Class 47

47002 Kings Sutton 17 March 1990

47002 Sea Eagle passes through Kings Sutton station on 17 March 1990 with the 4O81 07:10 Coatbridge to Southampton Maritime freightliner. The short load is typical of the period, as is the general lack of lineside vegetation. Kings Sutton station was formerly the junction for the cross country line to Kingham and Cheltenham, which closed in stages between 1951 and 1964.

47002 Oxford 18 July 1990

47002 Sea Eagle pulls away from a signal check at Oxford on 18 July 1990 with the 4M79 16:08 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner. 47002 was one of a number of Tinsley allocated Class 47s that received unofficial painted names during 1989 and 1990. Note the recently constructed industrial estate in the background on the site of the former Oxford South Yard.

47002 Andover 9 March 1991

Extremely unusual motive power on the West of England line on 9 March 1991. 47002 Sea Eagle leaves Andover station with the 1L15 07:52 Waterloo to Salisbury Network SouthEast service. The booked locomotive (50036) had failed prior to departure, and the nearest available replacement was Tinsley's FDBT Railfreight Distribution reserve allocated 47002. So although the passengers had to make do with an unheated train, at least it ran, albeit 75 minutes late! This late running resulted in the stock staying at Salisbury, rather than working ECS to Southampton as booked, to form the 1V10 11:14 Southampton to Plymouth. This started from Salisbury, with a DMU filling in from Southampton. However, 47002's fun was over for the day, as 50018 took over 1V10. Although non ETH Class 47s did occasionally work on this route, the appearance of one of Tinsley's tatty unofficially named locos must be unique. Incidentally, 50036 was back in service two days later.

47003 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 19 January 1991

47003 Wild Swan heads eastwards at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 19 January 1991. As this was just a light engine move, I decided to use the panning technique to add an impression of speed. Tricky to get right, but it seems to have worked reasonably well here. This close up view clearly shows the painted unofficial name, with Tinsley rose. This was applied in November 1989, but was removed in July 1991. The loco was withdrawn the following year, and cut up shortly afterwards at Booth Roe Metals, Rotherham.

47004 Wolvercote Junction 20 August 1987

47004 is pictured at Wolvercote Junction on 20 August 1987, long before its repainting into two tone green livery and its celebrity status as Old Oak Common's 'pet' locomotive. As can be guessed by the snowploughs and the Westie logo, at the time this picture was taken it was a Scottish loco, allocated to Eastfield. Therefore it is somewhat off the beaten track in the Oxford area, more so when you consider it has just worked up from the Southern Region. It is working the 4M79 16:19 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner, seen here running exactly on time.

47004 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 8 May 1996

47004 Old Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot heads along the Great Western Mainline at Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham on 8 May 1996 with a westbound engineer's train. This has become a very well known photographic location in recent years, although this view from the north side of the line is only really possible on late spring and summer evenings.

47004 Twerton 23 April 1998

47004 Old Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot emerges from Twerton Tunnel on 23 April 1998 with the 4B05 17:47 Bath to Westerleigh Avon Binliner. The train originated at Calvert, and at this point is conveying both full containers from Bath, and empty boxes from Calvert.

47007 Cropredy 10 May 1989 47007 Stratford passes Cropredy on 10 May 1989 with the 6V36 15:53 Longbridge to Morris Cowley car component empties. This loco only carried the Stratford name for four years, it was then transferred to 37023. The blue backed nameplate can just be seen on this slightly tatty original Railfreight liveried machine.
47009 Chinley 19 June 1984

47009 approaches Chinley on 19 June 1984 with the 1M70 10:09 Barrow-in-Furness to Nottingham. 47009 was one of the 47s that managed to hang on to its corporate BR blue livery right until the end, although it did later acquire a grey roof. It survived amid a sea of more colourful machines, until finally withdrawn in March 1991. It was cut up the following year.

47011 Oxford 2 July 1985

47011 accelerates away from Oxford on 2 July 1985 with the 3V19 09:35 Oxford to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans, running very early, as was often the case. 47011 had a relatively low key life, only ever carrying two numbers (D1538 & 47011), and only having two different liveries. Admittedly its former two tone green livery latterly had full yellow ends, and as can be seen here, whilst in BR blue it later acquired a grey roof. It was withdrawn in 1987, and this is the only time that I photographed it.

47012 Steventon 7 December 1980

47012 passes Steventon on 7 December 1980, returning to Didcot with a rake of ballast hoppers during a Sunday engineering possession. Not ideal lighting, but I haven't got many pictures of Class 47s running wrong line on the Great Western Mainline.

47015 Claydon (Oxfordshire) 2 June 1984

A local farm worker cycles up the lane at Claydon on 2 June 1984 as 47015 rounds the curve with the 4O84 03:17 Holyhead to Millbrook freightliner. This train virtually always ran with this short consist, but notice how on this occasion it includes one of the original silver and red striped Freightliner containers. Holyhead Freightliner Terminal has long since closed, and 47015 is also no more, having been withdrawn in May 1987 and finally meeting its end at Booths of Rotherham in January 1994. Needless to say with such an early withdrawal date (relative to the time I've been taking pictures), this is the only picture I have of this particular machine. Note how lucky I was with the sun for this one, with the train just about to enter the cloud. You can't get closer than this!

47016 Engine Common 28 July 1988

47016 The Toleman Group passes Engine Common (near Yate) with the 6M29 14:25 Taunton to Bescot Speedlink on 28 July 1988. The very poor quality is due to the use of full aperture on Kodachrome 200, but it is included here not only for the interesting consist, but also because it clearly shows the light blue backed Toleman Group nameplate, as well as the cast Railfreight plate, in the position of the usual transfer.

