D7612, 7612, 25262
D7612, 7612, 25262
& 25901

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer.
Of the thirteen original 'Eastfield' allocated Class 25s, three survived to the very end of the fleet's active life, March 1987. 25262 (seen above & later to become 25901) was one of those fortunate machines. It is seen here on October 11th 1981 undergoing repair/servicing at Springs Branch depot.

The twenty one year career of D7612/25262/25901 commenced with seventeen months on the Scottish Region, followed by almost twenty years allocated to London Midland Region depots.

Built BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (April 1977?).
Delivered with tablet catcher recesses (both later sheeted over).
Final exhaust roof panel: raised, square.
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 118 months.


D7612 was new to Eastfield (65A) on April 23rd 1966. Further transfers were:

September 1967 to London Midland Midland Lines (LMML).
June 1968 to Nottingham Division (D16).
September 1968 to Birmingham Division (D02).
January 1972 to Nottingham Division (D16).
November 1972 to Birmingham Division (D02).
May 1973 to Bescot May 1973.
April 1982 to May 1982 stored unserviceable, then reinstated May 1982 to Bescot.
September 1985 to Carlisle (KD).
November 1985 to Carlisle Kingmoor (KM).
March 16th 1987 - withdrawn.

Renumbered into TOPS March 6th 1974.
Renumbered to 25901 December 12th 1985.

25262/25901 was the 316th Class 25 to be withdrawn, leaving just eleven in service.

After withdrawal 25901 was stored at Carlisle Kingmoor until moved to Upperby on August 9th 1988 for inspection before being returned to Kingmoor. Three months later on November 10th 1988 it was agained moved Upperby where it remained until moved to Crewe in error on May 31st 1989. The movement assumed it had been sold to Vic Berry, Leicester but this was not the case so 25901 returned to Carlisle on June 7th 1989, the next day it had reached Mossend, then Glasgow Works and finally to MC Metals Processing for asbestos removal. On September 17th 1989 it was moved by road to the East Lancashire Railway, Bury and into preservation.

Photograph courtesy Tony Sayer
25901 keeps company with some real rubbish at MC Metals, Glasgow on September 2nd 1989.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works June 1972.
Noted Derby Works February 1974.
Noted Derby Works May & June 1976.
Noted Derby Works April - June 1977 (Classified - tablet catcher recesses removed - dual brakes fitted?).
Noted Derby Works January 1982 - May 1982, continuous? (N4 repairs).


Although the Scottish Region had received a batch of brand new Class 24s for use on duties from Inverness depot, the Region had not, so far received any new Class 25s. However between April & September thirteen Class 25s, including D7612 were delivered from Derby Works to Eastfield (65A).

On the afternoon of August 13th D7611 & D7612 were stabled at Dumfries.

A Scottish Region Grand Tour ran on May 27th from Edinburgh behind D276 with nine coaches (327 tons), headed initially for Perth. Here a southwesterly course was taken in the direction of Stranraer. The Class 40 was exchanged at Ayr for D7612/14 which made the round trip to Stranraer, using D2434 to release the stock at Stranraer Harbor. D276 rejoined the train at Ayr to run via Mauchline and Dumfries to Carlisle, across the Pennines to Newcastle, returning to Edinburgh after a fast run over the coastal route.

After eighteen months at Eastfield D7611 & 7612 headed south to the Midland Lines, the Scottish Region having swapped D7598 - 7601/11/12 for D7576 - 79/81/83/84, the latter being boiler equipped, allowing them to replace the ailing NBL types on the Glasgow - Dundee run.

Condition September: two-tone green livery with small yellow warning panels, tablet catcher recess present, no blanking plates, handholds/footsteps present, engine exhaust in original position, straight sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps.

On the afternoon of September 30th D7612 was southbound light engine at Acton Grange.

On the early afternoon of October 4th 7566, 7612, 7643 & 7646 were stabled at Bescot.

On June 20th 7612 made a test run from Derby Works.

The snag sheet for June 20th recorded:

7612; June 20th 1972; time 9.43
Load Speed Amps Volts Notes Other
1 30 770 - - -
2 49.5 780 - - -
3 - - - - -
4 - - - - -
5 - - - - -
6 - - - - -

A bank crankcase door seal
A bank radiator tank empty.

On June 30th 7612 & 7636 were noted on a Leicester - Yarmouth working.

