The thirteen year career of D7521/25171 saw seven years allocated to LMR depots, then time at WR & ScR depots until its untimely withdrawal.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7521 was new to Nottingham (16A) on January 9th 1965. Further transfers were:
January 1965 to Nottingham Division (D16).
Renumbered June 12th 1974.
25171 was the 25th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of three Class 25s retired during October 1978.
25171 was involved in runaway working at Arbroath Goods Yard September 22nd 1978. Broken up at Arbroath by BR staff during January 1979.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works September 1968.
7521/25171 seems to have generally escaped the spotters notebooks, whether it was for passenger or freight workings.
On July 23rd the summer dated roundtrip Nottingham - Llandudno Town was worked by D7521 & D7502
Condition May: two-tone green livery with full yellow ends, no blanking plates fitted.
September 22nd turned out to be the final day for 25171. Whilst hauling a ten wagon ballast train southbound at Arbroath the train ran out of control and was diverted into the goods yard since both main lines were occupied. It demolished the buffer stops and impacted the retaining wall causing major structural damage to the locomotive, not helped by two of the now derailed ballast wagons demolishing the rear of 25171. The guard and driverís assistant jumped to safety, the driver taking refuge in the engine room.
The No.2 end was leading, with the cab being crushed, the leading bogie was derailed. The No.1 cab was pushed upwards and crushed after being hit by the leading bogie ballast wagon, the second ballast wagon had slid under the leading wagon and been crushed. It is reported the engine was still idling after the collision had occurred.
Condition Final: blue/yellow livery, blanking plates fitted, hand/footholds plated over, three-rung bogie mounted footsteps, sandbox styles appear mixed.
During November 2016 a builder's plate from 25171 sold for GBP395.00 on ebay.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info).
Page added January 28th 2013