The seventeen year seven month career of D7603/25253 included just over three years split between Eastern & Scottish depots, with the remainder allocated to a variety of London Midland depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7603 was new to Tinsley (41A) on February 25th 1966. Further transfers were:
June 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
Renumbered March 21st 1974.
25253 was the 195th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during September 1983.
After withdrawal 25253 was moved to Derby Works. It surrendered its bogies initially to 25320, but this locomotive would never leave the Works, thus they were transferred to 25313 during February 1984. 25253 was moved to Swindon Works on February 4th/5th 1985 (movement detail below) and scrapped there by the middle of October 1985.
25036/049, 25150, 25228/253/277 25304/317/320 as the 9X12 Derby Works – Swindon Works February 4th & 5th 1985, hauled by 20155 & 20174.
1985: The breaking up of 25253 at Swindon in October would see the original fleet of 327 now cut in half.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1966.
June: blue/yellow livery.
Class 25s were occasional visitors to Basingstoke off the Reading line, so noted in July were 7613 (13th) and 7567, 7603 & 7608 (all 14th).
On June 4th & 5th 25253 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
The first recorded passenger working for 7603 was recorded midway through its career. On July 28th 1974 25253 & 25272 worked a roundtrip Barnsley - Aberystwyth day excursion, a roundtrip somewhere in excess of 400 miles for the lucky travellers, assuming the Class 25's handled the whole trip.
25253 was at Derby Works from June to August, presumably for a Classified repair, but it would not be equipped with dual braking equipment unlike its neighbours 25249 - 25251 & 25254, 25256 - 25259.
On the afternoon of October 28th 25253 was noted at Exeter stabling point.
June 5th proved to be a busy day for 25253 & 25101. They started out on the the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth as far Shrewsbury. From here they took over the 06.40 York - Barmouth, out from and back to Shrewsbury, ending the day with the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street forward from Shrewsbury.
On July 2nd the relief 08.00 Leicester - Skegness was worked by 25253 & 25290, returning with the relief 10.55 Skegness - Nottingham.
A Stroud - Aberyswyth day excursion on September 4th was worked from/to Birmingham New Street by 25253 & 25262, a total of 250 miles.
The final passenger working for 1977 took place on September 10th with 25253 & 25260 working a Marylebone - Kidderminster, out via Bicester, returning via Worcester/Oxford/Banbury/Bicester.
On the morning of September 19th 25253 was stabled at York.
On December 8th 25253 made a test run from Derby Works.
The snag sheet for December 8th recorded:
No.2 end leading, recordings made from No.2 cab.
Only one passenger working is so far known for 1978. On July 26th 25253 & 25261 worked the 08.10 Walsall - Barmouth day excursion, out and back.
On May 4th (or 16th?) 25253 was attached to two new Class 314 Clyderail units at Hyndland.
On June 14th 25253 & 25324 were noted at Seacombe Junction with iron ore empties.
1979 produced three days on the Cambrian line, with 25104 on July 14th, with 25147 on August 4th and 25271 on August 5th.
On June 19th 25253 was noted on a short freight at Guide Bridge.
On June 28th 25253 & 25172 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Birmingham New Street.
On August 16th 25253 & 25290 took over the 10.55 Weymouth - Leeds at Birmingham New Street, working to Derby, where they were replaced by 25115 & 25214! A week later on August 23rd 1980 25253 & 25318 worked a roundtrip (?) relief 07.30 Blythe Bridge - Llandudno Town.
On September 1st 25253 had a run up to the capital when the 17.00 Nottingham - St. Pancras failed at ?? behind 45111.
On October 5th 25253 was noted at Coventry with an engineers train.
On May 23rd 25253 & 25314 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 (or 17.55) Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
On October 4th the 18.22 St. Pancras - Manchester Piccadilly failed at Bedford behind 47416, with 25253 assisting to ?
On the afternoon of February 23rd 25253 was stabled at York.
Three of the four recorded passenger workings for 1982 were in the north-west. On March 27th 25253 worked a Manchester Victoria - Bangor service. Two days later (29th) 25253 was noted shunting parcels stock at Manchester Victoria.
On June 12th 25253 was noted at Crewe with a northbound parcels train. On June 19th the 06.50 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria was worked throughout. Two days later (21st, a rainy day) 25253 was noted at Preston with a southbound parcels service. On June 26th it was the turn of the 15.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor to have 25253 as far as Llandudno Junction where 47553 took over. Finally on October 13th 1982 25253 worked the 18.50 Leicester - Derby.
25253 was noted at Blaenau Ffestiniog on October 25th.
25253 & 25315 were noted westbound at Stoke on Trent with a sand train from Oakamoor on November 16th.
On May 6th 25253 worked an afternoon Llandudno Junction - Warrington mixed freight.
25253 was noted passing Warrington Bank Quay Low Level with Class 506 unit No.003 on June 30th.
On August 5th 25253 was noted southbound through Preston with a lengthy train of ammonia tanks and barrier wagons. The last passenger workings for 25253 took place during August 1983. On August 13th 25253 worked the 19.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria and on August 16th the 13.25 Crewe - Cardiff and 17.15 Cardiff - Crewe.
25253 was withdrawn on September 25th 1983.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added May 25th 2013.