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to members in Dec. 2011
33 029 : frustratingly still awaits a test run after has finally received OTMR. It almost made a guest appearance at the Bo’ness and Kinniel Diesel Gala on 1st October but a cancelled ECS movement from Carnforth in which it was to be moved, saw the end of that plan…oh well, there’s always 2012!
33 207 : has once again continued to fly the sole WCRC mainline flag for the Class in 2011 and has seen activity working ECS between Carnforth and Southall in the later half of this year. It is likely that the locomotive will have its vacuum brakes reinstated over the winter to make it an even more useful asset in 2012. Again here’s hoping for a more active and public 2012.
33 018 : has moved from Swanwick Junction at the Midland Railway Centre to the new NEMESIS HQ at Burton-on-Trent. The road move taking place on 15th September 2011.
33 021 : has been one of the most utilised preserved Class 33’s as it has been the sole operational diesel at the Churnet Valley railway with monthly trips up to Cauldon Lowe amongst driver experience operations. The locomotive was named ‘Captain Charles’ on 23rd July and now carries CN-Cheddleton depot stickers, hopefully a good sign it will be staying at the railway in 2012 as the ambitious re-opening of the Stoke line continues and the opportunity for some double Class 33 action when the locomotive is joined by 33102 in the spring.
33 035 : has provided the other Crompton highlight of the year with its return to passenger traffic at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on 22nd October which saw it work its first trains for over 15 years. The locomotive arrived at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway at Wirksworth following completion of repairs at Bowdens Engineering at Washwood Heath on 12th August.
33 046 : is due to follow 33 018 from Swanwick Junction to Burton-on-Trent in the near future. Will the BRCWorkgroup restore 33046 with parts from 33018?….
33 057 : is highly likely to be one of the highlights of 2012 when it should return to traffic. The decision was taken not to rush its return in September and complete the restoration more thoroughly for a return in 2012. 33057 had an unplanned test run from Bishops Lydeard to Williton on 5th November following the failure of 47 840 at Bishops Lydeard. Apart from a suffering “wheel slip” oscillation around Nethercott, which was actually caused by a dirty tip on the field divert group the run went without any further problems! The FTR for test running has been completed and the locomotive requires more work to the air blows before a full FTR can be granted. Recent work has seen bogie brake cylinders changed with headlights and marker lights have been restored. Cab restoration is also proceeding.
33 102 : is another Crompton on the comeback trail after being out of traffic since January 2010 for bodywork and electrical work. Following completion of the full rewire, the locomotive was successfully started for the first time in 2011 on 5th November. Further work to cabs and internal painting will take place before the locomotive hopefully returns to traffic in Spring 2012.
33 109 : has been breaking new Crompton ground at the Wensleydale Railway after guesting at the September diesel gala and has stayed at the railway to work further turns in October and November before returning home to the other side of the Pennines in time to provide valuable ETH for the East Lancs Santa Specials which it is due to top and tail with steam on 10th/1th/17th/18th December and should be the first 33 to work in 2012 at the ELR themed running day on 7th January.
33 111 : returned to traffic following completion of its main generator repairs in time to take part in the Swanage Carnival intensive timetable in late July.
33 201 : kept its bid to be the most travelled preserved Crompton by adding the Nene Valley Railway to its ever growing list of railways it has visited putting in a superb performance at the Autumn Diesel Gala on 30th September – 2nd October.
to members in June 2011
33 029 : still awaits a test run after has finally received OTMR.
33 207 : has continued to fly the sole WCRC mainline flag for the Class in 2011 and saw out 2010 on various snowplough duties which took it all the way to Fort William and breaking new ground for the Class on the Wigan – Southport line. The locomotive operated 5Z47 1200 Carnforth to Southall ECS on 28th April returning on 18th May with the 5Z33 0950 Southall – Carnforth. It has a further outing on 27th May when it worked Carnforth – Crewe – Birmingham International ECS for the following days Spitfire Tours ‘Salopian Viking’ tour to Newcastle (main tour engine was DRS 37 229). The 33 did have a brief taste of mainline passenger action when it hauled the tour the whole mile from Newcastle Forthbank sidings to Newcastle Central! The 33 also returned the ECS to Carnforth on 30th May as the 5Z75 1240 Coventry – Carnforth. The locomotive travelled down to Southall again in June and on 10th June was used on Southall – Poole ECS for a Poole – Cardiff steam trip the following day and worked 5Z82 1058 Poole – Southall return ECS on 12th June. Rumours abound that the locomotive may have its vacuum brakes reinstalled to increase its usefulness for WCRC supporting steam tours.
33 021 : remains active on the Churnet Valley railway over the winter and spring periods and starred alongside 37109 at the 26th/27th March Cauldon Lowe diesel gala. One week later on 2nd April, the loco top and tailed with a steam loco on a special charter in conjunction with a Pathfinder tour, between Froghall – Oakamoor and Cauldon Lowe becoming the first diesel locomotive to operate a passenger train on the Froghall – Oakamoor section (normally confined to DMU operation).
33 035 : almost made it to Swanage!! Another superb restoration job has seen the locomotive emerge from Barrow Hill in late April, fully restored and with a nice coat of BR Blue in readiness to make its operational debut for the first time in over 15 years at the Swanage diesel gala. Unfortunately, the locomotive developed a hot axle at Soho in Birmingham whilst in the convoy from Barrow Hill to Kidderminster, en-route to Swanage on the 4th May and the locomotive was detached and left at Soho EMU Depot for assessment. After inspection and testing at Soho, the locomotive was moved on the night of Sunday 22nd May as 8Z31 2316 Soho – Washwood Heath by 31190. At Boden’s, Washwood Heath, the locomotive will be lifted, fully inspected and any necessary bearing repairs will take place before the locomotive will make its return later this year.
33 052 : has had a rare passenger outing on 30th April at the Kent and East Sussex Mixed Traction Gala. The locomotive still requires a completion of its repaint which started in 2004!
33 057 : alongside 33012 and 33035, is the other Crompton comeback of 2011. The locomotive was outshopped from Cranmore on 20th April following completion of body repairs and repainting in BR Green with small yellow warning panels on the cab fronts. The locomotive visited First Great Western’s St Phillips Marsh depot on 21st April for tyre turning before making the remainder of its journey back to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway later on 21st April. The locomotive was towed back to Williton on 23rd April by 33048 for further repairs to take place. An operational debut is planned for the 5th/6th September gala where the locomotive will be in operation with 33048.
33 102 : continues to undergo a full electrical re-wire at Cheddleton and should return to traffic later this year.
33 103 : has been very busy this year becoming the Swanage Railway’s main loco whilst 33 012 has been at Eastleigh and 33 111 awaits the refitting of its main generator. The locomotive was used in push-pull mode with visiting 3CIG, 1498 during the first two weeks of June replacing the DMU to provide additional seating capacity.
