Category Archives: GWR

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.

GWR to re-open on 30th October 2012 – 37215 to participate in re-opening specials

After just short of 2 years, the GWR finally becomes a ‘joined up’ railway again on the 30th October, when a series of special trains will work over the full length of the line from Laverton to Cheltenham Racecourse to celebrate the re-opening of the line and to thank the thousands of people who have helped to raise the £1m to rebuild both the Gotherington and Chicken Curve embankment collapses. This will also be the first time that the railway will operate over its full 11.75 miles, as the northwards extension to Laverton was opened after the Winchcombe embankment collapse.

The 15:05 Laverton-Cheltenham and 16:20 Cheltenham-Toddington will be hauled by 37215.

New Diesel Driver Experience courses at the GWR

Help the line in its hour of need and experience driving our locos….all in one go…..

The GWR has launched a range of competitively priced diesel driver experience options for 2011 on both northern and southern sections of the line. Fancy getting your hands on a 20, 37, 47, 73 or a class 117 dmu? There’s plenty of trains scheduled! Go to the GWR’s website to see how and help overcome the Chicken Curve embankment disaster. 37215 has done several ‘cut price’ light engine experience packages already on the northern section, and feedback from the happy customers has been excellent.