Every loco tells a story, 25243
Delivered new to Toton in May 64, then a short spell allocated to Eastern depots, 7593/25243 was then reallocated to D01(London Division) in April 72, She remained a Cricklewood or Willesden based rat for the next 11 years. 25243 was a regular visitor to our local lines on freight, parcels and the occasional class 1 turn.
Sample Local workings 1972-1984
050572 cement to Dunstable as 7593
030273 8L35 freight through Luton
190474- Parcels St Pancras
270575 stabled Stonebridge Pk LHS
150476 morning cement Luton BS-Dunstable (with 31423)
140777- freight Watford Jn
200879 1000 Bedford-St Pancras passenger-
This was my first rat haulage on the Midland, this and the 0826 St Pancras-Bedford was booked loco hauled in 79 using the stock off the 0727 Luton-St Pancras(load 9 mk Is). Power was normally a 45 but 25s did produce on occasions
071280 1635 Rugby-Euston 310 drag to Northampton
030182 0235 Euston-Bletchley 2A23
050382 8A27 0255 Toton - Acton coal with 31228
300483 0752 Euston-Aberystwyth LNER Soc Railtour (ex Wolves with 25237)
1740 Aberystwyth-Euston rtn RT
A classic LNER soc day out, the rats performed superbly and the sun shone in Aber!
090583 Coventry Target 46 trip (incl Three Spires coal)
And then a few months came the final working, the loco fire even made the Leighton Buzzard Observer..25243 caught fire in the Stoke Hammond area in what we think was the up working of the Kings X-Tring cement empties on 170883. 243 was dumped on BY TMD until 1183 for the final cut at Swindon Works.
25243 phot spot
25243 a true local rat, gone but not forgotten
Thanks to class 25 action website for some of the gen.