Locomotive Class

Class 25 (Type 2)

Class 25 (Type 2) Class: Class 25 (Type 2)
Type: Diesel-Electric
Designer: British Railways
Weight: 72 tons
Purpose: Light Passenger & Freight

Information: An elaboration of the earlier Class 24 design also built with Sulzer power plants, the Class 25 saw minor appearance differences with both modest speed and horsepower increases. Numerous Class 25 locomotives primarily saw service on the Midland and Scottish Regions of British Railways. They also saw service on the Western Region as interim replacements for the Class 35 Hymek locomotives upon withdrawal in 1972.

Details: Class 25’s diesel–electrics were of true mixed traffic design being allocated primarily to the Midland and Scottish Regions of British Railways although initial batches were introduced to the Eastern Region. Eventually 327 locomotives were built by various workshops, notably Derby, Crewe, and Darlington.
Once in operation, the Eastern Region quickly shed their allocation of locomotives to the LMR in favour of the larger Brush Type 2 (Class 30/31) design built by Brush. The class was released to traffic commencing in May 1963 with the last member entering traffic in July 1966. Built to Type 2 specifications and later reclassified Class 25 under TOPS, the diesel-electric design never achieved a high profile status in British Railways rosters.
The locomotives were usually roistered on inter-regional passenger workings, parcels traffic, or freight service. Freight workings often necessitated double heading and / or the use of brake tenders due to their light weight. The design proved capable of 90-MPH top speed operation. Problems with the class were relatively few, with sheet metal corrosion being a noted exception.
Liveries varied considerably between locomotives in early years with early examples being turned-out in solid Brunswick green with gray roofs. Later examples received light green stripes on the lower body side and later units received a two tone green livery. All units were subjected to the mandatory small yellow warning panels at both cab ends after 1964. Toward the end of production by late 1966 locomotives entered service in the new Corporate blue livery with full yellow ends, eventually being adopted by class members as they received major service.
During the late 1970’s much of the work the class was originally designed for had disappeared from the contemporary railway scene. The use of mixed traffic engines was no longer required and as such the class was completely withdrawn March 1987, with 20 members surviving into preservation in varying operational condition where their light weight and size has proven invaluable to their operators.

John Faulkner

Class 25 (Type 2) Releases (11)

MODEL NO. LIVERY
Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive
Released: 1977 1978 1979
25247 B.R. Blue
Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive
Released: 1977 1978 1979
D7596 B.R. Green
Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive
Released: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
25241 B.R. Blue
Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive
Released: 1980 1981 1982 1983
D7571 B.R. Green
Class 25 Bo-Bo Diesel Electric Locomotive
Released: 1995 1996 1997
D5206 B.R. Green
Class 25 Bo-Bo Locomotive
Released: 1987 1988 1989 1990
25218 B.R. Blue
Class 25 Bo-Bo Locomotive
Released: 1987 1988
D5177 B.R. Green
Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive
Released: 1999 2000
D7596 B.R. Green
Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive
Released: 2000 2001 2002
D7581 B.R. Green
Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive
Released: 2001
25056 B.R. Blue
Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive
Released: 2001
25033 B.R. Blue

Class 25 (Type 2) Images (11)

Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive
Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive 25247

Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive
Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive D7596

Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive
Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive 25241

Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive
Class 25 (Type 2) Bo-Bo Locomotive D7571

Class 25 Bo-Bo Diesel Electric Locomotive
Class 25 Bo-Bo Diesel Electric Locomotive D5206

Class 25 Bo-Bo Locomotive
Class 25 Bo-Bo Locomotive 25218

Class 25 Bo-Bo Locomotive
Class 25 Bo-Bo Locomotive D5177

Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive
Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive D7596

Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive
Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive D7581

Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive
Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive 25056

Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive
Class 25 Diesel Electric Locomotive 25033


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