The six year career of D7605 was cut short after sustaining major collision damage. In its short career it had been allocated to to Eastern, Scottish & London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7605 was new to Tinsley (41A) on March 12th 1966. Further transfers were:
June 1966 to Barrow Hill (41E).
After withdrawal 7605 was stored at Beeston Freightliner terminal, on February 6th 1972 it as moved to Derby Works for assessment, which led to its withdrawal during March 1972. 7605 was scrapped by the middle of June 1972.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1967.
7605 was present at Derby Works during September.
The second Class 25 to be withdrawn was green liveried accident damaged 7605. At 06.15 on December 16 in a violent collision at Lenton South Junction (Nottingham) ladder crossover, the 01.30 Liverpool - Nottingham parcels train, hauled by 7605, collided head on with a southbound coal train led by 8115 & 8142. Regrettably both drivers and the guard of the parcels train were killed. The severely damaged 7605 was initially moved to Beeston Freightliner terminal, then onto Derby Works where it was withdrawn in March 1972 and broken up the following month. This was the shortest lived of any Class 24/25, with a working life of six years and three months. The inquiry established to investigate the incident failed to positively identify the cause, but believed the driver of the parcels train had cancelled a number of AWS warnings without heeding the signal aspects displayed.
Repair costs were estimated at least £300,000, which was about four times of the cost of the locomotive when new. The No.1 cab had been demolished by the leading Class 20, No.8115, which would be repaired at Crewe Locomotive Works. Even more badly damaged was 7605's No.2 cab which took the full force of the parcels vehicles, these had ridden up over the locomotive frame and demolished the cab and the boiler room.
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.
Page added April 16th 2005.