A report on British Rail Class 27

27066 at Carlisle.
27005 at Glasgow Queen Street.
27001 at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
27066 on the Dean Forest Railway
D5401 (27056) at the Great Central Railway

British Rail's Class 27 comprised 69 diesel locomotives built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company (BRCW) during 1961 and 1962.

- British Rail Class 27
27066 at Carlisle.

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26037 at Carlisle in the 1980s

British Rail Class 26

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The British Rail Class 26 diesel locomotives, also known as the BRCW Type 2, were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company (BRCW) at Smethwick in 1958-59.

The British Rail Class 26 diesel locomotives, also known as the BRCW Type 2, were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company (BRCW) at Smethwick in 1958-59.

26037 at Carlisle in the 1980s
26037 at Carlisle in the 1980s
The first of the class, D5300 at Harringay in 1959, wearing original livery.
26041 at Carlisle in 1991.
Preserved no. D5301 painted in original green livery without yellow warning panels inside the shed on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway on 31 May 2005. This was one of the final locomotives in traffic, being withdrawn in late 1994.

Like their higher-powered sisters, the BRCW Classes 27 and 33, they had all-steel bodies and cab ends with fibreglass cab roofs.

BRCW makers plate, on display in Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company

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Railway locomotive and carriage builder, founded in Birmingham, England and, for most of its existence, located at nearby Smethwick, with the factory divided by the boundary between the two places.

Railway locomotive and carriage builder, founded in Birmingham, England and, for most of its existence, located at nearby Smethwick, with the factory divided by the boundary between the two places.

BRCW makers plate, on display in Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Compartment of luxury saloon coach built for Palestine Railways in 1922, now preserved at the Israel Railway Museum in Haifa
British Rail Class 33 at Swanage
DMU on the Belgrano Sur Line in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1966)

69 British Rail Class 27 in 1961–1962 (works numbers DEL190-258)

47474 at Birmingham New Street in 1987

British Rail Class 47

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Class of diesel-electric locomotive that was developed in the 1960s by Brush Traction.

Class of diesel-electric locomotive that was developed in the 1960s by Brush Traction.

47474 at Birmingham New Street in 1987
47474 at Birmingham New Street in 1987
D1941 in the original two-tone green livery, at Landore depot in 1967
Two Class 47s, Nos. 47424 and 47607, at Bangor station with a passenger train in 1987
Class 47/0 47293 with a relief passenger train at York station in 1987
Class 47/3 47376 in Freightliner livery, at Toddington station
Class 47/4 47523 in standard BR Blue, at Birmingham New Street station in 1988
Class 47/9 47901 on a railtour at Westbury station in 1987
British Rail Class 47 no. 47707 with a Glasgow–Edinburgh shuttle at Haymarket in 1982.
Class 47/7. 47787 parked in a bay platform at Rugby station
47817 in Virgin Trains livery at Exeter St David's station.
47810 in undercoat at Stafford station on 18 April 2018 whilst being moved from Eastleigh to Crewe for use by LSL
Restored Class 47, D1935 "Roger Hosking MA", heading North with a compliment of Pullman Coaches at Dent Station on the Settle - Carlisle line
thumb|1844 (47194) in original two tone green livery, Paddington 1971
Class 47/0 No.47 100 in the modified Rail Blue livery with a silver roof, used by Stratford TMD
47 602 Glorious Devon in InterCity livery, Southampton 1989
Class 47/7a No.47 702 in ScotRail livery
47 376 Freightliner 1995 in "triple-grey" Railfreight Distribution livery at St Denys, 1998
47 774 Poste Restante in Rail Express Systems livery at Kings Cross in 1998
Class 47/7a No.47 714 in Anglia Railways livery
Class 47/4 No. 47 818, in One livery at Cambridge station in 2004
Class 47/3 No. 47 316 Cam Peak, carrying the livery of Cotswold Rail
Class 47/0 No. 47 237, in Advenza Freight livery and Class 57 No. 57 005 in Freightliner livery at Derby railway station in 2008
47 245 in West Coast Railway livery, St Denys 2013
Preserved 47 715 Poseidon at the National Railway Museum in 2005
47 530 in Network SouthEast livery at {{stnlink|Reading}} in 1991
Class 47/4(er) 47817 in early Porterbrook livery at {{stn|Bournemouth}} in 1997

The trains were operated by pairs of Class 27s, one at each end of this train.

A mixture of diesel locomotives stabled at the depot in 1979

Eastfield TMD

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Railway traction maintenance depot situated in Glasgow, Scotland.

