Class 37

37401 County March Summit 11 August 1997

37401 Mary Queen of Scots approaches County March Summit, near Tyndrum Upper in typically gloomy West Highland weather on 11 August 1997 with the 1Y11 05:05 Edinburgh (ex Euston) to Fort William ScotRail sleeper service. Despite the poor weather conditions, this picture is included here as it is the only time I saw this locomotive in Transrail livery. As I did not visit Scotland during the late 1980s or early 1990s (big mistake!), I missed out on this pioneer Class 37/4's first three liveries (large logo, InterCity Mainline and Railfreight Distribution). As it turned out it wasn't the end of its various colour schemes, however.

37401 & 37426 Dolau 28 May 2000

37401 Mary Queen of Scots & 37426 pass Dolau, on the Central Wales Line with the diverted 6M24 10:21 Margam to Dee Marsh steel coils on 28 May 2000. Well off the beaten track, this lengthy diversion was the result of engineering work on the more direct route via Hereford. I don't think there was another photographer on the bridge in the background, but that is obviously a much better spot for the sun!

37401 & 37109 Muir of Ord 10 April 2004

In miserable light, 37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37109 approach Muir of Ord with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z20 07:24 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh 'Lord of the Isles' railtour on 10 April 2004. Unfortunately 37401's Royal Scotsman claret livery looks very drab in dull light, and doesn't look a lot different from 37109's EWS livery in these conditions. 37174 & 37109 were used for the Swindon to Inverness sections of the tour, but 37401 was used on the Scottish lines as it is RETB fitted.

37401 & 37109 Glen Carron 10 April 2004

In typical gloomy West Highland weather, 37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37109 head through Glen Carron, en-route to Kyle of Lochalsh with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z20 07:24 Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh 'Lord of the Isles' railtour on 10 April 2004. Note the very low fence on the left, hardly enough even to keep the local sheep off the line!

37401 & 37109 Attadale 10 April 2004

The Scottish gloom had given way to sunshine by the time 37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37109 left Kyle of Lochalsh with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 16:15 'Lord of the Isles' railtour to Inverness on 10 April 2004. The tour is pictured here passing Attadale. The rough grassland in the foreground forms a strip of relatively flat ground between the mountains and Loch Carron.

37401 & 37109 Balnacra 10 April 2004

After photographing 37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37109 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 16:15 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness 'Lord of the Isles' railtour on 10 April 2004 at Attadale, I unfortunately arrived at Strathcarron at the same time as the tour, and had to wait at the level crossing while the extra long train blocked the road, whilst waiting for the electronic token. Despite this, I soon got ahead of the tour, and managed this shot from a convenient roadside pile of chippings at Balnacra. The only other person in the vicinity was a local farmer who took a break from repairing a vintage Ferguson tractor, to watch the tour go past!

37401 & 37109 Achnashhen 10 April 2004

37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37109 approach Achnasheen on 10 April 2004 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 16:15 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness 'Lord of the Isles' railtour. As the railway has numerous sinuous bends and changes of gradient (note the back of the train), the speed is low, and therefore it is easy to chase the train. This picture is taken from the roadside.

37401 & 37109 Garve 10 April 2004

37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37109 cross the A835 road and enter Garve station on 10 April 2004 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 16:15 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness 'Lord of the Isles' railtour. The prominent stop boards warn of entry into the next RETB block section.

37401 & 37109 Garve 10 April 2004

37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37109 have full power on as they accelerate away from Garve, racing the traffic on the A835 with the 'Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 16:15 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness 'Lord of the Isles' railtour on 10 April 2004. Although the train only stopped at Garve for the exchange of the electronic token, that was enough time to chase up the road to obtain this shot.

37401 & 37109 Muir of Ord 10 April 2004

From the same bridge at Muir of Ord that I used earlier in the day, but now looking in the opposite direction, 37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37109 power the Pathfinder Tours 1Z21 16:15 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness  'Lord of the Isles' railtour past the local golf course on 10 April 2004. Note the non-standard rustic fence on the left and even more non-standard dry stone wall on the right.

37401 & 37416 Crianlarich 11 June 2005

37401 The Royal Scotsman & 37416 round the sharp curve after crossing the viaduct over the River Fillan at Crianlarich on 11 June 2005. They are working the SRPS 1Z18 05:32 Kilmarnock to Mallaig 'West Highlander' railtour. Unfortunately the dull lighting doesn't do justice to the Royal Scotsman maroon livery.

37401 Loch Eilt 11 June 2005

At least it wasn't raining on 11 June 2005 when 37401 The Royal Scotsman worked the 1Z18 05:32 SRPS Kilmarnock to Mallaig 'West Highlander' railtour. However, the intermittent sunshine that greeted me when I arrived at the western end of Loch Eilt on the Fort William to Mallaig line had given way to generally dull conditions by the time the train arrived. Nevertheless, 37401 makes a fine sight as it emerges from the woods with its matching rake of maroon stock.

37401 & 37405 Bourton 22 July 2006

In miserable light which makes it hard to tell that the lead loco is in maroon livery and the second one in EWS red, 37401 & 37405 have just passed the site of Shrivenham station and are passing Bourton with the Kingfisher Railtours 1Z58 06:22 Ealing Broadway to Shrewsbury 'Heart of Wales Rambler' railtour on 22 July 2006.

37401 & 37417 Bredon 14 June 2008

37401 & 37417 Richard Trevithick pass the site of Bredon station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z66 05:05 Cardiff Central to Ravenglass 'Lake District Explorer' railtour on 14 June 2008. It was completely cloudy when I left home, so I decided to go to this location rather than a more open spot that I would have chosen if it had been sunny. You can guess what happened next! Just as it was getting too late to move to another spot, the sun started to break through! Luckily however, the low sun (it was still only 06:53!) was just high enough to fully light the two locos. The industrial unit in the background marks the site of Bredon station, which closed in 1965.

37401 Prologis Park 15 November 2008

A very rare section of track for a passenger train. 37401 approaches Wheelwright Lane Level Crossing on the Prologis Park branch at Coventry (the former Keresley Colliery line) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:00 Reading to Round Oak 'Industrious Trader' railtour on 15 November 2008. A very appropriate tour name, as the destination here is an large industrial estate. Although a railtour did once visit the colliery, this is the first train into the new industrial complex. Not an ideal line for photography, as much of it is sandwiched between a high fence and  a road.

37401 Fiddington 28 March 2009

28 March 2009 witnessed the extremely unusual sight of a single Class 37 in charge of a twelve coach passenger train on the national network. After scrabbling around unsuccessfully to find a second serviceable 37, the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 05:32 Nottingham to Margam 'Cwm and Go(ne)' railtour headed south with just 37401 in charge. It is pictured here in atrocious light as it passes Fiddington (between Ashchurch and Cheltenham). Despite the heavy load and presumably the demands of electric train heating, the train was running well and only a couple of minutes late as it passed me. 37406 was resurrected later in the day and sent to Wales presumably to help with the ascent of the Lickey on the return (still some hours off as I type this!).

37401 & 37670 Cheltenham 16 May 2009

A wood pigeon has a lucky escape as DB Schenker's only two operational 'tractors', 37401 & 37670 St. Blazey T&RS Depot approach Cheltenham with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 05:30 Crewe to Parkandillack 'Cornish Parker' railtour on 16 May 2009. The fortunate bird can be seen in front of 37401's number desperately trying to get out of the train's way! I was working to plan B here, as the original intention was to photograph this train from the footbridge at Up Hatherley. However, as I drove towards Cheltenham I could see a few holes developing in what had been a complete blanket of thick cloud. As the Up Hatherley location would be useless if the sun came out, I went straight to this spot just north of the station, and amazingly the sun did come out for a few minutes. The tour was running twelve minutes early at this point and consequently a following Cross Country voyager came to a stand just past this spot, waiting for the tour to clear the station.

37402 Fairwood 30 January 1995

37402 Bont Y Bermo passes Fairwood on 30 January 1995 with the 2V70 08:40 Weymouth to Bristol. Three coaches may seem a bit short, but this is in fact a considerable upgrade, as it is replacement for a two car Sprinter unit! This deliberately wide view was chosen to show the Westbury cut off line coming in from the left.

37402 Abergele 15 June 1996

37402 Bont Y Bermo passes Abergele on 15 June 1996 with the 1K58 07:37 Holyhead to Crewe. Devoid of any brandings and in a very grubby state, 37402 looks very plain here. It would be another seven years before it acquired its unique variation of this livery, making it really stand out from the crowd.

37402 Snargate 12 July 1997

37402 Bont Y Bermo slows down to walking pace as it approaches an ungated level crossing near Snargate, on the Dungeness Branch on 12 July 1997. It is working the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z93 15:10 Dungeness to Finsbury Park 'Dungeness Pebbledasher' railtour. Amazingly for a railtour there was virtually no late running throughout the day. In fact the train is a few minutes ahead of schedule at this point, something which would be improved upon considerably later. It arrived back at Finsbury Park 40 minutes early!

37402 & 37431 Harburn 26 April 1998

37402 Bont Y Bermo & 37431 thrash past Harburn on 26 April 1998 with the Regency Rail Cruises Kyle of Lochalsh to Bristol Temple Meads 'Lord of the Isles' railtour. There had been a loco change at Edinburgh Waverley, giving me enough time to drive back across the Forth Bridge, after seeing the train behind 37410 & 37406 at Jamestown, near Inverkeithing.

37402 Llanbardach 6 July 2002

37402 Bont Y Bermo could always be relied upon for plenty of thick black clag. Here it is starting away from Llanbradach station in typical fashion with the 2R36 15:59 Cardiff to Rhymney service on 6 July 2002. A convenient footbridge gives a good view of departing northbound trains, unfortunately there is no equivalent viewpoint for southbound trains.

37402 Tirphil 7 June 2003

Freshly painted in its unique variation of the Trainload grey livery, 37402 Bont Y Bermo approaches Tirphil on 7 June 2003 with the 1B96 09:11 Rhymney to Fishguard Harbour service. Luckily the sun stayed out for an even better picture of the train on its return working.

37402 St Ishmael 7 June 2003

37402 Bont Y Bermo passes St Ishmael in glorious sunshine on 7 June 2003 with the 1R38 13:55 Fishguard to Rhymney service. Amazingly I was the only photographer at this iconic location on this occasion! Very strange in view of the fact that 37402 had only just acquired this unique livery.

37402 Ystrad Mymach 7 June 2003

In 2003 37402 Bont Y Bermo was repainted into this non standard livery based on the Railfreight triple grey colour scheme. Just a couple of days after its return to service on passenger duties in the Welsh Valleys and still in ex-works conditions, it emerges from the trees at Ystrad Mynach on 7 June with the 1R38 13:55 Fishguard to Rhymney service. It continued to work the Rhymney services for a further eighteen months before being placed into storage.

37402 Llanbradach 27 September 2003

37402 Bont Y Bermo passes Llanbradach on 27 September 2003 with the 1B96 09:11 Rhymney to Fishguard service. Various buildings from the former Llanbradach Colliery can be seen in the background. The concrete road leading to the modern industrial unit on the left is built on the course of the former exchange sidings. When the colliery was operating, a bridge carried a tramway across the line just around the corner, onto a spoil tip on the opposite side of the line.

37402 Ferryside 27 September 2003

Extremely lucky and dramatic lighting at Ferryside on 27 September 2003. 37402 Bont Y Bermo rounds the curve by the River Towey estuary with the 1R38 13:35 Fishguard to Rhymney service. I'm surprised that Network Rail haven't put the dreaded palisade fencing up at this point, instead there is a clear uninterrupted view from the boulders that form the railway embankment.

37403 Bunbury 10 July 1999

37403 Ben Cruachan is a long way from its namesake mountain, as it passes Bunbury on 10 July 1999 with the 1K61 10:22 Bangor to Crewe Regional Railways service. The loco did return to Scotland after working the North Wales for most of July 1999, but only to head back to Wales again (this time the Rhymney Valley line in the south), where it ended its days.

