CJM Class 58

Originally introduced into service in 1982 and designed for heavy freight haulage. This Co-Co design locomotive built by British Rail Engineering Ltd followed the American modular design principles, this offered savings on construction and maintenance compared to previous locomotive builds.

Since they were introduced, the 58s have gone about their duties quite happily. Mainly concerned with the Midlands MGR coal traffic, they would be just as at home working other services – Freightliners, Speedlinks, steel, automotive traffic, enterprise and even the occasional passenger rail tour service.

Introduced in Rail freight grey livery, the class 58 has also been seen in Coal Sector, EW&S and Mainline liveries. The CJM version will reflect this being available in all four liveries and 2 variants. Examples of these liveries can be seen below with images kindly provided by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58043 Doncaster Works 6th July 1986 - Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58043 Doncaster Works 6th July 1986 – Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58041 "Ratcliffe Power Station" - Toton 6th June 1987 - Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58041 “Ratcliffe Power Station” – Toton 6th June 1987 – Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58039 "Rugeley Power Station" - Drax - 1st Aug 1993 - Photo Taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58039 “Rugeley Power Station” – Drax – 1st Aug 1993 – Photo Taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58016 - Drax 2nd May 1997 - Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58016 – Drax 2nd May 1997 – Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58035 Drax 20th May 1998 - Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58035 Drax 20th May 1998 – Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58023 "Peterborough Depot" Drax 22nd 1997 - Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

Class 58 No 58023 “Peterborough Depot” Drax 22nd 1997 – Photo taken by Pauline McKenna

The Class 58 with all its various liveries over the years, lends it’s self for an opportunity to own a truly unique model with the usual CJM stunning levels of detail, craftsmanship, finish and of course the silky smooth running of the latest generation of the Saturn Chassis. Some examples of livery variations can be seen below for the Railfreight livery.

The ‘Railfreight’ livery in detail… (Info from www.C58lg.co.uk)

Standard ‘aircraft grey’ body ; red underframe; Wrap around yellow cabs; wrap around black window frames; large black running number on cab driver’s side; large Railfreight logo on cab second man’s side; large white body side BR ‘Double Arrow’ and white cantrail stripe.

All handrails were white except the cab front handrails which were yellow.

Detailed notes/differences:

All fifty Class 58 locomotives carried this livery from new with the following variations:

58004 had white handrails on the cab fronts and was missing one Railfreight logo at No.1 end only from new. This was never applied retrospectively.

58020 when named Doncaster Works BRE” the cab side Railfreight logo was moved to a higher position to allow for the nameplate which sat immediately below it.

58020 when this locomotive was renamed Doncaster Works” it had a Railfreight cast plate applied to the front of the cab in the style above losing its Railfreight side logo.

58034 when named ”Bassetlaw” the cab side Railfreight Logo was positioned at the bottom of the cab to allow for the nameplate and crest which sat above it.

58035 to 58050 had an orange cantrail stripe which extended onto the cab sides and all the way around the front of the cab.

58039, 58040, 58041, 58042 and 58050 all emerged from new in the standard livery with orange cantrail stripe (see description above) but were given small cast Railfreight plates fitted to the front ends when they received their nameplates. The cab side Railfreight logos were removed.

58049 when this loco was namedLittleton Colliery” the cab side Railfreight logo was removed. However, cast Railfreight plates were never fitted to the loco’s front ends.

A number of locos had small black rabbits painted onto them unofficially at Toton. These were painted next to the data panels. 58002 and 58004 amongst others were locomotives that were treated in this manner.

CJM Class 58 Development Update – September 2011

Shortly after CJM announced the class 58, Dapol followed suit and my order book dwindled away so the decision was taken to shelve the model. Since their model was introduced demand for the CJM model has steadily built up to a point where at this years International N Gauge Show where it was being demanded! So from next years show it will be available as previously offered with the inclusion of the Saturn-Titan chassis. If you are impressed with the new Class 50 then you will be equally so with the 58! All customers who have previously expressed interest in the 58 will be contacted around Easter 2012 to establish a new order book with a view to deliveries commencing in September 2012. More updates and photos will appear as work progresses.