Caledonian Sleeper fleet
Serco contracted GBRF to provide motive power for the sleeper, and it’s here that things get really interesting, especially for the prospective layout builder. At the time of writing, eight different classes are used on the ‘beds’.
Below: The AC Locomotive Group’s Class 86 86101 Sir William A Stanier F R S and 86401 Mons Meg are hired for empty stock moves from Euston to Wembley. COLIN POTTLE In model form: Dapol (‘N’); Heljan, Hornby (‘OO’).
Above: GBRF’S Class 73/9s – 73966-971 – are used to haul the Fort William, Aberdeen portions from Glasgow. PAUL BIGLAND/RAIL In model form: The Class 73/9 variant is not available ready-to-run either in ‘N’ or ‘OO’.
Left: GBRF’S Class 92s – 92010/014/018/023/ 033/038 – are used for the main legs from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh. PETER FOSTER In model form: Revolution/djmodels (‘N’); Djmodels, Hornby (‘OO’).
Right: Former Colas Class 47 47727 Edinburgh Castle/caisteal Dhún Éideann is used to haul empty stock from Glasgow Central to Polmadie, but may also go on the occasional jaunt to Edinburgh. MARK PIKE In model form: Graham Farish (‘N’); Bachmann (‘OO’).
Above: Class 87 87002 Royal Sovereign is hired from the AC Locomotive Group for empty stock moves between London Euston and Wembley depot. JOHN STRETTON In model form: Hornby (‘OO’).
Below: Class 08: Inverness depot’s resident Class 08 shunts the sleeper stock. MARK HICKEN/ALAMY In model form: Graham Farish (‘N’); Bachmann, Hornby (‘OO’).
Above: Class 92s are supplemented by Class 90s, on hire from Freightliner. PAUL BIGLAND/RAIL In model form: Bachmann, Hornby (‘OO’).