in 1976, the Class 56's were the first diesel locomotives to be built
since the Class 50 machines in the late 1960's. Designed primarily for
the haulage of merry-go-round trains between collieries and power
stations, the first 30 locomotives were built, unusually, in Romania
and shipped to the UK as complete runnable units. The remainder of the
class were built at BREL Doncaster Works. The last of the class were
finally withdrawn during the early part of 2004, although nine machines
were hired and exported by the then EWS to France for work on the
new Paris - Strasbourg TGV line. Five examples have reached the
preservationists in the UK.
Engine: GEC Diesels 16-cyl 16RK3CT of 3250bhp (2421kw)
Numbers: 56 001 - 56 135
Previous No. Series: None carried.