47016 Wickwar Tunnel 30 May 1989

47016 The Toleman Group approaches Wickwar Tunnel on 30 May 1989 with the 6B97 12:10 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester Speedlink. Note the variety of traffic, with at the front of the train, two PNA wagons loaded with Redland tiles, destined for Cardiff. Most of the rest of the consist will continue heading north on the 6M17 19:15 Gloucester to Bescot. Also seen on this occasion were the 6V79 14:34 Salisbury to Gloucester, and the 6B59 17:34 Stoke Gifford to Gloucester.

47016 Kempston 2 November 1994

47016 Atlas passes Kempston on 2 November 1994 with the 6A61 08:11 Cricklewood to Forders Sidings binliner. Although this was an excellent photographic viewpoint, it certainly wasn't a very pleasant spot to stand whilst waiting, as there was constant procession of fast moving traffic crossing the bridge, which forms part of the Bedford bypass.

47016 Baulking 2 October 1996

47016 Atlas passes Baulking on 2 October 1996 with the 4C13 11:21 Calvert to Bristol and Bath Avon Binliner. These distinctive blue containers have ended up in some odd places. One has found its way to the course of the old Fairford Branch Line (closed in 1962)! It is carrying on the long tradition of redundant railway vehicles being used for farm storage.

47018 Wantage Road 20 January 1979

47018 passes the site of Wantage Road station on a foggy 20 January 1979. Technically rather a poor picture due to the miserable lighting and (to a lesser extent) the use of a Praktica PLC2, but full of interest as it shows the very rare appearance of Stratford allocated steam heat Class 47 on the Great Western Mainline. Unfortunately I have been unable to positively identify the working, but my best guess is that it is a football special. A train taking West Ham fans to see their team play Bristol Rovers (they won 1-0) seems very likely (thanks to James Sutcliffe for the information). This would explain the Stratford 47. Note that this is a long time before the relief lines were reinstated at this location and consequently the long disused platforms are still intact.

47018 Wolvercote Junction 11 July 1990

Its debatable as to which is carrying the most freight in this picture, the lorry on the A34, or the single wagon behind 47018 approaching Wolvercote Junction on 11 July 1990. The featherweight working is the 6E30 17:18 Eastleigh to Haverton Hill Speedlink.

47019 Hinksey 5 July 1980

Sporting a Stratford depot silver roof, 47019 passes Hinksey Yard (near Oxford) under a threatening sky with the 1M13 11:50 Paddington to Birmingham New Street on 5 July 1980. A common question to be asked in the late 1970s and early 1980s at Oxford was "Seen any Stratford 47s?", as the white or silver roofs were just about the only variation to the standard rail blue livery. Nevertheless, with a variety of loco types, plenty of freight and loco hauled passenger trains it was still a golden age compared with today! 47019 was withdrawn in December 1993 and broken up at Eastleigh by staff from M.R.J. Phillips of Llanelly.

47019 South Moreton (Didcot East) 11 December 1991

A freezing cold day at South Moreton (Didcot East) on 11 December 1991. 47019 restarts its short train of empty spoil wagons away from a signal check. At this time the site of the wartime Moreton Sidings in the background had been allowed to become covered with brambles. Various clearance operations happened in later years, culminating in full clearance work in 2012 in preparation for forthcoming electrification work.

47033 Bourton 13 July 1985

47033 passes Bourton on 13 July 1985 with the 3A03 13:40 Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington parcels train. Almost exactly the same consist had worked the 3A12 service from Swansea about an hour before. There is nothing like this on the railways now!

47033 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 10 December 1986

47033 passes the site of Ashbury Crossing, near Shrivenham, on 10 December 1986 with the 6V17 10:00 Allington to Stoke Gifford ARC stone empties. Generally these trains were worked by Class 56s at the time, although 47s were not uncommon. Note that 47033 had just received the then recently introduced cantrail orange stripe.

47033 Ascott-under-Wychwood 12 April 1987

47033 stands 'wrong line' with a ballast train on the down line at Ascott-under-Wychwood on 12 April 1987, during track relaying work on the Cotswold Line. Although at the the time this location was thankfully clear of lineside vegetation, it is still rather a nondescript location. With no prospect of the train moving for hours to come, I waited for an photogenic batch of clouds to drift across and then placed the train low in the frame to make a feature of the sky.

47033 Gunstone Mill 22 April 1988

47033 passes Gunstone Mill (near Crediton) with the 7C38 Exeter to Meldon Quarry ballast empties on 22 April 1988. Other than the addition of an orange cantrail stripe (and some graffiti) the loco still retains standard rail blue livery. Although this appears to be a double track line, it is in fact two parallel single track routes, with the other line being the Barnstaple branch.

47040 Evenlode 16 February 1980

47040 passes Evenlode in a brief, but very welcome patch of winter sunshine, amid the clouds on 16 February 1980, as it heads towards Oxford with the 2A91 14:25 Worcester Shrub Hill to Didcot service. This train only worked as far as Oxford on a weekday, and was extended to Didcot on a Saturday. Not a bad picture considering it was taken with a Praktica PLC2 with 50mm Pentacon lens. Good results could be obtained with even basic 35mm SLR cameras in those far off days, provided of course you used Kodachrome 64 film!

47050 Charlbury 15 May 1988

An unusual sequence of events took place at Charlbury on 15 May 1988. The Cotswold Line was closed for engineering works during the early part of the day, and 47050 is seen here approaching Charlbury with empty ballast wagons returning from track relaying work at Ascott-under-Wychwood. Little did I expect to see the same loco return from the Oxford direction a couple of hours later with a passenger train! 47050 is wearing the original version of Railfreight grey livery with a white cantrail stripe. It was one of the early repaints and along with 47095 did not have the later standard black window surrounds.