A diesel multiple unit failure on November 14th saw 7626 & 7610 working two passenger turns over the Wolverhampton - Shrewsbury route.

On July 6th the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram was worked by 25262 & 25187.

On the evening of March 12th 25274 & 25262 were noted together at Exeter stabling point.

On the morning of May 12th 24022, 25119 & 25262 were stabled at Guide Bridge.

25262 & 25272 worked the Walsall - Norwich - Derby diagram on May 31st.

On February 7th 25262 was noted passing the site of Stourbridge Junction shed with empty coal wagons.

On February 27th 25262 was noted at Stourbridge Junction with loaded ballast wagons.

Condition February: tablet catch recesses still present with numbers at 'wrong' end.

A close-up of 25262 at Derby Works on June 26th 1976 showing the empty tablet catcher recess. Many of the Class 25s equipped with this feature would have them sheeted over during the 1970s, including 25262.

Shortly after midnight on November 10th 25262 was noted at Bristol Temple Meads, its working uncertain, but possibly the 4V03 21.20 Curzon Street - Plymouth vans.

On May 28th 25262 was ex-works at Derby station.

On June 9th 25262 was northbound at Bescot with a freight.

On July 22nd 25262 was stabled at York.

On August 1st a Loughborough - Skegness excursion was worked roundtrip by 25262 & 25305. Three weeks later (21st) a Wellingborough - Barmouth mystery excursion was worked by 25262 & 25187 throughout?

A Stroud - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked forward from/to Birmingham New Street by 25262 & 25253 on September 4th.

On the morning of November 21st 25262 was stabled at York.

On the morning of December 6th 25262 was at Leeds with a down parcels train.

The Chipmans No.2 weedkilling train, comprised of six vehicles was noted active between May 31st & June 2nd, on the latter date it was worked by 25262 in the Rugby, Nuneaton, Coventry & Leamington area.

On July 22nd the 10.40 Euston - Aberystwyth was worked forward from by 25262 & 25259, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. Two weeks later on August 5th the Walsall - Norwich - Derby diagram was worked by 25262 & 25259. The next day (6th) the same pair worked the 09.15 Derby - Skegness and 18.15 return.

On November 18th the 10.25 Birmingham New Street - Paddington with 50029 required the assistance of 25262 somewhere north of Banbury to ?? following the failure of the Class 50.

On December 21st 25262 was eastbound at Horbury cutting with a freight.

On March 15th 25309 & 25262 were noted stabled near March station with a stone train.

On March 31st 25262 was noted at Saltley.

At noon on June 10th the fourteen locomotives present included 25039, 25186, 25261 & 25262.

On June 16th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth was worked forward from Birmingham New Street by 25262 & 25212, returning with the 16.10 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury. During the late afternoon of June 26th problems with the overhead line equipment at Hanslope stranded the Euston - Manchester Pullman, 25262 was on hand to assist the service from Castlethorpe to Rugby.

25262 recieved an 'E' examination at Toton during March.

On April 13th the 09.35 Carlisle - Nottingham is believed to have been worked south from Leeds by 25262. About six weeks later on May 26th 25262 & 25320 worked the 15.09 St. Pancras - Nottingham throughout. On June 13th 25262 was operating out of Leeds again, this time with the 07.05 Glasgow Central - Nottingham, working from Leeds to at least Sheffield, possibly further.

The last week of June saw 25262 & 25154 busy on Cambrian metals, on June 28th they worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth, returning with the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. The next day they worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the return 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On July 3rd 25262 was noted at Shrewsbury with a freight off the Cambrian lines headed for Bescot.

On July 19th the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25262 & 25184.

On the afternoon of April 30th 25262 was noted at Warrington with a down freight.

On May 30th the 07.35 Nottingham - Llandudno Town and the return 13.26 to Nottingham were worked by 25262.

25262 & 25275 worked July 4th's 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury.

The month of August brought a considerable number of passenger workings for 25262. On August 1st the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the return 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25262 & 25254. A short trip on August 14th saw a Leamington Spa - Edinburgh day excursion worked to Birmingham New Street by 25262 & 25248.

