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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.

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)


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)


15th June 2002
Virgin Cross Country Class 47/8 No.47831 storms through Creech St Michael on the 15th June 2002 while working the 1V35 06:05 Derby - Plymouth service.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


11th June 2002
As darkness falls over Taunton on the 11th June 2002, Parcels Red Class 47 No.47635 passes Taunton with the loaded China Clay forming the 6M72 16:55 St Blazey - Cliffe Vale.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


4th June 2002
XP64 liveried Class 47/8 No.47853 passes Cogload Junction under darkening skies on the 4th June 2002 while working the 1M40 11:51 Plymouth - Liverpool Lime Street service.
(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)


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)


29th April 2001
An unidentified Virgin Trains Class 47/8 passes under Staplegrove Road with a northbound passenger service (possibly either 1M56 Penzance - Manchester Piccadilly or 1M40 Plymouth - Liverpool Lime Street) on the approach to its next stop at Taunton Station taken on the 29th April 2001.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


29th April 2001
First liveried Class 47/8 No.47816 passes 40 Steps on the approach to Taunton on the 29th April 2001 hauling an unknown working to London Paddington.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


29th April 2001
Virgin Cross Country Class 47/8 No.47844 departs from Taunton on the 29th April 2001 working an unknown passenger diagram.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


17th April 2001
Rail Express Systems liveried Class 47/7 No.47737 passes Creech St Michael on the 17th April 2017 returning a rail slinging set back to Westbury after an overnight engineering blockade.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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