Class 37

37002 & 37023 Ratcliffe-on-Soar 1 July 1985

37002 & 37023 growl past Ratcliffe-on-Soar on 1 July 1985 with the 6E40 10:23 Corby to Lackenby steel coil empties. Unfortunately it was a dull day, but I wasn't going to miss the chance of a pair of blue 37s, especially as I have got very few pictures of this particular working. On the plus side, it did brighten up later in the day in time for the loaded southbound train behind 37193 & 37071.

37003 Leeming Bar 5 September 2004

37003 stands at Leeming Bar on 5 September 2004, shortly after arrival on the Wensleydale Railway, but before it was put into regular use on the line. It was withdrawn from mainline service in 1998 and initially moved to the East Anglian Railway Museum for restoration. It then moved to the Wensleydale Railway in January 2004.

37003 Crakehall (Mudfields Farm) 14 May 2005

After working a few test trains during 2004, 37003 finally entered passenger service on the Wensleydale Railway on 14 May 2005. It seen here passing Mudfields Farm, Crakehall, with its inaugural run - the 16:45 Leeming Bar to Redmire. The loco looks great in its BR blue livery (which would have looked even better in the sun that was out just before the train came), but I'm not too sure about the brilliant red livery of the coaches!

37003 Bedale 14 May 2005

In the last of the evening light, 37003 rounds the sharp curve into Bedale station on 14 May 2005 with the 18:10 Redmire to Leeming Bar service, on the loco's inaugural day of passenger usage on the Wensleydale Railway. The 1875 built North Eastern Railway signal box dominates the scene of what is a potential road traffic bottleneck. The level crossing is on the main A684 Northallerton to Sedburgh road.

37009 & 47354 Cholsey 16 August 1991

The 6M79 15:08 Eastleigh to Crewe Basford Hall MoD stores train approaches Cholsey on 16 August 1991 with a pair of appropriately liveried Railfreight Distributions locos. 37009 & 47354 provide an interesting combination of motive power, although not as interesting as the convoy seen on this same train at Wolvercote Junction the following year.

37010 North Perrott 21 August 1991

With Haselbury Park Farm in the background, 37010 is pictured heading west near North Perrott on 21 August 1991 with a short ballast train. This is a location that I visited three times during 1991, in the course of following Class 50s on the Waterloo to Exeter route. I never went there prior to 1991, and haven't been back since!

37010 & 37042 Rossett 17 August 1996

37010 & 37042 pass Rossett on 17 August 1996 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z71 17:37 Crewe to Exeter St Davids 'Crewe - Chester Flyer' railtour. This was one of those rare occasions when the sun came out for just a few minutes, exactly at the time the train was due. The improved lighting was so unexpected, that I didn't have time to change my Pentax 6x7 cameras over. The one fixed to the dual camera bracket contained Ilford HP5 black & white film, so this colour shot is from a 35mm Fujichrome slide, courtesy of a Canon A1.

37010 Culham 15 May 1997

I think this is possibly one of my finest railway pictures. The ideal combination of stunning early morning lighting with dark clouds in the background, an identifiable location, classic traction and an interesting train make this hard to beat. With Didcot Power Station in the background, 37010 approaches Culham with the 6Z23 Thameshaven to Littlemore oil train on 15 May 1997. This was the first oil train to run to Littlemore for many years, but sadly this resurgence in traffic didn't last long. In the still morning air the train could be heard coming all the way from Didcot, three miles away, giving me several minutes warning of its approach. Unfortunately the 6x7 slide of this picture seems to have gone missing after being published, so this is from a 35mm Fujichrome Sensia slide.

37010 Littlemore 15 May 1997

37010 reverses into Littlemore Oil Depot (just visible through the trees on the right) with the 6Z23 oil train from Thameshaven on 15 May 1997. This was the first train to run to Littlemore for a number of years. I had seen the train a little earlier in stunning light at Culham, but by the time it negotiated the Morris Cowley Branch the sun had disappeared. Oil traffic ceased a few years later, and the site has now been redeveloped.

37019 Winwick 28 July 1992

37019 passes Winwick on 28 July 1992 with the 6K85 11:00 Carlisle to Crewe Basford Hall MoD stores train. This traffic would formerly have traveling via the Speedlink network, but after the wagonload network was abandoned in 1991 a small dedicated MoD service was established, based largely on the old Speedlink workings. As can be seen here, the trunk workings could be very well loaded. Presumably the four vintage VEA vans near the front of the train are carrying explosives, hence the barrier wagons either side.

37019 Hinksey 25 June 1993

37019 passes the deserted and weed choked Hinksey Yard on 25 June 1993 with the well loaded 6M79 15:08 Eastleigh to Crewe Basford Hall MoD stores. This Railfreight Distribution service was the successor to the Speedlink service, which finished two years earlier.

37025 Rhyl 26 August 1996

37025 Inverness TMD finds a little patch of weak sunshine amidst the dark clouds as it rolls past Rhyl with the 6F11 11:03 Penmaenmawr to Warrington Arpley ballast on 26 August 1996. This loco is wearing a kind of intermediate livery, based on the large logo colour scheme, although clearly it has no BR logos at all. Otherwise the extended yellow around the cabs with black window surrounds and larger numbers is the same format as the large logo livery. 37025 was withdrawn in 1999, but has since found a home at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway.

37025 Farleaze 28 January 2016

37025 Inverness TMD passes Farleaze (near Hullavington) on 28 January 2016 with the 4B20 09:10 Barry to Barry (via Swindon) Colas driver training special. A large logo split box Class 37 on the mainline in 2016 with five bogie coal hoppers, who would have predicted that! I was really surprised to be on my own at this location. Admittedly the sun is not on the nose, but that applies to a lot of the locations to the east of the River Severn. It is however shadow free, with an uncluttered background.

37025 Acton Turville 28 January 2016

After running round at Swindon, 37025 Inverness TMD heads back to Wales on 28 January 2016 with the 4B20 09:10 Barry to Barry (via Swindon) Colas driver training special. It is pictured here passing Acton Turville. Unfortunately the sun had disappeared half an hour earlier (as the Met Office had predicted), but whatever the weather this was not a picture to be missed!

37025 Llandevenny 30 January 2016

37025 Inverness TMD passes Llandevenny on 30 January 2016 with the 4B20 08:37 Barry to Barry Colas driver training special. Unfortunately, after standing around in unbroken sunshine for an hour, just at the critical moment a cloud partially covered the sun. Also, the hoped for picture of the train traversing the curving single track line from Bishton Flyover (seen in the background) was thwarted by the train unexpectedly being routed along the up main. My bad luck did not end there, as I had planned to get another picture of the train returning from its booked run round at Swindon, at either Chipping Sodbury or Acton Turville. It was only after I had crossed the Severn Bridge that I found out that the train was in fact running round at Bristol Parkway and heading back to Wales! Rather than retrace my steps back to Wales, I decided to head for home!

37025 Claydon (Gloucestershire) 23 February 2016

37025 Inverness TMD passes Claydon on 23 February 2016 with the early running 5V37 13:30 Washwood to Heath to Barry, conveying two former Motorail vans. Success at last, after several weeks of frustration trying to get a picture of this loco with the sun on the front. Rouge clouds, termination of the crew training running from Barry to Swindon at Bristol Parkway, and several light engine only runs have made following this loco rather trying!

37025 Banbury 11 March 2016

37025 Inverness TMD approaches Banbury on 11 March 2016 with the 6Z90 12:00 (14:36 actual) Crewe Basford Hall to Didcot, conveying Kirow crane DRK 81624, sandwiched between a KFA support wagon and a YWA flat wagon. Unfortunately this was well over two hours late. Had it passed at the correct time, the lighting would have been perfect. By the time it appeared the spring sunshine had long gone, and it was getting very dark. However, the prospect of a picture of a preserved Class 37 working a freight on the mainline was certainly not to be missed.

37025 Baulking 27 May 2016

37025 Inverness TMD passes Baulking on 27 May 2016 with the 3Z01 08:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Derby RTC Network Rail test train. This was running 33 minutes early, which has resulted in the lighting not being as good as I would have liked, but still well worth a picture, especially as it is passing a couple of the electrification piles that Network Rail seem unable to drive into the ground properly. A Network Rail train, operated by Colas, with a loco on hire from the Scottish 37 Group!

37025 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 2 November 2016

In the very last of the rapidly fading light, 37025 Inverness TMD runs along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 2 November 2016 with the 1Z78 06:45 Tyseley to Bristol Temple Meads (via Theale) Network Rail test train. 37421 is on the rear. After a very long sojourn in Theale loop, this train then annoyingly stuck exactly to time, waiting in Milton loop, a few miles away until its booked time, while all the time the light was fading away. Well at least it wasn't late, as that would have been a disaster!

