D7675, 7675, 25325
D7675, 7675, 25325


Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
25325 & 25308 pass Chiltern Green (near Luton Hoo) with a loaded Mountsorrel - Radlett stone train on June 5th 1980. The timing of a northbound Bedford service almost proved disastrous for the photographer.

The eighteen year nine month career of D7675/25325 was spent allocated to London Midland & Western Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Blue & yellow livery from new (paint date 9/3/67).
Dual brake equipped (Dec 1977).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 95 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 50 months.

Allocations

D7675 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on April 8th 1967. Further transfers were:

July 1967 to Carlisle Upperby (12B).
February 1968 to Carlisle Kingmoor (12A).
May 1968 to Longsight (9A).
June 1968 to Manchester Division (D09).
November 1970 to Liverpool Division (D08).
October 1971 to Laira (84A).
May 1972 to Cardiff (86A).
December 1972 to Laira (84A).
May 1974 to Cricklewood.
October 1974 to Bescot.
September 1985 to Crewe.
Withdrawn December 24th 1985.

Renumbered February 13th 1974.

25325 was the 267th Class 25 to be withdrawn.

After withdrawal 25325 was stored at Kingmoor. On August 9th 1988 & November 10th 1988 25325 moved to Upperby depot for inspection. By November 25th 1988 25325 had moved to Mossend Yard and then into BRML Glasgow Springburn Works for component recovery for 97251. During October 1989 25325 moved to MC Metals Processing, remaining relatively intact until the first week of February 1990 when scrapping was completed.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works March 1972.
Noted Derby Works September 1975.
Noted Derby Works November & December 1977 (Classified & dual brake equipment fitted).
Noted Derby Works March - July 1982 (collision damage repairs).

Highlights

1966
June saw the frames laid at Derby for the last batch of Class 25s, D7660 - D7677, under order number 11001. These were part of an order given to Beyer Peacock but their worsening financial position led to the company asking for a release from the final eighteen machines.

1967
D7675 was delivered to the Nottingham Division (D16) during early April, having been delivered new in blue livery with full yellow ends. D7671 - D7677 were transferred to Carlisle (12B) during July, as part of the manouevring of the diesel fleet to eradicate steam in the north west. On July 31st D7675 worked the 09.20 Carlisle - Edinburgh.

1969
The 09.27 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Sheffield and the return 11.55 Yarmouth - Manchester Victoria from Sheffield were worked by 7675 & 5004 on July 26th and 7675 & 5279 on August 2nd.

1971
In a reshuffle of power to assist in the removal of the hydraulics on the Western Region 7675 - 7677 were transferred to Laira (84A) during October. 7675 was noted heading west at Exeter on November 4th.

7657, 7675 & 7677 were noted at Exeter stabling point on November 5th.

On November 8th 7675 worked the 4B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans.

On the afternoon of December 19th 7675 worked the 6B24 Torrington - Exeter milk tanks (14 tanks).

On the evening of December 20th 7675 arrived at Exeter stabling point having come off the 6B63. It left the stabling point early next morning (21st) to work the 7B18 04.15 Exeter Riverside - Torrington.

On the evening of December 21st 7675 arrived at Exeter stabling point having come off the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids (two vans). On the early morning of December 22nd 1049 & 7675 ran light engines from Exeter to Laira.

1972
On January 7th the 6A17 15.05 Penzance - Paddington milk & perishables arrived at Exeter with 7675 & 820, 7675 was removed here.

On January 8th 7675 worked the 6B46 10.50 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids.

On January 13th 7675 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids. On January 17th 7675 worked the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On January 17th 7675 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (nine tanks) and later collected the empty coaching stock (5B84) in order to work the 2B84 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On January 20th 7675 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids vans (two vans).

On January 21st the 4B10 15.57 Bristol - Plymouth parcels arrived at Exeter with 7074, which retired to the stabling point with 7675 taking over the train comprised of ten vans.

At about 2pm on January 22nd 7675 departed Exeter stabling point for Tiverton Junction in order to work the 6B73 16.45 Hemyock - Exeter milk (eight tanks).

On January 24th 7577 worked the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans (two vans), then retired to the stabling point.