47050 Charlbury 15 May 1988

Running over 40 minutes late 47050 arrives at Charlbury station with the 14:00 Paddington to Hereford on 15 May 1988, the first train of the day over the line on a Sunday at this time. There had obviously been a problem with the train's original loco, as I had earlier seen 47050 heading south at Charlbury with empty ballast wagons from the engineering possession at Ascott-under-Wychwood. So presumably it replaced the errant train loco at either Didcot or Oxford. Non ETH locos were very rare on passenger trains on the Cotswold Line, and I certainly don't ever remember seeing another Railfreight liveried example being used. Note that Charlbury's notoriously short platform was just being lengthened and the car park extended.

47051 & 43144 Exminster 16 September 1990

I have very few pictures of locomotives rescuing failed HSTs, and the ones that I do have are all Class 47s, despite the fact that 37s, 50s and even the occasionally 58 were used at times. In the very last of the weak afternoon light on 16 September 1990, 47051 Great Snipe passes Exminster dragging a HST, with 43144 leading. Presumably this is the 1C51 14:20 Paddington to Penzance service, but confirmation would be most welcome.

47051 Old Milverton 29 August 1998

47051 is deputising for an unavailable Virgin Class 47/8, as it speeds past Old Milverton on 29 August 1998 with the 1O38 14:06 Birmingham New Street to Bournemouth CrossCountry service. The late 1990s saw a spate of Railfreight Distribution hire ins, as Virgin struggled to cope with its own fleet.

47052 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 22 June 1988

Just one day off from the longest day, but the light is still almost gone at 20:50. 47052 approaches Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 22 June 1988 with the 6V45 18:24 Willesden Brent to East Usk Junction Speedlink. This was actually running slightly early, which was very fortunate as the shadows were lengthening by the minute.

47052 Radley 9 July 1991

Just a few days after the demise of the Speedlink wagonload network, it seems to be business as usual at Radley on 9 July 1991. The MoD still had need of a wagonload service, so immediately Speedlink ended, a dedicated MoD network was set up. This is the 6M79 15:08 Eastleigh to Crewe Basford Hall working, with 47052 hardly being taxed by the minuscule load!

47052 Wolvercote Junction 8 April 1997

Soft spring lighting at Wolvercote Junction on 8 April 1997. 47052 heads north with the 4S59 15:19 Millbrook to Coatbridge freightliner. This was my standard 'straight from work' location in the 1980s and 90s, with the sun just coming round onto the front of the train by the time I arrived at around 17:20.

47053 Stamford 1 August 1992

47053 opens up as it passes through Stamford station on 1 August 1992 with the 1M03 10:34 Great Yarmouth to Birmingham New Street Regional Railways service. This working produced all manner of Railfreight 47s during the summer of 1992. The impressive station building in the background is now the home to Robert Humm & Co, the country's largest transport bookshop.

47053 Wolvercote Junction 7 August 1998

47053 Dollands Moor International approaches Wolvercote Junction on 7 August 1998 with the 6M18 15:36 Eastleigh to Carlisle Enterprise service. Two distinct traffic flows make up the train, with the front half being calcium carbonate tanks from Quidhampton, and the rear section MoD traffic from Marchwood, possibly with additions from Fenny Compton added at Didcot.

47060 Hampton Gay 11 July 1989

Trying to find somewhere different to photograph the many northbound freights on a summer's evening around the Oxford area in the 1980s led to the discovery of this spot near the deserted medieval village of Hampton Gay. 47060 Halewood Silver Jubilee 1988 crosses the bridge over River Cherwell with the 6E30 17:18 Eastleigh to Haverton Hill Speedlink on 11 July 1989. The trackless bridge in the foreground once carried the Woodstock Branch (closed in 1954). The branch ran parallel with the mainline from Kidlington station, but then just past this bridge curved away to the west. This was a very precarious vantage point, trying to get enough height without stepping off the bridge and falling into the river. And no, I did not remove the top rail of the bridge to get a clearer view of the wheels!

47061 Chinnor 8 September 1982

47061 arrives at Chinnor on 8 September 1982 with a coal train for the cement works. Unfortunately this is the only occasion that I photographed a coal train at Chinnor, and I can't remember now why I didn't take the conventional front view of the train. However, this picture does show the whole scene, with the run round loop and works in the background. This traffic came to and end in 1989, as the vintage vacuum brake HTV wagons were life expired. On this occasion the second wagon is an even older 16 ton open.

47063 Compton Beauchamp 19 May 1989

Unfortunately I never managed to get a decent picture of the coal trains that worked down the truncated remains of the Watlington Branch to Chinnor Cement Works. However, I did get this picture of the returning empties heading along the Great Western Mainline at Compton Beauchamp. In the last few years of this traffic coal for the works came from the Midlands, and then Halling in Kent, and finally in the last year of operation, from Newport. On 19 May 1989, 47063 heads westwards with the Chinnor to Alexandra Dock Junction empties. The reason for the cessation of the traffic can be seen here. The vintage vacuum braked HTV hoppers were life expired, and there was no money for replacements.

47079 Water Eaton 17 August 1988

47079 passes Water Eaton on 17 August 1988 with the 4V04 12:30 Calvert to Bristol Avon Binliner empties. This location saw a reasonable amount of freight in the 1980s, with ARC stone trains and MoD workings to Bicester in addition to this rubbish train. Two decades later the MoD working is all that survives.

47079 Shrivenham (Ashbury Crossing) 29 December 1995

47079 passes Shrivenham on 29 December 1995 with the 4B50 14:42 Fridays only Didcot to Pengam freightliner. This was a portion off the 4S55 09:00 Southampton to Coatbridge service and ran at the ideal time of day for (weather permitting!) an excellent shot of a Railfreight Distribution 47 on the Great Western Mainline.

