47383 (LMS 16466, LMS 7383 & BR 47383)


47383 was built for the LMS by the Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire in 1926, and entered service that year as LMS number 16466 before being renumbered 7383.

It first worked in the London freight yards as it was allocated to Bow in East London. Subsequently it was based at Mersey Side, Mold Junction before moving to Chester.

Following nationalisation, it was renumbered 47383 by BR.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Chester
June 1961 Speke Junction
October 1962 Carlisle Canal
June 1963 Rose Grove
January 1966 Newton Heath
December 1966 Withdrawn from service
February 1967 Reinstated at Westhouses

The locomotive was withdrawn from service in October 1967 at Westhouses. Although based at Westhouses it was actually being employed by the National coal Board on services from Williamthorpe Colliery at Chesterfield..

47383 was the fifth locomotive to join the Severn Valley Railway (SVR), arriving in May 1968 some two years before the official opening of the railway.

In 1989 47383 jumped the points at Highley and had to be rerailed.

The locomotive saw regular use, repairs and overhauls excepted, from the 1970s through to it’s last steaming in 2002, but is now on static display in The Engine House at Highley awaiting overhaul.


Home Base Current Status Owner
Severn Valley Railway On static display in the Engine House at Highley Manchester Rail Travel Society
47383 on Newton Heath shed - October 1966.jpg 47383 on Newton Heath shed – October 1966
47383 Highley 2013.jpg 47383 in the Engine House at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway-2013

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