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British Rail Class 47 diesel locomotive.
Statistic. Data.
Nationality. British.
Manufacturer. Brush Traction and British Rail Crewe Works.
Made in. 1962.
Retired in. Still in UK use.
Weight. 112 long tons (114 t; 125 short tons) to 125 long tons (127 t; 140 short tons).
Top speed. 75 mph (121 km/h) or 95 mph (153 km/h).
Length. 63 ft 7 in (19.38 m).
Power source. Diesel engine.
Seats. Crew only.
Railway\tram track gauge. 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge.
Tractive effort. Maximum: 55,000 lbf (245 kN) to 60,000 lbf (267 kN).
Sources. http://www.rail.co.uk/locomotives-and-engines/diesel-engines/british-rail-class-47/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_47 and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnkJQwzl4DDdYkQ2SP6JvGrhqXmi6dBqW.

Oorail.com D1764 Class 47 Diesel Locomotive in two-tone BR Green-0

This video from oorail.com looks at D1764, a Class 47 locomotive in two-tone BR Green. This model is by Bachmann, features directional lights and an illuminated head-code. D1764 was built on September 8th 1964, was renumbered 47169 on December 31st 1973, was named "Great Eastern" on March 31st 1979 and renumbered again on December 31st 1979 to 47581, retaining its name until December 22nd 1993 when it was renumbered for the last time to 47763. The loco ended up a 47/7 and was ultimately withdrawn on August 31st 2003. The loco was scrapped on September 19th 2003 after just over 39 years of service.

Class 47/4 No. 47839 Pegasus at Canterbury West railway station in 2007. Attribution: Black Kite at English Wikipedia.

Two Class 47s piloting a train's carriages, Nos. 47424 and 47607, at Bangor station with a passenger train in 1987


In the mid 1960s, it was decided to de-rate the engine output of the fleet from 2,750 bhp (2,050 kW) to 2,580 bhp (1,920 kW). This significantly improved reliability by reducing stresses on the power plant, whilst not causing a noticeable reduction in performance.

The locomotives, bar a batch of 81 built for freight duties, were all fitted with steam heating boilers for train heat duties. The initial batch of twenty, plus D1960 and D1961, were also fitted with electric train heating (ETH). With this type of heating becoming standard, a further large number of locomotives were later fitted with this equipment.

Many were fitted with extra fuel tanks, giving them an extended range. By 1986, only five of the original 512 locomotives had been withdrawn from service, all because of serious accident damage. However, with work for the class declining due to the introduction of new rolling stock, and spare parts becoming difficult to source, some inroads started being made. BR drew up a 'hit-list' of locomotives for early withdrawal, mainly including those with non-standard electrical equipment, known as series parallel locomotives in 1992. Their removal was most evident as 86 more 47s reached the end of their lives between 1993 and 1996. Others have been gradually scrapped before and since.


Between 1963 and 1966 ten locomotives similar to the British Rail Class 47 were supplied to Ferrocarriles de Cuba (Cuban National Railways).