37025 Bourton 3 November 2016

37025 Inverness TMD passes Bourton on 3 November 2016 with the 1Z78 06:48 Bristol Temple Meads to Tyseley Network Rail test train, with 37421 on the rear. Unfortunately this was held at Swindon while a succession of trains passed Bourton in weak autumn sunshine. Then of course when the sun had disappeared it was let out the loop, and passed me and the one other photographer in what can only be described as cloudy bright conditions, now running an hour behind schedule.

37029 & 37038 Stockton 22 April 2000

37029 & 37038 pass through Stockton station on 22 April 2000 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z39 15:30 Seal Sands to Swindon 'Cleveland Crusader' railtour. Out of sight on the rear is 56027. Stockton station is certainly a shadow of its former self, with just the two remaining brick walls showing where the original twin span overall roof was. This was removed in 1979.

37029 & 37038 Burton Salmon 22 April 2000

After a completely dull day, the sun finally breaks through the clouds at Burton Salmon on 22 April 2000, as 37029 & 37038 head for home with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z39 15:30 Seal Sands to Swindon 'Cleveland Crusader' railtour.

37029 Sugar Loaf 23 July 2000

Everyone in the front coach is obviously enjoying the noise, as 37029 slogs up the long 1 in 60 gradient towards Sugar Loaf Tunnel on 23 July 2000 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 07:49 Crewe to Llandrindod Wells 'Heart of Wales Line Excursion' railtour. The tour was running very late, not because the 37 was deputising for the unavailable 46035, but because there was no rostered guard at Birmingham New Street! Luckily a Virgin CrossCountry guard came to the rescue, taking the train on to Bristol Parkway.

37029 Dolau 23 July 2000

In atrocious light, 37029 heads north along the Central Wales line with the late running Pathfinder Tours 1Z91 (despite what the headcode display says!) 17:10 Llandrindod Wells to Crewe 'Heart of Wales Line Excursion' on 23 July 2000. The location is just north of Dolau station, and luckily the train is still moving slowly after negotiating the open level crossing by the station. With the light level dictating 1/125sec with the lens wide open on Fujichrome 100, there wasn't much latitude!

37031 & 37026 Challow 29 October 1992

A slightly wider than normal view of the remains of Challow station on 29 October 1992, to show the work being done to relay the relief lines from here to Wantage Road. 37031 & 37026 Shapfell growl past the worksite with the 4L65 06:25 Pengam to Felixstowe freightliner. The new trailing point has already been installed (just visible in the background), but as yet there is no sign of any other track laying. The remains of the former down platform have just been cleared away, but the up platform is still extant. Not only would this last remnant of the station soon be swept away, but the two locomotives pictured here would not survive either.

37032 High Kelling 2 May 1998

D6732 (37032) Mirage passes High Kelling on the North Norfolk Railway with the 15:00 Sheringham to Holt service on 2 May 1998. 37032 was withdrawn from Tinsley depot in March 1994, although it had been in store unserviceable for over a year. Tinsley had unofficially named it Mirage in 1992, so this was perpetuated in preservation with cast plates in place of the previously painted ones. A cab full of volunteers enjoying some English Electric traction here!

37032 Weybourne 26 September 1998

D6732 (37032) Mirage heads into the setting sun at Weybourne on 26 September 1998 with the 17:00 Sheringham to Holt service, passing one of the North Norfolk Railway's distinctive somersault signals. The line was original built by the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway, and the GNR was a prolific user of such signals.

37035 Limpley Stoke 12 August 1993

A welcome burst of sunshine at Limpley Stoke on 12 August 1993, as 37035 passes the disused station building with the 2O87 09:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Weymouth Regional Railways service. Note the mix of liveries in the train. Regional Railways would be normal, and blue and grey highly likely, but the leading Network SouthEast Mk2 is a bit of an imposter! The wooden station building dates from 1857, and was closed to passengers in 1966.

37037 & 37376 Yate 24 July 1996

Under a dramatic sky, and catching the last rays of the setting sun, 37037 & 37376 round the curve at Yate on 24 July 1996 with the 4C06 20:00 Westerleigh to Stoke Gifford loaded Avon Binliner. They were deputising for the usual Class 58, and after seeing the train leave Westerleigh, I was just hoping the light would hold out while the locos ran round their train at Yate station.

37038 Crofton 15 January 1991

37038 passes Crofton just after sunrise on 15 January 1991 with a featherweight ballast train. Kennet & Avon Canal Lock No. 57 can be seen in the background. The loco had only been in the DCWA Western Region engineer's fleet for a couple of weeks at this time, after previously having been allocated to the metals sector.

37038 Hemington 29 June 1996

37038 passes Hemington on 29 June 1996 with the 6L78 17:10 Longport to Harwich solvent empties. Even as late as the 1990s there was a considerable amount of chemical traffic on the railways, and generally being trains of moderate length were often in the hands of Class 37s.

37038, 37203 & 37255 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 21 April 1997

Super power for the 7A13 05:55 Westbury to Appleford ARC stone train on 21 April 1997. 37038, 37203 & 37255 are seen approaching Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. I'm not sure if all three locos were under power, but it certainly sounded like it! Unfortunately not only are the locos filthy (especially 37038), but the head on lighting (this is taken at 07:35!) prevents this being anything other than a record shot.

37038 Pontypridd 4 June 2000

An almost aerial view of Pontypridd station, taken on 4 June 2000. 37038 pulls into the station with the 5Z03 ECS from Stormstown Sidings, prior to working the 2Z03 13:40 Pontypridd to Treherbert special.

37038 Trehafod 4 June 2000

37038 passes Trehafod on 4 June 2000 with the 2Z04 14:46 Cardiff Queen Street to Treherbert special. This was one of a number of special trains worked by 37038 on this day, which had also included the line to Merthyr Tydfil.

37038 Basingstoke 16 July 2001

A preserved loco to the rescue! Privately owned 37038 was helping out Freightliner on 16 July 2001, when it was employed on the 4M55 10:17 Millbrook to Lawley Street freightliner. It is seen here pulling away from Basingstoke. Far from a one off, 37038 appeared on a number of freightliners around this time, much to the delight of photographers.

37038 Whitnash 16 July 2001

Privately owned 37038 was hired to Freightliner during the summer of 2001 to cover for a shortage of locos. It is seen here passing Whitnash with the 4O17 15:50 Lawley Street to Millbrook freightliner on 16 July 2001.

37038 Long Dyke Junction 6 July 2002

37038 passes Long Dyke Junction, Cardiff, on 6 July 2002 with the Monmouthshire Railway Society 1Z27 10:15 Newport to Margam Moors 'Demon Docker' railtour. Although the 37 was interesting enough, the real highlight of this tour was the traversal of the Cardiff Docks line behind 08951. This area of Cardiff is chiefly known for being the childhood home of singer Shirley Bassey, who was born in Tiger Bay, and then spent her early childhood in Splott, not far from this location.

37038 & 37197 Pontrilas 2 March 2003

37038 & 37197 pass Pontrilas with the 1Z48 08:50 Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central football special on 2 March 2003. This was for the Worthington Cup Final played between Liverpool and Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium, which incidentally, Liverpool won 2-0. Pontrilas station closed in 1964, but the signal box and loop remains, along with a fine collection of semaphore signals. Considering the amount of cloud all around, I was lucky to get this one in the sun!

37038 & 37197 Craven Arms 22 March 2003

37038 & 37197 storm through Craven Arms on 22 March 2003 with the 1Z66 08:05 Crewe to Cardiff Central rugby special. Plenty of signs of former Great Western Railway ownership here, with lower quadrant signals, and a substantial stone built goods shed.

37038 & 87022 Hinksey 2 January 2008

37038 passes Hinksey Yard (near Oxford) towing 87022 Cock o' the North as the 0Z87 11:46 Oxley to Wembley on 2 January 2008. The 87 is being returned to its home depot after the withdrawal of the remaining class members at the end of 2007, therefore making this one of its last mainline outings in this country. Luckily this working was running 23 minutes early. The shadows from the line of parked wagons in the yard on the left has already reached the wheels and if it had been running to time I would have had to have searched for an alternative location!

37038 & 37601 Gossington 13 December 2010

Miserable lighting conditions at Gossington on 13 December 2010 as 37038 & 37601 Class 37-'Fifty' pass by with the 6M56 12:41 Berkeley to Crewe nuclear flask. Unfortunately the DRS dark blue livery (both old and new version represented here) looks very drab in dull light, but nowadays any Class 37 working on the mainline is worth recording.

37038 & 37716 Hinksey 30 March 2017

37038 & 37716 amble past Hinksey Yard on 30 March 2017 with the 5Z74 11:28 Eastleigh Arlington to Burton-on-Trent Wetmore Sidings ECS. This was in preparation for the Pathfinder Tours 'Evening Lark', 'Night Owl' & 'Round Robin' railtours. The train had spent the previous 20 minutes sat in Kennington Goods Loop, just beyond the bridge in the background.

