Fastline Freight (an arm of Jarvis) provided a regular Class 56 hauled train through the West Midlands during 2006 and 2007 with a Birch Coppice to Grain container train. After a shaky start with numerous empty trains, loadings started to pick up until the train was regularly running with a full load. 56301, 56302 and 303 were employed, although the latter two performed more regularly.
Other flows from Doncaster and then Trafford Park to Grain did start running, although these were less of a success and ended up running empty regularly. With Jarvis entering administration in 2010, the whole operation ended and the locomotives being sold to preservationists and then – in the case of 56302 and 56303 – back to main line operators.
Two views below of 56303 passing Aston (top) and approaching Bescot (bottom) in the spring of 2007.