Class 25 - the Marches

My Marches class 25 gen

My first viewings of class 25's on the Marches was as a Swansea student

spending a memorable day spotting at Newport on January 20th 1977.

Old Former Midland regulars 25063 and 25073 were both out on Cardiff - Crewe

"Marches" services that day. Hoping for another Marches "rat" i returned to Cardiff on the

1222 ex Crewe. Unfortunately this got 47123, motive power on the Marches varied

back then with class 46 and 47 perhaps the dominant power.

20017725063webr.jpg25063 leaves Newport with the 1000 Crewe - Cardiff, 200177

A month later i sampled 25063 on the Sun 1845 Cardiff - Crewe but only as far as

Newport. Over the next 2 years (not the Summers though) 13 different class 25's

were sampled with a few Cardiff - Hereford/Shrewsbury mileage moves too.

These were 25038, 25042, 25043, 25055, 25061, 25063, 25073, 25216, 25218, 25219, 25220,

25221, 25222,.....With the exception of 25216 the remainder were common boilered "Marches

rats" that worked the line day in, day out.

Class 33's replaced the "rats" and steam heat type 4 power from 1981 although they still

regularly performed on the Marches passenger turns until Dec 86 as listed below.

I was lucky to fall on 25034 on Sunday 24th June 1984 when 25034 was kicked out for the

1335 Crewe - Cardiff.

240684250341335crcawebr.jpg25034 at Shrewsbury with the 1335 Crewe - Cardiff 240684

 

Sample "Marches" loco failures

Class 25's featured both as failures themselves and as rescue power in later years. A few listed here with

thanks to the superb Class 25 Website for some of the gen.

25220 0604 Crewe - Cardiff 250978

25220 fail Abergavenny, 37162 fwd

 

 

25058 1600 Crewe - Cardiff 290478

25058 fail Donington, 24047 assist to Hereford, 47358 forward

 

25055 0535 Cardiff - Crewe 200778

25055 fail Hereford, replaced by 46030 75L

 

25291 1415 Cardiff - Crewe 270579

25291 fail Hereford, 40139 forward

 

25027 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 260880

25027 fail Hereford, 47484 forward

 

25219 1602 Crewe - Cardiff 250481

25219 fail Pontypool, 37218 assist forward

 

33008 1145 Cardiff-Crewe 230884

33008 fail Abergavenny, 25211 forward

 

 

33050 0533 Cardiff - Crewe 240885

33050 fail Shrewsbury, 25201 forward

 

25259 1417 Bangor - Cardiff 280486

33051 fail Crewe, 25259 forward

 

33016 0710 Manchester - Cardiff 250786

33016 fail Prees, 25034 forward

 

25201} 1M70 0750 Swansea - Manchester (Cardiff - Crewe) 301286

47564}(idling)

probably the last 25 hauled passenger train on the Marches

 

Class 25 "Marches" variety

 

Until researching this article i reckoned that the 13 boilered common "rats" worked the vast

majority of "Marches rat turns" with perhaps 20 or so "nb" rats bringing a total of around

35 different rats on Marches passenger turns 1977-1986..

Well after researching various sources including the superb

Class 25 website

plus help

from Dave Spencer, my claim of 35 rats was rubbish!.

At least 134, yes 134 different "rats" have featured on "Marches" turns.

A sample turn by each individual loco is listed below....Thanks to Dave Spencer for the phots

 

25027 0801 Crewe - Cardiff 100183

25032 0805 Crewe - Cardiff 030984

25034 1335 Crewe - Cardiff 240684

25035 1930 Crewe - Cardiff 190281

25038 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 140178

25039 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 170479

25040 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 221079

25041 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 241079

25042 0750 Cardiff-Crewe 151077

25043 1000 Crewe-Cardiff 180880

25044 0801 Crewe - Cardiff 310183

25047 1600 Crewe - Cardiff 020378

25054 1510 Cardiff - Crewe 170879

25055 1600 Crewe-Cardiff 110677

25056 1225 Crewe - Cardiff 020381

25057 1600 Crewe - Cardiff 130378

25058 1939 Crewe - Cardiff 010585

25060 0750 Cardiff - Crewe 250481

25048125060CFCWLeebotwoodwebr.jpg25060 passes Leebotwood with the 0750 Cardiff - Crewe on April 25th 1981

 

 

25061 0147 Crewe-Cardiff 100379

25062 0535 Cardiff - Crewe 090581

25063 1845 Cardiff-Crewe 200277

25069 0535 Cardiff - Crewe 020683

25073 0600 Crewe-Cardiff 140577

25074 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 071279

25075 1135 Cardiff - Crewe 060177

25080 1510 Cardiff - Crewe 010481

25083 0535 Cardiff - Crewe 170383

25085 1602 Crewe - Cardiff 260681

25086 1000 Crewe - Cardiff 170281

25092 1817 Crewe - Cardiff 010779

25094 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 090879

25095 2054 Nantwich - Cardiff (Crewe remodelling) 030785

25099 1602 Crewe - Cardiff 180677

25100} 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 060879

25055}

25107 1225 Crewe - Cardiff 150679

25112 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 180680

25113 1225 Crewe - Cardiff 290979

25114 1225 Crewe - Cardiff 260679

25118 1130 Crewe - Cardiff 260679

19088325119ChStrettonCreweBristolparcelswebr.jpg25119 passes Church Streeton with the Manchester - Bristol Parcels on August 19th 1983.

