class 25 withdrawals
Class 25 Withdrawals - Part 2
from 156 to 300 (November 1982 - November 1986)

For this batch of locomotives the rate of withdrawal quickened somewhat, it had taken eighteen months to retire the 101st - 150th Class 25, the following fifty would take only nine months to complete.

As detailed on the previous page November 1982 had proved to be a disastrous month for the Class 25's with twelve withdrawn, eight featured on the previous page, the remaining four opening up this page.

151 - 155 : November 1982
(25093 BS, 25139 & 25143 TO, 25177, 25179 & 25180 CW, 25186 TO, 25187 LO see previous page for these.)
25126 & 25214 CD, 25248 & 25270 TO, 25304 CD
all withdrawn November 28th 1982

This batch of machines included the first build of the series three (25/3) and examples from Beyer Peacock.

(Page undergoing reconstruction, these withdrawals featured on the previous page.)

157 - 164 : December 1982
25130 CW withdrawn December 6th 1982
25067 CW & 25260 BS withdrawn December 13th 1982
25131 CW withdrawn December 19th 1982
25036 BS, 25062 KD, 25132 LO & 25134 BS withdrawn December 20th 1982

December proved to be almost as bad as November with eight Class 25s retired. This considerable fallout was due to a major reshuffle of LMR locomotives, particuluarly involving Classes 25 & 40, with a large transfer of locomotives from Springs Branch to Crewe.

As mentioned on a previous page, as the ordered withdrawals of the Class 25s occurred there were occasionally batches of sequentially numbered locomotive withdrawn at the same time. This is clearly obvious in these December withdrawals as 25130, 25131, 25132 & 25134 were taken out of service. 25135 was retired in January 1983 and 25136 in February.

These withdrawals also marked the point where the active fleet was now numerically less than the total of withdrawn Class 25s.

For the purposes of this page the withdrawal of 25131 is recorded here. After withdrawal it would be reinstated to Toton under the guise of 97202, but was never again used in revenue earning service. In January 1984 it was transferred back to capital stock as 25131 but then promptly withdrawn!

25036 broken up Swindon Works during June 1985.
25062 broken up Swindon Works during April 1985.
25067 preserved.
25130 broken up Swindon Works during January 1987.
25131 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25132 broken up Swindon Works during November 1984.
25134 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25260 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.

163/164.

165 - 166 : January 1983
25101 & 25135 BS
both withdrawn January 16th 1983

After the heavy inroads made in November & December to the Class 25 fleet it came as a small relief to see only two retired in January 1983, with both examples taken from the Bescot allocation. February proved to be an even quiter month than January - no Class 25s were withdrawn!

25101 broken up Swindon Works during November 1985.
25135 broken up Swindon Works during August 1986.

161/166.

February 1983

There were no Class 25 retirements during this month.

Movements during February 1983 included:
25093, 25248, 40055 & 40186 Crewe - Derby February 3rd 1983 with the Class 40's forwarded on to Doncaster
25318 Toton - Bescot February 3rd 1983, then Bescot - Blackburn - Carlisle - Glasgow February 9th - 22nd 1983.

167 - 171 : March 1983
25233 LO withdrawn March 13th 1983
25314 CW & 25319 CD withdrawn March 20th 1983
25075 CW withdrawn March 27th 1983
25136 CW withdrawn March 28th 1983

Withdrawals picked up in March, of the five withdrawn three came from Cricklewood depot, whilst three (25233, 25314 & 25319) were dual braked.

25075 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25136 broken up Swindon Works during September 1986.
25233 broken up Swindon Works during May 1985.
25314 broken up M C Metals, Glasgow during August 1994.
25319 broken up Swindon Works during December 1985.

156/171.

Movements during March 1983 included:
25056 9Z84 Tinsley - Toton March 9th 1983, using wheel skates.

172 - 177 : April 1983
25153 CD withdrawn April 3rd 1983
25219 CD withdrawn April 6th 1983
25144 BS withdrawn April 18th 1983
25033 CD, 25050 CW & 25317 CD withdrawn April 25th 1983

April continued the trend set in March, another six biting the dust from a variety of depots, three of which were dual brake fitted (25033, 25050 & 25317). Included in this bunch were two involved in a collision with each other (25033 & 25050), and regrettably the 1,000th diesel locomotive constructed at Derby Locomotive Works (25317) - fame would not save that machine.

25033 broken up Vic Berry at Etches Park during March 1986.
25050 broken up Swindon Works during March 1985.
25144 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25153 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during July 1987.
25219 broken up Swindon Works during February 1987.
25317 broken up Swindon Works during April 1986.

150/177.

178 - 183 : May 1983
25123 CD withdrawn May 1st 1983
25027 CD withdrawn May 9th 1983
25090 BS, 25158 & 25168 CD withdrawn May 22nd 1983
25167 CD withdrawn May 29th 1983

May brought a considerable number of transfers to the Class 31 & 37 fleets, no doubt having some impact on the six Class 25s withdrawn during this month. Included in this batch was the elder statesman of the Class - 25027, this honour would now pass to 25032. Of interest perhaps also was the withdrawals of 25167 & 25168, delivered together back in December 1964 their allocation histories were very similar, especially in their later years. After withdrawal they would make their final journey to Swindon together and be cut up during the same month, April 1984.

