D7677, 7677, 25327
D7677, 7677, 25327
The End of the Production Run

D7677 features on the cover of a pamphlet issued to visitors at Derby Locomotive Works during the late 1970s.

The sixteen year nine month career of D7677/25327 was spent allocated to London Midland & Western Region depots.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (October 1977).
Center lampbracket & other fittings removed (No.2 cab only).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 74 months.
Time between withdrawal & scrapping: 49 months.

Allocations

D7677 was new to Nottingham Division (D16) on April 29th 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).
July 1971 to Ebbw Junction (86B) on loan, made permanent August 1971.
October 1971 to Laira (84A).
January 1972 to Bristol (82A).
May 1972 to Cardiff (86A).
December 1972 to Laira (84A).
August 1975 to Crewe.
May 1978 to Bescot.
Withdrawn February 2nd 1984.

Renumbered May 1974.

25327 was the 214th Class 25 withdrawn, the only Class 25 withdrawn during February 1984.

After withdrawal 25327 was stored at Carlisle Kingmoor, then moved to Crewe Diesel depot during June 1984, remaining here until April 2nd 1985 when it moved to Swindon Works. However the Works closed prior to scrapping, on June 3rd 1987 25327 was moved to Cocklebury Yard, then to Leicester Humberstone Road on June 4th 1987 and into Vic Berry's yard on June 5th 1987. By October 1987 25327 had been placed in the stack, by the first week of March 1988 the locomotive had been removed from the stack and broken up, with the exception of the cabs which lingered until May 1990.

Movement: March 26th - April 2nd 1985: 25251/284 & 25327 Crewe - Swindon.
Movement: June 3rd 1987: 25093, 25126/134/161/164/180/193, 25207/208/260, 25306/327 Swindon Works yard - Cocklebury Yard
Movement: June 4th & 5th 1987: 25161, 25207/208, 25327 Cocklebury Yard - Leicester.

Photograph courtesy Gary Thornton.
To the background of several Class 25 & 27 cabs (including 25327), a bogie from a Class 25 succumbs to the cutters torch on March 5th 1989.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works February 1972 (Paint date 8-2-72).
Noted Derby Works September 1977 - November 1977 (Classified & dual brake equipment fitted).
Noted Derby Works November 1979 (Works arrival siding?).

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
D7677 was delivered to the Nottingham Division (D16) during May, being delivered to traffic 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.

D7677 was noted at Carlisle on the night of July 22nd replacing 45212 on an overnight Morecambe - Stranraer relief. The 27th saw D7673 & D7677 replace 45137 & 44983 on the 08.20 Birmingham - Perth. D7677 appeared again on August 12th in charge of 11.25 Newcastle - Llandudno, from Carlisle?.

1968
In February D7671 - D7677 were moved to Carlisle (12A), then in May D7674 - D7677 headed south to Longsight (9A).

On the evening of April 19th D7636 & D7677 were noted at Bolton with a down van train (3P03).

On August 31st 7677 & 7539 worked the 09.35 Sheffield - Llandudno Town and the return 14.28 Llandudno Town - Sheffield.

1970
The Liverpool Division (D08) received 7675 - 7677 in November.

Photograph courtesy Steve Jones.
From the files of "Old Buffers" comes this fine black & white view of D7677 on a very familiar scene from the early 1970s. Although the view is undated it seems likely the view is taken after a Works visit. Compared to the first view on this page the numbers are now on the cab side, without the 'D' and the repositioned BR symbol.

1971
In a reshuffle of power to assist in the removal of the hydraulics on the Western Region 7677 moved to Newport (86B) in July. By October 7675 - 7677 were transferred to Laira (84A).

Stabled at Exeter on the afternoon of October 15th were 7577, 7657 & 7677.

On October 18th 7677 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (nine tanks), then returning to Exeter stabling point.

On October 23rd 7677 worked the 3B67 09.20 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids (one GUV), the locomotive went to the stabling point, later in the day running light to Hemyock. 7677 would later work the 6B67 19.05 Barnstaple - Exeter St Davids (three vans).

On October 26th(?) 7677 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk, then returning to Exeter stabling point. 7677 worked the 6B74 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks on October 27th & 29th. 7677 was noted at Exeter on October 30th and later worked the 6B74 Hemyock - Exeter milk tanks.

