The sixteen year career of D7610/25260 started with eighteen months allocated to Eastern Region depots, followed by the remainder allocated to London Midland Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7610 was new to the Tinsley (41A) on April 7th 1966. Further transfers were:
December 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
Renumbered March 1st 1974.
25260 was the 158th Class 25 withdrawn, one of eight retired during December 1982.
After withdrawal 25280 was stored at Etches Park from at least February 3rd 1983 to July 1985 and moved to Swindon Works on July 24th 1985. It survived the closure of the Works and was dragged across to Cocklebury Yard on June 3rd 1987 with 25093, 25126/134/161/164/180/193, 25207/208/260, 25306/327. It then moved to Humberstone Road, Leicester on June 5th 1987 with 25126/134/164 and into Vic Berry's yard three days later. It was broken up by the middle of July 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works July & September 1966.
On the evening of December 23rd D7610 & 73125 were noted at Manchester Victoria on the Wigan - Leeds vans.
Condition September: green livery with full yellow ends.
The failure of a three-car multiple unit during the afternoon of November 14th saw 7602 & 7610 assist the 13.50 Chester - Wolverhampton service and the return working, the 16.35 Wolverhampton - Shrewsbury.
On August 2nd 25260 worked the 18.39 Shewsbury - Aberystwyth and the next day's 15.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On August 15th an Alfreton - New Hadley via Shrewsbury special was noted changing locomotives at Birmingham New Street with 47477 giving way to 25121 & 25260.
During the third week of August 25260 had 'USS Enterprise' chalked in large letters on the non-BIS side, between the number and the BR emblem, being so noted at Wolverhampton on August 21st.
On July 3rd a Weston-super-Mare - Barmouth day excursion was worked from/to Wolverhampton - Barmouth by 25260 & 25323.
The Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Walsall passenger diagram was worked by 25260 & 25124 on August 27th.
A Marylebone - Kidderminster day excursion on September 10th was worked out (via Bicester) and back (via Worcester/Oxford/Banbury/Bicester) by 25260 & 25253.
25260 was noted at Gloucester depot on August 18th. The last week of August was a busy one for 25260. On August 23rd it worked the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe. Three days later (26th) 25260 & 25161 worked the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On September 9th the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25260 & 25302.
25260 was noted passing Bescot light engine on August 21st. On the afternoon of August 29th 25260 & 25276 were stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.
On May 31st the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25260 & 25267. The next day (June 1st), a Euston - Aberystwyth charter was worked roundtrip Wolverhampton - Aberystwyth by 25260 & 25261. As a change from Cambrian metals on June 13th 25260 & 25131 worked over the NE/SW route with the 13.34 Birmingham New Street - York and the 17.26 York - Birmingham New Street. On June 25th 25260 was noted shunting 85020 into the maintenance shed at Bescot.
On July 5th The 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25260 & 25269.
25260 & 25272 were busy on the weekend on June 13th/14. On 13th they worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, returning with the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (14th) they worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the return 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.
On July 15th 25260 was stabled at Walsall station. On July 27th 25260 worked a Swindon - Gloucester service.
On August 4th 25260 was noted eastbound from Holyhead with a mixed freight.
On September 12th 25260 was noted at Saltley.
25260 worked the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 14.20 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria on June 27th.
25260 was stabled at Springs Branch on July 10th.
On August 4th (?) 25260 was noted at Warrington Bank Quay with a trip working to Arpley, ten wagons mostly filled with scrap. On August 20th 25260 worked the 17.30 Glasgow Central - Carlisle. A week later on August 28th 25260 & 25321 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
On September 5th 25260 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction, the No.2 end still retaining a working four-digit headcode.
On October 22nd 25260 was noted at Leamington Spa on a freight. 25260 was stabled at Banbury on October 23rd.
25260 was retired on December 13th 1982, but would not be scrapped for another four and a half years.
Page added November 17th 2012.