25027 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25090 broken up Swindon Works during February 1985.
25123 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25158 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25167 broken up Swindon Works during April 1984.
25168 broken up Swindon Works during April 1984.

144/183.

184 - 186 : June 1983
25215 CD withdrawn June 19th 1983
25113 & 25227 CD withdrawn June 26th 1983

June brought three more withdrawals, all from Crewe depot. Unlike the earlier withdrawals these three machines would not linger long in a withdrawn state, they were smartly marched off to Swindon, with all three broken up by year's end.

25113 broken up Swindon Works during October 1983.
25215 broken up Swindon Works during October 1983.
25227 broken up Swindon Works during December 1983.

141/186.

Movements during June 1983 included:
25314, 25319, 40007 & 40019 Crewe - Derby June 23rd 1983 with the Class 40's going forward to Doncaster.
25317 Crewe - Toton - Derby June 28th - July 3rd 1983.

187 - 188 : July 1983
25247 CD withdrawn July 24th 1983
25305 BS withdrawn July 31st 1983

Two withdrawals in July, one definately a milestone of sorts in the shape of 25247, the last diesel locomotive built at Darlington Works. The other, unremarkable at first, would be converted into an ETHEL and have an existance into the 1990s.

25247 broken up Swindon Works during November 1983.
25305 broken up M C Metals, Glasgow during August 1994 (as 97251).

139/188.

189 - 194 : August 1983
25146 KD withdrawn August 7th 1983
25164 CD withdrawn August 21st 1983
25079 LO, 25133 KD, 25184 LO, 25240 CD withdrawn August 28th 1983

Not even the extra summer traffic could halt the withdrawal of six Class 25s, from a variety of depots during August.

25079 broken up Swindon Works during December 1983.
25133 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25146 broken up Swindon Works during April 1985.
25164 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25184 broken up Swindon Works during February 1984.
25240 broken up Swindon Works during December 1983.

133/194.

195 - 196 : September 1983
25243 CW withdrawn September 11th 1983
25253 CD withdrawn September 25th 1983

Two withdrawals came in September, one unfortunately after the locomotive sustained fire damage. 25243 was disposed of very quickly, having been withdrawn in the middle of September 1983 it was been scrapped at Swindon during January 1984.

25243 broken up Swindon Works during January 1984.
25253 broken up Swindon Works during October 1985.

131/196.

Movements during September included:
25033 Birkenhead - Derby September 21st - 23rd 1983
25079 ? - Swindon September 29th 1983.

197 - 201 : October 1983
25115 CW withdrawn October 3rd 1983
25086 CD & 25106 KD withdrawn October 9th 1983
25308 TO withdrawn October 16th 1983
25124 CW withdrawn October 20th 1983

The withdrawals in October increased slightly, covering locomotives allocated to four depots. 25106 was another Class 25 to be disposed of quickly, being retired during October 1983 and scrapped at Swindon during February 1984.

25086 broken up Swindon Works during March 1986.
25106 broken up Swindon Works during February 1984.
25115 broken up Swindon Works during December 1985.
25124 broken up Swindon Works during December 1986.
25308 broken up Swindon Works during November 1984.

126/201.

Movements during October 1983 included:
25106 Springs Branch - Swindon October 28th - November 16th 1983
25243 Bletchley - Acton - Swindon October 31st - November 8th 1983.

202 - 203 : November 1983
25097 TO withdrawn November 13th 1983
25120 CD withdrawn November 27th 1983

During 1983 the withdrawals of the Class 25s had remained fairly constant, November would see just two withdrawn.

25097 broken up Swindon Works during January 1985.
25120 broken up Swindon Works during May 1984.

124/203.

204 - 209 : December 1983
25138 CD, 25301 CD, 25320 LO withdrawn December 11th 1983
25069 CW, 25084 KD, 25140 KD withdrawn December 18th 1983

December 1983 would see an increased number of Class 25s withdrawn, an ominous sign also was the transfer to Cricklewood of a number of Class 31s, not a good sign for the future of the Class 25s in the London area.

25069 broken up Swindon Works during June 1986.
25084 broken up Swindon Works during July 1986.
25138 broken up Swindon Works during November 1986.
25140 broken up Swindon Works during October 1986.
25301 broken up Swindon Works during August 1984.
25320 broken up Swindon Works during June 1985.

118/209.

210 - 214 : January 1984
25049 CD withdrawn January 8th 1984
25289 BS withdrawn January 17th 1984
25117 CW withdrawn January 22nd 1984
25152 CW withdrawn January 26th 1984
25221 LO withdrawn January 31st 1984

January 1984 proved to be even more challenging than the previous month with Class 25s falling by the wayside from many LMR depots. Included in these withdrawals were 25316 & 25322 which would be reinstated later in the year, so are not recorded here. Also not recorded here was the renumbering of 97202 back to 25131, since it was then promptly withdrawn, being recorded when it was first retired.