33 109 : continues to perform regularly at the East Lancs on the Saturday diesel diagram and is next rostered for the diesel gala on 1st – 3rd July. The locomotive will need attention to its turbocharger at some point this year.
33 111 : was taken out of traffic earlier this year and has had its main generator sent away for repair. This has been completed and the locomotive now awaits its return to Swanage and refitting.
33 201 : performed well during its first operating dates of 2011 at the MRC Diesel Gala on 21st/22nd May and is a confirmed guest for the East Lancs Diesel Gala on 1st – 3rd July 2011.
to members in Dec. 2010
33 029 : has finally received OTMR and a test run was due to be organised in early December, some 3 years after it last ventured onto the mainline! Once successfully tested, 33 029 is a candidate for snowplough duties. Hopefully the return of 029 and the possibility of 33012 joining the main line registered 33’s, 2011 will see more railtour action! One tour in their 50th anniversary year (and that was top and tail with a 37!) was no way to mark such a milestone and this will hopefully be redressed next year!.
33 207 : has continued to fly the sole mainline flag for the Class in their 50th anniversary year. After returning from its Cambrian holiday (where sadly once again, it wasn’t used!), the locomotive ventured to Southall on 7th September with ECS from Carnforth and returned on 15th November when it started out working 5Z33 0830 Southall – Eastleigh with 37516 and then worked 5Z33 1050 Eastleigh – Hotchley Hill (GCRN) conveying 4 coaches. After depositing 2 of the coaches at Hotchley Hill, the 33 finally returned home to Carnforth working 5Z34 1800 Hotchley Hill – Carnforth with 37516 and the remaining coaches. As with 33 025 and 33 029, the locomotive is now available for snowplough duties and was despatched north from Carnforth to Fort William on 8th December to rescue a stricken 37 685.
33 012 : is coming to the finishing stages of its impressive overhaul at Eastleigh Works and has recently been reunited with its bogies as reassembly continues. Bodywork repairs particularly around the lower bodyside are being completed with a return to traffic together with a mainline ticket being a very likely prospect in 2011!
33 021 : has been the surprise autumn/winter star performer. The locomotive was a very welcome guest at the Battlefield Line ‘Sunny Southern’ Diesel Gala on 17th – 19th September successfully operating its first passenger trains since 2004! The locomotive received a repaint in BR blue in between operating trains on the Friday of the gala and by the Saturday had received numbers on both sides (albeit incorrectly placed high on the bodyside as per the Scottish 26’s) and BR arrows on one side. No sooner had the locomotive returned to Tyseley on 8th October than it was off by road again on 15th October to visit the Churnet Valley Railway, initially to assist in crew training for the Cauldon Lowe branch reopening and then to assist and star in the re-opening gala’s over 3 weekends from 13th – 28th November. A locomotive that had become a firm resident at Tyseley suddenly found itself contending with a 1 in 40 gradient for 5 miles hauling load 6 and tail locomotive…and of course 021 performed superbly until the final weekend when it developed a power earth fault which stopped it taking full power! The locomotive should return to Tyseley before Christmas and should feature in a gala or two in 2011!
33 035 : continues to make great internal and external progress towards a full operational comeback in 2011. The locomotive successfully completed 5 return test runs along the running line at Barrow Hill on 27th November and performed without fault! Will it be on the list of visiting engines for the 2011 Swanage Diesel Gala at the beginning of May?
33 048 : has performed well for another season and will be kept in traffic to run alongside 33 057 next summer. Diesel operating days at the West Somerset Railway are planned on Fridays and Saturdays in high summer as follows –
15th,16th,22nd,23rd,29th,30th July 2011
5th,6th,12th,13th,19th,20th,26th,27th August 2011
33 053 : will be one of the few operational preserved Class 33’s in action over the festive period being allocated to support the Santa Specials at the Mid Hants where a diesel is required to haul the first train of the day.
33 057 : is nearing the completion of what looks to be an excellent bodywork restoration at Cranmore and the repaint into full BR Green has commenced. On completion, the locomotive will visit another location for tyre turning before returning to the West Somerset Railway for the finishing touches before a triumphant return to traffic planned in 2011. Keep your diary clear for 10th – 12th June 2011.
33 102 : continues to undergo bodywork restoration inside the shed at Cheddleton and with a monumental final sprint, almost made a comeback at the final weekend of the Cauldon Lowe branch re-opening galas on 27th November. Repainted in BR Blue, a test run was undertaken on Friday 26th November and whilst the locomotive moved successfully under its own power, too many faults were found to allow it out to battle with the 1in 40 gradients! Here’s to the return of ‘Sophie’ in 2011. 33 108 : had a successful 2nd gala appearance of the year at the Nene Valley Railway on 1st-3rd October, making a debut for the sub-class.
33 109 : has performed regularly at the East Lancs this year and should see some winter action on the Saturday diesel diagram due to its ETH capability once a brake defect has been rectified.
33 111 : has now returned to service following repairs and ‘Hot Dog’ has been a regular and reliable performer at the Swanage Railway.
33 116 : remains out of traffic at Loughborough with some electrical faults.
33 201 : along with 33021 was the other real surprise of the year when it returned to traffic to guest at the Battlefield Line’s ‘Sunny Southern’ Gala on 17th-19th September reminding all what a fine locomotive it is! Now fitted with new batteries, the locomotive is available for traffic at the Midland Railway Centre and should see use in 2011.
33 208 : continues to receive its bogie overhaul at Shackerstone whilst the locomotive sits on bogies ex 33 056. Hopefully the locomotive will return to traffic in 2011.
to members in July 2010
33 029 : still remains out of traffic at Carnforth awaiting OTMR fitting and could be a candidate for reinstatement rather than 025…we shall see! After the considerable money DRS spent on this engine in 2005, it’s a real shame to have seen it inactive for nearly 3 years now!
33 207 : continues to fly the sole mainline flag for the Class in their 50th anniversary year. The locomotive worked empty stock with 57 601 on the rear on Friday 18th June from Carnforth to Birmingham International ahead of a Birmingham – Ravenglass ‘The Lakelander’ charter on Saturday 19th June which saw 33 207 on the rear until Carnforth. More amazingly with only 3-4 weeks notice, the locomotive worked the first 33 mainline passenger train of the year on 10th July when it operated a West Coast/Spitfire Railtours ‘The Whitby Jet’ 1Z21 0635 York – Whitby and 1Z22 1810 Whitby – York return, top and tail with 37 676. The 33 worked York – Battersby on the outward leg and Whitby – Battersby on the return. At time of writing it is about to set out on its next annual holiday on the Cambrian as standby for the steam specials working then ECS from Carnforth to Machynlleth on 23rd July.
