The eighteen year career of D7639/25289 started with fifteen months at Sheffield area depots followed by almost seventeen years at LMR depots apart from a very brief spell at Haymarket.
Built: Beyer Peacock Gorton Ltd, Works No.8039.
D7639 was new to Tinsley (41A) on December 23rd 1965. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Wath (41C).
Renumbered February 25th 1974.
25289 was the 210th Class 25 withdrawn, one of five retired during January 1984.
25289 was withdrawn after a shunting accident at Preston station on January 14th 1984. The No.1 end cab suffered minor damage to the lower half of the cab front. In days gone by this would have been very repairable, but it was the deathknell for 25289. After withdrawal 25289 was moved to Toton until February 8th 1984 when it was moved to Bescot. By March 22nd 1984 it had reached Swindon Works and was broken up here by the of October 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works (?) late 1974 (dual brakes fitted?).
On August 11th a relief Euston - Glasgow Central was worked forward from Crewe to Glasgow Central by 7639 & 7668. Whilst diesel haulage north of Crewe at this time was the order of the day, to get a pair of non-boilered Class 25s, and to go the distance they did must have been quite the day out.
At about 6pm on October 30th 7639 was noted passing Ordsall Lane with an up van train (4H07).
The Teesport - Dalston 'Shell-Mex' oil train was worked by 25317 & 25289 on April 9th.
On May 15th 25289 worked the 4M03 05.07 Leeds City - Manchester Victoria vans.
On July 31st 25317 & 25289 worked a Crewe Gresty Lane - Guide Bridge track panel train.
On August 8th the 20.46 Barrow - Euston with 85025 was diverted via Chester and worked by 25289 between Warrington & Crewe.
25289 & 25297 were noted on a local Teesside trip workings on November 25th.
In South Wales the use of Class 25s for working regular freight diagrams was finished, Class 37s now taking up these diagrams out of Cardiff and Newport, though Class 25s would frequently deputise for a non available Class 37. A number of workings brought foreign Type 2s into the area, on November 23rd 25289(HA) arrived with the 22.58 6V88 Warrington - Margam ingot train.
With 25289 transferred to Bescot in the summer of 1977 the opportunities for passenger mileage increased considerably. However it was not until the summer season of 1978 that 25289 was able to visit faraway seaside resorts and July 1978 certainly gave 25289 a run for its money. On July 1st 25289 & 25249 worked the 0934 Leicester - Yarmouth relief at least as far as Norwich. A week later (July 8th) 25289 worked the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the 13.02 return, but failed at Cresswell, 25314 took the train forward. The next trip, on July 20th, took 25289 & 25224 to the West Country on a roundtrip Coventry - Barnstaple day excursion, working at least to Exeter. 25289 & 25224 remained together for the next four days, working the 22nd's 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, coming back with the 14.15 ex-Yarmouth to Derby. The next day the pair worked the 08.40 Leicester - Skegness and 18.30 return. Skegness was the destination on July 24th, but this time the round trip starting from Burton on Trent.
On July 20th 25289 & 25224 were noted at Exeter with a return 1Z75 Barnstaple - Leamington Spa charter and presumably worked the outbound leg.
On July 22nd 25289 & 25224 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and returned from Norwich with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.
On July 23rd 25289 & 25224 worked the 08.40 Leicester - Skegness and the return18.30 back to Leicester. On July 24th the same pair worked the 08.50 Burton on Trent - Skegness and the 18.50 return to Burton.
August 1978 also proved to be a busy month for 25289. On August 5th & 12th 25289 was working over Cambrian metals with 25271 (5th) and 25282 (12th). A week later on August 19th it was a day out with 25184 on the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby service, the next day (20th) the same locomotives were working the 09.15 Derby - Skegness and 18.15 return.
1979 brought two round trips over the Cambrian line, on July 14th with 25282 and on September 1st with 25038.
25289 was stabled at Bescot on April 27th.
For 1980 the last weekend in July brought a couple of passenger workings. On July 25th 25289 & 25282 worked the return leg of a Scarborough - Leamington Spa day excursion. The next day the same pair made a round trip over Cambrian metals, working the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton and returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
25289 was noted at Bletchley on an up freight on the morning of August 16th.
On May 14th 25289 & 25287 worked the 16.20 Kennett - Mountsorrel stone empties. On May 30th 31237 & 25289 worked the 29th's 35 wagon 21.35 Mossend - Parkeston Quay forward from Whitemoor
On July 19th (also reported as June 19th) 25289 rescued the 16.12 St. Pancras - Derby, going forward from Leicester when 45127 failed. At the end of August (29th & 30th) 25289 and 25262 worked two round trips over Cambrian metals. On August 29th they worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton whilst on the 30th it was the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.
25289 was stabled at Crewe Diesel depot on October 4th.
On Christmas Day 25289 was stabled at Carnforth Furness Sidings with 25284 & 25080.
25285 & 25289 were noted at Birmingham New Street on August 6th on an unidentified parcels (?) working. On August 14th 25289 & 25254 were noted eastbound through Chester with bogie oil tanks. On August 24th the 09.15 Glasgow Central - Bristol Temple Meads with 86256 was dragged between Preston and Winwick Junction by 25289 & 25254 due to an overhead line failure.
25289 was noted southbound at Carnforth on August 28th with bulk tankers.
On November 28th 25289 & 25283 were noted at Leighton Buzzard with a loaded ballast train.
On March 20th 25289 & 25311 worked the 6M86 Kings Cross- Tring cement empties. On March 30th 25289 was noted north of Tring with a ballast cleaner, whilst 25242 was present with an overhead wiring train.
Two more round trips were worked over the Cambrian line, with 25316 on June 4th and 25327 on July 2nd. 25289 was noted at Stonebridge Park on July 9th. On July 26th 25289 worked the Warrington trip 6P83 servicing Westhoughton & Bolton. On July 27th 25289 was noted northbound at Springs Branch with bulk powder tanks.
Possibly on August 16th 1983 (date uncertain) 25289 & 25044 rescued the 15.12 Preston - Barrow diesel multiple unit at Lancaster, working forward to Barrow and then going forward with a Barrow - Carlisle service.
On September 8th 25289 & 25268 were northbound at Warrington Bank Quay with oil tankers.
25289 was stabled at Saltley on December 2nd. 25289 was noted at Bescot on December 23rd. On December 31st 25289 took failed 50025 from Birmingham New Street station to Saltley depot.
25289 was withdrawn on January 17th 1984.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added February 16th 2013.