D7580, 7580, 25230
D7580, 7580, 25230

Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
A platform-end view of 25230 at Birmingham New Street on March 31st 1984. The locomotive side presents a busy scene, the blanked-off boiler room grille, the plated over footstep/handholds, the side mounted boiler water tank filler access panel and the hinged battery isolating switch covers which are actually in place and in the closed position. To the right of the cab door at frame level is the fire warning instructions as applied by Glasgow Works (this instruction was later painted over). Not visible in this view is the non-standard ventilator (bottom row, extreme right), being smaller than the standard ventilator and with less grills.

The twenty two year career of D7580/25230 started and ended at LMR depots sandwiched between a fourteen year stint on the Scottish Region.

Built BR Darlington Works.
Dual brake equipped (at least by August 1968).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 78 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 15 months.


D7580 was new to Toton (16A) on December 14th 1963. Further transfers were:

February 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
January 1965 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
January 1967 to London Division (Midland). (D14)
April 1968 to Allerton (8J), then to the Liverpool Division (D08).
June 1968 to Eastfield (65A).
June 1969 to Haymarket (64B).
May 1975 to Eastfield.
March 1982 to Haymarket.
October 1982 to Longsight.
May 1984 to Crewe.
Withdrawn August 6th (?) 1986.

Renumbered March 1974.

After withdrawal 25230 was stored at Crewe & Basford Hall. On July 15th 1987 with 25089, 25196, & 25324 it moved to Leicester, Humberstone Road and then tripped to Vic Berry's yard on July 20th 1987. The locomotive was briefly placed in the stack during October 1987, but was broken up by the end of October 1987.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works November 1965.
Noted Derby Works July 1966.
Noted Derby Works May 1968.
Noted Derby Works March 1978 with accident damage.
Noted Glasgow Works December 1979 - February 1980 (Intermediate repair).
Noted Glasgow Works May 1980 (N4 repairs).
Noted Derby Works June 1983 (N6 repairs).


One of D7580's earliest recorded passenger workings took place on March 12th 1964 working the 08.30am Bradford Forster Square - Morecambe and the return 12.30pm Morecambe - Leeds.

On May 15th a Manchester Central - St. Pancras service headed by D115 was noted being hauled into St Pancras by 7580 & 7585 with the Class 45 having failed at??

A Manchester - Preston special was worked by D7580 on March 26th.

On October 15th the 11.55 Sheffield - St. Pancras was hauled to Nottingham by 7580.

During June D7580 was transferred to Eastfield, it would spend the next fourteen years allocated to Scottish Region depots.

On August 16th 7580 worked a Glasgow Queen Street - Oban service.

Condition August: green livery with full yellow ends (noted freshly painted cabfronts June 1968), no frame level stripe, gangway doors in place, no blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, dual braked (hinged filters fitted on BIS side), exhaust located above engine room, 'D' prefix carried.

Condition August: green livery with full yellow ends, no frame level stripe, gangway doors in place, no blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, straight sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, dual braked (hinged filters fitted on BIS side), exhaust located above engine room, 'D' prefix carried.

The 22.40 Carstairs - Edinburgh was worked by 7580 on June 18th.

Condition July: green livery with full yellow ends, no frame level stripe, gangway doors in place, no blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, dual braked (hinged filters fitted on BIS side), 'D' prefix carried.

Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
7580 and an unidentified Scottish sister on the 1S06 19.30?? Euston - Stranraer, date and location unknown, but could well be seen here at Girvan. The Type 2s could have been on the train since Carlisle, or possibly added at Ayr.

On March 26th a fire caused a power failure on the west side of Edinburgh Waverley, leading to many services using the suburban lines. The next day hand signalling at the west end was in place, but some services continued over the suburban lines to ease congestion. One such working was the 17.20 Edinburgh - Birmingham with 7580 & 7591. For reasons unknown 7580 was left at Slateford Yard which caused 7591 to struggle towards Carstairs, causing delays to itself and following trains.

On December 10th 7580 failed at Acklington working an Edinburgh - Newcastle service, 6952 was used to drag everything to Newcastle.

7580 was an occasional substitute for Class 27s on the high speed push-pull Glasgow - Edinburgh service, being noted on April 6th working the 12.30 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street with 5407 and on September 6th working the 14.00 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street with 5410.

On December 31st the 21.30 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh failed behind 7578 & 5409, the train was pushed by 7580 & 5411 to its destination.

On June 1st an Aberdeen - Edinburgh service was worked by 7580 & 5118.

Also of interest is three consecutive days workings on August 12th/13th/14th on the Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street route, all with 7581 as a push-pull type working, but presumably with both locomotives manned.

The 14.30 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh push-pull service was worked by 7580 & 5396 on January 26th.

On February 17th the 10.50 Nottingham - St Pancras was worked to Leicester by 45132 & 25230.

