D7600, 7600, 25250
D7600, 7600, 25250

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
25250 at Derby Works on May 9th 1981 receiving attention to its generator.

The eighteen year career of D7600/25250 included time at Eastern, Scottish & London Midland depots, with over a decade spent in the London area.

Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Center lampbracket & other fittings removed (No.1 cab only).
Dual brake equipped (at least prior to July 1976).
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 67 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 10 months.


D7600 was new to Tinsley (41A) on February 15th 1966. Further transfers were:

June 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
August 1966 to Finsbury Park (34G).
October 1966 to Eastfield (65A) on loan.
September 1967 to the London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
June 1968 to the Nottingham Division (D16).
December 1969 to the Birmingham Division (D02).
May 1970 to the Liverpool Division (D08).
October 1971 to Manchester Division (D09).
March 1973 to the London (WL) Division (D01).
May 1973 to Willesden.
June 1975 to Cricklewood.
January 1984 to Crewe.
Withdrawn May 13th 1984.

Renumbered February 28th 1974.

25250 was the 219th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during May 1984.

After its withdrawal 25250 was briefly stored at Crewe before moving with 25242 to Swindon Cocklebury Yard between June 29th & July 7th 1984, and into Swindon Works on July 23rd 1984. By the first week of February 1985 25250 had been broken up.

Photograph collection of webmaster
25250 at Swindon Works, date unknown.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works November 1969.
Noted Crewe Works February 1974.
Noted Derby Works November 1975.
Noted Derby Works August - October 1978 (Classified).
Noted Derby Works June 1981 (N4 repairs).


On the evening of May 28th D7600 & D7605 were at Sheffield Victoria with a down freight.

On the morning of September 21st D7600 was southbound light engine at Peterborough.

On October 2nd seven locomotives departed Finsbury Park on transfer to Edinburgh Haymarket, the locomotives heading northbound light engines: D5051 & D5052, D5050 & D5055 and D5053, D5056 & D7600.

On the afternoon of April 8th D7600 was light engine at Crewe Gresty Lane.

On July 13th D7600 was at Crewe with the 1P39 15.27 Euston - Heysham parcels.

On May 29th a Newcastle - Wool freight was noted at Basingstoke with 7600, the locomotive returned light engine from here.

7600 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T43) on March 20th.

At about 6pm on October 12th 7600 was noted at Park (Manchester) entering the yard with an up freight.

On the evening of December 1st 7645 & 7600 were eastbound at Stalybridge with a train of aggregates.

When called to Crewe Works in January 1974 25250 still carried two tone green livery with small yellow ends. Its call to Works narrowly missed it from receiving TOPS numbers with the small yellow ends.

On July 22nd 25250 & 25266 worked a roundtrip St. Pancras - Skegness day excursion throught, a passenger mileage of 401 miles. A very short passenger haulage took place on October 17th when the 08.00 Wolverhampton - Brighton day excursion used 25250 between Harrow & Wealdstone and Mitre Bridge Junction.

On the afternoon of October 12th 25250 & 25311 were stabled at Willesden.

On the afternoon of October 15th 25250 & 25251 were at Willesden Junction.

On July 22nd 25250 was stabled at York.

Another lengthy trip found 25250 & 25284 working the 12.20 Birmingham New Street - Newquay to Plymouth on July 23rd, a distance of 218 miles.

On September 6th 25310 & 25250 worked the Stewartby - Garston 'Fletliner' brick train.

On the morning of May 2nd 25043 & 25250 were the Euston parcels pilots.

On Monday May 22nd 25250 worked (presumably) the 09.55 Willesden - Norwood and the return 12.25 Willesden to Norwood.

On November 4th 25250 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for November 4th recorded:

25250; November 4th 1978; 1F01 Nottingham
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 30 920 - - -
2 49 - - - -
3 - - - - -
4 - - - - -
5 - - - - -
6 - - - - -

AWS horn noisy
Ballast cover screws
CB4 cover screws
AWS to seal
Comp governor to set
No.2 compressor very noisy (nearest No.2 cab)
Speedometer fluctuating badly 40mph+
No.2 speedometer reading low below 54mph
Knecht filter bypass leak
No.4 fuel pump leak
B cubicle air pipe to clip
No.1 rocker cover leaking
Various items to paint
Check probe for damage.

On the morning of November 7th 25250 was stabled at York.

On November 8th, 9th & 10th 25250 worked the 09.55 Willesden to Norwood and the return 12.00 Norwood to Willesden, although the return working on 10th was not observed and may have been running later than usual.

