37612 was originally numbered D6979 and became 37179 under TOPS. In 1986 it was rebuilt with an alternator and renumbered 37691. Later it was rebuilt again as one of the 12 locos intended for the proposed 'Nightstar' passenger services from the South West and Wales to Europe via the Channel Tunnel but this project was abandoned before any trains had run! Direct Rail Services bought the fleet of twelve 37-6's and for many years they worked nuclear flask traffic to and from Sellafield before being superseded by class 66 and 68 locos. 37612 is now owned by Harry Needle Railroad Co and on long term hire to Colas for test train work. Also a bonus shot of 37610 (D6881 37181 37687) which was at Westbury for crew training purposes a couple of weeks ago. Also owned by HNRC this loco is also on long term hire to Colas.
Visited yesterday 4th November
Note: The train stayed in Westbury for around two hours before going as far as Castle Cary where it turned back and headed for Bristol.
Regards, Guy Vincent
I was at Marston Footbridge being the right place at the right time to see two IET's passing.
Of particular note was [1Z22 - Tyseley to Bristol via Worcester, Evesham, Oxford, Swindon, Westbury, Yeovil (Pen Mill), Weymouth, Yeovil (Pen Mill), Frome, Wstbury, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon, Bath, Abbey Wood, Bristol. ]It was 42 minutes late at Oxford North Junction, 11 minutes late at Didcot (Foxall Junction), 24 minutes EARLY passing me and also at Swindon station. My latest is 6 minutes EARLY at Westbury. This train consisted of HST type power cars 43060 and 43050 with coaches 6392, 977983, 5891, 6264 in between the power cars.
I think it was DR73905.
Take care. Dave