Railway traction maintenance depot situated in Glasgow, Scotland.

A mixture of diesel locomotives stabled at the depot in 1979

In 1987, the allocation of the depot included Classes 20, 26, 27, 37 and 47, and DMU Classes 101 and 104.

In a push–pull train, locomotives at both ends of a train are used at the same time, being controlled by one driver.

Push–pull train

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Configuration for locomotive-hauled trains, allowing them to be driven from either end of the train, whether having a locomotive at each end or not.

Configuration for locomotive-hauled trains, allowing them to be driven from either end of the train, whether having a locomotive at each end or not.

In a push–pull train, locomotives at both ends of a train are used at the same time, being controlled by one driver.
Using a single locomotive, a control car with duplicate controls is used when pushing.
A push-pull train with two control cars and locomotive in the middle
Push–pull train in Austria (2004); note locomotive at the rear of the train
Push–pull train in the Czech Republic (2016); note control car at the rear of the train
Push–pull train in the former German Democratic Republic
A modern Driving Van Trailer in Ireland
Push–pull train in Slovakia
A New Jersey Transit train with Bombardier ALP-46 locomotives on both ends and 11 cars in between, in New Jersey, United States.
Golden Pass Panoramic train in Switzerland with locomotive in the middle
A single GWR Autocoach capable of steam push–pull operation
Network Rail Driving Brake Standard Open in October 2009
A GNER Mark 4 Driving Van Trailer at Alnmouth in June 2005
A Metra train in push mode, with a non-locomotive passenger car in the front. Note the engineer's station in the upper level of the passenger car.
A GEC Alstom push-pull
D Class NZR no 197 at Lower Hutt, 1906 with motor train

In the early 1970s, the Scottish Region used a system with a Class 27 locomotive at each end of a rake of coaches that had been retrofitted with the necessary 'Blue Star' multiple working cables to control the remote unit; but some problems of delay in actuation were experienced.

25211 in BR blue at Manchester Victoria in 1980.

British Rail Class 25

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Class of 327 diesel locomotives built between 1961 and 1967 for British Rail.

Class of 327 diesel locomotives built between 1961 and 1967 for British Rail.

25211 in BR blue at Manchester Victoria in 1980.
25047 of the 25/1 subclass outside Manchester Victoria in 1980
D7585 working as Derby station pilot in May 1965. The livery is BR green with small yellow warning panels.
25304 of the 25/3 subclass at Manchester Victoria in 1982.
D7612 at Tunbridge Wells West on the Spa Valley Railway
D5185 at Eridge on the Spa Valley Railway

The removal of the air filters from the side air louvers to the cantrail was the result of a comparison carried out at Inverness between a batch of Derby built Type 2s and a batch of BRCW Type 2s (Class 26 and Class 27), the tests targeting the air quality within the engine room.

Vic Berry's well-known stack of Type 2 diesel locomotives, 3 October 1987.

Vic Berry

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Large railway scrapyard situated in the former Great Central Railway Braunstone Gate goods yard in Leicester.

Large railway scrapyard situated in the former Great Central Railway Braunstone Gate goods yard in Leicester.

Vic Berry's well-known stack of Type 2 diesel locomotives, 3 October 1987.

The yard is best known for scrapping large quantities of Class 25 and Class 27 diesel-electric locomotives.

British Rail Class 31 No.31327 awaits its next turn of duty at Thornaby TMD.

Thornaby TMD

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Railway traction maintenance depot situated in Thornaby, England, latterly operated by DB Schenker.

Railway traction maintenance depot situated in Thornaby, England, latterly operated by DB Schenker.

British Rail Class 31 No.31327 awaits its next turn of duty at Thornaby TMD.
An ex-NER Class T2 0-8-0 No.63347 passes through with a westward Class H train, consisting mainly of flat-wagons conveying steel slabs from Dorman Long. 28 March 1955, photo by Ben Brooksbank
A British Rail Class 56 No.56039 in Loadhaul livery hauls a trainload of salt from Boulby into Tees Marshalling Yard, July 1998
A Mainline-liveried British Rail Class 60 passes westwards through Thornaby with a steel stock service, May 2005. Thornaby TMD can be seen in the back of the picture
Thornaby Tees Yard under construction

Apart from the ubiquitous Class 08 shunter, early diesel allocations included members of Class 03, Class 04, Class 17, Class 25 (from the first batch built at Darlington), Class 27 and Class 37.