The fifteen year career of D7611/25261 began with almost eighteen months on the Scottish Region before transferring to the London Midland Region for the remainder of its career.
The frames for D7611 were laid down at Derby Works during January 1966 and delivered new to Eastfield (65A) on April 16th 1966. Further transfers were:
September 1967 to London Midland, Midland Lines (LMML)
Renumbered April 20th 1974.
25261 was stored at Tyseley from January 1981 until March 4th 1982 when it moved as the 9L69 10.00am Tyseley - Bescot (attaching 25272) to Derby Works. During April 1983 it was next in line for cutting up, which was started but a dispute in May 1983 saw the end of all cutting up at Derby, leaving 25261 partially dismantled! During November 1985 Vic Berry were called in to finish off the job which was quickly completed by month end.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Crewe Works December 1969.
Highlights for 7611 - 7623 whilst allocated to Eastfield
Approximate delivery dates were; 7611 - 7613 4/66, 7614 - 7616 5/66, 7617 - 7621 8/66, 7622 - 7623 9/66.
These were the only Class 25’s delivered with a cabside recess to accommodate tablet catcher equipment. D7611 was noted at Eastfield by April 29th. Although based at Eastfield these Type 2's spent much of their time in South West Scotland alongside the BRCW Type 2's quickly sending many Ayr & Hurlford’s Crabs, Black Fives & BR Standards to the storage lines and additionally helped Dumfries lose its steam allocation effective April 30th. At the end of May Ayr placed seven steam locomotives into storage because of the Type 2's arrival. Additionally at this time, with the arrival of these Type 2's, the return of some re-engined NBL Type 2's to service and the tranfer of more Claytons to Haymarket, the ScR were able to put the first of the Class 26's through Works for the fitting of slow speed control equipment & dual braking for use on MGR workings.
The last steam working out of Dumfries was an evening Carlisle - Glasgow parcels, beginning May 1st this became Type 2 hauled.
Another new ex-works locomotive, D7615, visited Frodingham on May 13th with a morning freight from Washwood Heath, returning later with tipplers for Avenue sidings, presumably 'on test' from Derby Works. Four days later D7615 was in more familiar territory working, rather unusually, a morning Corstorphine – Waverley passenger, normally a Type 4 working.
D7611 rescued a failed Peak on the 21.25 Glasgow - St Pancras on the night of June 17th being relieved by Brittania 70001 at Carlisle. The 08.00 Heads of Ayr - Newcastle converted to Type 2 haulage this summer, the diesel going as far as Carlisle, then returning light engine to Ayr. Glasgow Fair Day, Monday July 18th brought out many extras as well as strengthened regular services to Ayr & Girvan. Fine weather boosted the number of day trippers, the evening return trips requiring seventeen extra services, powered by DMU's, Type 1 & 2's, the locomotives freed up due to cancellation of the freights, steam was entirely absent from the workings.
Derby Works continued delivery of its batch of ScR Type 2’s now arriving alongside Vulcan Foundry’s newly built EE Type 1’s and re-diagrammed Brush Type 4’s. The steam fleets continued to shrink at Ayr & Hurlford, the arrival of ex ER Class 24's at Haymarket would mean that by October steam would be finished in the south west. These new arrivals were finally able to make a serious headway in ousting steam from the Ayr & Stranraer lines. The Newcastle - Stranraer summer weekend services regularly produced a steam/diesel combination, usually a Black 5 + a Type 2, typical of this was D7613 & 44995 on August 13th.
On September 13th BRCW Type 2's were tested on the 'Northern Irishman' between Ayr & Stranraer, doing a fine job over the twisting route, steam was expected to be replaced at the beginning of October.
Finally added to the fleet was the last of the new ScR Class 25’s from Derby, D7617 - D7623, although based at Eastfield, were used locally in the Ayr region. This transition from steam had gone smoothly, the careful use of diesel brake tenders allowing maximum use of the diesel fleet on the local coal workings. Steam was now banned south of Ayr due to the watering facilities being removed from Stranraer. With these arrivals twenty five diesels replaced forty five steam locomotives and from October 3rd Hurlford shed was closed completely.
On October 23rd amid many stored steam locomotives at Corkerhill D7619 was the shed pilot, since no steam locomotives were available.
A Scottish Region Grand Tour ran on May 27th from Edinburgh behind D276 with nine coaches (327 tons), headed initially for Perth. Here a southwesterly course was taken in the direction of Stranraer. The Class 40 was exchanged at Ayr for D7612/14 which made the round trip to Stranraer, using D2434 to release the stock at Stranraer Harbor. D276 rejoined the train at Ayr to run via Mauchline and Dumfries to Carlisle, across the Pennines to Newcastle, returning to Edinburgh after a fast run over the coastal route.
Double headed Gateshead Type 2’s worked the Saturday’s only Newcastle - Ayr - Stranraer passenger in both directions. So noted in June & July have been D5097/5112 (24th), 5149/5112 (1st), 7601/5149 (8th), 7611/5051 (15th) & D5101/5112 (22nd), ScR examples filled in, especially on the eastbound runs after failures had occurred. Annual specials to the region made use of the Type 2's, on July 8th D8121 arrived with a special from Aberdeen, the return working a week later used D7613.
An interesting working that occasionally used the Type 2's was the Edinburgh - Prestwick Regent oil train, supplying fuel for the airport. The Glenburn Colliery branch was used requiring a run round at Falkland Jct. A weekend visit to the area on September 11th found all but D7616 & D7622 present as follows:
After eighteen months at Eastfield D7611 & 7612 headed south to the Midland Lines, the Scottish Region having swapped D7598 - 7601/11/12 for D7576 - 79/81/83/84, the latter being boiler equipped, allowing them to replace the ailing NBL types on the Glasgow - Dundee run.
It is interesting to note that after transfer away from Eastfield this group of locomotives were only ever allocated to LMR depots, and several, similar to 25261 received very few transfers. Other points of interest:
Highlights for 7611 / 25261 after transfer to the LMR
The thirteen Class 25's delivered to Eastfield from new, with D7611 being the first of this batch, were all built with a tablet catcher recess under the driver's side window. No other Class 25's received this feature. Although many of this group would later have the recess sheeted over, 25261 never did.
On the weekend of July 14th/15th 1967 D7611 & D5051 worked the 13.30 Stranraer Harbour - Newcastle (14th) and return (15th). With nearly all of its working life spent at Midland area depots D7611/25261 visited many of the holiday resorts - Norwich (for Yarmouth), Bangor, Aberystwyth, Barmouth, Skegness & Blackpool to name but a few.
A particularly busy time was recorded between July 28th 1979 & August 4th 1979 when 25261 and 25321 (to August 1st), then with 25280 (Aug 2nd - 4th) worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) & returning on the diagrammed Derby working (28th). Following this five round trips were worked to Skegness, one from Derby (29th), then four from Leicester (30th, 31st, 1st, 2nd). On August 3rd no passenger working was recorded but the next day a round trip Nottingham to Blackpool was worked.
On June 8th 1980 25261 sustained fire damage at Newton whilst working the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston with 25154. Fortunately the damage was repaired, for on August 9th 1980 25261 & 25267 had a lengthy outing, working the 12.23 Manchester Piccadilly - Paignton forward from Birmingham New Street.
Pictures of D7611/25261
Page added June 24th 2012