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‘47s’ R Us

THE first loco which I ever drove on shed (under supervision) was No. 47973 Derby Evening Telegraph, which for a young trainman just starting out, was areal thrill. It was also quite fitting, as it had been the Derby Evening Telegraph where I had seen Trainman (D) vacancies advertised in late 1989, a vacancy I had applied for and subsequently come to occupy.

Class 47s represented a good proportion of our shed work. They would arrive from all over the country, requiring attention after a hard day’s labour. Although I was brought up with

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