Doomed Class 56s saved and set for re­turn

Rail (UK) - - Fleet -

Two Class 56s from the DCRail fleet have been ac­quired pri­vately and will join the UK Rail fleet.

The lo­co­mo­tives (56311 and 56312) had been sold by RMS Lo­cotec to C F Booth’s at Rother­ham, but have now been resold. One of the lo­co­mo­tives (56312 Jeremiah Dixon - Son of County Durham Sur­veyor of the Ma­son-Dixon Line USA) is op­er­a­tional, while 56311 was stored ser­vice­able. Their new owner told RAIL the ‘56s’ should be in traf­fic soon on the main line.

UKRL has 56081/098 and 56104 avail­able for ser­vice, while the Class 56 Group’s 56301 is also part of the fleet. The op­er­a­tor is re­port­edly close to a deal with Rail Oper­a­tions Group to sup­ply two Class 56s.

Mean­while, an­other for­mer DCR Class 56 has left Wash­wood Heath by road for scrap­ping. Booth’s has bought 56128, which was never used fol­low­ing its pur­chase. It was ear­marked for con­ver­sion into 56314, but in­stead the ‘56’ (with­drawn by EWS in July 1999) will be scrapped.

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