The Class 56 Group

Author: Ben Wheeler

  • 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 […]

  • Latest news – 24/11/18

    Saturday 24/11/18 56312 to Peak Forest … More GBRf 56s to Longport? – Schedules have been inputted for a GBRf operated Leicester – Longport and also a Longport – Peak Forest movement this coming Monday (26th November), most likely conveying more class 56s to the EMD facility for re-engineering. The onward movement to Peak Forest […]

  • Latest news update

    Friday 16th November 2018 Colas ‘Grid’ visits CLC line: With the exception of test trains and MPVs during RHTT season, there is no booked freight along the CLC line from west of Trafford Park to Liverpool South Parkway, with the staple diet being units from Northern Rail and East Midlands Trains. Freight along this line […]

  • Few ‘Grid’ moves this coming week

    The Rail Operations Group should be collecting the stored GBRf class 56s and stock from Castle Donington EMDC on Tuesday (13/11), returning them to Leicester Depot. Timings: 0Z56 Leicester L.I.P. 0944 Leicester 0947-0952 Leicester North Jn. 0953 Syston South Jn 0958 Sileby Jn 1001 Loughborough 1005 Trent South Jn 1012 Sheet Stores Jn 1014 Castle […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • First 56-hauled RHTT of 2018

    The very first class 56-hauled RHTT working of the 2018 leaf fall season is scheduled to run tomorrow (Weds). 56087 & 56096 are down to work the following: 3Z71 Shrewsbury Coleham S.S. 1120 English Bridge Junction 1127 Shrewsbury 1128 Harlescott Crossing 1131 Wem 1139 Prees 1142 Wrenbury 1150 Nantwich 1155 Crewe Gresty Lane 1200 Crewe […]

  • 56006 latest images and videos

    We will be using this page to post images and videos of 56006 taken during the weekend. If you have any you would like to share, please send them using the contact page on this website or get in touch through our Facebook page.

  • Mainline news round up

    Monday 24th September 2018 Above: 56113 stands at Fort William with GBRf’s 73107. Photo copyright: Jordan Kearney. Scottish Grid Action – 56113 made a rare visit for the class to the West Highland Line on Saturday 22nd, when it worked the 1Z30 Mossend Yard – Fort William & 1Z31 Fort William – Inverkeithing Goods Loop legs […]