Does anybody know of a company that makes a class 57/3 Virgin Thunderbird or parts to convert an existing Hornby/Lima 47? I don't have any experience in painting etc, so a new complete shell for my current chassis would be preferable!
They're called Thunderbirds because they 'rescue' broken down Voyagers and Pendolinos. They will also be used to pull Pendolinos on the non-electrified route to Holyhead and other non-electrified track if the WCML is closed for some reason. The trains are actually refurbished class 47's.
They're rather more than refurbished class 47s. They have been re-engined with General Motors units and fitted with Brush alternators in place of the more traditional generators. The GM units are of course 2-stroke technology wherea the class 47s are 4-stroke.