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.
Dual brake equipped (Dec 1977).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 95 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 50 months.


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Withdrawn December 24th 1985.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25325 was the 267th Class 25 to be withdrawn.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).


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.

D7675 was delivered to the Nottingham Division (D16) during early April, having been delivered new in blue livery with full yellow ends. D7671 - 7677 were transferred to Carlisle (12B) during July, as part of the manouevring of the diesel fleet to eradicate steam in the north west.

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.

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.

On January 17th 7675 worked the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

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

On January 16th the 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.

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

On April 9th the 18.00 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads with 1046 was piloted by 7675 from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads.

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

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.

25325 was noted in Derby Works during September.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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. During July due to a shortage of multiple units in the Liverpool area Class 25's 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.

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.


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?).

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.

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.

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 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.

Page added June 13th 2003.
Last updated September 24th 2018.

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