D7650, 7650, 25300
D7650, 7650, 25300

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
25300 at Warrington on October 14th 1980.

The nineteen year career of D7650/25300 was spent entirely allocated to London Midland Region depots.

Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester (Works No.8060).
Dual brake equipped.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 89 months.
Time between withdrawal and scrapping: 7 months.

Allocations

D7650 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on May 7th 1966 and immediately went on loan to the London Division (D01). Further transfers were:

November 1966 to Nottingham Division (D16).
April 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
March 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
May 1969 to Nottingham Division (D16).
May 1970 to Liverpool Division (D08).
March 1971 to London Division (D01).
October 1972 to Liverpool Division (D08).
December 1972 to London Division (D01).
February 1973 to Liverpool Division (D08).
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
October 1982 to Crewe.
May 1985 stored unserviceable.
Withdrawn December 3rd 1985.

Renumbered November 30th 1973.

25300 was the 260th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of ten withdrawn during December 1985.

After withdrawal 25300 was stored at Carlisle Kingmoor until being moved on January 20th 1986 with 25302 to Springs Branch. Two months later on March 20th 1986 the pair moved to Healey Mills, then to Doncaster Works later in March 1986, and scrapped there by late June 1986.

Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond.
A line-up of condemned locomotives at Doncaster on April 20th 1986, led by 25300 & 25302 followed by 45038/19/42/72/56/16/75.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works September & October 1969.
Noted Derby Works November - December 1973.
Noted Glasgow Works June 1978 (Classified & repaint).

Highlights

1966
During May 1966 D7650 was loaned to Willesden for crew training pending the delivery of D7660 - D7672 to Willesden. These duties would include services operated over the WCML to/from Kensington Olympia.

1970
November 21st saw the FA Cup first round matches begin, 5202 & 7650 worked a Wigan - Tyne Dock football special. The empty coaching stock was taken to South Shields allowing the locomotives to reverse and head off to Heaton Carriage sidings. It is assumed that the Class 25s worked the return leg, and although the exact route is not now known, this was most likely 25300's longest passenger working.

1973
On December 1st 7650 made a test run from Derby Works. Most likely the locomotive was renumbered whilst at Derby Works.

The snag sheet for December 1st recorded:

7650; December 1st 1973; time 9.45
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 29 - - - -
2 49 - - - -
3 - - - - -
4 - - - - -
5 - - - - -
6 - - - - -

A lack of recorded details for this test, did it actually take place?

1974

25300 at Acton Grange on October 3rd 1974.
Photograph courtesy Tom Sutch.

On December 18th 25300 was noted light engine at Manchester Victoria. On December 19th 25300 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 4P04.

1975
On the morning of June 26th 25300 was noted at Manchester Victoria.

25300 was stabled at Thornaby on September 21st.

25300 & 25288 were noted on track relaying work in the Haymarket area on December 21st, they were later noted at Slateford heading for the Suburban lines.

1976
At about 6.30pm on January 31st 25300 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up failed empty diesel multiple unit.

1977
On January 24th the 15.30 St. Pancras - Nottingham was noted arriving at Nottingham behind 45103 & 25300, its uncertain as to how far 25300 had been on the train.

25300 was noted on a local Manchester freight trip working in the Brindle Heath area on July 5th.

An ammonia leak outside Preston station on November 16th saw 25300 & 25319 assisting 86039 with a WCML express through the area due to power being off.

1978
On August 5th 25300 was noted being refuelled at Derby.

On August 12th the 08.32 Derby - Yarmouth was failed at Nottingham behind 25300 & 25303, they were removed and replaced by 25129 & 25136. The next day (13th) 25300 & 25303 worked the relief 09.20 Nottingham - Skegness and the return relief 19.15 Skegness - Nottingham.

1979
25300 & 25312 were southbound at Finedon Road with a lengthy train of Redland hoppers on February 22nd.

Up empty carflats on April 17th were noted with 25300 between Twyford & Reading.

At about 6.30pm on July 15th 25038, 25088, 25114, 25153 & 25300 were stabled at Leicester depot.

The 05.35 Cardiff - Crewe was worked by 25300 on August 28th.

1980
On April 11th 25285 & 25300 were noted at Chester with bogie oil tankers.

25300 was noted light engine at Bescot on May 28th.

The 09.42 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria and the 14.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town as far as Chester were worked by 25300 on June 14th, 25300 failed at Chester and was replaced by 47547.

Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
25300 Carnforth June 17th 1980.

On July 26th the 08.30 Glasgow Central - Blackpool North was worked to Carlisle by 25300 & 25258, the locomotives returning north from Carlisle with the 15.05 Blackpool North - Glasgow Central.

1981
25300 was noted at Edge Hill with a permanent way train on February 14th.

On the morning of March 5th 25300 was northbound at Settle Junction with a ballast train.

25300 received an 'E' examination at Springs Branch during May.

25300 was stabled at Exeter on July 6th.

The 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25300 & 25308 on July 18th.

On the afternoon of July 27th 25300 was light engine at Luton.

On September 5th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25300 & 25302. On September 19th 25300 & 25302 were noted passing Twyford (Berks) with a lengthy oil train.

On November 8th 25300 was stabled at March, the next day (9th) it worked the 08.02 ballast empties to Croft.

1982
25300 was stabled at Birkenhead on January 17th.

25300 was stabled at Bescot on February 14th.On February 23rd 25300 & 25287 were noted westbound at Bristol Temple Meads with bitumen (?) tanks.