47081 Oxford 27 August 1983

Looking very rough and sounding even worse, 47081 Odin makes a smoky departure from Oxford carriage sidings on 27 August 1983 with the 3V19 04:50 Banbury to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. Booked to recess at Oxford for over four hours, this train often left before the booked time, as here. On this occasion it had removed a single van and placed it in the up parcels bay. 47081 was one of the original batch of named Western Region 47s, and retained the Odin name after being renumbered to 47606. However, for some unexplained reason during 1973 and again during 1978 the plates were removed, only to be reinstated each time.

47085 Stonesfield 6 June 1979

47085 Mammoth passes through the deep cutting at Bridgefield Bridge, near Stonesfield on 6 June 1979 with the 1B46 17:00 Paddington to Hereford service. Not a very good picture, with severe encroaching shadows, however it is one of the few pictures that I have of a steam heat Class 47/0 working a passenger train on the Cotswold Line. The next time I saw it on the line it was engaged in much humbler duties. Note the telegraph wires, and the distinctive Grintleyhill Bridge just visible in the far distance.

47085 Hanborough 8 April 1984

During 1984 long stretches of the Cotswold Line were relayed with continuous welded rail, including much of the single track section between Wolvercote Junction and Ascott-under-Wychwood. In this interesting view taken on 8 April 1984, 47085 Mammoth proceeds at less than walking pace between Combe and Hanborough, dropping ballast over the newly laid track. The ballast was dropped from each wagon in turn as the train inched forward. Note the cloud of dust around the fourth wagon as it is emptied. This high vantage point was chosen to show the whole sweep of the line right round to Combe station in the far distance.

47085 Hanborough 8 April 1984

After dropping fresh ballast onto recently relaid track between Combe and Hanborough on 8 April 1984, 47085 Mammoth slowly brings its train back into Hanborough station, passing the former station master's house. As can be guessed from the white roof, 47085 was a Stratford allocated loco at this time.

47085 Hinksey 19 February 1994

47085 REPTA 1893-1993 passes Hinksey Yard in the last of the afternoon light on 19 February 1994 with the 4M60 13:10 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner. It wouldn't be easy to take pictures at this location on a February afternoon now, as the trees that are just out of the picture on the right have grown considerably, casting much longer shadows.

47086 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 July 1985

On a murky 5 July 1985, 47086 Colossus passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth with the 6E92 10:50 Severn Tunnel Junction to Ripple Lane Speedlink. Note the black backed nameplate. This was one of the early Western Region namings, applied at Cardiff Canton depot not long after 47086 (then D1672) had entered traffic in 1965.

47090 Culham 12 June 1983

47090 Vulcan approaches Culham on 12 June 1983 with the 1M51 08:15 Weymouth to Liverpool Lime Street service. In the background the embankment is on fire, after the passage 15 minutes earlier of GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 5051 Drysllwyn Castle.

47090 Hinksey 14 June 1983

47090 Vulcan passes Hinksey Yard on 14 June 1983 with the 6M46 05:00 Northfleet to Greaves Sidings cement tanks. Unfortunately I have got very pictures of this Tuesdays only working, which on this occasion was running exactly one hour late. Note the variety of wagons in the yard in the background, including a couple of rakes of MGR wagons en-route to Didcot Power Station.

47091 Bruern 5 January 1980

Normally the Class 47s that worked the Cotswold Line in the 1980s were 47/4 ETH machines. However, on 5 January 1980, 47091 worked the 1A97 08:08 Hereford to Paddington service. It is pictured here approaching Bruern level crossing, running ten minutes late. It's hard to believe just how open this location was in 1980. It doesn't look like this now!

47091 Hullavington 28 August 1982

47091 just manages to catch the sun, as it passes through the deep cutting near Hullavington on 28 August 1982 with the 3A12 08:55 Carmarthen to Old Oak Common empty newspaper vans. The bridge in the background is the now well known (to local photographers) Pig Lane bridge, Farleaze.

47091 Bruern 10 June 1984

A vintage scene on the Cotswold Line, during Sunday engineering works on 10 June 1984. 47091 passes Bruern with a loaded ballast train from Moreton-in-Marsh to the track relaying site near Combe. This section of line was still open, with trains only running as far as Ascott-under-Wychwood. Note that the 47 has yet to be fitted with a high intensity headlamp. The fact that both up and down lines here still retain vintage bullhead track is proof that the Cotswold Line was a bit of a backwater at this time.

47094 Sherrington 15 January 1991

47094 is nearly as filthy as the tank wagons, as it passes Sherrington on 15 January 1991 with the 6V62 10:34 Fawley to Tavistock Junction oil tanks. Despite the sunshine, the frost still evident in the field in the background proves that it is a bitterly cold day.

47096 Hinksey 12 February 1985

An easy job for 47096 on the afternoon of 12 February 1985, as it trips a single VDA wagon from Morris Cowley to Hinksey. It has just passed underneath the Oxford Southern Bypass and is approaching the southern end of Hinksey Yard. Judging by the footprints in the snow, it seems like there were still numerous railwaymen regularly walking the track in the mid 1980s, either that or there have been some recent trespassers on the line!

47098 Charfield 13 March 1989

A scene that is now totally unrepeatable. 47098 passes Charfield on 13 March 1989 with the lengthy 6M29 14:00 Taunton to Bescot Speedlink, at least half of which on this occasion appears to be departmental vehicles. A rail blue Class 47 on a mixed freight is now sadly a thing of the past, and even this location where Little Bristol Lane parallels the line for some distance is no longer as open as this. My main concern here was whether a car would drive down the road and block off the shot at the critical moment!

47103 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 20 October 1979

A misty autumn day at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth. 47103 heads towards London on 20 October 1979 with the late running 1A93 08:31 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington service. Steam heat Mk1s, which mid-morning from Cheltenham in October in the 1970s are probably nearly empty. Luxury travel!

