Locomotive still running well at Llangollen Railway


A locomotive running Llangollen Railway this weekend will mark over 40 years of work in North Wales.

Llangollen Railway’s Class 47 diesel-electric locomotive will be in service this Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 May.

The locomotive, also known as the Brush Type 4, was a regular performer on the North Wales Coast line and spent much of its working life at Crewe Diesel Depot between 1973 and 1990 at around a mile from where she emerged brand new from Crewe Works in March 1964.

Moving south to Old Oak Common London in 1990, she ended her 29-year British Rail career working on medium-speed passenger trains between London Paddington and Oxford, before being retired in March 1993.

After being saved from scrapping by famed music impresario and railway enthusiast Pete Waterman, she was purchased by the Llangollen Diesel Group in 1996 for use on the Llangollen Railway, where she stands from.

Llangollen Railway Class 47 diesel-electric locomotive in 1979.

It has now been kept in Llangollen for almost as long as it has spent working for British Rail!

With the exception of a few years out of service for repairs to its bodywork, engine and cooling system, the locomotive, currently running with its early 1970s number 1566 in British Railways blue livery, was a very useful and active member of the Llangollen Rail Fleet.

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It is powered by a Sulzer LDA28C 12-cylinder engine of 83 liters and 2580 hp. Sulzer is a Swiss engineering firm, but the engines for the 47s were all built in England under license by Vickers at Barrow in Furness using a factory built in the early 1950s to produce submarine engines in large quantities in anticipation of an escalation of the war in Korea, which was never demanded.

The diesel engine drives a Brush TG160-60 DC generator which in turn drives six traction motors, one for each axle.

For more information, visit https://llangollen-railway.co.uk/


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