47383 (LMS 16466, LMS 7383 & BR 47383)

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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 ArrivedDepot
January 1948Chester
June 1961Speke Junction
October 1962Carlisle Canal
June 1963Rose Grove
January 1966Newton Heath
December 1966Withdrawn from service
February 1967Reinstated 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The locomotive was withdrawn from service in October 1967 at Westhouses.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 BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Severn Valley RailwayOn static display in the Engine House at HighleyManchester Rail Travel Society

47383 on Speke Junction shed – June 1961
47383 at Carnforth shed – October 1965
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47383 on Newton Heath shed – October 1966
47383 in Westhouses shed – October 1967
47383 at Highlsey on the Severn Valley Railway – 1988
47383 at Hayes Bridge on the Severn Valley Railway – April 1991
47383 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – September 1993
47383 on the Dean Forest Railway – August 1995
47383 in the Engine House at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2013

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