47103 & 03112 March 16 August 1988

Withdrawn and partially cannibalised (note the missing buffer) 47103 stands next to equally forlorn 03112 at March on 16 August 1988. Both these locos were withdrawn the previous year, but whilst 47103 was cut up the following year at Vic Berry's yard at Leicester, 03112 escaped the cutter's torch, and can now be seen in action (as D2112) at the Rother Valley Railway.

47105 Toddington 23 April 1994

47105 Goldcrest sits in Toddington Yard on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in the company of John Fowler 0-6-0 4240016 on 23 April 1994. The former Tinsley 47 had only arrived at the GWR a couple of weeks previously and is pictured here in its unrestored state, complete with the the unofficial name it acquired on 1989. Very little work was required to make the loco operational and initially the loco ran in the livery shown here, but a repaint into all over rail blue was carried out later in the year.

47105 & 31123 Toddington 9 July 1994

47105 stands next to the ill fated 31123 in Toddington Yard on 9 July 1994. While 47105 went on to become one of the staples of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's diesel fleet, 31123 did not fair so well. After a period running as fully restored D5541, it was stripped of all usable components and cut up in 2006. Note that 47105 still carries its unofficial Goldcrest name.

47105 & 20137 Winchcombe 10 August 1995

47105 & 20137 leave Winchcombe on 10 August 1995 with the 17:00 Toddington to Far Stanley service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. 47105 is resplendent in a fresh coat of BR blue paint, while 20137 still wears the tatty Railfreight livery that the loco carried when it arrived at the railway.

47105 & D7629 Dixton 8 November 1997

47105 & Class 25 D7629 power away from Gotherington and pass Dixton on 8 November 1997, en-route to Toddington. The 'Rat' was visiting the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, whilst of course the 47 is one of the line's resident diesel locos.

47105 Greet Tunnel 8 April 2000

47105 emerges from Greet Tunnel on 8 April 2000 with the return working of the 13:40 Toddington to Gotherington service. At this time there was no public access to the line at Gotherington. This working was regularly diesel worked at the time.

47105 Hailes 20 July 2000

47105 passes Hailes on 20 July 2000, returning to Toddington from Gotherington during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Week. The most famous recent use of the 1O99 headcode was the amazing use of Deltic D9000 on the 06:58 Birmingham New Street to Ramsgate Virgin CrossCountry service during 1998.

47105 & 24081 Winchcombe 19 October 2002

A fine rail blue pairing at Winchcombe on 19 October 2002. 47105 & 24081 have just emerged from Greet Tunnel, and arrive at the station with the 12:55 Gotherington to Toddington service, during the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. There can't have been many Class 47/24 pairings in BR day's, considering the impossibility of multiple working.

47105 Prescott 24 October 2003

47105 crosses the Gretton to Prescott road on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with the 15:00 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 24 October 2003, during the line's Diesel Gala. This is on the long straight section of track between Gretton and Gotherington, which offers very few vantage points, as for most of the way it on an embankment, with little chance of a clear view from the surrounding countryside.

47105 Salter's Hill 4 November 2006

Viewed from halfway up Salter's Hill and with the village of Toddington, and the distinctive white house at Didbrook Fields visible in the background, 47105 passes Winchcombe's fixed distant signal with the 10:20 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 4 November 2006, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire's Autumn Diesel Gala.

47105 Hailes 4 November 2006

With a little characteristic Sulzer smoke, 47105 passes Hailes with the 12:02 Toddington to Winchcombe freight on 4 November 2006, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Autumn Diesel Gala. This was the site of the former Hayles Abbey Halt (note the different spelling), which opened in 1928 at the same time as a museum at the nearby abbey ruins.

47105 Greet 5 November 2006

47105 pulls away from the speed restriction as it passes Greet on 5 November 2006 with the 11:10 Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Although there were overlaps in liveries, carmine and cream had completely disappeared from BR by the time the corporate blue was introduced.

47105 Greet 5 November 2006

47105 has just reached the end of the long straight between Hailes and Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, and is about to round Chicken Curve (near Greet) with the 12:02 Toddington to Winchcombe freight on 5 November 2006, during the line's Autumn Diesel Gala. It is very doubtful if the wagons in a freight train were ever this clean in BR days!

47105 Didbrook 31 March 2007

47105 does its bit for the environment at Didbrook on 31 March 2007, as it pulls away from a PW slack with the 13:20 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala.

47105 Stanley Pontlarge 1 April 2007

47105 passes Stanley Pontlarge with the 15:00 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 1 April 2007, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Typically, although it was virtually a completely sunny day, just as the train came, a tiny squiffy bit of cloud passed in front of the sun. Luckily the loco is clear of the cloud, but notice how the middle of the train is in its own tiny spot of shadow! Stanley Pontlarge is an appropriate location to photograph a preserved locomotive, as the railway preservation pioneer Tom Rolt used to live just next to the line here.

47105 Hailes 6 April 2008

The steam heat being provided by 47105 is obviously very welcome in the unseasonably wintry conditions, as the loco works the 10:00 Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington service past Hailes, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Spring Diesel Gala on 6 April 2008.

47105 Didbrook 5 April 2009

47105 passes Toddington's home signal as it heads south near Didbrook with the 09:45 Toddington to Winchcombe service on 5 April 2009, during to Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. Not exactly an easy position to take pictures from, perched precariously on the edge of a steep embankment.

1693 Dixton 11 July 2010

Is this 1970 or 2010? Admittedly a whole train of maroon Mk1s would be getting very unlikely by 1970, but the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's resident 47105 looks splendid in its early 1970s guise as 1693. Of course, the headcode wound back to zero (typically misaligned) indicates a post 1976 date, by which time 1693 would have already received its 47105 TOPS number. However, when it looks this good, who cares! It is pictured approaching the yet to be commissioned Gotherington down distant signal near Dixton on 11 July 2010 with the 14:10 Toddington to Gotherington service, during the line's Diesel Gala.

