The BR Class 56s were introduced in 1976 for heavy freight traffic and were built by Electroputere in Romania as well as Doncaster and Crewe works. In total 135 were built and some remain in service today. Read our full collection of Class 56 modelling news, features and reviews here covering models from Hornby and Cavalex Models for 'OO' gauge, Heljan for 'O' gauge and Dapol for 'N' gauge.
Cavalex Models visited the Key Model World Workshop to showcase the latest version of the sound file for its all-new 'OO' gauge Class 56 together with decorated samples of its PHA and JHA bogie wagons. Join us for exclusive video and sign up to read our full feature.MIKE WILD
A new breed of Bluetooth sound chip is here with the arrival of Hornby’s Triplex Sound decoders. MIKE WILD installs the 8-pin variant in a Hornby Class 56 and explains the set up process step by step.MIKE WILD
Cavalex Models has confirmed plans to add a further pair of all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 56 diesels to its release plans, representing the ‘Grids’ that worked UK Railtours’ recent Class 56 Farewell railtour. Read the full story and watch our Cavalex Class 56 project update video here.MARK CHIVERS
The Class 56 is one of only a few British diesel locomotive classes to be designed specifically for heavy freight work and has nowadays largely disappeared from the network - although those that remain could have an interesting future. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains all.
The 3,300hp Class 56s brought new power to Britain’s freight traffic and a distinctive engine note with their turbo charged Ruston Paxman engine. MIKE WILD inspects Heljan’s eagerly awaited first ready-to-run model of the Type 5 for ‘O’ gauge.