The Brush Type 4 Fund have been at the forefront of
Class 47 preservation since the early 1990s. The group
was formed with
intention of preserving a 'Series Parallel' (SP) Class
the group secured 47105
for preservation, the loco was bought from British Rail
following its withdrawal after 30 years service on the
mainline and transported to the Gloucestershire
became a regular performer at the Gloucs Warks and
remains the only Class 47 in preservation to retain a
working steam heat boiler. The loco was taken out of
service in 2011 for an overhaul.
purchased 47376 in 2003 to ensure that at least one of
the 47/3 sub class survived in preservation. '376
suffered a catastrophic engine failure whilst working
for Freightliner so 47295 was purchased to provide a
47376 and 47295 were moved to
Ashchurch MOD base from Southampton and Loughborough
respectively where an engine swap took place. 47376 was
then transported to the GWR and returned to
working order in July 2003.
The grounded body of 47295 was
sold to HNRC in June 2008 and sent for scrap in July
47376 has since been returned to
Freightliner livery and was rededicated "Freightliner 1995"
September 2005. 47376 is operational and a regular
performer at the Gloucs Warks Railway.
The Brush Type 4 Fund briefly owned
from 2007 to 2011 before sale to West Coast Railway
Company. The Brush Type 4 Fund worked with WCRC to
honour a BT4F member and good friend Chris Fudge by
naming 47746 in his honour upon the locos return to the