CJM Class 56 Steel Cab
New Livery Launched – DCR
CJM Class 56 Steel Cab
The introduction to service of 56056 in March 1979 brought with it revised steel cabs, most easily identified by the raised horn grill boxes on the lower cab fronts. Although in reality the revisions are more involved including a re-profiled lower cab front with a noticeable flat step below the cab front windows. Additionally the head light, now larger and of different style with marker lights now raised rather than flush mounted. The cab front hand rail is now horizontal rather than curved. The foot step now body mounted as the lower cab front omitted the shroud so familiar untill now on 47s as well 56s. In reality it was only from 56061 that all these changes were adopted as the first 5 locos were still fitted with the earlier style head light and curved cab front hand rail. When RETB aerials were introduced on cab roofs these same 5 locos were fitted with the triangular style as per all earlier production.
Today there are a number of other variations with revised cantrail grills, split handrails and square head lights preeminent! I am delighted to be able to offer all these detail variations with the introduction of this new model. Reference to 56057 in EW&S colours clearly illustrates some of the detail differences. Whilst 56126 in Large Logo livery is very much an as built loco predating the fitting of RETB aerials!
When originally delivered locos up to 56083 were out shopped in B R Blue livery, with 56084 the first in Large Logo blue, although several earlier examples notably 56036, 048 and 049 had previously been so painted. The last 25 examples were constructed at Crewe and all but one of these saw the side radiator grills painted grey as opposed to Rail Blue. 56135, the final member of the class was out shopped in Railfreight Grey livery in November 1984!
Over the years many of the class have been named and liveries have changed and evolved, all these can be incorporated into your chosen model, including driver and secondman in one cab end and of course full buffer beam super detailing. Not to mention weathering to your chosen photograph!
This model has only just gone into production so photographs of finished models are scarce at present, currently examples in B R Blue, Large Logo, Railfreight Grey, Sector livery, Loadhaul, EWS and Fast Line livery are painting. Expect to see these photographed and posted on the site over the coming weeks and months.