The nineteen year nine month career of D7672/25322/25912 was spent allocated to a multitude of London Midland Region depots.
Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7672 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on February 25th 1967. Further transfers were:
July 1967 to Carlisle Upperby (12B).
Renumbered to TOPS April 1974.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works October 1967.
On July 9th 7616 & 7672 worked the 08.55 Leicester - Skegness and the diagrammed return.
25322 was on a local Tyne Yard duty on October 18th.
A morning Morecambe - Leeds service on August 17th required the assistance of 25322 following problems with the diesel multiple unit.
An "E" exam was carried out at Kingmoor during December.
Engineering work on August 29th saw diesels assisting at the southern end of the WCML, 25322 & 25298 assisted one southbound service between Watford Junction & Willesden, followed by 25322 & 25317(?) assisting another southbound service between Bletchley & Watford Junction.
Cambrian metals were visited on September 4th & 5th. On September 4th 25322 & 25298 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. The next day (5th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth from Shrewsbury, the 16.40 Aberystwyth - Machynlleth and the return 17.25 Machynlleth - Aberystwyth, followed by the 18.15 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
The 16.35 Carlisle - Leeds was worked by 25322 on June 15th, dragging failed 31406. A week later on June 21st (or 22nd) the 09.20 Lancaster - Barrow with 40152 failed at Silverdale, 25322 then dragged everything to Barrow.
The 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth on July 9th was worked forward from Wolverhampton by 25322 & 25277, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton, the service had been extended due to late running. On July 25th the 12.50 Leeds - Cardiff failed at Landore Street Junctiomn behind 45122, 25322 dragged the service into Birmingham New Street.
Another failure occurred on August 5th when the 16.25 Kidderminster - Birmingham New Street failed before departure, 25322 dragged everything to its destination.
It had already taken up a passenger working on May 17th, dragging a failed diesel multiple unit on a Nottingham - Crewe service to Derby. Two days later (19th) it was stabled at Saltley. It was noted at Crewe on May 27th having assisted with 25210 the 14.10 Glasgow - Euston between Preston & Crewe, engineering work causing the usual diversions. Noted Shrewsbury stabling point on May 29th reportedly with head gasket problems.
June 16th's 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury featured 25282 & 25322 'Tamworth Castle' from Wolverhampton. 25322 was noted at Preston on June 25th and at Derby on July 7th with a parcels train. A month later on July 15th 25322 & 25257 took over a Weston Super Mare - Grange over Sands day excursion at Birmingham New Street, working the return leg as far as Crewe. Additional mileage was covered on this run as the outward leg was via Manchester. Noted passing through Warrington light engine on July 30th.
25322 was noted at Chester with a parcels train on August 1st.
Bescot lost its Class 25 allocation at the end of September, 25322 moving once more, this time to Crewe. On September 6th 25322 came to the rescue of failed 86230 working a Manchester - Euston service. The electric had suffered a partial failure earlier in the day, finally expiring completely at Tring where passengers were transferred to a following service, the Class 25 taking the empty train on to Euston. On November 4th three Class 25's were present at Severn Tunnel Jct, their booked workings being 25058 to Bescot, 25284 - Gloucester and 25322 - Mossend. A short hop for 25322 on November 18th was assisting one passenger service between Manchester Piccadilly & Stockport, the power being off due to engineering work.
25322 was noted at Crewe depot on December 7th.
On March 6th 25322 & 25315 worked the roundtrip Stanlow - Neville Hill oil tanks. By March 31st 25322 was noted in the Wolverhampton area hauling bogie steel wagons.
25322 was noted heading north through Cheltenham on April 9th. A lengthy train of mineral wagons was noted southbound through Bescot on April 19th with 25322. On April 24th 25322 & 25325 were noted northbound through Crewe with loaded sand wagons.
25322 was noted passing Edge Hill on May 12th with engineers wagons.
An ailing Class 47 required the assistance of 25322 between Golbourne Jct & Preston on May 15th. Three days later (18th) the 07.20 Blackpool - Cambridge commenced its journey behind 25322, a locomotive change taking place at Preston in the shape of 47444.
An Open Day at Westbury on the May Bank Holiday Weekend saw the attractions include 25322 and 27036, the latter recently out-shopped from Swindon. On June 17th 25322 was at St Pancras. The last week in June saw 25322 busy in Scotland, on 25th it worked the 12.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central and 17.30 return, by the 27th it was at Ayr and piloted 47571 forward on the 21.10 Euston - Stranraer.
On July 3rd 25322 was noted northbound at Springs Branch on a freight. Another Open Day, this time at Cardiff Canton on July 6th produced a considerable variety of exhibits including 25322 and 97201 (ex 24061), the latter being used for cab rides. 25322 had arrived dead behind 47290 working the Garston - Severn Tunnel Jct car carriers. It is believed the Class 25 had failed two days earlier on a similar working. On July 8th 25322 headed north, being noted through Cheltenham on a parcels train with 31117, the Class 25 leading. Later this day 25322 was noted at Birmingham New Street. 25322 was noted at Chester on July 18th with a parcels (?) train.
