Class 56

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Class 56 locomotives were comonplace on freight trains in Scotland in the 1990s.
After several years absence they reappeared on oil trains in 2013.

Colas Rail 56105 approaching Lochwinnoch on the 6N47 empties from Prestwick to Grangemouth (20/08/13) Photo by maynard

56123 in coal sector livery stables at Ayr in 1994. Photo: Donald Stirling

The class were primarily deployed on Merry-go-round coal trains to Longannet, Cockenzie and other power stations in Yorkshire.

The 56s were also used on Enterprise trains to Aberdeen, and occasionally Inverness.

Thread:Aberdeen Class 56 workings.

The last Class 56 to Aberdeen was 56018, it worked north on Sat 12th April 2003 with loaded lime wagons, stabled in Aberdeen over the weekend and worked south with the lime wagons on on Monday April 14th.

The use of the class in Scotland declined from the end of 1999 as EWS class 66 locomotives became more wide spread.

Thread:Last class 56 working before 2013

EWS withdrew its last class 56 locos in March 2004.

56037 and another EWS 56 roar north through Larbert with the morning Millerhill - Aberdeen. Photo: Locoman419

Fastline acquired three class 56s and one of these, 56302, visited Shettleston on 29th August 2006.

Devon and Cornwall Railway (DCR) operate Class 56 locos, and these have occasionally visited Scotland on rolling stock moves or route learning duties. (56301, 56312)

In 2013 Colas Rail acquired a number of class 56s and have been returning them to service. From August 2013 they replaced Class 66 locos on the Aviation fuel trains from Grangemouth to Prestwick, Linkswood and Sinfin (near Derby). The latter two no longer served by Colas with Linkswood not receiving traffic and the Sinfin flow served again by DB Schenker and their 66 Pool.

As of 2018, despite a sufficient surplus of Class 70 locos moving to Scotland to make their stay as Colas' locos on freight traffic and the subsequent selling of their Class 60s to GBRF, Colas still appear to use Class 56 locos for the Prestwick Aiport (Monkton Sidings) flow:

6R460632 Grangemouth - PrestwickTThFO
6N471327 Prestwick - GrangemouthTThFO
6N471656 Prestwick - GrangemouthTFO (alternate path)

Runs as required, but mainly on Tuesdays & Fridays.

Colas Freight pool "COFS"
56078, 56087, 56094, 56105, 56113, 56302.

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