Cavalex Models to release Class 60 in OO

22 February 2023
Cavalex Models has announced a newly-tooled Class 60 in 4mm. The model is already significantly advanced and currently at the tooling stage, having been in the works for the past few years.

All variants of the 60 are being tooled, to accurately cover all 100 locomotives produced between first delivery of 60001 in 1989 and the present-day operations of the fleet. This will of course see the release of Class 60s in configurations and liveries that haven’t been available before in 1:76.2 scale.

The Cavalex Class 60 has been designed completely from scratch, based on original works drawings from Wabtec and an extensive survey of multiple locomotives at Toton. Cavalex has incorporated numerous innovations into the model.

Whilst the 60 has been released by other manufacturers in the past, They tell us that the class was an obvious choice for us given the prototype ran with all of their released and forthcoming wagons.

The Class 60 has taken years of significant research and development time, with the aim to capture all of the features of this iconic modern type 5 freight loco.

The model is currently in tooling and a full 3D print should be on show at Model Rail Scotland this weekend.

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Class 60 specification:

● 21-pin DCC interface and innovative removable panel to allow for easy DCC chip installation and access to the comprehensive dip switch control for DC users, which allows access to all of the DCC functions for lighting, without the need to remove the model from the track.
● Photo-etched grilles throughout the model including body side, roof and etched grilles within the clean air bay.
● A wealth of separately fitted parts across the model, including bogies that allow for proper detail relief as well as the underframe.
● Fully detailed model of the Class 60 engine room visible through the body side grilles.
● Full independently controlled lighting, allowing for parked, yard, light engine, and ‘on train’ modes, with realistic levels of brightness and colour representative of the prototype being modelled. Prototypical day/night lighting configurations for the modern livery examples. Engine room and cab lighting are independently controllable via DCC functions.
● Realistically bright (or dim depending on how you look at it) cab lighting, driver’s desk with individually printed dials and decorated full-depth cab interior as per the prototype.
● Hall sensors for fully adjustable automated flange squeal on sound-fitted models. This feature automatically provides the characteristic screech as the wheels enter sharp curves. Not having to activate the sound manually only adds to the immersive effect whilst driving the
● Power bank providing smooth uninterrupted running, which combined with floating centre axles, promising trouble-free road holding and power.
● 5 pole motor with twin flywheel and low ratio gearbox for prototypical running speeds typical of the class.
● Provision to order drop-in wheelsets to easily convert the loco to EM and P4 gauges for those modellers that wish to showcase the unparalleled levels of detail and accuracy of the model with equally accurate trackwork.
● Highly detailed and accurate underframe with numerous separately fitted parts.
● Individual details and finish that has been rigorously researched and applied to each model to represent the individual prototype as accurately as possible.
● DCC sound with custom ESU project for our factory-fitted sound version and stay alive fitted to all models. EM1 type Speaker and additional sugar cube speaker in the chassis as standard for a balanced combination of low and high frequency sounds to accurately reproduce the prototype via a custom recorded sound project.
● Etched name plates as appropriate to each model number.
● Two styles of cab roof-mounted horns to accurately recreate all prototypes.

The Cavalex Class 60 Range - Run 1.

(Product codes are in brackets)

60027 - “Joseph Banks” (CM - 60027 - TGP)
60061 “Alexander Graham Bell” - (CM - 60061 - TGCL)
60049 “Scafell” - (CM - 60049 - TGM)
60017 “Arenig Fawr” - (CM - 60017 - TGCN)
60059 - “Swinden Dalesmen” - (CM - 60059 - LH)
60018 - EWS - (CM - 60018 - EWS)
60010 - Debranded DB Cargo UK - (CM - 60010 - DB)
60076 - Colas Railfreight - (CM - 60076 - Colas)
60028 - Cappagh - (CM - 60028 - CB)
60087 - GBRf) - (CM - 60087 - GBRF)




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