Published: 21-02-2009 photo #5988 0 comments 0 votes
Photographed on the up line, heading South, at Grantham station on 6 February 2009. Note the steep camber on the line - express trains pass through Grantham at rather high speed!
Built by BR Crewe, into traffic 13 August 1964 as D1610. Subsequent numbering: 47031 in April 1974, 47560 in July 1980, finally 47832 in May 1989. Named "Tamar" on 25 April 1982, then "Driver Tom Clark O.B.E." on September 11 2005, and "Solway Princess" on July 19, 2008.
These locomotives were developed in the 1960s by Brush Traction. A total of 512 Class 47s were built at Crewe Works and Brush's Falcon Works, Loughborough between 1962 and 1968, which made them the most numerous class of British mainline diesel locomotive.
They were fitted with Sulzer 12LDA28C twin-bank twelve-cylinder engines producing 2,750 bhp (2,050 kW) - though this was later derated to 2,580 bhp (1,920 kW) to improve reliability - and have been used on both passenger and freight trains on Britain's railways for over 40 years.