Category Archives: Shed Project blog

Sponsored swim to help raise money for new shed

Member Bill Pizer is helping to raise money for 37215's share of the new diesel shed at Toddington by doing a sponsored swim. Bill wants to do his bit to raise money for the shed so is undertaking a sponsored swim of one mile during March 2012. If you want to help Bill and give him some encouragement and support the new undercover home for 37215 in the process, then please visit the Just Giving webpage we have set up, to make it really easy to donate.  If you are a UK tax payer, please register for Gift Aid and the Group will receive the extra amount!! It's quick, simple and easy!

Work starts on new diesel shed

Ground works started on preparing the site of the new diesel shed at Toddington on Thursday 11th January, which the Growler Group is part funding as a home for 37215. It is planned to start building the foundation pads for the shed week commencing the 16th January with erection of the building starting on the 29th January. All works are being undertaken by contractors. Member Bill Pizer is doing a sponsored swim to help raise funds for the Group and the Shed in particular. See separate news item or go straight to the Just Giving page and donate on line to support his efforts.

Growler Group to part fund new Diesel Shed at Toddington – help needed!

For many years the active Growler Group (GG) volunteers have restored, maintained and operated our locomotives from the yard in all of the usual weather conditions that we are so familiar with in the UK. This is challenging for the persons involved but more damaging for our fifty year old machines that are subjected to the extreme temperatures (-16 degrees Celsius last winter), wind, rain and sun (ultra violet light). We have long wanted to be able to have a dedicated shed for the diesel locomotives but the GWR have been unable to afford this, and given the current challenging circumstances that the railway finds itself in, is unlikely to do so for a very long time. With this in mind, the various resident diesel groups have long talked about funding and building a shed for ourselves that would be dedicated to the diesel locos. We have now reached a point where the GG (37215 & 37248), Brush Type 4 Fund (BT4F) (47105 & 47376), Class 24 Group (24081) and Andrew Goodman (shunters and track machines) have joined together in partnership with the GWR to bring this project to fruition for their assets. A two road, 6 loco shed has been designed and an order placed for