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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.

30th June 2018
West Coast Railways fronted the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' premier dining charter from Crewe to Minehead on Saturday 30th June. The tour was hauled by former western region Class 47/8 No.47832 with No.47826 on the opposite end of the train. The 1Z78 05:05 Crewe - Minehead is pictured passing Norton Fitzwarren having crossed over from the mainline onto the West Somerset Railway.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2018
West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47832 trails the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' (with No.47826 out of sight) through Crowcombe on the 30th June 2018. The premier dining charter is pictured passing the heritage diesel service (15:15 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead) waiting with Class 33 D6566 (No.33048). Unfortunately due to a points failure at Blue Anchor earlier in the day all services were running late. As the 1Z79 15:08 Minehead - Crewe needed to get back to the mainline it took priority over the WSRs own service trains. As a result of the 15:15 heritage diesel service to Minehead was canceled at Crowcombe and returned to Bishops Lydeard after The Statesman Charter had passed.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


30th June 2018
West Coast Railways Class 47 No.47826 leads the 'Exmoor Coast Statesman' through Crowcombe on the 30th June 2018. The premier dining charter is pictured passing the heritage diesel service (15:15 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead) waiting with Class 33 D6566 (No.33048). Unfortunately due to a points failure at Blue Anchor earlier in the day all services were running late. As the 1Z79 15:08 Minehead - Crewe needed to get back to the mainline it took priority over the WSRs own service trains. As a result the 15:15 heritage diesel servce to Minehead was cancelled at Crowcombe and returned to Bishops Lydeard after The Statesman Charter had passed.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


23rd May 2018
Saphos Trains Class 7 No.47501 was employed on route learning duties to Taunton over two days in May ahead of the companies first steam charters. The two-tone green Class 47 is pictured passing Creech St Michael on the 23rd May 2018 working the 0Z47 10:05 Bristol Barton Hill - Taunton light engine move.
(Photo: Simon Harling)


22nd May 2018
Now operated by Saphos Trains, this ex-DRS Type 4 was engaged on route leaning duties on Tuesday 22nd May 2018, in connection with the first charter services to be operated by the company this summer. The Locomotive was built in July 1966 and now carries a version of its original BR Two Tone Green livery. This summer will see the locomotive tune 51 years old. Class 47 No.47501 (D1944) is pictured passing Creech St Michael working the return 0Z48 12:20 Taunton Goods Reception to Bristol Barton Hill operating via Westbury and Bath Spa on the first of two such runs planned for the 22nd & 23rd May 2018.
(Photo: S A Ginn)


9th April 2018
First Great Western Class 47/8 No.47832 provided a tow for failed Virgin Cross Country Class 47/8 No.47812 on the 2nd June 2002. The Pair are pictured paused at Taunton while working the 1M87 09:35 Penzance - Manchester Piccadilly service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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)


10th June 2017
Work stained Class 47/8 No.D1661 (47840) stands at Bishops Lydeard on Saturday 10th June 2017 prior to working light engine to Williton to collect stock for a later service train.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


26th May 2017
The unsung heroes of the railway and charter industry at the Class 47s which continue to provide sterling service operational availability, painted in the most unworthy colours 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 front line service many charters would ever get to their starting locations or return to the correct stations 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 member of the Rail Express Systems pool in the 90s 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 locomotive currently operates for West Coast Railways and is painted in maroon livery. It is pictured 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)


5th July 2008
5th July 2008 newly liveried Class 47/8 No.47832 hauls 'The Stobart Pullman' away from Taunton leading the 1Z72 07:20 London Paddington -Paignton charter. On the rear of the train (in top and tail formation) was DRS livered Class 47/7 No.47712
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


28th May 2007
Class 47s No.47840 and No.47828 lead the 1Z47 Derby - Minehead charter on the 28th May 2007. The charter operated by Heartland Rail was organized to deliver No.47840 into preservation. The tour is pictured entering the last twenty miles of its trip at Longlands Farm between Norton Fitzwarren and Bishops Lydeard.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


14th April 2007
BR Blue Class 47/8 No.47840 (operated by Cotswold Rail) passes Silk Mills Crossing on the 14th April 2007 returning a rake of refurbished Mk3 HST Trailers to Laira. The 5Z72 08:40 Derby Litchurch Lane - Laira is pictured with the GBRF 'Bristol Bluebirds' headboard.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


15th November 2003
Rail Express Systems Class 47 No.47737 stands at Taunton on the 15th November 2003 ready to depart with the Past Time Rail 'Merchant Venturer' charter. The 1Z27 08:00 Taunton - London Paddington used the Class 47 between Taunton and Bristol in both directions with LNER A4 Union of South Africa operating the Bristol - London legs of the trip.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


1st November 2002
Royal Class 47 No.47798 'Prince William' conveyed HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Minehead on the 1st November 2002. The Royal locomotive is pictured passing Woolsten Moor between Stogumber and Williton.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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