The Class 56 Group

Category: Mainline Workings

  • Update 28th February 2021 – 56301 start up

    First of all a belated happy birthday to 56006-  It was 25th February 1977, 44 years ago , when the C56Gs locomotive became the first Class 56 accepted into traffic by British Rail. Due to the restrictions little work has taken place on the loco but plans are being made for the resumption of working […]

  • 56301 progress on bogie exchange

    Update 23rd Jan 2020 Bogies arrived at UKRL and 56301 is currently inside shed and worn bogies are disconnected in preparation for exchange which is to take place next week. 12th Jan 2020 GBRf have confirmed the donor bogies have finally been removed from 56007 at Longport and should be delivered to the wheel is […]

  • DCR 56103 video footage 14/10/19 (courtesy C56G member Gareth Yates)


  • Peak Forest duo- 5th September 2019

    Peak Forest duo- 5th September 2019

    56098 has just propelled a rake back into the sidings while 56081 sits on the sand road ready for action. Photo by C56G Chairman , and left uncropped to demonstrate view possible from the adjacent public roads.

  • DCR new flow-Carlisle VQ to Boston Sleaford sidings-17/5 empties stage at Chaddesden

    56091/56103 should work empry rake back to Chaddesden tomorrow (Fri 17/5) Departing Boston at 1351 and running via Nottingham , arriving Chaddesden at 1744. Locos then run light to Leicester at 1904 , arriving 2003.   DCR  56091 + 56103 should work upto Carlisle on Monday 13/5 with the empties from the initial runs of […]

  • 56081 on test Mon 3rd March 2019

    56081 should go out on test from Leicester UKRL to Doncaster Decoy GBRF. Departure is 0852 from Leicester and 56098 plus 47727 should go along too. 56081 is being prepared to take over from 56301 at Peak Forest

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 56301 Peak Forest update

    56301 Peak Forest update

    Update 20/12/2018 56301 suffered a general fault this evening while the driver was changing ends to propel back into the quarry sidings. After running throught the fault diagnostic process UKRL were contacted and will attend site tomorrow morning to rectify the fault, which is suspected to be a sticking traction motor contactor UKRL’s response time […]