The Class 56 Group

Category: Mainline Workings

  • 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: 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, […]

  • Sat 6th October – 56301 returning to Leicester

    A locomotive is currently at Castle Donington to collect 56301 and return it to Leicester. The return working is 11:56 from Castle Donington, running via Loughborough and arriving at Leicester at 13:05 56301 is being brought back to Leicester to be prepared for a potential period on hire to a (as yet unspecified) Freight Operating […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Tuesday 11/09/18: 56103’s new robes, 56128 on the move

    Tuesday 11/09/18 With thanks to George Odlum for the image. 56103 passing Harringay in its new livery yesterday afternoon, working the 0Z27 Upper Holloway Up Goods Loop – Ferme Park: 56128 heads for Longport – 56128 has become the seventh class 56 to move to Electro-Motive Diesel Ltd’s plant at Longport for potential re-engineering with GBRf, […]

  • Monday 10/09/18: Latest Mainline News

    Monday 10th September 2018 DCR ‘Grid’ on the move – 56103 has finally broken cover from Willesden today, being deployed to work a number of DC Rail route learners. It worked the 0Z23 0730 Willesden DC Rail Sidings – Ferme Park Reception Sidings, 0Z24 0829 Ferme Park RS – Cricklewood Up Goods Loop, 0Z25 0904 […]