512 examples of the Brush Traction type 4 diesel electric locomotives were built for British Railways. Delivery commenced in 1962 and they were numbered from D1500 to D1999 and D1100 to D1111.
During July 1964 Brush type 4 diesel electric locomotive No.D1749 arrived at Worcester for crew training duties and later was replaced by blue 'XP64' liveried example No.D1733. The archives of the MIAC do not contain any photographs of No.D1749 whilst it was based at Worcester in 1964 but the locomotive became No.47156 in the 1973 re-numbering scheme and is seen here stabled at Severn Tunnel Junction depot on 24th May 1975. Photograph by Andrew Smith.
A good line up of motive power was on view at the sheds at Worcester on 28th February 1973. On the left hand side is named class 47 diesel locomotive No.D1660 'City of Truro'. Also in this line are class 37 diesel locomotives Nos.D6988 (in green livery) and D6972 with one of the last remaining class 35 'Hymek' diesel hydraulic locomotives. On the right hand side are two class 08 diesel shunters. Photograph taken by Pete Wilcox.
Class 47 diesel locomotive No.47143 stabled alongside the remains of the diesel shed at Worcester on 1st October 1987. This was the day before the locomotive visited the MoD base at Long Marston to be named 'The Sapper'. Class 155 two-car diesel multiple unit No.155303 is behind the class 47. Photograph taken by Robert Pritchard.
This photograph was taken shortly after 11am on Saturday 14th May 2011 and shows class 47 diesel locomotives Nos.47832 'Solway Princess' and 47712 'Pride of Carlisle' travelling at high speed along the elevated section of the ex-Birmingham & Gloucester Railway between Eckington and Bredon with the stock of the Northern Belle en-route from Crewe to Bath. Photograph taken by Robert Cooke.