Several Marches Parcels ran daily and these were a key factor in bringing class 25s onto Marches passenger services.

 

25120 1135 Cardiff - Crewe 110976

25121 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 250579

25122} 1225 Crewe - Cardiff 150979

25245}

25123 1345 Crewe - Cardiff 031076

25126 0603 Crewe - Cardiff 190579

25127 1000 Crewe - Cardiff 190679

25131 1930 Crewe - Cardiff 280581

25132 1000 Crewe - Cardiff 010778

25133 0800 Crewe - Cardiff 130683

25134 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 010979

25135 1602 Crewe - Cardiff 130779

25136 0535 Cardiff - Crewe 190782

25141 1930 Crewe - Cardiff 190878

25142 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 210979

25147 1600 Crewe -Cardiff 180877

25150 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 030681

25154 1335 Crewe - Cardiff 270584

25157 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 050779

25159 1510 Cardiff - Crewe 240879

25161 0800 Crewe - Cardiff 150883

25162 1135 Cardiff - Crewe 150976

25163 1600 Crewe - Cardiff 180978

25166 1510 Crewe - Cardiff 290679

25167} 1000 Crewe - Cardiff (25042 fail Salop) 310181

25042(steaming)

25168 1000 Crewe - Cardiff 070682

25173 1602 Crewe - Cardiff 270884

25186 0603 Crewe - Cardiff 140779

25188 1600 Crewe - Cardiff 090678

25190 1200 Cardiff - Crewe 170885

25191 1130 Cardiff - Crewe 100778

25192 0801 Crewe - Cardiff 190283

25194 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 210878

25195 1710 Crewe - Cardiff 060678

25196 0800 Crewe - Cardiff 010883

25198 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 100583

25199 1225 Crewe - Cardiff 310579

25200 1600 Crewe - Cardiff 150879

25201 1602 Crewe - Cardiff 290579

25202 1510 Cardiff - Crewe 070976

25207 1222 Crewe - Cardiff 170877

25208 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 140978

25209 1345 Crewe - Cardiff 080577

25210 1222 Crewe - Cardiff 150877

25211 1602 Crewe - Cardiff 230884

25213 2048 Crewe - Cardiff 270885

25216 1710 Cardiff-Crewe 030879

25217 1602 Crewe - Cardiff 120779

25218 1415 Cardiff-Crewe 161077

25219 0750 Cardiff-Crewe 080677

25220 0750 Cardiff-Crewe 300477

25221 0532 Cardiff-Crewe 121177

25222 0750 Cardiff-Crewe 121177

25224 1130 Cardiff - Crewe 081279

25229 1335 Cardiff - Crewe 010784

25235 0535 Cardiff - Crewe 130482

25242 0800 Crewe - Cardiff 040783

25245 1602 Cardiff - Crewe 250481

040581252451602CWCFLudlowwebr.jpg25245 arrives at Ludlow with the 1602 Crewe - Cardiff on April 25th 1981

 

 

25253 1715 Cardiff - Crewe 160883

16088325253Ludlow1715CFCWwebr.jpg25253 at Ludlow with the 1715 Cardiff - Crewe on August 16th 1983

 

 

25254 0535 Cardiff - Crewe 180581

25259 1939 Crewe - Cardiff 080485

25260 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 230878

25265 0801 Crewe - Cardiff 190983

25267 1928 Crewe - Cardiff 280779

25269 0603 Crewe - Cardiff 220979

25270 1508 Cardiff - Crewe 080679

25272} 0535 Cardiff - Crewe 190878

25299}

25276 1222 Crewe - Cardiff 180578

25278 1510 Cardiff - Crewe 060776

25281 0750 Cardiff - Crewe 280879

25282 0600 Crewe - Cardiff 040777

25283 0628 Crewe - Cardiff 070985

25284 1600 Crewe - Cardiff (ex Salop, 33014 fail) 210983

25285 1340 Crewe - Cardiff 020386

25286 1815 Cardiff - Manchester (ex Hereford - Gresty Lane) 280685

25287 1415 Cardiff - Crewe 110678

25288 1417 Bangor - Cardiff (ex Salop, 47547 fail) 101285

25289 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 240579

25291 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 060779

25292 1710 Cardiff - Crewe 070879

25294 1225 Crewe - Cardiff 250679

25296 1335 Crewe - Cardiff (fail Hereford, 47150 forward) 150784

25297} 1930 Crewe - Cardiff (from nr Salop,25218 fail) 200782

25218(f)}

25299 1600 Crewe - Cardiff 180777

25300 1602 Cardiff - Crewe (ex Salop, 33034 fail) 020585

25302 1140 Cardiff - Crewe 060683

25306 1715 Cardiff - Crewe 010683

01068325306ChStretton1715CFCWwebr.jpg25306 arrives at Church Stretton with the 1715 Cardiff - Crewe on June 1st 1983

 

 

25313 1508 Cardiff - Crewe 140678

25315 0745 Cardiff - Manchester (to Crewe) 020285

25317 1930 Crewe - Cardiff 120978

25318 1222 Crewe - Cardiff 130879

25319 1222 Crewe - Cardiff 080678

25323 1222 Crewe - Cardiff 240878

25325 1600 Crewe - Cardiff 220783

25327 1000 Crewe - Cardiff 020278

 

total 134!!

 

Coming soon Class 33s on the Marches, gen and phots welcome

 

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