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15 September 2017:             Second 2017 Shareholders' Day on Saturday 4th November

The second Shareholders’ Day for 2017 has been arranged for Saturday 4th November at the East Somerset Railway. This is an opportunity for 5637 Shareholders to travel on trains pulled by 5637, ride on the footplate or actually drive the loco. The ESR's Whistlestop Restaurant will be open for drinks, snacks and hot meals from 11am to 3pm. The 5673 SLG AGM will be held at lunchtime. Shareholders who don’t receive an invitation to the Shareholders' Day should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.

The 4mm (OO) model of 5637 being released by Bachmann is now not expected to be on sale until February/March next year.

8 April 2017:                                                     5637 SLG Chairman Retires

Paul Thicke has retired as Chairman of the 5637 SLG after more than 30 years in the post. As Paul had made it clear at the Management Team meeting in 2015 that he would be stepping down soon it was no surprise to receive his letter of resignation, though it is regretted none the less.

Paul was working to obtain a GWR loco long before most of us were involved and was a member of the delegation that first went to see 5637 at Tyseley in 1981, becoming Chairman of the 5637 SLG thereafter. Paul’s chairmanship has seen the loco obtained, paid for, fully restored and run reliably in service, with every expectation that it will continue to do so into the future.

As a result of Paul’s retirement the Management Team has combined the Group’s project coordination role with the post of Chairman. Peter Todd has thus kindly agreed to take over as Chairman on a short term basis until April 2018.

13 March 2017:                                               New Smokebox Door Fitted

5637's existing smoke box door was found to be excessively worn after many years of use and a new smokebox door was fabricated and fitted by the East Somerset Railway's workshop team.


Photo: Steve Masters

New Smokebox Door being Fitted to 5637

30 January 2017:                      Shareholders' Day on Sunday 26th February 2017

The first Shareholders’ Day for 2017 is earlier this year and has been arranged for Sunday 26th February at the East Somerset Railway. This is an opportunity for 5637 shareholders and guests to travel on trains pulled by 5637, ride on the footplate or actually drive the loco. The ESR's Whistlestop Restaurant will be open for drinks, snacks and hot meals from 11am to 3pm. Shareholders who don’t receive an invitation should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.

A 4mm (OO) model of 5637 is being released by Bachmann for Christmas 2017 and is expected to retail for £84.99.

Bachmann have been working on a 4mm model of a 45 ton steam breakdown crane and approached the East Somerset Railway for help as they have a breakdown crane awaiting restoration. During the discussions Bachmann were persuaded to produce their 56xx model in the guise of 5637 since they wanted a new livery for 2017.

The model of 5637 will be in the GWR “mid chrome” green with GREAT WESTERN lettering on the tank sides. The model will look pretty much like the loco did following restoration when it was first at the ESR.

9 September 2016:             Second 2016 Shareholders' Day on Sunday 6th November

The second Shareholders’ Day for 2016 has been arranged for Sunday 6th November at the East Somerset Railway. This is an opportunity for 5637 Shareholders to travel on trains pulled by 5637, ride on the footplate or actually drive the loco. The ESR's Whistlestop Restaurant will be open for drinks, snacks and hot meals from 11am to 3pm. Shareholders who don’t receive an invitation should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.

11 January 2016:                             Spring Shareholders' Day 2016 Announced

This year's Shareholders’ Day has been arranged for Sunday 6th March at the East Somerset Railway. This is an opportunity for 5637 Shareholders to travel on trains pulled by 5637, ride on the footplate or actually drive the loco. The ESR's Whistlestop Restaurant will be open for drinks, snacks and hot meals. However some of the SLG Management Committee have decided to pay the ESR £10K to retube the locomotive over the next couple of months, so the Shareholders' Day is dependant on the retube having been completed in time.