25049 broken up Swindon Works during June 2985.
25117 broken up Swindon Works during May 1984.
25152 broken up Swindon Works during January 1985.
25221 broken up Swindon Works during December 1986.
25289 broken up Swindon Works during October 1984.

113/214.

Movements during January 1984 included:
25228 & 25277 Willesden - Derby January 25th 1984.

215 : February 1984
25327 BS

February marked the beginning of a period where Class 25 withdrawals fell to a minimum. Two were taken out of service in February, but one of them, 25257 was later reinstated so it is recorded elsewhere. The other withdrawal was significant, that of 25327 - the last diesel locomotive built at Derby Works, with an operational life of about seventeen years.

25327 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.

112/215.

Movements during February 1984 included:
25289 Toton - Bescot February 8th 1984.
25097, 25186, 25308 & 08153 Chester- Swindon February 10th 1984 (25097 from Bescot, 25186 & 25308 from Crewe, the 08 from Chester!)
25117 Cricklewood - Acton - Swindon February 9th - 14th 1984
25120, 25152, 25167, 25168 Springs Branch - Swindon February 9th - 15th 1984 (25120 from Springs Branch, the rest from Crewe).

216 : March 1984
25228 LO

Another quiet month with just one Class 25 retired.

25228 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.

111/216.

Movements during March 1984 included:
25316 Doncaster depot - Toton March 21st 1984
25289 Bescot - Gloucester - Swindon March 20th - 21st 1984
25257 & 08019 Bletchley - Toton March 28th 1984
25104, 25124 & 46016 Crewe - Bescot - Swindon March 28th 1984 (46016 from Bescot)
25132, 25135, 25136, 25143 Crewe - Gloucester March 29th 1984.

217 : April 1984
25277 BS

Just one Class 25 was withdrawn in April, though this was balanced by the return to service of 25316 to Longsight. 25277 was hit by some empty coaching stock at Euston on November 25th 1983 and was moved to Willesden before being sent to Derby Locomotive Works.

25277 broken up Swindon Works during September 1985.

110/217.

Movements during April 1984 included:
25301 Bletchley - Bescot - Gloucester April 13th 1984

218 - 220 : May 1984
25208 LO & 25242 CD withdrawn May 4th 1984
25250 CD withdrawn May 13th 1984

The pace picked up a little during May with three Class 25s withdrawn, though this was offset by the return to service of 25322 to Bescot.

25208 broken up Vic Berry, Leicester during June 1987.
25242 broken up Swindon Works during November 1984.
25250 broken up Swindon Works during January 1985.

107/220.

June 1984
Movements during June 1984 included:
25177, 08550, 40092 as 9Z28 Stratford - Swindon June 5th - 14th 1984
25157 Carlisle - Ashburys - Bescot June 14th - 15th 1984
25126, 25134, 25158 & 25208 Newton Heath - Swindon June 25th 1984
25130, 25141, 25179 & 25188 Springs Branch - Swindon June 27th 1984
25242 & 25250 Crewe - Swindon June 29th - July 7th 1984

221 : July 1984
25083 CD

There were no withdrawals in June and just one in July, that of 25083 which would by tenuous means escape the scrappers torch. 25257 was returned to service during July.

25083 preserved.

106/221.

Movements during July 1984 included:
25067, 25101, 25157 & 25187 Wolverhampton - Bescot - Swindon, July 6th - 11th 1984 (only 25067 from Wolverhampton)
25131, 25144 & 25153 Toton - Cricklewood - Swindon July 10th - 12th 1984 (only 25131 from Toton)
25056, 25090, 25115 & 25139 Toton - Gloucester July 10th 1984
25056 & 25090 Gloucester - Swindon July 10th - 12th 1984
25115 & 25139 Gloucester - Swindon July 24th 1984

221 - 226 : November 1984
25185 CD & 25239 CD withdrawn November 5th 1984
25076 KD, 25193 CD, 25207 BS withdrawn November 12th 1984
25161 CD withdrawn November 28th 1984

August, September & October saw the Class 25 fleet remain intact, elsewhere however the Classes 40/45/46 saw their numbers reduced. November would bring the end to the Class 46's in revenue earning service and saw six Class 25's taken out of service and would be the start of a period of increased withdrawals for the Class.

