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Class 56 at Saltley


The Class 56 Diesel locomotive was British Rails second generation heavy freight engine of the 1980s. Introduced betewwen 1973 and 1986, a total of 135 Grids, as they were known, were built. Strangely enough the first 30 were built in Romania but sffered from reliability problems when they were introduced. the remaining engines were built in the UK by BREL at Doncaster and Crewe works.

56100 is seen here in Load Haul Livery not long after the privatisation of British Rail. Load Haul was later merged into the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway Company. It is currently in store along with many others of the class.

Class 56 at Saltley


The Class 56 Diesel locomotive was British Rails second generation heavy freight engine of the 1980s. Introduced betewwen 1973 and 1986, a total of 135 Grids, as they were known, were built. Strangely enough the first 30 were built in Romania but sffered from reliability problems when they were introduced. the remaining engines were built in the UK by BREL at Doncaster and Crewe works.

56100 is seen here in Load Haul Livery not long after the privatisation of British Rail. Load Haul was later merged into the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway Company. It is currently in store along with many others of the class.

comments (4)

Looking around your picture Les it seems several other locos have been put out to grass. Great picture and interesting narrative once again.
Les Auld: A few Class 47s Brian, thanks for the comment.
I had no idea we imported them from Romania...seems crazy.
Les Auld: It does so seem Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Nov 2008, 21:32
I am getting impressed by the number of engines/locomotives in use (once in use) in the UK. Great picture of the loco with its own echo.
Les Auld: The scene is very different today Louis with not much variation at all. Thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 24 Nov 2008, 23:33
You've got one heck of an archive of these images
Les Auld: Some 4000 odd Ellie but very few of any quality. Thanks for the comment.

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