Last week of operation for South Wales Class 37 English Electric Diesels

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Class 37

37419

In 2001 the memsahib and I moved to a house which backed on to a railway line in the South Wales valleys. Surprise, surprise one morning when I heard the familiar growl of class 37's again. Could these really be the same workhorses we snubbed in the 70's in favour of the much more exotic western region diesel hydraulics - the Westerns, Hymeks and Warships?

Yes - The numbers were changed and they'd had a coat of paint but thanks to good old British lack of investment they were the same old claggers we used to watch hauling unfitted coal trains up and down the valleys.

37425

The endless trains of 16 ton coal wagons are long gone but up to December 2005 a 37 still ran on the early turn from Rhymey to Radyr. Cardiff residents living near the city line could get a double fix over the cornflakes and coffee as the loco ran round at Radyr before returning to Canton. Like all good things though, it came to an end with the timetable revision in December 2005 and a swansong in the shape of a diesel extravaganza on the preceding Sunday when the above pictures were taken at Aber of 37419 and 37425 top and tailing one of the specials.

37411

 

Normal service is resumed as 37411 'Caerphilly Castle' roars through Danescourt Station with an empty stock train on the antepenultimate day of service.