Doomed Class 56s saved and set for return
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 It was earmarked for conversion into 56314, but instead the ‘56’ (withdrawn by EWS in July 1999) will be scrapped.