Passenger duty for 25076 & 25095 at Crewe, date unknown. 25076 was dumped for a short while at Bescot prior to removal to Swindon late in March 1985. It would linger here until broken up during August 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
7511 & 7513 at Cardiff? date unknown. 25161 ended its days dumped at Toton before moving to Swindon late in February 1985. It survived here long enough to join the locomotives that were transferred to Vic Berry's Leicester, and was broken up there during March 1988.
Photographer not known
A reasonably smart looking 25185 is seen at Thornaby on June 15th 1980. After withdrawal at Toton 25185 became a training locomotive for the depot, once this duty was over it was quickly acquired for preservation and moved to South Devon under its own power on February 13/14th 1986 for a bright future.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
25193 heads south near Syston Junction, May 6th 1980. This locomotive's retirement history is a mirror to that of 7511 (25161) above, only it met its demise at Leicester alittle earlier, during November 1987.
25207 at Toton, date unknown, it would be at Toton when its working career ended. And its final movements mirrored that of 25161 & 25193 above, with Vic Berry cutting up 25207 during March 1988.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25239 & 25006 along with many others at Eastfield, date unknown. 25239 ended its days at Kingmoor, making the long move south to Swindon between March 20th & April 2nd 1985, then lingering about a year at Swindon before being cut up there during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during November 1984 included:
25123 ? - Swindon November 14th 1984

227 - 228 : December 1984
25236 KD withdrawn December 5th 1984
25258 CD withdrawn December 21st 1984

Withdrawals decreased slightly in December, however the transfers made in December left no Class 25's at Cricklewood.

Looks like a snowy day at Speke Junction on January 25th 1979 with 25236 and some Class 40's awaiting their next turn of duty. 25236 moved from Crewe to Swindon in the latter half of February 1985. Swindon would break up 25236 during November 1986.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
25258 at Manchester Victoria on August 3rd 1984. Like 25239 (above) this machine ended its days dumped at Kingmoor and would make the journey with 25239 & 25140 to Swindon, with Swindon cutting 25258 up during December 1985.
Photograph courtesy J Davenport.

229 - 233 : January 1985
25251 CD withdrawn January 16th 1985
25182 CD & 25284 CD withdrawn January 21st 1985
25326 CD withdrawn January 23rd 1985
25218 KD withdrawn January 28th 1985

If January was a bad month for the Class 25 withdrawals with six taken out of service (five from Crewe depot), it was considerably worse for the Class 40's with fourteen withdrawn.

Well no surprise its Manchester Victoria again, now ith 25182 front and center! 25182 would end its service life dumped at Toton, by the end of March 1985 it was off to Swindon where the cutters did their job on 25182 six months later in September 1985.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25218 with 25208 on October 21st 1978 on railtour duty at Derby. This machine survived a trip to Swindon during May 1980 to recieve a replacement cab after sustaining damage at Stonebridge Park on March 19th 1980. 25218's final trip to Swindon took place in March 1985 after a short period dumped at Bescot. Remarkably 25218 did not linger long at Swindon, by May 1985 the cutters had done their job.
A fine view of 25251 at Springs Branch. After three months dumped at Crewe 25251 moved south to Swindon late in March 1985. It took awhile for Swindon to finish off 25251, not until December 1986 did the end finally come.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Well the rain is certainly coming down here on 25284 at March on January 2nd 1982. Crewe was the location where 25284 was taken out of service, three months later at the end of March 1985 it was off to Swindon, where the end came in October 1986.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A misty September 6th 1981 finds 25326 parked at Bletchley. This locomotive would end its working career in the London area, dumped at Cricklewood. Early May 1985 found it on the move to Swindon, where it was cut up during Februasry 1986.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

234 - 235 : February 1985
25306 CD withdrawn February 25th 1985
25234 CD withdrawn February 28th 1985

Two more Class 25's fell by the wayside in February, both from Crewe depot.

25234 at Crewe? 25234 is reported as being withdrawn due to its general poor condition, that it survived a visit to Derby Works in October 1984 is therefore quite remarkable! It moved to Swindon late in July 1985, then on to Vic Berry's Leicester where it was scrapped in June 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Manchester Victoria again, but this time a rather unusual movement with 25306 hauling a SR electric multiple unit from Horwich, perhaps. 25306 was dumped at Cricklewood until early in May 1985 when it moved to Swindon, it survived its stay here, moving to Vic Berry's, Leicester for its final demise in February 1988.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during February 1985 included:
25050/062, 25129/133/146, 25220/233/274/294 as the 9X12 Derby - Swindon on February 3rd - 4th 1985
25036/049, 25150, 25228/253/277, 25304/317/320 as the 9X12 Derby - Swindon February 4th - 5th 1985
25084, 25086 & 25270 Newton Heath - Swindon February 19th 1985
25069, 25221, 25236 & 25318 Springs Branch - Swindon February 20th - 21st 1985 (25236 & 25318 from Crewe only)
25161, 25193 & 25207 Toton - Gloucester - Swindon February 21st - 25th 1985

236 - 238 : March 1985
25235 CD withdrawn March 13th 1985
25298 CD withdrawn March 19th 1985
25154 BS withdrawn March 27th 1985

Three Class 25's were taken out of service during March.

25154 out of service at Tyseley? It ended its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during July 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25235, somewhere, some day. 25235 would of course reach preservation, hooray!
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
Happy days at Warrington on April 7th 1984 with 25298 and a dmu in tow. Taken out of service at Crewe it moved during February 1986 to Doncaster Works for breaking. This occurred in October 1986, with 25298 being the last Class 25 to be broken up at Doncaster Works.
Photograph courtesy J Davenport.

