Class 47 locomotive loaded before moving to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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UPDATE: 47077 North Star is now on the move. The DEPG also provided RailAdvent with the route details

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The Diesel and Electric Preservation Group has confirmed to RailAdvent that BR Class 47 No. 47077 North Star has left Bishops Lydeard via a low loader and is heading for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

It was announced in June 2021 that Class 47 would transfer to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. However, logistical problems delayed the move.

The 300 mile journey from Bishops Lydeard to Newbridge on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway will be completed by Allelys.

Once installed on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the locomotive will travel to Grosmont where a further inspection will take place to bring it into line with the requirements for a possible main line running between Grosmont and Whitby.

Courtesy of Chris Shields, the video below shows the Class 47 being loaded onto a low bed trailer prior to the move.

The DEPG said in June the locomotive was leased by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for two years.

The road layout will be confirmed by the DEPG soon, and we will update this article as soon as we hear it.

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