Noted at Bletchley on February 24th were 25120, 25250, 25256, 25269, 25282, 25314 & 25325.

A short trip on May 7th saw 25250 & 25245 working an unidentified motorail between Kensington Olympia & Willesden.

On the afternoon of November 2nd 25250 was noted at York depot before heading south light engine.

On June 5th 25278 & 25250 were noted northbound through Crewe with the Stewartby - Garston 'Fletliner' brick train.

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25250 & 25324 are northbound at Wellingborough on August 4th 1980 with the loaded Stewartby - Garston brickliner.

25250 was noted light engine at Roade on November 4th.

On July 30th 25250 & 25302 were noted passing Crewe on the freight avoiding lines with empty mineral wagons.

On the early afternoon of November 24th 25250 was noted southbound at York with a lengthy freight bound for Dringhouses.

The failure of 85032 on December 9th at Canley working the 16.10 Euston - Birmingham New Street saw 25250 drag the service to New Street.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25250 at York on December 12th 1981.

On a foggy & snowy December 14th 25250 paired with 31164 at York Holgate heading south with reclaimed track panels.

On the morning of December 15th 25250 was stabled at York.

On January 22nd the 11.30 Ditton Corby BOC special was hauled by 25250 & 40127, a combination more normally associated with the Sheffield BOC working.

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Its a sunny April 17th 1982 at Birkenhead Mollington Street as 25250 poses for its portrait.

25250 recieved an 'E' examination at Cricklewood during April. On April 30th 25250 was noted at St Pancras at the buffer stops with coaching stock.

On June 1st Class 25s stabled at Saltley were 25250, 25251 25265 & 25285. On June 20th 25250 was noted with ICI hoppers passing Manchester London Road.

25250 worked the 13.15 Tunstead - Northwich ICI limestone train on July 3rd, comprised of 18 loaded bogie wagons and was later noted stabled at Northwich shed. 25250 was noted at Northwich shed on July 17th.

On a wet August 5th 25250 was noted at Nuneaton with an electrification train. On August 7th 25250 worked the 07.45 Liverpool - Preston and the 19.26 Barrow - Preston.

On September 30th 25250 was noted on the parcels side at Euston.

On November 27th 25250 was receiving attention at Willesden depot.

On the morning of December 6th 25250 & 25251 were shunting at Kings Cross goods yard.

Photograph courtesy Mark Cook
25250 at Luton on December 31st 1982.

On January 17th 25250 was noted southbound at Bescot with bogie bolsters.

On a very wet February 3rd 25250 was stabled at Peterborough fuelling point.

Late in the morning of March 30th 25309 & 25250 were noted at Watford Junction with northbound empty freightliner flats.

25250 was noted at Northwich shed on April 16th.

On May 20th 25297 & 25250 were noted at Leighton Buzzard with the Kings Cross Goods - Tring Cutting cement tanks.

The summer of 1983 produced a fine selection of passenger workings, commencing on June 12th with 25250 & 25243 taking a Northampton - Clacton day excursion as far as Bletchley. On July 7th the 07.40 Norwich - Birmingham New Street was noted arriving at New Street behind 25250, later that day the 18.18 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked to March by 25250 after 31423 failed. On July 10th 25250 was stabled at March. Two weeks later on July 23rd the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25250 & 25296.

August 14th saw 25250 & 25277 assisting three electric services between Rugby & Bletchley due to the power being off for engineering work. The next day (15th) the 06.25 Poole - Liverpool failed behind 47448 at Kenilworth, 25250 & 25277 dragged the service to Coventry. 25250 was noted at Nuneaton on August 16th. On August 27th the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton were worked by 25250 & 25287.

The 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury on September 10th was worked from Birmingham New Street by 25250 & 25257.

Photograph courtesy Tony Ewer.
25250 with the 'small cements' at Dunstable Kingsway headed for Swanscombe on December 21st 1983.

On a snowy January 25th the 18.05 Euston - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston by 25250, with 25250 stabled at Ladywell sidings earlier in the day.

On February 27th 25250 was noted light engine at Guide Bridge.

25250 was noted at Manchester Victoria (banker/pilot?) on April 21st & 23rd.

25250 was withdrawn on May 13th 1984.

Distinguishing marks
No.1 end cab front: no lamp brackets on cab front; at least 11/81 until withdrawn (brackets present July 1978).

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Information also provided by Steve Jordan.

Page added November 30th 2012.
Last updated May 11th 2023.

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