Bachmann 32-755A

Class 57/3 57314 Arriva Trains Wales (Revised)

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Prototype Eras
Era 9 (1995 to 2004) Initial Privatisation
Era 10 (2005 to 2015) Rebuilding of the Railways

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History

The Class 57 diesel locomotives were re-manufactured from Class 47s by Brush Traction of Loughborough between 1998 and 2004. The locomotives were fitted with re-conditioned EMD engines and the same model of traction alternator as that fitted to the Class 56.

The Class 57 is a re-engineered locomotive, rebuilt by Brush Traction, Loughborough from redundant Class 47 locomotives. The locomotives are fitted with a refurbished EMD engine and a re-conditioned alternator, improving reliability and performance. Three variants exist, one for freight and two for passenger operations. Each cost £300,000, about one-third that of a new-build locomotive.

The class has its origins in 1997 when Freightliner ordered an initial six locomotives. A prototype locomotive was converted by leasing company Porterbrook, with electric train heating in 2001, with a view to obtaining orders from passenger companies.

Class 57s have operated for Freightliner (Class 57/0), Virgin Trains (57/3) and Great Western/ GWR (57/6). Since original work has dried up or operating circumstances have changed, the locos have also been employed by Network Rail, Direct Rail Services (DRS), West Coast Railway Co. (WCRC) and Arriva Trains Wales. 57s are something of a 'Marmite' class with enthusiasts because although they keep loco-hauled services alive, they 'snatched' the bodies of much-loved Class 47 donors!

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Bachmann
Range:
Branchline
Product Code:
32-755A
GTIN:
803393054526
RRP:
£184.95
Release date:
2018

Model details

DCC status
DCC Ready 21 pin socket
Finish
Pristine
Livery
Blue
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Running number
57314
Features
Directional lighting
Interior lighting

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
British Rail Class 57/3
Operator
Arriva Trains Wales
Motive power
Diesel
Wheel arrangement
Co-Co
Max speed
75 mph / 95 mph
Built
2002-2005

* 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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