Class 37/4 on the North Wales Coast

The Crewe-based pool saw many changes and a gradual reduction in numbers since the mid nineties as First North Western downgraded loco-hauled services to 2-car units to save money. During this time, many old favourites have departed, and the stunning array of liveries on display in 1995 was reduced as EWS standardised on Regional Railways blue and EWS house maroon. I regret not photographing 37 407 Blackpool Tower or the now-withdrawn Highland Region, or 421 when it still bore The Kingsman nameplates, but many members of the ETH-fitted sub-class visited us from 1998 to 2000

37 401 Mary Queen of Scots was a relative newcomer to the coast, seen here passing Llanfair PG box on 15th July 1999

The 10:07 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead on 21 Oct 1999, on this occasion running an hour late.

 37 402 Bont y Bermo

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