The Class 56 Group

Category: Future Workings

  • 56301 feedback from test run on Friday 19/3/2021

    Update Sunday 09:13 21/3/2021 Unfortunately ,as I’m sure anyone following the progress of 56301 on Friday will already know , the test run was terminated short of its destination due to a fault on 56301. The fault was on the load regulator side of the control system and caused a loss of power . The […]

  • 56301 and 56006 update

    56301 and 56006 update

    Final work to reunite our mainline registered locomotive 56301 with its replacement tyres(ex 56007) and its original traction motors is underway at UKRL’s Leicester facility and the attached image shows the locomotive during these works. The photo is courtesy of UKRL. Please remember UKRL’s Leicester site is not open to the public although locomotives on shed can be […]

  • 56006 Footplate experience dates-May 30th (Sat) 2020 and September 17th (Thur) 2020

    56006 Footplate experience dates-May 30th (Sat) 2020 and September 17th (Thur) 2020

    New dates annonced for 56006 driver experience days. Please contact us for more details or make a booking.   56006 performed three round trips between Heywood and Ramsbottom on Friday 11th as part of another footplate experience day. Another opportunity will arise in the new year for anyone wanting a chance to drive a class […]

  • Sunday 15th September-EAST LANCS RAILWAY – 56006 Running day

    Sunday 15th September-EAST LANCS RAILWAY – 56006 Running day

    Frther to recent posts details on the trains operated by 56006 can be found on the following link. The Blue timetable is in operation and 56006 is booked to operate the diesel turn commencing with the 09:15 Bury- Heywood (all services  headed D are booked for 56006 ) Please spport the group and the […]

  • 56006 running day at East Lancashire railway Sun 16th June 2019

    56006 running day at East Lancashire railway Sun 16th June 2019

    56006 is booked to work 3 round trips working the diesel turn on the Blue timetable. First train is 09:15 to Heywood and then 3 round trips between Heywood – Bury- Rawtenstal. 56006 has been declared fit this morning after some dedicated efforts by our technical team following the failure of the locomotive prior to […]

  • 56301 expected back from Peak Forest under cover of darkness

    Update on 12th March As expected a path has been entered into the railway system for the 40mph transfer of 56301 back from Peak Forest to Leicester UKRL. Departure is 23:57 on Wednesday 13th March and arrival is 03:44 the morning of Thursday 14th March. Not that anyone other than those whose work nightshift or […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: 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, […]