37405 coasts into Lingwood with 2P17 1117 Great Yarmouth-Norwich. I had hoped this would be 37423 but it was out of hours to exam and was swapped the night before.
The Anglian short set(s) were again booked to be out in the period between Christmas and New Year 2016 and combined with decent weather forecast it seemed rude not to take the opportunity to take advantage.
First off, 37405 leads 2J67 0747 Lowestoft-Norwich through Brundall just as the sun makes it over the top of the trees. 27/12
37424 had arrived from Derby a few weeks previously. It looks shiny but doesn’t work properly – not bad for a c£500k job! 27/12/16
37424 again leaves Lingwood with a Yarmouth bound train; not technically brilliant but serves to highlight the ‘quality job’ done on the overhaul (well at least the paintwork is shiny). 27/12/16
68025 at Brundall. 27/12/16
37424 at Brundall with 2P18 1036 Norwich-Great Yarmouth. 27/12/16
Just as the sea mist starts to roll in, 37405 stands at Lowestoft prior to departure of 2J91 1955 departure to Norwich. 27/12/16
68025 on the rear of the set headed by 68005 as it slows for the Lingwood stop with 2P11 Yarmouth-Norwich. 29/12/16
The heavy frost is still visible as 68025 arrives into Cantley with 2J70 Norwich-Lowestoft. 29/12/16
37422 arriving into Lingwood with 2P18 Yarmouth-Norwich. 29/12/16
Rail Operations Group ran the second of their newly announced charters on 23 October 2016; a relatively relaxed Derby to Derby via a circuitous route taking in Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. Highlight was a pair of 37/7s which hadn’t worked a passenger train for many years – ex-Spanish 37884 and 37800.
37800 was taken back to its old stomping ground, the former Glo Cymru was a Cardiff Canton coal machine for a number of years after conversion.
Two photos below of the pair after arrival at Worcester.
Great Western Railway held an open day at Bristol St Philips Marsh depot on bank holiday Monday 2nd May. It was billed as ‘HST40’ – a celebration of the High Speed Train.
The open day saw a surprise in the form of 43002 unveiled in original Inter-City 125 blue and yellow as well as being named ‘Sir Kenneth Grange’. Kenneth was the designer of the iconic nose cone of the HST.
Colas sent newly overhauled 47749 which was renamed ‘City of Truro’, seen here alongside preserved 46045 and 37884.
Each of the GWR shunters has been overhauled and repainted into a heritage livery; 08822 has regained Intercity livery.
50007 and 50050 came from Boden Rail and 50035 was provided by the Fifty Fund.
37884, 45045, 47749 and the tender from 6100 Royal Scot.
The sun came out just at the end of the day and the staff at the depot moved the access steps from the front of the powercars allowing this shot.
L-R: 43187 (GWR), 43423 (GC), 43013 (NR), 43300 (VTEC), 43048 (EMT), 43187 (GWR).
A fitting end to the day. Well done GWR and all the staff at SPM!
The Anglian short set was in use in the short week between Christmas and New Year and featured 37422 and 37425. 37422 was living up to its reputation and doing virtually none of the work, leaving 37425 to push or pull it around. Photos taken over a few days.
37422 at Norwich before departure for Great Yarmouth. 29/12/15
37422 departs from Brundall. The former Robert F Fairlie still hasn’t received its PaintShopPro branding due to the poor standard of the bodywork repairs/prep/repaint during its stay at Glasgow Works. The bottom of the cabsides are bubbling already and there are numerous paint blisters all over. It does look good in all over blue however – long may it evade the vinyls! 29/12/15
37425 at Norwich prior to working the 1736 to Great Yarmouth. 30/12/15
37422 tails the return of the first Great Yarmouth trip at Lingwood. Had I not been stuck in traffic, I would have made the outward working. Never mind…
The one worth waiting for! 37425 leads the second Great Yarmouth to Norwich arriving at Lingwood. 31/12/15
With all the hype surrounding the railtour to Bournemouth running today, here are 37401 and 37405 last time they worked in a pair on a passenger train. The date was 5th April 2008 and the train was a York to York via Harrogate mini tour which they worked after arriving from Wolverhampton with the main tour. This was also the last time 37405 worked a passenger train before storage and sale to Diesel Railtour Shambles.
Two days around East Anglia chasing the short set with varying degrees of success. On both days the cloud brought an end to play around 1200, on the first day the middle Lowestoft runs were substituted with a unit and on the second day the Lowestoft and first Great Yarmouth were substituted with 156418.
