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HORNBY R3265 1:76 OO SCALE Colas Rail Freight Co-Co Diesel Class 56 DCC Ready

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HORNBY R3265 1:76 OO SCALE Colas Rail Freight Co-Co Diesel Class 56 DCC Ready

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.
56 087 entered service in December 1980 and carried the BR Blue livery with the large white arrows emblazoned on each side. The next livery was Railfreight Grey, then the triple grey with Railfreight Coal SubSector markings followed by the distinctive chevrons of Railfreight Metal branding. After the fleet was purchased by EWS the colour scheme changed to EWS red and then later Fertis white when it operated in France from October 2004 until January 2007. The final and current livery of 56 087 is the striking orange and black livery of Colas Railfreight which the locomotive carries to this day

Length: 254mm
Livery: Colas Rail Freight
Class: 56
Designer: Electroputere, Romania; BREL, Doncaster & Crewe
Entered Service: 1976
Detail: Turning Fans
Motor: 5 Pole Ringfield
Purpose: Mixed Traffic
Wheel Configuration: Co-Co
Special Features: All-wheel pickups, Twin bogie drive

DCC Ready