The working life of D7646/25296/25906 spanned nineteen years ten months, with a year spent at Sheffield area depots and the remainder allocated to a variety of London Midland depots.
Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester, No.8056.
D7646 was new to Tinsley (41A) on March 25th 1966. Further transfers were:
April 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
Renumbered to 25296 February 16th 1974.
After withdrawal 25906 was stored at Basford Hall Yard until moved with 25199, 25244 & 25249 on June 2nd 1987 to Leicester Humberstone Road Yard and into Vic Berry's Yard the next day. By the middle of December 1987 25906 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1969 (Intermediate).
During its first summer D7646/25296 managed three round trips on the summer dated Sheffield - Llandudno Town service; on July 23rd, August 6th & August 27th. This service could load to twelve coaches.
On July 24th D7646 was shunting at Edge Hill with one bogie bolster wagon (two-tone green livery with full yellow ends).
On the afternoon of June 9th D7645 & D7664 were on permanent way trains at Nuneaton whilst D7644, D7646, D7647 & D7660 were noted in the station area.
On the early afternoon of October 4th 7566, 7612, 7643 & 7646 were stabled at Bescot.
7646 was the Manchester Victoria banker on April 30th.
At about 2pm on October 3rd noted at Crewe were 7646 towing E26000 (no name carried), possibly en-route from Bury to Crewe Works, where E26000 would be broken up during November.
At about 7am on February 9th 7568 & 7646 were noted at Chester with a down tank train.
On February 17th 7646 was stabled at Birkenhead.
At about 5.30pm on August 2nd 7646 was noted at Manchester Exchange waiting to work the down vans (4P05).
On the afternoon of August 14th 25022 & 25296 were stabled at York.
On September 12th the 09.43 Liverpool - Glasgow arrived at Preston with failed 47480 being assisted by 25296 & 25319.
On October 22nd 25296 was noted light engine at Stockport.
On June 18th 25296 was noted with a short freight on the Longridge (Preston) branch.
On July 10th 25296 was at Derby with a lengthy train of short wheelbase oil tanks for the Sinfin branch.
On August 2nd 25296 was eastbound through Guide Bridge with a mixed freight.
On September 13th 25296 & 25319 worked a Shotton - Bidston Dock iron ore empties, then retired to Mollington Street.
On the morning of November 18th 25054, 25117 & 25296 were stabled at Bedford.
On June 9th 25296 & 25307 were northbound through Toton with an oil train.
25296 worked a Bridgwater - Ince & Elton freight on August 17th.
On December 16th 25296 was at Crewe diesel depot.
The Garston car train was noted at Hereford on March 5th behind 46039 & 25296.
On March 27th 25296 was noted at Kenilworth with two parcels coaches.
For the Rainhill 150 celebrations 25296 was painted and spruced up to take part in the celebrations on May 24th/25th. Freight vehicles hauled by 25296 were:
On June 17th a derailment at Lockerbie saw many WCML services diverted via the former GSW route. The 07.45 Euston - Glasgow arrived at Glasgow at 14.30 in charge of 47227, 25317 & 25296 were promptly attached for the return journey south.
On July 29th 25296 worked the 09.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.
31286 & 25296 were noted at Oxford on October 7th with a train of used rails originating from Newland permanent way depot.
On October 29th 25296 was stabled at Reddish.
On the afternoon of December 15th 25296 was stabled at Rugby with 25271.
For 1981 25296 managed several visits to the Cambrian line. On July 25th 25296 & 25308 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth returning with the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (26th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth (via Bescot) and returned with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.
Possibly the lengthiest passenger working took place on August 4th when 25296 & 25251 worked a roundtrip Maryport - Llandudno Town day excursion, a total of 468 miles. On August 24th 25307 & 25296 were light engines at Toton. On August 29th 25296, with 25282 returned to the Cambrian line working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton.
On a wet October 29th 25296 was involved in a heavy shunting accident at Blackburn. Several wagons were derailed, a 12 ton van No. B762075 was heavily damaged, breaking a buffer on the No.1 end of 25296 and coming to rest against the cab front causing superficial damage. The locomotive was not derailed and was fortunate to have come away virtually unscathed.
On March 27th 25296 was northbound at Market Harborough with a loaded brick train.
On May 8th 25296 was stabled at March.
On June 26th 25296 & 25320 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Crewe.
On July 10th (a strike day) 25296 was stabled at Newton Heath.
25296 was stabled at Nuneaton on September 11th.
On March 23rd whilst attaching extra vans 25296 failed at Hereford with the 15.02 Manchester - Bristol parcels, the station pilot 08668 removing the train from the mainline as no replacement was immediately available.
On the evening of March 30th 25296, 25297 & 25300 were noted at Crewe depot.
On April 3rd 25296 & 25297 were stabled at Guide Bridge.
On April 6th 25251 & 25296 worked the 6H33 12.02 Widnes West Deviation - Earles Sidings cement empties.
On April 7th 25296 was shunting at Warrington Arpley.
On April 24th 25296 was on engineering duties at Orrell Park (Merseyside Northern Line).
On July 2nd 25296 was stabled at Northwich.
