BRAND NEW example especially developed by “Hornby Model Railways” as part of their DCC READY series. This Class 56 (CO-CO DIESEL ELECTRIC) DCR running number 56 303 is being offered in DCR colours. This example is a latest DCC READY locomotive and includes, unopened accessory pack and paperwork.
The British Rail Class 56 is a type of diesel locomotive designed for heavy freight work. It is a Type 5 locomotive, with a Ruston-Paxman power unit developing 3,250 bhp (2,423 kW), and has a Co-Co wheel arrangement. The fleet was introduced between 1976 and 1984.
The first thirty locomotives (Nos.56 001-56 030) were built by Electroputere in Romania, but these suffered from poor construction standards and many were withdrawn from service early for extensive rebuilding before re-entering revenue service. The remaining 105 locomotives were built by BREL at Doncaster Works (nos. 56 031 to 56 115) and Crewe Works (Nos. 56 116 to 56 135). Enthusiasts nicknamed them “Gridirons” (or “Grids” for short), due to the grid-like horn cover on the locomotive’s cab ends fitted to nos. 56 056 onwards.