Preserved Class 47 D1705 Sparrowhawk, which is based at the Great Central Railway, will move to Boden Rail Engineering Ltd’s Washwood Heath depot after the GCR’s March 28/29 gala.
It will be out of traffic for nine months undergoing repairs to badly leaking roof panels and to its silencer. It will also receive a body lift to replace a defective bogie spring that restricts the locomotive to a maximum 40mph.
Once the work is completed, D1705 will be repainted by BREL into authentic early-1970s guise as 1705.
- For more on this story, see RAIL 768, published on February 18.