On August 3rd 25322 was noted at Welshpool.
25322 & 25262 were noted passing through Stafford on August 25th with a freight train. 25322 was noted arriving at York on August 29th with a mixed train of coaching stock (for the Works?)
25322 was noted at Carlisle on September 4th working a short freight and was stabled at Crewe on September 29th and also noted on this day passing through Crewe with an electrification train.
Late in the year 25322 was chosen as one of the locomotives to be designated Class 25/9 for implementation of the first sectorisation idea. Although 25322 had been previously withdrawn it was now considered one of the better machines in the fleet. The sub-class were restricted to 60mph to minimise traction motor problems and they were authorised to receive ‘E’ exams. Transfer of this group took place in November to Kingmoor, with 25322 being renumbered to 25912 on November 20th. The traffic flows planned for the Class 25/9s did not reach the expected levels so the sub-class migrated back to normal duties, losing their special mechanical attention.
On December 3rd a Knockshinnock - Fiddlers Ferry merry-go-round coal train was worked forward from Carlisle by 47285 & 25912. The next day, December 4th a Stanlow - Dalston oil train was worked to Warrington by 97408 & 25307, here 25904 & 25912 took over for the run to Dalston. 25912 was stabled at Carlisle station on December 5th (night?).
25912 was stabled at Manchester Victoria on December 24th and at Newton Heath depot on December 25th/26th.
25912 & 25909 were stabled at Chester on January 19th.
25912 worked blue liveried chemical tanks to Hayes Chemicak Works on February 20th. 25903 & 25912 were noted at Hooton on February 28th running round the Albion oil tanks and headed for Crewe.
25912 was noted passing Springs Branch on March 13th with a Speedlink service of bulk powder tanks and coke wagons.
On May 8th the 23.05 Glasgow Central - Euston was worked by 25914 & 25904 between Warrington - Chester - Crewe.
25912 was noted at Warrington Arpley on May 9th with a Speedlink or trip freight. On May 12th 25912 was noted passing Helsby with a lengthy train of short wheelbase oil tanks.
June 1st saw the well attended Coalville Open Day featuring many exhibits including 25912 'Tamworth Castle' and 97201. 25902 & 25912 were noted passing westbound through Chester on June 4th with a train of logs for Shotton paper.
A diesel multiple unit failure on July 5th saw 25912 work the 16.10 Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog service.
On August 13th the 08.17 Holyhead - Newcastle failed at Bangor behind 47608, 25912 dragged the service to Llandudno Junction where 45009 took over. On August 28th another diesel multiple unit failure saw 25912 work the 14.40 Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog and the 16.05 return service.
25912 was noted at Rhyl on September 1st with a ballast working.
During the last week of October a number of Over & Wharton - Reading salt specials were powered by pairs of Class 25/9s, most frequently noted were 25901 & 25912 on 23rd, 24th, 28th & 30th.
Another regular salt working, this from Winsford to Deanside in Scotland utilised pairs of Class 25/9's during December. 25904 & 25912 were noted on December 8th and 12th.
25912 arrived at Springs Branch at tea-time on Christmas Eve with an 'A' exam due, and also requiring attention to the main generator.
By 29th 25912 was now attached to 25902 working locally until diagrammed as the 6Z48 to Carlisle Depot for an 'A' exam (25902 still attached). Also checked out was damage suffered in a minor collision.
By February 12th, and still attached to 25902, the Over & Wharton, Deanside & Winsford locals were in charge of this pair. On the afternoon of February 14th it was back to Upperby, remaining in the area, with 25902 until 17th/18th. Both returned south to Warrington late on 18th, 25912 continuing further south to spend the next few days on local jobs in the Shrewsbury area (21st - 24th). On February 21st 25912 was noted passing light engine through Shrewsbury with 20119.
The new again interacted with the old as 25912 took 89001 on February 27th from Crewe back to the RTC at Derby for further tests.
February 28th & March 1st were spent in the Stoke area, by the afternoon of 3rd 25912 was at Llandudno, remaining there on local workings until moving to Warrington on the afternoon of 13th. From Warrington it moved to Springs Branch for an 'A' exam, successfully completed early the next morning. The morning of 14th was spent in the Liverpool area, stabling at Edge Hill for almost twenty four hours until mid-day on 15th. Then it was back to more local work in the Liverpool/Wigan area, which included a trip to Tebay/Shap Summit and return (6P32/6P33) on the afternoon/evening 16th.
