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A number of formerly preserved Class 47s have been sold back to industry for use on the main line or other purposes, such as spares donors. 47270 Swift was bought from Freightlin­er by Neil Boden in 2007 and restored to BR blue at the Nene Valley Railway. The locomotive, which was used as a prototype for the Class 57 cab design, was subsequent­ly sold to West Coast Railways, where it has seen use on a number of charters since moving to Carnforth in 2010. 47270 recently returned to use on WCR services, having been out of use for some time.

47701 Waverley was privately preserved but was hired to spothire operator Fragonset and used on the main line. It subsequent­ly spent periods based on the Gloucester­shire Warwickshi­re Railway and the Dartmoor Railway, but has since moved to Nemesis Rail’s site at Burton.

The Brush Type 4 Fund also owned 47746, in addition to its two other locomotive­s based at the Gloucester­shire Warwickshi­re Railway. The Class 47 was preserved in 2008 and moved to Long Marston, where volunteers quickly returned it to a serviceabl­e condition. However, the decision was subsequent­ly taken to sell the locomotive and it was sold to WCR in 2011. It has since joined its main line operationa­l fleet and remains active to the present day.

Another Class 47 that entered preservati­on in Wales was 47768, which was sold by EWS in 2005 and moved to the Vale of Glamorgan Railway and saw some use on services on the Barry-based heritage line. However, the lease of the railway was transferre­d by the council to Cambrian Transport in 2008, who renamed the site as the Barry Tourist Railway. After a period in store at Barry, 47768 was eventually sold to West Coast Railways and moved to Carnforth in 2011, where it remains. 47768 has not been returned to service with its new owner and it has been suggested that it has been used as a spares donor for the WCR operationa­l fleet of main line-registered Class 47s.

Preservati­onist Graham Harris purchased 47785 from EWS and moved the former Fiona Castle to the Stainmore Railway before relocating his collection to the Wensleydal­e Railway in April 2014 (Railways Illustrate­d February 2022). However, the locomotive had been another Class 47 targeted by scrap metal thieves while it was located at Kirkby Stephen East and has since been sold to Harry Needle Railroad Company.

 ?? Bill Pizer ?? LEFT: Restored to BR blue on the Nene Valley Railway by Neil Boden, 47270 Swift stands in the yard at Wansford on April 28, 2008. 47270 has since been sold to West Coast Railway Company and is now part of the company’s operationa­l main line Class 47 fleet.
Bill Pizer LEFT: Restored to BR blue on the Nene Valley Railway by Neil Boden, 47270 Swift stands in the yard at Wansford on April 28, 2008. 47270 has since been sold to West Coast Railway Company and is now part of the company’s operationa­l main line Class 47 fleet.

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