The twenty year five month career of D7578/25228 included allocations to Scottish, Eastern and London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7578 was new to Toton on November 30th 1963. Further transfers were:
December 1963 to York (50A) on loan.
Renumbered April 1974.
25228 was the 215th Class withdrawn, the only Class 25 retired during March 1984.
25228 had been sent to Derby Works (from Crewe?) late in January 1984 for repairs but these were cancelled and the locomotive withdrawn. On February 4th/5th 1985 25228 moved as part of a dead engine movement (25036/049, 25150, 25228/253/277 25304/317/320) 9X12 Derby Works to Swindon Works.
The movement to Swindon Works did not hasten the end of 25228. The rundown and closure of the Works left a number of withdrawn locomotives with an uncertain fate including 25228. To clear the Works Vic Berry was called in to deal with the remaining locomotives. A decision was made to move the remaining mainline locomotives (no shunters) to Berry's Leicester yard for breaking up. The move was made in two steps, initially 25027/75, 25123/133/144/158, 25228/234, 97202, 40046/63 were tripped from the Works to nearby Cocklebury Yard on May 26th 1987. Then between June 2nd & June 11th the same locomotive convoy travelled from Cocklebury Yard via Oxford to Leicester, for the Oxford - Leicester portion 20019 & 20197 hauled the convoy. 25228 was broken up during the third week of June 1987, although the cabs lingered a while longer.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1966.
Whilst on loan to Neville Hill D7578 was used on passenger turns including March 26th's eight coach 15.30 Manchester Victoria - Newcastle throughout. This was the week before Easter when the many extra specials running may have stretched the motive power departments.
On May 29th D7578 was noted at Scarborough with a 'York Trail Train' comprised of about nine elderly coaches. The locomotive was displaying headcode 3Z89, a headcode very similar to the one in the opening photograph on this page.
At the end of the summer timetable D7578 was sent north to Eastfield (65A) during September. It would spend the next fifteen years allocated to Scottish Region depots.
With the introduction of the Class 27's and Mk II passenger stock on the Glasgow - Edinburgh service it was probably not expected that other types of locomotives would be used on this service. But they were and during 1971 7578 was noted on at least two services, on August 15th it worked the 22.00 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street with 5391 and on November 10th worked the 13.30 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street with 5386.
On June 22nd the 08.15 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh was worked forward from Glasgow Central by 7578.
Further trips on the Glasgow - Edinburgh service included September 6th's 16.00 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh with 5411 and October 13th's 13.30 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh with surprisingly 7591. Two days later the same pair were noted on the Edinburgh portion of the Up West Coast Postal.
On New Year's Eve 7578 & 5409 were in charge of the 21.00 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh, somewhere west of Linlithgow the train got into trouble and required the rear-end assistance of 7580 & 5411.
25228 was noted at Glasgow Works during August whilst on August 14th it was recorded as working the 1G90 14.05 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh forward from Carstairs. Also on the 14th it was noted with 26020 at Perth on a Glasgow - Dundee service, a ex-works running-in turn for 25228?
The 17.10 Edinburgh - Berwick was worked by 25228 on October 19th.
25228 was transferred to Inverness during May.
During May 25228 worked two railtours. On May 21st an SRPS railtour was handled throughout from Burntisland to Ardrossan Harbour and return. The next weekend (28th) the first leg of a railtour by the Kirkcaldy Lions Club was worked by 25228 & 26034 from Kirkcaldy to Perth (destination Aviemore), steam locomotive 60009 was also featured on part of the railtour. The following day 25228 & 26034 were still together, now in charge of the 09.00 Edinburgh - Inverness throughout.
On September 14th the 17.05 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street was hauled by 25228 & 26011.
September 7th saw 25228 working an Oban - Glasgow service.
During November 25228 was noted at Glasgow Works for N4 repairs.
Christmas Eve travellers had the delights of 25228 on the 1G45 11.03 Perth - Edinburgh.
On September 18th 25228 worked the 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street. Whilst working September 19th's 2T38 15.58 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street, 25228 became a failure somewhere in the Stirling area, rescue came in the shape of 20108.
During October 25228 returned to Glasgow Works for more N4 repairs.
Another short working familiar to the Class 25's was the connection with the 1S07 Euston - Inverness, working the Mossend Yard - Cowlairs Junction leg. On February 9th 25228 worked the 04.22 Mossend Yard - Glasgow Queen Street connection to Cowlairs Junction. A similar turn was handled on August 22nd.
25228 was busy on March 21st on the ex GSWR Glasgow - Carlisle route working the 1S50 08.40 Carlisle to Glasgow Central and 1M02 14.00 return.
The 23.40 Edinburgh - Bristol Temple Meads used 25228 on the Carstairs leg on May 15th, connecting at Carstairs with the Glasgow portion.
On July 21st 25228 was in charge of the 2G10 05.55 Stirling - Edinburgh.
Class 25s were used regularly on banking duties across the network, on the Scottish Region trains were frequently assisted in the rear out of Glasgow Queen Street - on August 25th 25228 banked 40073 and the 09.35 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen to Cowlairs.
On March 27th 25228 worked the 18.15 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street in lieu of the diagrammed Class 47. It may also have worked the return leg.
25228 received its last 'E' exam at Haymarket during July.
After fifteen years of service allocated to Scottish Region depots 25228 was transferred to Longsight during September, this would be its last transfer.
On October 16th 25228 came to the rescue of the 1E66 13.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich, assisting the train from Saltley to Leicester because of a locomotive failure.
On October 29th 25228 was in charge of the Hexham pick up goods.
25228's last known passenger workings featured the Cambrian Lines. On July 16th it worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury with 25239. The latter locomotive suffered dragging brakes and was failed. A week later (23rd) things were a bit better, this time 25228 & 25239 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street and returned with the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Crewe, normally terminating at Shrewsbury but this day extended to Crewe. on July 29th 25228 was noted at Timperley with a short rake of brand new Rockware glass tanks.
On August 12th 25228 worked the 15.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Bristol Temple Meads parcels.