The Class 56 Group

56301 transfers to ELR Thursday 14th September ready to to attend ELR Autumn Gala Friday 15th-Thursday16th September.

These images were taken as 56301 headed west along the Calder Valley line, on the approach to Brighouse in West Yorkshire.  The 56 was briefly checked at the signal and restarted in the first image, as it was following a Northern service. Working is 0Z61 12:44 Doncaster Down Decoy- Bury ELR.

Both photos Russell Wykes

56301 will run light engine from Leicester (dep 09:21) to Doncaster Down Decoy Yard (arr 12:01)

Realtime Trains | 0Z60 0921 Leicester L.I.P. to Doncaster Down Decoy | 14/09/2023

After a short wait 56301 should then run as 0Z61 Doncaster Down Decoy to Bury via Wakefield Kirkgate (13:25) , Hebden Bridge (14:17) and Littleborough (14:34) . Arriving Castleton 14:58 and arriving at Bury around 15:36

No timings are available in RTT- but these should be available there tomorrow.

If anyone takes any photographs based on the above information it would be appreciated if a copy could be sent to the group for use in Gridiron -via the chairman’s e-mail address in the contacts section of the website

The duties allocated to 56301 are

Friday: 15:30 Heywood- Rawtenstall ; 18:50 Bury – Rawtenstall ; 20:47 Heywood – Bury

Saturday : 14:30 Heywood – Rawtenstall ; 16:05 Rawtenstall – Heywood ; 17:15 Heywood- Bury

link to full timetable is here ( :- Feb Diesel 2020 (

56301 is planned to attend the event . More details to follow.

Unfortunately 56006 , despite being very close to having the wheelslip circuits rewired, is just not going to be available. It would have been nice to have 56006 in traffic but C56G , with a great deal of assistance and cooperation from our friends at DCR , wanted to offer 56301 as a substitute for 56006 as we are more than aware it is too long since 56006 was fully operational.

Timetables should follow and details on how 56301 is getting there!