Movements during March 1985 included:
25027, 25180 & 25275 Tyseley - Swindon March 22nd - 25th 1985 (25027 from Saltley)
25076, 25182, 25218 & 08095 Toton - Bescot - Swindon March 25th - 27th (25076 & 25218 from Bescot only)
25140, 25239, 25258 & 08599 Carlisle - Bescot - Swindon March 20th - April 3rd 1985 (08599 from Bescot)
25251, 25284 & 25327 Crewe - Swindon, March 26th - April 2nd 1985

239 - 241 : April 1985
25178 CD & 25256 CD withdrawn April 1st 1985
25210 CD withdrawn April 30th 1985

Another three were taken out of service during April, including 25256 which had received its last classified repair some ten years earlier!

25178 at Birkenhead. This locomotive was initially stored at Kingmoor and finally ended its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester almost four years later during March 1989
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25210 possibly at Birmingham New Street. After a period dumped at Crewe the locomotive moved to Doncaster Works during January 1986, and was broken up a short while later in April 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25256 in the sun, somewhere, maybe Crewe? Initially dumped at Crewe it moved to Doncaster late in January 1986, two months later it headed south to Swindon Works where it was finally cut up during October 1986.
Photograph courtesy ??.

242 - 244 : May 1985
25054 CD, 25212 CD, 25229 CD
all withdrawn May 12th 1985

The transfers made during May left no Class 25's at Longsight, the three withdrawals this month were all from Crewe depot.

25054 at Stockport with one of the Hadfield line electric multiple units. Crewe became the dumping ground for the withdrawn 25054, it was moved to Doncaster Works late in January 1986 and broken up there in September 1986.
Photograph courtesy ??
A scene from the not too distant past with 25212 at Derby on July 30th 1976. After withdrawal 25212 was stored at Crewe until called to Vic Berry's, Leicester where it was broken up during July 1987.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
A very damp night at Crewe finds 25229 on parcels duty. 25229 would spend eight months dumped at Crewe before moving to Doncaster Works late in January 1986, where it would be broken up during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Andrew Walker.

Movements during May 1985 included:
25075, 25219, 25306 & 25326 Cricklewood - Swindon May 3rd - 14th 1985

245 - 251 : June 1985
25226 CD & 25237 CD withdrawn June 10th 1985 CD
25119 CD, 25195 CD, 25302 CD withdrawn June 14th 1985
25194 CD withdrawn June 17th 1985
25245 CD withdrawn June 25th 1985

Seven Class 25s bit the dust in June 1985, all from Crewe depot, at this rate of withdrawal the remaining members of the Class would all be gone by April 1986, fortunately this would not be the case.

25119 at Buxton on March 11th 1979. 25119 was retired to surrender its power unit to 25057, after storage at Crewe it moved to Doncaster in the middle of April 1986 and was broken up there during July 1986.
25194 & 25151 at Newton Heath. 25194 was used at Shrewsbury early in October 1985 as part of an emergency services exercise. After this it was moved to Bescot at the end of August 1986 and remained here for almost eight years. In April 1994 it was taken by road to MC Metals Glasgow and broken up there during May 1994.
Photograph courtesy ??
25195 in Watford Yard on April 21st 1985. 25195 surrendered its power unit to 25205 and its bogies to 25262. Storage took place at Toton, then it was off to Doncaster Works early in March 1986. It was later removed to Goole and then sent on to Vic Berry's, Leicester for breaking up during December 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Hammond
25226 at Haymarket on June 11th 1976. With exactly nine years left in service from the date of this view 25226 will end its days dumped at Crewe. In the middle of April 1986 it'll be moved to Doncaster Works where it will be broken up during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
25237 at Crewe, date unknown. After eight months stored at Crewe 25237 was moved to Doncaster Works during February 1986 and broken up there during April 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25245 at Crewe, date unknown. Like many others withdrawn at this time 25245 would be dumped at Crewe, linger here for awhile and then be dispatched for breaking up, in the case of 25245 it remained at Crewe until the middle of April 1986 when it was moved to Doncaster Works and broken up here during September 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
It is perhaps fitting to end this section with a view of 25302 at Hellifield on June 14th 1985, on one of its very last workings prior to withdrawal at Kingmoor. It is believed to have surrendered its power unit to 25323 and its bogies to 25321. It would reach Doncaster in the middle of March 1986 and be broken up there during June 1986.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker

252 - 253 : July 1985
25044 KD withdrawn July 9th 1985
25189 KD withdrawn July 12th 1985

The rate of withdrawals during the first half of 1985 mercifully slowed down during the summer months, July and August amounted to only three Class 25's taken out of service.

25044 and an unidentified Class 27 at Millerhill on June 22nd 1980. 25044 ended its days at Springs Branch, remaining here until the middle of April 1986 when it moved via Crewe to Doncaster and ended its days there during July 1986.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
A fine portrait of 25189, date & location not known. Crewe would be where 25189 was taken out of service - it remained here for six months prior to movement to Doncaster, where it was broken up during May 1986.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson

Movements during July 1985 included:
25093, 25105/164, 25234/248/260, 25312/319 as the 9X12 17.05 Derby - Swindon on July 23rd 1985 hauled by 45060.

