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Diesel-electric locomotives built for British Railways in the 1960s
The English Electric Type 3 Class 37 locomotives were built by the English Electric Company at the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows or at the works of Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Company, Darlington between 1960 and 1964.
The Class 37 maximum tractive effort is 55000 lbf (245 kN). Class 37 locomotives have power at rail of 932 kW (1250 hp) via electric transmission.
Class 37 diesels have a maximum speed of 80 mph.
Contemporary and Heritage-Preserved, Diesel, Diesel-Electric and Electric Locomotives
Class 37 diesel-electric locomotives featured on this page:
D6700, D6757, D6836, 37003, 37025 "Inverness TMD", 37059, 37116, 37218, 37219, 37250, 37255, 37264, 37275, 37314, 37409 "Lord Hinton", 37423 "Spirit of the Lakes", 37425, 37510 "Orion", 37516, 37518, 37601, 37602, 37606, 37607, 37608 "ANDROMEDA", 37667, 37669, 37674, 37676, 37685 "Loch Arkaig", 37714 "Cardiff Canton".
Class 37: Sub-class 97/3 signalling test locomotives: 97301, 97304 "John Tiley"
Class 37 diesel locomotives regularly park at York Station (August 2021).
The original Diesel-Electric Co-Co Class 37 D6700 built by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry in 1960 (other numbers D6700 later carried were 37119/37 119 and 37350/37 350)
Class 37/4 Diesel locomotive Class 37 37422 Victorious, owned by Direct Rail Services (DRS), built as D6966 in 1965 at the English Electric Vulcan Foundry Works, also later numbered 37266 prior to Class 37/4 conversion. 37422 has also carried the names "Robert F. Fairlie Locomotive Engineer 1831-1885" and "Cardiff Canton" (York Station, August 2021)
Class 37/5 diesel locomotive Class 37558 "Avro Vulcan XH558", owned by Direct Rail Services, built as D6979 in 1965 at the English Electric Vulcan Foundry Works (37558 has also carried the name "Isle of Mull" and numbers 37279 and 37424) (York Station, August 2021)
DRS liveried Class 37 diesel locomotive 37218, built in 1964 at English Electric's Vulcan Foundry Works and still working after 56 years!
(York Station, Aug 1st 2020).
Europhoenix operated Class 37 (sub-class 37/6) diesel locomotive 37608 ANDROMEDA exiting UK Rail Leasing yard at Leicester (Feb 2020)
Europhoenix operated Class 37 diesel locomotive Sub-class 37/5 37510 Orion in the Leicester yard of UK Rail Leasing
Class 37 37250 on the Wensleydale Railway (August 2019)
Derby yards: Diesel shunter 08588 in front of Class 37 97304 "John Tiley" (Network Rail yellow livery) and on the right Class 37 locomotive 37423 "Spirit of the Lakes" (July 2019)
Derby yards: Class 97301 (Network Rail yellow livery) (July 2019)
Class 37 diesel locomotive 37714 "Cardiff Canton " (Class 37 714) bringing a Leicester train into Loughborough (GCR Diesel Gala, Sept. 2017)
Class 37 diesel locomotive 37714 (GCR Diesel Gala, Sept. 2017)
A nice portrait of Class 37 diesel locomotive 37714 "Cardiff Canton"
DRS Class 37 37/2 diesel locomotive 37218
Class 37 diesel locomotive 37800 parked by Derby station (18/01/17), all decked out in the livery of the Rail Operating Group Euro phoenix
A West Coast Railways Class 37/5 diesel locomotive Class 37 37669 diesel passing south through Crewe station (05/09/2016)
Colas Rail's Class 37 diesel loco 37116 at the head of a Network Rail test train at Carlisle station (31/08/2016)
Portrait of 37025 "Inverness TMD" in Carlisle station at the rear of the same Network Rail test train as above.
DRS Class 37 diesel locomotive 37409 "Lord Hinton" entering Carlisle station with a 'Northern Rail' service from Barrow on the Cumbrian Coast Line(31/08/2016)
Driving Trailer Van 9704 was built Derby in 1974 converted in 1979 and
now operated by DRS on the Cumbrian Coast Line. 9704 is a Driving
Brake Standard Open (DBSO) type of railway carriage, converted to
operate as a control car. 9704 was converted from Mark 2F Brake Standard
Open (standard class coaches with brake van) carriages with
modifications including adding a driving cab and TDM equipment to allow
a locomotive to be driven remotely. Using a system known as push-pull,
the driver in the DBSO can drive the locomotive (in this case a Class 37
diesel), even though it is at the rear of the train.
Class 37 37409 departing for Barrow with a Cumbrian Coast Line train for Barrow.
NYMR's Class 37 diesel loco 37264 running light from Grosmont station (very nice flower bed, July 2016).
D6700 in York NRM, Feb 2014. All cleaned up in BR green livery.
DRS operated Class 37 diesel locomotive 37059 at Leeming Bar station waiting to depart with a passenger train for Redmire (Wensleydale Rail Beer Festival, Wensleydale Railway, May 2016)
NYMR's Class 37 37264 (37 264) brings a train from Pickering into Grosmont station
Class 37 Class 37/5 37518 FORT WILLIAM (37 518, ex 37076, D6776) built in 1962 by English Electric, Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Ltd. Seen here in Intercity Swallow livery at York NRM.
