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Fours - The Class 37/4 Story

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Fours reviews the history of the Class 37/4 since its creation in 1985/86.

Although the 31 locos featured heavily at first on the work for which they were created - passenger services in Scotland and Wales - changing traffic trends spead them across England, too, in later years, on both passenger and freight workings.

It was appropriate, then, that the newly-formed English, Welsh & Scottish Railway should acquire them in 1995, opening up a further period of useful operation until the present day in 2009 and, perhaps, beyond.

Highlights include:

  • 'Early days' shots in large logo blue in Scotland and Wales 
  • 37421 on oil at Barnetby 
  • Pairs on the stone at Peak Forest 
  • West Highland freight 
  • 'Club' trains at Preston with departures by 37416, 37418 and 37426 
  • Plus 37430 at Leyland, 37407 at Salwick and a noisy departure from Poulton-le-Fylde by 37425 
  • A selection of 37/4s along the North Wales Coast, including 37401, 37408, 37415, 37417, 37418, 37420, 37421, 37426 and 37429 
  • 37/4s on the 'Silver Bullet' 
  • A Tower Colliery MGR with 37412 and 37418 
  • 37422 and 37425 leaving Margam with an MGR 
  • A pair at Machen Quarry 
  • The Fort William sleeper with 37401, 37403, 37405, 37406, 37421, 37423 and 37427 
  • The Rhymneys with 37403, 37405, 37408, 37412, 37415, 37418, 37419 and 37425 
  • Charters, including 'The Royal Scotsman', Pathfinder trips and, of course, SRPS railtours 
  • The Settle and Carlisle top and tail passenger turns for Arriva 
  • The survivors out and about on freight workings in the past few years, including 37401 and 37417 towing steam loco Duke of Gloucester 
  • The Vale of Glamorgan line re-opening specials with 37411 and 37425 
  • 37408 rescuing a failed 66 at Barry Docks 
  • DRS's 423 with an observation saloon 
  • And plenty more to bring the memories flooding back.

With informative graphics to accompany the nostalgic pictures, Fours is the story so far of the 'Electric 37'.


Produced by - Visions International
Running time - 75 Minutes
Format - 4:3
DVD only


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