This has just been posted on wnxx. I am sure it will interest a lot you you
37692 circulated this around the UK Rail gen list this afternoon. I thought it might be worth repeating here...
Just to clear a few things up.
EWS 37042, 37503, 37521 and 37516 are all undergoing repair at Doncaster for a return.
37109 has been stared at Hither Green,
37698, 37428, 37698, 37675 and 37692 at Margam are out of the scrap lies and will also be repaired for a return to use.
37670 is inside the shed at Temple Mills undergoing repairs, while 37411 has finished its exam at Temple Mills and will be off to Wales.
37669 at Bescot is inside the shed receiving attention.
37517, 37410, 37676, 37668 and 37689 at Healey Mills were also being looked at and had EWS men around them HOWEVER it is unknown the circumstances with these locomotives.
37405 will shortly be moving from Old Oak Common to Toton by rail, for repairs, 37405 will receive the generator and any other parts needed from 37422. while 37422 will be gaining 37408's engine, generator and all other parts it needs to allow 37422 to return to use. 37402 also at Toton should return - although it will be getting the bogies from 37408.
Also other reinstatements in the pipeline include 37421 and 37416 at Motherwell and Crewe, the latter is a runner.
EWS have now changed there policy on the class 37/4's so now engine hours aren't an issue for them, hence the return to use of 37428, 37427's exam for return, 37411 and 37419's special exams and 37421's possible comeback are linked with this.
Only RA5 and RA6 examples will be returning, this being from 37/0's to 37/5's, so no heavyweight 37/7's or 37/8's returning for now.
The class 37's should remain in use for a long while when back, due to when the are back several EWS 66's will be taken out of traffic, eventually totaling 50 EWS 66's and then they will be exported across to Europe for work.
The class 37's should be seen on trip workings as well as dealing with light loads and covering branch lines etc... To release EWS class 66's for use on other services. The class 37's should be used countrywide not just in one area.
I hope that helps.