The fifteen year career of D7621/25271 commenced with just under two years on the Scottish Region, followed by thirteen years allocated to London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7621 was new to Eastfield (65A) on August 28th 1966. Further transfers were:
July 1968 to Preston Division (D10) on loan.
Renumbered April 20th 1974.
25271 was the 115th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during October 1981.
After withdrawal 25271 was stored at Crewe from October 1981 to February 1982. It was moved to Derby Works on February 19th 1982 and scrapped there towards the end of September 1982.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works February 1975.
The last steam working out of Dumfries was an evening Carlisle - Glasgow parcels, beginning May 1st this became Type 2 hauled.
The 08.00 Heads of Ayr - Newcastle converted to Type 2 haulage this summer, the diesel going as far as Carlisle, then returning light engine to Ayr. Glasgow Fair Day, Monday July 18th brought out many extras as well as strengthened regular services to Ayr & Girvan. Fine weather boosted the number of day trippers, the evening return trips requiring seventeen extra services, powered by diesel multiple units, Type 1 & 2s, the locomotives freed up due to cancellation of the freights, steam was entirely absent from the workings.
Derby Works continued delivery of its batch of ScR Type 2s now arriving alongside Vulcan Foundry’s newly built EE Type 1s and re-diagrammed Brush Type 4s. These new arrivals were finally able to make a serious headway in ousting steam from the Ayr & Stranraer lines. The Newcastle - Stranraer summer weekend services regularly produced a steam/diesel combination.
Finally added to the fleet was the last of the new ScR Class 25s from Derby, D7617 - D7623, although based at Eastfield, were used locally in the Ayr region. This transition from steam had gone smoothly, the careful use of diesel brake tenders allowing maximum use of the diesel fleet on the local coal workings. Steam was now banned south of Ayr due to the watering facilities being removed from Stranraer. With these arrivals twenty five diesels replaced forty five steam locomotives and from October 3rd Hurlford shed was closed completely.
On July 8th a Wellingborough - Yarmouth day excursion was worked out & back (?) by 7621 & 7627.
On December 26th 7621 was light engine at Banbury.
24073 & 25271 were noted at Bidston Dock on October 7th with an iron ore train.
The 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury on August 5th were worked by 25271 & 25289.
On June 10th 25271 was noted at Stourbridge Junction along with 25143 & 25187.
On June 25th the 09.50 Bristol Temple Meads - Newcastle was noted through Darlington behind 25271.
The 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton on August 5th were worked by 25271 & 25253.
25271 was stabled at Darlington depot on November 17th.
On the morning of November 19th 25271 was stabled at York.
On the afternoon of July 18th 25271 was noted in Bescot yard.
On August 23rd the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25271 & 25275. On August 30th 25271 was noted at Leicester.
25271 was noted at Stourbridge Junction on September 6th. On September 20th the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.30 Yarmouth - Walsall from Norwich were worked by 25271 & 25285.
On the morning of December 15th 25271 was noted at Rugby.
On the evening of March 9th 25271 worked the 4E17 Manchester Victoria - Leeds PCD.
On the morning of May 8th 25271 was noted at Bescot. On May 23rd the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 18.00 (?) Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were hauled by 25271 & 25056. A week later (29th) the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria was worked forward from Chester after 40027 failed and was removed.
On the afternoon of June 1st 25271 was noted down light engine at Crewe.
25271 was stabled at Saltley depot on July 4th.
The 13.26 Llandudno Town - Nottingham on July 11th with 25126 failed at Derby, 25271 took the service forward to Nottingham.
On August 5th the 12.40 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25271 & 25279. A diesel multiple unit failure on August 21st saw 25271 work the 16.35 Derby - Crewe.
Possibly 25271's last passenger workings took place on a sunny September 5th joining with 25221 to work the 08.40 Manchester Victoria - Scarborough and the return 13.00 Scarborough - Manchester Victoria.
25271 was stabled at Crewe Diesel depot on October 4th.
25271 was withdrawn on October 11th 1981.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added October 9th 2012.