On September 15th (?) the 16.18 Glasgow Queen Street - Fort William was worked by 25230.

Heavy fog on December 19th seriously disrupted air travel in the south, with many flights diverted to Manchester and Prestwick. Seven specials were laid on to bring the air passengers south, including an afternoon Ayr Euston extra which had 25082 & 25230 as far as Carlisle.

A long distance railtour on June 3rd brought travellers from Spalding to Fort William. 25062 & 25230 took over the special from 47218 at Motherwell (also reported as Cowlairs) but got no further than Dumbarton Central where they were replaced by 25246 & 27029, with 25062 failed en-route at Bowling . Shortly before Crianlarich 25246 overheated and was declared a failure. 25232 which was travelling light engine southbound, was added at Crianlarich, 25246 was dumped on the Oban line and the train left for Fort William behind 25232 and 27029, arrival being over two hours late. The return leg utilised 25232 & 27029, with both having been carefully inspected at Fort William before being assigned to the return journey. However 25232 failed at Corrour and was dumped in the station. 27029 soldiered on to Bridge of Orchy where 27043 was transferred from a late running Glasgow Queen Street - Mallaig service, which had 37018 as the train locomotive. Despite all the problems the pair of Class 27s reached Cowlairs virtually on time, with 47218 returning the excursionists southbound.

25230 at Eastfield on June 28th 1978.

On September 9th the 12.55 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban and the return late afternoon working were handled by 25230.

On February 10th 25230 was noted ex-works on Eastfield depot.

On April 8th 25230 & 27004 worked the 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the return 13.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street. The 14.00 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25230 on July 24th.

On September 30th 25230 worked the 17.15 Dundee - Perth.

The 10.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee on October 11th was worked by 25230.

On November 1st 25230 worked the 11.05 Perth - Edinburgh and the 1P10 12.48 Edinburgh - Perth.

Having spent a considerable time allocated to the Scottish Region, it was to be expected that 7580/25230 covered many miles on the Region's passenger services. Possibly its longest recorded daily working occurred November 4th 1980 when, with 25062 it worked the 08.15 Inverness - Glasgow (181 miles) and then returned north with the return 13.10 to Inverness.


Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25230 at Eastfield on February 14th 1981 showing all the signs of having had its previous overhaul at Glasgow Works.

The 06.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25230 on March 23rd.

On April 11th 25230 was stabled at Haymarket. On April 26th 25230 was stabled at Eastfield.

On May 28th 25230 was noted passing Dumfries with two coal wagons.

25230 was stabled at Larbert on the late afternoon of June 27th.

On August 7th 25230 worked the Inverness - Dingwall vans. On August 21st 25230 was stabled at Arbroath. On August 27th 25230 was noted at Dundee with an Up goods train.

The 12.50 Carlisle - Glasgow Central was worked by 25230 on September 4th & 18th.

25230 worked the 14.21 Dundee - Edinburgh on October 5th.

25230 was noted at Inverness depot on November 26th.

25230 was noted at Shrewsbury stabling point on December 29th.

Most unusual visitors to Eastleigh on the morning of January 14th were 25161, 25167 & failed 25230. They had arrived on an unidentified freight and turned on the loop at the diesel depot to keep the failed 25230 at the rear of the trio as they headed northbound light engines.

25230 was stabled at Stonebridge park on April 24th and later noted shunting ballast wagons at Old Oak sidings.

On May 2nd 25230 & 25243 worked a roundtrip Lichfield City - Aberystwyth day excursion, however on the return leg 25230 failed before Talerddig and was dragged the remainder. Whilst laying over at Aberystwyth the locomotives and stock had been used for the 11.45 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and the return 16.42 Machynlleth - Aberystwyth.

On August 2nd 25230 & 25231 worked the Ellesmere Port - Riverside tar tanks. On August 6th the Broughton Lane - Ditton empty BOC tank train was worked by 40022 & 25230. On August 22nd the 11.15 Euston - Stirling motorail was worked from Carstairs to Stirling by 25230 & 25192. On August 25th 25230 was noted on a short freight with brakevan at Cwmbran.

Photograph courtesy Tony Ewer.
25230 with an engineering train at Dunstable Kingsway on September 18th 1983. This was quite a rare working on the Dunstable branch.

25230 was stabled at Bescot on October 29th.

The Wellingborough Ripple Lane tanks, generally a Class 47 working featured 25230 on December 2nd.

25230 was noted at Cockshute on the morning of January 27th.

A most unusual working on February 16th involved 25230 & 25325 on a Llanwern Margam freight followed by a Margam Severn Tunnel Junction trip.

Class 25s filling in for pairs of Class 37s on the morning Earles Sidings Widnes cement included 25207 & 25230 on April 9th. On April 12th 25230 was noted westbound through Manchester Victoria light engine. 25230 was noted at Stockport on April 29th with a permanent way/wiring (?) train.

