D7624, 7624, 25274
Beyer Peacock & Co. Ltd's
1st Class 25


Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson
25274 at Manchester Victoria on September 17th 1981.

Built; Beyer, Peacock Co. Ltd, Gorton, Manchester
Boiler room grilles sheeted over.

The sixteen year career of D7624/25274 started out on the Eastern Region, transitioned to the Western Region before moving to the London Midland Region for the remainder of its career.

Allocations

D7624 was new to Tinsley (41A) on July 30th 1965. Further transfers were:

April 1966 to Wath (41C)
August 1967 to Leeds Holbeck (55A) initially on loan but then made permanent
November 1970 to Newport (86B)
December 1972 to Laira (84A)
September 1973 to Bristol
March 1974 to Laira
August 1975 to Bescot
May 2nd 1982 - withdrawn.

Renumbered May 1974.

After almost seven years allocated to Bescot 25274 was retired and moved to Derby Works. On February 4th 1985 25274 joined a convoy of withdrawn locomotives being moved to Swindon Works for scrapping, which for 25274 took place by the end of April 1985.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works July 1967.
Noted Derby Works December 1971.
Noted Derby Works January & February 1975 (ex-works).
Noted Derby Works January - March 1980, intermediate repair.

Highlights

D7624 was the first of thirty five Class 25's to be built by Beyer Peacock.

25274's recorded passenger workings were not that prolific and very much run of the mill, particularly after its allocation to Bescot. It made the familiar trips to Skegness, Norwich (for Yarmouth), Barmouth, Aberystwyth, Llandudno & Blackpool.

1968

The end for standard gauge steam on British Railways is less than a month away as a faded and work stained D7624 draws alongside one of the few remaining active steam locomotives at Carnforth sometime during a pleasant day in July 1968. Three railway staff pass the time of day, busy in some sort of conversation.
Photograph courtesy Geoff Coward.

1970
On June 11th the 10.20 Bournemouth - York SAGA special was worked forward from Birmingham New Street by 7624.

1974
On May 15th the 20.40 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot was worked by 25274.

The Barnstaple - Cheltenham Spa return leg of a day excursion was worked to Exeter St Davids by 25274 on August 4th.

1975
A diesel multiple unit failure on July 29th saw the 15.16 Newquay - Plymouth assisted from Par by 25274.

1976
The 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston was worked from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton by 25274 & 25039 on September 4th.

1977
On April 12th the electric multiple unit working a Walsall - Birmingham New Street was assisted forward from Bescot by 25274. On September 4th the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth was worked to Shrewsbury by 25274 & 25263 returning later in the day from Shrewsbury with the 17.30 Barmouth - Birmingham New Street.

1978
The 08.00 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25274 & 25248 on July 15th.

1979
On July 1st the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the return 17.45 Barmouth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25274 & 25263.

The 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the return 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury were worked by 25274 & 25195 on August 25th and by 25274 & 25141 on September 15th.

1980
On May 24th the 08.02 Walsall - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.15 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25274 & 25248. The next day (25th) the same pair worked a roundtrip Leicester - Skegness passenger diagram.

The 18.35 Birmingham New Street - Norwich was worked by 25274 on July 5th. A week later on July 12th sisters 25274 & 25275 worked the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. On July 19th the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton were worked by 25274 & 25263. The next day (20th) the same pair were noted on the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury(?).

On September 3rd 25274 worked the 13.40 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.

1981

Its a damp day in Derbyshire as 25274 & 25308 get to grips with another trainload of limestone for the Northwich area, seen here passing Great Rocks on May 26th 1981. On recent weekends however 25274 had been taking holidaymakers to the coast, on May 9th it was from Derby to Norwich (for Yarmouth) and on June 9th from Leicester to Skegness, both trips being made with 25323.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

The 21.13 Manchester Victoria - Blackpool North was worked by 25274 on June 9th & 13th.

On August 22nd the 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25274 & 25280. Three days later (25th) an Ealing Broadway - Skegness day excursion failed behind 47147 near Burton-on-Trent, 25274 & 25280 dragged the service to Nottingham where 45049 took over.

The 08.35 Derby - Yarmouth to Norwich and the return 14.20 Yarmouth - Derby from Norwich were worked by 25274 & 25323 on September 5th. The next day (6th) the same pair worked the 08.21 Leicester - Skegness and the 18.30 Skegness - Leicester.

Beyer Peacock - a very brief potted history


Photographer unknown
Almost brand new D7624 at Washwood Heath (?) during the summer of 1965.

Formed by a partnership of Charles Frederick Beyer (1813 - 1876), Richard Peacock (1820 - 1889) and Henry Robertson (1816 - 1888), the engineering firm of Beyer, Peacock Ltd, Gorton, Manchester produced nearly 8,000 locomotives between 1855 & 1966. Gorton Foundry was located at Openshaw on the south side of the railway line opposite to the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway works at Gorton.

Steam locomotives were the mainstay of Beyer Peacock's production, with a total of 7,853 built. The transition to more modern forms of traction came too late for Beyer Peacock, although some orders were recieved (see below), they were not enough and so similar to several other renowned British locomotive manufacturers, production ceased and the workshops closed during the 1960's.

7879 - -/62 Brush Traction prototype (0-6-0 diesel electric)
7884 - 7893 5/60 - 4/62 E3046 - E3055 (82001 - 82008)
7894 - 7938 5/61 - 8/62 D7000 - D7044
7943 - -/61 BSC 90 (0-4-0 diesel electric shunter for Park Gate Iron & Steel Co., Rotherham (1 of 12)
7949 - 8004 8/62 - 2/64 D7045 - D7100
8034 - 8069 7/65 - 8/66 D7624 - D7659 (25274 - 25309)

36/3495
no flk

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

Page added June 11th 2012
last updated June 1st 2014.

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