Built Derby Locomotive Works
The fifteen year career of D7622/25272 commenced with almost two years on the Scottish Region, followed by thirteen years allocated to London Midland Region depots.
D7622 was new to Eastfield (65A) on September 2nd 1966. Further transfers were:
July 1968 to Preston Division (D10) on loan
Renumbered May 14th 1974.
After withdrawal 25272 was stored at Bescot. It was moved to Derby Works on March 4th 1982 (with 25261 which had been towed from Tyseley) and was scrapped there by early August 1982.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works June 1970.
(Highlights for this batch of locomotives including 25272 whilst allocated to Eastfield can be found on the 25261 page.)
On July 13th 25272 & 25210 worked a roundtriop Derby - Skegness service. A week later (20th) 25272 & 25281 worked the 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from there with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby. The following weekend, on July 28th 25272 & 25253 worked a roundtrip Barnsley - Aberystwyth day excursion (via the Birmingham area?), this provided in excess of 400+ passenger miles and is the longest recorded passenger working for 25272.
On August 17th a Gloucester - Barmouth was worked roundtrip from/to Wolverhampton by 25272 and an unidentified Class 25.
On September 6th 25272 & 25037 worked the 08.52 Leicester - Skegness and 12.30 return. A week later (13th) the diesel multiple unit working the 16.30 Nottingham - Leicester failed at Nottingham, 25272 & 25038 dragged the service to Leicester.
On November 13th the Bridgnorth - Paddington 'Severn Valley Limited' was worked between Bewdley & Kidderminster by 25272 & 25292.
25272 & 25264 worked a roundtrip Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton day excursion on September 4th.
Cambrian metals were travelled on July 29th when 25272 & 25276 worked the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.
On August 18th 25272 & 25299 covered 315 passenger miles whilst in charge of the 16.22 Newcastle - Cardiff. After this lengthy run the same pair of locomotives were turned out the next day to work the 05.35 Cardiff - Crewe and 10.00 return, a total of 278 miles.
On June 23rd the 04.15 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.09 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25272 & 25161. The next day (24th) the same pair of locomotive were diagrammed for the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth, but got no further than Bescot Yard where they were failed and replaced by 25032 & 25120.
1980 produced more passenger workings for 25272 over Cambrian metals. On June 7th 25272 & 25215 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. A week later on June 14th the same diagram as June 7th was handled by 25272 & 25129. The next day (15th) a Birmingham New Street - Bridlington day excursion was worked by 25272 & 25129, presumed out & back for 354 passenger miles.
On July 5th the Saltley crane was hauled to Birmingham New Street by 25272 to attend to the aftermath created by the head-on collision of 47337 and the 12.29 Longbridge – Lichfield diesel multiple unit. Despite serious damage to the locomotive and railcar No.50115 injuries were only minor apart from the diesel multiple unit driver. 47337 was removed to Saltley by 47536 whilst 47534 took the wrecked railcar to Kings Norton, where it would eventually be broken up.
On July 26th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25272 & 25187. The next day (27th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the return 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Birmingham New Street.
On August 2nd 25272 & 25291 worked the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich, returning from their with the 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby.
Passengers on November 19th’s 12.42 Carlisle – Newcastle diesel multiple unit received a tow from 25272.
25272's last passenger workings occurred less than a month prior to her withdrawal. On June 13th & 14th 1981 25272 & 25260 were active on the Cambrian line workings, handling one round trip each day. On 14th the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston was worked through to Nuneaton.
25272 was retired on July 12th 1981, the 108th Class 25 to be withdrawn.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added October 10th 2012