On March 20th the 23.55 Glasgow Central - Bristol Temple Meads failed at Hartford LNW Junction behind 81003, 25300 dragged the service to Crewe. On March 26th 25300 & 25321 worked the 10.17 Stanlow - Bishopsbriggs oil tanks.

On the afternoon of April 27th 25300 was stabled at York.

On the afternoon of May 8th 25300 & 25269 were light engines at York.

25300 was noted eastbound through Wakefield Kirkgate with a lengthy freight on May 11th.

On June 17th 25300 worked the afternoon Dewsnap - Warrington Arpley 28 vehicle freight. On June 22nd 25300 was westbound at Chester with a van train.

On July 24th 25300 worked the 06.50 Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria and the 08.40 Manchester Victoria - Scarborough to Leeds, where it was replaced by 25158.

On August 4th 25300 & 25248 worked an 8F21 Oakamoor - St Helens sand train. 25300 was noted at Stalybridge on August 7th. 25300 was the Manchester Victoria banker on August 13th.

25300 was stabled at Warrington Arpley on September 25th.

1983
The 10.45 Liverpool - Barrow failed at Preston behind 47515 on February 23rd, 25300 dragged everything to Barrow.

25300 was noted westbound through Chinley with loaded ICI hoppers on April 14th, and also eastbound with empties at Great Rocks. On April 16th 25300 was noted at Birkenhead Docks with a track panel train.

On June 5th 25300 was noted returning an electrification train to Bletchley.

On August 14th engineering work between Rugby & Bletchley saw 25300 & 25095 assist three WCML passenger through the dead section. On August 20th 25266 & 25300 were noted passing Calvert on a UKF Fertilisers train to/from their depot at Akeman Street. On August 31st 25300 & 25298 were noted at Chester with a loaded coal train.

25300 & 25298 were noted passing Chester light engines on September 5th.

1984
25300 worked the Kings Cross - Tring Cutting empty cement tanks on March 8th. 25300 was noted southbound at Berkhampstead with a train on Presflo wagons on March 12th. 25300 was stabled at Bescot on March 24th.

25300 was noted at Crewe on April 7th. Class 25s filling in for pairs of Class 37s on the morning Earles Sidings Widnes cement included 25287 & 25300 on April 16th. The 12.00 Lawley Street - Beeston Freightliner was worked by 25300 on April 25th.

On May 18th 25300 was noted southbound at Warrington Bank Quay with a train of new Vauxhall cars, later it would work the 16.20 Glasgow Central - Liverpool forward from Preston. Four days later on May 22nd the 08.42 Leicester - Birmingham New Street failed before departure behind 31420, 25300 took the train forward, returning with the 10.20 Birmingham New Street - Norwich throughout. On May 31st 25300 worked the 6M44 11.21 Ketton - Castle Bromwich cement tanks.

25300 was noted at Birmingham New Street on the late afternoon of June 1st with a parcels working. On June 30th 25300 & 25265 worked the 6V32 Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction bitumen tanks.

On July 17th the 21.20 Crewe - Grantham was worked by 25300. On July 19th 25265 & 25300 worked the 6V32 14.56 Ellesmere Post - Cranmore, comprised of twenty short wheelbase tanks. On July 20th 25265 & 25300 worked the 6V32 14.56 Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction, comprised of sixteen short wheelbase tanks. 25300 was at Garston Holding sidings (Speke) on the afternoon of July 24th. On July 26th 25300 was noted at Liverpool with a parcels train. On July 27th 25256 & 25300 worked the 6E85 Stanlow - Leeds loaded oil tanks.

25262 & 25300 were noted at Nuneaton station with a parcels train on August 13th.

On October 5th 25300 was noted through Stafford with a brick (?) train. 25300 was stabled at Millerhill on October 14th. 25300 was noted receiving attention at Willesden depot on October 20th.

On November 17th 25300 was the Manchester Victoria pilot.

25300 was stabled at Saltley on December 17th. 25300 was noted southbound at Stafford on a snowy December 28th with a parcels train.

1985

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25300 runs round its empty ballast hoppers at Gobowen in order to access the former branch to Oswestry, which is visible in the distance curving off to the right.

On January 3rd 25300 was noted at Gobowen with empty ballast wagons.

25300 was noted passing Whitacre Junction with a ballast cleaner and brake van on a snowy January 19th.

On February 13th the 17.36 Crewe - Holyhead failed behind 47428, 25300 dragged the service forward between ?? On a snowy February 16th 25300 was noted southbound at Atherstone with a six coach parcels train.

On March 2nd 25300 was noted passing Amersham with tube stock headed for Neasden. 25300 was noted southbound at Hereford on March 20th with the Moreton-on-Lugg to Severn Tunnel Junction freight. On March 27th 25321 & 25300 were at Aberyswyth to return the empty oil tanks to Stanlow.

The relief 13.50 Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh on April 3rd was worked between Carstairs & Edinburgh by 25300 & 25276. On April 12th 25300 & 25303 were noted at Mossend yard. On April 15th the relief 12.05 Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh was worked between Carstairs & Edinburgh by 25300 & 25254.

On May 2nd the 16.02 Crewe - Cardiff failed at Shrewsbury behind 33034, 25300 worked the service to Cardiff. The next day (3rd) the 07.00 Worcester Shrub Hill - Bristol Temple Meads was worked by 25300.

25300 was stabled at Buxton on June 22nd.

25300 was withdrawn on December 3rd 1985.

31/1937
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