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    UKP: BR Diesel: 57

    Diesel Loco

    Class 57 Bodysnatcher

    The British Rail Class 57 is a type of diesel locomotive that was remanufactured from Class 47s by Brush Traction of Loughborough between 1998 and 2004 and was produced in response to an order placed in November 1997 by the recently privatised freight operator Freightliner.

    The company sought to have its aging Class 47s, some of which had become increasingly unreliable and uncompetitive in comparison to new-build counterparts. Accordingly, redundant locomotives were handed over to Brush, where they were fitted with re-conditioned Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) engines and the same model of traction alternator as that fitted to the Class 56 heavy freight locomotive.

    As a result of this scheme, improved reliability and performance was recorded; Freightliner placed multiple follow-on orders for more to be rebuilt, as would other operators. However, Freightliner abandoned its long term plans acquire twenty-five Class 57s in favour of new-built Class 66 locomotives instead.

    Length 19.38m
    Width 2.79m
    Height 3.9m
    Introduced 1998
    Wheel Arrangement Co-Co
    Builder Brush Traction
    Driving Wheel Dia 1.143m
    Wheelbase 15.7m
    Number Altnumber Name Status Livery Depot Pool Base Owner In Service
    57003 47317   D1798   Freightliner Evolution** P DRS CL LSLO Locomotive Services, Crewe LSL 07/01/1999 UK/57
    57007 47332   D1813   John Scott 12.5.45 - 22.5.12**, Freightliner Bond** P DRS CL LSLO Locomotive Services, Crewe LSL 28/10/1999 UK/57