Greater Anglia to operate class 37 farewell charity charter train
On May 18th, Abellio Greater Anglia will be running a class 37 hauled charter train. The railtour will run from Norwich to Ely, Kings Lynn, London Liverpool Street and return. The tour will raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
The consist will be formed of 2 Direct Rail Services class 37s, along with 5 mark-2 coaches. For a number of years, Direct Rail Services class 37s have worked Greater Anglia services on the Wherry Lines, linking Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
The railtour will be an opportunity not to be missed because operations of DRS 37s on the Wherry lines is soon to come to an end, when new units Class 720 ‘Aventra’ and Class 745/755 ‘Flirt’ units come into service.
Timings for the Class 37 Greater Anglia Charity Farewell tour, can be found below.
Traction: 37409 + TBD (subject to change)
0943 Norwich Crown Point TRSMD to Norwich ECS
Train 5G37 runs SO from 18/05/19 to 18/05/19 Norwich C.Pt. T.&R.S.M.D 0943 Thorpe Junction 0951 Norwich 0953
1020 Norwich to Ely PAX
Train 1G37 runs SO from 18/05/19 to 18/05/19 Norwich 1020 Thorpe Junction 1021 Trowse Swing Bridge 1021 Trowse Jn 1022 Wymondham Co878 1027 Wymondham 1034 Attleborough 1039 Thetford 1052 Brandon 1100 Ely North Jn 1122 Ely 1125
1135 Ely to Kings Lynn PAX
Train 1G38 runs SO from 18/05/19 to 18/05/19 Ely 1135 Ely North Jn 1138 Littleport 1143 Downham Market 1153 Watlington 1158 Kings Lynn 1207
1214 Kings Lynn to London Liverpool Street PAX
Train 1G39 runs SO from 18/05/19 to 18/05/19 Kings Lynn 1214 Watlington 1222 Downham Market 1227-1236 Littleport 1247 Ely North Jn 1253 Ely 1255-1258 Ely Dock Jn 1259 Cambridge North 1311 Coldham Lane Jn 1312 Cambridge 1315 Shepreth Branch Jn 1319 Audley End 1331 Stansted North Junction 1339 Stansted Mountfitchet 1340 Bishops Stortford 1343 Harlow Town 1350 Broxbourne Jn 1355 Broxbourne 1357-1407 Cheshunt 1412 Brimsdown 1415 Tottenham South Jn 1421 Coppermill Junction 1422 Clapton Jn 1425 Hackney Downs 1430 Bethnal Green 1435 London Liverpool Street 1439
1627 London Liverpool Street to Norwich PAX
Train 1G40 runs SO from 18/05/19 to 18/05/19 London Liverpool Street 1627 Bethnal Green 1630 Bow Junction 1632 Stratford 1633 Maryland 1634 Forest Gate Jn 1635 Ilford 1637 Gidea Park 1642 Shenfield 1649 Chelmsford 1657 Witham 1706 Marks Tey 1712 Colchester 1718 Manningtree 1724 Ipswich Halifax Junction 1733 Ipswich 1734 Ipswich East Suffolk Jn 1736 Ipswich Europa Junction 1737 Stowmarket 1746 Haughley Jn 1748 Diss 1758 Trowse Jn 1816 Trowse Swing Bridge 1817 Thorpe Junction 1817 Norwich 1819
1830 Norwich to Norwich Crown Point TRSMD ECS
Train 5G40 runs SO from 18/05/19 to 18/05/19 Norwich 1833 Thorpe Junction 1834 Norwich C.Pt. T.&R.S.M.D 1843
Jonathan Denby, Head of Corporate Affairs for Greater Anglia said:
“We’re delighted to be running this special Class 37 railtour to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. It’s an extremely worthwhile cause focused on the region we serve and supported by many of our employees. With the introduction of the new trains from the summer, the Class 37s are nearing the end of time operating Greater Anglia services.
“Taking in routes which have been synonymous with Class 37 locomotives in the past, we hope the trip will be very popular and generate an impressive contribution to EACH funds. It promises to be a great day out for all involved.”
Elaine John, Head of Major Supporters for EACH said:
“We’ve been privileged to benefit from the first two special charter trains and are delighted Greater Anglia’s continuing its support this year. This will be a wonderful opportunity for rail enthusiasts to travel behind these locomotives before they leave East Anglia whilst also supporting children, young people and their families across the region.”
Tickets for the rail tour can be purchased at https://public.greenrailtravel.co.uk.