Big days out to Lime Street or, better still, Warrington to spend the day on Bank Quay’s platforms, or a trip on a bone shaker EMU to Crewe would leave me in heaven as lots of blue diesels and electrics scuttled around. A ‘47’ was just as good a cop as a ‘37’, ‘25’ or a pair of ‘20s’. Mind you, a Forty was a different matter! It was the ‘86/4s’ and ‘87s’ that used to bore me. I’d seen them all within a couple of weeks.
Originally numbered D1892, this Brush-built Class 47 entered traffic on August 6 1965. Renumbering into the TOPS sequence, as 47373, took place in 1974.
One of two ‘47's specially equipped for working within power stations on MGR duties, a flashing amber rooftop light was fitted above each cab, along with remote control and slow-speed equipment. 47277 was the other ‘47’ so fitted, although Class 56 56074 also received a similar light.
Built as D1888 in July 1965, this machine went first to Tinsley, but spent most the following two decades working freight around the Nottinghamshire area, before transfer to Crewe in 1985. One of the last half-dozen ‘47s’ to remain in BR green, 47369 finally succumbed to Rail Blue in the autumn of 1977 when it was despatched to Crewe for a major overhaul. The blue scheme was retained until the late 1980s when triple-grey Railfreight livery was applied, with petroleum sector markings.