The fourteen and a half year career of D7613/25263 commenced with just over two years on the Scottish Region, followed by almost twelve years allocated to London Midland Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7613 was new to Eastfield (65A) on April 30th 1966. Further transfers were:
August 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
Renumbered into TOPS June 15th 1974.
25263 was the 66th Class 25 withdrawn, one of seventeen retired during November 1980.
After withdrawal 25263, 25070, 25166 & 25293 were moved to Swindon Works on March 3rd 1981, with 25263 scrapped there by the middle of May 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Derby Works circa 1st quarter 1976?
Although based at Eastfield these Type 2s spent much of their time in South West Scotland alongside the BRCW Type 2s quickly sending many of Ayr & Hurlford’s Crabs, Black Fives & BR Standards to the storage lines and additionally helped Dumfries lose its steam allocation effective April 30th. At the end of May Ayr placed seven steam locomotives into storage because of the Type 2s arrival. Additionally at this time, with the arrival of these Type 2s, the return of some re-engined NBL Type 2s to service and the tranfer of more Claytons to Haymarket, the Scottish Region were able to put the first of the Class 26s through Works for the fitting of slow speed control equipment & dual braking for use on merry-go-round workings.
Of the thirteen Class 25s delivered new to Eastfield (D7611 - D7623), D7613 remained at Eastfield longest (4/66 - 8/68). It was also the first of the group to be retired, but was not the first of the group to be scrapped.
An early passenger working featured a service familiar to Scottish Type 2s and Gateshead Class 24s, the inter-regional Newcastle - Stranraer Harbour service. D7613 & Black 5 No.44995 were noted on the westbound service on August 13th 1966, possibly working throughout.
On July 8th 7613 & 7614 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall passenger diagram.
In support of the Rail 150 celebrations at Shildon there were many movements of locomotives and other rolling stock exhibits. On August 13th 25263 made a journey from West Ruislip to Shildon Works with Metropolitan electric locomotive No.12 Sarah Siddons, three cars of 1973 Tube stock (Nos. 165, 365 & 565) and an L.T.E. brake van.
On September 6th 25263 & 25127 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich.
On October 3rd 25263 was noted on Exeter stabling point.
On December 20th 25263 was stabled at Tinsley, the locomotive featured a lengthy scrape mark just above the frame on the BIS side.
On August 30th a roundtrip Lichfield City - Pwllheli day excursion was worked throughout by 25263 & 25261, a total of 355 passenger miles.
On September 4th the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth was worked to Shrewsbury by 25263 & 25274, returning from there with the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street.
25278 was noted at Warrington Arpley on August 13th.
On September 1st 25263 was noted southbound at Helwith Bridge with a train of loaded bogies ballast hoppers.
On the evening of December 30th 25263 (Bescot allocated) was noted at Exeter stabling point, also present were 25206, 25223, 25225 & 31107. Heavy snow had begun to fall during the evening, the precurser of several days of very cold, wintry weather. That night the 2B95 22.48 Exeter St Davids - Exmouth multiple unit was cancelled due to snow blocking the points at Exeter West. It was also reported the the 1B79 18.08 Penzance - Bristol was stuck in a snowdrift at Largin. A special train ran in its place from Plymouth but only reached Lipson Junction before it too became stuck in a snowdrift.
At about 2pm on a very, very cold January 2nd Exeter stabling point contained 08288, 08641, 08953 (station pilot), 25052, 25206, 25225, 25263, 31107, 31138, 33009, 33114, 46020, 47008 & 50022. Most of these locomotives were unserviceable, either unable to start, or unable to heat a train. The diesel multiple units were in equally poor condition. Set P464 had been obtained from Newton Abbot to work the Exmouth branch on a go-when-ready basis. At about 7am 46020 was sent from Laira to Exeter equipped with a steam lance and carrying a fitter and an electrician. Later in the day when the 'Golden Hind' failed at Brent 46020 went to its rescue, taking it as far as Newton Abbot. All the trains passing through Exeter were standing room only. 47008 had arrived with empty coaching stock from Newton Abbot to work the 07.15 to Plymouth, whilst waiting to depart the brake gear on the locomotive froze solid.
25263 was noted at Didcot on January 19th.
On June 2nd 25263 worked the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout.
The 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25263 & 25122 on June 30th. The next day (July 1st) 25263 & 25274 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the return 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The last week of August were busy for 25263 & 25151. On August 25th they worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The next day they worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness, the next day the locomotive were noted at Derby, possibly their intended service to Skegness did not run. On 28th they again worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness turn.
On October 13th the returning 'Pennine Rose' railtour was worked between Coventry & Marylebone by 25263 & 25038.
Another returning railtour, the WLS 'Yorkshire Terrier' on December 9th was worked between Dalston West Junction & Birmingham New Street by 25263 & 25129. On December 11th 25263 was noted passing Saltley with a loaded ballast train.
On April 19th a Paddington - Aberystwyth excursion was worked roundtrip Wolverhampton - Aberystwyth by 25263 & 25209.
On June 14th 25263 & 25269 worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich, the return working was handled by 47351.
A Blythe Bridge - Blackpool North on July 2nd was worked roundtrip by 25263 & 25118. On the afternoon of July 10th 25263 was noted at Carnforth. On July 18th 25263 was noted passing Bescot with a short freight. On July 19th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25263 & 25274. The next day (20th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury. On July 29th the 17.15 Nottingham - Birmingham New Street was worked forward from Derby after the diesel multiple unit failed and dragged.
On August 9th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the return 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25263 & 25299. A Leamington - Edinburgh charter on August 30th utilised 25200 & 25263 to and from Coventry.
25263 was noted at Saltley on September 27th.
25263 was withdrawn on November 17th 1980.
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