GB Railfreight awarded Progress Rail a contract to convert Class 56 locomotive into a new Class 69. The first prototype is expected in May 2020 and will enable GB Railfreight to expand its operations significantly.
The converted locomotives will offer additional power to help address company’s growing demand for heavy freight locomotives across the country, with reduced fuel consumption and greatly improved emissions.
Compared with the Class 56, the reclassified Class 69 locomotives, will feature an enhanced driving cab environment as well as improved electronic control system.
In June 2018, GB Railfreight announced the procurement of sixteen class 56 locomotives from UK Rail Leasing Ltd (UKRL), along with a number of spares and materials.