The first day saw an early morning drive to Buckenham to catch the ECS heading to Lowestoft. 170205 heading to Lowestoft with 2J64, the 0645 from Norwich, was used as a test shot and came out looking relatively decent. It can only be a matter of time before they succumb to the white paintbrush so capturing an example in the ‘one’ blue can’t be a bad thing to do. (03/08/15)
Running bang on time and looking superb in the early morning sunshine is 37425 leading 5J67 0640 Norwich Crown Point-Lowestoft past the foot crossing at Buckenham. 37425 had just come back from tyre turning at Derby Etches Park which seemingly involved a clean of the front end. (03/08/15)
Next up is 37425 lifting 2P12 0836 Norwich-Great Yarmouth up the gradient at St Michaels Way foot crossing away from Brundall station – the home signal to the left of the train protects the junction where the line to Yarmouth via Acle leaves the Lowestoft line. The junction onto the single line is 25mph and both locos were working hard at this point to overcome the gradient and the curve of the line and get the train up to linespeed. (03/08/15)
Unfortunately incoming cloud put paid to any more photography for the day and the two middle Lowestoft trips were a unit, so one last shot of 37419 at Great Yarmouth waiting departure time with 2P33 1817 to Norwich. (03/08/15)
The next day saw a more favourable forecast, however a failed tamper on the Sheringham line put paid to the first two trips of the day as 37425 was used to rescue it! The set reappeared for 2P18 1036 Norwich-Great Yarmouth seen here approaching Whitlingham Junction before slowing for the stop at Brundall Gardens. (04/08/15)
The East Lancs Railway held their Summer diesel gala over the first weekend of July featuring visitors from the SRPS stable of engines. 20020, 26038, 37025 and 47643 featured alongside resident and long term loan visitors. The Sunday of the gala was changeable weather wise, starting off cloudy before the sun broke through and then ended with a monsoon in the afternoon.
Starting off at Irwell Vale, 37109 waits departure for Rawtenstall. Looking quite weatherbeaten now, the exhauster seems to be burning oil – hence the blue smoke coming from the exhaust outlet behind the buffer beam.
On to Springside Farm before the weather closed in; 47643, 31466 and 40145 all dodging clouds.
Pathfinder ran another series of railtours on the 6th and 7th March, starting with a trip to Ironbridge, then a second tour running overnight visiting such exotic places as Bradford Interchange and Forster Square, Ilkley, Glossop and Hadfield and finally a third tour on the Saturday visiting Ormskirk, Preston Docks, Seaforth Docks and some random branch near Wigan. It was supposed to go to Liverpool Lime Street but the DRS traincrew decided otherwise after not noticing they had been wrong routed.
A small selection of pictures – not the standard 3/4 views as they will be available elsewhere on Flikr no doubt – but something to highlight the locations.
Not sure where this is…
Bradford Interchange isn’t exactly unheard of for loco hauled trains (the Tour de France last year saw 47s and 67s visit) but it is rare for Class 37s.
The first charter into Ilkley since 1980blip apparently!
Oh go on then, couldn’t resist a 3/4 view. Platform 1 at Leeds certainly isn’t unfamiliar to Class 37s, the Arriva Settle and Carlisle job used to leave from here…not with 37419 though.
The long awaited return to traffic of former St Blazey favourite 37674, after a considerable period in preservation, took place on 30th November 2014 with a running weekend at the Wensleydale Railway.
Delivered into preservation at Kirkby Stephen East in 2007 where it was made serviceable, however the lack of track meant it never actually ran. Fast forward 7 years to 2014, it – along with the rest of the locos from Kirkby Stephen East – moved to Wensleydale and work started to return to traffic.
Still in undercoat, giving a hint to its eventual livery, it runs round a train at Northallerton West
There was a Class 37 running day at the Wensleydale Railway on Sat 20th September which saw resident 37250 come out of hibernation plus the added attraction of 37682 from DRS. This is one which hasn’t done a great deal recently and hasn’t worked a passenger train since April 2012 at the Mid Norfolk Railway and before that on the main line since 2009. Furthermore, if rumours are to be believed then it isn’t long for this world…
37682 is one of the last two remaining ‘original’ looking 37s (37194 being the other) on their books (i.e without the stupid WIPAC clusters or the DRS multi sockets) and looks quite good being as its not pristine like all the rest of the fleet – it looks as if it’s actually done some work. Although, stood next to 37250 which is part way through bodywork attention it looks pristine!