The remainder of the August passenger workings were over Cambrian metals. On August 15th the 10.10 Euston - Aberystwyth from Birmingham New Street and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25262 & 25248. A week later (22nd) the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton and the 16.05 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton were worked by 25262 & 25282. The next day (23rd) 25262, now paired with 25290 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and returned with the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Nuneaton. The next weekend, August 29th 25262 & 25289 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston Aberystwyth to Wolverhampton. The next day (30th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and the 18.00 Aberystwyth - Euston to Nuneaton.

New freight contracts out of Heysham brought a considerable influx of Class 25’s to the area, working the South Leith – Heysham coated gas pipes and return empties. The first train ran on September 29th behind 25262 & 25285.

25144 was noted stabled at Nuneaton on the morning of March 2nd, along with 25262 & 25315, whilst two other pairs of Class 25s passed through the station. A scene that would not be repeated for much longer as the infestation of Class 31s into former Class 25 territory continued.

On the morning of June 22nd 25033, 25199 & 25262 were noted at Willesden.

On August 4th 25256 & 25262 were noted passing Willesden with short wheelbase bulk powder tanks.

The recorded passenger workings for 1982 were scarce, on August 21st 25262 & 25269 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 14.00 Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury.

On a snowy December 14th 25119 & 25262 were noted running light at Crewe in the Chester direction.

Problems with the locomotive on February 7th’s 08.13 Rugby – Liverpool saw the train start from Coventry behind 25262 with 86312 taking over at Birmingham New Street. The next day 25262 rescued 87005 at Coventry on the 18.40 Euston – Wolverhampton service, being so noted at New Street.

On March 9th 47369 & 25262 were noted at Wrexham with ex-Southern units 508040 & 508039 headed for Merseyside.

25262 & 25307 were in charge of a southbound empty coaching stock working from leaving Clifton Carriage Sidings, York on March 31st.

  On April 12th 25262 & 25278 were noted at Findern with the 6D22 Garston - Toton, comprised of about 30 HBA hoppers.

25243 & 25262 were noted on a wet Sunday ballast job at Leighton Buzzard on May 12th. The collision on May 28th at Luton between 47535 on a Cricklewood - mLuton empty coaching stock working and a Class 127 diesel multiple unit (inc 51620 & 59605) saw 25262 attend with the breakdown train and included the Class 25 pulling damaged vehicles away from the scene.

25262 was noted at Bescot with a Speedlink freight on June 30th.

On July 10th the 04.00 Crewe - Chester was worked by 25262. On the afternoon of July 16th 25262 was noted at Manchester Victoria. On July 23rd the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth was worked by 25262 & 25296 between Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury, here 25262 was replaced by 25250.

The 08.38 Leicester - Skegness was worked to Nottingham by 25262 on August 6th, it was replaced by 45113. On August 11th 25262 was noted at Severn Tunnel Junction with a lengthy freight. A derailment at Huyton on August 22nd saw 25262 go to the assistance of the 21.44 Preston - Liverpool with 47587, it dragged it back from Rainhill signalbox to Hartford LNW signalbox to allow it to go forward to Liverpool via Runcorn. The next day (23rd) the 17.10 Bangor - York arrived at Manchester Victoria behind 25044 & 25059, these were removed and 25262 took over to York.

On September 1st the 15.25 Barrow - Preston was worked by 25262. On September 2nd 25262 was at Preston with Railfreight wagons.

The 10.05 Liverpool – Newcastle on December 15th (or 16th?) was noted at Huddersfield behind non-boilered 25262, not a great choice during the cold spell that had gripped the country.

On January 6th 85006 failed at Milton Keynes with a Liverpool - Euston service, 25262 was called upon to assist the service, but was eventually not needed when the fault on 85006 was rectified.

25262 & 25315 were noted at Crewe on March 30th with the Oakamoor - St Helens sand train. On the night of March 31st 25262 was noted with parcels stock at Crewe station.

On April 4th the 10.40 Euston - Blackpool North was worked forward from Preston by 25262, returning to Preston with the 18.23 Blackpool North - Euston

The Ditton – Broughton Lane BOC tanks is well remembered for its frequent use of pairs of Classes 25 & 40, however on April 29th an extra working produced 25249 & 25262.

25262 & 25287 were noted on Madeley Bank with bogie oil tanks on May 10th. 25262 was stabled at Crewe on May 28th.

