United Kingdom: Class 56

Also known as: Brush Type 5, Gridirons (Grids), LDE3500

Railway companies: BR - British Rail

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A total of 135x units are built between 1976 and 1984.

Although based on the Class 47 body shell and designed by Brush at Falcon works, Loughborough, due to capacity problems, the first 30x locomotives (numbers 56 001 - 56 030, factory classification LDE3500) are built in Romania by Electroputere Craiova*. The remaining 105 locomotives are built by British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) at Doncaster Works (numbers 56 031 - 56 115) and Crewe Works (numbers 56 116 - 56 135).

*The design of these locomotives (in particular the truss body structure and bogies) are alleged to have inspired the design of the LDE4000 diesel locomotives built by Electroputere Craiova during the same period and registered in Romania as Class 70 and Class 71 and in Greece as Class A-551.

Sources: "British Rail in the 1980s and 1990s - Diesel Locomotives and DMUs" by Kenny Barclay, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_56

Latest update on the 15th of June 2020 at 00:01

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