Enhanced diesel loco services on West Somerset

Enhanced diesel loco services on West Somerset

CLASS 37 No. D6948 arrived at the West Somerset Railway (WSR) on April 29 for a two-month visit. 

The privately owned loco is in the care of the Growler Group, based at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.


The blue-route loco is helping with WSR timetable services during the weight restriction period, and worked several days from May 4. 

Immaculately turned-out Class 37 No. D6948 (one-time No. 37248 Midland Railway Centre) resting on the West Somerset Railway’s iconic seaside turntable on May 5. It had worked the 11.00 from Bishops Lydeard and was returning from Minehead at 16.10. JOSH BRINSFORD

It will make two gala appearances: the first is the 40th anniversary event of the railway reopening to Bishops Lydeard on June 8-9 (with ‘Hymek’ No. D7017), followed by the diesel gala on June 20-22, and mixed traction day on June 23.

Read more in the June 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!


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