On January 27th the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans was combined with a two coach officials train. The combination was 7506 plus vans then 7675 plus two coaches, each locomotive being crewed separately (?) At Exeter 7506 retired to the stabling point whilst 7675 continued on with the officials train (1Z00) in the down direction. One of the vehicles was DW 150302, ex-Collett SK5153, converted during November 1963 as a BTU staff coach for use out of Laira (it would be condemned during April 1981).

On February 11th the 6A17 15.05 Penzance - Paddington milk and perishables arrived at Exeter with 7675 & 1057. 7675 was taken off and retired to the stabling point.

On the late afternoon of February 12th 7675 was noted at Exeter St Davids with an unidentified down milk train.

On the evening of February 14th Exeter stabling point contained 18, 1022, 1072, 1728, 1907, 3808, 6545, 7577 & 7675. The locomotives would leave the stabling point as:
18: run light to Laira (2/14),
1022: leave stabling point to take up freight to Carlisle? (2/15),
1072: 6B34 20.34 Bristol TM - Ponsandane, added as pilot? (2/15),
1728: to Platform 4 & Hyde Park sidings, attach vans to 1A72 (2/14),
1907: leave stabling point to take up 6B11 02.50 Riverside - Avonmouth (2/15),
7577: light engine to Riverside to take up 04.30 Riverside - Torrington (2/15),
7675: see note below.

On February 15th 7675 worked the 8B38 03.30 Exeter Riverside - Newton Abbot.

On December 19th 7675 was noted at Penzance.

7675 - 7677 transferred to Cardiff (86A) during May, then returned to Laira (84A) during December.

1973
On January 3rd the 6B99 10.20 Barnstaple - Exeter vans was worked by 7675.

On January 16th the 1B94 18.00 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads with 1068 received 7675 as the pilot from Newton Abbot to Bristol Temple Meads.

On January 27th 7675 worked the 15.55 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple, returning with the 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids.

On January 31st 7675 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and would later work the 7B70 13.15 Exeter Riverside - Hemyock empty milk.

On February 2nd 7675 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (seven tanks).

On March 6th 7018 ran light from Exeter to Taunton to take over the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels, at Exeter 7018 came off and 7675 took over.

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.

7675 worked the 20.55 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot on March 10th.

At about 05.15 on March 21st 7675 was noted at Exeter with the 4V03 02.22? Birmingham Curzon Street - Plymouth parcels.

On March 28th 7675 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans. 7675 was later involved with the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels, possibly working the train forward from Exeter.

On April 2th 7675 worked the 6B70 16.35 Hemyock - Exeter milk (eight tanks).

On April 7th 7675 worked the 6B77 16.35 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On April 9th 7675 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans. Later the 18.00 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads with 1046 was piloted by 7675 from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads.

On April 27th 7675 worked the 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On May 1st Exeter stabling point held 15, 60, 156, 1016, 1070, 1073, 4160, 4167, 7675, 7677 with 3509 & 4168 at Riverside yard. No trains were running this day due to a one-day ASLEF strike.

On May 5th 7675 worked the 15.58 Exeter St Davids - Barnstaple and the return 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids.

7675 worked the 20.15 Exeter St David - Newton Abbot on June 15th.

On June 30th the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels was noted at Exeter with 7675.

On August 18th 7625 & 7675 worked the 2B15 17.05 Penzance - Plymouth local service which was sometimes a pair of Class 25s in the summer.

On November 23rd 7675 worked the 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On November 28th 7675 worked the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

1974
On February 23rd 25325 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (seven vans).

On the afternoon of February 25th 25325 was noted at Plymouth on a trip freight.

On March 24th 25325 was noted in Plymouth station on a ballast working, being part of the ongoing resignalling and track work.

On April 18th 25325 was noted shunting at St Erth.

At about 2pm on May 5th 1045 & 25325 were noted running light engines in the Up direction through Exeter St Davids.

In May 7675 moved to Cricklewood, then on to Bescot in October, it would then spend the next eleven years at Bescot.

On June 8th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25325 & 25029.

1975
25325 was noted in Derby Works during September.