28 September 2015:                             Autumn Shareholders' Day for 2015 Announced

The second Shareholders’ Day for 2015 has been arranged for Sunday 1st November at the East Somerset Railway. This is an opportunity for 5637 Shareholders to travel on trains pulled by 5637, ride on the footplate or actually drive the loco. The ESR's Whistlestop Restaurant will be open for drinks, snacks and hot meals from 11am to 3pm. Shareholders who don’t receive an invitation should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.

6 August 2015:                             5637 to Visit the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

Arrangements have been made for 5637 to visit the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway to take part in their annual gala on 11th 12th and 13th of September 2015. 5637 spent its entire working life in the South Wales Valleys and this is its first visit back there since it left the Barry Scrapyard in 1974. The loco must have travelled along the Pontypool and Blaenavon line many times in the past as it was based nearby in Abercynon. It's expected that 5673 will be steaming on every day of the gala and possibly on 14th September for a photo charter.


Photo: Peter Todd

5637 at the 
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

21 February 2015:                                          Easter Shareholders' Day for 2015

The first Shareholders' Day this year has been arranged for Wednesday 8th April 2015 at the East Somerset Railway. The ESR has been extending its running season over last few years which meant that a weekend wasn't available for this Spring's Shareholders' Day. Instead the Shareholders' Day is being held during the Easter Holidays when children (& teachers) are on holiday and the weather is likely to be better. The ESR's Whistlestop Restaurant will be open for snacks and meals from 10am to 2pm. Invitations will be sent out shortly and shareholders who don’t receive an invitation should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.
 

1 October 2014:                             Second Shareholders' Day for 2014 Announced

The second Shareholders’ Day for 2014 has been arranged for Saturday 1st November at the East Somerset Railway. This is another opportunity for 5637 Shareholders to ride on trains pulled by 5637, ride on the footplate or actually drive the loco. Shareholders who don’t receive an invitation should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.
 

17 March 2014:                                          Visit to Swindon & Cricklade Railway

5637 is finally returning to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway for the first time since the loco's restoration was completed fifteen years ago. The S&CR was having difficulties paying for the return transport to the East Somerset Railway, fortunately six members of the S&CR's loco department have agreed to meet this cost allowing 5637's visit to go ahead.


Photo: Paul Lockley

The Swindon and Cricklade Railway

Operational staff who are also 5637 shareholders have been given priority in crew selection while the loco is at the S&CR. 5637 will be steaming at the S&CR on the following dates:
                              26th, 27th & 28th April
                              3rd, 4th , 5th & 6th May
                              10th & 11th May

Following the sale of the S&CR's resident operational steam loco, Metropolitan Railway tank engine number 1 will be  providing steam traction over Easter. This means that both 5637 and Metropolitan No 1 will feature in the steam gala being held at the S&CR on 26th and 27th of April.
 

24 December 2013:                                          Shareholders' Day 2014 Announced

A replacement Shareholders' Day has been arranged for Saturday 8th March 2014 at the East Somerset Railway following the curtailment of the previous Shareholders' Day (see Events). Invitations will be sent out towards the end of January and shareholders who don’t receive an invitation should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.

Enquiries  have once again been made about 5637 visiting the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, and provisional dates at the end of April and the beginning of May 2014 have been proposed.
 

6 December 2013:                                                                  Calendar Girl Again

5637 is featured as 'Miss March' in 2014's Age of Steam Appointments Calendar published by Salmon Calendars. The locomotive is shown in her black BR livery coming into Hampton Loade Station during her visit to the Severn Valley Railway in 2004.
 

26 September 2013:                                          Shareholders' Day 2013 Announced

This year’s Shareholders’ Day has been arranged for Saturday 30th November at the East Somerset Railway. This is a later date than in previous years due to the ESR running trains every weekend in October and the need to carry out 5367's 14 month inspection during November. Invitations will be sent out towards the end of October and shareholders who don’t receive one should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.

Discussions were held again with the Swindon & Cricklade Railway about 5637 visiting first in the spring and then in the autumn this year. The loco's visit would have been to mark the opening of the Taw Valley Halt, however planning delays meant that the S&CR weren't able to open their new station as they'd hoped.
 

