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Class 47 diesel-electric locomotive
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No: 5725   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1975   Manufacturer: Brush Traction   Country: England
Class 47 diesel-electric locomotive

Photo of the Class 47 Co-Co Diesel-Electric Locomotive 47117, probably taken in the 1970s.

The British Rail Class 47 (or Brush Type 4) is a diesel-electric locomotive developed in the 1960s by Brush Traction. They were either built at Crewe Works or at Brush's Falcon Works. In total 512 were built between 1962 and 1968.

Over 40 years later there are still some working on the mainline.


Photo thanks to Graham Doughty.
Picture added on 30 January 2009
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From the Great Central Railway web site:
"D1705 (later 47117) was one of only five locomotives to be built with 12LVA24 Vee-shaped engines, which where known as the class 48. It ran with this engine for four years after construction in November 1965, after which is was fitted with the standard twin-bank engines, making it a class 47. It was first allocated to Darnell in Sheffield, and was last allocated to Tinsley, again in Sheffield, but spent much of its life at Stratford in east London. It was renumbered to 47117 in March 1974, and was in BR blue livery on withdrawal in July 1991.
47117 was bought for preservation by Pete Waterman, who moved it to the East Lancashire Railway. Being a Brush built locomotive, the Great Central sought to borrow it, and shortly afterwards it was bought for use on the GCR by the Type One Locomotive Group.
The locomotive moved to the Great Central Railway in August 1996.
Whilst on the GCR the engine has been repainted in its original two-tone green livery.
It now carries the number D1705.
This locomotive is in regular service and was named 'Sparrowhawk', by its former owner, Pete Waterman on 19 June 2004."


Added by Peter Langsdale on 30 January 2009.
This picture was definately taken on the GCR. The MK1 4610 is on that line. Also the picture shows the collision damage it suffered at the GCR. At this point it had a flush front (no headcode box) with a fake headcode painted on at the other end. In this picture it is carrying its TOPS No 47117 applied at the GCR for an episode of Casualty (the one where an ambulance falls off a bridge and onto the track). Since this picture 47117 has had the damage repaired and a replacement headcode box fitted at the other end.

Added by George A'court on 01 December 2009.
this loco was the bane of my life as a driver derailed with it main fuel pipe burst in engine room motor contacts welded together overspeed tripped and several shutdowns for no reason.

Added by Pete Boor on 22 December 2011.
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