BR Class 37 37190
|BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 37 37190|
37190 at Kidderminster in August 2020
|Built By||Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Ltd|
|Other Numbers||D6890 37314|
|1993||Withdrawn and preserved|
|2004||Visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway for a gala|
|2020||Visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway, on loan|
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 37 37190 is a diesel-electric locomotive which arrived on hire in 2020. The Class 37, also known as the English Electric Type 3The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 1500 bhp to 1999 bhp, was a familiar sight on the British Rail network, in particular on InterCity services in East Anglia and Scotland. A summary of the Class 37 can be found on the 37906 page. They were also used for many years on secondary and inter-regional services. The Class 37s are sometimes nicknamed "Tractors" after to the agricultural sound of the diesel engine.
37190 in service
The locomotive is a central headcode example built as works number E3368/8411 by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Ltd and entered service as D6890 at Landore (87E) in January 1964. In 1973 it was renumbered 37190 under TOPS. On 31 March 1979 it operated the Railway Pictorial Publications Railtours' 'Westerns - Great Western' railtour between Paddington and Kidderminster mainline station for the SVRSevern Valley Railway's first 'Western Weekend', road coaches being laid on to get tour passengers between Kidderminster and Bewdley in both directions.
On 29 November 1981 it moved to Eastfield and on 24 November 1985 to Motherwell. It was again renumbered, to 37314 between 1986-1989, for dedicated steel traffic working off Motherwell depot, carrying the name Dalzell after the steel and ironworks in Motherwell of that name.
It was stored in July 1992 and withdrawn on 16 July 1993.
37190 in preservation
It was preserved by Class 40 Appeal in 'large logo' blue livery at Midland Railway Centre, Butterley.
37190 visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway for the Autumn Diesel Gala in October 2004.
In February 2020 37190 was announced as a visitor for the forthcoming spring Diesel Gala; however the event was cancelled due to the 2020 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 37190 subsequently arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on hire on 12 July 2020 to assist on infrastructure workings, a role previously carried out by classmate 37688 Great Rocks between January 2018 and February 2020. Unfortunately, in September 2020 no. 37190 developed a serious engine fault and became unserviceable.
37190 is owned by Locomotive Services Limited and carries BRBritish Rail or British Railways Blue livery. It operates only on heritage railways and is not main line certified.
- Diesel Locomotives visiting the SVR for galas
- Diesel Locomotives hired by the SVR
- BR Class 37 37308
- BR Class 37 37906
- Six Bells Junction (Retrieved 9 August 2020)
- Class 37.co.uk (Retrieved 9 August 2020)
- Preserved Diesels website (Retrieved 9 August 2020)