37404 Achanalt 10 August 1997

In unaccustomed Scottish sunshine, 37404 Loch Long approaches Achanalt on 10 August 1997 with the 1H98 13:25 Kyle of Lochalsh to Aviemore 'Royal Scotsman'. Good use was made of one of the typically dilapidated stone walls to add foreground interest, although using a Pentax 6x7 and ISO 100 film it was a challenge to get enough depth of field for both the train and the wall!

37404 Garve 10 August 1997

37404 Loch Long arrives at Garve station on 10 August 1997 with the 1H98 13:25 Kyle of Lochalsh to Aviemore 'Royal Scotsman' luxury charter. The grubby Transrail loco is not exactly an ideal match for the well maintained coaching stock.

37404 Muir of Ord 10 August 1997

37404 Loch Long passes Muir of Ord Golf Course on 10 August 1997 with the 1H98 13:25 Kyle of Lochalsh to Aviemore 'Royal Scotsman' luxury charter. An excellent location to round off the day, after seeing the train previously at Achanalt and Garve.

37405 Ardlui 24 May 1999

37405 arrives at Ardlui in the pouring rain on 24 May 1999 with the 1Y11 05:05 Edinburgh (ex Euston) to Fort William ScotRail sleeper. It's a good job that by 1999 Fuji had drastically improved their ISO 400 Fujichrome, as this shot would have been impossible with anything slower whilst using a Pentax 6x7!

37405 Glen Lochy 10 April 2000

In typically gloomy Scottish weather, 37405 heads towards Crianlarich, along Glen Lochy with the 6D55 10:55 Taynuilt to Mossend timber train on 10 April 2000. This train had arrived at Taynuilt as the 6Y42 04:30 empties from Mossend, and as usual returned immediately with this loaded train. At the time there was provision in the working timetable for the outward service to carry on to Oban, but this rarely happened in practice.

37405 Forteviot 6 September 2000

37405 passes Forteviot on 6 September 2000 with the early running 6D53 12:20 Perth to Mossend Enterprise service, entirely comprised of loaded timber wagons. There was plenty of warning of this train's approach, as not only can the line be seen for well over a mile in the Perth direction, but also the 37 was not hanging around and could easily be heard some considerable time before it came into view!

37405 Gilfach Fargoed 16 April 2005

37405 approaches Gilfach Fargoed on 16 April 2005 with the 2R10 08:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service. This was during the final year of Class 37 workings on the Rhymney line, when seemingly every working was photographed. This was especially true on this day, as it marked the debut of 37425 in large logo livery on the line.

37405 Troedrhiwfuwch 16 April 2005

37405 rounds the curve past the site of the recently demolished farm occupation bridge at Troedrhiwfuwch (between Pontlottyn and Tirphill) with the 2F30 13:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service on 16 April 2005. The remains of the bridge can be seen just to the left of the loco.

37405 Caerphilly 17 September 2005

37405 arrives at Caerphilly on 17 September 2005 with the 2F14 09:13 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. Note how Caerphilly's station building (now a chiropractic clinic) straddles the tracks. With just a short while to go before the end of loco haulage on the route, I would expect the majority of the passengers on this train are enthusiasts!

37405 Llanbradach 17 September 2005

37405 arrives at Llanbradach station on 17 September 2005 with the 2F38 15:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. The road from the village passes underneath the bridge that the loco is just crossing and then climbs up through the woods past the industrial buildings that can be seen amidst the trees in the background.

37405 Ystrad Mynach 10 December 2005

37405 emerges from the fog at Ystrad Mynach on 10 December 2005, as it heads down the Rhymney Valley with the 2F18 10:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central Arriva Trains Wales service, on what was supposed to be the last day of Class 37 haulage in the area. The loco passing between the two signals certainly makes an interesting picture, slightly compensating for the gloomy conditions!

37405 Yarnton 25 July 2006

The sheep take no notice as 37405 growls past Yarnton on 25 July 2006. It is working the 6M28 18:01 Hinksey to Bescot departmental - the last bastion of Class 37 activity in the Oxford area, although very much in its last days when this picture was taken.

37406 Caerphilly 7 February 2004

37406 The Saltire Society calls at Caerphilly station on 7 February 2004 with the 2F26 12:5 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. The sunshine here is deceptive, as it was generally a cloudy day, but for once a burst of sun coincided with the arrival of the train. Note the ominous clouds in the background.

37406 County March Summit 5 March 2005

It is barely light as 37406 The Saltire Society approaches County March Summit near Tyndrum Upper on 5 March 2005 with the 1Y11 04:50 Edinburgh (ex Euston) to Fort William ScotRail sleeper. Some of idea of how dark it is can be gauged from the fact that the reflections on the side of two centre coaches are from car headlights on the road just behind where I am stood!

37406 & 37401 Challow 9 April 2005

37406 The Saltire Society & 37401 The Royal Scotsman (which is actually in Royal Scotsman claret livery, although the angle of the lighting makes it difficult to tell from EWS red) pass the site of Challow station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 05:04 Derby to Weymouth 'Solent Syphons' railtour on 9 April 2005. The remains of the down platform can be seen on the left, although this was largely removed in the early 1990s, when the freight loops were laid. The four track section extends from here to Wantage Road.

37406 & 37401 Berkley Marsh 9 April 2005

It seems that most people who photographed 37406 The Saltire Society & 37401 The Royal Scotsman returning from Weymouth on 9 April 2005 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z38 15:52 Weymouth to Derby 'Solent Syphons' railtour had to put up with very cloudy conditions. I thought I was going to be unlucky as well, but a mega lucky patch of sun at Berkley Marsh has transformed the picture. Look at the background to see how close the cloud was!

37406 & 37416 Walcot 29 October 2005

The Allscott sugar factory dominates the background as 37406 The Saltire Society & 37416 pass Walcot with the Kingfisher Railtours 1Z37 06:24 High Wycombe to Pwllheli 'Snowdonia Explorer' railtour on 29 October 2005. This scene has changed dramatically since this picture was taken, as the factory closed the following year and was demolished in 2008. The Allscott sugar factory was opened in 1927 and at its peak processed more than 850,000 tonnes of sugar beet annually. The three silos visible in the background had a combined capacity of 37,000 tonnes, and during the autumn beet season over 350 lorry loads of beet arrived daily.

37406 & 37417 Church Fenton 24 June 2006

37406 The Saltire Society & 37417 Richard Trevithick storm through Church Fenton station on 24 June 2006 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z50 07:00 Liverpool Lime Street to Carlisle 'Pennine Syphons' railtour. It may seem a little odd that a tour heading for Carlisle is here heading south from York, and indeed it has already passed through Church Fenton an hour previously. All part of the fun of the circuitous railtour itinerary! Note how lucky I was not to get blocked out by the receding Class 158 unit!

37406 & 66019 Yarnton 6 July 2006

37406 The Saltire Society pilots 66019 on the 6M65 18:21 Didcot to Carlisle Enterprise service on 6 July 2006, seen here passing Yarnton. This train has for years been the favoured way of getting surplus locomotives back up north, and 37 / 66 combinations were common at this time. Obviously in this case the driver is an enthusiast and used the 'tractor' as the train engine. Unfortunately, nearly a year later with the same combination, at the same location, I wasn't so lucky!

37406 Copyhold Junction 20 January 2007

37406 heads down the Ardingly branch at Copyhold Junction with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 08:35 Paddington to Ardingly 'Buffer Puffer 4.0' railtour on 20 January 2007, with 37410 on the rear. Note the sandbags on the right supporting the embankment. Overnight there had been a landslip following heavy rains and large section of the cutting side had become unstable, a situation aggravated by the removal of the trees, whose roots help stabilize the cutting sides. In fact railway contractors were still at work, and at intervals up trains were stopped while a digger worked at the top of the cutting.

37406 & 37422 Compton Beauchamp 14 May 2007

A surprise Class 37 working on 14 May 2007 was the 6M33 16:21 Avonmouth to Wembley Yard 'Enterprise' service, normally the preserve of Class 67 traction. Running approximately 40 minutes early, 37406 The Saltire Society & 37422 Cardiff Canton are pictured passing Compton Beauchamp (between Swindon and Didcot). I had chosen this location as it would be the least backlit spot along this stretch of line. In the event the train came in a couple of minutes worth of cloud!

37406 & 37410 Dunkeld & Birnam 11 June 2007

A combination of a Monday morning and dull gloomy weather meant that I was the only person waiting at Dunkeld and Birnam station for the Pathfinder Tours 1Z34 08:20 Inverness to Swindon 'Orcadian' railtour on 11 June 2007. I took advantage of the lack of other people being in the way by photographing the train framed by the Highland Railway footbridge, which in the usual course of events would be bound to have someone in a bright coloured jacket stood on it! 37406 The Saltire Society & 37410 race through under clear signals.

37406 & 37410 Bardrill 11 June 2007

37406 The Saltire Society & 37410 swing round the curve at Bardrill (between Gleneagles and Blackford) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z34 08:20 Inverness to Swindon 'Orcadian' railtour on 11 June 2007. Although the sun almost came out a few minutes later, it wasn't until I was on the motorway heading home that the weather really improved!

37407 Gatcombe 1 April 1995

37407 Blackpool Tower emerges from the fog at Gatcombe on 1 April 1995, as it runs alongside the River Severn with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z28 09:35 Cardiff Central to Weymouth Quay 'Wessexman' railtour. The fog would soon clear, but it would take virtually all day for the sun came out.

37407 Weymouth Quay 1 April 1995

A tight squeeze at Weymouth Quay on 1 April 1995, as 37407 Blackpool Tower cautiously moves along the harbour line with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z28 09:35 Cardiff Central to Weymouth Quay 'Wessexman' railtour. As the line was little used at this time motorists were not too bothered where they parked, and two of these cars had to be manhandled sideways to clear the way!

37407 Weymouth Quay 1 April 1995

Local Weymouth boats Sea Hopper & Quarter Bell line the quayside on 1 April 1995, as 37407 Blackpool Tower slowly negotiates the Weymouth Tramway with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 16:10 Weymouth Quay to Cardiff Central 'Wessexman' railtour. In the foreground there is one of the hazards of photographing at a seaside location - gulls flying directly at the camera!

37407 Bincombe 1 April 1995

37407 Blackpool Tower climbs the 1 in 50 Upwey Bank at Bincombe on 1 April 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 16:10 Weymouth Quay to Cardiff Central 'Wessexman' railtour. This was a formidable gradient in the days of steam, but it is no problem for the 37, with its light seven coach train. The train is approaching the site of Upwey Wishing Well Halt, which was opened by the GWR in 1905, and closed by British Railways in 1957.

37407 Chetnole 20 April 1995

There are no waiting passengers at Chetnole on 20 April 1995, so 37407 Blackpool Tower passes straight though with the 2O85 06:46 Westbury to Weymouth Regional Railways service. There were however some passengers to be picked up at Yetminster, approximately 1 miles before. Such was the stillness of the morning, that I distinctly heard the train approaching from Thornford, slow down and stop at Yetminster, then after a brief stop accelerate away again. All this several minutes before it came into view!

37407 Berkley 20 April 1995

37407 Blackpool Tower passes Berkley on 20 April 1995 with the 2V70 08:40 Weymouth to Bristol Temple Meads service. The spring sunshine has melted the frost from the grass, which was still quite noticeable when I saw the train on its southbound working, earlier the same morning at Chetnole.

37407 Penmaenmawr 9 August 1995

37407 Blackpool Tower passes Penmaenmawr on 9 August 1995 with the 1K61 10:23 Bangor to Crewe Regional Railways service. This one of the many occasions during the 1990s that a forecast of unbroken sunshine tempted me to make the long drive from Oxfordshire to the North Wales coast for a day of Class 37 photography.