33 008 : has continued to receive major bodywork repairs. The bottom cabfront of no1 cab has now been fully repaired including both cab sides. This has involved complete skin replacement and repairs to the framing behind. Work is currently progressing on complete replacement of the bodyskin between the engine room door and the radiator compartment on B side. Work will then move back to no1 cab where repairs will take place on the window surrounds and cab roof. Away from the bodywork, great progress has been made in the engine room. The power unit has been largely reassembled and is now awaiting fitting of the overhauled turbo. Triple pump and instrument panel have been refitted and everything looks very smart in a new coat of paint. The short term objective is to have 33008 looking both reasonably smart (ie one cab bodywork repairs finished and at least one body side finished) with the engine ticking over for the September Battlefield diesel gala on 17th -19th September which promises to have a Southern theme!
33 012 : remains under overhaul at Eastleigh Works with good progress being made and is now likely to make a return (and hopefully a mainline return) in 2011. Attention is currently focused on the reassembling the bogies and overhauled traction motors. OTMR wiring has been complete and will now be subject to testing and certification once control and power tests have been undertaken. 33 019 : took part in the diesel gala at Shackerstone on 15th/16th May with a 2 piece set of snowploughs attached to no.2 end only. The locomotive has operated the majority of passenger trains at the Battlefield line in July and will star at the forthcoming ‘Southern’ themed diesel gala on 17th – 19th September where it is hoped it will be joined by a further 3 operational Cromptons for the weekend.33 021 : is receiving bodywork attention at Tyseley over the summer.
33 035 : didn’t make it to Swanage but repairs continue at Barrow Hill and the locomotive made its first moves under its own power since 1996 on 4th July 2010 when it undertook a test run at Barrow Hill! Potentially another comeback for 2011!
33 048 : worked its first trains of the year at the WSR Diesel Gala on 11th – 13th June when it was called in to work following the temporary failure of the Warship and handled the diesel diagram on 18th July. The locomotive has a number of further rostered turns over the summer – see the Class 33 Action sheet for details.
33 053 : continues to perform well at the Mid Hants and is almost in daily use. Recent maintenance has included an oil and filter change plus a major steam clean both internally and externally. New ETH generator brushed have also recently been fitted alongside a thorough clean of the generator and traction motors. The locomotive will be a joint star at the Mid Hants Mixed traction event on 17th – 19th September celebrating the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Class.
33 057 : has had its traction motor and other repairs completed at Loughborough and the locomotive departed Brush on 20th May and arrived at its new temporary residence at Cranmore on the East Somerset Railway on 21st May. The locomotive is currently receiving bodywork restoration and a repaint into BR Green before ultrasonic axle testing and tyre turning at another location. Once completed the locomotive will return to the West Somerset Railway for the finishing touches before a triumphant return to traffic planned in 2011.
33 102 : continues to undergo bodywork restoration inside the shed at Cheddleton.
33 103 : continues to perform regularly at the Swanage Railway and should next see action at the Swanage Carnival on 31st July/1st August. 33 108 : has made a triumphant return to service following completion of repairs at Barrow Hill and repainting where the collision damage repairs had taken place. The locomotive was a guest at the East Lancs Diesel Gala on 2nd – 4th July and also worked the Sunday diesel turn on 11th July before returning to Barrow Hill on Monday 12th July. To enable the locomotive to be hauled across to Heywood on the mainline, it passed a fitness to run inspection and was allocated to the MBDL pool on 25th June 2010.
33 109 : was outshopped in a new coat of BR Blue in the first week of June , reverting to 33 109 and without red guttering stripe or nameplates. Looking in superb mid eighties condition (apart from the headlight and radio pod!) the locomotive worked the diesel turn on Saturday 5th June before guesting at the Keighley and Worth Valley Gala the following weekend 11th – 13th June as a late replacement for the non-available 47 402. On return to Bury, the locomotive then undertook a bogie repaint in time to join visiting 33 108 for the diesel gala on 2nd – 4th July. The locomotive has more booked passenger turns during the year and details are contained in the 33 action sheet at the end of this newsletter.
33 110 : continues to perform well at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway and has had a number of Saturday diesel turns.
33 111 : continues to see use at Swanage on a very regular basis and most recently blew its exhaust cowl off on Saturday 10th July, hauling 12 coach ECS and dead 47 on the rear! After the engine overspeed tripped in mid July, the locomotive has now been stopped for repairs.
33 116 : remains out of traffic at Loughborough with some electrical faults it developed over the winter period. It is planned for the locomotive to return to traffic to take part in the BRCW gala on 14th/15th August where a Class 26 and 27 will also be in action.
33 208 : continues to receive its overhaul at Shackerstone. The body was recently lifted on 18th March 2010 to allow the bogies to be removed for overhaul. The loco is currently sitting on accommodation bogies and it is hoped to return the locomotive to traffic to take part in the Southern themed gala on 17th – 19th September.
Extracts from Newsletter 54 issued
to members in March 2010
33 029 : still remains out of traffic at Carnforth awaiting OTMR fitting…perhaps 2010 is the year!
33 207 : operated to and from Derby as detailed in 33 025 section and got its first duty of the new decade on 6th January 2010 when it was dispatched to first Mossend and then Craigentinny in Scotland on snowplough duties. The locomotive has since worked from Carnforth to Ardwick to collect 37 676 following tyre turning on 19th February.
33 035 : looks like the Crompton comeback of 2010 with bodywork and internal work nearing completion. The locomotive has a date at this years Swanage Diesel Gala on 7th-9th May where it should hopefully make its preservation debut and operate its first passenger train since 1994!
33 048 : has been winterized until May 2010. The locomotive should be standby engine at the Mixed Traction Gala in mid-June. The locomotive should get a number of Saturday turns this year as the diagram is extended to operate from June through to September.
33 053 : continues to perform well at the Mid Hants and is almost in daily use. The locomotive will be a joint star at the Mid Hants Mixed traction event on 17th – 19th September celebrating the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Class.
33 057 : is also on the comeback trail. The locomotive was moved up to Bishops Lydeard on Saturday 6th March by 08377 with D9526 on the rear providing brake force. It was loaded aboard an Allelys lowloader at Bishops Lydeard on Thursday 11th March and left the WSR on a temporary basis for work to be carried out in three locations over the next 4 months or so. First port of call is Brush Traction, Loughborough, where it arrived and was unloaded on Friday 12th March, where it is anticipated that a number of tasks will be undertaken to the underframe area including changing the fire damaged No.2 traction motor for a refurbished spare one. Following on from that, it is planned to go to Cranmore Traincare at the East Somerset Railway where extensive repairs to bodywork corrosion will be undertaken as well as a full external repaint into original all-over BR Green livery. Tyre Turning and Ultrasonic Axle Testing will also be conducted at a third location still to be decided but either Ilford or Bristol St. Phillips Marsh depots are the likely candidates. It has also to be finally decided whether this will take place before or after the loco goes to Cranmore. If all goes well, the loco should then return to the WSR sometime during the Summer, where further works to the cab interiors will be carried out before a return to traffic. 33 103 : had its collision damage repaired in November 2009 and has already seen diagrammed use over the half term 13th – 21st February period at the railway and is next due to operate at the Swanage Diesel Gala in May 2010. 33 108 : under repair in the roundhouse at Barrow Hill with all pistons and cylinder liners re-fitted during February 2010.
