Category Archives: 37215

37215 features in successful Christmas gala at the GWR

37215 played a leading role in the GWR’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ gala on the 29th and 30th December covering 72 miles over the two days between Laverton and Cheltenham Racecourse. This year’s Christmas Diesel Day had been replaced by a two day mixed traction event featuring both steam and diesel, due to the lack of steam heat fitted diesels. This was the first time a mixed traction gala has been held on the GWR and was an undoubted success, with many passengers commenting on the relaxed nature of the event and the toasting warm trains in the middle of winter. 37215 covered 55 miles on the front with the added bonus of some extra weight at the back when top and tailing with a steam locomotive giving some extra ‘thrash’ from the front!

Successful visit to the West Somerset Railway for 37215

37215 is now back at Toddington having made a very successful visit to the West Somerset Railway’s ‘Mixed Traction Weekend’ between 7th and 9th June. The loco performed faultlessly throughout, working exactly 200 miles in excellent weather over all 3 days between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead. The challenging gradients of the WSR were something different for both the loco and the GWR crew (Tim Wattison, Paul Good and Peter Smith) who accompanied the loco during its visit. A gallery featuring 37215 at work over the weekend will be assembled shortly.

37215 to visit the West Somerset Railway

The Growler Group has accepted a provisional invitation for 37215 to attend the West Somerset Railway’s mixed traction gala between the 7th and 9th June 2013. This will be a rare opportunity to see our loco operating on another heritage railway and is the first time it will have left the GWR since it arrived 20 years ago. Please note that the locomotive’s visit is still subject to final confirmation as there are still a number of steps to complete and details to resolve at this stage. Further updates will be released via this site when final confirmation can be made.

More information at
http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/section.php/14/1/mixed_traction_weekend
It is expected that 37215 will return to Toddington immediately after the gala weekend to fulfil its rostered duties on the GWR.