37040 Foxhall Junction 20 May 1992

With a wave from the driver, 37040 weaves across from the down relief to the down main at Foxhall Junction, Didcot on 20 May 1992 whilst working the 6V99 13:53 Hamworthy to Cardiff Tidal steel train, Such is the unpredictability of freight, it is running one hour late and on the wrong day! There was a sudden burst of Class 37 activity here on this day, as 37213 was waiting for 37040 to complete its manouever before it could continue heading east.

37040 Snodland 28 August 1999

Ghostly white 37040 races through Snodland station on 28 August 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z91 14:00 Sheerness-on-Sea to Finsbury Park 'Sandwich Dealer' railtour. I had selected this particular location to include the impressive (if slightly leaning!) Southern Railway bracket signal.

37042 Cockwood Harbour 3 May 1999

37042 passes Cockwood Harbour in lovely soft evening light on 3 May 1999 with the 6V70 08:57 Cliffe Vale to St Blazey china clay empties. Two things make this picture slightly unusual: the single Class 37 instead of the usual pair, and the uniform rake of CEA covered hopper wagons. There were in fact 30 CEA wagons in this train, plus three Cargowagons, out of sight on the rear of the train. As there were only 44 wagons converted from HEA hoppers to CEAs in 1996, this train represents over two thirds of the entire fleet! Note the boat named Nearly in the foreground. A shame there wasn't another one nearby called There!

37042 Bargoed 26 June 1999

37042 arrives at Bargoed station on 26 June 1999 with the 2F13 08:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central Cardiff Railway Company service. At the time this was normally a unit operated service, but loco haulage was substituted in connection with the inaugural rugby match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (Wales v South Africa, appropriately won by Wales).

37042 & 37114 Ynyslas 22 March 2003

Under a perfect blue sky, 37042 & 37114 City of Worcester cross the Afon Leri at Ynyslas on 22 March 2003 with the Past Time Rail 1Z51 06:32 Milton Keynes to Aberystwyth 'Cambrian Growler' railtour. The scaffold pole constructed temporary walkway, which was serving as a public footpath alongside the bridge, was vibrating wildly, even though I am standing on the section that is front of the bridge. It's not that often that I stand so close to so much power, moving at such speed!

37043 Achallader 28 April 1998

37043 passes a long since disused permanent way hut and the remains of a former footbridge as it passes Achallader on the West Highland Line with the 6Y45 06:36 Mossend to Fort William Enterprise service on 28 April 1998. For once it was a pleasant wait in the sunshine at this remote spot as the infamous Scottish midges that become unbearable later in the summer had yet to make an appearance. Also at this time of year the landscape shows a varied mixture of colours from green through brown almost to purple.

37044 & 37091 Kidderminster (Hodgehill Farm) 4 July 1987

37044 & 37091 pass Hodgehill Farm, on the eastern edge of Kidderminster, with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z37 07:30 Finsbury Park to Bridgnorth 'Independent' (US Independence Day - 4 July) railtour on a slightly hazy 4 July 1987. Nice to see that at least 37044 appears to have specially cleaned for the occasion. The 37s would hand over to Western haulage on the Severn Valley Railway. D1062 Western Courier outward and D1013 Western Ranger return, The tour later visited the Great Central Railway, where haulage was courtesy of 40106 Atlantic Conveyor & LNER B1 Class 4-6-0 1306 Mayflower.

37045 & 37235 Goring 27 May 1992

37045 & 37235 pass Goring with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner on 27 May 1992. During 1992 there were several freightliners in the Didcot area booked for Class 37 haulage, both from the south as here, and via the Swindon line from Wales. Luckily this train was booked to run along the relief line, which offers much better photographic opportunities in the low evening light.

37047 & 37114 Old Denaby 9 August 1997

37047 & 37114 City of Worcester round the curve at Old Denaby on 9 August 1997 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z30 14:30 Edinburgh to Swindon 'Edinburgh & Borders Excursion' railtour. This was in the days when I used to spend a lot of time chasing railtours. In fact, the reason this less than ideal location was chosen, is that it was the best I could do, bearing in mind that I had just travelled up to Yorkshire from Kent (via the Dartford Tunnel) after seeing 37678 & 37417 on one of Rail Magazine's 'Ramsgate Day Out' specials!

37047 & 37058 Carnforth 17 July 1999

37047 & 37058 arrive at a rather damp Carnforth station on 17 July 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z42 12:30 Rylstone Quarry to Reading 'Summer Syphony' railtour. The train is negotiating the sharp curve that connects the line from Settle Junction to the route from the Cumbrian Coast. The tall building is the original Furness Railway Signal Box, which closed as long ago as 1903. Note the sign stating that electric trains have no access to the Leeds branch (via Settle Junction), hardly surprising, as the route is not wired!

37047 Kirkby (Dale Lane) 12 April 2003

37047 passes Dale Lane, Kirkby on 12 April 2003 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:12 Reading to Knowsley Freight Terminal 'Wizard Express' railtour. The train is slowing down on the approach to the junction with the Knowsley branch, where it will reverse, with 37308 (out of sight behind the bushes on the rear of the train), taking it down the line to the freight terminal. I wonder how the fire on the cutting side started?

37047 Wraysbury 20 March 2004

37047 accelerates away from Wraysbury, returning from Windsor & Eaton Riverside, with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z91 'Buffer Puffer - The Return!' railtour on 20 March 2004. With so few Class 37s left in service with EWS at the time, it must have been quite an achievement to get two Mainline blue locos for the tour - 37203 was on the rear working top'n'tail. The train is just approaching a footpath crossing, and although not apparent here, the whole area on both sides of the line consists largely of lakes.

37047 & 37109 Cam & Dursley 18 September 2004

37047 & 37109 approach Cam & Dursley with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:28 Crewe to Whatley  'Industrial Invader' railtour on 18 September 2004. The tour was heading for Sharpness - the first of a number of freight only branches traversed during the day. Photographed in terrible light, at least at this point the tour was running exactly to time - a situation that was not to last!

37047 & 37109 Kemble 18 September 2004

Mass vegetation clearance at Kemble (on the Gloucester to Swindon line), has resulted in this previously impossible view from above the tunnel being opened up. Despite this new location, I was the only person there to witness 37047 & 37109 accelerate out of Kemble station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:28 Crewe to Whatley 'Industrial Invader' railtour on 18 September 2004.

37047 & 37109 Hallen Marsh Junction 18 September 2004

After a fruitless attempt to find a decent photographic location alongside the River Avon in the Sea Mills and Shirehampton area of Bristol, for the final shot of the day of the Pathfinder Tours 'Industrial Invader' railtour on 18 September 2004, I ended up at the tried and tested location of Hallen Marsh Junction, deep in the Avonmouth industrial complex. Catching the last rays of the setting sun 37047 & 37109 take the Filton line now running as the 1Z38 (15:21 booked, 16:37 actual) Whatley to Crewe. Despite the 76 minute late departure from Whatley, the tour had managed to make up a lot of time, and luckily in view of the rapidly failing light is pictured here running only 21 minutes down.

37048 Andover 24 June 1995

On 24 June 1995, 37048 propels the stock of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 08:56 Bristol Temple Meads to Marchwood 'Logistician' railtour from the down line into the up platform at Andover, prior to working down the Ludgershall Branch (on the left) to visit the Army Depot. As can be seen by the heaving platform, all passengers were required to detrain while this shunt manoeuvre was being performed. 37371 waits to attach the rear of the train. The main attraction of this tour was visiting two Army Depots in one day (Ludgershall and Marchwood). Although it looks like 37048 has had some degree of cleaning for this tour (note the painted cab steps) it was in fact a replacement for the original tour locomotive (37098), which had failed at Didcot.

37051 Twerton 12 October 1994

37051 passes Twerton on 12 October 1994 with westbound ballast empties. Despite being a very short train, it still contains three distinct wagons types. The houses on the outskirts of Bath can be seen in the background, with Stothert and Pitt Cricket Club's pavilion in the middle distance.

37051 Shrivenham 1 November 1994

37051 heads east past the site of Shrivenham station on 1 November 1994 with a lengthy train of ballast empties. 37051 had for a long time been a Scottish locomotive, and at this time had only just been moved south to take up infrastructure duties. It would later become one of the first locomotives to receive the EWS red and gold livery.

37051 Lydd 8 September 2002

37051 Merehead brings up the rear of the Hertfordshire Railtours 11:10 Victoria to Dungeness 'Dungeness Pebbledasher' railtour at Lydd on 8 September 2002. It is passing the old Lydd Town station building. 73136 & 73133 were the lead locomotives. The Dungeness water tower can be seen in the background, and on the extreme right, the old lighthouse.

