Devon and Cornwall: The Class 47 Years Class 47 - A West Country Symposium

Author(s): Bernard Mills 

ISBN: 9781781556573
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Depicting the Class 47 locomotive in Devon and Cornwall from their introduction in the 1960s through their heyday to an unforgettable final year in frontline service.
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  • Superbly illustrated in full-colour with instructive and unpublished photographs

  • Enjoy the beauty of the West Country railway scene at well-known locations
    such as the Dawlish and Teignmouth seawall, the Cornish viaducts, and the not so well known as we go off the beaten track in search of hidden gems

  • Written by a talented photographer with an enormous interest in railways

  • See the railway in contrasting views of town and city, stunning countryside and coast. See the railway of the locomotive-hauled express, the mail and the milk, the parcels and goods, trains we not so long ago took for granted

2002 saw a radical change on the railways of Devon and Cornwall as this was the last year of daily locomotive-hauled passenger trains (other than the overnight London sleeper). These remaining workings were in the capable hands of the ubiquitous Class 47 diesel locomotives, which had plied their trade on the rails of the south west for four decades.

Devon and Cornwall: The Class 47 Years is a book of two halves: the first documenting their daily work on all manner of trains and lines in the area from 1966 onwards. The second half is a detailed examination of 2002, their last year in frontline passenger service in the West Country with a glimpse of other motive power, all of which is now history and a snapshot in time.

Some 180 colour photographs taken by the author take the reader on a chronological trip with much nostalgia and a host of unrepeatable scenes, which showcase many of the stunning locations to be found in the two counties.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556573
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 144 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 November 2017
ILLUSTRATIONS 182 colour photographs



Bernard Mills, a lifelong railway enthusiast, historian and photographer, spent all his working life of forty-nine years on the railway. Retiring in July 2008, Mills continues to work part-time for First Great Western. Happily married, Mills lives in the delightful village of Buckland Monachorum in rural Devon. Founder member of the Plym Valley Railway, he had the honour of opening their new station at Plym Bridge in December 2012.