The Heavy Tractor Group 37714 is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving and operating a working example of an British Rail Class 37 Type 3 locomotive built over fifty five years ago.
- to give our loco its original livery from its BR ownership days – it was British Rail’s last nationalised identity
- to document the locomotives role and association with a number of British Rail’s industry sectors of coal, petroleum and metals
- to get a high quality repaint in honour to a former (now sadly deceased) railwayman who played a significant role in our locos refurbishment program in the 1980’s and commissioning process
- to remember and tell the story of the many staff who looked after our loco
- to celebrate not only our loco, but our friends and patrons who are key in enabling her to remain an asset to the heritage movement
- to develop an oral memory bank of our locos fifty plus years of service
- to create a bank of spare parts for our loco
- develop relationships with other similar railway groups
The team is a small dedicated team of 7, lead by Chairman Andy Gillett. All the team are volunteers at the Great Central Railway and are well versed in locomotive preservation, and some the maintenance of current Mainline locos.