Every loco tells a story, 6890, 37190, 37314
Delivered new ex Vulcan foundry as D6890 to Landore on January 21st 1964 and this
fine machine was to remain a Swansea stalwart until November 1981. Being boiler fitted she worked passenger, parcels and freight trains across South Wales. On November 29th 1981 en route to her new Eastfield depot home depot she famously worked 1E57 1555 Cardiff -Newcastle throughout!
West Highland passenger and freight and other Central Scotland duties followed until Oct 85 when she was renumbered 37314 and allocated to Motherwell for steel and coal duties often in triple headers! Renumbered back to 37190 she was transferred to an English depot for the first time to Thornaby in Jan 91 for more steel sector freight work. A transfer back to Wales albeit Canton in April 92 but she was officially stored just 2 months later with withdrawl soon following.
6890/37190 Sample personal workings and observations 1973-84
as 6890 stabled at Severn Tunnel Jn 290873
renumbered 37190 Feb 74
stabled at Margam 280476
stabled at Landore 121276
stabled at Margam 220577
worked 2C88 1810 Swansea - Carmarthen 251178 - bashed for just 5.4 miles to Gowerton but it was an almighty thrash up Cockett bank!
37190 loudly banked 26046 on the 2038 Glasgow - Perth up Cowlairs bank on 310582
and so my total BR mileage on 37190 was a pathetic 6 miles!
In 1993 tender documents were issued for 37190 which was by then safely stored in the closed but secure Gateshead depot. No other groups seemed interested so the Class 40 Appeal sent some members to Gateshead to inspect the loco which received a favourable response. The CFA's first impression was to buy the loco as a source of spares, cut it up and sell on the parts to oher preservation groups to make money for the CFA's 40012 "Aureol".
The CFA submitted a reasonable offer which was accepted. The loco on inspection once at the MRC Butterley saw further inspections and the decision made to slowly restore 37190. 37190 now in large logo blue livery had a day out on MRC turns on September 15th 2001. This popular machine then toured various preserved lines visiting the Mid Hants (April 02), KWVR (Aug 02), SVR (Oct 04), West Somerset (May 05), Mid Hants (May 05), South Devon (June 06) and finally the GCR from Apr 08 to Apr 2010.
I managed to have several enjoyable preserved sessions on various lines from 2002 to 2009 taking my 37190 mileage to nearer 50!
After 2 years at the GCR the loco spent 3 years being restored working some MRC turns on September 22nd 2013. An increasing need for maintenance, new batteries being needed (4,500 quid) saw the loco being put up for sale in March 2019. 37190 was bought by Locomotive Services Ltd at Crewe TMD being dragged from the MRC to Crewe by 47501 on May 24th 2019. A return to main line is being planned, be nice to see her back in South Wales on a tour in the next few years....mileage still beckons!
37190 a true survivor.......
Any more 37190 memories to share?