1693 Toddington 28 January 2012

Twilight at Toddington on 28 January 2012. The Cotswold Hills can just be seen in the background as 1693 stands in Toddington station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with a short rake of ballast wagons, during an EMRPS photo charter.

1693 Toddington 28 January 2012

Not a vantage point that can normally be used! 1693 stands underneath Toddington station footbridge on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway with a short rake of ballast wagons, during an EMRPS photo charter on 28 January 2012. Note how the station building, footbridge and water tower are all painted in matching GWR colours.

1693 Toddington 28 January 2012

1693 (47105) is posed on a short rake of ballast wagons during an EMRPS photo charter at Toddington station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 28 January 2012. The 0000 headcode would date this scene from around 1976, but not with a pre TOPS loco number! That driver looks familiar!

1693 Toddington 15 July 2017

1693 (47105) pictured inside the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Toddington Diesel Shed on 15 July 2017, midway through a major overhaul. In the background are 37215 & 47376. You know that you've been photographing for a long time, when you have seen a preserved locomotive go through two major overhauls, and have pictures of it before the first major rebuild!

47106 Didcot 27 February 1982

47106 speeds round the east curve at Didcot ahead of the gathering storm on 27 February 1982. This is one of the numerous football specials that were such a common feature of rail operations in the 1970s and 1980s. In this case the destination is Wembley and the headcode is 1Z25, but I have no information as to where it has come from. Sheffield possibly? With the possible exception of two tone green, this is arguably the finest livery for a 47 - Rail Blue, with 'domino' headcode and no off centre headlight.

47114 Wolvercote Junction 18 May 1998

Freightliner's unique green liveried 47114 Freightliner Bulk approaches Wolvercote Junction on 18 May 1998 with the 4S59 15:19 Millbrook to Coatbridge service. Unfortunately this stylish colour scheme was not perpetuated, and all further Class 47 repaints received Freightliner grey livery, using the same triangular logo as seen here. However, the grey livery does look quite smart and restrained compared with certain liveries that have appeared since, especially when clean.

47115 Compton Beauchamp 27 June 1986

47115 passes Compton Beauchamp on 27 June 1986 with the 1B58 18:09 Paddington to Swansea service. The loco is still wearing its Stratford grey roof, despite being reallocated to Carlisle in September 1985. In fact the loco retained this livery right up until it was withdrawn in 1991.

47115 Firsby 17 September 1988

47115 slowly negotiates the extremely sharp curve at Firsby on 17 September 1988, as it heads for the seaside with the 1E82 09:39 Derby to Skegness. This was just one of a whole procession of loco-hauled trains and scratch DMU formations that made their way along the Lincolnshire line on a summer Saturday in the 1980s.

47115 South Moreton 9 February 1991

White out conditions at South Moreton on 9 February 1991. The horizon has disappeared and hedges and bushes in the distance merge with the sky as 47115 kicks up the snow with the 6E50 09:41 Langley to Lindsey oil empties. 47115 was withdrawn exactly two months later, and after spending some time in store at Frodingham, was finally cut up in 1995.

47120 Quedgeley 6 May 1988

47120 passes Quedgeley on 6 May 1988 with the 6M72 22:00 St Blazey to Cliffe Vale china clay tanks. This was running approximately 3 hours late, which was a bonus, as I was still at home at its booked time (at nearby Standish Junction) of 05:33!

47130 Stonesfield 10 March 1985

With its previous Stratford allocation indicated by its white roof, 47130 heads an engineers train through the remote countryside between the villages of Stonesfield and Wilcote, on the Cotswold Line on 10 March 1985. It had been engaged in track relaying operations at little further up the line at Fawler. This is on the long single track section between Ascott-under-Wychwood and Wolvercote Junction. Withdrawn almost exactly 3 years after this picture was taken, the loco was finally cut up at MC Metals in Glasgow in October 1990.

47131 Hampton Gay 12 January 1980

47131 passes Hampton Gay on 12 January 1980 with the 1M11 08:50 Paddington to Manchester Piccadilly, which it would work as far as Birmingham New Street, being replaced there by 86024. When headcodes ceased to be displayed on the front of locomotives in the mid 1970s, the blinds were replaced by a pair of white dots in the position of the outer two digits. Something seems to have gone awry here, as one dot is in the wrong position. Note the vintage telegraph poles, which were replaced by trunked cables shortly after this picture was taken.

47131 Oxford North Junction 12 February 1985

47131 approaches Oxford North Junction on 12 February 1985 with the 6M46 05:00 Northfleet to Greaves Sidings cement tanks. Unsurprisingly in view of the weather, this was running an hour late. Two years after this picture was taken 47131 was involved in a accident at Dorrington, that led to its condemnation. Whilst working the 6M27 Waterston to Albion oil tanks, it ran through catch points, and fell down the embankment onto its side, sustaining considerable damage. It was cut up by Vic Berry's, at Leicester in 1988.

47137 Natton 24 April 1986

A very grubby 47137 heads south past Natton on an equally dreary 24 April 1986 with the Thursdays only 9B21 13:15 Worcester to Gloucester New Yard departmental working, running over an hour early. This is many years before Ashchurch station was reopened, the site of which is just past the bridge in the background.

47142 Woodborough 20 June 1984

A wave from the secondman of 47142, as the 3A27 06:05 Plymouth to Paddington parcels speeds past Woodborough on 20 June 1984. Note the vacuum braked wagons in the siding in the background, and the selection of typical early 1980s vehicles on the right. 47142 was cut up at Vic Berry's Leicester yard in 1999.

47143 Hinksey 22 October 1985

47143 arrives at Hinksey Yard on 22 October 1985 with the 6A50 13:56 Bicester to Morris Cowley Speedlink working. In reality this is virtually all MoD traffic, and 47143 would leave most of the train in the yard, before proceeding on to Morris Cowley. The then recently opened Oxford ice rink can be seen in the background, with St Barnabas Church, Jericho, in the background.

