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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:  The loco roster for both locos can be found on the roster page on this (Growler Group) site.  

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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.