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D6948 in action at the WSR’s 40th Anniversary gala

D6948 will be working an 86 mile diagram at the WSR's 40th Anniversary gala on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June. This will involve working the following trains:
10:05 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead
12:00 Minehead-Norton Fitzwarren
14:30 Norton Fitzwarren-Minehead
16:50 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard
The 3 mile section down to the main line at Norton Fitzwarren is not normally used for WSR timetabled passenger trains and will be the first time that D6948 as worked over that part of the line.
Full details of the loco's planned workings for the rest of the year including the rest of its stay at the WSR can be found on the Rosters page


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D6948 arrives at the West Somerset Railway

D6948 safely arrived at Bishops Lydeard on Monday 29th April following a 3 1/2 hour road trip from Gloucestershire into the neighbouring county of Somerset. The loco will be staying for just over 2 months and is expected to move back to Toddington on or around the 8th July.

D6948 will soon be in action, and will be working the 11:00 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and 16:10 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard services this coming bank holiday weekend Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May. Full details of the loco's roster whilst at the WSR can be found on the Roster Page.

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D6948 to visit the West Somerset Railway

We are pleased to announce that D6948 (37248) will be visiting the West Somerset Railway during May, June and early July this year. 

As well as appearing at the WSR’s Diesel Gala from the 20thto the 22ndJune and the line’s 40thAnniversary Weekend on 8thand 9thJune, D6948 will be working a number of scheduled and additional passenger services over the 20 mile long route from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead during the course of its stay.

This will be a unique opportunity to ride behind D6948 and experience the sight and sounds of an English Electric class 37 working hard as it climbs the gradients of this scenic west country route to the coast. Class 37s have a particular niche in WSR history, as they were the staple motive power for the heavy stone trains which operated from Westbury to Minehead in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The route also has special significance for D6948, and for some her owners and Group members too, as the coastal section from Watchet to Minehead will bring the loco within sight of her ‘traditional’ home in South Wales once again – being a Cardiff Canton engine for the

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Growler Group 2019 AGM

This year's AGM took place on the 3rd March 2019 in the Terry Cresswell Building at Winchcombe Station. As well as a satisfactory review of the Group's finances from Treasurer, Kev Jarvis, and reports from the Technical Officer, Paul Good, on what has happened to 37215 and D6948 during the past 12 months, a new Constitution for the Group was discussed and agreed by the required quorum at the meeting.

The new Constitution was seen as essential in order to reflect and keep pace with the many changes to legislation over the years since the Group was founded and the original constitution put in place. It uses the model constitution produced and recommended for use by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and as such, offers maximum protection for members, the trustees (the committee), our finances and the locomotives. The newly adopted Constitution can be downloaded here.

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