33 109 : returned to the East Lancs Railway earlier than planned on 19th November 2009 as the East Lancs were short of ETH locomotives to work the Santa Special trains. As it transpired a leaking air brake pipe prevented 33 109 from taking part over the festive period. Into the new decade, the locomotive has been the standby locomotive at Bury for the Metrolink engineering project mainly used for shunting works trains in Baron Street sidings. However, the Crompton did get one outing on 7th February when it was sent onto the Metrolink to rescue a poorly 37418. The locomotive suffered from low power at the Nightrider Diesel Gala on 6th/7th March and the issue was traced to a blocked fuel pipe which was repaired successfully in time for the locomotive to rejoin the gala working the 1250 ex Bury vice D7076 which itself had developed a fault!
33 111 : has already seen diagrammed use over the half term 13th – 21st February period at the railway and is next due to operate at the Swanage Diesel Gala in May 2010.
33 208 : moved to Shackerstone by road on 16th November 2009 to enable repairs/overhaul to take place. If completed in time, the locomotive will return to the Mid Hants Railway in time to take part in the 50th anniversary gala on 17th – 19th September.
to members in Oct. 2009
33 025 :remains out of use at Carnforth and has not worked as yet in 2009. Rumours abound that WCRC would swap it for a Class 47 given the chance!
33 029 : also remains out of traffic at Carnforth.
33 207 : has thankfully returned to service and has flown a solo flag for the Class on the mainline in 2009. The locomotive had its annual summer outing to Machynlleth as standby for the Cambrian steam specials, working the ECS from Carnforth to Crewe on 24th July/09 before running round and travelling on the rear of the stock as steam 76079 took over for the remainder of the journey. The locomotive was not required to cover any of the steam booked workings throughout August but did venture back to Crewe on xx to collect a further coach to add onto the formation. With the season over, the locomotive worked the ECS back to Carnforth throughout on 29th August before working the Joint Line Railtours ‘The Merry-Le-Bone’ tour from Worksop to Marylebone and on the mini-tour from Quainton Road back to Marylebone on 5th September (top and tail with 37 516). The locomotive had a further mainline venture on 17th September when it ran light from Carnforth to Tyseley to collect a coach to return to Carnforth.
33 021 : remains at Tyseley with its future somewhat uncertain.
33 008 : has been the subject of good progress in recent months. The generator set was returned from Bowers after overhaul and replacement of damaged bearings. As a reminder this is the unit that was originally in 33053 (33053 has 33046’s generator set).This was refitted to the loco in August and has been aligned by Kev Cook. The power unit / turbo are now being reassembled. While the generator set was out plenty of needle-gunning, welding and painting was done in that area. We have also stripped down the traction motor blowers and overhauled them as well as fitting a new overhauled compressor. While this work has been going on, major surgery has commenced on no1 cab. All skin has been removed from the driver’s cab side and framework repaired and primed. On the cab front itself, about 12inches of metal has been cut off to reveal corroded framework at the joint with the cab floors. This is now being repaired before attention turns to the cab window surrounds. The plan is for an engine start up in the New Year and a desire to have 33008 to star at the September 2010 diesel gala at the Battlefield Line to celebrate its 50th year!.
33 012 : continues to undergo overhaul at Eastleigh Works with recent attention detailing the removal of the heat exchanger for overhaul. Elsewhere wiring is continuing, allow with the fitting of TPWS equipment and slack adjusters are being overhauled. Nameplates were removed on 30th August/09 for return to the Swanage Railway. The engine room is in the process of being repainted and the remaining air tanks have been removed ready for testing. Completion to mainline standards now looks likely to be 2010. See the 71a Group website at www.71a.co.uk
33 035 : has a successful engine start up for the first time in about 13 years, at Barrow Hill on 13th September 2009. Extensive bodywork repairs continue. Promising progress for potentially the next Crompton comeback?
33 048 : operated the Saturday diesel diagram on 15th/29th August/09 which could be its final turns of the year as it is not booked to appear at the mixed traction event in October.
33 053 : continues to perform well at the Mid Hants. Aside from routine maintenance and damage to handrails, there has been nothing else to report. The loco is used most days on works trains and stock moves. She also regularly assists on the RAT train.
33 057 : can now be started from both cab ends as work continues towards operational restoration.
33 103 : has continued to perform regularly at the Swanage Railway but has suffered collision damage in late August/early September when it struck the side of the DMU. The locomotive has suffered a loss of cab side handrail, several large cabside scrapes and the loss of a snowplough all on cab no.1 end as a result of the collision. The locomotive remains in service with its most recent use being to haul the ECS of the Spitfire Tours ‘Purbeck Growler’ railtour from Norden to Swanage on 26th September. 33 108 : remains under repair in the roundhouse at Barrow Hill with all cylinder liners currently removed for repair.
33 109 : has seen regular use at its new temporary home at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway following its debut at the Diesel Gala on 10th – 12th July/09. The locomotive then operated a private charter detailing 4 full line return trips on 28th September and is booked to operate at the next diesel gala on 24th/25th October and then the diesel turn (3 return trips) on 31st October (with 47 105 providing heat). Finally, prior to its return to the East Lancs Railway in January 2010, the locomotive will take part in the diesel event on the 27th December 2009.
33 110 : has returned to traffic following extensive bodywork repairs resplendent in BR Departmental Grey together with a fitting St Blazey lizard depot plaque (on one side – cab no.2)! The locomotive made its first passenger runs for 3 years at the Autumn Diesel Gala on 26th/27th September 2009. A week later it made a further 3 return trips on 3rd October and will hopefully be a regular performer in 2010.
33 111 : has now had a complete set of numbers and BR arrows applied on 25th July/09 ahead of its use at the Swanage Carnival event. The locomotive also has had a sticker ‘Hot Dog’ name applied on one side on the same date. The locomotive has seen frequent use over the summer and most recently worked the ECS of the Spitfire Railtours ‘Purbeck Growler’ from Swanage to Norden on 26th September.
33 116 : on the other hand remains numberless! The locomotive has seen regular use operating in push-pull mode with the 4 BIG unit at the Great Central Railway including 3 days intense use at the September Diesel Gala on 11th-13th September/09. It’s final outing of 2009 should be the 1215 Loughbrough – Leicester and 1300 return on 14th November 2009. The Great Central Railway is advertising another winter diesel running weekend on 9th/10th January 2010 which the locomotive may take part in.
33 202 : operated some passenger trains at the Mangapps Farm Railway on 29th-31st August/09 and was named ‘Dennis G Robinson’ on 31st August 2009 in memory of a keen volunteer at the museum site.
