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Class 47 Gallery

Images of Class 47 Locomotives taken in the Taunton Area. The Class 47 has to be one of British Rail's most sensible investments. The British Built machines have certainly proved their worth since the initial locos rolled off the construction lines in 1964. No one could have predicted then, that a substantial number of the locomotives would still be working (albeit on lighter duties these days) in modern times. The Brush Type 4 was fitted with a Sulzer 12LDA28 double straight six unit producing 2,750 bhp, but de-rated in the late 1960's to 2,550 BHP due to cracks appearing within the crank case seem welds. The Class 47 has taken to just about any task asked of it, over the years it's been the subject of hundreds of improvements and modifications to allow the loco to evolve and adapt to the work that they have been asked to do. It's large plain body sides have made it a faculties locomotive to display just about any railway company livery with ease. Although in 2008 a significant amount of the Class are now dead and buried, a small fleet still solider on working weekend charters, and out of course movements. Some even engage in regular freight flows. There is no reason why the locomotives can't survive another 20 years, with the right care, regular and good quality maintenance the humble 'Duff' (as they were nicknamed) can easily perform to the highest standards required. The Brush Type 4 has been a regular visitor to Taunton since their birth nearly 45 years ago. This section aims to cover the sheer variety of workings, locomotives and most importantly .....liveries which have passed through the concrete platforms at Taunton.

4th October 2017
DEPG Class 47 No.D1661 (47840) moved Class 04 No.D2271 from Minehead to Willton on the 4th October 2017. The Class 04 has spent the majority of it's overhauled life based at Minehead but having recently been restored it will now become the new Williton Yard shunting locomotive. The convoy is seen arriving at Williton.
(Photo: Sclub)


26th May 2017
The unsung heroes of the railway and charter industry at the Class 47's which continue to provide sterling service operational availability, painted in the most unworthy colour's these locomotives are painted in such a way to be inconspicuous to the devoted steam lovers who pay to travel on such locomotives at Flying Scotsman. But without these veteran machines still providing a frontline service many charters would ever get to their start locations or return to the correct depots on time. Class 47/7 No.47746 assisted over week long visit of Flying Scotsman in the Taunton area. Built in 1964 the locomotive has carried 7 liveries and two names. It's probably best known as a frontline member of the Rail Express Systems pool in the 90's hauling parcels and mail traffic UK wide, at the time it was named 'The Bobby' which had been transferred from a crash damaged classmate No.47743. The West Coast maroon locomotive is seen at Bishops Lydeard ready to shunt stock.
(Photo: Phil Izzard)


26th May 2017
In order to get stock in the right position for the start of Flying Scotsman's two trips on the 26th May 2017, stock was delivered to the West Somerset Railway early on the 26th May by West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47746. This locomotive was then removed at Bishops Lydeard and replaced by the DEPG's own former mainline Class 47/8 No.D1661 (47840) 'North Star'. Early on the 26th May D1661 arrives into Williton heading for Minehead looking very at home on the maroon coaching stock rather than it's normal Chocolate and Cream stock it normally hauls along the length of the line.
(Photo: Thomas Courtney)


16th March 2002
Virgin Cross Country Class 47 No.47814 stands at Taunton on the 16th March 2002 while working the 1M40 11:50 Plymouth - Liverpool Lime Street service. This often crossed at Taunton around 13:20 each day with the 'down' Liverpool - Plymouth service which was also Class 47 hauled.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th March 2002
Virgin Cross Country Class 47 No.47814 stands at Taunton on the 16th March 2002 while working the 1M40 11:50 Plymouth - Liverpool Lime Street service. This often crossed at Taunton around 13:20 each day with the 'down' Liverpool - Plymouth service which was also Class 47 hauled.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


27th January 2001
Virgin Cross Country Class 47/8 No.47845 passes Cogload Junction on the 27th January 2001 with a north bound cross country service. The service would of most likely have been either the 1M56 Penzance - Manchester or 1M40 Plymouth - Liverpool.
(Photo: John Day)


7th December 2000
Pictured on the 7th December 2000 in an incredibly atmospheric and wet Taunton Station. Class 47/8 No.47805 has terminated at Taunton due to engineering work, further west. Still carrying Inter-City livery, 47805 stands at Taunton after running round its train prior to forming 1E61 17:30 Taunton - Leeds service for Virgin Cross Country.
(Photo: Paul Waring)


24th February 1997
During February 1997 Westbury borrowed Class 47 No.47004 from Old Oak Common Depot to train their drivers on vacuum braked wagons. Several workings operated between Westbury and Exeter via Bristol and Castle Cary. On the 24th February 1997 Class 47 No.47004 is pictured passing Creech St Michael with one such working, conveying a rake of Tope wagons.
(Photo: Richard Giles)


