The Class 56 Group

Month: February 2017

  • 56301 power unit repairs

    56301 power unit repairs

    17/06/17 – work on 56 301 is nearing completion. The loco has undergone no load tests and the roof and exhaust sections are being refitted prior to the loco undergoing a loadbank test . The work has been interupted several times , with our consent , to allow UKRL to get other mainline locos back […]

  • 40th Anniversary of 56006’s Entry into Service

    40th Anniversary of 56006’s Entry into Service

      Press Release – 40th Anniversary of 56006’s entry into Service Late February 2017 represents a major milestone in both the history of the Class 56 locomotives, and the Class 56 Group’s very own 56006 in particular.  This is because late February 2017 is the 40th anniversary of 56006’s entry into revenue earning service with […]

  • DCR Route learners to Foxton/ Barrington

    DCR Route learners to Foxton/ Barrington

    Following a couple of ballast trains from Shap to the Foxton branch last year, spoil trains have commenced running to the site. They have been operated by DBS but this week has seen a couple of route learning runs operated by DCR using 56312. It was originally speculated that DCR would operate the spoil trains and […]

  • Tyre turning on 56006

    Tyre turning on 56006

    56006 has a good set of tyres, but the profile has worn to the point at which the flange height is getting to the point where it exceeds the limits allowed by Network Rail. At some point 56006 will be towed from Leicester to Tyesley where the work will be carried out. No timescale has […]

  • Class 56 Railtour – 52A Tours- 9th September

    8/4/17 September 9th has been confirmed for this railtour.  Details should be on 52a website from today with on line bookings abailable from Monday 10th April. A single 56 is now the advertised traction.   27/3/17 THE DATE OF THIS TOUR MAY BE REVISED – PLEASE CHECK FOR FURTHER UPDATES. 23/3/17  52A Tours have  updated […]

  • Spare parts relocated Jan/Feb 2017

    Spare parts relocated Jan/Feb 2017

    During the early part of the year some of our remaining spares at Barrow Hill were relacated to our storage location in the Rotherham area. Many of these spares we heavy items such as traction motors , turbochargers and intercoolers (see picture ) . Some belonged to the Class 58 Locomotive Group and came from […]

  • February 2017 – Grid news round up

    February 2017 – Grid news round up

    4/2/17  56096+56105 + 56113 ran light engines from Coleham to Basford Hall (Coleham is on the line between Shrewsbury and Church Stretton). 56113 continued to Bescot leaving the other two 56s in Basford Hall yard. 56098+ 56104 ran as 0V81 12:32 Leicester LIP – Bristol High Level Siding ( which is the spur running of […]

  • No Class 56 for April Nene Valley Gala

    The NVR have indicated that the traditional appearance of a Class 56 at the Spring Gala will not take place . This is understood to be linked to the derailment following the Autumn Gala and a decision to ban class 56 locomotives even though the subsequent investigation into the incident had found that the locomotives […]