47146 Engine Common 5 July 1990

47145 Merddin Emrys passes Engine Common (near Yate) with the 6B97 12:10 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester Speedlink service on 5 July 1990. Note the wonderful assortment of traffic being carried on this lengthy train, including Redland tiles from Exeter, UKF fertiliser from Lapford, empty cartics returning to Halewood, scrap metal and china clay in both polybulk and VGA vans. 47145 was Tinsley's 'pet' loco at the time, hence the application of a cast silver BR double arrow logo, non-standard black window surrounds, and various white embellishments.

47145 Pangbourne 28 April 1993 47145 Merddin Emrys approaches Pangbourne on 28 April 1993 with the 4L87 16:33 Swindon to Tilbury empty 'Butterliner'. A totally unrepeatable picture, as the train no longer runs, the loco has been cut up, and even the location is now inaccessible. It's just a pity that it wasn't on the relief line, but at least the up main is still just about clear of shadows.
47145 South Moreton 30 April 1994

47145 Merddin Emrys runs light engine past the recently pollarded trackside trees at South Moreton on 30 April 1994. I don't normally bother photographing light engines, but this close up view shows off this loco's unique livery to advantage. I have numerous pictures off it in the former less flamboyant version of this colour scheme, but it tended to allude me in this final version.

47145 Didcot North Junction 6 May 1994

47145 Merddin Emrys nears journey's end of 6 May 1994, as it passes Didcot North Junction with the 6V03 09:50 Fenny Compton to Didcot MoD stores. After leaving its train in the yard, it would briefly attach to the front of 47307, which was on a rake of cartics, before detaching again, and then heading off northwards light engine!

47145 Wolvercote Junction 19 June 1998

A welcome surprise at Wolvercote Junction on 19 June 1998. Unique liveried 47145 Merddin Emrys works the 6M18 15:36 Eastleigh to Carlisle Enterprise service, consisting of just four calcium carbonate tanks from Quidhampton.

47146 Shrivenham 28 June 1995

The sun glints off the recently named 47146 Loughborough Grammar School as it passes the remains of Shrivenham station on 28 June 1995 with the 6M14 15:57 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Wembley Connectrail mixed freight. Although obviously very backlit, midsummer does allow pictures to be taken from the north side of the line at certain locations on the Swindon to Didcot line. At least it did in 1995, before the lineside growth became so much of a problem!

47147 Thrupp 25 April 1986

47147 passes Thrupp with the 4V16 09:33 Washwood Heath to Morris Cowley Austin Rover cars on 25 April 1986. Presumably most of the vehicles in this picture are no longer with us. 47147 has certainly gone, being cut up at Vic Berry's at Leicester in 1999. I would image that most of the cars probably beat it to the scrapyard by several years and such was the poor quality of BL's products at the time that it is highly unlikely that any of this trainload survive. There is actually a cement works chimney in the background of this picture, although the mist had yet to clear to reveal it. It had cleared a little later by the time the first coal train to Didcot appeared behind 58006. It is totally impossible to take a picture from this location now due to the lineside tree growth.

47147 Oxford 9 September 1995

47147 opens up, and blackens the sky, as it passes through Oxford station on 9 September 1995 with the 4O22 02:30 Garston to Southampton freightliner. It seems that the yellow front end has received a repaint, but the sides are a patchwork of peeling grey paint. This was certainly the day for extremely tatty 47s, as it was shortly followed by equally care worn 47361 on MoD stores.

47148 Charlbury 7 July 1985

Making a change from the usual Class 50s or 47/4s, 47148 approaches Charlbury on 7 July 1985 with the 1A25 16:15 Hereford to Paddington service. As it was running exactly to time, I presume the substitution of this steam heat loco for the more usual ETH variant was not a last minute one.

47150 Wickwar Tunnel 30 May 1989

47150 approaches Wickwar Tunnel on 30 May 1989 with the 6B59 17:34 Stoke Gifford to Gloucester Speedlink. With just two wagons types, this train seemed a little prosaic compared with the much more varied 6V79 14:34 Salisbury to Gloucester, and 6B97 12:10 Tavistock Junction to Gloucester Speedlinks, which had passed by a little earlier. Although the sun never really came round far enough to light the front of the train, this was a good location to watch the procession of northbound freights in the 1980s. Nowadays of course there are no freights, and no viewpoint!

47150 Culham 21 June 2001

47150 passes Culham on 21 June 2001 with the 4M99 16:47 Southampton to Trafford Park freightliner. Luckily, as this is the longest day, the shadows from the lineside bushes are not too much of a problem. Unfortunately this once excellent location has become increasingly difficult due to the unchecked growth of the lineside vegetation.

47151 Llandevenny 21 October 1985

It's hard to believe now that lengthy van trains such as this were a daily occurrence on the old British Rail. With seventeen vehicles in tow (including a GW150 chocolate and cream Mk1 coach), 47151 passes Llandevenny on 21 October 1985 with the 3A12 06:45 Swansea to Old Oak Common newspaper empties. The Bishton flyover in the background enables the up relief line to cross over the main running lines. 

47152 Bromsgrove 23 September 1989

47152 takes a break from its freight duties on 23 September 1989, as it works the 1V42 07:59 Leeds to Tenby service, seen here passing Bromsgrove. The cause if the substitution was the failure of 31454, with 47152 taking over at Sheffield. At the time Class 47s were omnipresent, so this one replacing a 31 was a bit of a disappointment. However, as it was a Tinsley allocation Railfreight Distribution machine, it does at least have novelty value on a passenger train.