25262 was stabled at Toton on June 2nd. 25262 was noted at Melton on an additional freightliner service on June 8th. On June 24th 25322 & 25262 were northbound at Crewe with chemical tanks.

On July 3rd the 17.40 Paddington - Wolverhampton failed at Banbury behind 50040, 25262 dragged everything to Wolverhampton, 25262 was noted stabled at Saltley this day, probably in the morning. 25262 was stabled at Crewe on July 6th and at Saltley on July 18th. On July 20th 25262 was noted at Bamber Bridge with a train of long welded rails for the DCE sidings at Brownedge.

Pairs of Class 31s had become frequent on the Earles – Widnes cement train, however on July 25th (& 27th) 25262 & 25302 were in charge of the working.

On August 4th 25262 was stabled at Toton.

On August 13th 25262 & 25300 were at Nuneaton with a parcels train.

On the evening of August 24th 25262 was stabled at Willesden.

An Edinburgh - Blackpool North day excursion on September 14th was worked forward from Preston by 25262 & 25230. The next day (15th) the same pair worked the 01.30 Stranraer Harbour - Blackpool North forward from Preston, returning with the 09.45 Blackpool North - Stranraer Harbour to Preston. On September 17th the 14.05 Liverpool - Scarborough was worked between Manchester Victoria & York by 25262.

On October 9th 25262 worked a Dowlow - Ashburys Speedlink service, four wagons, two brake vans.

On October 17th the 1E74 Liverpool Lime Street - Scarborough failed at Manchester Victoria behind 45108. The Manchester Victoria pilot, 25262 removed the Class 45 and took the train to York.

November 19th found 25313 & 25262 at Hereford in charge of South Wales bound load of steel coils.

25262 was noted at Crewe depot on December 7th.

25262 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on January 21st. On January 23rd March depot utilised 25262 (substituting for the diagrammed Class 45) on the local freight to Bury and the grain facility at Kennett.

On a snowy February 8th was noted at Bristol Temple Meads having just worked a train of parcels vans.

25262 was stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on February 16th.

The failure of 47604 at Chester on March 8th working the 19.00 Euston - Holyhead saw 25262 take the train through to Holyhead. On March 27th 25262 was noted northbound at Hereford with empty 16ton MCV mineral wagons.

Photograph courtesy Steve Ricketts.
25262 and nuclear flask at Bridgwater sometime during March 1985. Spent fuel rods from Hinckley Point nuclear power station were delivered by road and transhipped here using an overhead gantry to the waiting FNA wagon(s), then departing in the early afternoon as the 7M53 Bridgwater - Sellafield.

25262 was noted southbound through Leyland station on April 10th with a lengthy freight.

On July 12th 25262 & 47135 were northbound at Carlisle with oil tanks.

Photograph courtesy Steve Houlker.
A typical scene at Warrington Arpley. Present here on July 21st 1985 are 25262, 25224 & 25283.

25262 was noted at Warrington Arpley on July 24th.

25322 & 25262 were noted northbound? at Stafford on August 25th with a freight train. On August 26th 25262 was noted at Stoke on Trent.

A diesel multiple unit failure on September 3rd saw 25262 assist the 14.50 Shrewsbury - Chester throughout. A week later on September 9th the relief 12.06 Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh was worked forward from Carstairs by 25262 & 25268. On September 17th 25262 was stabled at Workington station.

The last passenger haulage for 25262, as 25262 (with 25288) occurred on November 13th when it dragged the 07.47 Cardiff - Edinburgh between Crewe (via Chester) and Warrington due to a broken rail.

25269 & 25262 were noted on a Ravenscraig – Llanwern steel coils on December 6th.

Photograph courtesy Paul Corrie
25901 & 25903 pass Marsh Lane, Leeds on December 10th 1985. A light snowfall has added new dimensions to the view.

On November 30th 25262 was noted passing Balshaw Lane with a short engineers train.

25269 & 25262 were noted on the very wet night of December 6th at Hereford with a loaded Ravenscraig - Llanwern steel coils.

During December 25262 was renumbered 25901. After renumbering to 25901 its passenger duties were scarce but a number of short workings were handled in the Liverpool - Manchester area. On November 13th the 07.47 Cardiff - Edinburgh was worked between Crewe & Warrington, via Chester by 25901 & 25288 due to a broken rail at Weaver Junction. On December 22nd the 16.45 Euston - Blackpool North failed at Kirkham & Wesham behind 47438, the service was dragged to Blackpool North by 25901.