37051 Dungeness 8 September 2002

37051 Merehead is pictured amid the pebble dunes and grass at Dungeness on 8 September 2002 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 'Dungeness Pebbledasher' railtour. The train arrived behind 73136 & 73133, which can be seen next to the nuclear flask loading gantry in the background.

37051 Kingsnorth 8 September 2002

After a generally cloudy day, the sun finally makes an appearance as 37051 Merehead passes Kingsnorth on 8 September 2002 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 14:15 Dungeness to Victoria 'Dungeness Pebbledasher' railtour. 73136 & 73133 are on the rear of the train. In the background the A2070 Ashford to Rye road can be seen paralleling the railway.

37051& 37717 Worplesdon 13 December 2003

37051 & 37717 Berwick Middle School, Railsafe Trophy Winners 1998 pass through a very wet Worplesdon station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 06:00 Gloucester to Salisbury 'Moon Raker' railtour on 13 December 2003. The blue van only parked in the nearest corner of the car park just before the train came, and then promptly left again. He wasn't even a photographer!

37051 & 37717 Salisbury 13 December 2003

37051 & 37717 round the curve between Laverstock South and Tunnel Junctions at Salisbury with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 06:00 Gloucester to Salisbury 'Moon Raker' railtour in pouring rain on 13 December 2003. The line in the background is the Laverstock North to South chord, which had just witnessed the passage of Southern Railway 4-6-2 34067 Tangmere, which of course I was not in a position to photograph from this bridge!

37053 & 37154 Challow 17 July 1992

37053 & 37154 Johnson Stevens Agencies pass the long disused platforms of Challow station on 17 July 1992 with the 4L65 06:25 Pengam to Felixstowe freightliner. Work had just started to reinstate the down relief line, although at this stage just the exit point has been installed. The platform in the foreground only had a few months to live, and although the main earth bank would survive, the coping stones visible here would soon succumb to the track improvements.

37055 Althorne 22 July 1993

37055 approaches Althorne (near Burnham-on-Crouch) on 22 July 1993 with the 7L72 09:46 Willesden to Southminster nuclear flask. This train served Bradwell Power Station, which was an operational nuclear plant between 1962 and 2002. This train only ran on Thursdays, and such was the intensity of service on the branch (or more to the point, the limited capacity caused by the long sections of single track), that one of the daily passengers trains was cancelled on a Thursday to accommodate it!

37057 & 37051 Clink 21 June 1996

Immaculate ex-works 37057 Viking & 37051 Merehead (at the time the only two Class 37s in the then new EWS livery) approach Clink (near Frome) on 21 June 1996 with the 1Z56 09:30 Euston to Cranmore special conveying guests to a double Foster Yeoman Class 59 naming ceremony. As well as the repaints, 37051 had been named Merehead especially for the event, which ironically could not take place at Merehead Quarry due to space and safety constraints. The East Somerset Railway's station at Cranmore was chosen instead..

37057 Aslockton 14 March 2016

37057 looks superb in the late afternoon light, as it passes Aslockton on 14 March 2016 with the 3Q01 08:34 Derby RTC to Derby RTC (via Skegness) Network Rail test train. With this being one of the few decent unobstructed viewpoints on the Grantham to Nottingham line, I was surprised to be the only photographer here. I was also lucky with the sun, as a little earlier it had been very hazy, but was back up to full strength by the time this was due. 37175 is the rear locomotive.

37057 Kingham 19 October 2016

37057 slowly pushes the 3Q13 09:07 Derby RTC to Oxford Down Carriage Siding Network Rail test train through Kingham station on 19 October 2016. DBSO 9701 is leading. This train was timed for 75mph, but was doing much less than half that here. Unfortunately the lighting was terrible, despite the fact that just a mile to the west the sun was out. I deliberately chose this viewpoint, as it is an identifiable location, and the available gap between the new footbridge on which I am standing, and the roadbridge would ideally suit this short train.

37058 & 37066 Radwell 21 May 1989

In failing light, 37058 & 37066 cross the viaduct over the River Great Ouse at Radwell on 21 May 1989 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1T14 18:10 Leicester to St Pancras railtour, the last of a number of specials operating over the Midland Mainline during the InterCity Diesel Day.

37058 Rhyl 29 May 1999

During Spring and Summer 1999 there was a shortage of available Class 37/4s on the North Wales Coast line, with the result that several 37/0s were used. Such was the case on 29 May 1999, when 37058 was pressed into service on the 1G96 08:36 Holyhead to Birmingham New Street service. It is pictured here approaching Rhyl in extremely gloomy conditions. Behind the locomotive is Marine Lake, around which runs the Rhyl Miniature Railway, the oldest miniature railway in the country.

37058 Valley 29 May 1999

Making a welcome change from the usual Regional Railways liveried Class 37/4s, spilt box 37/0 37058 passes Valley on 29 May 1999 with the 1D71 12:07 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead service. A few months later 37058 would be exported to France to work ballast trains during the construction of the new TGV Méditerranée line.

37059 & 37058 Aisgill 20 July 1996

A extremely tatty 37059 & slightly less grubby 37058 pass Aisgill on 20 July 1996 with the Class 37 Group 1Z37 07:55 Kings Cross to Carlisle 'Settle Syphons' railtour. It was very nearly a meeting of classic traction, as D172 was also on a railtour over the Settle & Carlisle, although from the opposite direction.

37059 Wolvercote 2 August 2011

37059 brings up the rear of the 1Q13 Tyseley to Tyseley Network Rail test train at Wolvercote on 2 August 2011. 37038 is the lead locomotive. Just visible in the background under the bright is the signal for the Cotswold Line, showing amber along with the 'feathers'. I do not normally take going away shots, but as I was unable to get out in time for the southbound working, and as I specifically wanted to be at this location for 1Z57, I relented. For some reason there doesn't appear to be any red tail light showing, which is a bonus. And no, I have not Photshopped it out!

37063 Clay Mills (Hargate) 4 September 1991

37063 passes Clay Mills (Hargate) on 4 September 1991 with the 6V14 08:00 Hull Saltend to Baglan Bay acetic acid tanks. The third tank appears to have had some accident damage. 37063 would survive in traffic for another 3 years, it would then be stored unserviceable for a further 5 years, before being officially withdrawn in January 1999. It was cut up at Kingsbury in 2001.

37065 Didcot North Junction 2 July 1997

I only just got this one in the sun! 37065 finds its only little patch of sunshine as it leaves Didcot Yard and approaches Didcot North Junction with a train of spoil wagons for the nearby Appleford civil engineers tip. The date is 2 July 1997, and although the Mainline livery looks fresh here, it was already obsolete, and would soon be swept aside in a sea of EWS red.

37065 Oving 18 October 2003

37065 passes Oving on 18 October 2003 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z66 08:21 Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour 'Lost Sheep' railtour. This was one of 37065's last workings, it being placed into store shortly afterwards. It was cut up in 2007.

37068 & 37128 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 14 August 1992

37068 Grainflow & 37128 approach Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 14 August 1992 with the 4L65 06:25 Pengam to Felixstowe freightliner. Note the orange peg and recently leveled ballast in the foreground, which marks the start of the work to reinstate the down relief line. Over two decades later similar indications of new work can be seen here. However, this time it is for the much less welcome (from a photographic point of view) forthcoming electrification.

37068 & 37108 Briton Ferry 2 October 1993

37068 Grainflow & 37108 pass Briton Ferry on 2 October 1993 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z16 05:20 Preston to Cwmgwrach 'Neath Navigator' railtour, passing lines of stored wagons, including well over a hundred redundant HBA domestic coal hoppers. In the foreground, on the left, initial preparation work is taking place for the construction of Briton Ferry station, which opened the following summer.

37069 & 37602 Tackley 23 May 2009

Golden late evening lighting at Tackley on 23 May 2009 as 37069 & 37602 head northwards with the Spitfire Railtours 1Z45 16:36 Weymouth to Crewe 'Wessexman' railtour. Although running exactly to time at Didcot the train was five minutes early at Tackley which implies some very fast running through Oxford. In the still air the pair of tractors could easily be heard approaching from several miles away.

37069 Charlbury 7 September 2016

37069 slowly approaches Charlbury on 7 September 2016 with the 1Q05 08:24 Tyseley to Bristol High Level Siding (via Weymouth) Network Rail Test Train. 37608 is the rear locomotive. It would have to wait in Charlbury station for 17 minutes, while the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR 180 unit cleared the long single track section from Wolvercote Junction.

37069 Charlbury (Cornbury Park) 7 September 2016

37069 accelerates away from Charlbury station (just out of sight behind the bushes) on 7 September 2016 with the 1Q05 08:24 Tyseley to Bristol High Level Siding (via Weymouth) Network Rail Test Train. 37608 is the rear locomotive. It had being waiting for the 1W29 11:20 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR 180 unit to clear the single track section from Wolvercote Junction.

