Bachmann 32-754ASF

Class 57/0 57009 DRS Compass (Original)

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Prototype Era
Era 9 (1995 to 2004) Initial Privatisation

Manufacturer description

Announced as part of our Winter British Railway Announcements we are delighted to bring you this Class 57/0 No. 57009 DRS Compass (Original) livery. Featuring interior cab lighting and directional lighting, and for a fully authentic experience this model is also SOUND FITTED!

Our SOUND FITTED model features realistic running sounds including various Horns, Coasting Feature, Uncoupling Cycle and much more; see full details of the sound functions below.


To see and hear one of our class 57 locomotives in action watch our video here!


F0 - Directional Lights & Switch Sound

F1 - On - Fuel Pump On - Warm Engine Start

F1 - On / Off - Fuel Pump On - Failed Engine Start

F1 - On / Off / On - Fuel Pump On - Cold Engine Start

F2 - Brake (Function & Sound)

F3 - Single Horn (Playable)

F4 – Two Tone Horn (Variable, see notes)

F5 - Heavy Load (Function & Sound)

F6 - Coasting (With F5 Off) / Manual Notch Down (F21 On)

F7 - Max Revs (With F5 Off) / Manual Notch Up (F21 On)

F8 - On - Coupling Up / Off - Uncoupling

F9 - Flange Squeal (Speed Dependant)

F10 - Air Dump

F11 - Spirax Valve

F12- Guard’s Whistle & Driver’s Response

F13 - Cab Light & Switch Sound

F14 - Auto Uncouple Cycle

F15 - On - Driver’s Door Open / Off - Driver’s Door Shut

F16 - AWS Horn

F17 - AWS Bell

F18 – On - Sound Fades Out / Off - Sound Fades In

F19 - Mute / Volume - Cycles through 6 Levels

F20 - Station Announcement

F21 - On - Manual Notching Logic On / Off - Manual Notching Logic Off

F22 - Sanding Valve

Analogue Users: Directional lights and basic Prime Mover (engine) sounds, which vary with speed, plus any other automated sounds, can be enjoyed when using this model on analogue control (DC) straight from the box!


The British Rail Class 57 is a re-engineered locomotive, rebuilt by Brush Traction in Loughborough from redundant Class 47 locomotives between 1997-2004.They are fitted with a refurbished General Motors engine and a reconditioned alternator to improve reliability and performance. Enthusiasts have nicknamed the locomotives 'Bodysnatchers' because the body of the Class 47 has been stripped, rewired and re-engined. In 1997, Freightliner placed an order for six Class 57/0 locomotives, with the first being released to traffic in 1998. Twelve named locomotives were built and finished in the company’s green/yellow livery.

In 2002 Virgin Trains ordered 12 units classified as 57/3, with a revised power unit delivering 2,750hp enabling a top speed of 95mph. They were painted in the company's distinctive livery of red, white and silver and as their primary function was to act as emergency rescue locomotives, they were named after the characters in the 1960s TV series Thunderbirds. The order was increased to a total of 16 and all the locomotives were modified with automatic Delner coupling devices for use with 'Voyager' and 'Pendolino' units.

Brush Engineering developed a passenger demonstrator locomotive, a type 57/6 for the leasing company Porterbrook, which carried a very distinctive silver and purple livery. The locomotive was later purchased by the West Coast Railway Co and was painted in a plain maroon livery with black stripe. In 2003, First Great Western took delivery of four Class 57/6 locomotives, all named after castles, to work the Paddington to Penzance sleeper service.

In 2007, half of the Freightliner fleet was re-leased by Porterbrook to Direct Rail Services. Arriva Trains Wales obtained 3 of Virgin's Class 57/3 locomotives in 2008 and Advenza Freight purchased two ex-Freightliner locomotives, painted in the Advenza Freight livery.

Catalogue listing

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Model details

DCC status
DCC Sound Fitted
Running number
Directional lighting
Interior lighting

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
British Rail Class 57/0
Direct Rail Services
Motive power
Wheel arrangement
Max speed
75 mph / 95 mph

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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