Easter ‘37’ gathering at Kyle of Lochalsh

LOCO-HAULED trains are seen at Kyle of Lochalsh on a fairly regular basis, but four Class 37s in the station at the same time on April 16 was exceptional.

Colas No. 37421, one of the batch of ‘37/4s’ sent to Inverness to work the Kyle and Far North lines in the mid-1980s, eases out of Kyle of Lochalsh on April 16. In the background, DRS Nos. 37259 and 37609 await their return trip to Inverness with Pathfinder’s ‘Spring Highlander’ four-day railcruise. JAMIE McEWEN

Pathfinder’s ‘Spring Highlander’ tour of Scottish scenic lines, powered by DRS No. 37609 and 37259, was joined by a Network Rail infrastructure management train top-and-tailed by Colas Railfreight No. 37421 (a former Inverness machine and regular on the Kyle line in the late-1980s) and BR green No. D6757.

The four-day ‘Spring Highlander’ tour started from Eastleigh on April 14 and ran via Birmingham, Derby, York, Edinburgh and the Highland Main Line to Inverness on day one, covering the Far North line and Inverness to Kyle in out-and-back day trips before retracing its route southbound on April 17.

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