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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.

50th anniversary of 37215 and D6948 – The Class 37 Golden Jubilee – Sat 18th October

The 18th October came and went and with it we celebrated the 50th birthdays of 37215 and D6948 with 215 operating 77 miles over the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway by working 3 return trips between Laverton and Cheltenham Racecourse (with an extra 5 mile return trip to Laverton at the end of the day to facilitate shunting and stock positioning for the following day).

37215 looked great with its special Golden Jubilee headboard, while back on the train, the coaches has each been labelled with traditional style Golden Jubilee destination labels, party balloons  and free cakes were on offer from the buffet car.

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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!

2013 – 37215 racks up the miles

37215 ran 1541 miles in service in 2013 , its second highest mileage since it was preserved in 1994. Only the exceptional ‘Year of the Gotherington Landslip’ in 2010 when it worked 1678 miles (although half of which were being dragged as a tail locomotive) in which all GWR services had to be tailed by a diesel locomotive, was higher. This reflects the increase in diesel running in 2013 with 3 round trips between Toddington and Cheltenham being operated Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between May and September.