5th July 1992
In July 1992 the West Somerset Railway held a cavalcade to celebrate the Taunton 150th. Modern Traction was represented by a Class 150 No.150272 along with Class 50's No. 50007 'Hercules' & No. 50050 'Fearless' and Class 47 No.47835. On the 5th July 1992 No.47835 leads No. 50007 'Hercules' and No. 50050 'Fearless' under the B3227 road bridge at Norton Fitzwarren returning the locomotives to Bristol Bath Road.
(Photo: Richard Giles)


16th May 1992
A rather ropey looking BR Large Logo Class 47 No.47473 passes Cogload Junction on the 16th May 1992 working the 07:33 Rose Grove - Paignton service.
(Photo: John Day)


16th May 1992
Intercity Class 47/8 No.47810 leads the 08:44 Plymouth - Nottingham service through Cogload Junction on the 16th May 1992.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


16th May 1992
Intercity Class 47/8 No.47826 passes Cogload on the 16th May 1992 hauling the 10:37 Paignton - Glasgow service.
(Photo: John Day)


27th September 1986
BR Blue Class 47 No.47418 departs from Taunton on the 27th September 1986 passing 40 Steps. Situated around the departing train is the track rationalization and removal from 1986 period.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


16th March 1986
Driver Lional Cox & Guard Fred Thresher are both photographed on 47472 at Cogload Junction. The Class 47 had been working on a local engineering train during Sunday the 16th March 1986.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


16th March 1986
Driver Lional Cox & Guard Fred Thresher are both photographed on BR Blue Class 47 No.47472 at Cogload Junction. The Class 47 had been working on a local engineering train during Sunday the 16th March 1986.
(Photo: Steve Awford)


17th November 1985
On the 17th November 1985 Class 47 No.47157 (which at the time had been transferred to Cardiff Canton from Eastfield Depot, in Scotland) is seen shunting with Driver Mike Stone stood in the door of the locomotive. Mike was a Taunton based driver until he transferred to Exeter when Taunton closed.
(Photo: Gary Stone)


7th November 1985
On the 7th November 1985 Driver Mac Troup is seen in Fairwater Yard on BR Blue Class 47 No.47323
(Photo: Steve Awford)


10th August 1985
BR Blue Class 47 No.47603 stands at Taunton on the 10th August 1985 prior to being named 'County of Somerset'. 47603 was delivered to Cardiff Canton as D1967 in October 1965. It's carried several numbers throughout it's life on the rails. In March 1974 it became 47297 and was re-allocated to Cardiff Canton, then later Bristol Bath Road. In December 1983 she became 47603 and became a dedicated parcels locomotive. The loco was also fitted with twin fuel tanks, to help increase her mileage between refuels which made her ideal for long range parcels traffic. In 1991 47603 was allocated to Crewe Diesel Depot. In June 1994 the locomotive then became 47745 and was subsequently re liveried into the ubiquitous 'Rail Express Systems' (RES) livery. This new livery and refurbishment saw the locomotive locked into Express Parcels traffic working all over the UK. On 24th September 1994 the locomotive was again named. This time her new name was 'Royal London Society for the Blind'. The naming took place at London Victoria Station and the ceremony was carried out by actor Brian Blessed. The locomotive continued to work mail traffic until 2000 when the locomotive put into storage after a fire. It spent 4 years in open store, then in April 2004 the locomotive was finally assigned for disposal. By August 2004 the locomotive had been fully cut up and no longer exists!
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


28th March 1985
In days of Taunton semaphores, the 05:05 London Paddington-Plymouth vans departs from Taunton on 28th March 1985 complete with a passenger Mk1 coach located behind the locomotive Class 47/3 No 47306.
(Photo: Brian Morrison)


18th July 1984
British Rail Class 47 No.47151 passes Taunton East junction at Obridge on the evening of the 18th July 1984 hauling a rake of oil tanks heading north. No.47151 was built in 1964 and survived in traffic until 1997 when under its final running number No.47850 the locomotive was scrapped.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


18th July 1984
BR Blue Class 47 No.47246 passes Taunton on the 18th July 1984 hauling a rake of cement presflo wagons . The service was possibly heading for Aberthaw Cement Works or Westbury. The class 47 survived until 1997 when under its last operating number No.47756 it was cut up.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


18th July 1984
Having waited for a London Paddington service to pass by BR Blue Class 47 No.47358 departs from Taunton East Yard with a rake of presflo cement wagons in tow on the 18th July 1984. The cement service (noted as 8C01) was possibly a trip working to either Westbury or Bristol East Yard. The locomotive retained it's number until the locomotive was scrapped in 2009.
(Photo: Paul Clarke)


