The nascent preservation movement of the time was concerned to preserve steam locomotives whilst only buying diesel shunting locomotives for support roles on heritage lines and it wasnt until 1977 that any effort was made to preserve main line diesels. A significant number of british rail class 47 locomotives have been preserved on heritage railways the current total standing at 32 as of march 2019 four locomotives 47 270 47 580 47 773 and 47 798 are mainline registered and as such may operate on network rail locomotives that do not currently carry their names are shown with the name in brackets. This is a summary listing each and every former class of preserved ex british rail diesel and electric locomotives includes diesel multiple units and electric multiple unitsfor detailed information see the page for the relevant class. When british railways br initiated its modernisation plan in 1954 it had little experience of diesel locomotives thus initiated a pilot scheme to trial combinations of the three elements comprised within a locomotive the engine transmission and body the initial orders for 174 locomotives . By fred kerr author when british railways br initiated its modernization plan in 1954 it had little experience of diesel locomotives thus initiated a pilot scheme to trial combinations of the three elements comprised within a locomotive the engine transmission and body
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