7677 was noted at Exeter on November 1st. 7657, 7675 & 7677 were noted at Exeter stabling point on November 5th.

On December 3rd the 15.05 Penzance - Paddington milk & perishables arrived at Exeter St Davids with 7677 & 1044, here 7677 retired to the stabling point.

On December 4th 7677 worked 6B66 09.30 Barnstaple Junction - Exeter vans, later it worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk, then returning to Exeter stabling point.

On December 6th the 6B65 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Central cement tanks (20 Presflos) was worked by 7677 & 1612, with assistance from 811 between St Davids & Central. 7677 & 1612 later retired to the stabling point.

1972
On March 3rd 7677 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (12 tanks), then returning to Exeter stabling point.

On March 13th 7677 worked the 6B74 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (11 tanks) and the 20.10 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot.

On December 7th the 4B10 15.55 Bristol - Plymouth parcels was noted at Exeter with 7573 & 7677.

At about 5pm on December 30th 1032 & 7677 departed Exeter stabling point in the down direction.

1973
On January 16th the 6B65 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside cement (seven Presflos) was worked by 7677 & 1011, both locomotives retired to the stabling point.

On January 27th 7677 worked the 6B45 16.45 Torrington - Exeter milk.

On January 29th 7677 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (four vans) and later worked the 7B70 13.15 Exeter Riverside - Hemyock milk empties.

On January 30th 7677 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and would later work the 7B70 13.15 Exeter Riverside - Hemyock empty milk.

On February 2nd 7677 worked the 6B57 13.45 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside freight and later worked the 6B36 19.22 Exeter Riverside - Plymouth Friary freight.

On February 17th 7677 was noted at Eggesford on a permanent way job.

At about 05.45am on February 20th 7677 was noted at Exeter with the previous day's 4V03 21.22 Birmingham Curzon Street - Plymouth parcels.

On April 19th 7677 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans, the 6B70 16.57 Hemyock - Exeter milk (five tanks) and the 20.10 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot. Later that evening 7677 was added to the 18.00 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads with D1059, the Class 25 working as far as Exeter St Davids.

On April 23rd 7677 worked the 6B21 15.15 Exeter - Lapford, returning with the 17.15 Lapford - Exeter milk (four tanks).

On April 24th 7677 worked the 13.15 Exeter - Hemyock milk empties.

On April 25th 7677 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

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 2nd 7677 ran light from Hemyock to Exeter (no milk?).

On May 9th 7677 worked the 6B66 10.45 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On May 12th 7677 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On May 21st 7677 worked the 6B67 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (two vans).

On May 22nd 7677 worked the 6B67 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (two vans).

On May 23rd 7677 worked the 6B67 19.10 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (two vans).

On May 31st Class 52 No.1026 & 7677 were noted eastbound at Saltash with empty ballast hoppers for Stoneycombe quarry.

On June 1st 7677 worked the 6B64 13.25 Plymouth Friary - Exeter Riverside freight (12 wagons and a brake van), returning with the 6B36 18.45 Exeter Riverside - Plymouth Friary freight.

On June 2nd 7677 worked the 6B36 18.45 Exeter Riverside - Plymouth Friary freight. On June 3rd the 6A21 16.40 St Erth - Acton milk was noting passing Liskeard with 7656 & 7677.

On June 22nd 7677 worked the 6B66 10.45 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and visited the Hemyock branch to collect two milk tankers and two coal empties from Hele(?), later departing Tiverton Junction with an additional 23 wagons of gravel. Later in the day it worked the 20.15 Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot.

On June 23rd 7677 worked the 6B66 10.45 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and the 6B16 17.15 Lapford - Exeter milk (three tanks).

On June 27th 7677 worked the 6B16 17.15 Lapford - Exeter milk (one tank).

On August 11th 7677 worked the 6B18 14.50 Exeter - Chard Junction milk (two tanks).

On August 17th 7677 worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On August 18th 7677 worked the 6B66 11.05 Barnstaple - Exeter vans and later worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk.

On August 25th 7677 worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (five tanks).

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach
With a fine collection of parcels vans in tow, 7677 passes Moorswater with the 4B17 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads parcels on September 8th 1973.

