D7617, 7617, 25267

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

Allocations

The frames for D7617 were laid down during April 1966 at Derby Works. D7617 was new to Eastfield (65A) on August 12th 1966.

After two years on the Scottish Region D7617 moved to the LMR and remained on this region for the remainder of its career.

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After nine years at Toton 25267 was withdrawn on February 1st 1981, being stored at Leicester from April to July 1981. 25267 was then moved to Derby Works and remained here until broken up by the middle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

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

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

May 6th 1975: noted at Kings Lynn with 24091 to work a special freight to Bristol.

The 14.25 Birmingham Paddington on July 16th 1975 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.

Nine years allocated to Toton allowed 25267 to work many of the East Midlands area summer holiday services, both timetabled and extras. Its longest recorded passenger workings, both of 234 miles, were a round trip day excursion Hinckley - Skegness with 25142 on June 24th 1978 and a year later on July 14th 1979 the 09.34 Leicester - Paignton relief with 25264. The previous week had seen five Leicester - Skegness round trips also worked with 25264 from July 8th - 12th. Then on August 1st 25267 handled the 06.32 Peterborough - Kings Cross throughout.

1978: 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.

1979: On August 1st the 06.32 Peterborough Kings Cross was noted behind 26267.

25267's last passenger working involved the 17.00 Nottingham - St Pancras, working forward from Leicester after 45111 had failed.

Pictures of D7617/25267

25267 retained its tablet catcher recesses until withdrawal.

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 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.
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.
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.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

Postscript: 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 14th February 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.

Resources:
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis.

Page added March 23rd 2012
Last updated October 13th 2012

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