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37215 and D6948 update

37215 has now been stopped for some much needed maintenance after a reliable season working all its diagrammed trains on the GWR without fuss, whilst the attention has been on its shiny new sibling D6948. The loco will remain out of service until April to enable a list of jobs to be carried out.
D6948, as might be imagined, has list of ‘snagging’ jobs to be done following its successful return to service, of which 3 are high priority: Resealing the window rubbers to prevent water ingress, installation of a pre-heater to avoid cold starts, and some work on the steam generator to cure its smoky exhaust and improve combustion and performance. Subject to some or all of these being done and with the usual caveat of ‘subject to availability’, the loco should take part in the GWR’s annual Christmas Cracker mixed traction event on the 28th and 29th December, which will see three diesel and 2 steam locos in action on each day.

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More pictures of D6948 ‘steaming’ at the October gala

Two more images of D6948’s first day steam heating trains on 8th October:

D6948 waits to leave Toddington with its first ever steam heated train – the 09:30 to Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday 8th October 2016. Photo: Peter Smith

D6948 leaving Winchcombe and approaching Greet Tunnel with tell-tale wisps of steam from the coaches on 8th October 2016. Photo: Malcolm Ranieri.

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**NEW BOOK** “Syphon Salute – 50 years of the Class 37” – order here and support the Group

Available Now! An all new 96 page large format landscape colour album from Strathwood publications, depicting the Class 37s from their earliest days through to 2015 utilising the finest colour photographs from some of the nation’s best cameramen, all supported … Continue reading

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