The seventeen year year active career of D7655/25305 included allocations to only London Midland Region depots.
Built: Beyer Peacock Gorton Ltd, Works No.8065.
D7655 was new to London Midland (Midland) Lines on July 1st 1966. Further transfers were:
March 1967 to Birmingham Division (D02).
Renumbered into TOPS March 30th 1974.
25305 was the 187th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during July 1983.
D7655/25305 was withdrawn twice. It was initially placed into unserviceable store on April 12th 1981 and moved to Swindon Works on May 5th 1981, and officially withdrawn on June 14th 1981 whilst still at Swindon. It was reinstated on August 29th 1982 to Bescot, departing Swindon Works on September 17th 1982, reaching Bescot five days later. After a further ten months in service 25305 was withdrawn again on July 31st 1983, but had been selected to become one of the ETHEL non-powered units, having reached Aberdeen about July 26th 1983 for conversion. 25305 would be transferred to Departmental stock & become 97251 ETHEL 2 and allocated to Eastfield during August 1983.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1967.
On July 25th 25299 & 25305 were in charge of a Leamington Spa – Morpeth troop special.
25200 & 25305 were noted at Newcastle with the Coatbridge - Nottingham on September 9th, 40133 took the train south.
The relief 09.56 Rhyl - Crewe and and the relief 12.10 Crewe - Rhyl on June 5th were hauled by 25305.
At lunchtime on August 8th 25305 was noted at Washwood Heath Yard on car flats.
On December 13th the 10.18 Birmingham - Euston failed north of Berkswell behind 86243. 25305 was sent light engine from Coventry and dragged the failure to Coventry where the service was terminated.
The 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25305 & 25242 on May 24th and by 25305 & 25277 on May 31st. 25305 & 25242 were back together on June 7th to work the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. The 'Severn Valley Invader' railtour on June 28th from Newcastle to Bewdley was worked between Birmingham New Street & Bewdley out & back by 25305 & 25308. The 09.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town was worked by 25305 on August 26th.
Following the recent examples (25184, 25262, 25308) of unserviceable Class 25’s being returned to service it was perhaps no surprise that Swindon should re-activate 25305 late in July. It had been out of traffic for sixteen months, parts were taken from 25246 to make 25305 roadworthy. This reinstatement left all the remaining Class 25’s at Swindon Works in the ‘condemned for scrapping’ category.
A diesel multiple unit failure on September 21st saw 25305 assist the 16.40 Gloucester - Cheltenham Spa.
25305 was noted passing Helsby on May 12th with a short wheelbase tanker train.
On June 4th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 17.15 Aberystwyth - Crewe were worked by 25305 & 25194. The next day (5th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Rhyl day excursion.
On June 23rd Crewe depot sent withdrawn 25314/319 to Derby Works. They had been out of service for about three months and were received at Derby for generator and bogie work prior to their moving to Aberdeen to join ADB 97250 as generator vehicles. 25314 would become ADB 97252 but 25319 would not leave Derby as intended, eventually being scrapped at Swindon in December 1985. It would be replaced by 25305, as ADB 97251, which had been withdrawn, for its second time, from Bescot in July 1983.
The final passenger working for 25305 took place with 25316 on July 2nd working the 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury from Birmingham New Street.
25305 was withdrawn again on July 31st 1983, but had been selected to become one of the ETHEL non-powered units, having reached Aberdeen about July 26th 1983 for conversion. 25305 would be transferred to Departmental stock & become 97251 ETHEL 2 and allocated to Eastfield during August 1983.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added September 21st 2013.