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57 Varieties

Code: VS020
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57 Varieties is a comprehensive look at the life and 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 and 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
  • 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

Features include motion menus, chapter points and the option to turn off the commentary and just listen to the the locos. Narrated by David Maxey.

Produced by - Visions International
Running time - 80 Minutes
Format - 4:3
DVD only
Released - 2006

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