Class 56 locomotive based in Nottinghamshire goes up for sale


Class 56 diesel locomotive No. 56097 with all its associated spares and support vehicles is offered for sale by the Nottingham Heritage Railway (NHR).

The locomotive is currently stored in working order at the Nottingham Heritage Railway site in Ruddington, Nottingham NG11 6JS.

It was purchased in 2002 from EWS in heavily stripped condition. By 2008 it had been restored to working order when it hauled its first trains in conservation.

Class 56 56097 // Credit Severn Valley Railway

During the restoration, the engine was professionally overhauled by North Lincs Engineering Ltd., while Brush Traction installed the overhauled power unit and carried out a bogie exchange. The power unit was then tested and run-in on a load bank rented from Ruddington.

The drive unit has operated less than 500 hours since overhaul and charging. An engine preheater has been installed to improve starting and reduce wear and emissions, both cabin floors have recently been replaced and the fire suppression system has been upgraded to current specifications.

Passenger operations at NHR ceased in early 2020, since then the locomotive has been stored in a working condition. It was started occasionally to ensure its systems remained operational, while the pumps ran and the engine was shut down periodically. Engine oil, oil filters and fuel filters were changed just as NHR operations ceased.

Also on sale is a large collection of Class 56 and Ruston engine spares that fill two support vehicles and a 40ft shipping container. An incomplete spare power unit, a spare alternator group and two spare bogies with large tires (64mm-70mm) and five traction motors are also available.

Two support vehicles are also for sale:

  • a Mk.3 SLEP which was converted for use as a shop and workshop vehicle. It has a roller shutter door at one end and all but two berths have been removed to create an open plan workshop. The vehicle is on B4 bogies, has had all unnecessary equipment removed and can only be used as a store or workshop.
  • a Mk.1 ex RES “Super BG” which was used as a storage vehicle. Some brake components and ETS wiring are missing.

All items are sold as is and where is without any warranty as to quality or fitness for purpose.

Bidders are free to bid for particular items only or to bid together for the locomotive plus some or all of the spare parts as a set.

Items will not necessarily be sold to the highest bidder. In some cases, preference may be given to true preservatives. The seller may also retain certain high-value items if their reserve price is not reached.

At a date yet to be confirmed, potential bidders will be offered the opportunity to view 56097 in Ruddington (static and closed).

All sales communications should be sent to [email protected]. A spreadsheet of spare parts available can be obtained from the same address in the coming days.

The deadline for offers is August 31, 2022 at noon. All unsold items will be scrapped on the basis that they will not be resold by the scrap dealer.

Successful bidders will be required to pay in full within 14 days of acceptance of the offer and to remove the items from the site within 28 days of acceptance of the offer, unless longer periods are agreed both by the supplier and NHR.


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