An InterCity carriage in the same livery as Class 37 37518
Type Class 37 locomotive 37602 (37 602) standing at York Station sidings, operated by DIRECT RAIL SERVICES
Heritage diesel-electric locomotive: Ex BR maroon liveried diesel-electric Co-Co locomotive Class 37 516 standing in York Station near the NRM. It is operated now by WEST COAST RAILWAYS. Diesel Class 37 37516 (37 516) was built by English Electric as D6786 (D 6786), later numbered as 37 086 (37086) before being converted to its present form. It is an ex EWS freight locomotive (EWS = English, Welsh and Scottish Railway Ltd., the largest rail freight organisation formed after privatisation in the 1990's.
The Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Blue liveried Co-Co English Electric Class 37 37275 (37 275, D6975, D 6975) called STAINLESS PIONEER built at the Vulcan foundry in 1965.
Diesels on the Great Central Railway: Type Diesel Class 37 37314 (37 314) named 'DALZELL' after a Scottish steelworks - I like the Scottie dog emblem (37314 built 1964, initially numbered D6980, then 37190).
Diesels on the Great Central Railway: Co-Co Diesel locomotive Class 37 37255 in a dilapidated state at Quorn and Woodhouse Station (other numbers 37 255, D6955, D 6955). Built by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry Works in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire in 1965.
Class 37 37264 (37 264) in Grosmont sidings on the NYMR (I like the little Scottie dog on the side!).
Class 37 Co-Co Diesel-electric locomotive 37003 (37 003, D6703, D 6703) built by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry in 1960. Shown in its British Rail blue livery in Shildon NRM yard.
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: Type C0-Co Class 37 37264 built in 1965 by English Electric approaching Goathland with a train from Pickering, another diesel at the rear of the train.
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: Class 37 37264 standing in Grosmont Station.
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: 37264 leaves Grosmont with a train for Pickering.
Class 37 D6700 descending down to Esk Valley on the NYMR
With a Pickering-Grosmont train, Class 37 37264 passing Moorgates in poor weather!
NYMR Diesel Gala 2011: Class 37 37264 leaves Levisham for Goathland and Grosmont (Class 73 on left).
Class 37 D6700 passing Grosmont sheds
A double header of two DIRECT RAIL SERVICES (DRS) locomotives Class 37 37607 (37 607) and Class 47 47853 travelling light and heading south from York passing Copmanthorpe Crossing in June 2013.
DRS owned Class 37 601, Class 37 diesel locomotive 37601 named Class 37-Fifty, photographed at Doncaster (Sept. 2013)
Class 37 250, Class 37 diesel locomotive 37250 in a somewhat dilapidated state at Leeming Bar station on the Wensleydale Railway. Class 37 37250 was built at the Vulcan Works, Lancashire in 1964 and carried the BR number D6950 (D 6950).
DRS Class 37 diesel-electric locomotive 37667 with a yellow coaches Network Rail train at Peterborough (snapshot from a East Coast mainline train!)
Class 37 diesel-electric locomotive 37674 (ex 37169) being restored on the Stainmore Railway, Kirkby Stephen East. Class 37 37674 is now working on the Wensleydale Railway (August 2014).
D6700 at the NYMR 2014 Heritage Diesel Gala
Class 37 diesel locomotive 37264 at Grosmont with disinterested admirer! at the NYMR 2014 Heritage Diesel Gala
Class 37 diesel-electric locomotive 37264 leaving Grosmont for Pickering at the NYMR 2014 Heritage Diesel Gala
Class 37 diesel locomotive 37906 at Leicester diesel depot - stabling point. Class 37 37906 carries the British Rail logo and the Railfreight logo. This Class 37 locomotive is one of two purchased by UK Rail Leasing based at the old diesel depot just north-east of Leicester station.
A rather grubby, but no doubt hard working, DRS Class 37 diesel locomotive 37606 at York station with a snow plough companion!
DRS Class 37 diesel 37606 in somewhat cleaner condition at York (June 2017)
Class 37 diesel locomotive 37219 at Doncaster station, in the yellow, black and orange livery of Colas rail Freight.
37219 is one of the few Class 37 locomotives to carry a name, namely, "Demelza"
Colas Rail Freight Class 37 diesel 37219 at York Station (Dec. 2019)
A pair of Class 37 diesel locomotives in the early morning - Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala (July 2015)
Class 37 locos 37674 (D6869 37169 above/below built in 163 by English Electric Vulcan Foundry) and D6757 (37057 above also built in 1962)
Class 37674 heading into, and out of, Redmire on the Wensleydale Railway
Class 37 diesel loco D6757 in the rear of a Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala train (July 2015)
In British Railways green livery, Class 37 diesel-electric locomotive D6836 in the yard of UK Rail Leasing, Leicester (November 2015 above, Dec 2019 below). Class 37 D6836 was later renumbered 37136 and 37905 and named 'Vulcan Enterprise. This Class 37 diesel was built by English Electric/Vulcan Foundry in Darlington Works in 1963.
Class 37 diesel locomotive 37425 "Concrete Bob"/"Sir Robert McAlpine" and 37425 has also been named "Pride of the Valleys"/"Balchder y Cymoedd". This Class 37 loco was shot approaching Leicester station en route from Loughborough Brush to Salisbury T & R.S.M.D on May 11th 2016.
West Coast Railways Class 37 diesel locomotive 37685 "Loch Arkaig" at Crewe station being moved from Carnforth to Southall on 05/09/2016 hauled between a pair of Class 33 locomotives.
A Rail Operations Group Class 37 diesel locomotive in Europhoenix livery at Leicester (UK Rail Leasing yard, December 2016)
West Coast Railways Class 37 diesel locomotive 37696 "Loch Rannoch" in the workshops at Carnforth and operated by the West Coast Railways Company.
9708 (ex 9530) Driving Open Brake Standard leading Class 37 D6757 (also numbered as 37057) with a Network Rail Test train passing northeast through Leicester station (08/03/17)
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