Locomotive Services Limited acquires two ‘47/8s’ for parts
Two Class 47/8s have been bought by Locomotive Services Limited (LSL) for component recovery.
LSL has bought 47811 and 47816 from Freightliner. Both had been stored at Crewe Basford Hall for many years. They had been used as ‘Super Shunters’ by FL, however the company dropped the idea, and both have been out of action since.
They will provide parts for LSL’s existing fleet of Class 47s that includes 47501 Craftsman, 47790, 47805 and 47841. The first three are at the company’s Crewe Diesel Depot facility and are being returned to main line standards including full overhauls. The latter ‘47/8’ is currently stored at Eastleigh Works. All were bought from Direct Rail Services.
Both former FL ‘47/8s’ have been ‘stored’ since January 1 2008 when they were unable to operate on the main line as they were not fitted with On-Train Monitoring Recorders (OTMR), which was a requirement from that date onwards. FL also, at the time had no operational requirement for Class 47s as it was ordering Class 66s and ‘70s’.
LSL also owns 37610 and 37667 that are being returned to main line traffic after being bought from DRS earlier this year.