By Ross Taylor

ISBN-10: 1445658631

ISBN-13: 9781445658636

the category forty seven used to be equipped among 1962 and sixty seven because the Brush style four via either Brush Traction and British Railways Crewe works, finally numbering 512 examples. the category quickly used to be to be noticeable operating all kinds of trains around the community; even though it used to be no longer with out its difficulties, the main significant leading to the derating of the engine to 2580 bhp. this present day, a small variety of 47s stay in mainline carrier even supposing typically on quite gentle tasks in comparison to that which they as soon as labored, and additional examples have entered preservation.

By the Nineties and the privatisation of British Rail, substantial numbers have been being withdrawn as lifestyles expired and plenty of of these last have been turning into more and more unreliable.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 common cars engines (the Sulzer strength unit being one of many largest weaknesses) and alternators. The physique and operating apparatus remained an analogous and the locomotives have been categorized as fifty seven. those have been very winning, and stay in carrier this day with DRS and West Coast Railways.

Ross Taylor explores the heritage of those interesting periods via his compilations of fine images and annotation.

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