The almost nineteen year career of 7570/25220 included a short time at Leeds Holbeck and longer spells on the Western and London Midland Regions.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7570 was new to Nottingham (16A) on October 5th 1963. Further transfers were:
April 1964 to Saltley (2E).
Renumbered February 16th 1974.
25220 was the 130th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during June 1982.
After withdrawal 25220 was moved to Derby Works by August 1982 and remained here until moved to Swindon Works (with 25050/062, 25129/133/146, 25220/233/274/294) on February 3rd/4th 1985 and scrapped there the third week of April 1985.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works February 1967.
At the last update of this page (November 2016) the recorded passenger mileage of 7570/25220 placed it in the top ten for passenger mileage worked, wth 19,262 miles now identified.
25220 continued on a variety of passenger duties on the the Exeter / Newton Abbot workings throught 1976. The last recorded passenger working whilst at Laira took place on November 27th 1976 working the 20.00 Newton Abbot - Paignton, a journey of eight miles!
Christmas 1976 at Tyne Yard found 25063 & 25220 laying over after they worked the 3E07 21.40 Bristol - Sunderland parcels of December 23rd.
With its transfer to Cardiff during December 1976, 25220 began a lengthy period in which the Cardiff - Crewe services featured prominently. It was noted on a variety of Crewe - Cardiff workings between December 9th & 14th.
On July 3rd 25220 & 25029 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth to Shrewsbury, returning from there with the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street.
Crewe - Cardiff services continued on July 8th, August 4th/29th and September 24th.
25220 was noted on the Crewe - Cardiff services on June 24th/29th/30th.
During July 25220 was noted on Crewe - Cardiff services on July 19th/20th/22nd/24th/25th. The working on July 22nd was double headed by 25220 & 25269 with the ten coach 07.50 Cardiff - Crewe.
On August 3rd 25220 worked the 15.08 Cardiff - Crewe. Two weeks later 25220 strayed a little from the Crewe - Cardiff runs. On August 15th 25220 worked two Manchester Victoria - Bangor roundtrips.
The first week of September was quite hectic for North Wales workings, beginning on September 1st with a Crewe - Holyhead relief. Two days later (3rd) 25220 & 25169 worked the roundtrip 'White Rose 2' (North Wales Railway Circle) Bangor - York railtour, totalling 429 passenger miles. Between September 4th & 9th 25220 was busy working to Llandudno Town & Bangor from either Manchester Victoria or Crewe. With the end of the 1978 summer season 25220 returned to the Crewe - Cardiff line, being noted working passenger services on September 25th, October 1st & November 11th.
On July 3rd 1979 the 08.12 Leeds - Birmingham featured 25220 & 31216 which returned north on the 09.58 Weymouth - Leeds! On July 27th 25220 worked the 09.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.
25220 returned to the Crewe - Cardiff services being noted on September 3rd, October 12th/13th.
Crewe - Cardiff workings continued on April 14th/19th/20th/21st, May 10th/13th, June 16th/21st/23rd.
25220 & 25160 worked the 18.10 Llandudno - Birmingham New Street on June 24th, presumably as far as Crewe.
On July 6th 25220 worked the 03.54 Crewe - Birmingham New Street, and was noted back on the Crewe - Cardiff workings on July 23rd.
August Crewe - Cardiff workings included 25220 & 25027 on the 10.00 Crewe - Cardiff on August 2nd and 25220 alone on the 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe. 25220 was also noted on the Marches line on August 6th.
Crewe - Cardiff workings continued on October 4th/11th/12th/23rd/29th/30th, November 9th/15th, December 6th/11th whilst on the evening of December 28th 25220 & 25042 handled a nine coach Crewe - Cardiff passenger on the evening of December 28th, and finally a working on December 29th.
No passenger workings have so far been recorded for February, but during March 25220 was again noted on the Crewe - Cardiff services on March 3rd/21st/24th, whilst on March 22nd 25220 worked the 04.10 Crewe - Birmingham New Street. 25220 was noted at Cardiff Canton on March 30th.
During April 25220 was working Crewe - Cardiff services on April 11th/13th/15th.
Crewe - Cardiff services worked by 25220 during May include May 2nd/3rd/7th/10th/11th/25th. On May 4th 25220 & 25042 worked a round trip Longbridge - Aberystwyth day excursion, another 280 miles travelled.
May 31st 1981 was officially the last day for the Class 25s on the Crewe – Cardiff workings. The Southern Region were intending to release Class 33s from discontinued van traffic workings to take over from the Class 25s, however a strike on the SR and continued operation of the van traffic permitted some Class 25s to remain on these workings until June 4th. Throughout the last week 25042/60/66, 25219/220/245 handled the diagrams although by midweek 25220 was replaced by 47099.
On July 11th 25220 & 25177 worked the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich, coming back with the 14.20 ex-Yarmouth from Norwich. Four days later (15th) and now with 25169, 25220 worked the 09.28 Derby - Skegness and 18.40 return.
A winter's day out on December 11th 1981 took 25220 and another high passenger mileage machine, 25224, on a roundtrip Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth working.
25220 was noted on March 9th's 13.45 Manchester Victoria - Bangor following the failure of a Class 47 prior to departure from Manchester Victoria.
25062 & 25220 were noted heading eastbound through Wakefield Kirkgate on March 11th with a lengthy train of Mermaid ballast wagons.
1982 was 25220's last year in service and managed three busy days during April. On April 15th & 16th 25220 worked the 02.10 Manchester Piccadilly - Cleethorpes and the following 08.26 Cleethorpes - Doncaster (load ten coaches/vans on 15th). Its final recorded passenger working took place on April 17th 1982 working the 07.42 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and 11.03 return. Four days later 25220 was at Cambridge Street (St Pancras) receiving an 'A' exam (see image below).
25220 was withdrawn on June 13th 1982.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added February 21st 2013