37407 Llandrindod Wells 21 July 1999

37407 Blackpool Tower accelerates away from Llandrindod Wells with the 1Z54 special to Rhymney on 21 July 1999. This train was provided in connection with the Royal Welsh Show, which is held at nearby Builth Wells. Possibly because it was midweek, and in 1999 Class 37s were still reasonably commonplace, there were very few other photographers about to record this working.

37408 Egton 8 May 1993

37408 Loch Rannoch passes Egton on the meandering Esk Valley line with the 16:38 Grosmont to Birmingham New Street NYMR/Rail Magazine railtour returning from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 8 May 1993. The tour was organised to celebrate the 200th issue of Rail magazine and appropriately utilised preserved Class 40 D200 on the NYMR. Despite appearances I had not resorted to bush clearance on the embankment in order to open up the view!

37408 Sandycroft 31 May 1997

37408 Loch Rannoch passes Sandycroft on 31 May 1997 with the 1H44 13:23 Holyhead to Manchester Piccadilly 'Irish Mancunian'. 37408 was the last of the class to retain the large logo livery, although by this date it had lost its 'Westie' logo. To the disgust of many Class 37 enthusiasts, it was repainted into EWS red a year after this picture was taken.

37408 Ystrad Mynach 7 June 2003

37408 Loch Rannoch emerges from the trees at Ystrad Mynach on 7 June 2003 with the 2R36 15:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney Wales & West service. It would return approximately an hour later with the 2F46 17:15 Rhymney to Cardiff.

37408 Ystrad Mynach 7 June 2003

37408 Loch Rannoch rounds the curve at Ystrad Mynach on 7 June 2003 with the 2F46 17:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Wales & West service. At least the conifer tree in the background has disguised what would otherwise be a redundant telegraph pole sticking out of the top of the locomotive!

37408 Crosby Garrett 30 October 2003

37408 Loch Rannoch passes some fine autumn foliage at Crosby Garrett on 30 October 2003, as it works the 1E23 13:33 Carlisle to Leeds Arriva Trains Northern service. 37411 is bringing up the rear. Note the remains of the old loading dock on the right. Crosby Garrett station closed in October 1952.

37408 Rise Hill Tunnel 6 September 2004

During 2004 Arriva Trains Northern utilised a pair of hired in EWS 37s on a daily Knaresborough - Leeds - Carlisle - Leeds - Knaresborough circuit using a rake of four Mk2 coaches. Catching a very brief patch of sunshine on the approach to Rise Hill Tunnel on 6 September 2004, 37408 Loch Rannoch heads north with the 1M53 09:47 Leeds to Carlisle service, with 37411 bringing up the rear. The background indicates some more typical S&C weather approaching!

37408 Caerphilly 28 May 2005

With the hills in the background shrouded in mist, 37408 Loch Rannoch arrives at Caerphilly station with the 2R14 09:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service on 28 May 2005. Some idea of how gloomy it is can be gauged by the fact that the street lights are still on in the middle of the morning!

37408 Tirphil 16 July 2005

A couple of weeks before its accident at Rhymney which resulted in the loco's withdrawal, 37408 Loch Rannoch arrives at Tirphil with the 2F14 09:13 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service on 16 July 2005. The loco has already been in the wars, note the damage above the left buffer. The original Loch Rannoch was 37012, which was obviously a Scottish allocated loco. It carried the name from 1982 until 1986, when the plates were transferred to 37408. Not really a very appropriate name for working in the Welsh valleys, something like Lake Bala would be more in keeping!

37408 Troedrhiwfuwch 16 July 2005

37408 Loch Rannoch is a long way from the land of the lochs, as it heads down the Rhymney Valley on 16 July 2005 with the 2F38 1515 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. It is pictured here passing Troedrhiwfuwch (between Pontlottyn and Tirphill).

37409 Achallder 20 July 1997

In the very last rays of the setting sun, 37409 Loch Awe rounds the reverse curves at Achallader on 20 July 1997 with the 1B01 19:50 Fort William to Euston ScotRail sleeper, which the 37 will work as far as Edinburgh. Obviously no one would actually be trying to go to sleep this early in the evening, which is just as well as I could never work out how you could possibly get to sleep with a 37 at the head of the train!

37409 Achallader 22 July 1997

I didn't often get days of unbroken sunshine when I visited Scotland in search of Class 37s during the late 1990s. Therefore the climb up the hillside at Achallader on the morning of 22 July 1997 was well worth the effort to catch 37409 Loch Awe crossing the viaduct over Allt Coire Achaladair with the 1Y11 05:05 Edinburgh to Fort William ScotRail sleeper (21:30 ex Euston).

37409 Torlundy 22 July 1997

37409 Loch Awe passes Torlundy on 22 July 1997 with the 1Y11 05:05 Edinburgh to Fort William ScotRail sleeper (21:30 ex Euston). Not a very inspired location, but with some unaccustomed Scottish sunshine, I wasn't going to pass up the chance of another picture, after initially seeing this train at Achallader.

37409 & 37428 Maryburgh 10 August 1997

37409 Loch Awe & 37428 David Lloyd George pass Maryburgh on 10 August 1997 with the Grampian Railtours 1Z66 08:45 Aberdeen to Kyle of Lochalsh 'Northern Belle Kyle Centenary Express' railtour. Initially this was just a quick grab shot en-route to Achanalt, but I rather like the way the fences and the entrance to the field lead the eye into the picture.

37409 & 37428 Achanalt 10 August 1997

37409 Loch Awe & 37428 David Lloyd George pass Achanalt on 10 August 1997 with the Grampian Railtours 1Z66 08:45 Aberdeen to Kyle of Lochalsh 'Northern Belle Kyle Centenary Express' railtour. Not a particularly easy picture to take, as I was standing on top of the rather rustic looking trackside fence, in order to get the best viewpoint!

37409 & 975025 Fritwell 8 September 2010

37409 Lord Hinton propels inspection saloon 975025 Caroline past Fritwell with the 2Z01 09:26 Ealing Broadway to Ealing Broadway (via Birmingham) special on 8 September 2010. This train was booked to return via the Cotswold Line, but in the event came back via Bristol Parkway resulting in some very late running. Just visible in the distance (underneath the small aqueduct) is the entrance to Ardley Tunnel.

37409 & 37229 Little Haresfield 25 June 2011

37409 Lord Hinton & 37229 Jonty Jarvis 8-12-1998 to 18-3-2005 pass an exceedingly gloomy Little Haresfield on 25 June 2011 with the Spitfire Railtours 1Z31 05:03 Birmingham International to Penzance 'Kernow Explorer II' railtour. Somebody is having a laugh with the headcodes for the three railtours heading for the Cornish Mazey Day celebrations, as this 37 hauled tour is 1Z31, whilst the 20 tour is 1Z37 & the 31 tour 1Z20!

37409 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 5 May 2012

37409 Lord Hinton brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z61 06:23 Crewe to Eastleigh 'Hampshire Hotchpotch' railtour on 5 May 2012. 20312 & 20308 are on the front of the train, powering away from a signal check at Walton Well Road, Oxford, although they will shortly be stopping to pick up passengers at Oxford station.

37410 & 37153 Glen Falloch 11 August 1997

37410 Aluminium 100 & 37153 emerge from the trees in Glen Falloch on 11 August 1997, as they head towards Crianlarich with the 7Y45 09:10 Coatbridge to Corpach empty flats. The train is crossing the bridge over Eas Eonan, one of the many small streams that flows off the mountains into the River Falloch.

37410 & 37406 Jamestown 26 April 1998

A dramatic and very lucky spotlighting effect at Jamestown, near Inverkeithing on 26 April 1998. 37410 Aluminium 100 & 37406 The Saltire Society roll slowly round the curve and prepare to stop at an adverse signal, when a brief patch of sunshine appears from nowhere and illuminates the locos - perfect! The train is the Regency Rail Cruise Kyle of Lochalsh to Bristol Temple Meads 'Lord of the Isles' railtour. This pair of locos worked as far as Edinburgh Waverley, from where 37402 & 37431 took over.

37410 Glen Falloch 28 April 1998

A clear sunny spring morning in Glen Falloch on 28 April 1998, as 37410 Aluminium 100 with the 1Y11 05:05 Edinburgh to Fort William ScotRail sleeper heads towards Crianlarich. In the still air the train could be heard for about ten minutes before it came into view. The end for regular Class 37 haulage on these trains came in 2006, although Transrail liveried locos and InterCity stock hadn't been seen for a number of years. The replacement traction was the totally unsuitable Class 67. These overweight 125mph locos were only chosen because they were surplus to requirements and can supply ETS, otherwise it is difficult to think of a more inappropriate locomotive for this line.

37410 County March Summit 24 May 1999

37410 Aluminium 100 passes County March Summit in typical Scottish drizzle on 24 May 1999 with the 6Y45 06:36 Mossend to Fort William Enterprise service. It may seem strange to some people that there would be someone standing out in the rain just to take a picture of a freight train. However, once the train had passed I could get back into my car, parked just a few yards away. A different form of 'enjoyment' is being experienced by the two walkers visible above the fourth wagon. They are on the West Highland Way, and are in for a very long slog before the next habitation (Bridge of Orchy).

37410 Pengam 21 June 2003

Gleaming after a repaint, 37410 pulls in to Pengam station with the 2F42 16:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service on 21 June 2003. To the majority of railway enthusiasts Pengam means the freightliner terminal just to the east of Cardiff, but this is the other Pengam on the now passenger only line to the north of Cardiff. I presume the station does have some regular customers, but each time I have been there actual passengers as opposed to photographers have been noticeable by their absence!

37410 Ardlui 11 April 2004

37410 Aluminium 100 passes Ardlui with the Hertfordshire Railtours Dumbarton Central to Dalmally 'Easter West Highlander' ECS on 11 April 2004. It would pick up the tour passengers (who had been on a coach trip) from Dalmally, before returning to Dumbarton. Luckily, in view of the mileage required to get to Scotland, there were three Class 37 hauled railtours operating over the West Highland line during this weekend.

37410 Glen Lochy 11 April 2004

37410 Aluminium 100 heads through picturesque Glen Lochy on 11 April 2004 with the Hertfordshire Railtours Dumbarton Central to Dalmally 'Easter West Highlander' ECS. It would shortly return hauled by 37427 (which can just be seen on the rear of the train) with the tour passengers, heading back to Dumbarton.

37410 & 37418 Cam & Dursley 18 September 2004

37410 Aluminium 100 & 37418 East Lancashire Railway pass through a very damp Cam & Dursley station, returning from Sharpness with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:28 Crewe to Whatley 'Industrial Invader' railtour on 18 September 2004. 37047 & 37109 were on the rear of the train. In view of the awful weather and the lack of good photographic spots on the Sharpness Branch, I just waited at Cam & Dursley for it to come back, after seeing it pass through a little earlier.

37410 & 37418 Broughton Gifford 18 September 2004

Now running 90 minutes late due to EWS failing to provide a pilotman for the Highworth Branch at Swindon, 37410 Aluminium 100 & 37418 East Lancashire Railway pass Broughton Gifford, on the single track Melksham line, with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:28 Crewe to Whatley 'Industrial Invader' railtour on 18 September 2004. The long wait here was enlivened (if that's the right word) by a car crash on the nearby main road, which resulted in the Wiltshire Air Ambulance landing in the nearby field!

37410 Copyhold Junction 20 January 2007

37410 approaches Copyhold Junction, near Haywards Heath with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 08:35 Paddington to Ardingly 'Buffer Puffer 4.0' railtour on 20 January 2007. On the right is the short Ardingly branch, the destination for this tour, and the intended destination for a similar tour two years ago that saw it get this far but lack of paperwork saw it miss out on the branch. Indeed this tour was not without its problems, as 37410 had been remove from the train at Three Bridges to have its water topped up, as it had shut down and was relying on sister loco 37406 doing all the work pushing from the rear!

37410 & 37406 Brora 10 June 2007

37410 & 37406 The Saltire Society head north from Brora through the mist and drizzle with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z31 06:00 Inverness to Thurso & Wick 'Orcadian' railtour on 10 June 2007. With the cloud rolling in off the sea there was little prospect of any better weather during the day. A long drive from south of Inverness for one picture!

