Offering a perfect ex-display model AS NEW 00 gauge locomotive developed by “Bachmann Branchline” as part of their DCC series. This Blue Riband FREIGHTLINER named CHALLENGER Class 57 DIESEL no. 57011 is model reference 32-753! This locomotive is complete in every respect and includes all usual packaging and accessories and etched name plates!
The Class 57 is a re-engineered locomotive, rebuilt by Brush Traction,Loughborough from redundant Class 47 locomotives.Each cost £300,000, about one-third that of a new build locomotive.
They are known as “bodysnatchers”, or “Zombies” to enthusiasts, because the shell (body) of the class 47 has been stripped, rewired and re-engined.
The locomotives are fitted with a refurbished EDM engine and a re-conditioned alternator, improving reliability and performance. Three variants exist, one for freight and two for passenger operations. Direct Rail Services currently operate nine class 57/0s, comprising 57002-57003 and 57007-57012 leased from Porterbrook and 57004 purchased outright as an insurance replacement for 37515 in 2008.