The twenty year ten month career of D7546/25196 saw allocations to only London Midland Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7546 was new to the Nottingham Division on May 8th 1965. Further transfers were:
November 1967 to Springs Branch (8F).
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
25196 was the 276th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during March 1986.
After withdrawal 25196 was stored at Crewe depot until March 1987 when it moved to Gresty Lane until June 1987, then Basford Hall until July 15th 1987 when it moved (see details below) to Leicester Humberstone Road and into Vic Berry's yard on July 20th 1987. By the first week of August 1987 25196 had been scrapped.
25089, 25196, 25230, 25324 Crewe – Vic Berry Leicester, July 15th 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works November 1968.
On August 1st the 11.30 Bangor - Manchester Victoria was worked by 25196.
On September 1st 25196 was noted passing Guide Bridge with loaded ICI hoppers.
25179 entered Derby Works during November for a Classified repair. This including replacing the No.2 end cab roof, after release from the Works this cab roof started to lose its paint prematurely, thus becoming a notable spotting feature for this locomotive.
25196 was noted southbound at Warrington Bank Quay with a freight on November 13th and was also noted this day at Warrington Bank Quay assisting a Chester bound two car diesel multiple unit.
On June 24th the 12.27 Crewe - Cardiff and the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe were worked by 25196.
On September 23rd 25196 & 25213 worked the 20.55 Kensington Olympia - Stirling motorail to Willesden. The 18.18 Birmingham New Street - Euston on September 29th failed behind 85001 at Bletchley, 25196 dragged everything to Euston.
On May 7th 25196 was noted southbound at Micheldever with a lengthy train of vans, possibly a Toton - Eastleigh freight, the Class 25 was equipped with three-piece miniature snowploughs.The next day (8th) 25196 worked the 14.14 Norwich - Birmingham New Street.
A month later on June 8th 25196 worked the same service, but taking over at Peterborough.
25196 was receiving attention at Reddish on April 1st.
Another rescue job took place on May 2nd when the 19.30 Crewe - Cardiff failed at Shrewsbury behind 33064, 25196 worked the train through to Cardiff.
The 'Manchester Railway Re-union' charter on June 18th was worked from Manchester Victoria to Hellifield by 25196 & 25198. On June 25th the 10.10 Euston - Shrewsbury was worked forward from Birmingham New Street by 25196 & 25208. A very short rescue job took place on July 1st when the 07.50 Manchester Victoria - Glasgow Central failed at Oxheyes behind 87008, 25196 & 25076 dragged the service back to Preston.
The 15.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Bristol Temple Meads parcels (eight bogie parcel vehicles) was noted at Cwmbran behind 25196 on July 27th.
On August 1st the 08.01 Crewe - Cardiff and 11.40 Cardiff - Crewe were worked by 25196. The Cambrian line was visited on August 6th with 25196 & 25235 working the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury, at Machynlleth 25235 was removed. On August 12th 25196 was noted northbound at Preston with a short parcels train.
25196 was noted northbound at Trent Junction with 56089 & 56112 in tow on September 9th.
On October 27th 25196 was noted northbound at Winwick with a parcels train.
The afternoon Halewood – Whitemoor (later Dagenham) car train, a booked Class 47 turn occasionally featured Class 25s, with 25196 noted on May 17th.
On June 11th a short engineers train, comprised of a crane and brakevan were noted at Preston hauled by 25196.
25234 & 25196 were noted northbound through Crewe station with empty bogie oil tanks for Stanlow on July 3rd.
On August 29th 25196 was noted northbound at Toton with a lengthy freight.
On September 14th the 07.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor was worked by 25196.
Almost two months later on November 9th 25196 worked the 17.32 Bangor - York from Chester to Manchester Victoria after the Class 45 failed. On November 18th 25196 was noted at Aintree with a track panel train.
25196 was stabled at Saltley on a snowy February 12th. 25196 was stabled at Toton on February 23rd.
On March 21st the Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend was worked by 25196 & 25200.
25196 was north of the border on April 10th working the relief 12.05 Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh forward from Carstairs with 25175.
On May 7th track defects in the Birmingham area saw the 10.24 Penzance - Liverpool dragged from Bescot to Walsall by 25196, 47129 took over here with 87024 still attached. 25196 was noted at Leicester depot on May 18th.
25196 was noted at Gloucester on August 12th.
The 21.42 Preston - Liverpool on September 3rd was worked by 25196, this being the Liverpool portion off the 18.15 Glasgow - Manchester. 25196 was north of the border on September 21st working the 17.40 Carlisle - Glasgow Central, three days later (24th) it worked the 06.05 Carlisle - Glasgow Central forward from Dumfries after the Class 27 failed. On September 26th 25196 powered the Albion – Waterston tanks, pairs of Class 37s or a single 47 being the norm.
On October 10th 25196 was back in the Preston area and worked the 21.42 Preston - Liverpool again, on November 19th 25196 worked the 18.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria forward from Preston.
25196 & 25192 were noted southbound (?) at Hereford with oil (?) tanks on the evening of December 6th.
25196 was withdrawn on March 17th 1986.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added August 31st 2013