25296 was noted at Bescot on July 11th. It was back to the Cambrian line on July 23rd to work the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton with 25262 to Shrewsbury then with 25250 to Aberystwyth. 25296 & 25250 returned with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
On August 13th 25209 & 25296 were noted eastbound at New Mills South Junction with a lengthy train of Presflo cement wagons. 25296 was also noted this day as the Manchester Victoria banker. The last recorded pssenger working for 1983 for 25296 took place on August 19th with the 14.26 Southport - Manchester Victoria. On the same day 25296 assisted the 11.15 Bangor - Scarborough after 46018 derailed at Salford, 25296 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the stock.
On August 27th 25296 was stabled at Blackburn.
On November 1st 25296 was northbound at Warrington Arpley with a coal train.
On November 6th 25296 & 25307 were noted on engineering trains along Woodvale aerodrome (Merseyside).
On December 1st 25296 was light engine at Bescot.
On December 5th 25296 & 25327 were light engines at Warrington Arpley.
On December 13th 25296 & 25268 were noted at Exeter with the tar tanks from Ellesmere Port.
On February 18th 25296 was stabled at Llandudno Junction.
On April 11th 25296 was southbound at Bescot with a loaded ballast train.
On May 23rd 25249 & 25296 worked the 6V32 Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction bitumen tanks.
On June 26th 25296 & 25283 were southbound at Carlisle with oil tanks.
On July 14th 25296 & 25307 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton (with fully air-conditioned stock for the first time to Aberystwyth?) and returned with the 17.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury but got no further than Machynlleth where 25296 expired and was dragged to Shrewsbury. The next day (15th) 25296 went out on the 13.35 Crewe - Cardiff but failed at Hereford and was replaced by 47150.
25296 was stabled at Beltchley on June 8th and at Aylesbury on June 15th.
On June 28th 25296 was at Reading with a freight.
On July 7th 25296 was at Birmingham New Street with a 09.40 special working for Chester.
On August 14th 25286 & 25296 worked the return Aberystwyth - Stanlow oil empties.
On August 16th 25286 & 25296 worked a Bescot - Banbury freight.
1985 produced quite a variety of workings, starting on August 19th 1985 with 25296 & 25286 working the relief 10.41 Exeter St. Davids - Edinburgh forward from Carstairs.
On September 5th 25191, 25296 & 45146 were light engines through Prestatyn.
A month later on September 20th the 15.18 Llandudno Town - York failed at Chester behind 45103, 25296 worked the train to York. September 29th’s 15.00 Manchester – Swansea produced 25296 with eleven coaches, all was not well with the service as the train arrived over an hour late at Hereford where the standby locomotive, 47325 took over.
Class 25s over the Central Wales line continued with October 5th’s 'Welsh Borderer' charter from Wolverhampton to Tenby hauled throughout by 25037 & 25059. As there was no way to refuel the locomotives at Tenby, the return trip was via Cardiff where 25296 & 25282 were waiting to take over for the return to Wolverhampton. Two weeks later on October 19th 25296 & 40122 worked the 15.08 Carlisle - Kings Cross special from Carlisle to Leeds.
On November 16th 25296 & 25297 were southbound through Bolton with empty vans for Red Bank.
On November 27th 25296 was noted at Hereford with the 6S75 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend Speedlink.
On December 10th 25296 worked a Manchester - Bristol parcels. On December 17th 25906 worked an Ellesmere Port – Severn Tunnel Junction freight and on December 18th was noted at Chester on a short freight. Over the Christmas break the only Class 25s in South Wales were 25037, 25288 & 25906 stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction.
The final passenger working for 25296 was also in the north-west on February 7th 1986 working the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool North forward from Preston.
On February 20th 25906 was stabled at Warrington Arpley.
On February 24th 25906 was eastbound at Helsby with bitumen tanks.
On March 1st 25906 & 25907 worked a Northenden - Appley Bridge rubbish train.
On the afternoon of March 2nd 25906 & 25907 were stabled at Warrington Arpley.
On April 2nd 25906 was noted in the Lune gorge with the Dalston - Stanlow oil empties (eight bogie tanks).
On April 14th 25906 worked a train of empty oil tanks from Warrington Arpley to Ellesmere Port.
On April 28th 25906 worked oil tanks from Stanlow to Warrington and was also noted eastbound at Arpley with empty merry-go-round wagons.
25906 was noted at Warrington on a UKF working on April 30th.
On June 8th 25906 was stabled at Chester.
On June 10th 25906 assisted a loaded merry-go-round train at Warrington Arpley.
On June 20th 25906 was passing Helsby with loaded short wheelbase oil tanks from Stanlow and also handled a Ditton - Arpley trip.
On July 3rd 25906 & 25905 worked a Dee Marsh - Chester Speedlink comprised mostly of empty log wagons.
On July 29th 25908 & 25906 were noted at Tebay with a Winsford - Mossend (for Inverness) salt train.
On July 30th 25906 & 25908 were stabled at Warrington Arpley.
On August 5th 25906 & 25903 were northbound through Tebay with a loaded ballast train.
On September 21st 25907 & 25906 were stabled at Springs Branch.
On September 22nd 25906 & 25908 were stabled at Chester.
On October 1st the 6E25 - 06.10 Stanlow - Leeds oil train was noted at Horbury with 31229, 25904 (failed) & 25906.
25906 was stabled at Healey Mills on October 4th.
On October 6th the 7Z96 Leeds - Stanlow empties were worked by 25906.
25906 was withdrawn on November 1st 1986.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added May 18th 2013.