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37109/D6809
Status: Operational
Livery: Trainload Metals
Running Number: 37109
Built: 1962 English Electric
EE VF 3238/D763
Traction Type: Diesel-Electric
Equipment: English Electric
Power Unit: EE 12CSVT
Power Output: 1,750 HP
Max Speed: 90 MPH
Train Brakes: Vacuum and Air
Train Heating: Steam Boiler (Isolated)
Weight: 100 Tons
Length: 61' 6"
Height: 12' 9"
Width: 8' 10½"
Despite having many visiting 'Tractors' over the years, the ELR diesel fleet long had a 37 shaped gap in the resident fleet. This was filled with the arrival of 37109 in 2008 which came direct from EWS in their maroon livery.

37109 made its Gala debut at the July event of the same year and ran for 18 months or so before receiving a repaint into BR Blue. Always a popular performer, 37109 is run up often and is operational during the non-heat season and at Gala events.

37109 left the ELR during Summer 2013, visiting the Nene Valley Railway for their May Gala and spending a couple of months at the Severn Valley Railway before returning home to Bury in October.

Following installation of new batteries, October 2014 saw another visit to the Severn Valley Railway for 37109 along with fellow ELR resident, 50015 Valiant, for the SVR Diesel Gala.

Another visit to the Nene Valley Railway occurred in 2019 with 109 working at thier Diesel Event over the 11th-13th of October.

Winter 2019/20 saw the nose-end doors reinstated. As with many of the split-box survivors, these had been removed and welded over during previous maintenance with BR or EWS. Further substantial bodywork repairs have been undertaken during Winter 2022/23 plus a full repaint into Trainload Metals livery and will be relaunched during 2023. It looks rather nice!

ELR Events

There are a wide range of events at the East Lancashire Railway ranging from Family and Education, Re-enactments, Sci-Fi, Transport and Collector's Fairs.

Selected events are shown below. See the ELR Website for the full event schedule.

Event Date(s)
Summer Diesel Gala
With guests 20066 and 37425 courtesy of HNRC, 26007 courtesy of Kozzy Rail and 47830 courtesy of Freightliner
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th
and Saturday 29th June
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 11th, Saturday 12th
and Sunday 13th October
DMU Weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

All events subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure events take place as advertised, rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate without prior notice.

ELR Website
Check out the ELR Website for the full event schedule.