The twenty one year career of 7542/25192 was spent allocated to a variety of London Midland depots, with a definate bias to the north west.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7542 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on April 10th 1965. Further transfers were:
May 1968 to Longsight (9A), then to the Manchester Division (D09).
Renumbered February 16th 1974.
25192 was the 283rd Class 25 to be withdrawn, leaving 44 Class 25s remaining in service.
After withdrawal 25192 was stored at Tyseley from May 1986 to March 1987, then to Bescot with 25154 on March 30th 1987 and the next day to Basford Hall. 25192 & 25154 were moved to Vic Berry, Leicester on July 9th/10th 1987. Included in this move were 08473 & 97405 which were sent in error. 25192 was added to the stack until November 3rd 1987 and broken up by the middle of November 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works August 1968.
1974 - 1975
The 10.42 Llandudno Town - Crewe was hauled by 25192 on August 15th. The next day (16th) 25192 was noted piloting 47445 between Stoke-on-Trent and Holyhead, the train was running almost an hour late, its presumed the Class 47 was not well.
On June 29th 1980 a Gloucester - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked from/to Shrewsbury Abbey Foregate Junction over the Cambrian line by 25192 & 25158.
The third recorded passenger working was definately a lengthy day out for 25192 & 25169 on August 3rd 1980, working a total of 530 passenger miles on a Chester - Paignton day excursion. Four days later on August 7th 25192 was noted at Claytopn, Manchester with a yellow & brown liveried Fisons weed killing train time.
A Derby - Shields special with six APT vehicles and a Test car was worked from Derby to Crewe by 25192 on November 6th, 83011 took the train forward.
During September 25192 received an 'E' exam at Springs Branch.
The power was off for engineering work between Rugby & Tamworth on July 25th, 25192 & 25285 assisted two, possibly three northbound passenger trains over this section.
25192 was noted on March 29th with empty ICI blogies hoppers from Northwich to Tunstead.
On July 11th & 15th 25192 handled the ex-Glasgow 16.20 Preston - Liverpool on July 11th & July 15th. By July 25th 25192 was working a loaded Tunstead - Northwich limestone train. 40141 was on hand at Northwich to provide banking assistance.
On August 22nd 25192 was north of the border working the 11.15 Euston - Stirling motorail forward from Carstairs with 25230.
The year closed with chaos at the southern end of the WCML on December 20th. With the power off diesel traction was the order of the day, 25192 worked the 17.18(?) Euston - Northampton and the 19.15 Euston - Carlisle as far as Rugby, dragging 87014.
The end of March saw much continued activity of Class 25’s in the North East including 25192 on local Tees duties (29th).
Three of the four passenger workings in 1984 involved diesel multiple unit failures, the fourth working involved the failure of 25192! On April 28th 25192 assisted the three-car 07.45 Birmingham New Street - Great Malvern and 09.26 return. A failure on August 18th found 25192 working the 06.00 Crewe - Cardiff. September 1st found 25192 & 25178 working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, but getting no further than Forden, where they were replaced by 25285 & 25286.
25192 was stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction on December 2nd.
25192 & 25190 were noted leaving Hereford on the June 12th with the 6V32 Ellesmere Port to Severn Tunnel Junction oil tanks. Engineering work between Bletchley & Hanslope Junction on June 23rd saw 25192 assist one southbound service over the affected section.
The 7M14 09.35 Severn Tunnel Junction - Bescot freight on July 3rd was worked by 25192, the freight consisted of bogie steel coil, coke wagons & oil tanks, totalling approximately fourteen wagons. Three days later (July 6th) the late running 13.40 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton was worked forward from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton by 25192 & 25282.
On August 20th the 13.45 Glasgow Central - Carlisle was worked by 25192.
25192 took over September 25th's 17.28 Peterborough - Birmingham New Street at Leicester from 20056 & 20080.
Stanlow oil terminal on November 23rd provided a veritable feast of Class 25’s including 25190 & 25192 on a working from Leeds (the Neville Hill empties?)
On December 1st & 6th 25192 & 25196 were noted at Hereford on oil tanks, whilst on December 9th 25192 was noted at Panteg on an early afternoon Severn Tunnel Junction - Glascoed freight comprised of twelve short wheelbase & one long wheelbase van. The next day (11th) whilst working the Manchester - Bristol vans 25288 rescued 47597 on the 14.17 Bangor – Cardiff after its failure at Ludlow. The vans were taken to Hereford and collected by the following day’s service in the hands of 25202 & 25192.
Six weeks later on February 21st 25192 assisted the 14.10 Cambridge - Blackpool between Ely & Peterborough after the failure of 47605.
Sightings of 25192 during March included passing through Manchester Victoria with a parcels train on March 1st, noted at Warrington Bank Quay on March 13th with 25181, and stabled at Carlisle station on March 15th. The final passenger working for 25192 took place on March 18th following a diesel multiple unit failure at the outset of the 17.42 Carlisle - Newcastle.
25192 was noted at Tyseley on May 3rd, from where it would eventually be taken out of service on May 9th 1986.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added March 2nd 2013