D7651, 7651, 25301
D7651, 7651, 25301

Photograph collection of webmaster.
A nice portrait of 25301 at Speke (?), date unknown.

Built: Beyer Peacock, Manchester, No.8061.
Dual brake equipped (1972).
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 87 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 8 months.

The seventeen year seven month career of D7651/25301 was spent allocated to London Midland Region & Scottish depots.


D7651 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on May 9th 1966. Further transfers were:

April 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
March 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
May 1969 to Nottingham Division (D16).
October 1972 to Preston Division (D09).
May 1973 to Kingmoor.
May 1973 to Springs Branch.
December 1976 to Eastfield on loan, made permanent same month.
February 1978 to Toton.
August 1981 to Cricklewood.
November 1983 to Crewe.
Withdrawn December 11th 1983.

Renumbered March 2nd 1974.

25301 was the 204th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during December 1983.

After withdrawal 25301 was stored at Bletchley until moved on April 17th 1984 to Swindon Works and broken up there during the middle of August 1984.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works March, April & May 1972 (dual brake equipment fitted).
Noted Derby Works September 1976 (Classified).


D7651 was delivered to the Nottingham Division from Beyer Peacock during early May.

On the afternoon of February 11th D7651 was at Stourbridge Junction with a permanent way train.

On July 3rd 7651 was noted at Colwick Woods light engine (0F70).

October 18th saw a Luton Town Football Club charter to Brighton start out with 5213 & 7651 and being replaced at Acton by 6552 & 6555. A 2nd charter this day for the football club saw 5183 & 5184 work throughout.

May 25th found a Derby - Blackpool excursion in the hands of 5235 & 7651. Working the 6M78 Tyne - Washwood Heath on June 16th were 7518 & 7651.

On July 22nd 7518 & 7651 worked a morning Manvers Main - West Drayton, returning north from Reading West Junction with an evening Andover - Thirsk special freight.

On January 21st 7651 worked a Nuneaton - Hitchin ballast working.

Derby Works was host to 7651 during March and April for a classified repair which included the fitting of dual brake equipment. The locomotive had arrived at Derby Works wearing two-tone green with small yellow warning panels. On May 4th 7651 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for May 4th recorded:

7651; May 4th 1972; time 11.50
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 29 900 - - -
2 49 850 - - -
3 - - - - -
4 - - - - -
5 - - - - -
6 - - - - -

Fuel leaks around Knetch filter adjuster??
A crankcase door
No.1 cab
No.1 cylinder passing oil
Heat exchanger top joint needs attention
A side radiator tanks empty

The Preston Division (D10) received 7651 in October.

At about 7am on February 2nd 7651 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up tank train.

On March 23rd 7651 and another Class 25 were noted at Frodsham with a Ravenhead - Bridgwater train of bogie tankers (6F58).

On the afternoon of February 23rd 7597 & 7651 were light engines at Skipton.

On the afternoon of March 18th 25301 & 25318 were at Guide Bridge.

During the morning of September 11th 25301 was noted at Preston with a down freight (9T25).

25301 was noted at Manchester Victoria on January 16th with the 4J28.

On February 14th 25301 was eastbound at Cheadle South with steel bogie bolsters (8E73).

On March 20th 25301 worked the 05.07 Leeds City - Manchester Victoria vans (4M03).

25301 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on July 22nd. 25282 & 25301 were on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on July 29th.

On the early evening of September 5th 25301 worked the 4L10 York - Bradford parcels.

During the evening of December 5th 25301 was noted at Bristol.

On the morning of January 7th 25301 was at Leeds City with a down parcels.

25301 was stabled at Exeter on April 28th.

On August 10th 25301 & 25275 were stabled at Cardiff Canton.

25301 was present at Derby Works during September. During December 25301 recieved its only non-LMR allocation, moving to Eastfield for fifteen months.

On May 21st the 19.38 Dundee - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 25301.

On February 17th 25301 was noted at Coatbridge with a lengthy freight.

On March 15th 25301 was northbound at Sileby with a rake of about 35 empty merry-go-round coal wagons.

On the morning of June 7th 25301 was stabled at York.

On June 24th the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25301 & 25259. The next day (25th) the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25301 & 25259.

Viewed from platform six at Derby 25301 moves off the fuelling point on July 5th 1978.
Photograph courtesy A Healey.

On July 15th the 07.30 Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked forward from Derby by 25301, returning to Derby with the 13.02 Llandudno Town - Nottingham.

On the morning of July 28th 25301 was stabled at York.

On the early evening of August 1st 25301 was stabled at York.

On the morning of August 3rd 25301 & 25303 were stabled at York.

On August 22nd 25322 & 25301 worked the 10.45 Birmingham New Street - Holyhead.

On September 14th 25301 ran light from Mollington Street to Ellesmere Port to pick up a freight.

