We are very lucky within the department, and in the wider GWsR community, to have a number of volunteers who have a huge array of photographs obtained either through their own photographic talents or through gifts or purchases. Having been a volunteer for a relatively short 7 years, I always find it fascinating to look at photos from 'the archives' so, for this tome, I thought I would ask around to show off some photos from fellow volunteers of the locos of years past as well as some of the current fleet at the GWsR in earlier guises.
Special thanks to Dean Tabor and Andy Smith for allowing me to use these pictures.
Firstly, we have a loco that has returned to capital traffic since its time at Toddington. 37099 arrived at the GWsR on the 18th April 1999 after withdrawal from Transrail in 1997 and purchase by a private individual. The loco was placed into custodianship of The Growler Group and work started on returning it to a former guise in BR Blue as 37324 complete with its 'Clydesbridge' nameplates - a number it wore when allocated to Motherwell TMD as one of its Ravenscraig metals pool. Here are a trio of pics from Dean Tabor on the day of its arrival at Toddington - still wearing the Civil Engineers 'Dutch' livery.
|37099 (37324) arrives on a low loader from its first, brief, home on the North Norfolk Railway. (Courtesy of D. Tabor)|
|Easy does it! (Courtesy of D. Tabor)|
|Safely on the rails again at Toddington. (Courtesy of D. Tabor)|
Next up we have a few pics from Andy, a Guard and Duty Ops Officer on the GWsR, showing a couple of the current fleet in action as well as a couple of long departed locos from way back in the mid-1990s.
|Class 31, D5541, arrives at Winchcombe in March 1996. (Courtesy of A. Smith)|
|Class 20, 20137 passes the site of Hayles Abbey Halt in August 1995. (Courtesy of A. Smith)|
|24081 heads through Dixton Cutting at somepoint in the mid 1990s. (Courtesy of A. Smith)|
|One of three Class 14 'Teddy Bear' locos that have been based at the GWsR prepares to take the plunge in the yard at Toddington during March 1996. Class 26, 26043 is seen to the left, still wearing its 'Dutch' livery. (Courtesy of A. Smith)|
Photographic contributions of the fleet, past and present, as well as diesels on the line prior to 1976, are always greatly received. If you want them to appear in a blog (or in an eventual book/brochure) then email them through to me, with details, at email@example.com
Finally, the GWsR is still running a fundraising campaign so that the major landslip between Gotherington and Bishops Cleeve can be fnished. At last count the amount raised stood at around £165,000 of the £250,000 needed to complete the work. If you would like to donate to this or to help with the railway's finances during lockdown, then click here to go to the GWsR website.