7577 was noted at Manchester Piccadilly with a train of vans.

Condition June: green livery with full yellow cab fronts, gangway doors in place, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps.

1969
The 18.20 Crewe - Blackpool North was worked by 7577 on April 3rd.

7577 worked 1F51 21.30 Preston - Liverpool Exchange on the evening of June 4th. This was a frequent Class 25 turn.

The 17.30FO Manchester Victoria - York was worked by 7577 on September 5th.

7577 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on December 11th & 12th. 7577 & 7541 were the Manchester Victoria pilots on December 31st.

1970
7577 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on January 1st. On January 6th 7577 worked the 05.45 Wigan North Western - Manchester Victoria.

1971
7577 was the Manchester Victoria banker on May 10th.

On the evening of June 25th 7577 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up freight.

A lengthy day excursion on August 21st saw a roundtrip Nelson - Edinburgh worked by 7577 & 7569 for a total of 439 passenger miles. 7577 was the Manchester Victoria banker on August 25th.

On September 28th a Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth was worked to Norwich by 7577 & 7589.

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 8th 7577 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (seven tanks), returning to the stabling point after reaching Exeter. It would later work the 2B84 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On October 16th Exeter stabling point held 7573, 7577, 7657 & 7677. Later 7577 worked the 6B18 14.55 Exeter - Chard milk tanks (five tanks), reportedly the first time a Class 25 had handled this working. 7577 returned with the 6O19 16.55 Chard Junction - Morden South milk (four tanks), later retiring to Exeter stabling point.

At about 1pm on October 21st 7577 worked an Exeter Riverside - Newcourt freight (Exmouth branch). On October 22nd 7577 worked the 6B74 Hemyock - Exeter milk, returning to the stabling point after reaching Exeter.

On October 26th(?) 7577 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk, then returning to Exeter stabling point. On October 27th(?) 7577 was noted at Exeter St Davids with track inspection saloon DW 150266, the locomotive later returning to the stabling point. On October 31st 7577 was reported moved from Laira to Derby for 'modification'.

Condition November: green livery with full yellow cab fronts, gangway doors in place, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' prefixes present.

On November 30th the 6B65 20.20 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Central cement with 20 Presflos arrived at Exeter with 7577 & 1008, here 821 assisted to Exeter Central, 7577 & 1008 later retired to the stabling point.

On December 3rd 7577 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk, then returning to Exeter stabling point.

On December 6th 7577 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans), then retired to the stabling point.

On the evening of December 30th 7577 & 7656 were in the steam shed at Newton Abbot.

1972
On January 1st the 6A17 15.05 Penzance - Paddington milk & perishables (two tanks, ten vans) arrived at Exeter St Davids with 7577 & 1015, 7577 came off and went to the stabling point.

On January 15th the 6B65 18.40 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Central cement with 20 Presflos arrived at Exeter St Davids with 7577 & 129. 7577 retired to the stabling point with 1026 added to lead the train up to Exeter Central.

On January 17th 7577 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans), then retired to the stabling point.

On January 21st 7577 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk, then returning to Exeter stabling point. Later that day at about 8pm there were three Class 25s in the vicinity of Exeter St Davids. 7569 was waiting to depart with the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot. 7503 would arrive with the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (three vans) and the 6A17 15.05 Penzance - Paddington milk and perishables arrived with 7577 & 1062. 7577 would come off the train and retire to the stabling point. Services had been subject to disruption this day due to a strike of station staff and shunters in the Paddington area.

On January 25th 7577 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans), then retired to the stabling point.

On January 27th 7577 took over the 4B10 15.53 Bristol - Plymouth parcels (14 vans) with 7089 retiring to the stabling point.

On February 4th 7577 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (four vans).

On February 11th 7577 worked the 4B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans).

On the evening of February 14th Exeter stabling point contained 18, 1022, 1072, 1728, 1907, 3808, 6545, 7577 & 7675. The locomotives would leave the stabling point as:
18: run light to Laira (2/14),
1022: leave stabling point to take up freight to Carlisle? (2/15),
1072: 6B34 20.34 Bristol TM - Ponsandane, added as pilot? (2/15),
1728: to Platform 4 & Hyde Park sidings, attach vans to 1A72 (2/14),
1907: leave stabling point to take up 6B11 02.50 Riverside - Avonmouth (2/15),
7577: see note below,
7675: light engine to take up 8B38 03.30 Exeter Riverside - Newton Abbot (2/15).

On the early morning of February 15th 7577 worked the 04.30 Riverside - Torrington.