33 208 : awaits transfer to Shackerstone to enable repairs/overhaul to take place.
Extracts from Newsletter 52 issued
to members in July. 2009
33 025 :has not worked as yet in 2009, giving up its OTMR box to return Class 37/47’s to the mainline. Plans for 2009 did detail some top engine work.
33 029 : frustratingly still remains out of traffic at Carnforth and on TOPS was moved to N/ONE status in June which is ominous!
33 207 : like 33 025, had not worked a train in 2009 with its OTMR box removed, until 10th June/09 when following an exam and the refitting of its OTMR black box, it ventured onto the mainline briefly to collect 47 492 from the former Steamtown shed at Carnforth and tow the locomotive to the local DBS sidings ready for road collection. On 1st July, the locomotive worked the 0Z33 0800 Carnforth – Hellifield and 5Z33 1130 return, collecting 5 coaches, top and tailed with 47786.
33 021 : remains at Tyseley with its future somewhat uncertain.
33 008 : continues to edge nearer to an operational return. The generator set which has been under repair at Bowers for the last couple of months is now finished. Delivery and refitting to the locomotive is scheduled for Monday 13th July/09. Over the last couple of weeks the engine room has been steam cleaned, needle gunned and painted. Major body surgery has restarted on no1 cab with repairs to floor now completed and window surrounds next.
33 012 : continues to undergo overhaul at Eastleigh Works with attention to the traction motors and slack adjusters being the main focus. The power unit was lifted out for attention on 15th May/09. The locomotive was on display at the Eastleigh Works Open Day weekend on 23rd-25th May 2009. For detailed updates on overhaul progress, please see the 71a Group website at www.71a.co.uk
33 035 : has now entered the Roundhouse at Barrow Hill for bodywork restoration during early February 2009 and steady progress is being made – could this be the next Crompton comeback?
33 048 : did not operate at the WSR mixed traction gala from 12-14th June/09 but was the standby locomotive at Williton. The locomotive has two running days this summer – Saturday 15th/29th August where it completes two round trips.
33 052 : has had two rare passenger outings in 2009 operating one service per day over the weekend of 2nd/3rd May and 6th/7th June.
33 053 : operated without fault at the Mid Hants Diesel Gala on 29th/30th/31st May 2009.
33 057 : continues to receive restoration at Williton.
33 103 : was outshopped in BR Blue at Barrow Hill in late March 2009 with Swordfish nameplates and snowploughs retained. The locomotive was moved by road to Norden on the Swanage Railway on 31st March where the locomotive immediately took up operational duties. The locomotive suffered a traction motor problem on 3rd May when working ECS for a mainline tour back into Swanage, but was able to take part in the successful Swanage Diesel Gala on 8th – 10th May/09, before representing the 33/1 at the Eastleigh Works Open Day on 23rd – 25th May, being towed to the site by 55 022 on 19th May returning with 37 706 on 26th May. Locomotive will remain at Swanage until the return of 33 012 from overhaul at Eastleigh Works. There are then plans to return the locomotive to mainline operation.
33 109 : continues to be very well utilised. After successfully completing its Nightrider duties at the East Lancs on 14th/15th March/09 and the diesel diagram on 25th April, the locomotive had a month off before travelling across the Pennines to Keighley with 55 022, to take part in the Keighley & Worth Valley Diesel Gala from 5th – 7th June. After completing its first round trip on the Friday, the locomotive suffered a burnt out resistor which saw it out of traffic for the remainder of the day. The following day, the locomotive was repaired with the help of a quickly dispatched spare courtesy of 33 117 and performed without fault for the rest of the weekend. 33 109 then operated the East Lancs diesel diagram on 20th/27th/28th June/09, and made an appearance at the Diesel Gala from 3rd – 5th July. The locomotive was then transported by road from Bury on 6th July arriving at Toddington on 7th July ahead of a guest appearance at the forthcoming Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Diesel Gala from the 10th – 12th July breaking further new ground for the bagpipe! The locomotive is likely to have an extended stay at the railway until January 2010.
33 110 : continues to receive thorough bodywork attention at Bodmin and could return for the Autumn Diesel Gala on 26th/27th September 2009. It is likely that when bodywork is complete, the locomotive will return to traffic in a new livery – departmental grey!
33 111 : successfully starred at the Swanage Diesel Gala on 8th – 10th May and together with 33 103, will share summer duties with expected use at the Swanage Carnival/Fireworks on 25th July, 30th July and 2nd August.
33 116 : after operating a number of Saturday/Sunday turns and the diesel gala on 25th/26th April/09, the locomotive operated 6 Loughborough – Rothley return shuttles on both 4th and 5th July with the newly restored 4-BIG unit enabling true push-pull operation to be experienced again. The locomotive is scheduled to operate at the forthcoming diesel gala on 11th – 13th September.
33 202 : after arriving at its new home on 13th February/09, was soon operating its first passenger trains on the railway on the 21st February. The locomotive should take part in the annual diesel gala later this year (date to be announced but indicated as 29th/30th August/09).
33 208 : suffered a traction motor fire on 14th March/09 at Ropley, itself enroute to rescue failed steam locomotive, 73 096 and led to the locomotive suffering the indignity of literally being pushed by human hand back into the siding! This has meant that finally the locomotive has been withdrawn from traffic with 37 905 now based at the railway to cover whilst 33 208 travels up to Shackerstone for repair/overhaul. The locomotive plus a replacement set of bogies (ex 051) is scheduled to arrive at Shackerstone in august for overhaul.
to members in Mar. 2009
33 025 :has had a relatively quiet end to 2008 after a busy summer which took it from Mallaig to Weymouth! On 14th October’08 the locomotive worked light engine from Carnforth to Derby where it collected a coach to take to Tyseley. The next day saw the locomotive shadow a steam tour to Stratford Upon Avon before heading south to Southall on 17th October’08 hauling 2 Mk1 coaches. The locomotive returned to Carnforth for Christmas on 4/12/08 along with 47760/851 towed by 47769. Plans for 2009 detail some engine work and possibly the reinstatement of ETH.
33 029 : frustratingly still remains out of traffic at Carnforth awaiting the last stages of OTMR fitment – a further indication that Class 33’s are not high priority with WCRC.
33 207 : has not worked a train since returning the Cambrian Steam ECS to Carnforth at the end of August but remains operational and available for use.
33 021 : remains at Tyseley with its future somewhat uncertain after Cotswold Rail declined to pursue an interest to purchase the locomotive to join 33 202.
33 103 : remains at Barrow Hill awaiting OTMR fitment and sees regular use as depot pilot. 33 103 will be loaned to the Swanage Railway this year to cover for the unavailable 33 012 and should move to Swanage by road in February’09 following a repaint at Barrow Hill into BR Blue.