37069 Wootton Bassett (Chaddington Lane) 8 September 2016

37069 passes Chaddington Lane (Near Wootton Bassett) on 8 September 2016 with the 1Q05 06:53 Bristol High Level Siding to Tyseley Network Rail test train, with 37608 on the rear. I had chosen this location because the sun would be at an ideal angle. That naturally ensured that there wasn't any at the crucial moment!

37069 Honeybourne 1 April 2017

37069 arrives at Honeybourne on 1 April 2017 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z78 16:20 Long Marston to Crewe 'Round Robin' railtour. This had left Long Marston half an hour late, and consequently lost its path over the Cotswold Line. Most of the photographers waiting on the bridge for this were expecting full sun, as a large blue patch was developing, after a massive storm had passed over. Unfortunately a stubborn cloud stayed in front of the sun, until the next batch of storm clouds arrived from the west!

37069 Badsey 1 April 2017

37069 passes Badsey on 1 April 2017 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z78 16:20 Long Marston to Crewe 'Round Robin' railtour, now running an hour late, due to its late departure from Long Marston causing it to lose its path over the Cotswold Line.

37069 & 37716 Banbury 2 April 2017

37069 & 37716 approach Banbury on 2 April 2017 with the 5Z79 15:00 Crewe Down Refuge Siding to Eastleigh Arlington ECS. This was the loco and stock off the previous day's Pathfinder Tours 1Z77 10:35 Crewe to Long Marston 'Round Robin' railtour. The train is running along the up relief line, as it would be held a Banbury in order to allow a CrossCountry Voyager to pass. The clouds in the background add to the picture, but the ones off to the left, near the sun, very nearly ruined the picture. Perhaps I was in luck with the sun because of who I was stood next to!

37072 Firsby 17 September 1988

37072 rounds the sharp curve at Firsby on 17 September 1988 with the 1D17 09:20 Sheffield to Skegness service. Note the crudely applied loco number between the marker lights on the plated over headcode box. This is the rebuilt end of the loco, while the other end still retains the original spilt headcode box configuration.

37072 & 37264 Hallen Marsh Junction 3 December 1994

After an entire day of dreadful light and intermittent rain, the sun finally made a very brief appearance on 3 December 1994, as 37072 & 37264 commenced their journey back to London after visiting various branch lines in the Swindon and Bristol area with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z60 'Westerleigh Wizard' railtour. It is seen here rounding the curve from Hallen Marsh Junction onto the freight only line to Filton, glinting nicely in the late afternoon sun. 47705 can be seen on the rear of the train. The tour had already visited Didcot Power Station, the remains of the Highworth Branch at Swindon, and Avonmouth. However, the tour was not quite over, as on the way back it would visit the Westerleigh Branch.

37075 & 37110 Severn Tunnel Junction 15 April 1991

37075 & 37110 pass the abandoned sidings at Severn Tunnel Junction on 15 April 1991 with the 6E47 11:22 Cardiff Tidal to Tees Yard steel empties. Both these locomotives originally had split headcode boxes, but due to accident damage, 37075 received the flush front seen here, whilst still retaining its split boxes on the other end.

37087 & 37095 Ribblehead Viaduct 20 July 1996

Superb evening light at Ribblehead Viaduct on 20 July 1996, as 37087 & 37095 head north with the 6M90 16:48 Gascoigne Wood to Carlisle British Fuels containerised coal. For a time in the late 1990s this was the top freight working over the Settle & Carlisle line. The combination of bright red boxes and classic traction (either pairs of 37s or a 56) was hard to beat. On this occasion my usual bad luck with the S&C weather was replaced by probably the best lighting conditions I have ever seen on the line.

37087 & 37194 Up Hatherley 28 May 2011

With dark clouds threatening rain hanging over the Cotswold Hills in the background, 37087 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway & 37194 power away from Cheltenham and pass Up Hatherley with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z57 05:40 Tame Bridge Parkway to Par Harbour 'Curnow Irrupter' railtour on 28 May 2011. 66135 is hiding under the bridge at the rear of the train.

37092, 37158 & 37197 Goodrington 20 June 1993

37092, 37158 & 37197 shatter the peace of the Devon coast as they blast up the gradient from Goodrington on 20 June 1993 with the 14:10 Paignton to Kingswear service, during the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway's Diesel Gala. The trio had earlier worked the 1Z60 08:40 Paddington to Paignton relief. Triple headed 37 railtours have happened on a few occasions, but three 37s on a BR organised relief must be quite unusual!

37097 & 37407 Llandeilo 25 October 1997

37097 & 37407 Blackpool Tower approach Llandeilo on 25 October 1997 with the RT Railtours 1Z43 07:08 Leeds to Cardiff Central 'Sugar Loaf' railtour. I'm not really a fan of this type of track level close pictures, but this seemed to be one of the few locations in the area that wasn't plagued by shadows.

37097 & 37407 Miskin 25 October 1997

37097 & 37407 Blackpool Tower pass Miskin on 25 October 1997 with the RT Railtours 1Z43 07:08 Leeds to Cardiff Central 'Sugar Loaf' railtour. This is an easy location to get to if chasing a railtour (as here), as it is situated adjacent to Junction 34 on the M4.

37097 Goole 13 April 1998

37097 growls through Goole on 13 April 1998 with the 6V14 07:30 Hull Saltend to Baglan Bay acetic acid tanks. This was to be 37097's last year in traffic, being stored unserviceable at the start of 1999. Thankfully it would be spared the cutter's torch, and can now be seen at the Caledonian Railway.

37098 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 16 March 1994

37098 ambles along the as yet to be commissioned new up relief line at Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) on 16 March 1994 with a short engineers train. On the left, the new down relief line is already in use. Note the recently planted trees at the far end of the field behind the train. These have subsequently grown into a fully fledged wood, blocking out the view of the buildings in the background.

37099 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 21 December 1992

37099 Clydebridge looks superb in the low winter sun at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 21 December 1992, as it heads back to South Wales with the Didcot Power Station to Cardiff Tidal empty oil tanks. At this time the former relief lines were being reinstated, with the sleepers for the down line already in place. Also, just visible in the background behind the signal gantry, is the temporary bridge in position while the Denchworth road bridge is constructed.

37099 Weybourne 2 May 1998

37099 stands in the yard at Weybourne on 2 May 1998. The locomotive only spent a year at the North Norfolk Railway, before being moved to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, where it was restored to operation as 37324. Introduced in 1962 as D6799, the loco became 37099 with the advent of TOPS. It was renumbered 37324 in 1986, before reverting to 37099 in 1989.

37100 & 37074 Berkeley Road 1 July 1990

37100 & 37074 slowly approach Berkeley Road on 1 July 1990 with a returning mini-railtour from Sharpness, one of a number of Pathfinder Tours specials run in connection with the Gloucester Rail Day. Note the modified front end of this former split headcode box locomotive.

37108 & 37416 Great Rocks 9 August 1995

37108 & 37416 make a fine sight (and sound!) as they pass Great Rocks on 9 August 1995 with the late running 7F50 16:24 Tunstead to Oakleigh stone train. The retention of these vintage pre-war bogie hoppers insured that classic traction with the necessary vacuum brakes worked these trains right to the wagon's final replacement in 1997.

37109 Fairburn 25 September 1999

With a storm brewing in the background, 37109 passes Fairburn on 25 September 1999 with the Tractor Tours 1Z37 06:12 Finsbury Park to Hull 'Last Chance' railtour. The tour's name refers to the anticipated final opportunity to travel behind an unfreburbished Class 37/0, which turned out to be a slightly pessimistic assumption!

37109 Hopperton 25 September 1999

37109 passes Hopperton on 25 September 1999 with the Tractor Tours 1Z37 06:12 Finsbury Park to Hull 'Last Chance' railtour. Plenty of people in the first coach are enjoying what was billed as the last opportunity to travel behind a Class 37/0. Needless to say, it wasn't! Although from totally different eras, the EWS livery is an ideal mach for the 1950s carmine & cream coaching stock.

37109 Ash Vale 17 June 2003

37109 just about catches the late evening sun at Ash Vale on 17 June 2003 as it works the Victoria to Victoria (via Ascot) VSOE luxury race special. 37051 is hidden by the trees on the rear of the train. The train is accelerating away from the junction which connects the Camberley line with the route from Woking.

37109 & 37047 Sutton Bridge Junction 2 October 2004

37109 & 37047 pass Sutton Bridge Junction on 2 October 2004 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 06:22 Bristol Temple Meads to Carlisle 'Settle & Carlisle Railway' railtour. The Cambrian Line can be seen disappearing into the bushes behind the locomotives. I wasn't sure how the shadows would affect this location, but as the sun only came out just before the train arrived, there was no time to go anywhere else! Just about OK, but not ideal.