Stone traffic from Mountsorrell to Kennett was now handled by new, air braked high capacity wagons. The second trip on October 11th ran behind 25249 & 25301 and twenty four wagons. This same pair were noted on a similar working on October 12th.

On the morning of November 25th 25301 was stabled at York.

On February 14th most unusually 25301 was noted at Margam on the 12.29 Swansea - Paddington parcels.

25301 & 25291 were noted at Crewe with a down coal train on March 23rd.

25301 was at Nottingham stabling point on April 1st.

On the evening of June 8th 25107 & 25301 were stabled at Holbeck.

The 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were hauled by 25301 & 25280 on June 16th.

On July 7th the four coach 09.28 Leeds - Morecambe and the return 11.45 Morecambe - Leeds were worked by 25301.

On August 8th 25301 was noted at Bamber Bridge with a short engineers train.

On August 28th 25301 worked the 04.24 Stoke - St Blazey clay empties to Exeter Riverside.

On the evening of January 11th 25301 & 25257 were noted passing March in the Wisbech direction with Redland stone hoppers.

On February 6th 25301 worked the 16.16 St Pancras - Sheffield forward from Leicester.

25301 was stabled at March depot on March 23rd.

The 13.28 Peterborough - Norwich and the return 16.45 Norwich - Peterborough were worked by 25301 on May 31st.

On the morning of July 28th 25301 was north of York with a trip freight, it was later noted stabled at York.

The third week of August produced several workings for 25301 over the NE/SW route. On August 22nd the relief 14.34 Wolverhampton - Paignton was worked throughout by 25301 & 25290. The next day (23rd) the relief 14.53 Paignton - Sheffield was forward from Birmingham New Street (or was it Bristol TM) to Sheffield (?) by 25301 (& 25290?). On August 25th the 07.30 Birmingham New Street - Newcastle and the return 13.40 Newcastle - Swansea to Derby were worked by 25301 & 25257, the locomotives were replaced at Derby by 37219. On August 27th 25301 was passing Treeton Junction with an engineers train of empty low-sided wagons.

On October 24th 25301 & 25277 worked the 14.10 Mountsorrell - Radlett stone train.

On November 19th 25301 and brakevan were at Pye Bridge Junction.

In the March area the Mountsorrel - Kennett stone trains were frequently double headed, so noted were 25301 & 25278 on February 10th & 12th, pairs of Class 31's were also noted on this train.

The North Wales coast was host to 25301 on June 23rd when it worked a round trip Manchester Victoria - Bangor, then returning with the 17.42 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Junction. Three days later (26th) 25301 worked the 11.50 Cardiff - Crewe throughout.

Photograph collection of webmaster.
25301 with another Class 25 at Nuneaton, date unknown.

On July 9th 25301 was noted light engine passing Rainhill.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
Almost parked in the bushes at the back of Skipton station 25301 takes a siesta on July 26th 1981.

25301 was transferred to Cricklewood during August.

25298 & 25301 worked the 6M35 13.15 Exeter - Ellesmere Port empty tar tanks on August 13th.

During September 25301 received an 'E' exam at Crewe.

On November 1st 25301 & 25242 were noted at Bedford with a brakevan.

On January (maybe February) 11th the 08.15 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street was worked by 26025 & 25301 throughout, the Class 26 had failed but remained with the train to provide heating. 25301 was stabled at Haymarket on January 30th.

25301 was noted at Manchester Victoria (as pilot?) on May 8th, working a van train in the evening. 25301 was noted at Nuneaton station on May 19th.

25301 was stabled at Northampton on June 25th.

25301 was noted shunting parcels stock at Euston on July 28th & 29th.

25301 was stabled at Workington station on January 14th and was stabled at March depot on January 30th.

During February 25301 was in the Preston area working one passenger trip from Preston to Blackpool on February 11th, 14th & 15th.

A Toton - Temple Mills freight was worked by 25301 & 25325 on March 1st.

A fourteen hour vigil of movements at St Albans on May 26th revealed just three Class 25's in action, 25283, 25301/316, all on freight workings.

Photograph courtesy Ron Kosys.
A busy scene at Three Spires on May 26th 1983 looking in the Nuneaton direction. Just visible on the right is the last coal wagon of a train waiting to back into Three Spires yard. In the center is a Class 47 leading a very late running Charringtons oil train bound for Hawkesbury Lane. And to the left in the middle distance is 25301 shunting in the yard.

On August 22nd 25301 was the Manchester Victoria banker.

On September 5th 25301 assisted 85018 between Preston & Carnforth on the 21.20 Bristol - Glasgow Central working due to overhead line problems. The next day it worked the 12.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central - possibly its last passenger working?

25301's last transfer was to Crewe during November, it would be retired the next month, ending her days dumped at Bletchley.

25301 was withdrawn on December 11th 1983.

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

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page created February 2nd 2002.
Page updated May 13th 2023.

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