BR Class 25 D7633

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 25 D7633
7633 Dean Forest Railway April 1 2007.jpg
D7633 in 2007, after leaving the SVRSevern Valley Railway
Built By Beyer Peacock
Configuration Bo-Bo
Power type Diesel electric
Status Sold
Loco Number D7633
Other Numbers 25283, 25904
Built 1957
Type BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 25
1988 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
2001 Last worked
2003 Sold
Length 50ft 6in
Weight 76 tons

Diesel Locomotives

BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 25 D7633 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 1988 and was principally used on Permanent Way engineering trains until 2000. It was sold and left the Railway in 2003.

D7633 in Service

The locomotive was built by Beyer Peacock at Gorton, Manchester as Works No 8043 of 1965. It is a Type B Bo-Bo Diesel Electric locomotive, later designated Type 2The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 1001 bhp to 1499 bhp and BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 25. The type was used for a variety of duties from secondary passenger trains to shunting duties. Originally numbered D7633, it also carried the numbers 25283 from February 1974 and 25904 from November 1985.

D7633 was first allocated to Sheffield Tinsley but principally served with BRBritish Rail or British Railways's London Midland Region, being allocated to the Liverpool, Birmingham and London Divisions and the Wigan Springs Branch before being withdrawn at Crewe in February 1987 with a turbocharger failure[1].

D7633 in Preservation

In 1986 the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s P-Way Department began to look for a more powerful locomotive to replace the RustonRuston and Hornsby Ltd. of Lincoln, engineer and locomotive manufacturer acquired by English Electric in 1966. Also, Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd established in 1930 and jointly owned by Ruston and Hornsby and Bucyrus-Erie (US) 0-4-0 shunters then in use, and established the SVR Permanent Way Diesel Locomotive Fund to raise money for that purpose.[2] 25904 was eventually selected, Gorton built locomotives having a reputation for good bodywork. It was acquired in late 1987,[3] and after asbestos removal at Leicester and tyre turning at Tyseley, it arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 11 January 1988. It was repainted at Kidderminster in two-tone green livery as D7633 and after mechanical work at Bridgnorth, entered service the following month.[1]

As well as working engineers' trains, D7633 also featured regularly on diesel weekends and galas. However in late December 2000 it was 'red-carded' at Bridgnorth due to defective brakes and the electrical circuits being "quite literally, in a shocking state".[4] In October 2003 it was sold to D. Hurd / The DeanWilliam Dean, Chief Locomotive Engineer of the Great Western Railway 1877-1902 Forest Diesel Association and moved to the DeanWilliam Dean, Chief Locomotive Engineer of the Great Western Railway 1877-1902 Forest Railway for repair,[5] with Electro-Diesel E6005 (73005) arriving on loan to replace it.

In 2018 it was bought by Harry Needle Railroad Company, for restoration to main line use.[6] As of 2020 it is at Reid Freight Services Limited at Longton, Stoke-On-Trent[7].

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 78/79
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 86
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 135
  5. Dean Forest Diesel Association – 25283
  6. RAIL Magazine 26 September 2018 (Retrieved 2 October 2020)
  7. National Preservation (Retrieved 2 October 2020)


British Rail Class 25 on Wikipedia