This is what 37682 looked like last time I took a photo of it over 10 years ago; sat at Peterborough on 19th July 2003. Stored finally in December 2004, it made its way to DRS via Harry Needle and a bit of panel beating on the nose!
The RTC season of steam tours based around Crewe kicked off on the last week in July and saw 37518 (along with 57316 and 47245 after the 47 failed) being used as the engines for the diesel portion.
It followed the same pattern as last year with Saturday being a Carlisle tour and Sunday going down the North Wales Coast. This year however, the diesel locos did the Crewe-Liverpool-Crewe legs.
37518 at Crewe after arriving back from Liverpool on the Saturday morning. 26/05/14
Now onto Liverpool awaiting departure back to Crewe on Saturday evening. This ran as a service train after it was comandeered by London Midland to transport large numbers of people who had been in Liverpool to watch the ‘Giants’ festival. 26/05/14
Finally, waiting departure for Crewe on the Sunday morning after being brought in by 47245. 27/07/14
37516 and 37685 helped out with North East Railtours’ Newcastle-Oban tour on bank holiday Monday 5th May.
The weather wasn’t overly brilliant and in anything but full sun the West Coast maroon livery is rather drab.
Seen from a public foot crossing, the pair stand at Taynuilt on a pathing stop.
37401 was used for a running day to celebrate the 30th Birthday of one of the lads who are part of the group that owns 37025, with all proceeds from the day going towards its ongoing mainline certification.
Having not sampled Mary since it was reactivated by the team at Bo’ness, we decided to make the trip up. The day started off dull and overcast and eventually brightened up.
Passing Kinneil halt on the return of the first trip.
The weather always seemed better at the other end of the line for some reason. Running round at the new platform at Manuel Junction.
For the penultimate trip, there was a lucky break in the cloud meaning we got a photo in the low winter sunshine. The photo may look over saturated, but this is what ‘401 really looks like…
There was some engineers trains booked down the Cambrian out of Basford Hall on the night of the 1st March. Obviously they would have to be ERMTS fitted 97s and were booked to be formed of seacows for an added old school incentive. Even more old school was the fact that each train needed a secondman incase any of the crossings on the Cambrian failed.
The first one was 97304 on its own and the second 97303 and 97301 in a pair. The latter seen at Basford Hall prior to departure (which apparently could be heard from the other side of Crewe).
Taken with permission, hi vis, PTS and knowledge of the traincrew. Basford Hall is a working yard and unauthorised access is not permitted.
37409 waiting for the off at Crewe with the overnight tour.
37409 at Preston waiting for departure time to head to Blackpool South and then onwards to Colne and Manchester Airport before heading back to Crewe.
A brucie bonus appeared courtesy of the failure of 37409. A fractured fuel pipe saw it left at Daventry and the former Bont y Bermo ran light from Gresty Bridge to meet the train at Stoke Cliffe Vale.
Pathfinder ran a tour from Newport to Portsmouth Harbour in December 2013. Originally billed as being hauled by duffs, it was changed to 37s (various reasons including poor bookings were doing the rounds). Highlight being that it would be top and tailed from Salisbury to Portsmouth Harbour so a single loco in each direction. 37261 and 37405 were the featured nags.
37261 running round at Salisbury with the DMU depot on the right hand side. 37261 would lead into Portsmouth Harbour.
37261 waiting for departure from Portsmouth for Eastleigh and then onto the depot for a double runround.
Waiting for 37261 to be added to the front, 37405 at Salisbury. It provided ETH on the return due to a broken (again) generator car.
The BLS ran a special train – billed as the last chance – into Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and the former London Road terminus. The museum’s main line connection from the Salford Crescent-Manchester Piccadilly is due to be severed as part of the Ordsall Chord project to enable trains from Piccadilly to reach Victoria without a reversal.
The tour wasn’t without a farce though as a couple of days before, NR decided it couldn’t go into the site due to a track defect. It was rerouted and in hope that the lost bookings could be recovered, they arranged for a 37 to be on one end of the train. In the end it did go in to MOSI.
Thanks to a special request, the 37 led both ways for the majority of the tour, with the duff only doing the short Morecambe-Carnforth leg. Above, seen shunting at MOSI.
After a hiatus of a few years, North Norfolk Railway returned to the diesel gala scene in 2011 with a small gathering of three visiting locos plus the home fleet at the time.
20118 had just become part of the HNRC fleet, leaving its home at the South Devon Railway, former stablemate 37037 was on loan from the South Devon Railway and DRS supplied 37510.