33 008 : continues to undergo restoration at Shackerstone. Repairs have started on the main generator at Bowers of Chesterfield. These will be completed in March and the generator refitted in April’09. 4 overhauled traction motors have been acquired for the loco and these will be fitted later in the year as part of a thorough bogie overhaul. Body repairs have stalled recently due to work switching to 37 905. However, this is now nearly finished so attention can revert to 33 008. All parts are now in stock for the loco, so it is “just” a case of body repairs and putting her back together!
33 012 : has continued to see plenty of use at the Swanage Railway, most recently at the 60’s weekend at the end of November’08 where bitterly cold conditions saw its newly restored ETH put to excellent use. Following the inspection by Network Rail and the issue of a fitness to run certificate, the locomotive left the confines of the Swanage Railway for the first time this millennium on Wednesday 14th January’09 when it was towed by 73205 back to its previous home of Eastleigh as the 0Y33 1130 Furzebrook – Eastleigh Works where it is now on site for commencement of its overhaul (is this 1989 or 2009!). The locomotive becomes the first 33 to receive attention at Eastleigh Works since 33 025 in 1993. The locomotive entered the repair shops a few days after arrival and was lifted off its bogies/fuel tank removed on 22nd January in readiness for repairs to commence. An opportunity to see 33 012 under overhaul will be at the Eastleigh Works Open Day weekend on 23rd/24th May 2009. For detailed updates on overhaul progress, see the 71A Group website.
33 048 : has had new batteries fitted during December at Williton. Operating dates for 2009 thus far detail the mixed traction gala on 12-14th June’09.
33 053 : has had an active December’08 working Santa Specials, top and tail with steam throughout the month. Improved reliability has seen the locomotive only fail once in the last 6 months – and that was because nobody had topped up the water levels! A recent exam has unfortunately revealed that a number of tyres have slipped while in use at the MHR. This will be monitored very closely going forward…. In addition to its steam standby duties, the locomotive will operate at the reinstated Diesel Gala on 29th/30th/31st May’09 alongside 33 208.
33 057 : continues to receive attention to bring it back into full operation. Cab 2 has now been fully stripped out and quotes for the internal repairs are being assessed before the work starts. There are tentative hopes that this could be as early as later this year (2009). Not bad for a locomotive bought in late 2005 for spares!
33 102 : continues to receive some external restoration whilst remaining in traffic at the Churnet Valley Railway – last seen shunting around the shed at Cheddleton on 21st December’08.
33 108 : remains under repair at Barrow Hill after metal was found in an oil sample.
33 109 : has had a busy winter where its fully operational ETH has been put to good use. The locomotive successfully completed the diesel diagram on 8th November’08 and then top and tailed Santa Specials between Bury and Ramsbottom from 29th November until 14th December. The locomotive also operated the diesel diagram on Valentines Day and is next booked to operate the diagram on 7th March’09. The locomotive then has a starring role in the Nightrider event on 14th/15th March’09 where it will work 5 round trips overnight between 2320hrs and 0820hrs – offering 120 miles! The locomotive will also operate at future galas on 3rd/4th/5th July and 17th/18th October 2009.
33 110 : continues to receive thorough bodywork attention at Bodmin and had its engine successfully re-started on 22nd December’08 and its hoped the locomotive will be back in traffic during 2009 perhaps for the Spring Gala on 28th/29th March’09 and Autumn Diesel Gala on 26th/27th September 2009. It is likely that when bodywork is complete, the locomotive will return to traffic in a new livery.
33 111 : has now received new batteries which will assist its reliability at Swanage and successfully took part in the 1960’s event on 29th/30th November’08 where, like 33 012, 33 111’s working ETH was put to good use. The original condition 33/1 also became the first Crompton to work in 2009 when it stood in for a failed steam engine on New Years Day! The locomotive will star at the Swanage Diesel Gala on 8th – 10th May’09 and will be in much demand over the summer whilst 33 012 is away for overhaul.
33 116 : operated at the extremely cold Great Central Railway Winter Diesel Gala on 10th/11th January and will work the diesel turn (1215 Loughborough – Leicester & rtn) on 22nd February 2009. The locomotive will also take part at the main Diesel Galas on 25th/26th April and 12th/13th September 2009.
33 208 : has yet to be taken out of traffic and was used on a number of Santa Specials at the Mid Hants Railway during December and the locomotive is advertised as appearing at the May Diesel Gala. It is likely that when the locomotive is taken out of traffic, it will be moved to the Battlefield Line for overhaul to take place.
to members in Oct. 2008
On 3rd August’08, the locomotive was dispatched with ECS for Fort William (via Settle/Carlisle) only to suffer a minor bogie fire near Law Junction. After being left at Mossend yard, the locomotive was towed back to Carnforth by 37248 on 7th August. West Coast Railways are concerned with excessive tyre wear on the 33’s and this could be due to the specific challenges of the West Highland line. They are monitoring the situation.
The locomotive along with 33207 worked Pathfinder Tours ‘The Great Wey Round’ from Crewe to Weymouth and return on 23rd August – the first mainline pairing on a passenger train for nearly two years! The following weekend 33025 had another trip to the south coast, this time to Paignton and Kingswear from Tyseley, although the locomotive was merely on the train for shunting and insurance with 47773 providing the power.
A week later, on Saturday 6th September, the locomotive returned to Weymouth working solo on Spitfire Railtours ‘The Dorset Dumpling’ from Waterloo to Weymouth via Laverstock and Eastleigh. This was the first Crompton passenger working from Waterloo in over ten years! 73136 hauled the return train back via Southampton and Winchester. The locomotive hauled both tours in fine form although reports suggest it requires some top end engine work back at Carnforth in the near future.
The locomotive worked OZ33 from Southall to March on 17th September with 47245, to collect stranded 47760 (seized wheelset). The convoy returned to Ely Potter Group Sidings on the 18th September where 33 025/47760 were left awaiting return to Carnforth while 47760 undertook a bogie swap. This completed, 33025 towed the 47 back to Carnforth on 24th September. 33025 was out again on 14th October’08 running light as OZ33 1130 Carnforth – Derby RTC.
33 029 : remains out of traffic at Camforth whilst OTMR fitting is completed and was on display at the recent open day. Priority work on Class 37/47 locomotives has resulted in the delay in finishing the work.
33 030 : had a rare public outing at the Camforth Open Day weekend on 26th/27th July’08 when it was towed out of the old steam shed into the adjacent sidings for display.