On February 26th 7577 worked the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (11 tanks), then returning to Exeter stabling point.

On March 25th 7505 piloted 6514 working the 17.55 Exeter St Davids - London Waterloo as far as Chard Junction, where it was removed to assist failed 7577 with 6A19 16.55 Chard - Morden Milk (six tanks), the Class 25s working to Exeter.

On May 6th 7575 & 7577 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 May 20th 7502 & 7577 were noted at Long Rock shed whilst 7506 was at Penzance station.

On July 15th 7502 & 7577 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 July 22nd 7507 & 7577 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 where the diagram ended for 7577.

7577 was noted on the afternoon Hemyock milk train on August 1st. Later that day 7577 was noted at Exeter St Davids with the 6B09 13.50 Acton - St Erth empty milk (seven tanks).

The Penzance - Leeds 'Cornishman' (1E21) with Warship 812 failed at Par on August 23rd, 7577 was added working through to Plymouth. At this time 7577 was allocated to Laira but would be transferred to Bristol during October 1972.

Photograph courtesy of Gregory Fitzgerald.
7577 & 812 at Liskeard on August 23rd 1972 (see note above).

The morning of September 6th found Exeter stabling point containing 3509, 4015, 4022, 5843, 6507, 7038 & 7577. Traffic north of Exeter was seriously affected this day by the derailment of two oil tanks at Tiverton Junction on a train from Fawley. All lines were blocked from about 6am to 2pm. Westbound services were terminating at Taunton with a bus shuttle to Exeter.

On September 9th the 08.15 London Paddington - Barnstable was worked forward from Exeter St Davids by 7577, which returned to Exeter with the 14.40 Barnstable - London Paddington, 1014 took the train forward.

On September 12th 7577 worked the 6B67 19.10 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans.

On September 23rd 7577 worked the 6B70 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (13 tanks).

On October 6th 7577 worked the 6B70 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (13 tanks). It later worked the 6B36 18.45 Exeter Riverside - Plymouth Friary freight.

On October 20th 7577 worked the 6B70 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On October 21st 7577 worked the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On October 26th 7577 worked the 7B67 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On November 8th the 6M55 21.00 St Blazey - Stoke-on-Trent clayliner (36 wagons) was noted at Exeter with 7577 & 1053, 7577 came off here and retired to the stabling point.

On November 9th 7577 worked the 7B70 13.15 Exeter Riverside - Tiverton freight.

1973
On April 7th 7577 worked the 20.55 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On April 10th 7577 worked the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On April 11th 7577 worked the 6B70 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On April 14th 7577 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans. It later worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return.

On June 9th 7577 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return.

On June 11th 7577 worked the 6B16 17.15 Lapford - Exeter milk (two tanks).

On June 16th 7577 worked the 6B15 03.00 Exeter - Barnstaple vans (parcels & freight). It later worked the 09.51 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids and the return 12.20, then worked the 15.55 to Barnstable and the 17.55 return to Exeter.

Photograph courtesy of Ian Hammond.
Exeter St Davids on June 16th 1973 as 7577 arrives with a service from Barnstaple.

On June 18th 7577 & 5202 (dead) worked the 4B66 10.45 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (four vans). 7577 & 6547 worked the 15.58 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple.

On June 30th 7577 worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (three tanks).

On July 14th Exeter stabling point included 7577, 7656, 7657 & 7676.

On July 14th 7577 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return.

On July 18th 7577 was the Exeter St Davids pilot.

On July 20th 7577 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return.

On July 28th 7577 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return.

7577 worked a Bristol Temple Meads - Weymouth roundtrip on July 30th.

On August 7th 7577 was noted on Exeter stabling point. At this time there appeared to be a shortage of locomotives, with many of the local trips being cancelled.

1974
On February 23rd 7577 worked the 6B18 14.50 Chard Junction - Exeter milk?

A Penzance - Leeds service on March 24th was noted through Tiverton Junction with 7577 & 46043.

On July 5th 25227 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On July 6th 25227 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans, the 15.55 Exeter - Barnstaple, the 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter and later the 20.40 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot.

On July 9th 25227 with BG W80975 and CCE Inspection Saloon worked the 1Z01 09.10 Taunton - Exminter and return special.

On October 12th 25227 was noted at Exeter stabling point. It later worked the 6B27 16.30 Hemyock - Exeter milk (six tanks).

On October 17th & 18th 25156 & 25227 were noted coupled together at Exeter stabling point.

1975
On June 28th 25227 & 1027 were noted heading west at Par with an unidentified passenger service.

Over the Christmas period Exeter stabling point contained eleven locomotives including 25227.