On October 6th a Barnsley - Barnstaple day excursion was worked roundtrip Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple by 7677 & 7676. Class 47 No.1624 worked the train north from Exeter.

On October 16th 7677 worked the 6B70 13.15 Exeter Riverside - Hemyock milk empties.

On October 27th 7677 worked the 6B66 10.45 Barnstaple - Exeter vans. It later worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (five tanks).

Locomotives stabled at Exeter on December 21st included 7502, 7569, 7656 & 7677.

1974
On April 18th 7677 was noted passing Keyham.

On April 27th 7677 worked the 6B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans.

On the late evening of May 6th 7677 was on Exeter stabling point.

On July 27th 25327 worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (six tanks).

On September 9th 25327 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On November 12th 25327 worked the 6B27 17.05 Hemyock - Exeter milk (four tanks).

On November 16th 25327 worked the 6B16 16.25 Torrington - Exeter milk (seven tanks).

1975

Photograph courtesy Roger Geach.
Here is 25327 on March 20th 1975 with the Moorswater to Fowey clay about a mile out of Liskeard on its way to Lostwithiel. The clay from Moorswater would normally be shunted into the yard at Lostwithiel and tripped to Fowey later that afternoon attached to a load from one of the other locations. The Class 25 would then head light back to St Blazey. Occasionally the Moorswater might go to Fowey directly.

On April 26th 25327 worked the 0B66 10.40 Barnstaple - Exeter vans (no vans!).

On May 14th 25327 worked the 8B89 14.45 Exmouth Junction - Exeter Riverside freight (28 wagons and brakevan). It then worked the 0B89 16.05 Exeter Riverside - City Basin light engine.

On May 15th 25327 was noted at Exeter with the late morning vans from Barnstaple.

On June 30th 25327 worked the 6B59 Exeter Riverside - Drump Lane freight.

The evening of July 14th found 08259, 25059, 25109, 25140, 25327, 45012, 45022, 45034 & 47151 on Exeter stabling point.

On July 16th & 18th 25327 was noted at Exeter stabling point.

On July 22nd 25327 worked the 9B73 15.00 Whimple - Exeter Riverside freight.

At about 5pm on July 24th 25327 was noted at Exeter Central with one Polybulk wagon.

On July 25th 25327 worked the 6B70 07.15 Barnstable - Exeter vans (four vans). It later worked the 7B73 13.05 Exeter Riverside - Whimple/Chard freight.

On July 26th 25327 worked the 2B99 15.58 Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple and the 17.55 Barnstaple - Exeter St. Davids.

On August 11th the 11.55 Paignton - Paddington failed at Taunton East behind Class 52 No.1037 failed, 7677 dragged everything to Paddington.

25326 & 25327 headed north to Crewe in August.

A short lived summer diagram involved the 07.19 Bangor - Manchester, the 12.42 back to Llandudno and the 18.40 return to Manchester, then empty coaching stock to Bangor. Most frequently in the hands of a Class 40, 25327 worked the diagram on August 25th.

On September 10th the 14.30 St. Pancras - Derby was worked by 25327 & 25267.

1977
25327 was stabled at Cockshute on July 3rd, with very faded paintwork on the No.1 cabfront.

A view of 25327 at Derby Works on September 10th 1977.

25327 was under repair at Derby during October & November, the latter month also seeing 25325 at Derby.

1978
On May 28th 25327 & 25305 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the return 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On June 19th the 13.35 Glasgow Central - Taunton was worked from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads by 25327, being replaced at Bristol by 46048.

On August 12th the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25327 & 25277.

1979
On May 8th 25327 worked the 7B61 16.40 Severn Tunnel Junction - Exeter Riverside freight (noted at Bristol).

25327 was noted at Chinley with a westbound loaded ICI working on June 19th.

On July 7th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25327 & 25259. The next day (8th) the same pair were noted at Birmingham New Street on an unidentified passenger working.

1980
25327 was stabled at Shrewsbury on April 19th.

On the early afternoon of April 25th 25327 was noted at Water Orton with an oil tank train.

25327 received an 'E' examination at Tyseley during May.

25327, 25315 & 45120 were noted light engines passing Cudworth on June 3rd.

