The first of BR's heavy Type 5 freight diesels, introduced to cope with an increase in coal traffic after the 1973 oil crisis. The first 30 were built by Electroputere in Romania under sub -contract from Brush, while the rest were constructed by BREL at Doncaster (56031-115) and Crewe (56116-135).
Although they were retired by EWS in 2003, a number have been reactivated for use by freight companies such as Colas, UK Rail Leasing and, soon, GB Railfreight.
Heljan's version is based on the later Doncaster and Crewe -built variant.
- DCC ready
- Working lights
- Sprung buffers
- Sound ready
- Smoke Unit ready
- BUILT BY BR Doncaster/Crewe Works
- NUMBER BUILT 135
- NUMBER SERIES 56001-135
- SERVICE CAREER 1976 onwards
- REGION All
- PURPOSE Heavy freight
- STATUS IN 2018 Active/preserved