Category Archives: 37215

Christmas and New Year class 37 action

2018 sees both 37215 and D6948 in action over the festive period. D6948 will be working the diesel diagram on the green timetable on Boxing Day 26th December and on New Years Day 1st January covering 56 miles each day with its steam boiler providing heat for the train. (See the Roster page for full details of the booked trains). D6948 will be joined by 37215 during the 'Christmas Cracker' mixed traction event on the 29th/30th December. More details can be found on the GWR website here: https://www.gwsr.com/Christmas_Cracker__29__30_December--post--61.html  The loco roster for both locos can be found on the roster page on this (Growler Group) site.  

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D6948 and 37215 to work GWR services together on Saturday 28th October

Both D6948 and 37215 will be out working the GWR's Green Timetable diesel hauled diagram on Saturday 28th October comprising the 1110, 1330, and 1555 Toddington-Cheltenham Racecourse, and the 1205, 1425 and 1640 return from Cheltenham. The locos will operate in top and tail formation throughout the day in order to keep things nice and warm using the steam heat boiler in D6948. So if you fancy a steamy day out in the Cotswolds and a sight like this, please come along and support the Group by riding on the trains! 20171008_074230

Christmas mixed traction gala success

Excellent weather albeit being very cold on the 29th and 30th December marked the GWR's Christmas Cracker mixed traction gala at which 37215 played a starring role on the 29th. 215 double-headed the 1310 Toddington-Cheltenham Racecourse with GWR 28xx class 2-8-0 no.2807 providing heat and returned solo on the 1400 Cheltenham Racecourse-Laverton (with 2807 on the rear of the train), which provided a much heavier load than normal (equivalent to 10 coaches) and hence much noise! 215 put in its usual excellent performance with many happy class 37 followers on board enjoying the 'thrash' and the steam heat.

37215 is 50

On the 1st January, 37215 passed a significant milestone for it was exactly 50 years since it entered service on the 1st January 1964 at Landore depot, Swansea. The Group will be commemorating 215's 50th anniversary during 2014.....so stay tuned!