Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Swanage Diesel Gala Focus: 56096

56096 was a visitor from the main line working fleet of Colas Rail.

The locomotive was built at BREL Doncaster, and entered service on 13th September 1981.Withdrawn by EWS from Immingham in January 2004 as surplus to requirements. Sent to France in April 2005, and returned in October 2006.

Sold and moved from Crewe to EMR, Kingsbury on 1st March 2012. Sold to Europhoenix in July 2012 and moved to Washwood Heath. Painted in Europhoenix colours, prepared for Colas in January - March 2014 then repainted to Colas scheme in May that year.

For me, this was a first time spotting of this locomotive - this was my missing Colas 56.

Lying over at Norden with 26043.

Departing Swanage with 33012 as brake translator, with 13:00 to Norden.

Arriving at Norden with 16:45 from Swanage.

Departing Harman's Cross with 14:30 from Norden.