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Our GRIDS on the move!

Finally after many weeks of hard work by several members, we are happy to report that 56101, 56301 and 56302 should be headed for Barrow Hill depot this Wednesday. The Stratford 47 Group’s Class 47 No. 47580 (County of Essex) will be hauling the train and we are very grateful to them for agreeing to it’s use. Provisionally, we will depart from Dereham Yard at 10:00 with 56101 heading to Wymondham to run round, and then to Ely, Royston, Welwyn Garden City Up Yard to run round again before travelling down the ECML again to Hitchin Depot to collect 56301 and 56302. From Hitchin the convoy will travel direct to Barrow Hill. As soon as more detailed timings are available, we will publish them here so that members can be in with a chance of photoing the move.

For now, here’s a photo of 56301 last week. (Thanks to Alan Vacani for this).

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Group Locos Update, 28th Feb

Just a short post to update members of where we stand with 56040 and 56301. Work continues apace to strip 56040, currently at Barrow Hill, of useful spares. These spares will then be catalogued and placed into secure storage as part of the groups strategic spares pool (you can never have too many cab gauges, honest!). Other circumstances have changed meaning we now have more time before 56040 has to make her last journey to the cutter’s yard. Rest assured that we will post details of any movement on this website first for members.

Our thanks go to everyone who’s helped with 56040 over the last few weeks, especially to the Class 58 Locomotive Group guys who have been invaluable. Cheers!

Our 56301 and Edward Stevenson’s ‘302 are still at Hitchin OTPD, and the logistics of their onward movement are being looked into.

Below is a picture of 56040 at Barrow Hill taken last week.


IN PICTURES: 56/3s move to Hitchin

We’ve had a load of excellent images sent in to us of Thursday’s transfer move with 56301 and 302 from Doncaster to Hitchin. They are now parked up in the former down side diesel depot awaiting sale by the administrators of Fastline Freight that went into liquidation earlier this year. Below are a selection of photos of the move, thanks to everyone who has sent them in so far.

39240_422597747301_546737301_4544939_7870205_nThe ensemble passes through Rotherham en-route to Hitchin. Photo (c) Matt Moore –

DSCF407856301 inside the former downside depot at Hitchin. Photo (c) Will Faichney –

AA 56301 20100729 Hitchin with 56301 and 56302 111656301 and 56302 shortly after arrival at Hitchin OTPD. Photo (c) Alisdair Anderson –

Fastline 56s on the move south

Ex Fastline Class 56s Nos. 301 and 302 are off to Hitchin OTPD tomorrow (Thursday 29th) for further storage. The locos have been redundant since 2008 when Fastline put their intermodal services on hold. The company went into liquidation earlier this year, it is planned the locos will be put up for auction eventually. Colas Rail are doing the move with 47739, some times are below. Thanks to John Hooson for the original tip off at the weekend…

Roberts Road 10+25
Swinton 10/44
Beighton 11/00
Chesterfield 11/12
Alfreton 11/22
Toton Centre 12/00
Loughborough 12/13
Melton Mowbray 12/56
Oakham 13/07
Peterborough 1344 – 1352
Huntingdon 14/07
Stevenage 14/48
Welwyn GC 1502 – 1535 (run round)
Stevenage 15/56
Hitchin OTPD 16+13

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