254 : August 1985
25231 CD

25231 at Speke Junction on April 5th 1983. 25231 clearly displays all the details of being last outshopped at Glasgow, for an intermediate in December 1979. By August 1985 it is out of service at Crewe and would come to a final end at Vic Berry's Leicester during April 1987.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.

255 - 257 : September 1985
25080 CD withdrawn September 2nd 1985
25051 CD withdrawn September 18th 1985
25078 CD withdrawn September 22nd 1985

The pace picked up a little during September with three Crewe allocated machines being taken out of service. During October the renumbering of twelve Class 25's into the 25/9 series was completed. There were no withdrawals in November.

25051 date & place not recorded. 25051 ended its working career at Kingmoor, it would remain here for eighteen months prior to movement to Vic Berry's, Leicester during March 1987. The locomotive was broken up by month end, but its bogies were returned for re-use under 97252.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
5228 at Crewe, date unknown. 25078 would be the last serviceable locomotive to leave Reddish Depot - April 30th 1983, prior to its closure. After storage at Toton 25078 moved to Doncaster during March 1986, but was later stored at Goole prior to movement to Vic Berry's, Leicester and scrapping there during May 1987.
Photographer not known.
25080 at Nuneaton on July 2nd 1981 working the T43 job to Bescot. 25080 would eventually be retired with a main generator fault. It was initially stored at Toton and would linger until June 1993 when the end finally came at MC Metals, Glasgow during June 1993.

258 - 267 : December 1985
25257, 25287, 25300 all CD, withdrawn December 3rd 1985
25072 & 25175 all CD withdrawn December 5th 1985
25060 & 25064 all CD withdrawn December 9th 1985
25209 CD withdrawn December 17th 1985
25324 & 25325 all CD withdrawn December 24th 1985

After several relatively quiet months there would be no Christmas joy for the Class 25 fleet, ten were taken out of service in December, all allocated to Crewe.

25060 stands alongside the old steam shed at Northwich on July 8th 1983. 25060 has just celebrated its 20th anniversary.
25064 passes through Bolton, date unknown. This would be another machine to be taken out of service at Crewe, then eventually moved to Vic Berry's, Leicester for cutting up during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Malcolm Roughley
25072 makes a fine sight in Derby Works on February 6th 1982. 25072 would be taken out of service at Leicester, but would have a brighter future than most as it reached preservation early in 1988.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
25175 & 25034 at Swindon Works on the 'Llandore Lodger/Swindon Ambassador' railtour on September 21st 1985. Another casualty to end its days at Crewe prior to making the final trip to Vic Berry's, Leicester, being broken up there during April 1987.
Photograph courtesy Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.
25209 at Toton on the 'down' side, date unknown. This was another Class 25 that would spend a great deal of time withdrawn, it would be broken up at MC Metals, Glasgow during March 1992.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25257 & 47189 at Springs Branch on a damp March 23rd 1985. 25257 was taken out of service at Toton, then moved to Doncaster early in March 1986. During the summer of 1986 it was moved to Goole for storage before heading off to Vic Berry's, Leicester for scrapping during January 1987.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker
A clean looking 25287 date & location unknown. 25287's movements follow the path taken by 25257 (above), with scrapping taking place at Vic Berry's, Leicester in February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson
25300 passes Carnforth on June 17th 1980. Endings its working days at Kingmoor it would move south to Doncaster during February/March 1986 and would be cut up there during June 1986.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover
25324 at Speke Junction on August 23rd 1981. 25324 sustained collision damage in the London area and was initially dumped at Willesden. It journey'd north to Crewe during March 1986, followed by the inevitable trip to Vic Berry's, Leicester when the end came during October 1987.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection of Neil Johnson.
25325 at Toton on March 23rd 1985. 25325 was taken out of service at Leeds Holbeck and was moved to Kingmoor for storage. It's last trip was to Glasgow late in November 1988, where it was broken up by MC Metals durings February 1989.
Photograph courtesy Phillip Moore

268 : January 1986
25145 KD

The beginning of 1986 brought a brief respite with just one Class 25 withdrawn, one of the few remaining allocated to Kingmoor.

25145, date & location unknown. 25145 was the first locomotive to be withdrawn during 1986, being retired at Crewe with multiple defects. It would end its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during May 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during January 1986 include:
25300 & 25302 Carlisle - Springs Branch January 20th 1986
25060, 25189, 37004 & 37203 as the 9Z34 10.30am Crewe Depot - Doncaster Works January 21st 1986
25210, 25237 & 25298 as the 9Z38 10.20am Crewe Gresty Lane - Doncaster Works January 23rd 1986
25054, 25229 & 25256 as the 9Z38 10.20am Crewe Gresty Lane - Doncaster Works January 24th 1986
25072 Leicester - Toton January 27th 1986

269 - 273 : February 1986
25200 KD withdrawn February 10th 1986
25048, 25089, 25198, 25303 all CD withdrawn February 24th 1986

The pace picked up in February - if this pace had continued the entire fleet would have been gone by year's end.

