Romanian ‘Grid’ to be based on East Lancs

THE Class 56 Group’s (C56G) No. 56006 starred at the East Lancashire Railway’s (ELR)
July 7-9 diesel gala.

The group has now reached agreement for the loco to be based on the railway for at least three years.

CLASS 56 No. 56006 was a guest at the East Lancashire Railway’s summer diesel gala, prior to taking up residency. On July 8 it headed 1G51, the non-stop 08.45 from Bury Bolton Street to Rawtenstall, calling only at Ramsbottom. With a pair of blue & grey coaches to the fore, the ‘Grid’ eases out from Ramsbottom with the sun shining on the front, which is only possible in the early morning. TOM MCATEE

No. 56006 was previously kept at UKRL’s Leicester depot between gala visits, but can now be used on more regular work, and fills a gap in the ELR’s diesel loco collection.

The loco is remembered from its appearance at the EWS Classic Traction event at the ELR in September 1999. Then part of the EWS Heritage Locomotive pool it was specially painted in Rail blue, as retained today.

Despite this stardom it was not until November 2012 it was secured for preservation when acquired by the C56G from DB Schenker while in storage at Barrow Hill.

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