37410 Oakley 16 August 2007

Making a welcome change from the usual pair of Class 37s on railtours of the period, and also an unusual midweek railtour, 37410 single handedly takes charge of the Kingfisher Railtours 1Z60 07:40 Derby to Eastbourne 'Eastbourne Flyer 1' railtour on 16 August 2007, seen here passing Oakley.

37411 Droitwich 16 June 1996

37411 approaches Droitwich on 16 June 1996 with the Sundays only 1V19 19:00 Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central service. It has just traversed the single track line from Stoke Works Junction, and is joining the main line from Kidderminster. Droitwich still retains its semaphore signals, but alas 37s no longer pass this way on scheduled passengers trains.

37411 Defford 15 September 1996

37411 catches the last rays of the setting sun as it passes Defford on 15 September 1996 with the Sundays only 1M15 16:10 Cardiff to Birmingham New Street service. As an interesting comparison, the same loco was pictured at this same location nearly two years later, by which time it had acquired EWS red livery.

37411 Feeder Bridge Junction 10 April 1997

Ex-works 37411 diverges from the main line at Feeder Bridge Junction, Bristol and takes the line towards Dr Days Junction on 10 April 1997 with the Thursdays only 6V34 10:34 Fawley to Margam fuel oil tanks. This view from the A4320 gives an excellent view of the junction with North Somerset Junction also visible at the rear of the train. Unfortunately most people didn't take any notice of the advert on the hoarding. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

37411 & 37416 Stonehouse (Bristol Road) 12 July 1997

Proving that the EWS livery doesn't always look drab, and that when cleaned and caught in the right light, can look quite presentable. 37411 Ty Hafan & 37416 pass the site of the former Midland Railway station at Stonehouse on 12 July 1997, as they head north with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z32 05:49 Cardiff Central to Cambridge 'Fenland Excursioner' railtour.

37411 Pontlottyn 1 May 1998

The woolly residents of the lineside field at Pontlottyn keep a watchful eye on the assembled photographers, as 37411 Ty Hafen heads up the Rhymney Valley with the 2O43 17:04 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service on 1 May 1998.

37411 Defford 17 May 1998

A train that ceased to be loco hauled with the start of the summer 1998 timetable was the 1M15 16:10 Cardiff to Birmingham New Street and 1V19 19:40 return South Wales & West services. On the final day (17 May 1998), 37411 Ty Hafan is pictured passing Defford with 1M15. This of course was back in the days when EWS locomotives were kept reasonably clean!

37411 County March Summit 11 April 2000

37411 Ty Hafan approaches County March Summit in typical Scottish weather conditions of near darkness and drizzle on 11 April 2000. The four coaches immediately identify this as the 1Y11 04:50 Edinburgh to Fort William ScotRail sleeper.

37411 Tyndrum (Horseshoe Curve) 12 April 2000

Just about the most difficult conditions that I have ever taken a railway picture in! 37411 Ty Hafan approaches Horseshoe Curve, near Tyndrum, on 12 April 2000 with the 6Y45 06:36 Mossend to Fort William Enterprise service. Pouring with rain, and with abysmally low light levels (especially for Fujichrome 100), it was a real effort to get this picture, and not just because of the walk of over a mile to get there! As EWS were about to withdraw this wagonload service, I wanted a picture at this particular location, whatever the weather. The biggest problem, in addition to the rain being driven into the lens, was the high humidity causing the lens and viewfinder to fog up. I kept cleaning the filter on the front of the lens, but when I took this the viewfinder was so steamed up that I could hardly see what I was pointing the camera at!

37411 & 37418 Rogart 20 April 2003

A ewe and her lamb witness the passing of 37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society & 37418 East Lancashire Railway at Rogart on 20 April 2003. They are working the Pathfinder Tours 1Z63 13:40 Wick to Inverness 'Orcadian' railtour.

37411 Aisgill 6 September 2004

37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society crosses Aisgill Viaduct on 6 September 2004 with the 1E23 13:33 Carlisle to Leeds Arriva Trains Northern service. 37408 is on the rear. Typically, although there was the occasional brief sunny spell while I was waiting, the sun managed to avoid coming out at the critical moment. Perfectly normal for me on the S&C!

37411 Bargoed 16 April 2005

37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society accelerates away from Bargoed on 16 April 2005 with the 2R14 09:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service. Ideally framed between the two semaphore signals, the train has just come off the viaduct to the north of Bargoed station. The picture is taken from an exceedingly overgrown occupation bridge in the middle of a wood.

37411 Troedrhiwfuwch 16 April 2005

37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society heads north through the trees at Troedrhiwfuwch (between Pontlottyn and Tirphill) with the 2R26 12:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service. For once I was glad that the sun wasn't shining as not only would this location have been impossibly backlit, but also completely ruined by shadows. 37411 was soon to loose its nondescript EWS livery in favour of a return to 1960's green.

37411 Troedrhiwfuwch 16 April 2005

On one of its last workings before being repainted into early BR green livery, 37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society passes Troedrhiwfuwch (between Pontlottyn and Tirphill) with the 2F34 14:15 Rhymney to Cardiff service on 16 April 2005. This location is the one open field in an otherwise slightly overgrown section of line and the clear section of line is just long enough for a train such as this. Whilst the 37s were working the line it was therefore customary to keep walking from one side of the field to the other to photograph both up and down trains. Apparently I have a reputation for taking numerous pictures in these ideal conditions - bright sun with dark clouds in the background. I can assure you it is purely down to luck and there are many times when it just doesn't happen at the right time!

37411 Hengoed 28 May 2005

Ex works retro green liveried 37411 (D6990) arrives at Hengoed on 28 May 2005 with the 2R22 1159 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service. This was one of two Class 37 repaints to mark the final year (in theory) of Class 37 haulage in the Welsh Valleys.

37411 Bargoed 28 May 2005

Freshly repainted into 1960s green livery, 37411 (D6990) approaches Bargoed on 28 May 2005 with the 2F30 13:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. 37411 had originally emerged from the English Electric Vulcan Foundry in this livery as D6990 in June 1965, and would later become 37290 with the advent of TOPS, and finally 37411 upon ETS conversion in 1985. The amount of vegetation growth in just six weeks since I took a picture of 37425 (also coincidentally ex-works) at this location is very striking.

37411 Cefn Onn 17 September 2005

In a very lucky bit of sunshine, 37411 passes the site of Cefn Onn station with the 2F22 11:14 Rhymney to Cardiff on 17 September 2005. Cefn Onn station was a very remote spot prior to the building of the nearby M4 motorway and ubiquitous housing development. Situated in a deep cutting near the entrance to Caerphilly Tunnel, and only accessible by foot, patronage was low, and consequently it closed in 1986, although a new park and ride type station opened just to the south to serve the new housing estates.

37411 Llanbradach 17 September 2005

37411 approaches Llanbradach on 17 September 2005 with the 2F34 14:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central. This picture would be impossible today, as not only are there of course no loco hauled trains on the line, but this convenient vantage point (from the edge of the public road) has now been obstructed by the inevitable palisade fencing.

37411 Pontlottyn 17 September 2005

A very lucky brief patch of sunshine at Pontlottyn on 17 September 2005. 37411 (D6990) heads up the Rhymney Valley with the 2R36 15:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service. The loco had been repainted into 1960s green livery a few months previously.

37411 Tirphil 4 December 2005

37411 Caerphilly Castle approaches Tirphil on 4 December 2005 with the 1Z21 09:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central. I deliberately chose this unusual composition to show off the rusty barns and to lessen the effect of the very head on lighting in the sudden and unexpected burst of sunshine.

37411 Pontlottyn 4 December 2005

Under a dark grey sky, 37411 Caerphilly Castle accelerates away from Pontlottyn on 4 December 2005 with the 1Z33 12:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central, with 50049 Defiance bringing up the rear. This was during the Arriva Trains Wales sponsored 'Loco Hauled Farewell' day, to mark the end of proper trains in the Welsh valleys.

37411 Ystrad Mynach 10 December 2005

10 December 2005 was supposedly the last day of loco hauled trains on the Rhymney line (of course it wasn't!). Luckily it happened to be a perfect sunny winter's day, after the fog had reluctantly cleared around mid morning. This was yet another case of the weather forecast being hopelessly wrong. Full cloud was predicted, with the slight possibility of a sunny break. Instead it was completely clear at dawn, leading off course to the fog in the valleys. Once that had cleared there was not a cloud all day. 37411 Caerphilly Castle rounds the curve at Ystrad Mynach with the 2F26 12:15 Rhymney to Cardiff. Note the absence of photographers in the field (it really was empty, they haven't been cloned out!). The local farmer is notoriously anti railway photographer, and nobody dared venture into the field. He will not have anything to worry about now, as there will be precious few photographers along the line now!

37411 Aber 10 December 2005

37411 Caerphilly Castle glints in the lower winter sun as it pulls away from Aber station with the 2R30 1359 Cardiff to Rhymney service on 10 December 2005, ostensibly the last day of Class 37 haulage in the Welsh Valleys. In reality it was another year before the final 37 service ran, due to continuing shortage of units.

37411 Marshfield 4 March 2006

37411 Caerphilly Castle passes Marshfield on 4 March 2006 with the 10:25 Cardiff Central to Newport, one of a series of specials run in connection with the Powergen Cup Rugby Semi-Finals Double Header (London Wasps v Leicester Tigers and Bath v Llanelli Scarlets). 47854 is on the rear.

37411 Penhelig 20 May 2006

On 20 May 2006, the rain had just stopped when 37411 Caerphilly Castle skirted the Dovey Estuary at Penhelig with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z48 06:41 Sheffield to Pwllheli 'Snowdonian' railtour. However, it was still a typical dreary Welsh day - note the heavy cloud looming over the mountains in the background! During the long wait for the railtour to return from Pwllheli, the opportunity was taken to visit a slightly smaller railway, with a trip on the 2' 3" gauge Talyllyn  Railway.

37411 Llangelynin 20 May 2006

37411 Caerphilly Castle is pictured passing Llangelynin on 20 May 2006 with the 1Z49 16:22 Pwllheli to Sheffield returning 'Snowdonian' railtour. This dramatic location is on the coast between Barmouth and Tywyn. To take this picture I was standing on a large bolder in the middle of nowhere with the field on the left sloping down to the Irish Sea, and the foothills of Cader Idris on the right. Typically, the sun came out a minute after the train had passed, and was out for most of the time whilst driving home afterwards!

37411 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 17 February 2007

37411 Caerphilly Castle passes Claydon, on the approach to Banbury with the Pathfinder Tours 'Bard'n'Birch' railtour on 17 February 2007. Having now done both the 'Bard' and 'Birch' part of the tour, it was running as 1Z38 13:00 Stratford-on-Avon to Quainton Road. In marked contrast to every other location I visited during the day, I was the only person to witness the tour passing this spot. Although the fog had lifted, it was still as dull as ever!

37411 Quainton Road 17 February 2007

37411 Caerphilly Castle arrives at Quainton Road with the Pathfinder Tours 'Bard'n'Birch' railtour on 17 February 2007, now running as 1Z38 13:00 Stratford-on-Avon to Quainton Road. The booked lengthy stop at Calvert Junction was ignored (as I suspected), and I could here the train approaching as I walked up the slope to the bridge. At least the tour participants got some extra time to look around the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.

37411 Waddesdon Manor 17 February 2007

37411 Caerphilly Castle passes the site of Waddesdon Manor station in near darkness with the Pathfinder Tours 'Bard'n'Birch' railtour on 17 February 2007, now running as the 1Z39 17:00 Quainton Road to Bristol Temple Meads. The bridge at Quainton Road can just be seen in the distance, and the headlight of the train could be seen during the tour's lengthy photo stop, while all the time it was getting steadily darker. Waddesdon Manor station closed as long ago as 1936, probably due to the fact that it is in the middle of nowhere, well over a mile from the nearest village.

