Stuart's Railway Photography

Class 47

Filthy WCRC 47245 powers through Bathampton with 5Z94 Bristol Kingsland Road - Southall empty coaching stock on the 23rd of July 2012

On the 16th of June 2011 In super evening light 47501 + 47810 power through Kings Sutton with 1Z64 Ascot - Manchester Victoria Northern Belle 'Ladies Day' special, running around 6 minutes late at this point on their booked schedule the scene would have looked a whole lot different if they would have turned up on time, as with only 3 minutes to spare a huge black cloud which had been covering the sun for the 40 minutes previous finally pushed clear, there was certainly relief all around when that unmistakeable Class 47 horn could be heard as it approached the foot crossing in the distance

47712 leads 1Z47 Paignton - Preston 'The Devonian' through Pilning on the 28th of August 2010, the consist formed mainly of striking Virgin liveried MK2's and with 47501 tagged on the rear which powered the south bound train in the morning

47727 powers through Flax Bourton on the 5th of April 2013 with 6Z47 Taunton Fairwater - Cardiff Canton, this working is seen conveying wagons from the Taunton based HOBC set going for overhaul at the Welsh capitals depot

47727 made an appearance at Gossington near Cam and Dursley on the 8th of February 2011 while working a interesting move from Long Marston - Eastleigh as 5Z47 conveying 8 motorail vans and passing in some of the best light of the year so far it certainly made the long wait for this working more than worth while

After seeing this working no more than 30 minutes previously at Patchway a second bite of the cherry was had of 47739 working 6Z56 Cardiff Canton - Taunton Fairwater, after running around its consist at Bristol Parkway it is seen passing through Filton Abbey Wood on the 5th of July 2013

47739 pulls away in a ploom of exhaust from a signal check at Patchway on the 5th of July 2013 with 6Z56 Cardiff Canton - Taunton Fairwater, conveying overhauled wagons from the current Taunton HOBC set

With the sun starting to drop towards the horizon the hat trick of shots of 47739 working 6M08 Boston - Washwood Heath was completed, seen Portway shortly after it departed Elford Loop, with the 47 still getting back into its stride a fair bit of noise and exhaust were on display, 13th of January 2012

A second shot of the day of 47739 on 6M08 Boston - Washwood Heath loaded steel was had as it entered Elford Loop on the 13th of January 2012

Colas Rail's 47739 rolls upto the signal at Stenson for a brief pause with 6M08 Boston - Washwood Heath loaded steel on the 13th of January 2012, gorgeous light, great wagons and a tidy loco! its nice when a plan comes together

47739 passes a still frosty Lea Marston in the early morning sun of the 14th of March 2011 with 6Z56 Washwood Heath - Boston, Just 10 minutes earlier a layer of mist rising from the River Tame was threatening to thwart the reason i got out of bed at 04:30 to get this shot, Thankfully all worked out fine on this occasion

Colas Rail's 47739 catches a very lucky patch of sun just after exiting Wickwar Tunnel on the 26th of June 2010 with 6Z47 Gloucester - Newport ADJ conveying a rake of empty flat wagons for future use

47749 + 47727 pair up at the head of 6Z56 Washwood Heath - Boston on the 28th of June 2010, seen passing the site of Elford loop which by the looks of it has recently been relaid

Another filthy member of the WCRC fleet of 47's is seen hard at work on the 1st of September 2012, 47786 leads 1Z21 'The English Riviera Statesman' Sheffield - Kingswear towards Parson Street just south of Bristol in a rather nice splash of sun on a cloud dominated day

Northern Belle 47790 heads 1Z69 Bath Spa - Manchester Victoria through Pilning on the 21st of June 2014, DRS Compass liveried 47853 is just about seen on the back of the train

Fitting nicely in the gap at Gossington 47790 leads 1Z29 Swansea - Telford Northern Belle service with 47832 bringing up the rear, what was noticable as this train passed was the variations in livery between the coaches, especially in the cream as can be seen by looking at coaches one and two in the formation

Sparkling 47790 leads 5Z22 Crewe - Cardiff Central through Coedkernew on the 7th of December 2011, the empty stock move was in preperation for the luxury trains return trip from the Welsh capital to Fishguard Harbour, just about seen on the rear of the train is 47832, so nice to see such well presented heritage locomotives at the head of such a prestigious train

With freshly bailed hay in the background summer must be here! Also on this day the first 'Torbay Express' of the 2013 season, not only that but some superior traction had been supplied in the form of 47812 and is seen passing Lympsham on the 7th of July 2013, the reason for the diesel replacement of the more traditional steam was a ban in the south west placed by Network Rail due to the continued dry spell and fire risk, which at the time stood at 48 hours!

After being given a green light at Parson Street 47818 applies the power and throws out the clag as it leads 1Z72 Liverpool South Parkway - Paignton 'The Devonian' on the 2nd of September 2013, I really can't believe this passed in sun, as only a couple of minutes before it was pretty dull to say the least!

Clagging well up the incline at Pilning on the 18th of December 2012 is 47832, seen here working 1Z64 Cardiff Central - Newton Abbott with DRS liveried classmate 47501 on the rear

47832 in its stylish Northern Belle livery passes through Undy with 5Z35 Bristol Temple Meads - Cardiff Central empty coaching stock on the 11th of November 2012, later on in the day it will work a service from Cardiff to Fishguard Harbour and return. The fact that it is remembrance day is not lost on the staff in charge of running the service as can be seen by the large poppy wreath adorning the front of the 47

Wearing the rather attractive Northern Belle livery 47832 powers through Great Cheverell on the 30th of August 2012 while working an ECS leg of todays executive train in the shape of 5Z45 Newbury - Bristol Temple Meads

47853 leads 1Z68 London Paddington - Swansea football special through Undy on the 13th of April 2014, this special was conveying Chelsea fans for their away league match with Swansea which they went on to win 1-0