The Class 56 Group

Month: January 2019

  • Rest in peace – Andrew (Brillo) Willson, Class 56 Group Treasurer and C56LL Director

    It is with great sadness that I have to report the recent death of Andrew Wilson on January 19th. Andrew had been involved with the Class 56 Group for many years in the roles of Treasurer and a Director of Class 56 Locomotives Ltd and was also involved with the Heritage Shunter Trust at Rowsley […]

  • 56049 Colas freight debut

    56049 finally made its return to mainline freight work yesterday, working the 6E32 08.55 Preston Docks (Ribble Rail) – Lindsey Oil Refinery empty Bitumen tanks. Colas Rail’s previous mainline returnee 56090 had handled the outward trip in a reverse view of the formation seen above. This was 049’s first outing on a revenue earning freight […]

  • 56049 a little step closer to a return to traffic?

    Colas Rail’s 56049 ran out from Nottingham Eastcroft to Crewe Basford Hall on Friday 18th January. With 56105 taken along as both a load and as insurance against a problem, the test seems to have gone okay as 56049 showing on TOPS as back at Nottingham this morning, with 56105 left at Crewe.

  • Next working day on 56006 at Bury is Sunday 27th January 2019

    Next working day on 56006 at Bury is Sunday 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 one starting with chair@……. The next […]

  • Update – 17th December 2018 to 11th January 2019

    11th January 2019 – 56301 has very likely finished its spell at Peak Forest now and should return to UKRL Leicester to have the bogie exchange carried out. Despite speculation on the internet, the loco has been at Peak Forest since 8th October and performed well. Only a couple of issues during that time, one […]

  • Gridiron – latest edition delayed but imminent

    The next edition of Gridiron is very close to production, after some delays caused by the change over to a new editorial team. I’d guess it should be landing on doormats before this time next month. As Gridiron is also used to get membership renewals out to members there may be some members who have […]