20118 arrives into Weybourne with a service from Holt…
…and then leaves shortly after, heading for Sheringham.
37510 makes its presence known coming up the bank from Sheringham to Weybourne.
37037 (or 6737 if you work in old money) stands at Holt after arriving from Sheringham. It would work back to Sheringham in tandem with 37510.
Considering the lack of diesel galas on the railway for a good number of years prior to this, it was very well attended – no doubt helped by the beautiful weather. The success of it certainly put a few of the “kettle crew” noses out of joint – “they shouldn’t have these smelly diesels on this steam railway” was heard to be uttered from one of the volunteers.
January 9th 2010 saw the East Lancashire Railway hold one of its winter running days which it traditionally does on the second weekend in any new year. If I remember rightly, that years theme was BR Blue.
37418 didn’t really fit the theme, but was included purely due to the fact that 55022 was unable to provide train heat. This is a feature of Deltics when they are working on one engine and at the time, the former D9000 was awaiting a newly overhauled unit.
Heywood as 55022 runs round.
Irwell Vale on the rear of a Rawtenstall departure.
Irwell Vale, but this time with 55022 leading heading for Bury.
37901 visited the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the 2009 diesel gala – its first foray to another railway purely for a gala appearance. It worked on the Saturday and Sunday of the gala and featured suitable headboards – different for each day.
‘The Hunt Saboteur’ featured on the first day; 901 seen at Levisham waiting for the single line to Pickering to become available.
Sunday saw ‘The North Yorkshireman’ make an appearance, seen here stood at Goathland in front of D6700.
37901 was taken off the train at Levisham to assist with shunting some wagons in the sidings there. The crossing keeper signals to the driver that he is clear of the points before reattaching to the front of D6700 on its return from Pickering.
Having been involved in a small way with the return to traffic of 37418 the first time around, I’ve got just a few photos of its rejuvanation…! Sold by EWS from Toton in late 2007 it first moved to Allelys yard in Studley where a bogie swap was undertaken. It arrived at the East Lancs Railway in 2009 and the following photos illustrate progress with the return to traffic. It was hoped for it to run at the March 2009 diesel gala but for one reason and another it never made it – this was unfortunate as it would have presented a unique opportunity (and subsequently never to take place to date) to run 37418 with 37109 as two EWS liveried 37s in preservation.
The loco was plagued by an electrical issue to start with which caused it to shut down whenever the auxiliaries were ‘switched in’ and this prevented it running. This was finally cured on 23rd March 2009 and on the same day, once the service trains had stopped running, it went out on a light engine test run to Summerseat and back. The photo above shows the loco sitting in Bury Bolton Street tunnel waiting for departure.
Bodywork attention continued and a new coat of EWS maroon was progressively applied to the loco. The numbers were originally transfers and no new ones could be located so as part of the repaint, new numbers were painted on by hand.
The repaint was by and large complete by early May 2009 just in time for the East Lancs Railway to stage a Class 37 gala to celebrate 40 years. 37109 had just been released from its makeover and as part of the publicity, a lineup of 37109, 37418 and 37901 was staged in Bolton Street Yard.
Prior to the Class 37 gala, a loaed test run was undertaken where ‘418 went out on top of the normal diesel diagram service train on a Saturday. It just so happened that the rostered engine was 47402 and when the 37 backed on the faces of the ’47 men’ were a picture! 37418 worked to Ramsbottom before returning light engine.
During the test run,a problem was identified where the fuel filters were getting blocked either due to sludge in the fuel tank or growth of algae. This was never solved and the fix was to keep the fuel tanks topped up.
Making its debut in preservation, 37418 stands at Heywood with a departure for Rawtenstall during the gala day. 30/05/09
More to follow…
The Mid Norfolk held an extremely successful gala over the weekend of 27th to 29th March 2009 with massive, unprecedented support from DB Schenker. Prior to this, since the start of ‘Heller years’ the the rundown of the classic traction fleet, such support was unheard of! Nevertheless, DBS provided a representative from the fleet of 37, 60, 66 and 67 alongside the MNR resident fleet of 37, 47 and 56.
60059 was reinstated from store at Toton and 37425 was resurrected from storage at Eastleigh and is seen below waiting to leave Wymondham with the final train of the event, with 60059 and 66144 tucked in behind.
