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.
D7580 was new to Toton (16A) on December 14th 1963. Further transfers were:
February 1964 to Nottingham (16D).
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 (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1965.
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??
On October 15th the 11.55 Sheffield - St. Pancras was hauled to Nottingham by 7580.
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 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.
On December 10th 7580 failed at Acklington working an Edinburgh - Newcastle service, 6952 was used to drag everything to Newcastle.
On December 31st the 21.30 Glasgow Queen Street - Edinburgh failed behind 7578 & 5409, the train was pushed by 7580 & 5411 to its destination.
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.
On September 15th (?) the 16.18 Glasgow Queen Street - Fort William was worked by 25230.
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.
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.
The 06.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25230 on March 23rd.
On August 7th 25230 worked the Inverness - Dingwall vans.
25230 worked the 14.21 Dundee - Edinburgh on October 5th.
25230 was noted at Inverness depot on November 26th.
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.
The Wellingborough – Ripple Lane tanks, generally a Class 47 working featured 25230 on December 2nd.
Class 25s filling in for pairs of Class 37s on the morning Earles Sidings – Widnes cement included 25207 & 25230 on April 9th.
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. The 15.50 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25230 on June 30th.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 & 25 175 were noted at Hooton having arrived presumably from Chester Depot to take the line towards Ellesmere Port.
25230 was noted passing through Crewe on a snowy November 27th with some Railfreight vans.
On December 19th 25201 & 25230 were noted passing Normanton with a train of short-wheelbase oil tanks.
On January 31st saw 25230 working the afternoon Manchester – Bristol parcels, it unfortunately expired at Marshbrook, being rescued 47343.
25230 was stabled at Toton on April 26th.
25230 was stabled alongside the powerbox at Manchester Victoria on May 16th.
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 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.
Page added November 23rd 2012.