Monday 27 August 2018

Watercress Line Diesel Gala Focus, 3rd June 2018: 47579

47579 James Nightall G.C. is currently on a hire to the Watercress Line, and is seen here at the diesel gala held earlier this year. Next planned for running on 8th September.

The locomotive was built at Brush, Loughborough, as D1778 and entered traffic on 23rd October 1964. Renumbered 47183 about February 1974, then converted with ETH to 47579 in March 1981, named James Nightall G.C. on 28th September 1981 at March, nameplates removed in November 1995. Converted to 47793 about December 1995, the last RCH jumpers conversions, named Saint Augustine on 24th June 1996, later named Christopher Wren in 2003. Stored by EWS in March 2004, and preserved in 2007 at Mangapps Farm.

Departing from Ropley.

A further shot of the departure.

The token is prepared for handing to the signalman, when arriving at Ropley from Alton.