25048 at Longsight presumably about 1975. It would be condemned at Crewe during a 'B' exam. Vic Berry, Leicester would break up 25048 during April 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25089 at Manchester Victoria, date unknown. The locomotive carries no data panel or builders plate. It too would be withdrawn at Crewe whilst undergoing a 'B' exam and would end its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during October 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
An interesting view of 25198 and brake van at York on a chilly November 20th 1981. 25198 was taken out of service at Bletchley, was moved to Crewe and then on to Vic Berry's, Leicester, being cut up during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
25200, 47150 & 47069 at Ladywell Sidings, Preston on Sunday July 21st 1985. 25200 was the last Class 25 to visit Derby Works, being condemned there with extensive power unit damage, though it did surrender its bogies to 25190. It would be removed to Vic Berry's, Leicester and be broken up there during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker.
25303 northbound at Church Fenton on September 2nd 1978. After storage at Crewe 25303 moved to Vic Berry's, Leicester and was broken up there during March 1986.

274 - 279 : March 1986
25032 CD & 25282 CD withdrawn March 10th 1986
25196 KD & 25285 CD withdrawn March 17th 1986
25311 CD withdrawn March 19th 1986
25206 CD withdrawn March 21st 1986

Six more bit the dust in March, including the elder statesman of the class - 25032. This honour would now pass to 25034.

25032 at Manchester Victoria, date unknown. 25032 was taken out of service at Holbeck and then moved to Toton. It ended its days at Vic Berry's Leicester during December 1988.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25196, 20021 & 20022 at Tinsley on November 20th 1983. Another one of many Class 25's to end their days at Crewe, then making its final move to Vic Berrys' Leicester, being broken up there during July 1988.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
A wonderful view of 25206 at Birkenhead, date unknown. Ending its days at Bescot it spent four years dumped there prior to moving to Doncaster Works to donate parts for D7672. From there it was on to MC Metals, Glasgow where it was broken up during June 1995.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25282, 31153 & 31275 at Thornaby on June 28th 1981. After storage at Crewe it moved to Vic Berry's, Leicester and was broken up there during February 1989.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
25285 at Edge Hill on a misty, damp day during October 1984. 25285 followed the route of many others, storage at Crewe then movement to Vic Berry's, Leicester, where it was cut up during October 1987.
Photograph collection of Ian Hammond.
25311, somewhere, sometime. After storage at Crewe 25311 moved on to Vic Berry's, Leicester, but was not cut up quickly, it lingered here until March 1989.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

Movements during March 1986 included:
25078, 25195, 25257 & 25287 as the 9Z34 Toton - Doncaster Works March 3rd 1986
25300 & 25302 Springs Branch - Healey Mills March 20th 1986
25214 & 25256 as the 9Z33 Doncaster - Gloucester - Swindon on March 20th - 21st 1986

280 : April 1986
25269 KD

April brought a little relief, just one withdrawn.

25269 awaits its next turn of duty at Bletchley on September 29th 1981. When withdrawn this was a Carlisle allocated locomotive, but it still ended up stored at Crewe. Vic Berry finished it off at Leicester during March 1987.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

Movements during April 1986 included:
25044 Springs Branch - Warrington April 15th 1986
25044, 25119, 25226 & 25245 as the 9Z34 Crewe - Warrington - Doncaster Works on April 16th 1986 ( 25044 attached from Warrington)

281 - 284 : May 1986
25042 CD & 25224 CD withdrawn May 8th 1986
25192 CD withdrawn May 9th 1986
25205 KD withdrawn May 12th 1986

May brought the demise of the last vacuum braked only example, 25042.

25042 & 25161 at Stoke on Trent on August 11th 1984. This was the last vacuum braked Class 25 to remain in service, it was withdrawn surplus to requirements, in full working order. It would end its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during October 1987.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.
7542 date & location unknown. Vic Berry's, Leicester would cut up 25192 during July 1987.
Photograph courtesy ??.
25205 date & location unknown. 25205 was used in Sulzer publicity to promote its 6LDA28B power unit during the mid 1960's. It would end its days at Bescot where after a lengthy stay it was shipped off to MC Metals, Glasgow where it surrendered many parts prior to breaking up during June 1995.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25224 in the rain at Crewe Station, date unknown. It was withdrawn due to power unit & collision damage, ending up dumped at Crewe. The locomotive was broken up at Vic Berry's, Leicester during February 1987.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

285 : June 1986
25211 CD

The summer months brought a reduction in the withdrawal rate, just one fell by the wayside.

25211 approaches Manchester Victoria on May 18th 1983. This was another of the small group of Class 25's that would spend a great length of time dumped at Bescot. It ended its days at MC Metals, Glasgow during July 1995.
Photograph courtesy Jerry Glover.

286 - 288 : July 1986
25095 CD, 25202 CD, 25244 CD
all withdrawn July 28th 1986

July brought the end for the unmistakeable 25095, one of three Class 25s withdrawn this month.