33 207 : having been fitted with OTMR, was released to traffic in early June’08 with its first train being none other than the Kingfisher Tours ‘Settle & Carlisle Experience’ from Skipton to Carlisle and return on 18th June. 33207 put in a superb solo performance which has transpired to be the only one of these tours to run from an original programme that spanned the entire summer. The locomotive has since gone on its annual summer holiday to the Cambrian coast, working the ECS for the Cambrian Coast steam service from Carnforth to Mach on 25th July where it remains on standby for the duration of the service until the end of August (the locomotive performed the same duty in both 2006 and 2007). However, unlike previous years, 33207 was called to assist steam locomotive 76079 on both 7th and 8th August after the steam loco was filled with sea water at Pwllheli. 33207 has thus once again broken new ground for the Class in working the first passenger trains west of Barmouth! The locomotive pushed from the rear on the outward trips (10.05 Machynlleth -Pwllheli) and worked in tandem on the return. Due to 33 029 not being ready, 33207 returned to Crewe on 22nd August to meet up with 33025 in readiness to work ‘The Great Wey Round’ tour from Crewe – Weymouth and return the following day. The locomotive returned to Mach on 25th August’08 to resume steam standby duties before bringing the ECS back to Carnforth on 30th August following the end of the steam season.
33 021 : remains at Tyseley with rumours of an imminent purchase by Cotswold Rail.
33 103 : remains at Barrow Hill awaiting OTMR fitment and a possible link with either Cotswold Rail or West Coast Railways. In the meantime, it sees frequent use as depot shunter.
33 012 : has continued to see plenty of use at the Swanage Railway most recently sharing the evening fireworks specials with 33111. In an exciting development, the 71 A Locomotive Group have announced that the locomotive would be taken out of service at the start of 2009 for a general overhaul. This would take between nine and twelve months with the work being undertaken at Eastleigh Works. Bruce Knights, current owner of the lease, have offered the erection shop, with full works cranes and facilities to 71 A group members for this overhaul. This is felt to be most appropriate as Eastleigh Works was the home of the class 33 overhauls and repairs for the whole of their working life with BR. This project will commence in January 2009, which in it’s self is significant being the centenary year, since the original LSWR works move from Nine Elms in 1909.
The group have been concerned for some time about the state of the underfloor trunking over the bogies and when the chance to do this work at Eastleigh Works came about, it was felt that was too good an opportunity to miss. The use of the overhead cranes and other lifting gear will enable the power unit and generator to be removed allowing work to be done on the bedplate. The brake rigging and the traction motors will be removed from the bogies as well.
The opportunity will also be taken to send the generator and traction motors away to be overhauled. The brake rigging will be fitted with new bushes fitted to compensate for any wear and to ensure that it is fit for further use. The brake valves will be stripped, cleaned and put back together with new diaphragms and seals. TPWS and OTMR will possibly be fitted during this overhaul as well so that in the future if we decide to operate 33012 on the mainline the equipment will already be fitted. In fact we intend to do as much work as is necessary so that 33012 will last for another 50 years and returns back to the Swanage Railway as one of the best locomotives in diesel preservation.
The labour for this project will depend entirely on volunteers; however, experienced railway engineers will be leading the work. We have also had offers of other local expertise from within the railway industry. The budget is tight and 71 A would like to appeal for additional funds to group members and, indeed the wider ‘crompton loving’ public. In the meantime, 33012 will make its next scheduled passenger appearance at the Swanage Railway 60’s event on 29th/30th November’08 where it will hopefully get to use its restored ETH capability!
33 048 : has had a very busy period since being released to traffic in late 1960’s BR Green livery for the West Somerset Mixed Traction weekend in mid June’08. Availability problems with the West Somerset Railways steam fleet saw up to two diesels required on a daily basis in late June and July with 33048 and 25173 being utilized. In addition the locomotive has operated on a number of summer Saturdays as per previous years and will next operate at the mixed traction event on 25th/26th October’08.
33 052 : has had full green cab ends applied at the Kent and East Sussex Railway during 2008.
33 053 : has moved to the Mid Hants Railway, arriving by road on the 28th June to act as cover whilst resident Crompton 33208 is taken out of service for overhaul. Not passing an opportunity to make the use of 2 Cromptons on the line, the usual non-diesel line ran two return trips on 2nd August between Alresford and Medstead operated by the pair, followed by 3 return trips with 33208 along the full length of the line on 20th September, before 33208 is taken out of service.
33 057 : has had its engine successfully started on a number of occasions this summer as restoration at Williton continues.
33 102 : continues to receive some external restoration whilst remaining in traffic and displayed evidence of partial repainting on Cab No. 2 end at the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Gala on 30th May – 1st June’08.
33 108 : has now had its collision damage repairs completed at Barrow Hill and has moved into the spot vacated by 33111 within the roundhouse. The locomotive will remain on site, receiving additional internal attention. It is then planned that the locomotive will be made available for short term visits to other railways.
33 109 : became the first Class 33 to visit the Bolton and Embassy Diesel Gala on 18th, 19th and 20th July’08 arriving at the railway on 15th July and departing back to Bury on 25th July. The locomotive operated the Saturday diesel diagram at the East Lancashire Railway on 20th September’08 and has a further outing on Saturday 8th November.
33 110 : to receive thorough bodywork attention at Bodmin with recent progress being evident on cab no. and the bodysides. Could this locomotive return to traffic next year?
33 111 : arrived at its new home at the Swanage Railway on 8th June’08 having left Barrow Hill on 5th June. The locomotive then hauled its first full length passenger trains in preservation on 12th June although issues with its batteries required being replaced by 33012 during the day. The locomotive suffered a burnt out traction motor blower on 29th July whilst en-route from Swanage to Norden to work the 1310 departure to Swanage. 33012 came to the rescue and 33111 was repaired within the same week. The locomotive is now available alongside 33012 and will feature at the 1960’s event on 29th/30th November’08.
33 116 : has spent the summer out of service in the shed at Loughborough finally undergoing bodywork restoration and repainting. The locomotive is being repainted into BR Blue and emerged into traffic, semi complete on 12th September to successfully take part in the 3 day diesel gala. The impressive transformation from ‘banger blue’ is clearly evident. Following the gala, the locomotive has once again been taken out of traffic to enable the remainder of the work to be completed which details, full bodywork attention to cab no. 1, repairing the buffer collision damage on cab no.2 suffered at Purley in August 1998 and then final painting and application of the numbers and BR symbols.
33 208 : as reported above, will be taken out of service later this year for overhaul, now that 33053 has arrived at the Mid Hants Railway as cover. 33053 and 33208 operated two return trips on 2nd August between Alresford and Medstead operated by the pair, followed by 3 return trips along the full length of the line on 20th September/08, before 33208 is taken out of service.
to members in Apr. 2008
33 029 : remains out of traffic at Camforth whilst OTMR fitting is completed. This was approximately 80% complete by the beginning of the year (2008), but priorities at WCRC with Class 47’s has seen the work put back in the queue.
33 207 : remains out of traffic at Camforth until OTMR is fitted. This was started in April’08 and was almost complete as we went to press.
33 019 : has had electrical faults attended to during the winter break and should have successfully performed at the recent Battlefield line galas on 19th/20thApril/’08 and has a further operating days on 7th June and 2nd/3rd August’08.
