Trains withdrawn from the national network are usually destined for a one-way trip to the scrapyard, but for a lucky few a further life awaits as a result of reengineering. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains all in the concluding part of our Railway Realism trilogy on stock changes on today’s railway.

The Class 73/9s used by GB Railfreight for Caledonian Sleeper services within Scotland are equipped with an MTU V8 engine developing 1,600hp. On July 6 2018 Class 73/9 73971 heads south through Kilwinning with the 5Z73 stock move from Polmadie Depot-Kilmarnock Bonnyton Depot hauling eight new Mk 5 carriages. The Mk 5s were being moved for fitting out and modifications prior to introduction to service.
Scott Dargayed.
Porterbrook’s first passenger version of the re-engineered Class 47s, Class 57 57601, passes North Brewham with the 7.35am Plymouth-London Paddington on June 27 2002.

THE IDEA OF MAKING something useful out of something surplus or worn out isn’t exactly new. The Great Western Railway was a master at rebuilding redundant engines - for instance, the ‘Dukedog’ 4-4-0 was constructed using the boiler of a ‘Duke’ amalgamated with the frames of a ‘Bulldog’ while the

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active Airfix Model World, Hornby Magazine or Key Model World subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers