37/4, 37422 was named Cardiff Canton at Canton Depot on Friday
31st January 2003 following completion of its F exam. The
naming ceremony was undertaken by Barry Evans, EWS Head of
Safety Assurance, Glyn Wright and his mother, who was the
wife of George Wright deceased, whom named 56044 Cardiff Canton
Quality Assured in a similar ceremony twelve years ago. The
event was also attended by the staff of Canton Depot and special
guest Tom Clift, General Manager Valley Lines whom hires in
three class 37/4's from EWS for their rush hour services between
Cardiff and Rhymney.
are some of the images taken on the day.....
Cardiff Canton is the first of three Class 37/4's to have
received an F exam at Canton Depot with 37417 and 37406 following
closely behind. The F exam consists of component stripping
and complete refurbishment of the locomotive whilst the engine
crankcase, alternator and crankshaft remain in situ. This
work has been carried by several teams of highly skilled technicians
utilising new and reconditioned components that have been
supplied to the highest standards of engineering quality.
Typically, bogies, cylinder heads, pistons, liners, connecting
rods, radiators, compressors, traction motors, turbo chargers
and intercoolers are some of the componenets that are removed.
Once reassembled, the locomotive is subjected to a lengthy
and rigorous testing programme utilising Load Banks which
verify that it is performing to the prescribed performance
levels and producing a nominal 1750hp before being returned
back into traffic.
37422 was delivered new to Tinsley Depot from English Electric
Vulcan Foundry on 11th February 1965 as D6966 and renumbered
37266 during March 1974. During 1985, it was refurbished,
fitted with ETH, renumbered 37422 and transferred to Eastfield
Depot where it spent a majority of its time working passenger
services on the West Highland line. After a series of transfers
37422 was finally put into store during October 1999 and was
removed from there for it's F exam.