1976
On September 4th the 09.20 Manchester Piccadilly - Yarmouth to Lincoln Central and the return 09.15 Yarmouth - Manchester Piccadilly from Lincoln Central were worked by 25325 & 25043.

1977


Garbed in standard BR blue & yellow 25325 shunts loaded ballast hoppers at Gloucester on February 26th 1977.

On August 8th the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the return 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street were worked by 25325 & 25187.

25325 was noted at Derby Works during November & December recieving a Classified repair which included the fitting of dual brake equipment.

1978
On August 5th the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25325 & 25282. Two weeks later on August 20th the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth was worked by 25325 & 25275.

25272 & 25325 were noted at Coventry on the morning of September 16th.

25325 was noted at Chinley with a hopper train on the afternoon of October 28th.

1979
The 'Jolly Fisherman' 09.22 Derby - Skegness and the return 12.58 Skegness - Derby were noted behind 25325 & 25321 on August 4th instead of the more normal Toton Class 20's. The next day (5th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness.

The 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25325 & 25305 on August 18th. The 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25325 & 25259 on September 8th. Two weeks later on September 22nd 25325 & 25270 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

1980
On June 1st the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston saw 25325 replace 25282 at Machynlleth, joining with 25259 to work the train to Wolverhampton.

On July 12th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25325 & 25242.

On the morning of July 20th 25325 was noted outside Liverpool Lime Street with an engineering train lifting rails.

During July due to a shortage of multiple units in the Liverpool area Class 25s took over the 01.23 Stafford - Liverpool Lime Street and the following 06.30 to Manchester Victoria, with 25325 being noted on 22nd. Also during July 25325 received an 'E' exam at Tyseley.

The relief 08.25 Llandudno Town - Birmingham New Street was worked to Crewe on July 26th by 25325. On September 13th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton was worked by 25325 & 25285.

25202 & 25325 were noted stabled at Wolverhampton on November 22nd.

1981
The 08.47 Wolverhampton - Portsmouth Harbour was worked to Birmingham New Street by 25325 & 25275 on June 13th.


Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
25325 carries out empty coaching stock duties at Euston on July 11th 1981.

On the afternoon of July 13th 25325 was noted at Camden on a van train.

1982


Photograph courtesy Adrian Healey
What could have been the end for 25325 with collision damage to one cab surprised many when it entered Derby Locomotive Works, not to be cannibalised, but to receive a replacement cab. Seen here on March 2nd, 1982. The locomotive had been noted at Reddish depot with the collision damage.

At a time when it would take little to condemn a Class 25 Derby Works received 25325 during March with moderate cab damage. The locomotive had previously been noted at Reddish on January 24th with this cab damage. Approval was given to replace the cab, the locomotive being released back into traffic during July.


Photograph courtesy Mark Bennett
Sporting a freshly painted cab 25325 awaits release from Derby Works, June 1982.

On August 7th the 08.50 Leicester - Skegness and the 12.35 Skegness - Leicester were worked by 25325 & 25221. A diesel multiple unit failure on September 14th saw 25325 work the 07.05 Morecambe - Leeds.

Five condemned vehicles were noted leaving Hereford on October 1st headed northbound behind 25325.

On December 8th the late running 22.55 Euston - Glasgow hauled by 81016 became derailed at speed near Linslade with the locomotive suffering considerable damage, the booked driver being killed, although most of the train was also derailed serious injuries to passengers were few. A consequence of this was the use of hauled stock, including MK III vehicles on the Sheffield - Manchester Piccadilly instead of the more normal diesel multiple units, locomotives used on December 9th included 25221, 25325, 31279 and 40192.

Another Manchester Piccadilly - Sheffield relief on December 19th was worked by 25325. Five days later on December 24th 25325 was noted at Washwood Heath with a down coal train. By December 26th 25325 was stabled at Bescot (for the Christmas break?).

1983
On February 14th the 08.05 Euston - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston by 25325.

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

25325 was stabled at Saltley on June 18th.

On July 22nd the 16.06 Crewe - Cardiff was worked by 25325. The next day (23rd) 25325 was noted eastbound at Marsden with a train of empty merry-go-round wagons for Healey Mills, presumably deputising for a failed Class 56.

