The eighteen year career of D7507/25157 was split between London Midland Region & Western Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7507 was new to Toton on October 29th 1964. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
Renumbered May 31st 1974.
25157 was the 142nd Class 25 withdrawn.
After withdrawal 25157 was stored at Kingmoor until June 14th 1984 when it was moved (see details below) to Ashburys, then Bescot, Cocklebury Yard and finally to Swindon Works by July 25th 1984. The demise of 25157 was protracted, it was not broken up until the middle of March 1987, the last main line locomotive to be broken up there.
25157 Carlisle – Ashburys – Bescot June 14th/15th 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1972.
On July 22nd 7507 & 7577 worked the 7B34 19.40 Bristol Temple Mills to Ponsandane freight, the 1E21 10.30 Penzance to Bradford passenger service to Plymouth (see photo below), then light engines to Laira depot and ending with the 7B31 18.20 Plymouth Friary to Par freight hauled by 7507 & 7573.
A roundtrip (?) day excursion on August 14th saw 25157 & 25081 handle a Birmingham New Street - Barmouth. A week later on August 21st 25157 & sister 25156 worked the 16.09 Holyhead - Euston to Crewe. On August 26th the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Crewe was worked by 25157.
The 'Welsh Wonder' railtour on November 25th 1978 from Paddington to Blaenavon saw 25157 & 25225 diagrammed for the first leg to Severn Tunnel Junction, 46001 was used as a pilot from Reading due to issues with the Class 25s. After coming off the train at Severn Tunnel Junction, the three locomotives ran light to Bristol Bath Road. This tour was repeated on the following Saturday, December 2nd, with 25052 & 25225 providing more solid performance between Paddington and Severn Tunnel Junction.
On July 7th the 15.07 Plymouth - Manchester Victoria was worked from Gloucester to Birmingham New Street by 25157 & 25299, hopefully with a pair of Class 25s on this working there was a vigorous ascent of Lickey incline. On July 21st 25157 & 25187 were in charge of the 07.20 Newcastle – Leeds parcels.
A heavy load of rail hauled by 25157 was noted at Bromford Bridge headed in the Saltley direction on April 15th.
The 08.39 Cleethorpes - Doncaster on May 26th was worked by 25157.
Class 25s continued to be frequent visitors in the Bristol area, parcels workings being frequently handled, the 15.04 from Manchester was noted with 25157 on July 14th. On July 25th the 13.12 Blackpool North - Preston was worked by 25157 and locomotive hauled stock, covering for a failed diesel multiple unit.
March 23rd saw 25157 on a local trip working in the Warrington area.
1982 was the last year in service for 25157, a mixture of passenger workings were handled, beginning on June 5th with the 20.52 Sheffield - Derby worked by 25157 & 25297.
25157 & 25143 were noted passing through Chester with a ballast train on July 1st. 25157 was stabled at Springs Branch depot on July 10th. On July 20th 25157 passed through Bentham with a single wagon engineers train.
On August 14th 25157 & 25213 worked the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram with the Norwich - Yarmouth legs featuring the Leeds & Sheffield portions of their Yarmouth turns. 25157 was noted at Leamington Spa on August 28th with a short engineers train. The 18.32 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked to Leicester by 25157 on August 29th.
25157 was noted at Guide Bridge with an engineer's working on September 2nd.
On September 3rd the 09.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor was worked by 25157 to Chester where the Class 25 was failed and replaced by 25124. The final recorded passenger working for 25157 took place on September 26th with 25058 on the 13.45 Crewe - Cardiff.
25157 was withdrawn on October 30th 1982.
Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, straight sided sandboxes.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added August 24th 2013