Bachmann 32-816 Class 47 Diesel 47365 ‘Diamond Jubilee’ Railfreight Distribution OO Gauge

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Bachmann 32-816

Class 47 Diesel
Loco Number 478365 ‘Diamond Jubilee’
Railfreight Distribution
OO Gauge
21 Pin DCC Ready

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Bachmann 32-816

Class 47 Diesel
Loco Number 478365 ‘Diamond Jubilee’
Railfreight Distribution
OO Gauge
21 Pin DCC Ready

Class 47
Brief History
Towards the end of the 1950s, British Railway began planning a second generation of diesel locomotives. after investigating several prototypes, BR decided to place an order with Brush Engineering for 20 pilot locomotives during February 1961. The resulting design became the iconic Brush type 4 Diesel locomotive, a practical, versatile design with a very distinctive cab. Powered with a Sulzer engine and initially rated 2750hp, the locomotive could reach a top speed of 75mph with a tractive effort of 55000lb. Building commenced in January 1962 and the first locomotive D1500 appeared in late September of the same year with test runs on the London Midland Region and Western Region. The design was a success and BR went on to order a total of 512 with continuous production through to early 1967, Forming the largest single class of main-line diesel locomotives in the uk.

During this time and subsequent years, several variations appeared with an increase in speed and tractive to 95mph and 62000lb respectively. Originally fitted with 4 character train head-codes these changed to marker lights, with the addition of high intensity lights and roof aerials in the late 1980s. Other variations involved the fitting of different types of steam heating boiler for early BR coaching stock, later replaced with electric train heating for use with modern rolling stock. The numbering system started with 4 figures but changed to 5 with the introduction of the TOPs coding system which saw the locomotives classified as Class 47 Diesels with variations such as 47/0,47/2, 47/3, 47/4 and 47/7. By the the end of the 1990s, half of the Class 47 had been withdrawn or scrapped, 33 have been converted into 57 locomotives and several have been preserved, including the original D1500, now numbered 47401.

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