25 September 2013:                                                              John Hankins


Photo: Paul Lockley

It is reported with deep regret that John Hankins passed away in his sleep on 4th September after a long illness.

John was an invaluable member of the 5637 SLG Management Committee since the mid eighties and continued to be actively involved until quite recently in spite of his deteriorating health.

As well as carrying out the actual restoration work on the loco, John spent countless weekends over many years fund raising. Much of the around £80,000 needed to complete 5637’s restoration was raised thanks to his efforts.

It is doubtful that 5637 would ever have returned to steam again without John’s vital contribution. He will be sadly missed as a friend and engineer.
 

15 November 2012:                                                                  Calendar Girl

5637 is featured as 'Miss March' in 2013's Age of Steam Appointments Calendar published by Salmon Calendars. Unlike the other 'models' who are pictured with passenger trains, 5637 is alone in being portrayed pulling a goods train in her black BR livery.
 

21 October 2012:                                                            5637 Passes Steam Test

The 5637 successfully passed a steam test on Friday 12th October after passing a thorough boiler exam on Monday 8th October.


Photo: Peter Todd
Preparing 5637 for the Steam Test

20 September 2012:                             Second Shareholders' Day for 2012 Announced

The second Shareholders’ Day for 2012 has been arranged for Saturday 20th October at the East Somerset Railway. This is another opportunity for 5637 Shareholders to ride on trains pulled by 5637, ride on the footplate or actually drive the loco. Shareholders who don’t receive an invitation should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.
 

23 May 2012:                                                           2011 Accounts Distributed

The 5637 Steam Locomotive Group's audited accounts for the year ending 31st December 2011 have been distributed to members. Any shareholder who hasn't received a copy should contact the Treasurer.
 

1 February 2012:                                          Shareholders' Day 2012 Announced

This year’s Shareholders’ Day has been arranged for Saturday 17th March at the East Somerset Railway. This is the opportunity for 5637 Shareholders to ride on trains pulled by 5637, ride on the footplate or actually drive the loco. Shareholders who haven’t received an invitation should contact the 5637 Steam Loco Group Secretary.
 

27 January 2012:                                                               Home Visit Off

Unfortunately the Swindon & Cricklade Railway has decided they are unable to afford to have 5637 back for a four week period, even at the heavily discounted steaming fees offered to allow a ‘home visit’. What money the S&CR has available is needed to hire in a second engine for the 2012 season.

It remains to be seen if it will be possible for 5637 to return to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway at some future date. Meanwhile this means the loco is available for visits to other railways on short term hire to attend galas, replace failed engines, etc.


Photo: Paul Lockley
The Swindon and Cricklade Railway
 

16 June 2011:                                                            Home Visit

Discussions have been held about 5637 visiting the Swindon & Cricklade Railway in September 2011. This is permitted under the terms of the ESR’s 10 year hire contract which allows the 5637 Steam Loco Group to sub-hire the loco to other railways for up to 4 weeks each year.

The locomotive was originally purchased by the 5637 Steam Locomotive Group who spent 17 years restoring it back into service at the S&CR. Over the years the 5637 has been based at the ESR it has visited a number of other heritage railways but has not been back to the S&CR so far.

Although the small industrial locos the S&CR uses are perfectly adequate for their normal operations the S&CR want a more powerful loco for their War Time Weekend (to pull all the tanks?) which is after the ESR’s Mendip Steam Dream Gala.

Unfortunately one of the S&CR’s industrial locos has recently developed major problems and had to be withdrawn from service. An ex-GWR pannier tank is being hired in for the rest of the year as a replacement, but the S&CR doesn’t have the funding to hire 5637 as well.

However, the contract between the three parties for the hire of 5637 has been agreed in principle so it is hoped the visit to the S&CR will go ahead in 2012 instead.

 

 
 

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