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Class 47s (Paperback)

Inverness to Dover Western Docks, 1985-86

P&S History > British History Transport > Trains & Railways

By Ian McLean
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781913870430
Published: 22nd June 2023



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Following on from Class 47s: Inverness to Penzance: 1982–85, this volume picks up the story and runs to the end of the summer 1986 timetable. It was a period of change, as the first 47s to be withdrawn started to fall by the wayside in the spring of 1986, since seriously damaged crash victims were no longer likely to be rebuilt. The first non-crash-damaged locos were withdrawn – sacrificed to provide a spares pool for the others. It was also a time of change with regard to how trains were heated, as steam heat became rare south of Hadrian’s Wall. Christmas 1985 was a watershed as the relief trains were now routinely electrically heated, with the latest ETH conversions emerging from Crewe Works from November 1985. In 1986, regular trips to Scotland were required to sample the delights of steam heat. Further changes came in summer 1986 as InterCity started to operate some routes in Kent, and Dover Western Docks was now on the map. With over 200 images, this volume provides a visual journey of the Class 47s in 1985–86.

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About Ian McLean

Ian Mclean has had regular columns and written articles for both Traction and Railways Illustrated magazines. He is the co-author of the Class 47 Data File series of books. He is a member of the Brush Type 4 Fund, custodians of 47105 and 47376, and member of the Type 1 Locomotive Group, owners of 47117. He has been employed as a train driver for more than 25 years, working routes from Aberdeen to Plymouth.

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