37412 & 37674 Ashchurch 14 August 1992

37412 & 37674 growl past Ashchurch with the 6V70 08:20 Bescot to St Blazey china clay empties on 14 August 1992. Both locos were allocated at the time to Laira's MDRL Railfreight Distribution pool and carry the appropriate livery. In this role 37412's ETH would get little use, although of course previously it had been a passenger loco in Scotland, and a few years after this picture was taken it would become a passenger loco in Wales.

37412 & 37671 South Brent 26 September 1993

37412 & 37671 Tre Pol and Pen speed through South Brent with the 6S55 09:45 Burngullow to Irvine china clay slurry tanks on 26 September 1993. At this date the train still deserved the name 'silver bullets' as the stainless steel wagons had yet to acquire the grime of later years. The Cornish allocated 37s worked the train all the way to Scotland, and at 550 miles this is the longest freight flow in the country. The signal box is all that remains of South Brent station.

37412 Newton St Loe 23 October 1994

At Newton St Loe, just to the west of Bath, the railways is carried on a lofty embankment high above the River Avon. On 23 October 1994, 37412 Driver John Elliott heads along the embankment with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 07:50 Bristol Temple Meads to Sandplace 'Pixie Returns' railtour. Originally the tour was scheduled to traverse the entire length of the Looe branch in Cornwall, but the lack of check rails on the curves saw the train only getting as far as Sandplace.

37412 Talaton 23 October 1994

37412 Driver John Elliott passes Talaton, on the single track former Southern Railway West of England line at Talaton with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 07:50 Bristol Temple Meads to Sandplace 'Pixie Returns' railtour on 23 October 1994. Unfortunately, the fine early morning autumnal light seen earlier at Newton St Loe was now gradually fading away.

37412 Twerton 22 July 1995

37412 Driver John Elliott passes Twerton on 22 July 1995 with the 2V87 16:30 Weymouth to Bristol Temple Meads service. Although by no means as grown up as this location is now, already by 1995 the portal of Twerton Tunnel is only partly visible through the bushes in the background.

37412 Bruton 5 August 1995

37412 Driver John Elliott passes the 15th century church at Bruton on 5 August 1995 with the 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Weymouth Regional Railways service. A very tricky shot to get right, as I had to fire two cameras at exactly the right time to place the 37 directly below the church but just past the central tree. Easy enough normally, but when the train is traveling directly across the frame such as this, it is very difficult to get it exactly right!

37412 Duffryn 18 August 1995

37412 Driver John Elliott passes Duffryn on a slightly misty 18 August 1995 with the Fridays only 2B72 11:30 Bristol to Cardiff Central. I used to get fed up with seeing this particular loco, as it always seemed to appear on any Class 37 booked passenger workings I went out for in the mid 1990s. Now of course I wouldn't mind seeing it again!

37412 Ludlow 20 August 1995

With the town of Ludlow in the background, 37412 Driver John Elliot heads north on 20 August 1995 with the 1M33 13:05 Cardiff Central to Liverpool Lime Street Regional Railways service. Sundays are traditionally a quiet day on the railways, but in 1995 the Welsh Marches line was enlivened by this and the return 1V61 19:14 return working from Liverpool.

37412 Spetchley 29 September 1995

I had guessed that there would just be enough room at Spetchley on 29 September 1995 to fit a four coach train into the picture. I was only just right! 37412 Driver John Elliott speeds past with the 10:43 Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central sprinter substitute service.

37412 Severn Bridge 30 March 1996

The southbound shot from the Severn Bridge is well known, but the northbound less so, mainly due to the fact that to get the sun on the nose an early morning train is required, also recently the Tesco distribution depot has hardly added to the view. However, it still affords an almost aerial view, and on 30 March 1996 the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 08:15 Cardiff Central to Newquay 'Cornish Raider' railtour was an ideal candidate for this location, despite the unusually short train being a bit lost in the view. 37412 Driver John Elliot is about to pass under the 1966 built road bridge, which incidentally suffers from an alarming amount of movement from the large lorries that at the time (before the opening of the second Severn Bridge) were passing just behind me in quick succession.

37412 Tiverton Parkway 30 March 1996

37412 Driver John Elliot approaches Tiverton Parkway with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 08:15 Cardiff Central to Newquay 'Cornish Raider' railtour on 30 March 1996. A railtour using such a short rake of coaches is highly unusual and probably wouldn't be viable today.

37412 Lostwithiel 30 March 1996

Viewed from high on the hill to the south west of the town, 37412 Driver John Elliot has just passed through Lostwithiel station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 08:15 Cardiff Central to Newquay 'Cornish Raider' railtour on 30 March 1996. This high vantage point clearly shows the still extensive track layout at this busy Cornish location. Just in front of the train the Fowey freight line can be seen diverging to the right. Unfortunately the perfect sunny conditions seen earlier in the day at the Severn Bridge and Tiverton Parkway hadn't persisted this far south!

37412 Abbotswood 21 July 1996

37412 Driver John Elliott was a regular loco on the 1M15 16:10 Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street service during 1996. Here it is approaching Abbotswood under uninterrupted blue skies on its familiar duty on 21 July 1996. The train would later return as the 1V19 19:00 Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central.

37412 Blackwell 18 August 1996

37412 Driver John Elliot just manages to find a small gap in the encroaching late evening shadows as it passes Blackwell with the 1V19 19:00 Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central service on 18 August 1996. Not only was the sun dying rapidly, but look how close I came to being bowled by a Class 158!

37412 Thornford 13 September 1997

Very lucky lighting at Thornford on 13 September 1997. 37412 Driver John Elliott catches a small patch of sunshine as it heads north with the 2V89 17:20 Weymouth to Bristol Temple Meads service. 37412 was a regular on the Weymouth trains during the late 1990s, and bizarre though it seems now, people would get fed up with seeing it!

37412 Ulceby South Junction 27 March 1999

A Class 37 was required on the Pathfinder Tours 1Z40 08:01 Crewe to Cleethorpes 'Lancs-Lincs' steam hauled railtour on 27 March 1999, to top'n'tail between New Holland and Cleethorpes. 37412 Driver John Elliott is seen here on the curve between Ulceby South Junction and Habrough Junction. The main tour locomotive LMS 'Black 5' 45407 can be seen on the rear of the train.

37412 & 37415 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 22 July 2001

On Sunday 22 July 2001 there was an unusual choice of traction for the 6M48 10:54 Llanwern to Lackenby steel empties. 37412 Driver John Elliott & 37415 were booked for the train, so it definitely required a trip to Claydon (near Cheltenham) for a record shot. Unfortunately this is just about the worst possible combination of extreme backlighting and a very high midday summer sun. However, I wasn't going to turn up the opportunity to photograph a pair of 37/4s on a steel train.

37413 & 37674 Cheltenham 24 April 1993

37413 Loch Eil Outward Bound & 37674 growl through Cheltenham station on 24 April 1993 with the 6V70 08:20 Bescot to St Blazey china clay empties. Although both are appropriately liveried and allocated (Laira's MDRL Railfreight Distribution pool), 37413 certain isn't going to make much use of its ETS capability on jobs like this!

37413 & 37672 Charlton 22 January 1994

37413 Loch Eil Outward Bound & 37672 Freight Transport Association pass the resident photographers at Charlton on 22 January 1994 with the 6V70 08:20 Bescot to St Blazey china clay empties. Although a popular location for railway photography, the numbers of photographers has been swelled by the imminent approach from the opposite direction of the 'Push Pull Farewell' railtour. Cogload Junction can bee seen in the background.

37413 Old Denaby 9 December 1995

37413 Loch Eil Outward Bound passes Old Denaby on 9 December 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 07:35 Cardiff Central to York 'Yorkshire Rambler' railtour. Around this time Pathfinder organised a number of tours using a short rake of coaches and powered by a single 37, instead of the usual pair. These were marketed as 'Regional Ramblers' as per the headboard.

37414 Patchway 29 August 1999

37414 Cathays C&W Works 1846-1993 departs from Patchway station with the 2O87 07:45 Cardiff to Weymouth Wales & West service on 29 August 1999. Unfortunately, 1999 was to be the last year of Class 37 haulage to Weymouth, and with hindsight more effort should have be put into capturing the last workings. At the time complacency set in when the same locos appeared week after week. How times change!

37414 Ystrad Mynach 18 March 2000 37414 Cathays C&W Works 1846-1993 approaches Ystrad Mynach on 18 March 2000 with the 2R25 13:50 Cardiff Central to Rhymney. For once I was glad that it was a dull day, as this would have been looking straight into the sun. The track in the immediate foreground is the freight only line to Cwmbargoed, which starts to climb away from the Rhymney line right from the junction.
37415 Rannoch 19 September 2002

In miserable light, 37415 accelerates away from Rannoch station with the 1Y11 04:50 Edinburgh to Fort William ScotRail sleeper on 19 September 2002. In pre digital days this was at the limit of what was possible using ISO100 film. Canon A1, 100mm lens, Fujichrome 100, 1/250sec f2. Despite the awful light, I think the snaking curve of the track and the mountains in the background make an impressive picture. I can't imagine I will repeat the long walk for a Class 67!

37416 & 37674 Standish Junction 9 October 1993

37416 Mt Fuji & 37674 shatter the peace at Standish Junction on 9 October 1993 as they head south with the well loaded 6V70 08:20 Bescot to St Blazey china clay empties. There was certainly no mistaking what was coming, as this train could be heard a long time before it appeared underneath the farm bridge at Little Haresfield, which can just be seen in the background.

37416 & 37413 Narroways Hill Junction 3 March 1994

When the 'silver bullets' fully lived up to their name! 37416 (unofficially named Mt Fuji) & 37413 Loch Eil Outward Bound pass Narroways Hill Junction, Bristol on 3 March 1994 with the 6S55 09:40 Burngullow to Irvine china clay tanks. After spending the afternoon at this location, watching everything go by in the gloom, it was a relief when the sun finally made an appearance just at the critical moment. However, it was only very fleeting, and even here it is basically only the train that is lit!

37416 Pilning 2 October 1996

37416 emerges from the Severn Tunnel, and climbs towards Pilning on 2 October 1996 with Riveira Ltd stock working back south, after being used during the summer months on the North Wales Coast. This wasn't the only noteworthy train at this location on this day, as King Edward 1 also passed by with a railtour.

37416 & 37408 Kinloid 6 October 2001

With the island of Eigg visible in the background, 37416 Sir Robert McAlpine & 37408 Loch Rannoch pass Kinloid with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z81 09:25 Fort William to Mallaig 'Monarch of the Glen' railtour on 6 October 2001. A couple of other photographers had earlier inspected this viewpoint, but decided it wasn't quite right, and so wandered off across the fields towards Mallaig. Unfortunately, a solitary cloud blocked out the sun at their chosen location!

37416 & 37401 Glen Falloch 11 June 2005

Fantastic evening lighting in Glen Falloch on 11 June 2005 as 37416 & 37401 The Royal Scotsman head south with the SRPS 1Z19 14:37 Mallaig to Kilmarnock 'West Highlander' railtour. Some compensation for the fact that a little earlier in the day I had run into the back of a Land Rover towing a trailer at Fort William, causing considerable damage to my car. Rather than follow the AA's plan which involved taking the car further north before heading back south, I elected to drive home with a crumpled bonnet and damaged font end!

37416 & 37406 Defford 16 July 2005

The sun has just risen at Defford on 16 July 2005 as 37416 & 37406 The Saltire Society head north with the Past Time Rail 1Z37 05:08 Bristol Temple Meads to Pwllheli 'Cambrian Coast Flyer' railtour. You can tell it is early as the sun is (just) on the front of the locomotive on a line that is several degrees off of running north to south.