1976
The 20.15 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot was worked by 25227 on April 19th.

25227 & 25225 were noted at Burngullo on July 12th with loaded china clay hoods.

Condition September: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, ridge sided sandboxes, three-ring bogie mounted footsteps, No.2 cab front 2nd man's side - large patches of paint missing, centre lamp brackets and other fittings present.

On October 2nd 25227 was noted at Newton Abbot with an unidentified passenger service, possibly an Exeter St. Davids - Paignton service.

1977
25227 was noted on Aberdeen shed on April 2nd.

The 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25227 on July 25th.

On August 13th 25227 worked the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.

The 23.45 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25227 & 25241 on September 4th.

1978
On May 6th the Scottish Cup Final between Glasgow Rangers & Aberdeen took place at Hampden Park, with five specials scheduled. The 09.30am left behind 25072 & 25087, the 10.00am had 25227 & 25033 whilst the other three featured 40167, 40063 & 40159.

25227 was noted at Eastfield at midday on August 11th & 13th.

25227 was noted shunting at Elgin on October 30th.

The 23.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Inverness on November 14th was worked to Perth by 25227 where 40062 took over with the combined Glasgow & Edinburgh portions. 25227 was involved in a debacle on November 27th involving the 09.45 Aberdeen – Glasgow Queen Street beginning when 47272 failed at Camperdown Junction, Dundee’s Class 08 pilot was first to assist but a vacuum fault rendered it useless, 26045 off a nearby ballast working brought the entourage into Dundee. 25227 had been procured to take the train forward but promptly failed and was replaced by 27032. This succeeded in becoming a partial failure near Perth, requiring assistance from 26036, finally departing Perth over one hundred minutes late.

On December 9th the 20.10 Perth - Edinburgh was worked by 25227 & 25068, this being the Edinburgh portion off the 16.40 Inverness - Glasgow.

1979
On May 26th the 11.00 Edinburgh - Aberdeen was worked by 25227 & 27001. Also this day 25227 was recorded as working the 11.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street (possibly the Aberdeen working has the wrong date?) On May 29th the 12.05 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh was worked forward from Carstairs by 25227.

The 06.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25227 on October 27th. Later that day 25227 was assigned to a Dundee trip working, a northbound freight (five loaded coal wagons, six plate wagons and a brakevan).

On December 14th the 08.20 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was noted arriving at Glasgow behind 25227 & 26029, its not certain where the Class 26 failed. The next day (15th) 25227 worked the 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.

1980
On October 28th 25227 & 27004 worked the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the return 13.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street. The next day (29th) the same services were worked by 25227 & 25234.

On December 14th the 08.20 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was noted arriving at Glasgow behind 25227 & 26029, its not certain where the Class 26 failed (Duplicate of 1979). The next day (15th) 25227 worked the 04.35 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street and the 12.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee (Duplicate of 1979??).

The 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25227 on December 23rd.

1981
On May 9th 25227 was at Oban station with a weedkilling train.

25227 was noted at Eastfield depot at lunchtime on June 24th, possibly undergoing an exam.

25227 was noted passing Drumochter in quite a storm on October 13th, there was snow on the higher elevations of the Highlands, it was also noted at Dingwall with a ten wagon freight and brake van on this date.

On November 21st 25227 worked the 07.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street, the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street.

1982
25227 was noted with a loaded ballast train at Edinburgh Waverley on March 23rd.

On April 3rd a Liverpool - Edinburgh service failed at Haymarket station behind 47703, 25227 pushed everything into Edinburgh Waverley. A week later on April 10th 25227 worked the 13.20 Dundee - Edinburgh.

25227 was at Polmadie Works on June 19th.

Condition August: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, straight sided sandboxes, three-ring bogie mounted footsteps, No.2 cab front - blue star coupling symbols placed higher up than normal, centre lamp brackets and other fittings removed.

25227 was stabled at Motherwell on October 22nd, it would be transferred to Crewe by the end of the month.

1983
The Ellesmere Port – Riverside bitumen tanks continued to bring Class 25s to Exeter, 25227 & 25237 so noted on January 20th.

On April 2nd the 'Annesley Annabis' railtour from Euston to Annesley Colliery was worked by 25227 & 25241 between Euston & Willesden No.7 signalbox.

25227 was withdrawn on June 26th 1983.

Distinguishing Features
Observed between October 1979 & May 9th 1981 with three-piece miniature snow ploughs fitted - may not be continuous time span.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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

Page added September 8th 2013.
Last update June 26th 2020.

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