BR 47701 Waverley

Built at the Brush Falcon Works and accepted into British Rail traffic 24th February 1966 as D1932, she was delivered new to 82A Bristol Bath Road shed where she worked from until May 1974 when she was renumbered to 47493, fitted with ETH and transfered to Landore depot in Swansea. After spending a few years working between Swansea and Bristol she was transfered again up north to Haymarket depot in Edinburgh in June 1977. In January 1979 she underwent works attention and conversion to 47701 to be used on the Glasgow-Edinburgh/Aberdeen push pull services until November 1990.

47701 moved once again this time to Old Oak Common to work for Network SouthEast between Waterloo and Exeter. In 1993 she moved to Crewe to become a Parcels department (RES) locomotive before being sold to Pete Waterman.

Withdrawal came in 1997 when 47701 was purchased by Tracy Lear and was hired to Fragonset who subcontracted 47701 out to anyone who required her. 47701 last saw mainline service in 2003 but had to be retired due to not having the now required TPWS safety systems. She was transfered first to MOD Ludgershall, prior to the demise of Fragonset, then to Long Marston where she was used as an internal shunter and to heat coaches stored on the site. 47701's last mainline passenger working was 18th October 2003 when she was top-and-tailed with West Coast Railways' 47854 on a charter from Lancaster to Edinburgh.

She was succesfully started at Long Marston 23rd February 2007 after some time in open storage and so it felt appropriate to let her stretch her legs and was transported by road to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway where she took part in a gala event alongside the Brush Type 4 Fund's 47's 47105 and 47376. She then took to the road to go to her new home of Meldon Quarry on the Dartmoor Railway, where she underwent repairs and repainting and is now based.

47701 has carried three names in her life. These are;

Saint Andrew - applied January 1979 at Haymarket starting a tradition of naming all push-pull 47's with Scottish names. The Saltair Coat of Arms was applied above the nameplates and unveiled on 30th November by Earl Wemyss at Edinburgh Waverley station (Saint Andrew was later carried by 47624)

Oak Oak Common Traction & Rolling Stock Depot - 18th August 1991 at the Old Oak Common open day by Chris Green (NSE Director) and John Poole (Production Manager at Old Oak), which 47701 carried until June 1993

Waverley - applied 3rd May 1997 at Crew International Electric Depot during their open day by current owner Tracy Lear and Murray Brown, Editor of Rail Magazine as part of a joint naming. The name was previously carried by 47708 but was scrapped in August 1995 before Tracy Lear was able to purchase her, so 47701 now carries the honour.

47701 has carried many liveries. These liveries are;

BR two-tone green (with both small yellow panels and later with full yellow ends)

BR Blue (standard, then later with a grey roof)


Network SouthEast (revised variant)

Rail Express Systems (RES)

Fragonset black/red-stripe livery.

back to BR two-tone green with small yellow warning panels and grey roof.