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#1 Hugh Flynn

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 23:41

Hi
I know a couple of Knottingley class 47,s were fitted with amber flashing lights ,but in one of my class 47 books
it states one had blue flashing lights fitted for a short period can anyone confirm this or any photos.
"I have a mars bar riding on it"
many thanks in advance to you all
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 00:47

Not sure about blue lights, here is a link to a photo of 47373 with the orange beacon http://www.brushtype...g=0147020545000
47277 was the other one so fitted, 56074 was similarly equiped. (info from http://www.brushtype...77&s_loco=47277)

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#3 Hugh Flynn

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 18:20

Thanks Andi
I keep wondering if book is wrong?
Like to think if it was blue lights for a day or two when first fitted or a depot joke with a driver?
Hugh

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 18:40

Wasn't the class 37 in POLICE livery fitted with a blue light for filming? Then later on of course a 47 gained a similar livery - is this where confusion comes in maybe?

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#5 Hugh Flynn

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 19:02

HI Stewart
no i am on about the slow speed fitted at Knottingley.
Its just the class 47 book shows it fitted with blue light but its a black and white photo.
So i cannot confirm this, and theres a mars bar riding on it?
Hugh

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 22:07

You should be able to tell the difference between a blue and a yellow light in a black and white photo. If it's light grey, it's yellow and if it's dark, it's blue.

#7 Hugh Flynn

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 22:42

its dark on photo
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#8 DerekEm8

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 23:39

56074 was similarly equiped.

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Slightly OT but 56074 and 56073 were both fitted 1981- c1986/7
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 23:42

Slightly OT but 56074 and 56073 were both fitted 1981- c1986/7

I had a feeling that there was more than one grid, thanks for the info. I only took my data from the site I linked to and it was late...

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 18:43

its dark on photo
Hugh

In which case it's most likely to be blue.

#11 DerekEm8

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 23:54

Again OT but the lights on the two 56's definately weren't blue.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:13

On the Class 56073 & 56074, the yellow flashing light signified when the locos where under automatic control for unloading their coal train. So I'd imagine the Class 47 has the same control system. I believe it wasn't a success, and had been abandoned by the late 1980s.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:18

I suspect a caption bloop, hardly unknown. I saw the 47s often enough, I recall orange, everything I've ever read about them has said orange, and I cant see why they would ever have been blue. Orange is an obvious safety colour, whereas blue (and this is admittedly supposition on my part) might risk confusion with on-site emergency vehicles.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 13:46

I can confirm that the light on 47277 was orange, I know this as on a Saturday evening/Sunday morning it dragged a dead electric hauled passenger train from Crewe to Stafford, think it was 1984 or 85.

47277 was a big line in the book for haulage back then!

Prior to leaving Crewe we wound the driver up to switch the orange flashing light on.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 20:44

If anyone is interested, I have a BR technical report from the early 1970s about the remote control equipment fitted on these Class 47s.

 

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