The Crewe - Lincoln service suffered periodic problems with its diesel multiple units, with substituitions frequently noted on the Crewe - Derby section. On November 8th the 16.37 Derby - Crewe and the 18.30 Crewe - Derby were worked by 25325.

1984
A most unusual working on February 16th involved 25230 & 25325 on a Llanwern - Margam freight followed by a Margam - Severn Tunnel Junction trip.

When 47422 failed at Manchester Victoria on May 11th 25325 covered a roundtrip Blackpool North passenger working.


Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
40150 & 25325 neat Chinley on June 5th 1984 with the returning BOC empties for Ditton.

On June 9th 25297 & 25325 were noted northbound at Carstairs with bogie oil tanks (Stanlow - Bishopbriggs?).

On July 21st 25325 was noted arriving at Hereford with a cement working, 47015 took the train forward. On July 28th the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25325 & 25279.

On August 9th 25325 was noted passing Winwick Junction with empty bogie flats. The early evening Cauldon Low - Worksop 8E36 sand train on August 30th was hauled by 25262 & 25325.

December 11th found 25325 stabled at Workington station. Two days later (13th) front line service befell 25325, being put in charge of the 14.05 Liverpool - Scarborough, but only as far as Manchester Victoria where 47145 took over.

1985
A short passenger trip occurred for 25325 on April 30th, working the 18.20 Glasgow - Liverpool forward from Preston.

On May 3rd 25268 & 25325 were noted passing through Manchester Victoria on oil tankers. Four days later (7th) the same pair of Class 25s worked an Ellesmere Port - Severn Tunnel Junction bitumen tanks train.

25325 was noted passing eastbound light engine through March on June 18th.

On July 11th 25325 was noted southbound with empty car transporters between Oxford & Banbury.

85007 came to the assistance of 25254 & 25325 at Leighton Buzzard on July 17th after both the Type 2's failed on the afternoon Kings Cross - Tring cement empties.

On August 9th 25325 was noted at Leamington Spa on an engineer's train. On August 14th 25325 was noted on an OCL container train at Lawley Street.

After almost eleven years allocated to Bescot, 25325's final transfer came in September when it moved to Crewe.

On November 20th 25325 assisted an electric multiple unit between Glasgow Central & Motherwell due to a power failure.

Stanlow oil terminal on November 23rd provided a veritable feast of Class 25's with 25190 & 25192 and 25279 & 25325 on workings from Leeds and 25035 & 25072 from Dalston.

A week later (30th) South Wales beckoned for 25325 being part of the motive power for F&W Railtour's 'Valley Trekker' railtour. The tour had set out from Plymouth behind 47602 which was replaced at Cardiff Central by 25325 & 33012. This pair worked the tour to Abernant, Cynheidre and return: (Cardiff - Barry - Bridgend - Water St Jct - Margam Abbey Wks East - Port Talbot - Court Sart Jct - Hendy Jct - Pantyffynon - Abernant (reverse to junction)- Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen (reverse to Pantyffynon) - Llanelli - Cynheidre - Llanelli - Llandeilo Jct - Swansea Loop West - Neath - Port Talbot - Newlands Jct - Tondu (run-round) - Bridgend - Cardiff). At Pantyffynon 37306 was added to the rear of the train before proceeding to Gwaun-cae-Gurwen & Abernant, then returning to Pantyffynon. Here 37306 was replaced by 37234 for the run to Cynheidre. On reaching Llanelli the Class 37 dropped off as 25325 & 33012 took the train back to Cardiff. Here 47559 was waiting to take the train back to Plymouth. Quite a day out especially as this would be 25325's last passenger working.


Photograph courtesy Nigel Curtis
25325 & 33012 on railtour duty deep in the Welsh Valleys (see text above). 25325 has about a month left in service.

25325 was withdrawn on Christmas Eve at Holbeck, the locomotive had been stopped since midday on December 16th, with 11 hours left before its next 'A' exam and overdue an 'E' exam by 2,963 hours!! Sister locomotive 25324 was also withdrawn on Christmas Eve.

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Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Resources:
1970s Western Region information courtesy online notebooks of Sean Greenslade.

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