37425 stabled at Shrub Hill.

Post Reply
TimBrown
Posts: 982
Joined: 05:59 Monday 4th July 2016
Location: Worcester

37425 stabled at Shrub Hill.

Post by TimBrown » 12:15 Thursday 5th August 2021

DRS Class 37 37425, 'Sir Robert McAlpine' / 'Concrete Bob' has been stabled at Shrub Hill since Tuesday 3 August 2021. It was left after working a freight contract and the driver had run out of hours. Not sure how long it will remain, but it looks like a station pilot from the old days! This locomotive was built 07/65 as D6992, renumbered 02/74 to 37292 and re-engineered circa 09/85 when it was fitted with alternator in place of DC main generator plus re-geared Deltic bogies - maximum speed reduced from 90 MPH to 80 MPH.
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 003.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 005.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 007.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 008.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 010.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 011.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 012.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 013.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 015.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 018.JPG
05 August 2021 Shrub Hill 023.JPG
This class was used extensively on the Birmingham New Street to Holyhead service in the 1990s and generally ran to time with 4 and 5 coach trains without exceeding 80 MPH, however in the era before 'black boxes' some surprising turns of speed close to magic 100 MPH were recorded as per attached logs. However, with a relatively low 1,400 HP at the wheels, with a 10 coach train grossing nearly 500 tons the locomotive only gave 3 HP per ton which led to rather more pedestrian running especially on uphill gradients!
37403 wolves to Stafford 001.jpg
37414 New Street to Crewe 001.jpg

MattW
Posts: 888
Joined: 20:42 Sunday 3rd July 2016
Location: Cornwall

Re: 37425 stabled at Shrub Hill.

Post by MattW » 19:18 Thursday 5th August 2021

Fantastic Tim, what a machine 8-)

TimBrown
Posts: 982
Joined: 05:59 Monday 4th July 2016
Location: Worcester

Re: 37425 stabled at Shrub Hill.

Post by TimBrown » 10:51 Friday 6th August 2021

A driver was found yesterday Thursday 5 August and 37425 departed Worcester at 18-00 bound for Rugby via the 'dark side' Kidderminster/Stourbridge route.

MattW
Posts: 888
Joined: 20:42 Sunday 3rd July 2016
Location: Cornwall

Re: 37425 stabled at Shrub Hill.

Post by MattW » 16:43 Friday 6th August 2021

Just seen a video of the departure!

Reddibus
Posts: 21
Joined: 18:46 Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Re: 37425 stabled at Shrub Hill.

Post by Reddibus » 19:01 Saturday 7th August 2021

The loco also more locally had its turn in the 1970's as 37292 at banking on the Lickey Incline

Post Reply

Return to “Trains”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Majestic-12 [Bot] and 3 guests