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  • GBRf buys 16 Class 56s

    Press release from GBRf:

    GB Railfreight purchases class 56s to provide extra capacity

    GB Railfreight (GBRf) can today announce that it is again expanding its fleet of locomotives as a result of continued growth in the services that it runs. GBRf is pleased to confirm that it has purchased 16 class 56 locomotives from UK Rail Leasing (UKRL), along with a number of spares and materials.

    There is a mixture of stored, serviceable and non-running donor locomotives which GBRf will be able to put to a variety of uses as the needs of the company warrant. In the first instance, some of these locomotives will be moved from Leicester to be stored at various locations pending a decision on their future re-engineering, while others may be returned to service if required.

    At this time GBRf is not able to confirm any projected re-engineering as this is still subject to final contract.

    GBRf would like to thank UKRL for their assistance and hope that we will continue to work together on various projects in the future.

    Commenting on the deal, GBRf Managing Director John Smith said:

    “This is an important deal for us as it provides much needed capacity for our expanding business. At a time when rail freight is facing an uncertain future, GBRf is able to say it is growing and confident that the industry will overcome current challenges. With ambitious housing and infrastructure targets, growing consumer demand, and the need to reduce carbon emissions, rail freight must be ready to play a central role.”
    This would be a lovely addition to the Dapol range once they are officially repainted granted there's no major modifications.
    Jeremiah Bunyan...
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