47152 Oxford 24 July 1990

47152 passes underneath Oxford station's newly opened footbridge on 24 July 1990, as it heads along the centre road with the 4M79 16:19 Southampton to Lawley Street freightliner. I very rarely ventured on to Oxford station once I started taking pictures seriously, as there always seemed to be somebody getting in the way at the critical moment. However, it seems I've got the platform virtually to myself here!

47152 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 18 April 1991

47152 clags vigorously as it pulls way from a signal check at Oxford on 18 April 1991 whilst working the Thursdays only as required 7L56 14:20 Banbury to Ripple Lane oil empties. This was a very lucky picture as there was only a small sunny patch with ominous dark clouds all around, especially to the north as can be seen in the background here. Aristotle Lane footbridge can be seen in the background, which like the Walton Well Road bridge I am standing on gives access from Oxford onto Port Meadow.

47157 Coedkernew 18 August 1995

47157 heads west past Coedkernew on 18 August 1995 with a featherweight feeder service from Alexandra Dock Junction. The RfD Connectrail trunk services centered on Newport, with trips heading west as required to Cardiff Tidal, Swansea and Cadoxton.

47157 Bletchingdon 12 August 2000

47157 Johnson Stevens Agencies passes the site of Bletchingdon station (now in use as a coal distribution centre) on 12 August 2000 with the 4O27 13:05 Crewe Basford Hall to Southampton freightliner. The loco had just a few months left in traffic, before succumbing to Freightliner's Class 66 invasion.

47166 Hampton Gay 12 January 1980

I hope that 47166's steam heat boiler was working well on 12 January 1980, as it passes a freezing Hampton Gay with the 1O74 07:44 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton, which it would presumably have taken over at Birmingham New Street. This picture is taken from the long since closed footpath crossing next to Hampton Gay church.

47172 Oxford 19 May 1979

47172 passes through the centre road of Oxford station on 19 May 1979 with the 1O11 07:10 Bradford Exchange to Weymouth InterCity service. This was running exactly to time, passing Oxford at 12:00, which explains the terrible light angle. The white roof clearly gives away the fact that this was a Stratford allocated loco at the time, and therefore reasonably unusual at Oxford. A couple of months after this picture was taken it was named County of Hertfordshire, a name it retained even when fitted with ETS, and renumbered to 47583

47185 Eckington 9 April 1983

47185 crosses the River Avon at Eckington on 9 April 1983 with the 1Z40 Weston-super-Mare to York BR excursion. I had no idea what this was at the time, but have recently been able to identify the working, the clue being the small window sticker in the first coach, showing the headcode. This can easily be read on the hi-res scan of the original 35mm Kodachrome 64 transparency.

47186 Acton Turville 13 March 1995

A golden glint at Acton Turville on 13 March 1995. 47186 Catcliffe Demon catches the last rays of the setting sun as it heads towards Swindon with the recently introduced 6M14 15:57 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to Wembley Connectrail service. This was a brave attempt by Railfreight Distribution to increase European wagonload traffic via the Channel Tunnel.

47194 Westwell Leacon 14 February 1998

A very grubby 47194 passes Westwell Leacon on 14 February 1998 with the 7O56 09:18 Wembley to Dollands Moor Ford company train. This working, which is carrying car components from Ford's Dagenham factory, will then travel via the Channel Tunnel to Silla in Spain.

47195 South Moreton (Didcot East) 1 December 1983

47195 passes South Moreton (Didcot East) on 1 December 1983 with the 6M23 10:12 Fawley to Longport LPG tanks. The large area of waste ground behind the train is the site of Moreton Sidings, which handled vast amounts of freight traffic during the Second World War. After decades of dereliction, it was again brought back into railway use in the new Millennium, to act as a work site for the badly mismanaged Great Western Mainline electfrication programme.

47197 Oxford 28 June 1991

47197 passes through Oxford station on 28 June 1991 with the 6O32 05:41 Longport to Fawley LPG tanks. The sidings in the former scrapyard are clearly now disused, and it wouldn't be long before the area was commandeered for the station's new car park.

47197 Chetnole 21 August 1991

47197 passes the remote station at Chetnole with the 2O81 08:03 Cardiff to Weymouth Regional Railways service on 21 August 1991. This train was diagrammed for a Cardiff Trainload Petroleum Class 47 during the summer of 1991. Chetnole station is a typical product of the Southern Railway's Exmouth Junction concrete works, with virtually every item assembled from concrete panels.

47197 Maiden Newton 21 August 1991

In the very last of the weak afternoon sunshine, 47197 accelerates away from Maiden Newton on 21 August 1991 with the 2V87 16:58 Weymouth to Cardiff Central Regional Railways service. The trackbed of the former Bridport branch can be seen on the right.

47197 Gatcombe 7 February 2004

47197 runs alongside the River Severn at Gatcombe with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z70 06:26 Crewe to Margam 'Valley Vostock' railtour on 7 February 2004. Anyone tempted to emulate this picture should be aware that there is only room for one photographer at this spot! A footpath crosses the line and immediately drops down into the muddy waters of the Severn.

47197 Croome 31 July 2005

47197 ambles past Croome at a sedate 40mph with 220011, which it was taking from Bristol Barton Hill to Central Rivers on Sunday 31 July 2005, due to the unavailability of any of Virgin's own Class 57s. The booked stop at Spetchley easily allowing for a second picture as it exited the loop after being overtaken by a service train.

47197 Spetchley 31 July 2005

Now this is how you want to see a Virgin Voyager - with some quality traction on the front! Freightliner Heavy Haul's 47197 was used to move 220011 from Bristol Barton Hill to Central Rivers on Sunday 31 July 2005, due to the unavailability of any of Virgin's 57s. Limited to 40mph, the ensemble was booked in the loop at Spetchley to allow other trains to pass. As 47197 is a clag monster the expected result is shown here as it pulls out of the loop.