class 25 withdrawals
Class 25 Withdrawals - Part 2
from 50 to 100 (November 1980 - May 1981)

As revealed on the first page of this tall tale, the first forty nine Class 25's were withdrawn over a period of about eight and a half years, the next fifty were taken out of service over a period of seven months!

Locomotives withdrawn in this period included the final active Class 25/0's, the first built Class 25/1 - 25026 and ten dual braked Class 25's (25053/082/099, 25155/183/197, 25203/222/232/241). Withdrawal of the Series 3 machines was limited to the vacuum brake only examples.

50 - 66 : November 1980
25026 TO, 25040 LO, 25055 KD, 25061 LO, 25063 CD, 25070 SP, 25110 SP, 25112 & 25116 CW, 25121, 25122, 25127 & 25137 TO, 25159, 25163 & 25166 CD, 25263 BS
all withdrawn November 2nd except 25040 & 25163 on November 11th 1980 and 25263 on November 17th 1980

Class 25 withdrawals to date had included five withdrawn during January 1976 and nine withdrawn during September 1980. However during November 1980 double digits were reached when a total of seventeen Class 25s were taken out of service, all from London Midland Region depots. Presumably these vacuum braked examples were in need of shopping.

25026 broken up Swindon Works by March 1981.
25040 broken up Swindon Works by February 1982.
25055 broken up Swindon Works by December 1981.
25061 broken up Glasgow Works by March 1983.
25063 broken up Glasgow Works by March 1983.
25070 broken up Swindon Works by May 1983.
25110 broken up Swindon Works by March 1982.
25112 broken up Swindon Works by March 1982.
25116 broken up Swindon Works by July 1982.
25121 broken up Swindon Works by August 1982.
25122 broken up Swindon Works by June 1983.
25127 broken up Glasgow Works by July 1983.
25137 broken up Glasgow Works by May 1983.
25159 broken up Swindon Works by March 1981.
25163 broken up Swindon Works by March 1983.
25166 broken up Swindon Works by July 1981.
25263 broken up Glasgow Works by May 1983.

BRs locomotive fleet followed a series of scheduled Works visits for their regular classified repairs, which for those monitoring the maintenance history of a fleet of locomotives created a definate pattern when these details were put to paper on a graph or spreadsheet. This pattern also revealed itself as the withdrawal of the Class 25 fleet speeded up with members of small groups of locomotives being withdrawn together as can be seen in some of the withdrawals here.

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Movements during November 1980 included:
25047, 25074, 25099 & 25116 as Springs Branch - Swindon starting out on November 21st 1980.

67 - 83 : December 1980
25002 & 25005 ED, 25006 & 25007 Su, 25010, 25011, 25028 HA, 25053, 25099, 25155, 25183, 25197, 25203 Su, 25216 CD, 25222 LO, 25232 ED & 25264 TO, December 1980
all withdrawn on December 1st 1980 except 25222 & 25264 on December 14th 1980 and 25216 on December 28th 1980.

Exactly four years after the Scottish Region retired its final Class 24s (December 1976) it would take out of service the final active Class 25/0s. Several of these had already been stored unserviceable, it was just a matter of finalising the paperwork to get them struck off the roster.

Glasgow Works had provided classified intermediate repairs for 25005/06/07 during the first half of 1979, 25002 had been at Glasgow Works June - October 1978, whilst I'm not certain when 25010 & 25011 received their last classified repairs. However 25010 was noted at Glasgow Works during April 1978 and 25011 visited Derby for minor attention during August 1978.

25002 broken up Swindon Works by April 1981.
25005 broken up Swindon Works by August 1981.
25006 broken up Swindon Works by July 1983.
25007 broken up Swindon Works by September 1982.
25010 broken up Swindon Works by May 1981.
25011 broken up Swindon Works by March 1981.
25028 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester by June 1987.
25053 broken up Swindon Works by November 1981.
25099 broken up Swindon Works by February 1981.
25155 broken up Swindon Works by September 1981.
25183 broken up Swindon Works by September 1981.
25197 broken up Swindon Works by March 1983.
25203 broken up Swindon Works by March 1982.
25216 broken up Derby Works by December 1982.
25222 broken up Swindon Works by December 1981.
25232 broken up Swindon Works by May 1983.
25264 broken up Swindon Works by June 1983.

