BR Class 37 37308

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37308 is a British Rail Class 37 diesel locomotive built in 1965. It is owned by a group of SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society diesel members, several of whom also part-owned former resident 37906 and are shareholders in the Class 50 Alliance. A summary of the Class 37 can be found on the 37906 page.

Never resident on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society, and having visited only once, the owners intend the locomotive to be based on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society when operational.

37308 in service

37308 was built at EEEnglish Electric's Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows, works number EE/VF3568/D997, and entered service in December 1965 numbered D6608.[1] The loco spent most of its early working life in South Wales, first allocated to Landore Depot in Swansea with spells at Cardiff Canton and Bristol Bath Road. It was renumbered to 37308 in March 1974.

It had its last classified repair in Doncaster in 1988 but, unlike many other class members, it was not rebuilt into one of the new sub-classes. At sectorisation in 1989 it was allocated to Freight Coal sector and renumbered again to 37274, with subsequent reallocations to the Metals sector and moves to Scotland, Toton and Eastleigh.

It was stored in 2000 and reverted to its 37308 identity, becaming part of the EWSEnglish, Welsh & Scottish Railway, a rail freight company heritage fleet. During this time it visited a number of heritage railways while remaining in capital service. One such visit was to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society and the April 2001 diesel gala. It returned to mainline use from 2002 and was allocated to Sandite trains in 2004. It was withdrawn in 2007.

37308 in preservation

It was purchased for preservation on 18 November 2007 and allocated to Kidderminster - Private Owner Diesel Locomotives just three days later. Between 2007 and 2012 it moved between Old Oak Common, Eastleigh, Cardiff Canton, RVEL at Derby and Lydney on the Dean Forest Railway undergoing overhaul. This included being heavily stripped down in order to try and overcome the years of rust and rot which have taken its toll on the loco. It has bogies with new size tyres and the engine, generators and radiator compartment are overhauled. An electrical contractor was engaged to rewire the loco. As of 2019 it remains at Lydney, with the restoration continuing.

In January 2018 and June 2019 the Chairman of the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Diesel Committee referred to 37308 being under restoration for use on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society.[2]

See also

Diesel Locomotives visiting the SVR for galas
BR Class 37 37906

References

  1. Class 37.co.uk website (retrieved 27 June 2019)
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 206, p.22

Links

Class 37.co.uk website
SVR Forum thread