Class 57/0 57007 'Freightliner Bond' Freightliner Diesel Locomotive DCC SOUND By Bachmann | Code: 32-753DS | OO Gauge
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|Product scale||OO Gauge|
The British Rail Class 57 is a re-engineer locomotive, rebuilt by Brush Traction at Loughborough from redundant Class 47 locomotives between 1997-2004. Enthusiasts have nicknamed the locomotives ‘Bodysnatchers’ because the body of the Class 47 has been stripped, rewired and re-engined. They are fitted with a refurbished General Motors engine and a reconditioned alternator to improve reliability and performance. In 1997, Freightliner places an order for six Class 57/0 locomotives, with the first being released in 1998. 12 named locomotives were built, including Freightliner Bond, and finished in the company’s distinct green and yellow livery.
Accessory-pack including etched nameplates where named Directional and cab interior lighting Cab front details appropriate to prototype Cooler group grilles appropriate to prototype Dellner rescue coupler appropriate to prototype
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 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!