On December 22nd 25908, 25901 & 97408 were stabled together at Preston.

Noted through Huddersfield on January 12th were 25908 & 25901 on a Stanlow – Hunslet oil train, returning the next day with the empties.

On January 18th the 17.03 Holyhead - York failed at Chester behind a Class 47, 25901 & 25908 worked the train forward to Manchester Victoria.

25901 and another Class 25 were noted shunting the Tunnel Cement yard at Penyffordd on February 5th during a snow shower.

25901 was stabled at Allerton on April 10th.

When AM4 No.304013 failed at Ditton on May 19th (?) 25901 & 25911 pushed the service to Runcorn where it was terminated. In the same area on June 1st the 17.00 Liverpool - Euston was worked to Crewe by 25901 due to a locomotive failure.

25901 was receiving attention at Crewe depot on June 15th and was noted at Warrington Arpley on June 25th. On June 30th 25901 & 25902 were noted with a northbound salt train at Kingmoor.

On July 12th an Open Day was held at Rugby depot, on display in a bay platform at Rugby station were 40013 & 25901 and some freight wagons. On July 19th 47337, 25259, 25903 & 25901 were departing Warrington Arpley in a westbound light engine move. On July 21st 25903 & 25901 were noted eastbound through Chester on tank wagons. On July 22nd 25901 & 25903 were noted at Shotton with a train of loaded track panel wagons.

On August 1st 25901 worked the 7D04 Ashburys - Penmaenmawr empty ballast.

On August 29th 25901 and a single wagon were northbound at Winwick Junction for Warrington Arpley. On August 31st 25901 was noted passing through Olive Mount cutting wrong line with a loaded spoil train.

25901 was noted at Warrington Bank Quay on September 10th. The last recorded passenger working for 25901 took place on September 15th when the 1E89 20.44 Liverpool - York failed near Rainhill behind 47638, the locomotive had hit a shopping cart on the tracks causing enough damage for it to require assistance forward, the train was dragged to Manchester Victoria by 25901.

25901 & 25910 were noted at Warrington Arpley on October 3rd. Towards the end of October 25901 was quite active on Warrington - Reading salt specials, being noted with 25908 on 22nd, 25912 on 23rd, 24th, 28th & 30th and 25903 on 31st.

On November 10th 25901 & 25904 worked an Over & Wharton - Reading salt special. 25901 & 25904 were noted at Warrington Arpley on November 16th. On November 18th 25262 was eastbound at Manchester Victoria with an engineers train.

A Winsford - Deanside (Scotland) salt special ran on December 30th with 25901 & 25902.

25901 & 25902 headed eastbound through Manchester Victoria on the January 2nd with a bulk powder? train, the following day (3rd) they were noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with a similar working.

Late in September 1986 the North Notts Locomotive Group had purchased D8 (44008) from its then current owner, with the Class 44 languishing on the Strathspey Railway. On January 28th 27024 arrived at Aviemore to take the Class 44 south, getting as far as Perth before brake troubles stopped the journey. Repairs were effected by February 2nd when 27050 took D8 as far as Mossend. On February 10th 20201 took D8 to Carlisle, 25901 to Crewe (11th), 25288 to Bescot (12th) and 31449 to Toton (13th). On February 16th 20100 & 20045 took D8 from Toton to Matlock.

On February 16th 25901 was light engine at Warrington Bank Quay.

Photograph courtesy Ron Kosys
Ellesmere Port March 12th 1987, 25901 is in charge of the 7T74 Ellesmere Port - Arpley tank train. Just four more days of service remain for 25901.

At lunchtime on March 12th 25901 was working an Ellesmere Port - Warrington local trip freight.

25901 was withdrawn on March 16th 1987.

On March 21st 25901 was stabled at Carlisle station with 37100, 40122 & 47343.

Distinguishing Features
No.1 end cab front: large dent on driver's side corner & missing paint to the left of the center lampbracket: from at least February 1982 until withdrawn
No.2 end cab front: central lampbracket present but other fittings missing: (present December 1978) from at least September 1980 until withdrawn
Non-BIS side: light scrape mark along parts of the body, noticeable around the blanking plate: from at least July 1985 until withdrawn.

flk 0422 (1) (not D7612)

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