Yet another year of contraction, the year starting with the depot having
43 locomotives on its books, finishing with only 31. Electrification finally reached
Norwich, with the four Class 47 diagrams finishing with the new timetable in May.
Stratford continued to customise their locomotives with various combinations of
silver roofs, sparrows and black marker light panels, although the work seemed to
confer some hand of fate as the paint was hardly dry when the locomotives got
Sectorisation took hold in April, though to begin with it wasn't completely enforced.
For Stratford the freight locos would speak for themselves generally not having the
provision of ETH, and to begin with they were not restricted to the type of cargo they could move.
ETH 47 fleet were divided between several sectors, with those allocated to InterCity sector
leaving in May and those allocated to Departmental sector leaving in October.
With the remainder of ETH fleet were allocated to the NSE sector and Parcels sector.
The year saw several locomotives not normally associated with Stratford being transferred
in and several having very short stays some only being on paper as some never made it even
making it to East London wile allected to Stratford.
The New Year saw a few paint jobs released by Stratford, namely:
Silver roof and black marker light panels: 47116
Sparrow emblems: 47124
Sparrow emblems and black marker light panels: 47570
NSE1 livery, black marker light panels, sparrow emblems: 47576
Large numbers and arrows, but retaining blue cab sides: 47577
47576 following it's repaint was named "King's Lynn" at Stratford TMD due to to adverse weather conditions.
More paint jobs:
Silver roof: 47289
Large Logo Blue with blue cabsides: 47579 - the lower cabsides were painted blue to match 47577
15th 47487 was transferred to Gateshead
Also during the month:
Sparrow emblems: 47287
47291 gained large logo livery with stratfords yellow surrounds and black edges to windows and black headcode
panels then named 'Port of Felixstowe' on 2nd at Felixstowe North Terminal by George Blackhall,
Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Felixstowe Docks and Railway Company.
Conventional works overhauls ceased at the end of the financial year, being replaced by CEMs for works visits.
Another change was that other works besides Crewe could carry out CEM overhauls including Stratford Major.
Note that to begin with all CEMs were also carried out with a "Light" bodywork repair.
Thus in April Stratford released 47581 (8L)
Sparrow emblems: 47005 / 47108 / 47277 / 47288
Silver roof painted: 47009 / 47277 / 47288
Black marker light panels: 47114 / 47277 / 47278 / 47288 / 47591 (the latter now at both ends).
14 th 47016 named "The Toleman Group" at Dagenham
16 th The new timetable saw electrification extended to Norwich leaving only the West Anglia line to King's Lynn
line services needing ETH 47s. Freightliner traffic also concentrated on series parallel machines.
Transferred away were: 47276 / 47277 to Thornaby, 47278 to Crewe, 47287-9 / 47292 to Tinsley, 47570 / 47577/ 47591 to Eastfield,
47605 to Old Oak Common and 47649 to Eastfield.
23 rd Some old friends transferred back for freight work were 47014 xo Rf1 from Bristol, 47016 xo Rf1 from Tinsley,
and 47099, 112 both xo Rf1 from Bristol.
Also during the month:
47054 reappeared with a flush front at Number 2 end following accident damage repairs.
Sparrow emblems: 47276 - before its transfer away, 47574.
Nameplates removed: 47574 'LLOYD'S LIST 250th ANNIVERSARY'
Black marker light panels painted: 47009 / 47121
Silver roof painted: 47005
47574 gained large logo livery with stratfords yellow surrounds and black edges to windows and black headcode panels and also fitted with 'Benjamin Gimbert GC' nameplates from 47577,
Silver roof and black marker light panels painted: 47101.
Sparrow emblems: 47054
47634 gained black headcode panels
New arrivals were 47113 xo, B4 from Bescot, and 47120 xi LL from Eastfield.
Departing were 47582 / 47583 to Old Oak Common, and 47584 / 47596 / 47634 to Bristol.
47052 xo B4sr, along with ultra short stay 47120 departed for Immingham
Completing a hectic month of transfers 47100 xo B4, 47324 / 47328/ 47357 xos B4 from Crewe
47367 xos Rf2 was transfer from Crewe flowing CEM overhaul at Crewe works
Another short stay saw 47113 departed for Crewe.
Also in the month:
Sparrow emblems: 47634, before it left for Bristol
Another short stay saw 47324 return to Crewe.
47357 also returned to Crewe.
It is believed 47357 gained a silver roof during its short stay
Also during the month:
Silver roofs and black marker light panels painted: 47105 / 47124
Orange cantrail line: 47124
Standard headlights: 47574
End of Year summary
47005 xo BR Blue with Silver Roof
47007 xo Rf1 Named "Stratford"
47008 xi BR Blue with Sliver Roof
47009 xi BR Blue with Silver Roof
47014 xo Rf1
47016 xo Rf1 named "The Toleman Group"
47054 xi BR Blue with Silver Roof
47096 xi BR Blue with Blue Roof
47099 xo Rf1
47100 x BR Blue with Blue Roof
47101 x BR B,brlue with Silver Roof
47105 xi BR Blue with Silver Roof
47108 x BR Blue with Blue Roof
47112 xo Rf1
47114 x BR Blue with Silver Roof
47116 x BR Blue with Silver Roof
47121 x BR Blue with Blue Roof
47123 x BR Blue with Blue Roof
47124 x BR Blue with Silver Roof
47291 xo LLsf with yellow windscreen surrounds with black edges, named 'Port of Felixstowe'
47328 xos BR Blue with Blue Roof
47367 xos Rf2
47374 xos Rf1
47572 xe LLsf with yellow windscreen surrounds with black edges, named "Ely Catherdral"
47573 xe NSE1 named 'The London STANDARD'
47574 xe B4 with Silver Roof, named "LLOYD'S LIST 250th ANNIVERSARY"
47576 xe NSE1, named "King's Lynn"
47579 xe LLsf with yellow windscreen surrounds with black edges, named "James Nightall GC"
47580 xe Br Blue with Silver Roof, named 'County of Essex'
47581 xe NSE1, named "Great Eastern"
47585 xe LLsf with yellow windscreen surrounds with black edges, named "County of Cambridgeshire"