Class 57 Profile and Models

Class 57

57307 'Lady Penelope' at Crewe Diesel Depot in June 2019. ©Hattons Model Railways

The fleet of Class 57s were produced from 1998 to 2004 by re-manufacturing existing Class 47 locomotives. They were fitted with re-conditioned EMD engines and the same style of traction alternator fitted to the Class 56 to improve their reliability and performance. Three variants exist, one for freight and two for passenger operations. The class were significantly cheaper to rebuild than a new locomotive would cost to construct. The 57s have seen heavy use on a myriad of services including express passenger, railtours, freight and even as “thunderbird” locomotives to rescue stranded trains.

(Information provided by Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive


Rebuilt By

Brush Traction

Build Dates

1998 - 2004

Total Rebuilt


Top Speed

75 - 95mph

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

Direct Rail Services
Rail Operations Group
West Coast Railways
Virgin Trains
Advenza Freight
Arriva Trains Wales
Colas Rail
Network Rail

Main Duties

Mixed Traffic

In Service Until


Surviving Examples




Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
O Gauge (1:43 Scale) Hattons Dreamlist No image available RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled Not set H7-57-Wish
Class 57 - Not yet made, add to your wishlist and we will inform you if this model is announced Awaiting Categorisation