GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton
Knowle & Dorridge: gwrkd2808
Brush Diesel Electric Type 4 D1745 arrives at Knowle and
Dorridge with the 11:45 am Birkenhead (Woodside) to Paddington service on 20th
September 1964. The enamel station name sign, more correctly described as a
'running in board', is in Western Region colours despite the station being now
controlled by the London Midland Region. Built by Brush Traction at their
Loughborough works in July 1964, D1745 was to remain in service until July 2003
when it was withdrawn from LE Landorn MPD to be scrapped by Southampton Steel.
It was classified under TOPS as a member of British Rail's Class 47 and given
the running number 47152.
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 the Sulzer 12LDA28C twin-bank twelve-cylinder unit 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 50 years. Despite the introduction of more modern
types of traction a significant number are still in use, both on the mainline
and on heritage railways. As of July 2015, 82 locomotives still exist as Class
47s, with further examples having been converted to other classes.