In late January 2009,the second Metrolink relaying contract was in full swing and the ELR had been contracted to provide locomotives and drivers to haul the works trains. DB Schenker brought the materials to site. 30th Jan saw a trainload of long welded rails arrive from Warrington – which was stabled with 37418 ready to go out that evening – and a rake of empty MTA ballast wagons depart. 37901 brought the wagons up to Bolton Street station from the yard at Baron Street (below and middle) for the main line motive power (66152 and 66250) to take back to Warrington (bottom). Oh and the weather couldn’t have been better!
Below: 37109 leaves ELR metals and heads onto Metrolink (running wrong line) with a train of MTA/MHA ballast wagons.
37401 and 37422 at London Victoria during another of the successful Buffer Puffer series of railtours. 37401 had just been repainted from Royal Scotsman maroon into EWS and hadn’t been quite finished as can be seen by the yellow end patches. 37422 was going through one of its working phases – it didn’t last much longer!
37410 arrives into Skipton with a railtour from Swindon to Leeds on 1st December 2007. Not fitted with OTMR, this was its last tour as it was due to be withdrawn on the 31st December.
In between these two photos, the Operations Director of Riviera (allegedly) decided (in his infinite wisdom) to switch on the genny van with the locos still providing ETH which resulted in a broken 37417 and leaving 37410 to carry on up Miles Platting bank unaided.
During early April 2007, there was a requirement for Class 37s at Bescot for engineering trains over the Cambrian line. EWS provided 37406 and 37422 and when not engaged on Welsh forays, they were used on trip workings around the West Midlands. One such working was a route learner that was running regularly and it just so happened that 37406 was used one day. Seen below at New Street – I may or may not have skipped a lecture for this.
Once back at Bescot, it was then used to work that evenings engineering train, seen here accelerating through Bescot Stadium having come out of the engineers sidings.
I don’t remember much about this day other than it was bitterly cold, foggy most of the day and a really good day out! There was also a rugby special out that day with 47s which ran ahead of the tour to Chester.
47853 was doing something or other round the station.
37416 on arrival, 60042 was being attached on the rear for reversals during the day.
On arrival back at Stafford, there was just enough time to run round for a quick photo.
The first ACORP gala weekend was held over the weekend of 24/25 September 2005 and featured a display of locos in the yard at Norwich station and also a series of special trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Norwich and Lowestoft. Finally, there was a number of trains between Norwich and London hauled by 87019 and 87007 open to special ticket holders only.
On the Saturday shuttles were 47832 and 33103 (45112 failed) with 20905 and 20901 appearing on the Sunday.
Didn’t have a particuarly decent camera up until about late 2005 and can’t be bothered scanning and uploading all the prints I’ve got. So, all the Rhymney (and after) stuff is being lumped together in this collection. More will be added but I’m working from most recent to more historical so the beginning will get further back…
37425 Llanishen 2004
37425 Queen St 2005
37411 Queen St 2005
37405 Central 2005
37405 Pontlottyn 23/07/2005
37408 Aber 2005 23/07/2005
37425 Aber 2005
37425 Rhymney 2005
37419 Rhymney 2005 – just after reinstatement to cover for a biffed 37408
37405 Bargoed 2005
37419 Caerphilly 2005
37405 Queen Street 2005
37411 Pontlottyn 2005
37405 Gilfach Fargoed 2005
In the final week before the end, for some reason an afternoon Cardiff-Gloucester and return became loco hauled using top and tailed locos on the through wired Arriva liveried set (which had originally come from the S+C jobs) using 37419 and 37425.
After doing the Gloucester, they went onto Canton and then took the evenings trains up to Rhymney.
37425 stands at Rhymney the day before the final gala day. As it was, the weekend after was the proper finale with 37419 bringing down the curtain (I think there was engineering work on the Valleys that Sunday which prevented the gala day running a week later).
After the Cardiff-Rhymney workings finished (and that really was supposed to be IT), it became clear that ATW couldn’t cope without the additional capacity and the locos were deployed onto other workings away from the Valley Lines. Hence the Holyhead boat train became hauled for a couple of weeks.
37419 seen in Cardiff Platform 1 on arrival from Holyhead (15/12/05). The set wasn’t top and tailed and went to Pengam to run round before heading back to Cardiff.
Locos and stock were still hired in on rugby days and although not running up to Rhymney, there were a number of occasions where they ran shuttles between Gloucester and Cardiff. 25/11/06 saw 37410 and 37406 employed on such duties, running top and tailed with the through wired former S+C Mk2 set. Top: 37406 (obviously!) at Gloucester and Bottom: 37410 also at Gloucester.