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The elder statesment of the Class became 25027 following withdrawal of 25002.

The scrapping of the locomotives withdrawn during November & December 1980 clearly show the growing predominance of Swindon Works in the cutting up process and that on occasion some locomotives could escaped the scrappers torch for quite awhile, as in the case of 25028.

The withdrawal of 34 Class 25s in two months represented about 10% of the fleet, should the withdrawals have continued at this pace, this would have seen the entire Class withdrawn within a year.

84 - 85 : January 1981
25118 TO, 25261 BS SP
both withdrawn January 4th 1981

After the onslaught of November & December 1980, January 1981 proved to be mercifully quiet for the Class 25 fleet with only two examples withdrawn this month.

25118 broken up Swindon Works by August 1983.
25261 broken up Derby Works by December 1985 (by Vic Berry Ltd).

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Movements in January included 31289 hauling 25026, 25103, 25137 & 08027 as a Toton - Swindon movement on January 12th 1981.

86 - 97 : February 1981
25043 CD, 25046 & 25065 HA, 25094 TO, 25100 LO, 25114 CW, 25172 SP, 25217 CD, 25267 TO, 25273 BS, 25281 SP, 25293 CD
all withdrawn on February 1st 1981

After the brief respite in January the February withdrawals reached a dozen Class 25s.

At the time of its withdrawal 25094 was BR's most transferred diesel locomotive (28 moves) and had been allocated to depots on all of the regions. It started and ended its career essentially at the same depot - Toton.

25043 broken up Derby Works by August 1981.
25046 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester by June 1987.
25065 broken up Swindon Works by February 1982.
25094 broken up Derby Works by April 1982.
25100 broken up Swindon Works by February 1983.
25114 broken up Swindon Works by July 1981.
25172 broken up Swindon Works by May 1983.
25217 broken up Derby Works by January 1982.
25267 broken up Derby Works by February 1982.
25273 broken up Swindon Works by April 1982.
25281 broken up Swindon Works by May 1981.
25293 broken up Swindon Works by August 1981.

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Movements in February included:
25010, 25011, 25023 & 25087 as a Millerhill - Swindon on February 21st 1981, with 25010 hauling the job.
25216 from ? to Swindon on February 23rd 1981.
25055, 25100, 25122 & 25281 to Swindon on February 27th 1981 (25100 & 25281 ex Reddish, 25122 ex Newton Heath, 25055 ex?)

March 1981
Movements during March 1981 included:
25070, 25166, 25263 & 25293 from Crewe to Swindon on March 3rd 1981.
25002 & 25005 from Eastfield to Swindon on March 7th 1981 - this cleared Scotland of its last Class 25/0s and certainly confirmed that Swindon was at this time the central disposal point for BR's retired fleet of locomotives.
25112 & 25114 ? - Swindon on March 20rd 1981
25273 (& 08294?) ? - Swindon on March 23rd 1981
25264 ? - Swindon on March 27th 1981

April 1981
98 : April 1981
25107 TO withdrawn April 30th 1981

25107 broken up Swindon Works by September 1981.

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Movements during April 1981 included:
25172, 40017, 40137 & 40161 Kingmoor (?) - Swindon April 1st 1981, noted at Carlisle behind 25086 and noted at Kidderminster behind 31168.

99 - 100 : May 1981 (Part 1)
25241 ED withdrawn May 6th 1981
25082 HA withdrawn May 10th 1981

After the withdrawal of twelve machines in February it was fortunate that March and April saw only one retired. However withdrawals in May would again be high - see note below.

25082 broken up Swindon Works by January 1983.
25241 broken up Swindon Works by September 1981.

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A total of seven Class 25s were withdrawn in May, reported in two lots, the first lot includes the two featured above, the remaining five will appear on the next page.

Page added November 24th 2005.
Last updated October 21st 2017.

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