Its definately a rainy, misty March 18th 1986 at Blaenau Ffestiniog as 25095 waits for the run back to Llandudno Junction. After withdrawal it was stored at Crewe before making the last trip to Vic Berry's, Leicester - it ended up on the infamous stack of locomotives, eventually being broken up during January 1989.
Photograph courtesy John Powell.
A snowy day at Guide Bridge finds 25202 in charge of a train of limestone filled hoppers. After being dumped at Etches Park 25202 was noted at Stratford Works during July 1987 for brake testing. It eventually returned north and ended up at Vic Berry's, Leicester where it was broken up during April 1989.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
A work weary 25244 somewhere, sometime. 25244 was withdrawn due to fire damage at Crewe. It made the expected trip to Vic Berry's, Leicester but fortunately left there after being purchased for preservation.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

289 - 291 : August 1986
25230 CD withdrawn August 6th 1986
25181 CD withdrawn August 11th 1986
25259 CD withdrawn August 21st 1986

August also was a quiet month, though one of the three casualties choose its demise on a railtour to the Southern Region, a place from which it never returned.

25181 date and location unknown. 25181 ended up being broken up by Vic Berry's, not at its Leicester yard but at Eastleigh depot during July 1988, the locomotive having failed on a railtour at Ludgershall on July 27th 1986 and dragged to Eastleigh for storage.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
A fine view of 7580 on passenger working presumably somewhere on the Highland main line. 25230 would be the last Darlington built Class 25/2 in service and ended its days at Vic Berry's, Leicester during October 1987.
Photograph collection of Ian Hammond.
25259 in a line of locomotives at Guide Bridge on March 26th 1983. 25259 ended up dumped at Bescot, it would remain here for almost nine years before moving to MC Metals, Glasgow for scrapping. It would provide many parts for preserved 25283 prior to scrapping during June 1995.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.

Movements during August 1986 include:
25060/078, 25195, 25257/287 Doncaster Works - Goole Docks, sometime during August - as one movement?

292 - 298 : September 1986
25254 CD withdrawn September 4th 1986
25905 KD, 25909 KD, 25911 KD withdrawn September 13th 1986
25907 KM withdrawn September 18th 1986
25266 CD withdrawn September 19th 1986
25321 CD withdrawn September 29th 1986

September was not a good month, it included the first examples of the Class 25/9 subset, the hoped for traffic levels for this small batch did not fully materialise and the most mechanically challenged of the batch became the first casualties.

25254 at the Test House, Derby Works on April 24th 1982.
Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
25266 & 54344 at Rhyl on December 18th 1985. 25266 ended its active service at Carlisle, it was eventually moved south to Vic Berry's, Leicester, but would linger here until broken up during January 1989.
Photograph courtesy John Powell.
25321 at Preston June 29th 1985 with a train of oil tanks. This locomotive was taken out of service at Crewe, but by year's end was in the hands of the Research Department, Derby. It would later be sold into preservation to the Derby Industrial museum.
Photograph courtesy Stephen Houlker.
25286 (25905) date & location unknown. After withdrawal 25905 surrendered its power unit to 97252. It was moved to Glasgow Works during November 1988 and was broken by MC Metals, Glasgow during February 1989.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.
25297 (25907) southbound at Warrington on September 13th 1983. 25907 ended its days at Springs Branch before removal to Vic Berry's, Leicester when it was broken up during June 1989.
Photograph courtesy ??.
A work stained 7659 (later 25309 & 25909) date & location unknown. 25909 ended its days at Carlisle Kingmoor, before visiting Vic Berry, Leicester for asbestos removal prior to reaching preservation.
Photographer not known.
25316 (25911) date & location unknown. 25316 was retired twice, the first time in February 1984, but later reinstated two months later to Longsight. It was finally retired with a defective main generator. Vic Berry would cut up 25911 at Leicester during March 1989.
Photograph courtesy Ian Mawson.

299 : October 1986
25906 KM

Another Class 25/9 succumbed, the only Class 25 taken out of service in October.

25296 (25906) at Chesterfield on June 29th 1979. In a couple of months it'll be at Glasgow Works for its final general repair. The following year it would be part of the Rainhill exhibition. 25906 was broken up at Vic Berry's, Leicester during December 1987.
Photograph courtesy J Davenport.

Movements during October 1986 include:
25060, 25078, 25195 & 25257 Goole - Tinsley - Leicester for Vic Berry October 29th - 30th 1986
25287, 45016 & 45075 Goole - Tinsley - Leicester for Vic Berry October 30th - November 4th 1986

300 : November 1986
25908 KM

The three hundredth Class 25 to be withdrawn became one of the Class 25/9 series. And with just twenty seven machines left in service it could not be expected for them to last very long into 1987.

25307 (later 25908) at Speke Junction on February 18th 1984. 25908 would be retired from Kingmoor but ended up at Toton in the guise of ADB 968026. Vic Berry would finally lay it to rest at Leicester during December 1988.
Photograph courtesy Danny Preston, collection Neil Johnson.

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