37417 Rhyl 26 August 1996

Sometimes it rains in Wales and sometimes it really rains! I had just photographed D172 with the Pathfinder Tours 'North Wales Coast Explorer' railtour at Rhyl on 26 August 1996, and it seemed a good idea to wait a few minutes to see 37417 Highland Region with the 1D69 12:18 Crewe to Bangor Regional Railways service. However, in those few minutes the weather really deteriorated, and 37417 pulled out of the station in a torrential downpour. Needless to say this was the August Bank Holiday!

37417 Sandycroft 31 May 1997

37402 Highland Region passes Sandycroft signal box on 31 May 1997 with the 1K67 13:22 Bangor to Crewe North West Regional Railways service. With the transfer of many Class 37/4s away from Scotland in the mid 1990s, it often happened that locos would have totally inappropriate names for the area in which they operated!

37417 Kings Sutton 22 May 1998

37417 Highland Region was a surprise choice for the 6M14 14:47 Newport to Rugby coal on 22 May 1998. This is the only occasion that I saw a Class 37/4 on this working, which was more usually worked by a 37/7, so was worth recording despite the appalling light. The light was so bad that I had to use 1/250sec f4 on Fujichrome Provia 400. It was therefore lucky that the train was moving very slowly, but also explains the very limited depth of field, the result of using a Pentax 6x7 200mm lens wide open!

37417 Llanbradach 27 September 2003

37417 is pictured here at Llanbradach on 27 September 2003 with the 2R10 08:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service, which at this time was utilising ex Virgin Mk 2 coaches, which were almost an exact colour match for the EWS red of the locomotive. Llanbradach station has staggered platforms and with no train due in the opposite direction, there was nobody getting in the way of the picture at the critical time.

37417 Caerphilly 7 February 2004

The immaculate condition of the locomotive brightens up the gloomy day at Caerphilly on 7 February 2004. 37417 arrives with the 2R26 12:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney. As Virgin Trains had stopped using loco hauled trains two years before, there were surplus Mk2 coaches to be had. Hence the use debranded ex Virgin stock here.

37417 Gilfach 24 April 2004

37417 Richard Trevithick passes the houses of Gilfach, as it heads down the Rhymney Valley with the 2F18 10:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central on 24 April 2004. The country park in the foreground was formerly crossed by another railway, linking the Rhymney Line with the now closed Brecon & Merthyr line on the opposite side of the valley.

37417 Bridge of Orchy 10 June 2005

37417 Richard Trevithick is dwarfed by the scenery as it makes a noisy departure from Bridge of Orchy on 10 June 2005 with the 1Y11 04:50 Edinburgh (ex Euston) to Fort William ScotRail sleeper. Presumably the passengers were supposed to be awake by this point in the journey. With a 37 up front it would be very difficult to stay asleep!

37417 Tulloch 10 June 2005

A trace of evening light at Tulloch on 10 June 2005, as 37417 Richard Trevithick accelerates away from the bridge over the River Spean with the 1B01 19:45 Fort William to Edinburgh (for Euston) ScotRail sleeper service. An interesting location, but unfortunately the lighting angle is not as good as that morning's shot of the northbound working.

37417 & 37411 Carno 20 May 2006

37417 Richard Trevithick was left at Machynlleth on the outward leg of the Pathfinder Tours 'Snowdonian' railtour on 20 May 2006, as only a single locomotive is allowed over the Barmouth Bridge. It is seen here paralleling the A470 at Carno along with sister loco 37411 Caerphilly Castle on the return 1Z49 16:22 from Pwllheli. Although the use of a long lens has emphasised the hills in the background, this is not the shot I had intended to take. I discovered on arrival at this location that my Canon 50mm f1.4 lens had suffered the inevitable broken focusing mechanism that this particular design is very prone to after even the most minor knock.

37417 Three Spires Junction 15 November 2008

37417 Richard Trevithick slowly comes off the Prologis Park branch at Three Spires Junction with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:00 Reading to Round Oak 'Industrious Trader' railtour on 15 November 2008. Despite the gloomy weather, I decided that I had to get a picture of this tour at this location, as for some reason I had so far managed to overlook the location entirely. Ironically the lighting would have been perfect here had the sun decided to come out! The appalling state of 37417's bodywork can be seen in this picture, with large areas of missing paint and several holes appearing in the rusting bodywork. Dominating the background is the Ricoh Arena, Coventry's large modern  entertainment complex.

37417 Three Spires Junction 15 November 2008

As 37417 Richard Trevithick came off the Prologis Park branch line at Three Spires Junction at not much more than walking speed with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:00 Reading to Round Oak 'Industrious Trader' railtour on 15 November 2008, I decided to take this close up view of the locomotive as it passed under the bridge to show the appalling state of the bodywork. Note the large areas of missing paint and several holes appearing in the rusting bodywork.

37418 Sandycroft 31 May 1997

37418 East Lancashire Railway approaches Sandycroft on 31 May 1997 with the 1D73 14:18 Crewe to Bangor North West Regional Railways service. Here it is travelling through the virtually flat valley of the River Dee. As it heads west, it will traverse progressively hillier terrain.

37418 Burry Port 18 July 2002

With St Mary's parish church in the background, 37418 East Lancashire Railway passes Burry Port on 18 July 2002 with the 1B97 13:35 Fishguard to Rhymney Wales & Borders service. At this time Wales & Borders hired three 37s from EWS, principally for Cardiff to Rhymney trains. However, on a weekday one diagram was extended to Fishguard.

37418 Brithdir 18 July 2002

37418 East Lancashire Railway accelerates away from Brithdir on 18 July 2002 with the 1B97 13:35 Fishguard to Rhymney Wales & West service. I had seen this train a little earlier in the day at Burry Port, but only now when just a few miles from its destination did the sun decided to come out. Note how the Great Bindweed (Calystegia silvatica) is doing a great job at disguising the palisade fencing in the foreground!

37418 & 37411 Forth Bridge 18 April 2003

There is hardly any need to explain where this is! 37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society cross the Forth Bridge on a slightly hazy 18 April 2003 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:35 Swindon to Inverness 'Orcadian' railtour.

37418 & 37411 Easter Clunie 18 April 2003

In the very last of the weak evening sunlight on Good Friday 18 April 2003, 37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society pass Easter Clunie (near Perth) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:35 Swindon to Inverness 'Orcadian' railtour. The houses of Newburgh can be seen climbing the hillside in the background.

37418 & 37411 Alness 19 April 2003

37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society pass Alness in the early morning gloom with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z64 07:45 Inverness to Georgemas Junction 'Orcadian' railtour on 19 April 2003. The tour had traveled up from Swindon the previous day, using 47747 as far as Crewe and 47756 between Crewe and Carlisle, from where the 37s took over.

37418 & 37411 Loth 19 April 2003

Not the most comfortable vantage point to wait for a train! Viewed from on top of a dry stone wall, 37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society pass the long closed and exceedingly remote station at Loth on 19 April 2003 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z64 07:45 Inverness to Georgemas Junction 'Orcadian' railtour.

37418 & 37411 Georgemas Junction 19 April 2003

37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society arrive at Georgemas Junction with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z64 'Orcadian' railtour on 19 April 2003, which had departed from Inverness at 07:45. Passengers transferred to coaches here, to connect with the ferry for the Orkneys.

37418 & 37421 Glen Falloch 11 April 2004

37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37421 thrash their way up Glen Falloch with the 1Z23 09:23 Edinburgh to Oban VSOE Northern Belle on 11 April 2004. Slightly unusual for a railtour this was running exactly to time! The West Highland line abounds in good photographic locations north of Crianlarich, but the section from Dumbarton to Crianlarich is a different story. For long stretches up until Ardlui the line is hemmed in by trees. Even here, between Ardlui and Crianlarich, finding an original location away from the hackneyed views in something of a challenge.

37418 & 37421 Glen Lochy 11 April 2004

In a really luck bit of sunshine, 37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37421 run parallel with the A85 road in Glen Lochy with the 1Z23 09:23 Edinburgh to Oban VSOE Northern Belle on 11 April 2004. After chasing the train from the other side of Crianlarich, it was a case of looking for a likely looking piece of high ground on the south side of the line, and hoping that the background was OK. The brief burst of sunshine with the menacing sky was a bonus.

37418 & 37421 Taynuilt 11 April 2004

37418 East Lancashire Railway & 37421 arrive at Taynuilt station on 11 April 2004 with the 1Z23 09:23 Edinburgh to Oban VSOE Northern Belle. Unfortunately, in typical Scottish style the fleeting burst of sunshine I saw the train at Glen Lochy hadn't lasted, and it was now back to the usual 100% cloud cover!

37419 & 47807 Croome 29 July 2001

37419 with failed 47807 The Lion of Vienna dead in tow passes Croome with the 1V84 10:15 Glasgow to Penzance Virgin CrossCountry service on 29 July 2001. The tractor worked the train from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads.

37419 Llanishen 15 July 2002

37419 makes a spirited departure from Llanishen station on 15 July 2002 with the 2R46 17:47 Cardiff to Rhymney Wales & Borders service. The building on the right had only just been completed when this picture was taken. An office worker was taking a break and having a stroll around the base of the building just before the train was due. He was obviously not a tractor enthusiast, as he disappeared back inside just as it departed!

37419 Bargoed 4 December 2005

37419 rounds the curve to the south of Bargoed with the 1Z25 1015 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service on 4 December 2005. This was during the slightly premature Arriva Trains Wales sponsored 'Loco Hauled Farewell' day.

37419 Coed Llanbradach 10 December 2005

What was supposedly going to be the last day of locomotive haulage on the Cardiff to Rhymney line on 10 December 2005 involved two challenges; finding somewhere that was clear of the fog in the morning, and finding a new spot away from the hackneyed locations that were swarming with other photographers. I think I succeeded with this location, Coed Llanbradach, between Ystrad Mynach and Llanbradach. My colleague at the top of the valley was standing in sunshine while I waited in the fog for this picture. However, the fog had rolled in when 37419 passed him at Pontlottyn, but had cleared by the time it got to me with the 2F22 11:14 Rhymney to Cardiff. Although not far from the road, the location is not easy to get to, as the path which goes through a farmyard is not obvious from the road. I'm reasonably pleased with the picture despite the encroaching shadows, the few remaining leaves on the trees behind forming a pleasant backdrop.

37419 Aber 10 December 2005

Last Rites in the Valleys. 37419 catches the last rays of the evening sun as it rounds the curve into Aber (near Caerphilly) on 10 December 2005 with the 2F34 14:15 Rhymney to Cardiff on what was supposed to be the final day of Class 37 haulage on the line. Note the wreath above the left buffer. In the event loco haulage lasted for nearly another year, but eventually the local passengers would no longer have the luxury of proper air conditioned coaches but would have to get used to basic coaching stock, with a diesel engine rattling under the floor! Such is progress.

37419 & 37425 Thrupp 30 April 2006

On what could possibly be its final working, 37419 partners classmate 37425 Pride of the Valleys on the 5Z46 11:42 Coventry to Old Oak Common empty stock working on Sunday 30 April 2006, seen here passing Thrupp, between Banbury and Oxford. The stock had been used on the previous day's 'Whitby Jet' railtour from Coventry to Whitby. 37419 had been assigned to the WNTR stored locomotives pool at Temple Mills.

37420 Bunbury 2 April 1999

37420 The Scottish Hosteller passes Bunbury in a very fleeting patch of hazy sun on 2 April 1999 with the 1D75 14:23 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead. The loco has had some very dodgy patch painting of the front end, presumably to cover up some serious rust patches!

37420 Ardley 1 October 1994

37420 The Scottish Hosteller heads through the rain at Ardley on 1 October 1994 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z67 06:45 Manchester Piccadilly to Alton 'Hampshire Hog II' railtour, being a re-run of the 5 March's 'Hampshire Hog' tour. Despite the awful weather, I wasn't going to miss out on a single mainline liveried Class on matching coaching stock traversing the Chiltern Line! Of course there is added historic interest now, as this section of line is once again double track.

37420 Shotton 31 December 1998

37420 The Scottish Hosteller catches a little weak winter sunshine as it passes Shotton with the 1D67 10:07 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead service on 31 December 1998. I'm not quite sure why someone has scrawled the number 183 on the front end, as 37420's previous numbers were D6997 & 37297.

