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Class 57 57307 'Lady Penelope' DRS 'Cable Thieves'32-763K Class 57 57307 32-763K Class 57 57307 32-763K Class 57 57307
32-763K Class 57 57307
32-763K Class 57 57307
32-763K Class 57 57307

Class 57 57307 'Lady Penelope' DRS 'Cable Thieves'


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First announced in the Summer 2019 Bachmann Times (Vol. 19 No. 4) magazine, we are delighted to offer this OO scale Class 57 No. 57307 ‘Lady Penelope’ in DRS ‘Cable Thieves: We’re Watching You’ livery.

Our eye-catching OO scale model comes complete with directional and cab lighting, a driver figure, sprung buffers, NEM coupling pockets and is fitted with a 21 Pin DCC decoder socket and has space for a suitable speaker for those wishing to fit sound.  

The model also comes with an accessory pack comprising full buffer-beam pipework and dummy screw-link couplings and includes etched nameplates along with International Rescue plaques which are included too!  



  • Bachmann Branchline OO Scale
  • Era 9
  • Pristine DRS Livery 
  • Accessory Pack Including Etched Nameplates and Plaques
  • NEM Coupling Pockets
  • Sprung Buffers
  • Interior Cab Lighting
  • Directional Lighting
  • Speaker Ready
  • Fitted with a Driver
  • Equipped with a 21 Pin DCC Decoder Socket
  • Recommended for use with Decoder 36-557
  • Length 255mm
  • 504 Certificated Pieces



The Class 57 locomotives were re-built from redundant Class 47s by Brush Traction in Loughborough between 1997-2004, with new engines and other components fitted to improve reliability and performance. Although some external modifications were also made, the link to the Class 47 was obvious and so the class gained the nickname ‘Bodysnatchers’. No. 57307 started life as Brush Sulzer Type 4 No. D1901, emerging from the Brush Falcon Works, Loughborough in 1965.

Renumbered to 47225 in 1974 under the Total Operations Processing System (TOPS), the locomotive remained in traffic until 2002 before it was sent to Brush for rebuilding, emerging as No. 57307 in 2003.

Virgin Trains ordered 12 locomotives, classified as 57/3s, to act as emergency rescue locomotives and these were named after the characters from the 1960s TV series ‘Thunderbirds’. A further order took the fleet of Virgin locomotives to 16, each of which was fitted with automatic Dellner coupling devices for use with ‘Pendolino’ units. 

As Virgin’s requirements for the locomotives dwindled, they were returned to the leasing company who found work for them with other operators. In 2013, No. 57307 was leased to Direct Rail Services (DRS) and was outshopped in DRS livery with ‘Cable Thieves: We’re Watching You’ graphics as part of a joint campaign between British Transport Police, Network Rail, Virgin Trains and DRS to crack down on cable theft. The locomotive also retained its ‘Lady Penelope’ nameplates and was the only ex-Thunderbird to do so. The locomotive later received new graphics marking DRS’s 20th anniversary.

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