Cavalex Class 56 Samples

Posted by Warren Bennett on

Cavalex Models have provided images of working painted samples for the OO Gauge range of Class 56 Diesel Locomotives.

This extensive range of models can be pre ordered through Rails Of Sheffield.

Previously we confirmed the price of DCC Ready models to be £189.95, all with FREE UK POSTAGE.

Pricing on DCC Fitted and DCC Sound models to be confirmed. Pre order today with £30 deposit required.


Class 56 locomotive - Pre-production samples
The detail and finesse on the model is incredible, see-through cantrail grilles, full relief bogie detail with a wealth of separately fitted parts (with over 36 separately fitted detail parts alone per bogie), prototypical dials on the driver’s desk, fine roof fan grille mesh, highly detailed kick plate below the cab door, to say that we were blown away by the painted samples is an understatement.
The model captures the prototype so well, with both Romanian and later Doncaster style cabs authentically recreated.
Class 56 008 locomotive - Pre-production sample
Roof fan grille with prototypical square mesh as per the first 30 locomotives built in Romania

Pre-production sample 56008
Pre-production sample 56093
Pre-production sample 56074
Pre-production sample 56049
Pre-production sample 56008 and 56093
Cavalex Models’ Class 56 - painted samples on display at Warley 2022

The locomotive will incorporate the following features:

  • A wealth of separately fitted parts, including bogies which aren’t just one piece mouldings to allow for proper detail relief
  • Photo etched grilles throughout the model
  • All wheel pick up
  • Alloy chassis to allow the locomotive to pull prototypical wagon rakes
  • 5 pole motor with twin flywheels, geared for prototypical running speeds with superb
  • slow speed control
  • 21 pin DCC interface, with easy DCC fitting provision
  • DCC sound and stay alive options (Further news to follow)
  • Provision for an EM2 Speaker in the chassis as standard
  • Drop in EM/P4 wheelset packs available to order separately to coincide with the
  • release of the model (Further news to follow)
  • Separately motor operated roof fans via a function output on DCC, or when moving
  • on DC
  • Etched name plates supplied as appropriate
  • Both standard and revised cantrail grill options depending on prototype.

The Cavalex 56 has been designed completely from scratch, based on original works drawings from both Electroputere and BREL. Having incorporated numerous innovations into the model which they plan to showcase in the future. Whilst the 56 has been released by other manufacturers in the past, it was an obvious choice for Cavalex given the prototype ran with all of the released and forthcoming wagons, and being 56 fans, Cavalex wanted to capture the distinct differences between the four main versions of the ‘Grid’. They have deliberately chosen prototypes that don’t conflict with existing models of the class, whilst also releasing liveries never seen in 4mm scale. This extends to liveries not seen on certain versions; for example Red Stripe Railfreight on a Romanian built Class 56.

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