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About The Class 37 Locomotive Group


Introduction
The Class 37 Locomotive Group (C37LG) is a group of rail enthusiasts dedicated to preserving and operating working examples of English Electric Type 3 (British Rail Class 37) locomotives for the general public, and to promote their interest and history, being part of our nation's industrial and railway heritage. The C37LG is a non-profit making organisation, and has recently been registered as a Charity Reference Number : 1137787

We are one of the longest-established diesel preservation groups in the country: our roots go back to 1984 - the brainchild of a group of East Anglian 37-bashers! click here for a more detailed history of the group.

Who we are

The group has members all over the country, and internationally, and is managed by a committee elected by members - for details of the committee (and to contact us), click here

What do we do?

We own 37003

... and maintain this website as the premier internet resource for anything and everything to do with 37s


Our Loco

37003: Released 28 December 1960 from English Electric Vulcan Foundry, Works Number EE/VF2866/D582, numbered D6703 in British Railways all-over green, and part of the first batch of Type 3s (D6700-D6703) delivered during 1960. D6703 was initially allocated to Stratford depot (30A) for duties including Class 1 trains to/from London Liverpool Street. Later, she was allocated to various other Eastern Region depots: Tinsley, Thornaby, Healey Mills, Gateshead and Immingham. Our loco has carried two names: in April 1963 she was named "First East Anglian Regiment", but the name was never unveiled; much later, while based at Tinsley in 1989, 37003 received an unofficial 'painted-on' nameplate "TIGER MOTH", which she carried until overhauled at Doncaster in 1992 (and repainted in 'Dutch' civil engineer's livery).

37003 was withdrawn from traffic in 1994 and stored at Bescot and Crewe, until purchase by the Group in 1998.

She was then rebuilt pretty much from the ground up: everything from installing a new power unit (from 37073!) via rebuilding the cabs down to refitting the original buffer-beam skirts - until in 2003 she was restarted for the first time in preservation. By late 2004, in a fresh coat of Rail Blue and with reinstated headcode blinds, she was ready to haul her first passenger train since her BR days

37003 is currently undergoing attention and should be in operation on The Mid Norfolk Railway Soon. She will be available to attend diesel galas and other preservation events soon - please contact us by email if you'd like to know more!

Keep up to date with the work on our locos on our progress page

You can help by joining the Class 37 Locomotive Group and sending occasional or regular donations to funds.