Every loco tells a story, D1949/47506/47707
Somewhere in the
A LM pet loco for special traffic at
the London End of the
Sample Early/Midland turns.
160966 - 1M47 1015 Glasgow C - Euston (to Crewe)
190469 - 1V20 0706 Bradford - Penzance (at T.Meads)
080570 - Top Link! 1750 St Pancras - Sheffield "Master Cutler"
260272 - 1Z68 1135 Luton - Charlton footex and 1730 charlton - Luton rtn footex
030472 - 1T45 St Pancras-Southport Merrymaker
210772 – 4S53 1911 Kentish T-Glasgow Bridgeton “Tartan Arrow”
140872 – 1E11 1105 St Pancras-Sheffield
However D1949 was eventually transferred to the Western Region in late Aug 72 and lost her steam heat boiler on conversion to ETH only status. Sitting on Bath Spa awaiting a Bristol bound service my spotting book for 20th April 73 recorded 1949 heading East on a Bristol-Padd turn. A big change from a humble Merrymaker, but it was good to see the old girl again. Renumbering to a bland, blue 47506 followed a few months later.
Sample Western turns
200473 - 1A30 0900 Bristol-Padd
231076 – as 47506 1415 Padd-Swansea
With the HST displacement of many
hauled ETH turns 47506 was transferred to
in April 79 to become a celebrity Push pull loco on the Edinburgh-Glasgow turns. She was then named “Holyrood” .
Sample Scottish turns as 47707
010883 1400 Glasgow-Edinburgh
140387 1S19 2124 (1303) Bristol-Edinburgh x Carstairs
During her spell as a push pull
workhorse 707 was to meet with tragedy near Polmont
whilst propelling the 1730 Edinburgh-Glasgow on
Plastification of these routes saw here adopted by the parcels sector from late March 93. Withdrawal came in Sep 96 but Fragonset Railways purchased her.
Sample “Mule” turns
220892 -1226 Exeter-Waterloo
She effectively remained stored in parcels red livery at Barrow Hill for over 10 years but in February 2010 came the sad news on WNXX that 47707 had been cut at Booths. The 70’s Cricklewood legend has finally being torched.
D1949 gone but not forgotten…
With thanks to www.class47.com for filling some of the holes in the gen.