D7625, 7625, 25275
D7625, 7625, 25275


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A wonderfully wet day finds 25275 waiting for the road, possibly at Warrington Bank Quay, date unknown but judging by its general condition it must be close to withdrawal.

The sixteen year nine month career of D7625/25275 included allocations to Eastern, Western & London Midland depots.

Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester, No.8035.

Allocations

D7625 was new to Tinsley (41A) on July 30th 1965. Further transfers were:

April 1966 to Wath (41C).
August 1967 to Holbeck (55A), on loan then made permanent.
November 1970 to Ebbw Junction (86B).
January 1972 to Bristol (82A).
May 1972 to Cardiff (86A).
December 1972 to Laira (84A).
September 1973 to Bristol.
March 1974 to Laira.
August 1975 to Bescot.
Withdrawn April 18th 1982.

Renumbered April 1974.

25275 was the 127th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during April 1982.

After withdrawal 25275 was stored at Tyseley from April 1982 until March 22nd 1985 when it moved to Swindon Works with 25027 (from Saltley) & 25180 arriving on March 25th. 25275 was broken up there by the third week of July 1985.


Photograph courtesy of Adrian Healey.
25275 at Tyseley on September 8th 1984 waiting to make its last journey to the scrapyard.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September 1968.
Noted Derby Works April 1973.
Noted Derby Works May & early June 1975 (full repaint).

Highlights

1965
Although many of the Tinsley allocated Class 25s worked the Sheffield - Llandudno Town summer dated services, D7625 was noted on August 21st 1965 working a Scarborough - Sheffield service. Five years allocated to Western Region depots has not produced many records passenger workings. On September 1st 1973 the 12.45 Penzance - Cardiff was worked to Penzance by 7625 & 7676. Two years later on June 18th 1975 25275 worked the 20.15 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot.

1968
On August 23rd 7675 was noted at Huddersfield on a Kings Cross - Halifax passenger service.

1970
On August Bank Holiday Saturday the 09.50 Scarborough - Manchester Victoria was worked by 7625 (throughout?).

1972
On December 19th 7625 was noted at Exeter with empty coaching stock for a 2B99 service.

1973
On January 6th 7625 worked the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

At about 18.55 on August 11th 7676 & 7625 were noted passing Liskeard with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary - St Blazey freight. The next day, August 12th 7625 & 7676 were noted passing Liskeard at 16.30 with empty ballast hoppers for Tavistock Junction.

On August 18th 7625 & 7675 worked the 2B15 17.05 Penzance - Plymouth local service which was sometimes a pair of Class 25s in the summer.

On September 1st 7625 & 7676 were noted approaching Plymouth with the 12.45 Penzance - Cardiff comprised of eleven Mark 1 coaches.

On December 8th 7625 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (seven vans).

On December 11th 7625 was an additional pilot at Exeter St Davids to handle the parcels traffic.

1974
On January 5th 7625 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On January 15th a 24 hour strike by ASLEF members shut down the railway network, stabled at Exeter were 124, 141, 165, 1003, 1015, 1034, 1058, 1059, 1601, 1655, 1754, 3525, 5689, 6522, 7575, 7625 and six diesel multiple unit sets. All the locomotives were switched off. An ASLEF overtime ban and work-to-rule were in effect but the non-cooperation policy had been curtailed on January 11th.

At about 10pm on January 17th locomotives stabled at Exeter included 7516, 7575 & 7625.

At about noon on January 19th locomotives stabled at Exeter included 5230, 7516 & 7625.

On the morning of February 25th 7625 worked an Exeter Riverside - Exmouth Junction trip, later returning to Exeter stabling point.

On March 16th 7625 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On March 30th 7625 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and appears to have worked the afternoon Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On April 6th 7625 worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (two tanks).

On April 11th 7625 worked the 6B67 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (four vans).

On April 16th 7625 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (two tanks).

At about 17.45 on April 20th 7625 was noted at Exeter on a down milk working.

On April 22nd 7625 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On April 24th 7625 was noted at Exeter stabling point and would later work a round trip to Whimple.

On August 24th 25275 worked the 2B99 15.55 Exeter - Barnstaple and the 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter.

On August 28th 25275 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (two tanks) and later worked the 2B48 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot (eight coaches).

On Thursday November 21st noted at Exeter stabling point were 25024, 25224 & 25275.

On November 23rd 25275 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

At about 4pm on November 30th 25275 was noted at Exeter with eight milk tanks from Chard.

On December 3rd 25275 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (two tanks). It later worked the 2B48 20.10 Exter St Davids - Newton Abbot.(eight coaches).

On December 7th 25275 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On December 16th 25032 & 25275 were noted on Exeter stabling point.

Late on the evening of December 19th Class 25s present at Exeter stabling point were 25171, 25211 (Toton allocated), 25224 & 25275.

On December 20th 25275 worked the 2B48 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot (eight coaches).

On December 21st 25275 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (one van).

On Christmas Eve 25171 & 25275 were noted at Exeter stabling point.

