D7617, 7617, 25267
D7617, 7617, 25267

Built: Derby Locomotive Works
Fitted with tablet catcher recesses (never removed).

The fifteen year career of D7617/25267 started out on the Scottish Region before transitioning to the London Midland Region.


D7617 was new to Eastfield (65A) on August 12th 1966, further transfers were:

August 1968 to Preston Division (D10)
November 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16)
October 1971 to Birmingham Division (D02)
January 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16), then to Toton following abolition of the LMR Division allocations.

Renumbered February 27th 1974.

After nine years at Toton 25267 was withdrawn on February 1st 1981, being stored at Leicester from April to July 1981. 25267 was then moved to Derby Works and remained here until broken up by the middle of February 1982.

Little remains of 25267 at Derby Works on February 6th 1982 as the locomotive draws closer to being no more than a jumble of scrap metal bits and pieces, much of it scattered on the ground. The exposed cross-section of the locomotive body reveals a little about its construction.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Crewe Works November 1974 - January 1975.
Noted Derby Works May 1976.
Due a Classified approx June 1980??


(Highlights for this batch of locomotives including 25267 whilst allocated to Eastfield can be found on the 25261 page.)

One of the earliest recorded passenger workings took place on August 9th with 7617 & 7618 working the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the 13.52 Llandudno Town - Nottingham return.

On July 13th 25267 & 25088 worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness service.

On May 6th 25267 was noted at Kings Lynn with 24091 to work a special freight to Bristol.

On July 16th the 14.25 Birmingham Paddington was taken over by 25267 & 25269 following the failure of the rostered locomotive. These machines then returned with the 17.40 to Birmingham, not the normal way the diagram worked but necessary due to the lack of crews at Paddington familiar with the Class 25s.

The 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25267 & 25302 on July 26th.

On September 10th 25267 & 25327 were lwet loose on the Midland mainline to work the 14.30 St. Pancras - Derby.

25243 & 25267 were noted on an engineers train near Chippenham on January 25th. The lengthy train included track panels with supporting cranes, spoil wagions, staff vehicles, brake vans and PWM653.

Shunt loco PWM 653 can be seen in front of the brake van! A typical Sunday Engineers train of the era. We were in a garage nearby, filling up Steve Jackson's car, when this trundled past, so we all legged it up the embankment for a photo! The 07.10 (?) Derby - Matlock and the 08.00 Matlock - Derby were worked by 25267 on August 16th.

Derby station on July 28th 1976. 25267 drops down past the station, no doubt on the way to the fuelling point. The high positioning of the number indicates, at this time, a repaint at Crewe Works.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A close-up of 25267 at Nottingham on July 31st 1976. This view illustrates well the tablet catcher recess which was fitted to those members of the batch delivered new to Eastfield. In later years many of this batch would have the recess sheeted over during Works visits.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

The latter half of the summer of 1979 saw 25267 with some weekend passenger workings. On August 5th 25267 was noted on the evening Nottingham - Crewe parcels. The next day (6th) the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness was forward from Nottingham by 25267 & 25090 (having replaced 25051 and 25053). The return working was similarly split with the 12.35 Skegness - Leicester worked to Nottingham by 25267 & 25090, at Nottingham 25051 and 25053 took over. The next weekend (13th) the 09.20 Derby - Skegness and the return 13.05 Skegness - Derby were worked by 25267 & 25135.

On September 3rd the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Walsall from Norwich were worked by 25267 & 25320.

On May 29th the 15.15 Plymouth - Manchester Piccadilly was wotrked between Gloucester & Birmingham New Street by 25267 & 25142.

Nine years allocated to Toton allowed 25267 to work many of the East Midlands area summer holiday services, both timetabled and extras. One of its longest recorded passenger workings (of 234 miles), was a round trip day excursion Hinckley - Skegness with 25142 on June 24th.

The 11.15 Gloucester - Swindon parcels saw much variety including 25267 in early November, this locomotive would go forward on the 15.40 Swindon - Bescot freight.


A wintry February 14th 1979 finds 25267 heading north out of Derby about to cross the Nottingham Road overbridge. Also noted passing by during a 45 minute wintry spell whilst lineside were 31115, 31222, 46034 & 47164.

On June 23rd 25267 & 25302 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich returning with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich. The next day (24th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness diagram.

The second week of July proved particularly busy for 25267 & 25264 working a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness diagram on July 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th, a total of 1,020 passenger miles. After a day off on July 13th the same pair worked the 14th's 09.34 Leicester - Paignton relief (234 miles). The month-end followed with trips over the Marches routes, on July 28th working the 19.28 Crewe - Cardiff and the 30th's 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe.

On August 1st 25267 worked the 06.32 Peterborough - Kings Cross throughout.

The 08.32 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25267 & 25243 on September 8th.

1980 would be the last full year of service for 25267, however this did not slow down its use on passenger workings. The last week of May found 25267 on Cambrian metals. On May 24th 25267 & 25122 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day (25th) produced the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The following weekend, on May 31st 25267 & 25260 handled the same diagram as worked on May 24th.

After a break foe passenger workings during June, on July 5th 25267 & 25270 worked the Walsall - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Derby diagram (370 miles).

It was back to the Western Region on August 9th with 25267 & 25261 working the 12.23 Manchester Piccadilly - Paignton forward from Birmingham New Street. Two weeks later on August 23rd 25267 & 25203 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich.

25267's last passenger working involved the 17.00 Nottingham - St Pancras on September 1st, working forward from Leicester after 45111 had failed and been removed.

25267 was withdrawn on February 1st 1981.


The view above of 25267 in the snow close by the Derby Evening Telegraph building and the Trent Bus garage at Derby was taken at lunch time on Wednesday February 14th 1979. At the time I was working in St Peter's Street, using my push bike to get to and from work. Whilst working at this location I realised that on my bike it was but a few minutes to get to the station and back during my lunch hour! So from time to time when the weather was good I'd visit the station for about 45 minutes during my lunch hour.

When snowy weather arrived in the middle of February 1979, the lunchtime of February 14th provided the best opportunity to see what was running in the snow, but instead of visiting the station I headed to the footbridge alongside the line where it crossed over Nottingham Road. The weather was grim and cold, snow was in the air and the bad weather over much of the country had disrupted many of the rail services - trains were running but not exactly to the timetable. Six trains or light engines were observed in about 45 minutes, including this atmospheric view of 25267 heading north.

Job postings took me away from St Peter's Street and the lunchtime memories of these brief visits faded into obscurity until a couple of decades later when I was informed that a nephew had died unexpectedly. I met Steven from time to time on my return visits to the UK, mostly by chance when meeting the family relatives on whirlwind visits. Steven's life had had its ups and downs, at the time of his death his circumstances were far from perfect. Suffice to say that as further inquiries revealed, one afternoon about 4pm Steven had been hit by a northbound Virgin HST whilst walking from the town center to his mother's home. When the emergency services arrived lineside those first on scene to provide assistance recognised Steven from previous calls.

Through further research into this tragedy it appears that the location captured in the snowy scene of 25267 many years earlier was the site where Steven was killed. What had been a fond memory of a specific event in time was now tinged by awareness of a tragedy that would have been incomprehensible to imagine or understand at the time of the photograph being taken.

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Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis.

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