Hornby R30073

BR, Class 56, Co-Co, 56047 - Era 7

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Era
Era 7 (1972 to 1982) British Rail Blue (TOPS)

Manufacturer description
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 subsequently sub-contracted 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 and had to be extensively rebuilt before entering service. With this in mind the decision was made to build the remaining 105 locomotives in England, British Rail Engineering Ltd manufacturing them at their Doncaster Works (nos. 56031 to 56115) and Crewe Works (nos. 56116 to 56135).

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Hornby
Product Code:
R30073
RRP:
£179.99
Release date:
2021

Model details

Colour
Blue
DCC status
DCC Ready 8 pin socket
Finish
Pristine
Gauge
OO
Livery
Blue
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Motor
5 Pole Skew wound
Running number
56047

Prototype information

Introduced
1978
Locomotive class*
Class 56
Operator
BR
Motive power
Diesel
Wheel arrangement
CO-CO
Max speed
80 mph
Designer
Brush
Built
1976-1984
Total produced
135

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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