By the 1950s, British Rail was losing passengers and freight operators to the roads. They were in desperate need of attracting more business – especially since they were in a financial deficit. Thus, in 1954, they published the ‘Modernisation Plan’. One aspect of the plan was to replace steam locomotives with diesel-powered engines.
Therefore, Leicestershire-based locomotive manufacturer ‘Brush Traction’ designed the Class 47 in the 1960s. They had a Co-Co configuration diesel-electric engine. They functioned as a true ‘workhorse’ of the British Railways network, designed for passenger as well as freight services. Indeed, they were highly durable – some engines were even in service well into the 2000s!
During their construction period between 1962 and 1968, these engines totalled 512 built.
The basic sub-class was the Class 47/0 which had the original steam heating equipment. Later, modifications to certain engines rendered them with either no train heating, or dual or electric train heating.
This model engine depicts the 47256 and wears green livery with full yellow ends of British Rail.