Lo­co­mo­tive Ser­vices Lim­ited ac­quires two ‘47/8s’ for parts

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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.

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