Llangollen Diesel Group (LDG) has announced that its Class 37 No. 37240 has been sold to Neil Boden at Boden Rail Engineering Ltd.
A full overhaul and potential mainline return are planned.
The locomotive left Llangollen earlier today (December 17) and is headed for Nottingham Eastcroft depot.
LDG said is a statement: “While we are very sorry to see 240 go after 16 years on the Llangollen Railway, we are pleased to be pass it on to someone who can offer it a great future. We wish Neil and his team every success with 240 and look forward to seeing it back where it belongs in the future. Finally, the LDG would like to thank everyone who has supported the locomotive’s running over the years at Llangollen.”
As reported in HR249, LDG announced it was seeking a buyer for its ‘Tractor’ in late November.
At the time, the group said in a statement: “Following a comprehensive review of our operations and resources at our AGM on November 25, the difficult decision has been made to reduce our fleet size. Based on a careful appraisal of locomotive condition, we are reluctantly offering Class 37 No. 6940 for immediate sale where seen lying to any interested party.
“We appreciate this will be disappointing news to a great many folk who have supported 6940 over the years and can assure you that it is not a decision we are taking lightly.”
Builtin 1964 at the Vulcan Foundry, Newton le Willows, the English Electric Type 3 later became No. 37240. After arriving at Llangollen in 2002 in withdrawn and stripped condition, the locomotive returned to traffic in 2003. It was restored to original condition with reinstated buffer beam skirts and headcode blinds in 2010.