Trains withdrawn from the national network are usually destined for a one-way trip to the scrapyard, but for a lucky few a further life awaits as a result of reengineering.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.

Class 57

Above: 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. John Chalcraft/

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