37109 Heap Bridge 7 March 2010

37109 passes Heap Bridge on 7 March 2010 with the 2J64 10:06 Rawtenstall to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. The two maroon coaches slightly spoil the early 1980s effect, although if the 37 wasn't carrying TOPS numbers and had working headcodes, it would certainly fit with the late 1960s / early 1970s period.

37109 Heap Bridge 7 March 2010

37109 passes Heap Bridge on 7 March 2010 with the 2J81 13:55 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Three hours earlier I had photographed 37109 at the same location but coming the other way. This proves how far the sun moves round if you stay at one location long enough!

37109 Burrs 7 March 2010

37109 storms past Burrs on 7 March 2010 with the 2J81 13:55 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. This just shows how easy it is to chase trains on a preserved line. Despite having a long walk back to the car after photographing 37109 at Heap Bridge, and an even longer walk to get to this location, there was still plenty of time to find the ideal photographic spot. Even then it was a while before the characteristic English Electric racket heralded the arrival of the train.

37113 Chinley 19 June 1984

37113 passes Chinley on 19 June 1984 with cement tanks from Blue Circle's Earles Sidings works. The remains of the once extensive Chinley station can be seen in the background. This once boasted six platforms. It has been reduced in stature even more since this picture was taken, with the outer platforms and building disappearing, and the footbridge being truncated.

37113 Wickwar Tunnel 10 August 1985

37113 passes under the combined footbridge and aqueduct, just after emerging from Wickwar Tunnel on 10 August 1985, as it heads south with the 1V32 10:32 York to Penzance relief. Definitely not ideal lighting conditions, with the sun virtually head on, but I certainly wasn't going to miss taking a picture of a split box 37 working that long gone sign of summer in the west - the Saturday holiday relief train. Even as late as 1985, all kinds of unusual traction could turn up on these trains.

37113 & 37235 Compton Beauchamp 24 July 1992

37113 Radio Highland & 37235 disturb the peace of the Vale of White Horse as they pass Compton Beauchamp with the 4L65 06:25 Pengam to Felixstowe freightliner on 24 July 1992. This working was allocated Class 37 haulage for a couple of years, and I photographed it as often as work commitments would allow, which in retrospect was not enough! There was certainly no problem in knowing when it was coming, as it could usually be heard leaving Swindon several miles away!

37114 & 37272 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 16 October 1992

37114 Dunrobin Castle & 37272 approach Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 16 October 1992 with the 4L65 06:25 Pengam to Felixstowe freightliner. Work is well underway to reinstate the down relief line, although as yet there is no sign of any clearance work for the up relief line.

37114 Achallader 24 May 1999

After the failure of 37023 at Tulloch, classmate 37114 City of Worcester was left to carry on single handed over the West Highland and Oban lines with the Mercia Railtours 'Tiberius Kirk' railtour on 24 July 1999. Help eventually arrived in the shape of 37116 which was attached at Crianlarich. After its mammoth struggle with the severe West Highland gradients, 37114 is pictured crossing Achallader Viaduct in typically grim weather. The racket of a single 37 lifting a twelve coach train up the ferocious gradient out of Oban must have been truly impressive, a feat made even more impressive by the predictable West Highland rain that was falling at the time!

37114 & 37116 Glen Falloch 24 July 1999

37114 City of Worcester & 37116 Sister Dora shatter the peace of Glen Falloch on 24 July 1999 with the Mercia Railtours Oban to Rugby 'Tiberius Kirk' railtour. The train had started from Northampton the previous day with 37013 & 37165, switching to 37023 & 37114 at Mossend. Unfortunately 37023 failed at Tulloch, and was dumped in the siding. 37114 struggled on to Oban and it wasn't until Crianlarich that help arrived in the shape of Sister Dora. I was hoping that Sister Dora would be on the front (which seemed the obvious thing to do), but it was tucked inside. Despite the grim light, the closely numbered pair still make a fine picture.

37114 & 3702 Borth 22 March 2003

37114 City of Worcester & 37042 pass Borth on 22 March 2003 with the Past Time Rail 1Z53 16:20 Aberystwyth to Milton Keynes 'Cambrian Growler' railtour. Definitely a backlit location, but in a couple of miles time the train would turn the corner at Ynyslas, and then the sun would be directly behind the train for most of the rest of the daylight part of the tour.

37116 & 37272 Culham 13 May 1992

37116 (unofficially named Comet) & 37272 thrash through Culham on 13 May 1992 with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. This working often seemed to be lead by 37116 during 1992, but in an era of Railfreight sector liveries, the large logo colour scheme and original front end configuration was a welcome change.

37116 & 37178 Culham 17 June 1992

37116 (unofficially named Comet) & 37178 approach Culham on 17 June 1992 with the 4M99 17:14 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. Needless to say, despite the traffic on the main road just behind me, this could easily be heard approaching a long time before it came into view!

37116 & 37411 Droitwich (Impney Park) 23 June 1996

A welcome bonus at Droitwich on Sunday 23 June 1996. 37116 Sister Dora pilots 37411 on the 1V19 19:00 Birmingham New Street to Cardiff Central service. 37411 was the regular loco on this working at the time, and indeed had worked up with the 1M15 16:10 Cardiff to Birmingham unaided just a few hours earlier. 37116 was added as a positioning move, in order to avoid a light engine movement. This picture is taken from a bridge that crosses the Stoke Works Junction to Droitwich line, near Impney Park, on the outskirts of Droitwich.

37116 Muir of Ord 23 May 1999

37116 Sister Dora approaches Muir of Ord with the Sundays only 6H58 18:35 Inverness to Georgemas Junction Enterprise service on 23 May 1999. Just two tanker containers on this exceedingly unusual freight working, unusual in that it ran on a Sunday on a line that had no other booked freight, and that the featherweight load traveled such a huge distance to a spot in the middle of nowhere, which at the time was the UK's furthest north freight destination. There was plenty of warning of 37116's approach, not just the inevitable Class 37 growl that can be heard for miles, but also because I heard it leaving Inverness on the scanner via the RETB system.

37116 Bledlow 21 April 2013

37116 puts on the power as it passes Bledlow Cricket Club on 21 April 2013 with the 2T11 12:45 Chinnor to Thame Junction service during the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's Diesel Gala. The 'livery' is a mixture of BR blue and various shades of primer! Note the milky clouds in the background, heralding an approaching front, which would soon kill off the morning's sunshine.

37116 Bledlow 21 April 2013

37116 passes Bledlow on 21 April 2013 with the 2C12 13:14 Thame Junction to Chinnor service, during the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's Diesel Gala. The high cloud of an approaching front has just reached the sun, and although the light is not as crisp as just a few minutes before, it would get a whole lot worse during the next five minutes! I had correctly guessed that I might just get the 37 in sun before the Met Office's predicted cloud reached me.

37116 Shipton 15 June 2016

37116 brings up the rear of the late running 1Z78 08:37 Derby RTC to Bristol High Level Siding Network Rail test train at Shipton on 15 June 2016. The train is being led by 37219. On the right is the car park of FWP Mathews flour mill, with one of their tankers parked next to the lineside fence.

37128 & 37068 Wantage Road 29 July 1992

37128 & 37068 Grainflow storm the through the disused Wantage Road station on 29 July 1992 with the 4L65 06:25 Pengam to Felixstowe freightliner. Still only two tracks, but just visible on the original 35mm Fujichrome slide is some freshly deposited sleepers by the bridge in the background, indicating the imminent reinstatement of the relief lines.

37138 Tondu 28 July 1991

37138 passes Tondu Signal Box on 28 July 1991 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z81 06:28 Liverpool Lime Street to Onllwyn 'Vulcan Valley Venturer' railtour. The train is returning from Llynfi Junction (Maesteg), and would now diverge to the left towards Margam. 37201 can just be seen on the rear of the train. The line diverging to the right leads to Pontycymer Colliery.

37138 Jersey Marine South Junction 28 July 1991

37138 slowly approaches Jersey Marine South Junction on 28 July 1991 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z81 06:28 Liverpool Lime Street to Onllwyn 'Vulcan Valley Venturer' railtour. Hiding under the bridge are 20106 & 20113, which would shortly be taking the tour up into the valleys. The train is on line from Dynevor Junction, and has just passed under the M4 motorway. Just out of sight to the left of the pond is the line that will take it back north to Onllwyn, and further over still is the other chord from Jersey Marine South Junction, linking (appropriately) to Jersey Marine North Junction, only a short distance west of Dynevor Junction, where this train diverged. I hope you're following this!

37140 Knodishall Green 18 April 1996

37140 approaches the level crossing at Knodishall Green on 18 April 1996 with the 7L20 09:08 Willesden to Leiston nuclear flask. Note the very unusual feature of the line at this point for a UK railway - no lineside fencing on one side of the track. As I suspected, the Health and Safety Gestapo wouldn't let this highly dangerous situation continue, and on a subsequent visit I noticed that a fence had been installed to protect the local population (such as it is) from the extreme of danger of a single weekly train traveling at 20 mph!