37421 Pen-y-Clip 15 June 1996

37421 The Kingsman crosses Pen-y-Clip Viaduct on 15 June 1996 with the 1K61 10:23 Bangor to Crewe. Due to the close proximity of the road and cliffs on the left, this location only gets the sun around midsummer, and even then the area on left is in shade. So I was fortunate that on this occasion the only high cloud of the day softened up the light just enough to reduce the contrast.

37421 Millmeece 22 November 1997

From the start of the winter 1997 timetable, several North Wales Class 37 worked passenger trains were extended south to Birmingham. One such is pictured passing Millmeece on 22 November 1997. 37421 is working the 1G97 10:48 Holyhead to Birmingham New Street. At the time an EWS liveried loco was still far from common and the combination of EWS red and Regional Railways coaches made a refreshing change.

37421 Caerphilly 20 July 2000

37421 arrives at Caerphilly station on 20 July 2000 with the 2R42 17:11 Cardiff to Rhymney. 37421 was having a short holiday in South Wales, in between lengthy periods of operation on the North Wales Coast. When loco haulage ended on that route at the end of the year, it migrated to Scotland, before heading back to South Wales a couple of years later.

37421 Glandyfi 5 August 2002

37421 runs alongside the Afon Dyfi (River Dovey) with the 1Z36 12:10 Aberystwyth to Birmingham New Street special on 5 August 2002. This was an additional service run in connection with the Jewish conference at Aberystwyth. Interestingly, this mid Wales jaunt was while it was en-route from over a years use in the Scottish Highlands and before a spell of use on the Cardiff to Rhymney line. It would return north of the border after only a few month's use in Wales.

37422 Woodthorpe 6 March 1993

37422 brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z39 06:05 Manchester Piccadilly to Bentley Colliery 'Coker Coaler' railtour at Woodthorpe on 6 March 1993. 37514 leads the train towards the bridge under the M1 motorway, which is just visible on the extreme right. This section of line, on the Seymour Junction to Elmton & Creswell freight only line, has now been lifted.

37422 Harworth Colliery 6 March 1993

37422 arrives at Harworth Colliery on 6 March 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z39 06:05 Manchester Piccadilly to Bentley Colliery 'Coker Coaler' railtour. 37514 can just be seen on he rear of the train. Considering how litigious Coca Cola are, I'm surprised that Pathfinder managed to get away with that look-alike headboard!

37422 Valley 15 June 1996

37422 Robert F. Fairlie passes Valley, as it gets into its stride with the 1H44 13:23 Holyhead to Stockport service on 15 June 1996. The scenery is typical of Anglesey, with scattered farms, and an abundance of hawthorn and gorse bushes. The village of Valley can be seen on the horizon.

37422 Nantyrhebog 21 June 2003

Gleaming in its new coat of paint, 37422 Cardiff Canton passes Nantyrhebog (near Carmarthen) with the 1B96 09:11 Rhymney to Fishguard Harbour Wales & Borders service on 21 June 2003. The train has just crossed the large area of boggy ground that is now the Cors Goch Llanllwch National Nature Reserve.

37422 & 37410 Onllwyn 14 April 2007

37422 Cardiff Canton & 37410 Aluminium 100 struggle up the gradient towards Onllwyn with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:19 Birmingham International to Onllwyn 'Principality Freighter' railtour on 14 April 2007. 60038 can be seen on the rear of the train.

37422 & 37410 Briton Ferry 14 April 2007

37422 Cardiff Canton & 37410 Aluminium 100 accelerate away from Briton Ferry with the 1Z74 13:33 Onllwyn to Birmingham International 'Principality Freighter' railtour on 14 April 2007. Briton Ferry station is in the background, with the now virtually deserted yard on the left.

37422 & 37410 Llandevenny 14 April 2007

With the sun virtually behind the train, 37422 Cardiff Canton & 37410 Aluminium 100 speed past Llandevenny with the 1Z74 13:33 Onllwyn to Birmingham International 'Principality Freighter' railtour on 14 April 2007. The Bishton Flyover can be seen in the background which brings the up relief line across the main lines.

37423 Brentingby 25 June 2008

With Melton Mowbray just visible in the distance, 37423 passes Brentingby on 25 June 2008, hauling inspection saloon 'Caroline' on the 2Z37 08:10 Doncaster to Peterborough via just about everywhere (Alfreton, Lincoln, Sleaford, Nottingham, etc)! Luckily this was not one of the sections of line where 37423 was propelling the saloon. The signal on the opposite line has just changed from red to amber for 66003 with a Corby to Toton departmental working.

37423 & 975025 South Moreton (Didcot East) 22 September 2010

37423 Spirit of the Lakes has no trouble in getting up to a good speed as it heads away from Didcot and passes South Moreton with the 2Z01 09:05 Cardiff to Ealing Broadway on 22 September 2010. I had seen this train a little earlier at Steventon, and as it took a diversion off the GWML to visit Oxford, there was easily enough time to get to this spot for another picture, this time with the locomotive on the front.

37423 & 37087 Wadborough 25 March 2011

In superb late afternoon light on 25 March 2011, 37423 Spirit of the Lakes & 37087 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway pass Wadborough with the 6M67 13:02 Bridgwater to Crewe nuclear flask. Although all nuclear flask movements are diagrammed for two locomotives purely for insurance purposes, this would hardly be a taxing load even for a single loco!

37423 & 37402 Abbotswood 13 June 2014

37423 Spirit of the Lakes & 37402 Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 - 8.6.2013 look superb in the early morning sunshine at Abbotswood on 13 June 2014, as they get into their stride after being held briefly at Abbotswood Junction. They are working the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 05:47 Stafford to Swanage 'Purbeck Explorer' railtour. Note the two different versions of the DRS compass livery.

37424 Crianlarich 22 July 1997

37424 stands in the gloom and the drizzle at Crianlarich on 22 July 1997 as it waits for its path south with the 6E16 18:11 Fort William to North Blyth alumina empties. Despite being nearly dark, a record shot just had to be taken, as I was passing by en-route to my B&B. As the light level was so low, it was certainly a good job that it wasn't moving, when all I had was Fujichrome 100!

37424 Freshford 28 July 1999

37424 slows down for the stop at Freshford on 28 July 1999 whilst working the 2V89 17:20 Weymouth to Bristol Wales & West service. 37424 had spent most of its time in the West Highlands since ETS conversion in 1986, but had moved down to the West Country just a few weeks before this picture was taken. It was pretty much the regular loco on the Weymouth diagram throughout July and August, before heading back to Scotland in September 1999.

37424 Bradford-on-Avon 31 July 1999

During its brief holiday in the south, Motherwell allocated 37424 approaches Bradford-on-Avon on 31 July 1999 with the 2O87 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Weymouth service. After working the Weymouth trains intensively for a month, the loco spent a short spell on the Rhymney Line, before heading back to Scotland.

37425 Pilning 13 March 1989

37425 Sir Robert McAlpine / Concrete Bob labours slowly out of the Severn Tunnel and approaches Pilning on 13 March 1989 with the 6C34 10:40 Radyr to Exmouth Junction Speedlink Network Coal service. As late as the 1980s there was still a healthy demand for domestic coal trains such as this, hence the establishment of a dedicated (albeit small) network of services. However, this was not to last long, and within a few years this became another class of freight lost to rail.

37425 Ffynnongroyw 20 May 1995

37425 Sir Robert McAlpine / Concrete Bob passes Ffynnongroyw on 20 May 1995 with the 1D76 14:24 Crewe to Bangor Regional Railways service. The buildings and cranes at Mostyn Dock can be seen in the background, with Mostyn signal box just visible where the trees meet the buildings.

37425 Crianlarich 27 April 1998

No prizes for guessing where this is. There is only one location adjacent to the A82 road where there is a railway station with a tea room! 37425 Concrete Bob is pictured in the rain at Crianlarich whilst working the 1Y11 05:05 Edinburgh (ex Euston) to Fort William sleeper on 27 April 1998. The locomotive is making a typically smoky departure and is just passing over the junction with the Oban line. At least the awful weather makes the picture look atmospheric!

37425 Pontlottyn 23 August 2003

37425 passes the entrance to the Capital Valley Industrial Estate, as it accelerates away from Pontlottyn on 23 August 2003 with the 2R34 14:59 Cardiff to Rhymney service. The dreaded lineside fencing had just been erected here, but luckily there is a very convenient high mound of earth to climb to get this elevated view.

37425 Pontlottyn 23 August 2003

After seeing 37425 leave Pontlottyn heading towards Rhymney on 23 August 2003 with the 2R34 14:59 Cardiff to Rhymney service, it was just the case of a short walk and an even shorter wait to get a picture of the returning train. Here it is arriving at the diminutive Pontlottyn station with the 2F42 16:15 Rhymney to Cardiff.

37425 St George's 14 August 2004

37425 passes the church at St George's (sometimes known as St George's-super-Ely) on a dreary 14 August 2004 with the 1B96 09:11 Rhymney to Fishguard Wales & Borders service. The 700 year old church (naturally dedicated to St George) is a little distant from the main part of the village.

37425 Gilfach Fargoed 16 April 2005 After being outshopped from Toton in large logo livery just a few days previously, 37425 calls at the diminutive Gilfach Fargoed station on 16 April 2005 with the 2F14 09:13 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. This was only its second passenger working in its new guise (the first being the previous evening's 2R38 16:50 Cardiff Central to Rhymney). Gilfach Fargoed station is not really suitable for use by a loco-hauled train, as its platforms are barely one coach length!
37425 Bargoed 16 April 2005

37425 crosses Bargoed Viaduct with the 2R18 10:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service on 16 April 2005, just a few days after its repaint into large logo livery at Toton. It is not quite a perfect recreation of the late 1980s, as the numbers are in a slightly incorrect size and typeface. Note the gradient on the viaduct.

37425 Bargoed 16 April 2005

37425 emerges into a brief patch of sunshine as it approaches Bargoed on 16 April 2005 with the 2F26 12:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. A few seconds earlier and this would not have been in sun. This picture gives the impression that some railway photographers had decided this was a prime location and felled all the trees to open up the view! However, this was not the case, as the tree clearance was purely coincidental, and strangely I was the only photographer to venture to this location!

37425 Troedrhiwfuwch 16 April 2005

37425 passes Troedrhiwfuwch (between Pontlottyn and Tirphill) on 16 April 2005 with the 2F38 15:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. Unfortunately the earlier sunshine had now given way to thick cloud, but at least the ex-works loco stands out well in such grim conditions. 37425 was to spend a good deal of time on this route over the next year, resulting in the application of the very appropriate Pride of the Valleys nameplates a few months later.

37425 Caerphilly 28 May 2005

37425 arrives at Caerphilly on 28 May 2005 with the 2F14 09:13 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service, while 143624 disappears under the bridge with a Cardiff to Bargoed service. Note the Arriva liveried Mk 2 coaches that were employed on this line during the last year of loco haulage, although Virgin liveried stock appeared right at the end.

37425 Hengoed 28 May 2005

37425 arrives at Hengoed station on 28 May 2005 with the 2F26 12:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. Arriva liveried stock had just arrived on the line to replace (or supplement) the Virgin rakes. Having tall trees right next to the platform means that Hengoed is not the location to visit with photography in mind if the sun is shining!

37425 Tirphil 16 July 2005

A few passengers wait at the tiny station at Tirphil on 16 July 2005, as 37425 rolls in with the 2R10 08:59 Cardiff Central to Rhymney service. A good mixture of liveries here, with a recreation of the class 1980s large logo on the locomotive, and two different privatisation colour schemes (Virgin and Arriva) on the coaching stock.

37425 Tirphil 16 July 2005

37425 approaches Tirphil on 16 July 2005 with the 2F18 10:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. 37425 was nameless for the first few months after its repainting into this large loco colour scheme. Its Pride of the Valleys nameplates would be unveiled at a ceremony at Caerphilly station later in the year.

