Given the Brush off

Rorymacve

Teignmouth, United Kingdom

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On the 19th of August 2002, Virgin Trains retired the very last services run by locomotive hauled stock, primarily the modified Class 47 type 8, as they were replaced on Cross Country services by the scourge of the glass fibre menace known as the Class 220 Voyager units. However, the passing of these services wasn’t to go unnoticed (by passengers especially as comfort levels were significantly reduced the next day) and so on the very last day, EWS organised a gathering of the 6 remaining Class 47/8’s in service at Toton TMD near Long Eaton, where these engines were lined up and displayed on the main depot complex. The scene I have depicted here with the locomotives and liveries displayed from right to left:

- 47805 ‘Pride of Toton’ in Virgin Trains livery
- 47826 ‘Springburn’ in InterCity Swallow livery
- 47847 ‘Railway World Magazine’ in BR Large Logo Blue
- 47840 ‘North Star’ in BR Blue
- 47853 ‘Rail Express’ in XP64 experimental livery
- 47851 ‘Traction Magazine’ in BR two-tone Green

Earlier in the day, 47840 and 47847 had double headed the last locomotive hauled cross country working from Penzance to Derby, a train that was full to capacity. The pair then ran the short distance to Toton to join their fellow classmates. However, due to the extended range fuel tanks fitted to the Class 47/8’s by British Rail so as to avoid the need for locomotive replacement or constant refueling, the sub-class has been able to survive much better than its contemporaries, with many of these machines returning to mainline work not long after being retired from Cross Country services. Out of these locomotives, their disposition is as follows:

- 47805 is now named ‘Talisman’ and works for Direct Rail Services
- 47826 now works for West Coast Railways
- 47847 is now in storage at Crewe Diesel Depot under ownership of Riviera Trains
- 47840 is now preserved on the West Somerset Railway and painted in BR two-tone Green
- 47853 now works for Direct Rail Services
- 47851 now works for West Coast Railways

I’ve never really been one for drawing Class 47s as I could never find the enthusiasm, but because there’s a certain somebody I know who is an absolute Brush Type 4 fanatic, I felt that a little dedication to him and his love of these fine locomotives wouldn’t go amiss.

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