Class 47

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Heljan’s all-new Brush Type 4 for ‘OO’ gauge

The long-lived and versatile Class 47s are a popular choice for ready-to-run models with a wide range of colour schemes. Heljan has delivered its brand-new offering for ‘OO’ gauge - MIKE WILD finds out how it measures up.

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Class 47s’ Second Lives

The Class 47s have been displaced from front-line duties but still remain active on the main line on a surprising variety of alternative roles, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

VIDEO: Heljan 'OO' gauge Class 47 project update

Heljan's all-new 'OO' gauge Class 47 is due to arrive in early 2024. We met with Heljan's Ben Jones in the Key Model World workshop to find out more and hear the final factory DCC sound fitted versions in action. Watch the video interview here.

Exclusive Porterbrook Class 47 revealed

Key Publishing has commissioned an exclusive limited edition modelling Porterbrook purple and white Class 47/8 47817 in ‘OO’ gauge. It is available to pre-order now.

Prince William launches ‘N’ gauge National Collection series

Locomotion Models has launched the first in a new series of exclusive ‘N’ gauge models reflecting items in the National Collection, with the debut of 47798 Prince William in EWS Royal Claret from Bachmann’s Graham Farish range.

Royal 47 in ‘N’ for Kernow

Kernow Model Rail Centre has unveiled its latest ‘N’ gauge exclusive commission from Graham Farish, 47799 Prince Henry in EWS Royal Claret.

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Class 47s – The Jack of All Trades

Mark V. Pike’s latest picture volume provides a highly illustrated portrait of Class 47 diesel locomotives at work across the UK from 1985 to the present day and features the class in a wide variety of liveries from the final years of corporate BR blue to more recent privatised freight company schemes.

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ViTrains Class 47

Looking back at photographs from the early 2000s, MIKE WILD was inspired to find and revive a ViTrains Freightliner triple grey Class 47 to provide an alternative container train locomotive.

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BOOK REVIEW: Class 47 adventures

A recent addition to the Key Books portfolio from Key Publishing is this latest edition on Class 47s by Ian McLean. This is the third book in the series on Class 47s and covers movements from Inverness to Newquay.

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YouChoos Class 47 sound upgrades

Digital sound specialist YouChoos has created a brand-new sound file for the ever-popular Class 47 diesel-electric utilising the latest ZIMO MS series decoders. MIKE WILD shows how it can be used to upgrade the outgoing 21-pin generation Bachmann Class 47.