Towards the end of 2001 four Class 47s were repainted into liveries once carried by the class. The locomotives, in operation on Virgin Trains services, appeared in two tone green, Inter City, XP64 and large logo livery. The purpose of this low key project is to mark the retirement of the type from passenger service. Another example is to be repainted in normal BR blue livery during 2002.

These pages take a look at the large logo livery which seemed to suit the 47s very well.

During 2001 47847 received large logo livery and is seen here restarting the  Bristol - Newcastle (1E33) from Derby

Photo by Mrs H Robins.

A very similar scene on 5th August 1986 as 47638 'County Of Kent' leaves Derby with the 16:52 Birmingham - Leeds (1E78). 151 002 is visible on platform 2. 638 went on to become 47845 and operated with Virgin until late 2001. The locomotive is now at Brush in Loughborough for conversion to Class 57/6.

Recently converted from 47055 (twin fuel tanks and electric train heat installed) 47652 at Derby having rescued 45139 which failed whilst working the 16:52 Birmingham - Leeds (1E78). 652 went on to become 47807. As with 47845 the locomotive is now at Brush for Class 57/6 conversion.

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