D7631, 7631, 25281
D7631, 7631, 25281

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25281 at Northwich shed yard, date unknown. The boiler room grilles have been sheeted over.

The fifteen year career of D7631/25281 started with two years on the Eastern Region before transfer to the London Midland Region for the remainder of its career.

Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester.
Boiler room grills sheeted over.
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: ?? months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 3 months.


D7631 was new to Tinsley (41A) on September 29th 1965. Further transfers were:

April 1966 to Wath (41C).
August 1967 London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
June 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
January 1969 to Birmingham Division (D02).
May 1973 to Bescot.
October 1976 to Springs Branch
Withdrawn February 1st 1981.

Renumbered April 1974.

25281 was the 96th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of twelve retired during February 1981.

After withdrawal 25281 was held at Reddish until February 27th 1981 when 25055, 25100/122, 25281 were moved to Swindon (25100 & 25281 ex Reddish & 25122 ex Newton Heath). 25281 was scrapped at Swindon by the middle of May 1981.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September 1971.
Noted Derby Works July 1976.


On February 20th D7627 & D7631 were stabled at Wath.

On the morning of February 26th D7631 was southbound at Nuneaton with a parcels train.

On the morning of June 14th 7631 was stabled at Banbury.

25118 & 25281 worked a morning Bescot - Exeter Riverside freight on June 9th, they returned north with Exeter Central - Westbury Presflow empties.

On July 20th 25281 & 25272 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram.

On the afternoon of April 3rd 25281 was light engine at York.

On August 2nd 25281 & 25142 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram. On August 22nd the 12.52 Norwich - Birmingham New Street was noted with 25281 in charge at Leicester, its uncertain where the Class 25 took over, maybe March?

On September 13th 25281 & 25081 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram.

On September 11th 25281 & 25081 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Norwich - Derby diagram.

The 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked from Derby by 25281 on June 25th, and returned with the 13.05 Llandudno Town - Nottingham.


Photograph courtesy Barrie Watkins.
Its a snowy overcast January 3rd 1979 as 25281 runs through Warrington with a mixed assortment of snow covered wagons. To the left an electric service appears from underneath the road bridge.

On March 10th the 12.36 Birmingham New Street - Norwich failed at Leicester behind a Class 31, 25281 took the service Norwich.

25281 was noted at Ashton Moss North Junction with a permanent way train on April 21st. 25281 was noted in Wallerscote yard on the evening of April 28th.

On the afternoon of July 19th 25281 was stabled at Springs Branch.

On August 27th 25281 worked the 05.35 Cardiff - Crewe.

The 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe, the 12.25 Crewe - Cardiff and the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe were worked by 25281 on August 28th.

On the morning of November 10th 25281 was noted at Stafford.

25281 was noted working Northwich - Tunstead limestone empties at Chinley on April 23rd.

The 19.50 Crewe - Derby was worked by 25281 on June 17th following failure of the diagrammed diesel multiple unit.

On the afternoon of July 19th Class 25s noted at Kingmoor were 25041, 25056, 25202 & 25281.

25281 was withdrawn on February 1st.

At least one cabside number panel was saved following scrapping of the rest of the locomotive.

Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Page added January 11th 2013.
Last updated May 13th 2023.

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