1975
On January 10th 25275 worked the 6B49 14.57 Ponsandane - Exeter Riverside freight (14 wagons and brake van).


Photograph courtesy Steve Marshall
Its May 10th 1975 and a heavily stripped 25275 undergoing a general repair. Judging by the condition of the locomotive it is definately in need of this repair. This would be its last classified repair.

The local Whitemoor Kings Lynn freights were frequently hauled by Class 25s, the trip on June 12th produced Laira based 25275, which had only been released from Derby Works several days before.

On June 17th ex-works 25275 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On June 21st 25275 worked the 6B70 11.10 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids vans amd milk.

On June 30th & July 1st 25275 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On July 5th 25275 & 25105 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich.

On July 15th 25275 worked the 6B71 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans/milk but required assistance from 25059 beyond Eggesford due to traction motor problems. At Exeter 1070 removed the ten milk tanks which would form the 6A21.

On August 5th 25275 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On Sunday August 10th the St Austell - Worcester motorail was worked by 25274 & 25275 to at least Plymouth. On August 13th 25275 worked the 17.42 Plymouth - Penzance throughout(?) following the failure of 47186.

1976
On June 26th 25275 was noted at Stroud top-n-tailing the Severn Tunnel Inspection train, returning the train to Gloucester.

1977
On May 19th 25275 was noted at the site of Nuneaton Abbey Street station shunting loaded ballast wagons. On May 21st 25275 was stabled at Nuneaton.

1977 saw 25275's first recorded passenger working on the Cambrian line. On June 7th the 'Mid-Walesman' Euston - Aberystwyth railtour was worked from/to Wolverhampton by 25275 & 25295. Two weeks later on June 18th 1977 the 07.22 Bradford - Weymouth was worked from Leeds to Birmingham New Street by 25275 & 25070.

On July 23rd 25070 & 25275 were noted at Bristol Temple Meadswith a passenger service.

1978
On August 20th 25275 & 25325 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and returned to Wolverhampton on the Barmouth - Euston service.

On September 22nd 25275 was noted at Ryecroft Junction with an engineers train. On September 23rd 1978 25275 & 25245 worked the relief 09.00 Birmingham New Street - Paignton throughout. On September 24th 31261, 25275 & 25245 were noted arriving light engines at Leicester depot. On September 28th 25275 was noted passing Washwood Heath with loaded coal wagons and brakevan.

On October 14th 25275, 25274 & 25141 were stabled at Stourbridge Junction.

1979
25275 was noted light engine at Oxford on May 9th.

July 21st saw the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth worked by 25275 & 25273, returning with the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

A very short working for 25275 took place on October 20th working a railtour roundtrip between Kidderminster & Bewdley.

A Carlisle - Marchwood (?) freight containing explosives was noted at Oxford with 25275 on November 1st.

1980
On June 3rd 25275 was noted at Oxford assisting 47090 and its passenger train. A York - Birmingham International charter on June 27th was worked by 25275 & 25276. The next day (28th) the same pair worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. Unfortunately 25276 failed enroute and was dragged.

On July 12th 25275 & 25274 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

The next recorded pairing for 25275 was another sister engine, 25271, this time on August 23rd working the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.

It was back to the Cambrian line on September 7th with 25178 working the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, coming back with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On the afternoon of September 29th 25275 was stabled at Coventry.

1981
On January 24th 25275 was noted at Bescot.


Photograph courtesy Andy Hoare.
Its January 3rd 1981 as 25275 approaches Fenny Compton from the south with a lengthy train of vans bound for Kineton.

On February 27th 25275 was stabled at Cardiff Canton.

On April 29th 25275 was noted at Brownhills with empty steel tube wagons, used for Corby - Brierley Hill traffic.

1981 proved to be a reasonably busy year for passenger workings. On June 13th the 08.47 Wolverhampton - Portsmouth Harbour worked to Birmingham New Street by 25275 & 25325. Two days later (15th) 25275 was back at New Street and now with 25136 to work the 08.25 Manchester Piccadiily - Cardiff forward from Birmingham New Street, coming back with the 15.35 Cardiff - Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street. The next six workings all involved Cambrian line round trip workings, with 25304 on June 27th, 25262 on July 4th and 25276 on July 11th.

On the morning of August 1st 25275 was noted at Nuneaton.

For a change of scenery 25275 headed east on September 1st with the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich as far as March, returning with the 18.34 Norwich - Birmingham New Street from March as far as Leicester, being replaced here by 25150. Two weeks later on September 16th 25275 worked the 18.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich to ?

On October 9th 25275 was noted passing Wellingborough with new build electric multiple units headed from York to the Southern Region. The last recorded passenger working for 25275 was very short, on October 12th rescuing the 16.45 Birmingham New Street - Walsall from Bescot after electric multiple unit No. 304029 failed.

1982
25275 was noted at Saltley on February 4th.

On March 28th 25224 & 25275 were noted on empty ballast hoppers at Willesden.

25275 was withdrawn on April 18th 1982.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Resources:
1970s Western Region information courtesy online notebooks of Sean Greenslade.

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