Class 37 locomotive to take part in Greater Anglia charity train

Class 37
Credit: Josh Haworth

Greater Anglia has announced it will be running a rail enthusiasts’ charity charter train on Saturday 18 May to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The special trip will operate with 5 MkII carriages “top and tailed” by two Class 37 diesel locomotives.

The train will run from Norwich to Ely, then to King’s Lynn, then via Cambridge and the West Anglia route to London Liverpool Street, before returning to Norwich via the Great Eastern Main Line.

The price for this trip is £80, with all profits from the event donated to EACH.

The trip also provides an extra opportunity to enjoy the Class 37s in East Anglia before they are withdrawn from passenger service in the region as Greater Anglia phases in new trains from this summer.

The planned route and timings are as follows:

  • Norwich depart 10.20
  • Ely
    • arrive 11.25
    • depart 11.35
  • King’s Lynn
    • arrive 12.07
    • depart 12.14
  • London Liverpool St
    • arrive 14.39
    • depart 16.27
  • Norwich arrive 18.19

The train operator is also auctioning an opportunity for a cab ride from Norwich to Ely. Anyone booking on the tour can bid for this very rare opportunity to experience a driver’s eye view of a rail journey.

Bookings can only be made online via https://public.greenrailtravel.co.uk, clicking on the Special Trains/Events tab and choosing the Greater Anglia Specials option.

Anyone with any queries about the event can ring 0345 600 7245 and choose option 3, followed by option 2 to find out more details.

What did the officials say?

Jonathan Denby, Head of Corporate Affairs for Greater Anglia said:

“We’re delighted to be running this special Class 37 railtour to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. It’s an extremely worthwhile cause focused on the region we serve and supported by many of our employees. With the introduction of the new trains from the summer, the Class 37s are nearing the end of time operating Greater Anglia services.

“Taking in routes which have been synonymous with Class 37 locomotives in the past, we hope the trip will be very popular and generate an impressive contribution to EACH funds. It promises to be a great day out for all involved.”

Elaine John, Head of Major Supporters for EACH said:

“We’ve been privileged to benefit from the first two special charter trains and are delighted Greater Anglia’s continuing its support this year. This will be a wonderful opportunity for rail enthusiasts to travel behind these locomotives before they leave East Anglia whilst also supporting children, young people and their families across the region.”

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