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.
Nene Valley Railway held their annual diesel gala over the weekend of the 11th and 12th April 2015. Reduced from a twice yearly event to yearly due to financial issues, a number of visiting locos were rostered. Particularly appealing were a Class 56 from UKRL and a Class 60 from DB Schenker (as was 37190 before it was pulled from the lineup). DBS locos are making something of a comeback on the gala circuit…
50008 shares shed spare with 31271, 31601 and 60001 at Wansford.
56104 came from the UK Rail Leasing stable at Leicester. Seen here leaving Peterborough station for Wansford.
60001 also leaving Peterborough for Wansford.
50015 came from the East Lancs Railway seen arriving at Orton Mere, plough end leading.
Back on 31st March 2004 who’d have thought a sight such as this would have been possible? 56094 lays down the power passing through Crewe with the empty logs from Chirk to Carlisle Yard.
20314 and 20311 from the GBRf stable but carrying HNRC orange pass the crossing at Longueville Junction with a Wansford-Peterborough service.
Unfortunately the sun has dipped for the passage of 56301 from the Class 56 Group (via DCR) as it leaves Peterborough NVR with a Wansford bound train.
56301 and 56104 (also visiting courtesy of DCR) back onto the stock for the evening beerex at Wansford station.
Weekend work done, 20314 leads 20311 through the lineside clutter associated with the resignalling and building of Platform 6/7 at Peterborough station, back to the GB shed in Peterborough yard.
With a lot of the coaching stock based down in London for the duration of the Olympics as standby sets, there was an unobscured view of the DMD.
A selection of photos from 2007/2008 depicting the stored locos at the closed Immingham TMD. The only one that managed to have any kind of future was 56101 which became preserved and then exported to Hungary.
All photos taken with permission.
GB Railfreight provided 73209 and 73206 for the Sep 2005 gala at the Nene Valley, appearing alongside the resident fleet of 31271, 40106 and 56057.