On July 5th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25327 & 25277. A week lated on July 12th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25327 & 25283.

On October 30th the 06.55 Gloucester - Birmingham behind 37180 stalled near the top of Lickey incline. The following Stoke Gifford - Redditch stone train with 25264 & 25327 & banked by 37208 & 37231 were called up to assist in the rear. This stone train was only one of two scheduled double headed workings over Lickey, normally operated by Class 25s, the other working a Port Clarence - Bromsgrove oil train used pairs of Class 31s.

1981
25327 was noted at Bescot on January 24th.

On May 4th the 17.30 Aberystwyth - Manchester Piccadilly day excursion return leg was worked by 25327 & 25071, 25080 had failed and been replaced.

During June 25327 found itself commandeered to handle the weedkilling train on the Inverness - Aberdeen line.

Photograph courtesy Norman Smart.
A long way from its home depot during June 1981, Elgin station is the location for 25327 hauling a weedkilling train.

Photograph courtesy Norman Smart.
As the train pulled away from the station the spraying equipment restarted. It looks like the newest vehicle in the whole train might be the locomotive.

At about 01.15 on August 20th 25327 arrived at Holbeck off the L52 job. At about 00.15am on August 21st 25327 arrived at Holbeck off the L52 turn. At about 00.15am on August 22nd 25327 arrived at Holbeck, light engine from Neville Hill. On August 24th the 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich and the return 15.32 Norwich - Birmingham New Street were worked by 25327.

The 08.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central was worked by 25327 on September 11th.

A Gillingham - Sellafield nuclear fuel train was noted at Wellingborough with 25327 on November 17th.

1982
25327 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on January 30th.

On March 13th a Leamington Spa - Nelson day excursion return leg was worked by 25327 & 25224 from Leamington Spa to Preston. 25327 was stabled at Saltley on March 26th.

On April 16th 25327 had charge of a rake of HEA coal hoppers when noted passing Sutton Park.

25327 & 25306 were noted at Peterborough with a mixed freight on May 20th.

25327 worked a North Wales coast Saturdays only diagram on June 26th handling the 09.44 Llandudno - Manchester Victoria, then the 13.45 to Bangor and the 16.52 return to Manchester Victoria.

On July 19th 25327 worked the 17.37 Llandudno Town - Stoke-on-Trent.

On August 1st 25327 worked the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and the 14.20 Llandudno Town - Manchester Victoria. On the early morning of August 19th 25327 worked a Manchester Victoria - Barrow-In-Furness parcels.

On December 12th the 21.24 Bristol Temple Meads - Glasgow Central with 86006 was assisted between Wolverhampton & Crewe by 25327 & 25324 due to the power being off for engineering work.

1983
25327 was stabled at Manchester Victoria on February 5th. 25327 was stabled at Rugby station on February 26th.

On July 2nd 25289 & 25327 worked the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. A week later on July 9th 25297 & 25327 were running late on the 7.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, so much so that the journey terminated short at Machynlleth, starting the return 1A46 to Euston from there. On the last summer Saturday of the season, September 17th, 25265 & 25327 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham to Shrewsbury. Two days later (19th) 25327 worked the 16.06 Crewe - Cardiff after 33018 failed.

25327 with a nuclear flask train was noted northbound at Charnock Richard on August 5th. 25327 was noted southbound at Preston with a two wagon freight on August 9th. 25327 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on August 20th & 22nd.

On October 11th 25327 & 25285 were noted southbound at Warrington Bank Quay station with a train of empty 16 ton mineral wagons.

25327 & 25296 were noted light engines at Warrington Bank Quay Low Level on December 5th. The 14.48 Preston - Liverpool Lime Street was worked by 25327 on December 18th. 25327 & 25311 were noted northbound at Warrington Bank Quay with bogie oil tankers on December 29th.

1984
25327 was withdrawn on February 2nd 1984.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cab: no centre lampbracket or other fittings: June 1978 until withdrawn.
No.1 cab front: two rust patches below center window: (not present June 1980), March 1982 until withdrawal.
No.1 cab front '25327' scrawled on front: August 1982.
No.1 cab 2nd man's side: unpainted side window frame: June 1980 - August 1983.

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

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Last updated July 13th 2020.

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