Class 69

The Class 69 is a re-engineering project which will see GBRf operate a fleet of 16 rebuilt Class 56 diesels with EMD engines, full body overhauls, new lighting and more. The first entered service in 2020 and all rebuilds are being carried out by Progress Rail in Longport. Bachmann has committed to production of a 'OO' gauge ready-to-run model of this new freight locomotive. Read our full collection of related features here.

Bachmann confirms ‘OO’ Class 69 liveries

Bachmann has confirmed the identities and colour schemes for its upcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Class 69 diesel locomotive.

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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.

Rail Research livery for GB Railfreight Class 69

GB Railfreight has revealed the latest livery for its developing Class 69 fleet with 69004 turned out in BR Rail Research Division livery on February 17 at Eastleigh Works.

Bachmann plans GBRf Class 69 for 'OO' and 'N'

Bachmann has announced that will be producing models of the Class 69 for 'OO' and 'N' gauge in an exclusive agreement with GB Railfreight (GBRf). The Class 69s are being converted for GBRf by Progress Rail in Stoke-on-Trent using redundant Class 56s.

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Trains withdrawn from the national network are usually destined for a one-way trip to the scrapyard, but for a lucky few a further life awaits as a result of reengineering. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains all in the concluding part of our Railway Realism trilogy on stock changes on today’s railway.