The almost nineteen year career of D7661/25311 (allowing for its two withdrawn periods) was spent allocated to a handful of depots, including a lengthy time in the London area.
Built: Derby Locomotive Works.
D7661 was new to the London Division (D01) on November 8th 1966. Further transfers were:
May 1973 to Willesden following the abandonment of the LMR Division allocations.
Renumbered February 23rd 1974.
25311 was the 278th Class 25 to be withdrawn, one of six retired during March 1986.
After its final withdrawal 25311 was initially stored at Crewe then moved to Carlisle Kingmoor by the end of October 1986. During July 1988 25321 was moved to Upperby for inspection and then returned to Kingmoor. It returned to Upperby on November 10th 1988, before moving to Crewe Basford Hall on December 12th 1988, then via Toton and Leicester (Dec 15th 1988) and into Vic Berry's yard on December 19th 1988. By the middle of March 1989 25311 had been broken up.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works December 1970 & February.
When delivered new the livery was blue with small yellow panels, numbers behind the cab doors and the BR emblem under both the driver's and secondman's cab windows. This livery was retained at least until the summer of 1969, possibly longer. At some point after gaining standard blue livery with full yellow ends and prior to TOPS renumbering the locomotive suffered collision damage to the No.1 cab front.
Twelve new Type 2s (D7660 - D7671) were allocated to Willesden to take over the empty coaching stock, parcels and local freight duties in the London area. With the arrival of these locomotives it was possible to release the remaining Class 24s to the Stoke Division, as part of the eradication of steam in the North West. Of this batch of Class 25s D7660 - D7669 were dual braked from new, whilst D7670 & D7671 were not, however these latter two were quickly transferred to the Nottingham Division (D16).
During November Cricklewood lost its four remaining Class 25’s (25048, 25176, 25244 & 25311) to other LM depots, leaving the London area depots without any BR/Sulzer Type 2’s on allocation.
Whilst allocated to Toton, 25311 & 25269 had several busy days on August 28th, 30th & 31st, visiting Skegness each day from Nottingham, Derby & Leicester respectively.
On September 6th 25311 was noted arriving at Hall Road with GN Class 313 unit 313003, sent up from Hornsey as a back-up to the non-delivery of new Class 507s, pending the visit of the Queen to the area in early October.
Whilst allocated to Cricklewood, 25311 handled a number of passenger workings far north of its home depot. On June 1st 25311 worked the 16.05 Leeds - Carlisle. On June 17th 25311 was noted passing Long Preston with four empty ballst wagons. On June 19th and even further north 25311 worked the 11.35 Glasgow Central - Stranraer Harbour and 15.30 return. And on June 27th 25311 was on the North Wales coast working the 11.55 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead and the 16.30 return.
The last working for 1982 took place on September 18th working the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston from Machynlleth to Wolverhampton with 25310 after 25323 had failed.
25289 & 25311 worked the 6M86 Kings Cross - Tring cement empties on March 20th. On a very wet March 30th 25311 & 25323 were noted at Chester working the 6G67 MWO 13.50 Stanlow Refinery to Rowley Regis bogie oil tanks.
On April 30th 25311 was noted at Conwy castle with ballast empties for Penmaenmawr. On the same day 25311 at Llandudno Junction yard with traffic for Octel, comprised of four tanks, two barrier wagons and two brakevans.
25311 was noted at Timperley with a mixed freight working from Warrington on May 12th.
The 18.09 Manchester Piccadilly - St Pancras parcels (comprised of four coaches) was worked at least to Derby by 25311 on June 14th.
25311 was stabled at Carlisle station on July 27th.
25311 was stabled at Saltley on October 5th.
25327 & 25311 were noted northbound at Warrington Bank Quay with bogie oil tanks on December 29th.
25311 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on March 20th. 25311 was stabled at Bedford on March 24th.
The last recorded passenger working for 25311 with 25298 took place on July 7th 1984 working the 07.44 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.10 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton.
25311 would be withdrawn three times, the first on February 28th 1985, spending seven and a half months out of service (at Toton) before being reinstated on October 18th 1985 to Crewe.
On October 28th 25311 was noted eastbound at Chester with a short rerailing train.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added January 7th 2013