The operating career of nineteen years four months for D7593/25243 was split between Eastern Region and London Midland Region depots, and was one of the few Class 25s not to be allocated to a north-west area depot at any time.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7593 was new to Nottingham (16A) on May 27th 1964. Further transfers were:
June 1964 to Leicester (15B).
Renumbered March 16th 1974.
25243 was the 194th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during September 1983.
25243 was withdrawn due to fire damage sustained on August 17th 1983 at Bletchley whilst working a Kings Cross - Tring cement train. The locomotive was stored at Bletchley from August to October 1983, moving to Acton on October 30th 1983 and to Swindon Works by November 8th 1983. 25243 was broken up at Swindon Works by the middle of January 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works April 1966.
On June 19th 1976 25243 & 25266 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram.
Condition July: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors in place, blanking plates fitted.
An Open Day at Cardiff Canton on October 1st featured over fifty locomotives, including 25055, 25109 & 25243. The following month Cardiff would lose its allocation of Class 25s to Crewe.
On Tuesday June 6th 25243 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and the return 12.10 Norwood to Willesden. Also passing through Clapham Junction this day was 40052 on the 09.30 Temple Mills to Norwood, returning light engine to the Eastern Region. On Wednesday June 7th 25243 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and (presumably) the 12.10 Norwood - Willesden.
25243 was noted at Acton Yard on the late afternoon of October 27th. On Monday October 30th 25243 worked (presumably) the 12.10 Willesden - Norwood and the return 14.00 Norwood to Willesden.
On Friday November 3rd 25243 worked (presumably) the 12.10 Willesden - Norwood and the 14.00 Norwood to Willesden.
Good and bad befell 25243 on the Midland mainline on August 17th, initially coming to the rescue of a failed 45143 at Bedford on the 05.44 Derby St Pancras. Unfortunately 25243 expired across the junction at Finchley Road, seriously disrupting traffic out of St Pancras, final arrival being just over two hours late and now behind 45131!
With eleven years allocated to Willesden or Cricklewood the passenger workings did not come easily, one such 'local' job occurred on August 20th when the 10.00 Bedford - St. Pancras diesel multiple unit failed and 25243 worked the trip.
September 4ths Southam trip proved a little strenuous for 25243 as it caught fire at the site of Marton station. 25131 & 25135 rescued the train several hours later.
On September 8th 25243 & 25267 worked the 08.32 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.
On November 10th 25243 provided assistance to a St. Pancras - Nottingham service follwing the failure of 45114 at ?
Short workings from 1980 include on July 12th the 09.05 Perth - Kensington Olympia motorail forward from Willesden with 25313.
On August 18th 25243 was shunting fuel tanks at Marylebone.
On December 7th 25243 assisted the 16.35 Rugby - Euston electric multiple unit from Rugby to Northampton because power was off due to engineering work.
At Clapham Junction the freights using the West London lines were often brought to a halt here, 25243 on the November 6ths 02.20 Willesden Norwood required assistance from 33004 & 33046.
The motorail services to the north were daily bread & butter workings for the London allocated Class 25s working the two miles between Kensington Olympia and Willesden, going largely unrecorded. During 1981 25243 & 25236 were noted on such workings on May 1st and 25243 & 25254 on May 25th - May 30th. Longer workings were noted on October 29th 1981 with the 14.23 Manchester Piccadilly - Cardiff from Birmingham New Street followed by the 20.00 Cardiff - Crewe. Late in the year, on December 19th 1981 25243 worked the 12.37 Nottingham - Crewe at least as far as Derby.
25243 was noted at York depot on August 23rd.
25243 was noted passing Rainham with the 6Z47 Purfleet - Derby St. Mary stone train on April 14th.
The allocation of further Class 31s to Toton inevitably brought greater chances of Class 25/31 parings, so noted on March 5th was 31228 & 25243 on an Acton Toton job.
On August 25th the 16.25 Manchester Piccadilly - Cardiff was worked forward from Gloucester by 25243. On August 27th 25243 & 25236 worked the Cranmore - Ellesmere Port tanks, being noted at Lawrence Hill. Four days later on August 31st the same pair were noted westbound (?) near Giggleswick with four tar (?) shortwheelbase tanks.
25243 was stabled at Cricklewood on April 9th. 25243 & 25228 were noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on April 25th.
25243 & 25262 were noted at Leighton on a damp Sunday ballast job on May 12th.
25243 was noted at Bescot depot on June 5th.
The final passenger working took place on June 12th 1983 with 25250 working a Northampton - Clacton charter between Northampton and Bletchley.
25243 was noted at Northwich depot on a sunny July 27th.
25243 was withdrawn due to fire damage sustained on August 17th 1983 at Bletchley whilst working the afternoon Kings Cross - Tring cement empties train. The Fire Brigade was called, with the power being off for about 75 minutes, which affected the evening peak services. 25089 was dispatched to collect the locomotive & train.
25243 was withdrawn on September 11th 1983.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added May 26th 2013.