The working career of D7656/25306 totalled eighteen years and eight months allocated to London Midland & Western Region depots.
Built: Beyer Beacock, Manchester No. 8066.
D7656 was new to the London Midland (Midland) Lines LMML on July 5th 1966. Further transfers were:
March 1967 to London Division (Western Lines) (D01).
Renumbered May 1974.
After withdrawal 25306 was stored at Cricklewood from February to May 1985, then moved to Swindon Works via Acton between May 3rd & May 15th 1985. The Works closed prior to the scrapping of 25306 so it moved to Cocklebury Yard, then on to Leicester Humberstone Road on June 3rd 1987. It moved into Vic Berry's yard the next day, then added to the pyramid by October 1987. It was removed from the pyramid late in January 1988 and scrapped by the middle of February 1988.
25075, 25219, 25306/326 Cricklewood to Swindon May 3rd – 14th 1985
25093, 25126/134/161/164/180/193, 25207/208/260, 25306/327 Swindon Works to Cocklebury Yard, June 3rd 1987.
25093, 25180/193, 25306 Cocklebury Yard to Vic Berry Leicester June 3rd - 4th, 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works April 1974 (Full repaint).
7656 noted Exeter December 7th ?? having worked the 6B65 20.20 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Central cement tanks with 1064, both retired to the stabling point.
On December 10th 7656 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks (nine tanks).
On December 13th 7656 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks (ten tanks).
On December 14th 7656 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter St David vans (three vans).
On the evening of December 30th 7577 & 7656 were in the steam shed at Newton Abbot.
On March 2nd 7656 worked the 6B16 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.
March 8th was the day of a one-day strike, stabled at Exeter (stabling point or Riverside) were 35, 85, 162, 189, 1020, 1026, 1030, 1034, 1043, 1563, 1659, 1680, 3509, 3797, 4022, 4158, 4160, 7055, 7506, 7656, 7675, 7676 and six diesel multiple unit sets.
On March 24th 7656 worked the 6B17 14.30? Exeter Riverside - Hemyock and the 6B27 16.35 Hemyock - Exeter milk (12 tanks).
On March 27th 7656 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and later worked the 7B70 13.15 Exeter Riverside - Hemyock and the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (ten tanks).
At about 1.00am on June 16th the 6B68 22.05FO St Blazey - Exeter Riverside clay arrived at Exeter with 7676 & 7656. Both locomotives retired to the stabling point.
On July 14th Exeter stabling point included 7577, 7656, 7657 & 7676.
On July 20th 7656 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.
On July 21st 7656 worked the 6B16? Lapford - Exeter milk (two tanks).
On July 23rd 7656 ran light from Hemyock to Exeter (no milk?) and later worked the 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.
On July 26th 7656 worked the 6B70 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk and the 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.
On July 28th 7656 worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (two tanks).
On August 18th 7656 worked the 09.51 Exeter St David - Barnstaple, the 12.20 return, the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return. On August 25th 7656 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 return.
On September 1st 7656 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (one van).
On September 10th the 6V53 03.30 Stoke on Trent - St Blazey was noted at Exeter with 7656.
Locomotives stabled at Exeter on December 21st included 7502, 7569, 7656 & 7677.
On May 10th 25306 was noted at Taunton East yard in ex-works condition.
On May 18th 25306 worked the 6B67 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (one tank).
On June 4th 25306 worked the 7V39 23.45 Warrington? - Exeter.
On June 12th 25306 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk. It would later work the nine coach 2B48 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.
On the morning of June 25th 25306 was noted shunting vans at Par.
At about 4pm on August 20th 25306 & 1029 arrived coupled together at Exeter stabling point.
On December 20th 25306 worked the 6B59 14.57 Ponsadane - Exeter Riverside freight (ten vehicles and brake van).
On August 10th 25306 & 25290 worked the 09.10 Birmingham New Street - Llandudno Town forward from Crewe, returning with the 18.15 ex-Llandudno Town as far as Crewe.
On the evening of September 22nd 25306 was noted at Crewe with an up van train.
On August 15th the 07.52 Leeds - Llandudno Town failed at Chester behind 40170, 25306 dragged everything to Llandudno Town and then returned with the 14.00 Llandudno Town - York, see view below.
On the afternoon of August 19th 25306 was noted at Manchester Victoria with an up van train.
Track alterations at Ilkley required a ballast special which was hauled by 25195 & 25306 on October 9th.
1984 brought the final year of passenger workings for 25306. A diesel multiple unit failure on February 10th led to 25306 working the 07.00 Gloucester - Cardiff. Late on July 14th 25306 & 25251 assisted the 23.05 Manchester Piccadilly - Gatwick Airport service between Stockport and Stafford when the power was off for engineering work. Two weeks later on July 27th a late afternoon Bristol Temple Meads - York relief required assistance from 25306 between Leeds & York following the failure of 46026. On October 23rd 31430 failed at Settle on the 07.38 Hull - Carlisle, 25306 took the train on to Carlisle and returned with the 16.35 Carlisle - Hull as far as Leeds. The final passenger working took place on November 2nd working the 12.30 Manchester Piccadilly - Cardiff to Crewe.
25306 was withdrawn on February 25th 1985.
A builders plate from 25306 (Beyer Peacock 1966) sold at Stafford Auctions for £820 during January 2018.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
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Page added May 11th 2013.