The Class 56 Group

Month: October 2018

  • Working day  – 56006 Bury ELR -Sun 27th January 2019

    Working day – 56006 Bury ELR -Sun 27th January 2019

    A working day is planned for the above date. If anyone would like to come a long and help , or perhaps just see what we do before they get involved please get in touch via the e-mail address in the contacts section of the website – please use the e.mail starting chair@……. The next […]

  • 56301 Settling in at Peak Forest

    The image below depicts 56301’s engine running, about to couple up to a rake of 24 MMA wagons behind it. Our loco then drew these down to the exchange siding where 66136 coupled onto the rear of the rake, ready to form the 1156 departure to Peterborough West Yard (eventually bound for Brandon). 56301 was […]

  • 56301 on hire to GB Railfreight / VICTA Rail

    The Class 56 Group’s mainline registered locomotive, 56301, has started a period of hire to GB Railfreight/ VICTA Rail. The locomotive will be used at the CEMEX quarry site in Dove Holes, Derbyshire and duties will include preparing and loading trains ready for dispatch to locations such as Dallam, Attercliffe, Ripple Lane etc. The hire […]

  • Latest News: 56301 to Peak Forest, More 56s to Longport?

    Wednesday 10th October 2018 56301 heads north – 56301 made its way from Leicester to Peak Forest yesterday afternoon, in readiness for a spell on the Peak Forest shunting duty. This will involve the loco loading aggregate trains in the Dove Holes quarry and then drawing them into the exchange sidings, or propelling them back […]

  • Latest News

    Saturday 6th October 2018 56301, which has been held in secure storage at Castle Donington EMDC for a number of weeks, was returned to Leicester today along with several classmates from the GBRf fleet. DC Rail’s 56103 worked the 0Z56 0810 Leicester LIP – Castle Donington EMDC, arriving 11 early at 0900. It then hauled 56312, […]

  • Sat 6th October – 56301 returning to Leicester

    A locomotive is currently at Castle Donington to collect 56301 and return it to Leicester. The return working is 11:56 from Castle Donington, running via Loughborough and arriving at Leicester at 13:05 56301 is being brought back to Leicester to be prepared for a potential period on hire to a (as yet unspecified) Freight Operating […]

  • 56103 visits Mid Norfolk Railway

    56103 made an unusual appearance for the class to the Breckland Line last Wednesday, when it worked the 6Z35 0824 Willesden DC Rail Sidings – Dereham (Mid Norfolk Railway), conveying the twelve PNA wagons previously used by DC Rail which have been sold by the wagon leasing company (VTG). The wagons are to be utilised […]

  • Class 56 RHTT news and diagrams

    Tuesday 2nd October 2018 RHTT season got into full swing this week with no more than three pairs of class 56s involved in proceedings. After a successful shakedown run from Coleham (Shrewsbury) to Crewe & Wrexham and back last Wednesday, 56078 & 56087 have been deployed to the North Wales Coast diagrams, commencing with Monday […]