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


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

Product no.: 978-1-78155-657-3
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  • Superbly illustrated in full-colour with instructive and unpublished photographs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.


Bernard Mills is a semi-retired railway man with over fifty years’ service. He is also a dedicated railway enthusiast who has been photographing trains and railways in colour for over half a century. With a wealth of experience, Mills is an acclaimed speaker on the subject with popular digital slide shows and is the author of much sought-after railway books. He has been happily married to Audrey for over thirty years. Mills’ first book for Fonthill Media was the acclaimed Steam North West (2014), which was followed by Lostwithiel to the China Clay Rails (2016).


247 x 172 mm - paperback - 144 pages - 182 colour photographs


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