The nineteen year career of D7606/25256 included allocations to Eastern, Scottish & London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7606 was new to Tinsley (41A) on March 19th 1966. Further transfers were:
June 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
Renumbered to March 30th 1974.
25256 was the 240th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three retired during April 1985.
After withdrawal 25256 was stored at Crewe Gresty Lane by October 1985 and moved to Doncaster Works on January 24th 1986 as the 10.20am 9Z38 Crewe Gresty Lane Doncaster Works with 25054, 25229/256. Surprisingly 25214 & 25256 then moved as the 9Z33 Doncaster Works Gloucester - Swindon Works over March 20th/21nd 1986. Shortly afterwards Doncaster ceased cutting up locomotives leading to a number of locomotives moving to temporary storage at Goole Docks during August. 25256 was broken up at Swindon Works during October 1986.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1970.
On the afternoon of May 28th noted passing Chesterfield mid-afternoon were:
On May 25th the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich was worked by 25256 & 25142.
On August 10th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25256 & 25130.
On the afternoon of August 13th 25256 was stabled at Saltley.
On June 15th a roundtrip Burton on Trent - Skegness day excursion was worked by 25256 & 25251.
25221 & 25256 were unusual power for July 1sts 19.40 Dagenham Dock Halewood freight.
On the afternoon of March 30th 25216 & 25256 were stabled at York.
On September 8th 25251 & 25256 failed at Nuneaton with the Forders Siding - Garston brick train, 45048 worked the train through to Crewe, from here 47381 took over, whilst 25288 returned south early the next morning with the brick empties to Forders.
On the morning of Monday April 30th noted at St Albans were 25256 & 25067 with an electrication train.
On the morning of July 19th 25256 was noted at Willesden depot.
25256 received an 'E' exam at Tyseley during December.
On September 20th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25256 & 25254.
On June 13th 25256 was stabled at Peterborough station.
The 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central on September 10th was worked by 25256. On September 23rd 45113 & 25256 ran light together through Nottingham station.
On December 13th an early morning northbound service out Euston was assisted between Watford Junction & Bletchley by 25256.
On the afternoon of March 22nd 25256 was stabled at York.
25256 & 25265 worked a Mountsorrel - Barnham stone train on July 20th. On July 24th 25256 & 25309 were noted light engines at Crewe station.
On August 4th 25256 & 25262 were noted passing Willesden with cement tanks. On August 29th the 01.00 Holyhead - Euston was assisted between Watford Junction & Willesden by 25256 & 25251, the power was off for engineering work.
25256 was noted at Nuneaton on September 29th.
On June 5th a Euston - Blaenau Ffestiniog charter was worked roundtrip from Llandudno Junction by 25256 & 25285.
25206 & 25117 came to the rescue of 56031 on July 19th after the Class 56 suffered a turbo-charger failure working an ARC stone train at Verney Jct, the Class 25s taking the working to Wolverton and then the broken Class 56 to Bletchley for examination. The following ARC stone train stopped on the Bletchley flyover, the two Class 37s were removed, ran forward to Bletchley to pick up 56031, all returning to the WR on an empty working. 25256 arrived to take the loaded train forward to Wolverton, not surprisingly making hard work of the heavy load.
The final transfer for 25256 took place during July to Crewe, bringing 25256 - 25258 together for one last time.
On August 22nd 25256 was noted passing Cwmbran with bogie oil (?) tanks, the valencing to the center of No.2 cab was damaged.
On September 3rd the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25256 & 25268. On September 17th 25256 was noted at Northwich with a failed two-car diesel multiple unit.
25256 was noted eastbound at Slaithwaite on October 26th hauling coal wagons and was noted the same day eastbound at Horbury with spoil empties.
On November 26th 25256 worked the 4P22 00.50 Manchester Victoria - Preston vans.
Another multiple unit failure on March 22nd saw 25256 work a Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria service throughout. At about 11am on Friday March 23rd 25154, 25191, 25202, 25234 & 25256 were noted at Stonebridge Park.
On April 1st 25256 assisted two WCML services between Willesden & Camden due to the power being off for engineering work. On April 5th 25256 was noted passing Toton (damage to valencing on No.2 cab).
The 14.50 Birmingham New Street - Leeds on April 11th was worked to Derby by 25256, here it was replaced by 45119.
On July 27th 25256 & 25300 were noted at Warrington Bank Quay with the 6E85 Stanlow - Leeds Shell sidings loaded oil (20 TTAs).
On October 5th 25256 was noted at Carlisle station with loaded bogie ballast hoppers. On October 6th the 16.35 Carlisle - Hull was worked as far as Skipton by 31428 & 25256. The next day 25256 assisted the 17.20 Glasgow Central - Bristol Temple Meads between Lockerbie & Carlisle due to the power being off for engineering work.
25258 & 25256 were noted on the lengthy Stanlow to Bishopbriggs bogie oil tanks on December 14th.
On February 4th 25256 was noted passing Bescot with a short freight. On February 23rd 25256 was noted at Derby with a short two-coach parcels working. The No.2 cab was showing damage to the valencing between the buffers.
On March 28th 25256 was noted on an Oxley empty coaching stock move.
25256 was withdrawn on April 1st 1985. 25256 had run for 123 months since its last Classified repair, which took place at Crewe Locomotive Works during November & December 1974. This length of time must qualify for some sort of record?
Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes, damaged valencing at No.2 cab end (present from at least August 1982, not present May 1980).
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added April 16th 2005.