D7596, 7596, 25246
D7596, 7596, 25246

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25246 at Polmadie, date unknown. This view shows the hinged ventilators, indicating the locomotive is dual braked. The locomotive also sports a triangular panel to the left of the radiator grill, similar in size and shape to that found in the center of the side and used to access the generator (see note below).

The sixteen year nine month career of D7596/25246 saw allocations to London Midland, Eastern & Scottish Region depots.

Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
Boiler equipped.
Dual brake fitted.
Center lampbracket & other fittings removed.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 62 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 17 months.


D7596 was new to Toton (16A) on July 7th 1964. Further transfers were:

July 1964 to Cricklewood West (14B).
October 1964 to Derby (16C).
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
June 1965 to Saltley (2E).
April 1966 to Birmingham Division (D02).
April 1966 to London Midland (Midland) Lines.
May 1968 to Holbeck (55A).
September 1968 to Gateshead (52A).
October 1971 to Holbeck (55A).
January 1972 to Gateshead (52A).
April 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
April 1972 to London Division (D01).
May 1973 to Willesden.
November 1974 to Haymarket.
May 1975 to Eastfield.
April 1981 to unserviceable store.
Withdrawn October 1981.

Renumbered February 9th 1974.

25246 was the 118th Class 25 withdrawn.

After being placed in unserviceable store 25246 was moved to Swindon Works on June 25th 1981, officially withdrawn during October 1981 and scrapped by the first week of March 1983.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works April & May 1968.
Noted Glasgow Works June & August 1976 (gangway doors removed).
Noted Glasgow Works November 1979 (N6 repairs).


The frames for D7596 were laid down during the spring of 1964, being delivered to Toton during the first week of July, it would be transferred to Cricklewood West (14B) the same month and then to Derby (16C) during October.

D7596 transferred to the Nottingham Division (D16) during January then to Saltley (2E), later the Birmingham Division (D02) during June.

On April 24th D7596 worked the 17.30 Sheffield - Manchester Central.

On the afternoon of May 28th D7596 was at Leeds City with empty coaching stock.

On June 25th the 08.36 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return Llandudno Town - Nottingham were worked by 7596 & 5199.

On the morning of April 10th D7596 was shunting at Melbourne Junction (Derby).

On the evening of April 14th D7596 was noted at Manchester Victoria with a freight.

Noted at Uttoxeter on the morning of June 14th were D5006 light engine and D7596 shunting.

D7596 spent much of April & May at Derby Works, in May it was transferred to Holbeck (55A) and then in September to Gateshead (52A).

On the afternoon of June 8th D7596 was noted at Leeds City.

Condition: blue/yellow livery, looking recently ex-works?

After three years allocated to Gateshead 7596 returned to Holbeck (55A) during October.

Its time at Holbeck was brief, during January it moved back to Gateshead (52A), but by April it moved to the Nottingham Division (D16), then swiftly on to the London Division (D01). On April 30th 7596 & 5237 were noted working over the NE/SW route with an excursion to Newcastle (from?).

On the afternoon of October 27th 7596 was noted on a down freight at Willesden.

During November 25246 moved north to Haymarket, the remainder of its allocations would be on the Scottish Region.

After six months at Haymarket 25246 moved across to Eastfield in May, this would be its last transfer.

Photograph courtesy John Turner (via RG).
25246 with a short van train at Ardrossan circa May 1975.

During June & July 25246 was under repair at Glasgow Works.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
Its June 5th 1976 and a dusty 25246 undergoes repair at Glasgow Works. Judging by the chalk marks on the nose end doors these will be removed and sheeted over during this repair.

On July 17th the 08.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen was worked by 25246 & 25033.

On December 4th 25246 & 37204 were noted assisting 86233 on the 23.00hrs ex-Euston in the Motherwell area due to a power failure.

On January 14th a morning Oban - Glasgow Queen Street failed with 25246 at ?? with the train dragged by 27032.

On April 7th 25246 was noted at Eastfield. On April 8th 25246 & 26046 were noted at Inverness with a freight (empty car flats?). On April 11th the 14.10 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25246.

On June 26th 25246 was stabled at Polmadie.

The 08.25 Glasgow Central - Blackpool North on August 20th was hauled by 25246 & 25233.

Local services in the Edinburgh area continued to see the diesel multiple unit services supplanted by hauled stock. May 1st saw 25246 handle the 17.30 Edinburgh - Cardenden.

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.

On June 7th the 07.00 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street failed near Crianlarich behind 27017, 25246 dragged the service forward, arriving at Queen Street well over two hours late.

25246 was stabled at Polmadie on July 9th.

On March 10th the 08.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the 11.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25246.

25246 was stabled at Ayr on April 22nd.

On June 3rd 25246 was noted at Polmadie Holding Sidings.

25246 received minor attention at Glasgow Works during November.

On January 26th the 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee and the return 17.33 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street were worked by 25246.

On August 1st the 17.25 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour was worked by 25246. On August 5th & 6th 25246 worked the 17.43 Glasgow Central - Ayr and the 19.22 Ayr - Glasgow Central. Likewise on August 25th & 27th 25246 worked the 17.15 Dundee - Perth.

The 14.44 Glasgow Queen Street - Dundee was worked by 25246 on November 28th.

The 14.00 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25246 on February 24th & 28th.

No Clss 25 withdrawals occurred during April but 25246 was stored unserviceable, on June 25th 25065 & 25246 made the long journey from Kingmoor to Swindon.

After six months in store at Swindon 25246 was officially withdrawn during October.

At Swindon interest had been shown by London Transport in possibly acquiring three Class 25 locomotives, however nothing concrete materialised from this idea, although possibly 25246 & 25305 had been set aside in the North Yard following from this enquiry. A surprising reinstatement at Swindon late in July was 25305, it had been out of traffic for sixteen months, parts were taken from 25246 to make 25305 roadworthy.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
25246 awaits its fate at Swindon Works on December 3rd 1982.

For 25246 there was no more, being broken up at Swindon during January.

Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, gangway doors sheeted over, no brackets or other fittings on centre of cab front, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided & ridge sided sandboxes fitted at time of withdrawal.

A close up of the BIS side of 25246 showing the outline of the triangular panel added to a number of Class 25s, presumably by Derby Works and/or possibly by Glasgow Works. As new locomotives this area was plain sheet metal, the triangular panel appears to have been added at the time of dual braking.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added July 21st 2002.
Page updated September 17th 2022.

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