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57 Varieties is a comprehensive look at the life & times of the thirty-three Class 57 locomotives. From their re-building at Brush, to testing and introduction, the full story is told. Both current and unusual workings feature in this in-depth look at a fascinating class. All 33 Class 57s feature. Highlights include: 47s under conversion at Brush's Loughborough Works; a fully illustrated explanation of the modifications carried out; 57001's press launch complete with live band; 57601's first revenue passenger duty; the launch of the Virgin 'Thunderbirds' with 57301's naming at Euston; 57602 on test, top & tailing with 57601; 57008 on the M40!; A pair of 57/3s on a charter; First Great Western 57/6s on non-sleeper duties including a Twyford commuter service, an HST drag, driver training and working 6V91 Shoeburyness - Newport scrap EMUs; Virgin 57301 rescuing a Freightliner Heavy Haul train at Hellifield; the only appearance of a 57/3 at a diesel gala, plus 57/0s on preserved lines around the country; plus of course plenty of regular duties including freightliners, West Midlands and S&C drags, rescues, sleepers, North Wales coast services and 57601 on charter duties. Informative graphic sequences compliment the action to provide the definitive record of the Class 57s. A detailed narration is provided by David Maxey.
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