Ian McLean presents a nationwide portrait of British Rail's most numerous main-line diesel locomotive
The Class 47 diesel locomotive was a mainstay of British Rail with 512 built in the 1960s. As such, they were a daily sight throughout the UK. working express passenger and heavy freight trains as well as more mundane local passenger and wagon-load freight all over Britain.
For rail enthusiasts, 'bashing' emerged as the art of trying to ride behind as many locomotives as possible. Largely due to their prolific numbers, the 47s were often disliked by bashers and were given the disparaging nickname 'Duffs'. However, to those who followed them. they were 'Brush', an abbreviation of Brush Type 4, which was how BR originally referred to them. Now, as time has passed and other classes of locomotive have fallen by the wayside, there is a far greater appreciation of them.
This book records the years 1982 to 1985 and many days spent trying to travel behind all 507 of the Class 47s that were still in traffic at that time. It details the triumphs and disasters faced during the course of these travels and, as the length and breadth of the country were travelled. contains a wide variety of colour photographs of Class 47s at work from Inverness to Penzance.