DCC Type: DCC Fitted
Livery: Colas Rail Freight
Special Features: Digital Sound Fitted
Digital control (DCC) has many advantages
over the conventional DC control. One of the most dramatic bonuses of
operating DCC must be our superb locomotives fitted with sound.
The authentic sounds of the heavy freight
Class 56 locomotive have been digitally captured thus the realistic
sounds of the locomotive’s air horn, with the heavy throb of the Class
56’s diesel motor can be clearly heard as the Hornby model slowly and
deliberately goes about its scheduled duties.
The British Rail Class 56 Type 5 Co-Co
diesel locomotive was first introduced in 1976 to cope with the
increased requirement for heavy freight. British Rail awarded the
contract to design and build these new engines to Brush Traction in
Loughborough who subcontracted the construction to Electroputere in
Romania due to the lack of capacity in their own works.
The initial 30 locomotives to be delivered
from Romania suffered from transit damage and construction deficiencies.
With this in mind the decision was made to build the remainder of the
fleet in the UK. British Rail Engineering Limited were given an order
to produce a further 55 A total of 135 locomotives were built as part
of this Class with the construction being divided between the Doncaster
and Crewe Works.
They were designed using a modified Class 47
bodyshell fitted with a Ruston-Paxman power unit to provide the
capability for heavy haul freight. The “Grids”, as they were nicknamed,
replaced the Class 20 and Class 47 locomotives and commonly undertook
the transportation of iron ore, coal, aggregate and steel. The Class 56
locomotives operated on the Eastern and London Midland Regions where
they were used mainly to haul Merry-Go-Round trains and on the Western
Region for aggregate duties.
The first livery used on the Class 56
locomotives was BR Blue, followed by the BR “Large Logo”. Since those
times numerous other liveries have graced the Class 56 locomotives
including “Dutch”, Trainload Coal and Metals, Loadhaul, Transrail, early
“EW&S” and the revised “EWS” logo and now Colas Rail Freight.
The introduction of the Class 60 locomotives
saw a gradual reduction in the use of the Class 56 locomotives and with
the arrival of the Class 66 locomotives the Class 56 fleet ceased
operating and were placed into storage in 2004. The majority of the
locomotives remain in various depots around the UK although some have
been reinstated and used on projects in France. A few were also
refurbished for “Fastline”, which ceased operating in 2010.
56 094 entered service in August 1981and
carried the BR Blue livery with the large white arrows emblazoned on
each side. Later 56094 received the livery markings of Railfreight Coal
SubSector and named on the 30 April 1993, ‘Eggborough Power Station’, a
name it kept until the 30 April 2004. After the fleet was purchased by
EWS the colour scheme changed to EWS red, however when DB Schenker
purchased EWS 56094 was sold to European Metal Recycling from where
Colas obtained the locomotive and returned 56094 back into freight
service but this time bearing the house colours of Colas Rail, a livery
that it still carries to this day.
The superb and superior Hornby model is
powered by a 5 pole skew wound motor and together with a heavy chassis
is capable of handling very large loads. The LokSound decoder provides
a large number of unmistakable and evocative sounds associated with this
class of locomotive.
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