My first encounter with a class 47 at Aylesbury was back on January 23rd 1971. We made one of our infrequent trips over from Dunstable on the 61 bus. Hanging around at the station we were pleased on seeing a 47 arrive from the North with an oil train. We wandered up to have a closer look at D1616 (later 47480) and the driver leant out and asked if “you kids would like a ride!”. There wasn’t much hesitation and the 2 of us were soon aboard as we propelled the loaded tanks back from the station to the small depot about half a mile to the North.
Whilst the guard uncoupled the tanks much railway conversation followed, this train had come up from Ripple Lane via the West Coast and then Bletchley and ran about once a week in Winter. The driver then told my mate to push the fire alarm and me sound the horn, great fun and it certainly saw the guard quickly enquire of the problem. We returned to Aylesbury light engine and bid farewell to the friendly loco crew. Aylesbury visits personally remained infrequent and it wasn’t until 1991 that I saw another 47 there. Working in Aylesbury saw a mini gala of 47’s on the Dagenham bins in 2003 and my last Aylesbury 47 sighting was 47355 on a test train on May 11th 2006. Today they are very rare indeed.
I missed the long spells of 47 hauled DMU substitutes in 1989 and a concentrated spell from 1990-1991. The likes of 47598 working 2B31 1244 Marylebone-Aylesbury via Amersham on 270291 plus semi regular visits by 47472, 47484, 47521, 47530, 47547, 47579, 47583, 47596, 47702, 47709, 47711 plus 47108, 47341, 47364 was a fascinating period for the Aylesbury commuter and enthusiast.
Any more Aylesbury 47 photos/memories welcome…
Aylesbury 47 phot spot
Yes it’s Bletchley flyover, but this unusual train did pass through Aylesbury back on 020583 (a bank holiday mon). 47489 had replaced an 85 at the foot of the flyover before working this return Oban-West Ruislip “LNER” excursion via Claydon, Aylesbury and Risborough.