Class 56



A relative newcomer to the locomotive scene, the powerful 3250hp class 56s were a common sight in South Wales with many being used on coal trains and the extremely heavy Llanwern iron ore train. You could always tell they were approaching Cardiff as they were one of the first local classes to be fitted with a bright headling and we could see them at quite a distance.

56 043 numberplate and grill detail 56 046 at Cardiff Canton depot
A Class 56 at the bottom of the bridge to Canton MPD A Class 56 arrives at platform 4 with iron ore empties from Llanwern
An empty iron ore train with two 56's leading negotiates the western station throat at Cardiff Central 56 032 "Sir De Morgannwg/County of South Glamorgan" and 56 036 with iron empties passing platform 4
56 032 "Sir De Morgannwg/County of South Glamorgan" and 56 036 with iron empties passing platform 4 A 56 in the company of 47's at Cardiff Canton taking from the footbridge