The twenty one year eight month career of D7581/25231 started with four years on the LMR followed by fifteen years on the Scottish Region, then a further three on the LMR.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7581 was new to Nottingham (16A) on December 28th 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1964 to Carlisle Kingmoor (12A).
Renumbered April 1974.
25231 was the 254th Class 25 to be withdrawn, the only Class 25 retired during August 1985.
After withdrawal 25231 was stored at Basford Hall and then Crewe depot until sold to Vic Berry, Leicester for scrap during December 1986. It was moved with 25048, 25145 & 25175 as the Crewe – Vic Berry, Leicester between January 23rd – 26th 1987. By the first week of May the locomotive had been scrapped, although the cabs lingered until early September 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1964.
On May 28th D7581 & D7525 worked the Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return Llandudno Town - Nottingham.
During September D7581 was transferred to Eastfield, it would spend the next fifteen years allocated to Scottish Region depots.
On December 2nd D7581 worked a Glasgow - Haymarket rugby special.
The 16.00 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street push-pull service was worked by 7581 and 5411.
On June 7th the 13.30 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen Street service was worked by 7581.
During September a Edinburgh - Glasgow push-pull service was noted in the hands of 7581 & 7590.
On May 19th the 14.40 Edinburgh - Inverness was worked by 7581 & 5070.
Several times during the summer 7581 deputised for absent Class 27s on the Edinburgh - Glasgow pushpull service, being noted on July 24th with 5394 and on August 12th/13th/14th with 7580.
On August 31st 25231 worked a Carstairs - Edinburgh portion of an unidentified WCML Glasgow bound service.
On December 30th whilst working empty coaching stock from Craigentinny to Edinburgh Waverley, 25231 stalled near Abbeyhill Junction and required the assistance of a nearby Class 08 shunter.
August 24th, whilst 25231 was propelling vans off the Edinburgh line, (21.35 Manchester - Aberdeen newspapers) the vehicles were run into by 47207 running light southbound. The crew on the Class 47 were killed, with fire breaking out amongst the wreckage during the recovery of the bodies. Responsibility for the accident lay with the railman coordinating the reverse manouevre carried out by the parcels train, it was allowed to pass a ground signal showing no aspect due to a burned out bulb, leading to the train entering the route established for the light engine.
On October 23rd 25231 & 27041 worked the 15.52 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen.
25231 was noted at Dundee depot at midday on August 15th. On August 26th the 15.30 Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street failed at Errol behind 40061, 25231 took the service to Glasgow Queen Street. The next day (27th) 25231 & 27010 worked the 11.40 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen. Finally on August 31st the 16.38 Glasgow Queen Street - Mallaig failed at Bridge of Orchy behind 27105, 25231 dragged everything to Fort William.
On October 2nd the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25231.
On October 11th the 11.39 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25231.
On July 31st 25231 worked the 22.38 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
Three times in 1982 (August 31st, September 8th & September 21st) 25231 worked the 12.50 Carlisle - Glasgow Central, whilst on October 11th, days before 25231 was transferred to Longsight it worked the 12.35 Stranraer Harbour - Ayr, possibly due to a diesel multiple unit failure.
After transfer to Longsight and then Crewe, the passenger workings were few. On February 1st the diverted 06.50 Paddington - Glasgow Central was worked by 25231 & 25193 between Preston and Carlisle via the Settle & Carlisle.
25231 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on March 26th.
25231 & 40174 were noted westbound at Guide Bridge on April 1st with bogie tankers. On April 28th 25231 was at Lawley Street FLT.
On May 5th 25231 & 25113 assisted the 06.15 Bradford - Paignton HST between Gloucester & Bristol Temple Meads.
The 15.10 Manchester - Bristol parcels was worked by 25231 on June 3rd.
The Ellesmere Port – Riverside tanks ran behind 25230 & 25231 on August 2nd and 25231 & 25212 on August 9th.
On the evening of September 29th 25231 worked a Shrewsbury - Curson Street parcels.
25231 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on October 10th.
The 07.54 Oakleigh to Great Rocks ICI limestone empties was worked by 25231 & 25226 on November 13th.
On December 1st a power failure in the Preston area saw 25231 drag the 13.10 Glasgow Central - Euston between Lancaster and Preston.
On December 12th 47520 failed at Settle Junction with the 08.57 Leeds - Carlisle, 25231 worked the service forward to Carlisle.
Class 25s were still frequent visitors to Parkeston, often heading back to the LMR on the evening Parkeston – Ditton, so noted was 25199 & 25231 on February 8th.
25231 was southbound at Winwick Junction on April 17th with a train of cargo wagons. 25231 & 25035 were noted with an up loaded ballast train at Mostyn on April 21st. 25231 was stabled at Springs Branch on April 26th and was noted at Carnforth the next day (27th).
25231 was noted at Birmingham New Street on August 10th. Three days later (13th) 25231 was noted northbound through Nuneaton with loaded brick bogie wagons.
The 17.03 Euston - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston by 25231 on November 9th.
On the evening of February 13th 25231 was noted at Derby with a single parcels vehicle.
25231 was stabled at Crewe diesel depot on February 23rd and was also noted this day at Stafford on a southbound parcels train. The next day (24th) 25231 & 31298 were noted at Watford yard on a local freight job.
25231 was stabled at Cricklewood on March 14th and was also noted at Dudding Hill this day with an electric multiple unit and barrier wagons.
25231 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on April 11th. On April 17th 25173 & 25231 were in charge of a Cardiff – Gloucester parcels working. A week later (23rd) 25231 worked a Moreton-on-Lugg to Severn Tunnel Junction freight, and later noted northbound through Hereford on a Speedlink working. On April 27th 25231 worked the 09.22 Accrington - Euston football special roundtrip between Accrington & Preston. Two days later (29th) 25231 was noted at Eccles with a Mansfield - Garston Speedlink working and later handled the 18.20 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston.
On May 10th 25231 worked the 17.03 Euston - Blackpool North forward from Preston. On May 31st a diesel multiple unit failure led to 25231 working the 14.54 Barrow - Carlisle.
25231 was noted departing Tyne Yard on June 7th with limestone empties for Carlisle.
Another diesel multiple unit failure on July 2nd saw 25231 assisting the 18.55 Carlisle – Newcastle at Corby Gates.
25231 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on August 5th. A week later on August 12th 25231 was noted heading south through Lancaster with a short engineers train. 25231 was at Crewe Diesel depot on August 20th
25231 was withdrawn on August 23rd. Two days after withdrawal 25231 was stabled at Crewe depot.
Page added January 20th 2013.