Second run of Cavalex Class 56 announced

19 June 2024
Following the success of the first run of its first locomotive, Cavalex has revealed the next range of locomotives ready to pre-order from the range.

Cavalex has deliberately chosen prototypes that complement the first production run of models of the class, while also continuing to release liveries never seen in OO before, for example, Original Railfreight on a Romanian-built Class 56, and TransRail livery.

Following feedback from the first run, a few small improvements to the Class 56 for the second production run have been introduced, namely the bogie pivot centre, which on the production models was circa 1mm too far back, and also pushing the factory to match the triple grey roof more closely to the paint samples supplied.


  • 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 cantrail
  • Separately fitted parts across the model, including bogies which aren’t just one-piece mouldings to allow for proper detail relief as well as the under frame
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Detailed and accurate underframe with numerous separately fitted parts
  • DCC sound with custom ESU project for our factory-fitted sound version and stay alive fitted to all models
  • Etched nameplates as appropriate to each model number
  • Both standard and revised cantrail grill options, depending on prototype

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The Cavalex Class 56 range

  • 56021 - BR Blue
  • 56111 - Large Logo
  • 56002 - Original Railfreight
  • 56089 - Red Stripe Railfreight
  • 56052 - Construction Sector
  • 56134 - Coal sector
  • 56107 – Loadhaul
  • 56129 – Transrail
  • 56105 - Colas Railfreight

Alongside the models above, Cavalex has also revealed a number of retailer exclusives, with more to follow;

  • 56036 - Large Logo - Exclusive to Rails of Sheffield
  • 56037 - BR Blue - Railway Icons
  • 56133 - Large Logo - Exclusive to Rails of Sheffield

The price of the Cavalex 56 remains at £189.95, with the sound version at £289.95. Production will commence following completion of the Cavalex Class 60 production, with a current expected delivery date of Q3 2025.

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