The next five days (17th - 21st) were spent on numerous local trips to Ince Moss Tip/Warrington/Wigan/Stanlow & Thornton/Oakleigh ICI/Ellesmere Port/Dee Marsh/Ditton, before stabling at Warrington at lunch time on 21st. After a twenty four hour layover at Warrington a move to Crewe was made early on the morning of 23rd. This was followed by a round trip to Bescot Yard, after its return from leaving its last working at Basford Hall 25912 ran light to Crewe Depot, where it was taken out of service that afternoon.
The TOPS report records 25912 being taking out of service at Crewe on 11.30am on March 23rd. Later that day 25912, 25059 & 25904, (the first two still running) moved from Crewe Depot to Basford Hall yard to join a line of their silent sisters, where by April 1st, twenty six members had congregated.
Post Withdrawal - 1991
Because of its withdrawn state it was now classified as a Departmental locomotive not intended to run under its own power and was allocated ADB 968027 (but never carried). The area plant engineer at Leeds Holbeck offered accommodation for the machine, an under-utilised three road shed of steam era vintage. By May 25912 was safely housed at Holbeck, in conditions better than most preserved machines. Mid-1988 saw John Nuttall, Holbeck AME and Ian Foot M&EE Training improve the appearance of the loco by arranging to repaint it into 1960’s two tone green livery. This escalated into a serious attempt to return the machine to working order, four local staff were given this priority. The scraplines of 25’s provided many parts, several visits were made to Bescot to recover assorted spares. Miniature snowploughs came from a Class 20 at Toton. 25206 was moved from Bescot to Doncaster Works surrendering much including compressors and traction motors, whilst 25202 provided injectors. To complete the final product nameplates, worksplates and shed codes were ordered. Final details including a BR lion and wheel emblem transfer.
A small ceremony on April 24th 1989 saw the locomotive unveiled and handed over to the training department, now fitted with proper 'Tamworth Castle' nameplates. However repairs continued to the engine with parts arriving from as far away as Stewarts Lane and Eastfield. Batteries were also received from a Class 31, and fitted after a little modification. Meanwhile to increase patronage on the Settle & Carlisle line a number of special trains were run involving unusual motive power. It was only a matter of time before D7672 was requested for one of these trips. The date selected was February 24th 1990, so the previous Monday (19th) a test run with four coaches was made from Neville Hill to Skipton and return. No serious problems were encountered on this outing, however grease and oil in the exhaust lagging created a fair amount of smoke in the engine room. Once the exhaust had reached its normal working temperature the problem disappeared. On the wet Saturday of the run, 47422 was the train locomotive for the 08.25 departure to Carlisle with ten Mk I’s in tow. On the 12.42 return leg the run upto Ais Gill was unassisted, with 520 tons, the summit reached at 28mph. On this same date Railfreight Coal locomotive Class 26 No.26007 was also working the S&C route as a special attraction. The timetabling of the services allowed the two 'specials' to cross at Langwathby and Keighley stations.
The success of this venture led to more opportunities for D7672. However it was not until May 27th 1990 that the locomotive hauled a passenger train alone, working a York - Leeds via Harrogate leg of a charter train, again without major problems. The locomotive became a celebrity at Open Days. A plaque was added to the machine at Doncaster Works Open Day on May 20th 1990 to commemorate its restoration by the Training Dept. On June 23rd 1990 D7672 worked the Middleton Pioneer railtour between Appleby & Leeds. On September 15th 1990 D7672 was officially reinstated to the revenue earning fleet under DM&EE pool code DMEH. On October 20th 1990 D7672 was exhibited at Manchester Victoria as part of Network NorthWest Day.
The Sulzer Salute charter from Swindon to Bradford on February 16th 1991 utilised D7672 between Sheffield & Bradford Forster Square.
The policy of sector management, which sparked the Class 25/9 sub fleet, was also to see the demise of D7672 as the Training Dept.came under financial constraints, and D7672 was an un-warranted cost. Thus on March 30th 1991 the final trip took D7672 on a 340 mile Hertfordshire Railtours Leeds - Holyhead and return charter. The ten coach train ran out via Huddersfield, Manchester & Chester arriving half an hour late at Holyhead. The return was similar except the last leg was via Hebden Bridge. Miles Platting Bank was taken assisted, perhaps un-necessarily, by 31242. Arrival back at Leeds was on time. A total of 1,053 passenger miles had been run since D7672 was acquired by the Holbeck team.
Although now discarded again 25912 was a prime candidate for preservation with the North Staffs Railway being the winning bidder. Before entering preservation D7672 ran light engine on April 29th 1991 to MC Metals, Glasgow for asbestos removal, returning south on May 18th 1991 to open a new chapter in its life.
A Class 25 diesel guillotine cut number panel 'D7672' was sold at auction for GBP100.00 during January 2013.
Page added February 25th 2000.