During August 7592 was transferred to Willesden.
A new Freightliner service was established between Forders siding, Bedford and Trafford Park/Garston. The route out was via the Midland line and the Hope Valley route, returning over the WCML. From the beginning of the service Class 25’s were used, with 7592, 7654/55 frequently being noted.
On May 5th 25242 & 25311 were noted assisting an electric service between Bletchley & Watford whilst the power was off for engineering works.
25242 was transferred to Longsight in October.
With 25242 having been allocated to Longsight late last year it was no surprise to find it on the ICI Tunstead - Northwich workings (see photo at the top of the page).
Severe gales on the evening of January 2nd affected much of the country with wind speeds consistently above 50mph. These high winds brought down the wires in the Berkswell area, a dmu shuttle substituting between Coventry and Birmingham. 25251 & 25277 assisted 87023 with an ecs working through the affected area on the morning of 3rd, whilst 25236 arrived with a re-wiring train, though full service was not restored until January 4th. Such was the intensity of the storm that the majority of electric services into New Street were halted, with diesels substituted for many northbound workings. Delays of three to four hours were frequent. Not helping the matter was the derailment of 25242 on an engineers train south of Nuneaton, also on 2nd. This severely impacted the Leicester services, however the arrival of 25047 with the Saltley breakdown crane saw the line cleared by the evening.
A failed DMU on the Bedford - Bletchley line on April 20th required the use of 25242 to presumably tow the failed railcar.
On May 30th 25242 & 25292 were in charge of the 08.20 Burton on Trent - Skegness and return working.
It was a trip to the seaside on September 3rd for 25242 & 25116 working the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and presumably the return 12.30 Skegness - Leicester
25242 was at Derby Works during October & November ( for an intermediate?).
On February 13th 25242 worked a round trip Wigan – Kirkby passenger towing a failed DMU.
On May 26th 25242 managed a short hop on the SLOA's 'Curator' railtour, being used between Manchester Piccadilly & Guide Bridge, having replaced a Class 86 that had brought the tour up from London and giving way to a pair of steam locomotives (1000 & 4771) at Guide Bridge. Interestingly 25242 performed a similar short hop on a railtour on November 24th whilst working 'The Gricers Heaven' railtour. This time the Class 25 worked the short leg from Manchester Victoria to Guide Bridge. The Class 40 working the train, 40188 had reported vacuum trouble so was replaced at Manchester Victoria. At Guide Bridge 76027 & 76028 took over from 25242.
25242 was transferred to Bescot during December.
The summer of 1980 proved to be something of a banner year for 25242's passenger haulage, beginning on May 24th working the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street with 25305. The pair returned east on the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
Two weeks later on June 7th 25242 was still coupled to 25305 and worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, coming back from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.
The weekend of July 5th & 6th proved busy for 25242 & 25184, with return trips made over the Cambrian on both dates. On the Saturday they worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and came back with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The following day they worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth (via Bescot) returning with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton. The following weekend (12th) 25242 was back on the Cambrian, now coupled to 25325 to work the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, returning on the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton.
Starting on August 30th three consecutive weekends were spent on the Cambrian starting with the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth double headed with 25280, the return working was the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton. Next, on Sptember 6th, and now with 25299 they worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Birmingham New Street returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. And finally on September 13th 25242 & 25051 worked the same diagram as that of September 6th.
||25242 at Coventry Sidings, Nuneaton on February 6th 1981 with the 4L45 Nuneaton - Willesden freight.
Photograph courtesy Dave Smith.
After the multitude of summer Saturday workings during 1980, the year of 1981 for 25242 was much more subdued. The only recorded scheduled 'Cambrian' working was on July 4th when 25242 & 25161 worked the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton forward from Shrewsbury, replacing 25262 & 25275. However on August 17th 25242 & 25268 did manage to reach the coast working a Banbury - Aberystwyth day excursion.
On September 23rd 10.15 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was hauled by 25242 as far as Peterborough.
A month later on October 25th 25242 was on one of Euston's nocturnal workings handling the unadvertised 02.15 Euston - Hemel Hempstead.
The 12.55 St. Pancras - Sheffield was noted arriving at Nottingham behind 25242 on December 14th, quite where the Class 25 took over is not recorded.
Passenger on January 25th's 14.07 Derby - St.Pancras had the delights of 25242 as far as Leicester.
The 18.30 Barrow - Liverpool was worked by 25242 on May 24th.
Front line service was the order of the day for 25242 on August 7th when it was called upon to take the 1E69 10.55 Weymouth - Leeds forward from Birmingham New Street for the run to Leeds.
September found 25242 working two Cambrian line services, firstly on September 4th, with 25208 it handled the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and coming back with the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton. The following weekend (11th) and now with 25209 it worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton and returned with 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
25242's first passenger working of the year occurred on January 25th working the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool forward from Preston.
On February 5th 87015 pulled down the overhead wires in the Hest Bank area. The following train, a Glasgow – Birmingham service with 87019 was rescued by 25242 being attached to rear, taking the train to Preston via Hellifield & Blackburn! Ten days later it worked the 07.00 Ayr - Glasgow Central throughout.
Brief railtour duty for 25242 & 25277 occurred on April 2nd when they worked the 'Annesley Annabis' 07.30 Euston - Annesley Colliery from Euston to Willesden. Here a Class 33 was waiting to take over for the run north, on the return working the Class 25's replaced a pair of Class 33's again for the short Willesden - Euston leg.
25242's last passenger outing over the Cambrian lines appears to have been on May 28th 1983 when it worked the 1J20 0735 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton with 25078. This pair came back on the 2J72 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
||25242 Crewe station, May 30th 1983.
Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore.
25242's last transfer was to Crewe during March.
July 4th found 25242 on the Crewe - Cardiff run, working the 08.01 to Cardiff and the 11.40 back to Crewe
A Derby – Newcastle – York – Newcastle - Derby test train ran on various occasions during July using three laboratory coaches and four Class 317 coaches to investigate ‘brake cooling’. On July 20th 25242 was noted in charge of this combination.
When the DMU set to work the 17.58 Nottingham - Sheffield failed before departure on October 10th 25242 was on hand to drag the DMU to Sheffield. And on November 4th 25242 was on hand at Carnforth to rescue another failure when the 07.20 Glasgow Central - Birmingham New Street hauled by a Class 87 expired here and was dragged by the Class 25 to Preston.
||25242 & 25316 Birkenhead February 1984.
Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore.
Withdrawl came in May with 25242 initially stored at Crewe, it was moved with 25250 to Swindon over the period June 29th – July 7th and was quickly broken up there, being gone by November.
With thanks to Alan Baylis for the passenger working details.
Page added December 16th 2006
Last updated December 8th 2007
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