The sixteen year seven month career of D7588/25238 included allocations to Western, Scottish & London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7588 was new to Toton on March 10th 1964. Further transfers were:
May 1964 to Leicester (15A).
Renumbered May 1974.
25238 was the 49th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of four retired during October 1980.
After withdrawal 25238 was moved to Swindon Works on October 27th 1980, being scrapped there by the third week of July 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1972 (full repaint).
On the afternoon of December 31st D7588 was stabled at Wellingborough.
On the morning of July 13th D7588 was at Stoke on Trent with a down parcels and would later be northbound at Derby during the late afternoon with a freight. On this day the 09.20 Crewe - Derby multiple unit suffered a serious failure shortly after leaving Stoke. It sat for about 20 minutes before D3799 with brakevan propelled the unit to Longton. Here the passengers were detrained, having to wait for the following service, 10.20 Crewe - Derby.
On the late morning of September 23rd D5184 & D7588 were northbound at Bromsgrove with a freight (7M20).
On August 4th 1968 the SLS 'Farewell to BR Steam' railtour was worked from Stockport to Manchester Victoria by 7588, being replaced by Black Fives 44871 & 44894.
Condition April: green livery with full yellow ends, no frame level stripe, still with 'D' prefix, gangway doors still in place.
Somewhat west of their normal haunts, 5182 & 7588 were noted at Llandilo Junction with a special freight comprised of ‘Grampus’ wagons on June 21st.
At about 8pm on March 3rd 1034 & 7588 arrived Exeter as down light engines, the locomotives were split here.
The afternoon Bristol – Plymouth parcels gained a reputation for unusual combinations of motive power, perhaps as a means of transferring locomotives needed elsewhere, on May 2nd it was hauled by 7588 & 1064!
At 15.30pm on August 23rd 25238 was noted on Exeter stabling point.
On October 16th 25238 & 25172 were noted eastbound at Tiverton Junction with a milk train headed for Acton.
At about 13.30 on January 4th 25238 departed Exeter for Chard Junction, returning with the 6B58 from Chard with one milk tank.
On January 5th 25238 worked the 6B16 16.05 Torrington - Exeter (4 tanks).
On January 11th 25238 worked the 6B16 16.25 Torrington - Exeter (11 tanks).
On January 14th 25238 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
On June 6th the 1B43 18.30 Paddington - Plymouth with 1030 saw 25238 added at Exeter St. Davids as pilot.
The 07.10 Derby - Matlock and the return 08.00 to Derby were worked by 25238 on December 15th 1975.
On the evening of September 28th 25238 & 25028 were noted parked at Blair Athol.
On June 3rd 25238 worked the 08.05 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street. On June 6th & 7th 1978 the 21.40 Edinburgh - Carstairs were worked by 25238.
Late on the evening of August 8th 25238 & 25083 were noted on southbound vans at Edinburgh.
On the afternoon of July 20th 25238 was stabled at Eastfield.
On September 21st the 09.50 Edinburgh - Inverness was worked by 25238 & 26018.
A relief Scarborough - Glasgow Queen Street on July 12th was worked forward from Edinburgh by 25238. The last recorded passenger workings for 25238 took place on July 18th/19th 1980, on July 18th 25238 & 26032 worked the 17.25 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour, the same pair then worked the 19th's 01.20 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool North to Carlisle. It is presumed the same pair of locomotives returned from Carlisle on the balancing working, the 09.43 Blackpool North - Stranraer Harbour (from Carlisle or from Ayr?).
On August 20th 25238 worked the 18.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee.
25238 was withdrawn on October 13th 1980.
Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, ridge sided sandboxes, white headcode display (both cabs), centrally mounted lampbracket and other fittings removed from cabfront (No.2 cab only).
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added September 11th 2013.