The almost twenty year career of D7592/25242 was spent allocated to London Midland Region depots, with over 10 years at Manchester area sheds.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D7592 was new to Toton (16A) on May 13th 1964. Further transfers were:
May 1964 to Wellingborough (15B).
Renumbered February 16th 1974.
25242 was the 218th Class 25 withdrawn, one of three retired during May 1984.
After withdrawal 25242 was stored at Crewe, then moved with 25250 to Swindon Cocklebury Yard between June 29th & July 7th 1984, then into Swindon Works by July 23rd 1984 and scrapped by the middle of November 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1969.
Class 25s visiting the Glasgow area on inter-regional workings would frequently be used by the Glasgow depots (Corkerhill or Polmadie) on local workings before being returned south. During November D7592 handled just such a working bewteen Wemyss Bay & Glasgow Central.
7592 was transferred to Longsight (9A) during May.
November 20th found 7592 in charge of the 17.45 Manchester Victoria - Glasgow Central as far as Preston.
On two weekends during July 7592 worked the summer dated Sheffield - Llandudno Town roundtrip. On July 12th it was worked by 7592 & 7541 and on July 26th it was worked by 7592 & 7595.
On June 23rd the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth was worked to Norwich by 7592 & 7647.
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.
25242 was transferred to Longsight in October.
A failed diesel multiple unit 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 the return working. The following day (31st) the same pair worked a roundtrip mystery excursion from Beeston to Southport.
The 10.00 Euston - Holyhead on October 27th failed at Llandudno Junction behind 47437, 25292 worked the train forward and then returned with the 16.52 Holyhead - Manchester Victoria as far as Llandudno Junction where it was replaced by 40020.
25242 was at Derby Works during October & November (for an Intermediate repair?).
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.
25242 was noted southbound at Preston on June 14th with a freight train.
25242 was noted shunting at Chinley station yard on August 15th.
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 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.
During December 25242 received its last 'E' exam, at Tyseley.
On April 15th 25242 was noted northbound through Derby with loaded ballast wagons.
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 the 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.
25242 & 25301 with a brakevan were noted at Bedford stabling point on November 1st.
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.
The Northwich Open Day on March 7th included 25242 alongside the shed. Attractions included 03196, 40025 & 56074 and it didn't rain.
The 18.30 Barrow - Liverpool was worked by 25242 on May 24th.
25242 was noted at York on August 5th with a parcels train, Two days later (7th) it was front line service for 25242 when it was called upon to take the 1E69 10.55 Weymouth - Leeds forward from Birmingham New Street for the run to Leeds. On August 8th 25242 was stabled at Saltley.
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.
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 (15th) 25242 worked the 07.00 Ayr - Glasgow Central throughout.
25242's last transfer was to Crewe during March.
Brief railtour duty for 25242 & 25277 occurred on April 2nd when they worked the 'Annesley Annabasis' 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 25s replaced a pair of Class 33s again for the short Willesden - Euston leg.
On May 25th 25242 & 25140 worked the 8F21 Oakamoor - St Helens sand train. 25242's last passenger outing over the Cambrian lines appears to have been on May 28th when it worked the 1J20 0735 Euston - Aberystwyth forward from Wolverhampton with 25078. This pair came back on the 2J72 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
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 diesel multiple unit on the 17.58 Nottingham - Sheffield failed before departure on October 10th 25242 was on hand to drag the unit 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 was noted at Blackburn with a light engine movement on March 6th. Three days later (9th) 25242 was noted passing Basford Hall with a southbound parcels train.
25242 was withdrawn on May 4th 1984.
During scrapping at Swindon the cabside number panels were saved.
With thanks to Alan Baylis for the passenger working details.
Page added December 16th 2006