37142, 50015 & 50008 Totnes 23 November 1991

9400hp in one picture, although some of it is going in the opposite direction! 37142 pilots 50015 Valiant & 50008 Thunderer through Totnes on 23 November 1991 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 00:30 Manchester Piccadilly to Newquay 'Valiant Thunderer' (what else!) railtour. The 37 was attached at Newton Abbot and worked through to Plymouth, as 50015 had a defective speedometer. They are seen here passing the 09:25 Penzance to Edinburgh 'Cornishman'.

37142 Mobberley 20 July 1996

A Dutch liveried Class 37/0 worked along the North Wales coast on Saturday 20 July 1996, in lieu of the more normal Regional Railways Class 37/4. Earlier in the day, 37142 is pictured near Mobberley with the 5D37 08:30 Chester to Stockport ECS.

37147 Wolvercote Junction 6 July 1987

A welcome surprise at the end of a warm summer evening at Wolvercote Junction. In the mid 1980s the standard traction on MGR coal trains to Didcot Power Station was Class 58s, with occasional Class 56s. Therefore I was very surprised to see 37147 heading north with MGR empties, just as the sun was setting on 6 July 1987. Presumably this is the 6M61 20:00 Didcot Power Station to Toton. With just the very last glimmers of the sun giving a slight pink tinge to the ballast and the A34 bridge, the light was so low that 1/250 sec was all that was available with the lens wide open on good old grainy Kodachrome 200. Despite this, I wasn't going to miss getting a picture of a 37, complete with original skirts and round buffers, hauling a rake of HAAs.

37152 & 37165 Garsdale 17 April 1999

The classic view of Garsdale Viaduct in typical Settle & Carlisle weather! 37152 & 37165 pass the redundant sidings next to Garsdale station, as they head south with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z44 12:24 Carlisle to Banbury 'Settle Excursioner' railtour on 17 April 1999.

37154 Newhaven Town 5 April 1999

On 5 April 1999, 37154 passes through Newhaven Town station, and crosses what used to be the A259 road (until bypassed by the bridge on which I am standing). It is working the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 14:08 Newhaven Marine to Finsbury Park 'Syphon Symphony' railtour. Virtually out of sight on the rear is 37178.

37158 & 37092 Uffington 1 August 1993

Time for a teak break at Uffington on 1 August 1993. 37158 & 37092 wait with the Redland self-discharge train while there is a general lull in activity during a Sunday track laying possession. New ballast has been laid onto the plastic membrane on the down line, and the train has now reversed back into position ready for a second pass.

37162 Hinksey 26 March 1999

37162 is pictured at Hinksey Yard, Oxford, on 26 March 1999 with a loaded ballast train, while in the background water jets are being used to keep down the dust in the ballast stock pile. Hinksey Yard had just started to be used again, after many years of near disuse. This did not go down well with the local residents, who complained about noise and dust. Later a noise screen was erected. If the residents don't like railway noises it makes you wonder why they bought a house near the line. I live near RAF Brize Norton, but I don't complain about the noise of the aircraft!

37170 Crianlarich 28 April 1998

37170 arrives at Crianlarich with the 7D54 11:54 Fort William to Coatbridge aluminuim ingots on 28 April 1998. The bright silver coloured ten tonne blocks of aluminium can clearly be seen on the open wagons. These are the products of the Alcan smelter at Fort William which produces around 40,000 tonnes of these ingots each year using the 85 megawatts of power generated by a hydro electric power station fed from Loch Treig. The train is just approaching the junction with the Oban line, which can be seen heading off to the left.

37174 Purley-on-Thames 11 February 1989

Although initially the standard colour scheme for the ETH Class 37/4 conversions, the large logo livery was less common on the standard 37/0 machines. One recipient was 37174, seen here passing Purley-on-Thames on 11 February 1989 with an eastbound loaded ballast train. The loco had just been allocated to DCWA Western Region civil engineer's pool.

37174 & 37375 Woofferton 28 May 2000

After traversing the Central Wales line, followed by a reversal at Craven Arms, 37174 & 37375 pass Woofferton on 28 May 2000 with the diverted 6Z80 03:39 Margam to Llanwern steel empties. An extremely long way round caused by weekend engineering works at Bridgend.

37174 & 37375 Knucklas 28 May 2000

Making a terrific racket that could be heard long before they came into view, and even longer after they had passed, 37174 & 37375 pass through the diminutive station at Knucklas on 28 May 2000 with the diverted 6Z83 Llanwern to Margam steel empties. This was an extremely long detour via the Central Wales Line caused by weekend engineering works at Bridgend.

37174 Bucknell 3 April 2004

With the ISO cranked up to 1600, and the lens virtually wide open (hence the lack of depth of field with a long lens), 37174 passes Bucknell on 3 April 2004 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z50 05:37 Worcester Shrub Hill to Canterbury 'County of Kent' railtour. With such atrocious light I wouldn't normally bother if it was going to be yet another 37/4, but a single 37/0 is always worth recording.

37174 & 37109 Lamington 9 April 2004

The sheep take no notice as 37174 & 37109 pass Lamington with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z35 06:14 Swindon to Inverness 'Lord of the Isles' railtour on 9 April 2004. The bridge in the background carries the B7055 road across the infant River Clyde. Note also some recent deforestation on the hill in the background.

37174 & 37109 Lindores 9 April 2004

By the time the Pathfinder Tours 1Z35 06:14 Swindon to Inverness 'Lord of the Isles' railtour arrived in the Perth area on 9 April 2004, it was nearly dark. With the camera cranked up to ISO 1600, 37174 & 37109 pass Lindores in the gathering gloom.

37174 & 37109 Killiecrankie 12 April 2004

37174 & 37109 pass Killiecrankie on the Highland main line with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z18 08:15 Inverness to Swindon returning 'Lord of the Isles' railtour on 12 April 2004. The road is the old A9, now thankfully bypassed and free of traffic at this point, which saved any explanations as to why I was standing on a stepladder next to a wall in the middle of nowhere! As the weather was so poor, instead of the usual highland picture, I decided to try something different, using the wall and the old footbridge as a frame for the locos.

37174 & 37109 Forteviot 12 April 2004

37174 & 37109 pass a slightly misty Forteviot with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z18 08:15 Inverness to Swindon returning 'Lord of the Isles' railtour on 12 April 2004. The 25 minute stop at Perth had easily let me get ahead of the train after seeing it at Killiecrankie. In fact I had overtaken it almost a soon as I got back on the A9!

37174 Yarnton 2 June 2004

37174 (unofficially named The Angel of the North) passes Yarnton on 2 June 2004 with the 6M65 18:16 Didcot to Carlisle Enterprise, which is effectively a MoD service. This was one of the 37174's final revenue earning workings, as it was moved into the WNTR tactical reserve pool at the end of the month and then withdrawn. As late as 2004 it was still possible to see a couple of freight trains hauled by heritage traction heading northwards in the Oxford area in the evening. Such was the case on this evening, as five minutes after this train passed, 37667 followed with the 6M28 18:28 Didcot to Bescot departmental working. Both these trains were booked for Class 66s and although other traction did turn up, to get two 37s and in sunshine was definitely a bonus!

37175 Stonesfield 2 December 2015

37175 passes through the deep cutting near Stonesfield on 2 December 2015 with the 1Q15 09:08 Derby RTC to Derby RTC Network Rail test train, retracing its route back along the Cotswold Line, after a reversal at Oxford. 37219 is on the rear of the train. Believe it not, the morning had started with some unforecast sunshine, but that had long gone, and now the lighting was grim in the extreme. Network Rail have recently completely cleared the vegetation from the north side of the cutting at this location, opening up this new viewpoint. This spot has always been very overgrown, and even in the 1970s there was no possibility of a picture like this.

37175 Saxondale 14 March 2016

37175 passes Saxondale on 14 March 2016 with the 3Q01 08:34 Derby RTC to Derby RTC (via Skegness) Network Rail test train. This was very touch and go, with the sun only just coming out in time - at least on the front of the train! Green liveried 37057 is on the rear of the train.

37178 & 47238 Kings Sutton 20 July 1993

37178 & 47238 Bescot Yard pass Kings Sutton with the 6M79 14:36 Eastleigh to Crewe Basford Hall MoD stores train on 20 July 1993. The ideal combination of a sweeping curve with an impressive background and a location where northbound trains can be photographed with the sun on the nose in the evening ensures that Kings Sutton remains a popular spot for photographers, with the bridge often getting very crowded. As with various other well known spots I have noticed that the number of photographers increases as the years go by, while the variety of traction steadily dwindles!