37425 Troedrhiwfuwch 16 July 2005

37425 storms past Troedrhiwfuwch (near Pontlottyn) on 16 July 2005 with the 2F30 13:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. Hardly the best lighting conditions, with very head on and overhead lighting, hence the choice of a low angle and fairly head viewpoint to accentuate the train emerging from the trees.

37425 Pontlottyn 16 July 2005

37425 approaches Pontlottyn with the 2R34 14:59 Cardiff to Rhymney service on 16 July 2005, a day which the weather forecasters promised us would be full sun. As usual they got it wrong, and many of the day's pictures were spoilt by cloud. Perfect lighting here however, with the sun just glancing across the front of the loco. 37425 was repainted into large logo livery in 2005 to mark the end of loco haulage in the Welsh Valleys. We are obviously at the half way stage in the changeover from Virgin liveried to Arriva liveried coaching stock on the Rhymney line at this point, with two of each type!

37425 Brithdir 16 July 2005

37425 arrives at Brithdir station on 16 July 2005 with the 2F42 16:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. Note the long disused up platform succumbing to the vegetation on the right. Even without knowing where this was, most people would guess at Wales, due to the characteristic lines of houses on the hillside.

37425 Cefn Onn 17 September 2005

37425 bursts out of Caerphilly Tunnel and passes Cefn Onn with the 2F18 10:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service on 17 September 2005. In 1986 Cefn Onn station was replaced by the more continentally situated Lisvane & Thornhill station, a few hundred yards to the south.

37425 Pontlottyn 17 September 2005

With the houses of Abertysswg in the background, 37425 heads south from Pontlottyn on 17 September 2005 with the 2F42 16:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. The course of the railway on the opposite side of the valley can just be made out in front of the houses.

37425 & 37411 Washwood Heath 17 February 2007

37425 Pride of the Valleys & 37411 Caerphilly Castle pass Washwood Heath Yard with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:26 Bristol Temple Meads to Stratford-on-Avon 'Bard'n'Birch' railtour on 17 February 2007. The early morning fog had burnt off nicely when I arrived here, and the preceding trains were seen in nice weak winter sun, but when the tour arrived the sun was just fading out into the cloud that persisted for the rest of the day.

37425 & 37411 Wood End 17 February 2007

37425 Pride of the Valleys & 37411 Caerphilly Castle emerge from the fog at Wood End, on the Birch Coppice branch with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:26 Bristol Temple Meads to Stratford-on-Avon 'Bard'n'Birch' railtour on 17 February 2007. Both locos had only been taken out of store the day before, yet despite this performed faultlessly all day.

37425 Wood End 17 February 2007

37425 Pride of the Valleys returns from Birch Coppice on 17 February 2007 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:26 Bristol Temple Meads to Stratford-on-Avon 'Bard'n'Birch' railtour. 37411 was now on the rear of the train, working top'n'tail. Note the amount of reinforcing work carried out around the bridge on this recently re-opened freight line.

37425 Henley-in-Arden 17 February 2007

Henley-in-Arden, on the Birmingham to Stratford-on-Avon line still has a fine selection of semaphore signals. 37425 Pride of the Valleys passes through with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:26 Bristol Temple Meads to Stratford-on-Avon 'Bard'n'Birch' railtour on 17 February 2007, with classmate 37411 on the rear of the train. The preceding DMU had been stopped by the signalman waving a red flag from the signalbox window, before proceeding under caution. The assembled photographers (the footbridge was completely packed!) wondered if the same thing would happen to the 37s, resulting in some thrash as they pulled away. Unfortunately they passed through at speed under clear signals.

37425 Charndon 17 February 2007

37425 Pride of the Valleys passes Charndon, on the freight only Oxford to Calvert Junction line with the Pathfinder Tours 'Bard'n'Birch' railtour on 17 February 2007, now running as 1Z38 13:00 Stratford-on-Avon to Quainton Road. As this was now late in the afternoon, the light which had been poor all day was now getting desperate!

37426 Bodorgan 6 September 1997

37426 passes through Bodorgan station on 6 September 1997 with the 1H44 13:23 Holyhead to Stockport service. With just a few houses for company, Bodorgan station is situated in the undulating south Anglesey landscape, between the villages of Bethel and Llangadwaladr.

37426 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 19 October 2000

As late as 2000 it was still occasionally possible to see a Class 37 on the 6B24 15:33 Didcot Power Station to Cardiff Tidal Sidings oil empties. On 19 October of that year, it was surprisingly the turn of a 37/4, rather than the usual 37/7. 37426 passes some autumnal colours at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth.

37427 Dinmore Tunnel 31 January 1989

37427 Bont Y Bermo emerges from Dinmore Tunnel on 31 January 1989 with the 1V08 09:15 Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff Central Regional Railways service. At the time this line saw regular Class 37 use in lieu of the booked Sprinter diagrams. Unfortunately this uninterrupted view of the twin bores of Dinmore Tunnel from a convenient nearby road bridge has been completely lost due to uncontrolled tree growth. 

37427 Croome 4 August 1996

37427 Highland Enterprise passes Croome with the 1M15 16:10 Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street service on 4 August 1996. Not the standard viewpoint at Croome, but at the top of the cutting near the farm bridge. A position that would not be popular if there were any photographers waiting on the road bridge for a train coming in the other direction! The fine weather with not a cloud in the sky unusually lasted for the entire day and another picture was taken of the return working at Droitwich later in the evening.

37427 Droitwich 4 August 1996

37427 Highland Enterprise is a long way from the Highlands as it passes Droitwich signal box with the 19:00 Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central service on 4 August 1996. It is accelerating off the single track line from Stoke Works Junction. The very low evening sun resulted in the usual vantage point from the bridge being in shade, so this is taken from the small car park to the west of the line, looking over the high fence. A good choice, as we were treated to this burst of clag as the driver opened up. 

37427 & 37413 Fort William Junction 24 October 1998

37427 & 37413 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society approach Fort William Junction in typical Scottish weather (pouring rain) on 24 October 1998 with the Regency Rail 1Z28 12:41 Mallaig to Fort William 'West Highlander' railtour. Fort William loco depot can be seen in the background, with a Class 37/6 being the only occupant.

37427 & 37413 Dalnaspidal 25 October 1998

In some welcome autumnal sunshine, 37427 & 37413 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society pass Dalnaspidal as they start the descent from Drumochter Summit with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 10:15 Inverness to Cardiff 'West Highlander' railtour on 25 October 1998. Although intermittently sunny, there was an extremely strong wind blowing, so much so that my tripod blew over! Thankfully this was before I had fixed the cameras to it!

37427 Glen Lochy 11 April 2004

37427 Bont Y Bermo passes through Glen Lochy on 11 April 2004 with the Hertfordshire Railtours Dalmally to Dumbarton Central 'Easter West Highlander' railtour. Luckily the River Lochy in the foreground is very shallow and strewn with boulders, as I had to find a way to get across it without getting wet!

37427 Colnbrook 12 March 2005

37427 is pictured at Colnbrook bringing up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z56 'Aggregated Syphons' railtour on 12 March 2005 (strictly speaking the 'Aggregated Syphon' following the failure of the second allocated loco 37669 the previous day). 59202 is on the front of the train, which is seen passing 66239 waiting in the sidings with a flyash train from Burton Power Station.

37427 Seascale 2 May 2005

37427 Bont Y Bermo passes Seascale Golf Course with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z78 04:56 Cardiff Central to Whitehaven 'Cumbrian Warrior' railtour on 2 May 2005, working singly after sister loco 37422 was dumped at Preston with low oil pressure. The timber fence in this picture is obviously designed to prevent sand being blown off the nearby beach onto the track, with limited success by the look of the ballast!

37427 Workington 2 May 2005

With flanges squealing on the sharp curve, 37427 takes the Pathfinder Tours 1Z79 'Cumbrian Warrior' railtour onto the Workington Docks branch on 2 May 2005. Surprisingly this tour was only running some 30 minutes late, which was not bad considering the other train loco (37422) had earlier failed and had to be removed at Preston.

37427 Siddick 2 May 2005

After visiting the Workington Docks branch, the Pathfinder Tours 'Cumbrian Warrior' railtour on 2 May 2005 had to run to Maryport in order to reverse and gain the up line. In rapidly deteriorating weather, 37427 is pictured passing the wind farm at Siddick on the return from Maryport.

37427 Glen Falloch 9 June 2005

Admittedly 9 June 2005 is near the longest day of the year, but 22:08 is still very late in the day to be taking a photograph of a moving train! In virtual darkness, 37427 Bont Y Bermo heads south through Glen Falloch with the 1B01 19:45 Fort William to Edinburgh (for Euston) ScotRail sleeper service.

37427 Crianlarich 11 June 2005

37427 Bont Y Bermo accelerates away from Crianlarich with the late running 1Y11 05:05 Edinburgh (ex Euston) to Fort William sleeper on 11 June 2005. This was rumoured to be the last week of Class 37 operations on this train, in the event they lasted for another year, before being replaced by the totally unsuitable Class 67s. The train has just crossed the viaduct spanning the River Fillan, and also the course of the former Dunblane to Oban Caledonian Railway line.

37427 & 37401 Bredon 30 July 2005

37427 Bont Y Bermo & 37401 The Royal Scotsman pass the site of Bredon station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 05:08 Bristol Temple Meads to Pwllheli 'Snowdonian 11' railtour on 30 July 2005. This picture was taken in extremely poor light at 1/1000sec f2 at ISO1600. The poor weather forecast, combined with the fact that I only had a borrowed car, meant I only photographed this tour locally, instead of following it to Wales. Last time I went to Barmouth for a Pwllheli tour it went to Blackpool instead! At least this picture was on the website before the tour got to Shrewsbury!

37427 Up Hatherley 10 September 2005

37427 Bont Y Bermo passes Up Hatherley on 10 September 2005 with the 6024 Preservation Society 1Z38 09:27 Birmingham Snow Hill to Bristol Temple Meads 'Welsh Marches Express' railtour. The highlight of this tour was of course the return 1Z39 Bristol to Birmingham via Hereford section, which was worked by GWR 4-6-0 6024 King Edward 1. I didn't photograph that, but as I was already at this location on the outskirts of Cheltenham, after seeing 33202 & 33103 pass by on another railtour, I decided to wait for this, despite the awful weather.

37428 Twerton 23 April 1998

37428 emerges from Twerton Tunnel on 23 April 1998 with the Royal Scotsman stock, returning from a trip to Bath. It is still gleaming from its recent repaint into Royal Scotsman claret livery, but it would not receive its The Royal Scotsman nameplates for another couple of weeks. Note the recently planted trees in the foreground, which have now ruined this viewpoint.

37428 & 37427 Steel Heath 31 May 2003

37428 The Royal Scotsman & 37427 pass Steel Heath on 31 May 2003 with the SRPS 1Z37 04:16 Linlithgow to Shrewsbury 'Shropshire Rambler' railtour. One of the more unusual destinations for the Scottish Railway Preservation Society - i.e. not in Scotland!

37429 Agecroft 10 June 1994

37429 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol passes Agecroft (near Salford) with the 1J03 07:12 Southport to Manchester Victoria Regional Railways service on 10 June 1994. Agecroft was a well known photographic location in steam days, but now unfortunately is semi derelict waste ground with numerous bushes and lineside vegetation, including lupins by the look of what is growing next to the track to the right of 37429!

37429 Holyhead 29 May 1999

37429 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol leaves Holyhead on 29 May 1999 with the 1G11 13:54 Regional Railways service to Birmingham New Street. In the background is Holyhead's 1937 built 100 lever signal box, with the diesel fuelling point to the right.

37429 Valley 13 May 2000

37429 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol is nearing journey's end as it passes Valley on 13 May 2000 with the 1D75 14:23 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead service. Tywyn Trewan Common in the background is an important nature reserve, although it seems to be totally dominated by one single species - gorse!