Class 56

  • Victa Peak Forest ‘super shunters’ bow out – but new hoppers come on stream

    Victa Peak Forest ‘super shunters’ bow out – but new hoppers come on stream

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    REPORTS suggest Victa Railfreight has replaced its hired Class 56 ‘super shunters’ at Peak Forest in Derbyshire with Class 66s.  Privately owned Colas and latterly UK Rail Leasing ‘56s’ have been used over the last couple of years, but slow speed operation and excessive idling have led to numerous failures, and their replacement with more…

  • What’s in the Shops: ‘Hoovers’, ‘Grids’ and ‘Skips’

    What’s in the Shops: ‘Hoovers’, ‘Grids’ and ‘Skips’

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    It’s been a great month for diesel model fans, with some great reissues by Hornby.

  • East Lancs ‘Grid’ back in service after repair

    East Lancs ‘Grid’ back in service after repair

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    CLASS 56 No. 56006 returned to traffic on the Saturday of East Lancashire Railway’s September 21-23 gala when it moved Class 47 No. 47765, which had failed. The ‘Grid’ then worked its rostered trains the rest of the weekend without any problems. It last ran at the 2017 summer diesel gala, but developed an auxiliary alternator fault,…

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