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47765/D1643
Status: Operational
Livery: Scotrail Blue Stripe
Running Number: 47765
Built: 1965 BR Crewe Works
Traction Type: Diesel-Electric
Equipment: Brush Traction
Power Unit: Sulzer 12LDA28-C
Power Output: 2,580 HP
Max Speed: 95 MPH
Train Brakes: Air and Vacuum
Train Heating: Electric
Weight: 122 Tons
Length: 63' 7"
Height: 12' 9½"
Width: 8' 10"
New to British Railways as D1643 in January 1965, this loco is one of the 202 Class 47s built by BR at Crewe to the Brush Traction design. It entered traffic at Cardiff Canton depot becoming 47059 in the TOPS system during September 1974. It remained generally in Wales and the West through until 1985 with a brief spell at Eastfield in 1975.

In 1985, the former 47059 became 47631, having had the steam heat boiler removed and conversion to supply ETH. This saw the loco allocated to Bristol Bath Road and Crewe Diesel Depot. 47631 was named 'Ressaldar' at Crewe in September 1993, becoming one of the RES fleet, complete with cast Crewe-RES Cat Plates below the drivers cabside windows. The name was retained when re-classified as a 47/7b, becoming 47765 in March 1994, complete with extended range fuel tanks (former boiler water tank used for fuel) and RCH jumpers to enable working with Propelling Control Vehicles (PCV) as seen on Royal Mail trains of the time.

Whilst still wearing RES colours, 47765 joined the EWS fleet. Following storage in the WNXX pool in April 2000, 47765 was finally withdrawn for disposal in April 2004. The loco was sold in July 2005 and entered preservation in August of the same year.

Still in faded RES colours, 47765 visited the ELR in July 2010 to take part in the Summer Diesel Gala.

2018 saw 47765 relocated to Bury, arriving on April 9th in the convoy for the Class 40s@60 event with D9009, 40012, D213 and D200.

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