24th April 1980
On the 24th April 1980 BR Blue Class 47 No. 47280 tows BR Blue Class 50 No. 50038 'Formidable' through Taunton. The Class 47 was proving a tow for the Class 50 between Laira Depot (Plymouth) and Doncaster Depot for further work to be carried out on the locomotive.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


21st April 1973
Driver Lional Cox is seen on board Class 47 No.D1712 (which later became 47123). This image was taken on the 21st April 1973. Driver Lionel A Cox, was a Taunton based man from 1942 to 1986
(Photo: Steve J Cox)


29th April 1972
On the 29th April 1972 BR two tone green Class 47 No.D1933 passes through the centre road at Taunton with a lengthy rake of clay slurry tanks in tow. The Class 47 went on to lead a long life, becoming 47255, 47596 & 47740 in its lifetime. The loco now enjoys retirement at 47596 based on the Mid Norfolk Railway and is currently painted in one of the Stratford Blue schemes.This image was located via Ebay and is part of the Modern Image Slides collections.
(Photo: Modern Image Slides)



British Rail Intercity Class 47 No.47615 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date and service in 1989. This early version of the Intercity livery was superseded by several other versions before the Intercity Swallow livery was adopted for the fleet.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This photo was passed onto Taunton Trains by David Jones. It was taken of his Dad, Mervyn Jones when he was a driver based at Taunton in the 1960's. However there is an added significance with one of these above photos. D1647 has had a life slightly longer than most Class 47's. She was delivered new to Crewe Depot on the 5th June 1965 in BR Two Tone Green livery. In February 1974 the locomotive was then renumber to 47197. 47197 was still operational right up until 2005 and was scrapped in 2008 by TJ Thompsons of Stockton. Since 1974 the locomotive has enjoyed spells allocated to depots all over the UK. Crewe, Eastfield, Stoke, Bescot, Immingham, Cardiff, Tinsley, and Doncaster are just a few. Most of it's life has been spent hauling general freight, however with sectorisation in the 1990's the loco did enjoy a spell on Petroleum Traffic in the North East. In recent years the locomotive has been used by Freightliner to haul containers, and more recently the loco was transferred to Freightliner Heavy Haul and has proved it's worth once again working more general operations around the UK. The locomotive was never named throughout its life.
(Photo: Dave Jones)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47077 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date and working passing BR Taunton Inspection Saloon No.999508
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Railfreight Large Logo Class 47 No.47366 pauses at Taunton Station in 1993 hauling Inspection Saloon No.999506
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47234 passes 40 Steps, Taunton using the Taunton Station 'avoider' line. The train (most likey heading for Cornwall) is made up of verious China Clay wagons.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Rail Express Systems Class 47 No.47596 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date in 1993 with an unknown working.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An unidentified Class 47/8 in Intercity livery heads south at Cogload Junction (possibly working the 1V45 Liverpool Lime Street - Plymouth service) on an unknown date.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An unidentified Intercity liveried Class 47 passes Cogload Junction on an unknow service and date.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



An unidentified BR Blue Class 47 passes Cogload Junction on the slow lines with an engineers train heading south towards Taunton on an unknown date.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Br Blue Class 47 (Possibly No.47233) powers through Cogload Junction on a northbound passenger service on an unknown date.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47074 stands at Taunton with a BR Blue Class 45 on an unknown date and working. Stabled on Taunton Shed is also two Class 08's and a Class 31.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



BR Blue Class 47 No.47230 arrives into Taunton Station in July 1983 hauling a northbound passenger service past Taunton West Signal Box.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Waterman Railways liveried Class 47/7 No.47712 is pictured at Cogload Junction on hire to Virgin Cross Country hauling what could be the 1V45 Liverpool Lime Street - Plymouth service. There is no current date for this image.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Rail Express Systems liveried Class 47 No.47760 arrives into Taunton on an unknown date in 1996 with a southbound passenger service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Intercity liveried Class 47/8 No.47815 passes Cogload Junction with a rake of refurbished Great Western liviered Mk3 HST stock in tow, also located on the rear of the set is an HST powercar. The working was probably heading for Great Western's St Philips Marsh and Laira Depots.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



Intercity Class 47 No.47825 'Thomas Telford' passes Cogload Junction on an unknown date during 1995, hauling a northbound cross country service.
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)



This superb image shows a summer service at Taunton in 1989. Intercity liveried Class 47 No.47609 'Fire Fly' arrives into Taunton with passengers ready for their holiday travels. A classic 1980's scene, although the young lad in the sombrero is probably a little over optimistic on his destination and the weather!
(Photo: Taunton Trains Collection)


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