37178 Southease 5 April 1999

37178 approaches the diminutive and remote station at Southease (between Lewes and Newhaven) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 07:28 Finsbury Park to Newhaven Marine ' Syphon Symphony' railtour on 5 April 1999. 37154 is on the rear of the train.

37180 Baulking 3 May 1985

A welcome surprise at Baulking on 3 May 1985. 37180 Sir Dyfed / County of Dyfed glints in the evening sunshine as it heads towards the capital with a Cardiff Central to Paddington relief, variously reported as being either a 16:30 or 17:15 departure. As it passed me at 18:30, the latter seems more likely. This picture would be impossible today, as not only is the concept of a relief train totally alien to the privatised railway, but also there is a lot more than the few clumps of cowslips seen here now growing on the cutting side. In fact, both sides of this cutting are now virtually covered in uncontrolled brambles, bushes and small trees.

37182 Foxhall Junction 31 July 1986

Rail workers are engaged in manual point greasing at Foxhall Junction, Didcot on 31 July 1986, as 37182 weaves across from the relief to the main line with Bristol civil engineers inspection saloon DW80975. The large water tower directly above the junction in the background is part of the Great Western Society's former GWR Didcot steam depot.

37185 Acton Turville 2 October 1996

37185 Lea & Perrins passes Acton Turville on 2 October 1996 with the 7C17 14:55 Swindon to Stoke Gifford departmental working. Nowadays a Class 37 working on the mainline might well attract the number of photographers that can be seen on the bridge in the background, but in 1996 it was still a relatively commonplace occurrence. They were on fact waiting for GWR King Class 4-6-0 6024 King Edward 1 on the 25th Anniversary re-run of the 'Return to Steam' special.

37190 Bewdley 2 October 2004

37190 finds a lucky patch of sun amid the trees, as it approaches Bewdley on 2 October 2004 with the 12:00 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. In the late 1980s this locomotive was renumbered 37314 and used was exclusively for steel traffic from Motherwell depot. It has since reverted to this number in preservation.

37193 Buxton 19 June 1984

37193 is pictured on Buxton shed on the evening of 19 June 1984, with one of the area's characteristic Class 104 DMUs lurking in the shadows behind. The reason that Buxton shed was easy to photograph is clearly seen here - a public footpath ran right alongside the main shed building! Buxton traction and maintenance depot (BY, formerly 9L) closed in 1997, and after becoming increasingly overgrown, was demolished in 2016.

37193 & 37071 Ratcliffe-0n-Soar 1 July 1985

37193 & 37071 pass Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station with the 6M47 10:50 Lackenby to Corby rolled coil steel train on 1 July 1985. How times change, I think I was the only photographer on this bridge all day, and of course there was a procession of freight trains all with classic traction. If this scene was to be repeated today (it can't as there are no Network Rail registered blue Class 37s) virtually every railway photographer in the country would be after it!

37194 Oxford North Junction 2 October 1991

37194 British International Freight Association waits on the loop line at Oxford North Junction on 2 October 1991 with the 6A49 12:23 Didcot to Bicester MoD stores. It is waiting for the Avon 'Binliner' to come off the single track branch.

37194 & 37229 Codsall Wood 29 December 2006

In the pouring rain DRS 37194 & 37229 pass Codsall Wood (between Wolverhampton and Telford) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z20 05:37 Swindon to Preston 'Yo-Ho-Ho' railtour on 29 December 2006. It was running 5 minutes early at this point, which meant I could get back in the car and out of the rain earlier than expected. The miserable weather hasn't deterred a couple of 'bellowers'!

37197, 37158 & 37092 Goodrington (Waterside) 20 June 1993

37197, 37158 & 37092 pass Waterside, near Goodrington, on 20 June 1993, en-route from Kingswear to Paignton, during the Paignton & Kingswear Railway's Diesel Gala. The Dutch liveried trio would then return to London with the 1Z60 17:40 Paignton to Paddington relief. This was in the days when the nationalised railway had the resources to arrange short notice special trains.

37197 Denchworth 30 January 1994

Sunday engineering work at Denchworth on 30 January 1994, during the construction of the new up relief line. With no obvious signs of work going on in the vicinity, 37197 is parked facing the wrong way on the recently installed, but still unballasted line near Denchworth road bridge.

37197 & 37158 Sugar Loaf Tunnel 26 May 1996

Making a fantastic racket, 37197 & 37158 emerge from Sugar Loaf Tunnel on 26 May 1996 with the diverted 06:49 Margam to Llanwern steel coils. This was one of a number of steel trains diverted over the Central Wales Line over the Bank Holiday weekend due to engineering works in South Wales.

37197 & 37158 Llanwrtyd Wells 26 May 1996

Llanwrtyd Wells station in the drizzle on 26 May 1996. The bystanders may well stare, as this is definitely something out of the ordinary. Diverted away from their usual route due to weekend engineering works, 37197 & 37158 work the 06:49 Margam to Llanwern steel coils, via a massive detour along the Central Wales Line.

37197 & 37158 Llandrindod Wells 26 May 1996

37197 & 37158 arrive at a very wet Llandrindod Wells on 26 May 1996 with the diverted 06:49 Margam to Llanwern steel coils. This was one of a number of steel trains diverted over the Central Wales Line over the Bank Holiday weekend due to engineering works in South Wales.

37197 & 37158 Penybont 26 May 1996

37197 & 37158 pass through the diminutive Penybont station on 26 May 1996 with the diverted 06:49 Margam to Llanwern steel coils. An amazing diversion considering the short distance over basically level track between Margam and Llanwern had been changed into a tremendous detour via a reversal at Craven Arms, over a single track line with some fearsome gradients!

37197 & 37158 Knighton (Powys) 26 May 1996

37197 & 37158 arrive at Knighton on 26 May 1996 with the diverted 06:49 Margam to Llanwern steel coils. This was routed via the Central Wales Line as its normal (and much shorter!) route via Cardiff was closed for engineering works. It was easy to get multiple pictures of this train, as despite the Welsh roads being unsuitable for high speed driving, the twisting nature of the line, and the fact that the train was limited to 30mph meant getting ahead of it was relatively easy.

37197 & 37158 Hopton Heath 1996

37197 & 37158 pass through Hopton Heath station on 26 May 1996 with the diverted 06:49 Margam to Llanwern steel coils. This was routed via the Central Wales Line due to engineering works on its usual route. Hopton Heath station is situated in a very rural area to the south west of Craven Arms. Traffic is light, but at least the station is still open, although the station building is now a private residence. Note the overgrown platform on the right, now marooned after the lifting of the second track.

37197 & 37038 Onllwyn 16 March 2002

A brief burst of unexpected sunshine glints off 37197 & 37038 as they arrive at Onllwyn on 16 March 2002 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z37 05:40 Sheffield to Onllwyn 'Valley Voyager' railtour. The crumbling remains of Onllwyn station's platforms add to the general desolation of the scene.

37197 Wistanstow 25 May 2002

37197 passes Wistanstow on 25 May 2002 with the 1Z37 09:50 Crewe to Cardiff Central rugby special. Unfortunately this corresponded with a period of high cloud. The rather strange Riley & Sons livery also tends to blend in with the late spring green foliage.

37197 Nant-y-Derry 23 August 2003

37197, wearing its short lived Riley & Sons two tone green livery, emerges from the bushes at Nant-y-Derry with the 1Z77 09:13 Crewe to Cardiff Central rugby special on 23 August 2003. This loco has certainly had its fair share of liveries since privatisation, as since this picture was taken it has appeared in WCRC maroon for working the Royal Scotsman, and then DRS blue.

37198 & 37376 Ribblehead 26 July 1997

Typically dreary Settle & Carlisle weather at Ribblehead on 26 July 1997. 37198 & 37376 accelerate away from the Ribblehead photo stop with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 13:32 Carlisle to Exeter St Davids 'Settle Excursioner' railtour. The clouds hang low over the fells in the background, but Ribblehead Viaduct can just be seen through the drizzle in the background.

37198 Pontlottyn 26 June 1999

The first rugby match at the new Millennium Stadium in Cardiff took place on Saturday 26 June 1999, with Wales playing South Africa. In connection with the event, the Cardiff Railway Company used non ETS Class 37s on the Rhymney line. Here we see 37198 accelerating away from Pontlottyn with the 2F17 09:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central.

37198 Bargoed 26 June 1999

37198 arrives at Bargoed station on 26 June 1999 with the 2F41 15:15 Rhymney to Cardiff Central service. This was one of the hourly loco hauled trains run in connection with the inaugural rugby match at the new Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

37198 Wolvercote Junction 23 August 1999

37198 passes Wolvercote Junction on 23 August 1999 with the 8X10 09:25 Horbury Prorail to Didcot Yard LUL refurbished Piccadilly Line tube stock move, unfortunately running late and with the light all but gone. It would travel onwards from Didcot the following morning. The single track Cotswold Line can be seen heading off to the left.