On June 12th 25230 worked a three wagon ICI Cargenbridge freight over the remnants of the Maxwelltown branch. 25230 & 47325 were noted at each end of a Corkickle - Whitehaven freight on June 19th at Corkickle yard. On June 26th 25210 & 25230 were noted northbound at Carlisle with bogie oil tanks. The 15.50 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25230 on June 30th.

On July 7th 25230 was stabled at Warrington Arpley.

The 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25230 & 25037 on August 25th.

25230 & 25262 were busy in the Preston area on September 14th/15th, on September 14th they worked an Edinburgh - Blackpool North excursion forward from Preston, whilst the next day they handled (15th) the 01.30 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool North and the return 09.45 Blackpool North - Stranraer Harbour were worked between Blackpool North & Preston.

25230 & 25037 were noted at Whitchurch on September 21st with a very lengthy Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend Yard Speedlink.

25230 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on October 26th.

On a snowy January 19th 25230 was stabled at Thornaby.

On February 18th the 06.18 Blackpool North - Euston and the 09.34 Blackpool North - Euston were worked to Preston by 25230. two days later (20th) the 02.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Cleethorpes was worked to Sheffield by 25230, at Sheffield 31462 took over.

On February 26th 25213 & 25230 worked the 6L38 Stanlow - Dalston oil tanks (18 TTA = 32 SLU and weighing in at 1,056tons).

25230 was noted at Preston on March 5th with a goods train.

On March 14th the 21.42 Preston - Liverpool was worked by 25230, this being the portion off the 18.20 Glasgow - Manchester. On March 30th 25230 was noted hauling London Transport underground coaches through Chalfont & Latimer.

On May 30th 25230 was noted at Stafford with a lengthy parcels train.

25230, 25089 & 25195 were noted passing light engines through Crewe station on June 1st.

25230 & 25189 were noted at Shrewsbury Gay Meadow stabling point on June 16th. On June 17th 25230 was noted at Aberystwyth with the GWR 150th Anniversary Exhibition Train.

A diesel multiple unit failure on June 20th saw the 13.32 Hereford - Birmingham New Street taken forward from Stourbridge Junction by 25230. Two days later (June 22nd) the 13.40 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury was extended to Wolverhampton due to late running, with 25230 & 25191 taking the train forward from Shrewsbury.

On July 30th 25230 was noted northbound at Holgate Yatd, York with a freight.

25303 & 25230 were noted at Crewe Diesel depot on August 24th.

25230 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on September 13th.

25230 & 25175 worked the five bogie wagon Ince Sidings - Severn Tunnel Junction freight on September 29th (seen at Crewe).

On September 30th light engines 25230 & 25175 were noted at Hooton having arrived presumably from Chester Depot to take the line towards Ellesmere Port.

On October 10th the 15.20 Manchester - Bristol parcels was worked by 25230 & 25042, with a total of fifteen vehicles after Hereford.

25230 was noted passing through Crewe on a snowy November 27th with some Railfreight vans. 25230 was also noted at March with an engineers train on November 27th.

On December 3rd a northbound Speedlink service was noted at Leamington Spa with 20084, 20209 & 25230.

On December 19th 25201 & 25230 were noted passing Normanton with a train of short-wheelbase oil tanks.

The 08.40 Barrow - Euston was worked to Preston by 25230 & 47613 on January 6th. On January 31st saw 25230 working the afternoon Manchester Bristol parcels, it unfortunately expired at Marshbrook, being rescued 47343.

Photograph courtesy Steve Morris.
25230 & 25176 at Cardiff Canton on February 10th 1986. 25230 had been stopped here with a fractured lube oil pipe.

25230 & 25196 were stabled at Bescot on February 27th.

Photograph courtesy Russell Saxton
25230 at Crewe on April 2nd 1986 with an Up parcels working.

25230 was stabled at Toton on April 26th.

25230 was stabled alongside the powerbox at Manchester Victoria on May 16th. On May 17th 25230 was noted at Chester.

On May 22nd 25230 was stabled in one of the bay platforms at Manchester Victoria. It was noted running around Crewe depot on May 24th.

25230 was noted south/west bound through Derby on May 29th with a mixed freight.

On June 24th 25230 was noted at Ayr depot.

On June 29th the 08.40 Carlisle - Euston required assistance from 25230 & 25279 between Preston & Stafford (via Manchester) due to the power being off for engineering work.

On the evening of July 23rd 25230 was noted light engine at Nuneaton.

25230's last recorded passenger working ended in failure, on July 27th it started out with the 08.45 Liverpool - Sheffield, but expired at Cornbrook Junction, 08721 pushed the train to Manchester, here 47142 took over to Sheffield.

25230 was withdrawn on August 6th 1986.

flk 0121

Page added November 23rd 2012.
Last updated November 29th 2021.

Back to 25229
Forward to 25231

Return to Picture menu