47402/D1501 Gateshead
Current Status: Operational
Current Livery: Two-Tone BR Green with small Yellow Warning Panels
Running Number: D1501 (without name)
Built: 1962 Brush Traction No343
Entered Traffic: 13th November 1962
Power Unit: Sulzer 12LDA28-C
Electrical Equipment: Brush Traction
Power Output: 2,580 HP (2,750 when built) Weight: 119 Tons
Maximum Speed: 95 MPH Length: 63' 7"
Train Brakes: Vacuum and Air Height: 12' 9½"
Train Heating: ETH (Steam Heat Isolated) Width: 8' 10"
47402 is one of the original twenty Class 47 locos which were allocated to the Eastern Region. D1500-19 were different to the rest of the production 47's, having both steam and electric train heat capability from new and fitted with Westinghouse brake equipment, the others all being Davies and Metcalfe. 47402 was withdrawn in July 1992, quite a feat as it suffered serious crash damage in 1977 which could have seen it written off. More details can be found in the Fleet Profile PDF.

The loco was secured for preservation in December 1993 and has been a longstanding member of the diesel fleet at the East Lancshire Railway. 47402 carried BR Blue livery as '1501' for many years, becoming 47402 still in BR Blue and more recently returned to original condition in two-tone BR Green with small yellow warning panels.

D1501 visited the Nene Valley Railway for their Diesel Gala, 16th-18th of May 2014 along with 40135 and 37324 'Clydebridge'.

As of Summer 2016, D1501 was stopped and a full top end overhaul of the Sulzer 12LDA28-C power unit undertaken at Baron Street Works. The cylinder heads, pistons and liners were all overhauled alongside general maintenance.

D1501 returned to service at the 2017 Spring Diesel Gala and was repainted by Heritage Painting later in the year.

A more detailed fleet profile can be downloaded below:

Adobe PDF format

A small selection of photographs of 47402/D1501 through the years
Click on any thumnail to view the gallery

With such a large fleet of different locomotives it can be easy for those which are out of service undergoing restoration or essential repairs to get 'lost' or forgotten about. The following is a selection of links to individual locomotive group appeal pages. If you have a little to spare towards a favourite cause they will be extremely happy to hear from you.