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the category forty seven was once equipped among 1962 and sixty seven because the Brush sort four via either Brush Traction and British Railways Crewe works, ultimately numbering 512 examples. the category quickly was once to be noticeable operating every kind of trains around the community; even though it used to be now not with out its difficulties, the main significant leading to the derating of the engine to 2580 bhp. this day, a small variety of 47s stay in mainline carrier even if in general on fairly mild tasks in comparison to that which they as soon as labored, and extra examples have entered preservation.

By the Nineteen Nineties and the privatisation of British Rail, enormous numbers have been being withdrawn as existence expired and lots of of these ultimate have been turning into more and more unreliable. In 1997 the newly shaped operator Freightliner made up our minds to start to handle the matter by means of rebuilding twelve locos with secondhand basic cars engines (the Sulzer strength unit being one of many largest weaknesses) and alternators. The physique and working equipment remained a similar and the locomotives have been labeled as fifty seven. those have been very winning, and stay in carrier at the present time with DRS and West Coast Railways.

Ross Taylor explores the historical past of those attention-grabbing sessions via his compilations of fine images and annotation.

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