33 021 : 021 was moved from Barrow Hill to Tyseley by 31 454 on 28th January’08 for tyre turning at Maintrain prior to returning to full operation. The locomotive is still potentially earmarked to move to the Dartmoor Railway but with the demise of Mainline Rail, this may now be in doubt.
33 103 : is now at Barrow Hill awaiting OTMR fitment and a return to mainline duties.
33 008 : continues to undergo restoration at Shackerstone. Focus is currently on bodywork repairs on nol cab – floor and cab sides have been completed thus far. The repaired main generator is also expected back during April.
33 012 : is set to once again be one of the hardest working preserved Class 33’s in 2008 and has already been utilised in passenger action on Sunday 23rd March and 12th/13th April’08. Its next appearances should be at the Swanage Beer Gala on 11th – 13th May 2008 and the locomotive should feature on the Summer Friday evening/Sunday dining trains again this year. The 71 A Group are considering the possibility of mainline certifying the locomotive to take advantage of the connection at Furzebrook onto the mainline being made operational with potential future through workings from Wareham.
33 034 : whilst stored in a siding at Norden on the Swanage Railway, ’34 has been the victim of copper theft during February’08 which has left its uncertain future even more uncertain.
33 048 : will be in operation at the West Somerset Mixed Traction weekend from 13th-15th June’08.
33 053 : completed all Santa Specials duties at the Northampton and Lamport Railway. While hauling these trains a leak developed between the bottom of one of the radiators and a settling tank. During January and February’08 one radiator was completely stripped down and overhauled. The settling tank was also overhauled with new gaskets fitted. The bodywork surrounding the radiator was repaired and repainted ahead of its visit to the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala on 1st/2nd March ’08. The locomotive was moved by road from Pitsford to Wansford on 21st February 2008 and on arrival at the Nene Valley Railway, was utilised on a photographic charter on 23rd February ahead of the gala. After completing its first days gala duties, the locomotive unfortunately suffered a main generator flashover on Sunday 2nd March whilst working the first train of the day from Wansford to Peterborough. The flashover was potentially due to a defect on a traction motor. The locomotive was moved by road on 3rd March, back to Shackerstone on the Battlefield Line for assessment and repairs. The positive news is that damage is only of a minor nature and repairs will hopefully be completed before the Battlefield Line Diesel Gala on 19th/20th April’08. Next jobs on the list include refurbishing nol cab interior, tackling the other radiator and completing an oil change.
33 057 : had a successful engine start on 16th February 2008 – amazing for a locomotive in open store for over 10 years and initially earmarked for spares donor for 33 048. The locomotive even moved a small distance under its own power on its two operational traction motors. An initial concern that the overhauled turbocharger wasn’t turning was traced to a dead bird in the exhaust system! Considerable further work on the traction motors and bodywork attention are required before the locomotive makes a full operational return to service.
33 102 : is receiving some external restoration and is next booked to operate at the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Gala on 30th May – 1st June’08.
33 108 : continues to receive collision damage repairs at Barrow Hill and will hopefully be completed in the next couple of months.
33 109 : 33109 has made a very welcome return to operational use since newsletter 48. Following restoration at Bury, the locomotive was successfully started on….and successfully completed its first passenger duties for over 7 years on 2nd February 2008 when it worked the second half of the diesel diagram with 24054. The locomotive had further successful passenger outings on 15th/16th March’08 when its external appearance had been significantly improved and Captain Bill Smith RNR nameplates reapplied and a full running day on Saturday 12th April. Further booked passenger turns are the diesel diagram on Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th July in addition to the annual 7 day diesel gala from 30th June’08.
33 111 : continues to receive the finishing touches to its internal and external restoration at Barrow Hill, and once completed will be moving to the Swanage Railway to operate alongside 33 012 from early June.
33 116 : is amazingly still in ‘banger blue’ condition at the Great Central Railway and worked at the diesel gala on the 14th-16th March’08 whilst also completing the Saturday diesel diagram on 5th April and operating at the diesel gala on 11th -13th April’08. The locomotive should see considerable use over the summer.
33 117 : remains in the middle of a long overhaul and has recently donated parts to 33109 to enable Captain Bill to return to traffic.
33 208 : continues to see limited use at the Mid Hants Railway for their 2008 season usually rescuing booked steam or DMMU traction and had an outing on UK Tours Oozlum Bird 2 tour on 9th February’08 assisting 73 206/209 over the Mid-Hants section of the tour.
to members in Jan. 2008
33 025 : which was stopped at Carnforth for OTMR fitment was released to traffic on 2nd October’07 with its first duty to pilot 5972 ‘Hogwarts Castle’ on the 5Z33 Carnforth – Fort William empty stock working in readiness for another stint of Warner Brothers filming on the West Highland line. Whilst up at Fort William, the locomotive was used to move a snowplough down to Glenfinnan sidings on 8th October, before returning south to Carnforth on the rear of the 5Z92 0810 Fort William – Carnforth on the 9th October’07. 33 025 has also undergone wheelset attention whilst out of traffic and now sports a painted black oval 10a shed plate on the bottom of each cab end. 33 025 is the first Crompton fitted with OTMR and that means that we should have at least one on the main line in 2008! Reports indicate that WCRC have been awarded a further 3 year contract for operating The Royal Scotsman so will hopefully see 33’s in the splendour of the Scottish Highlands for years to come! Fresh from its return to Carnforth from Fort William, the locomotive was dispatched south to London (Southall) on 17th October (towed by 47 245 via Barrow Hill) to take up duties with the Steam Dreams Green train, its first duties to run light from Stewarts Lane to Exeter on 27th October prior to working 1740 Exeter St Davids – Clapham Junction (pushing from Exeter – Westbury, leading to Latchmere South Junction) with 30777 on 28th October’07. The first Class 33 passenger action apart from the Royal Scotsman since 20th January 2007!
33 029 : has continued to put in a superb performance operating the 1H86 Fort William – Mallaig/5Z86 Fort William – Bridge of Orchy, 1H96 Bridge of Orchy – Eastfield (Glasgow) and 1H88 Wemyss Bay – Dalmeny Junction legs of the Western Royal Scotsman three weekends per month. In mid September, WCRC swapped locomotives and 33 207 was sent north to finish the 2007 season. 33 029 remained available at Edinburgh Craigentinny until 10th October’07 when it worked light with 33 207 and 47 826 from Edinburgh back to Carnforth at 0Z33. The locomotive had a day out to Minehead on 8th December’07 when it ventured from Tyseley to Minehead on the rear of a charter train headed by 47 773 (the Crompton was for insurance purposes only). OTMR fitment is now planned before the end of 2007 and as we went to press this was well on the way to completion.
33 030 : got a rare but brief glimpse of daylight on 21st November’07 when it was shunted from the diesel shed where it has resided for over two years, into the steam shed for long term storage whilst still being utilised as parts donor for the three operational locomotives.
33 207 : worked from Mach back to Carnforth with the ECS from the Cambrian Steam Specials on 3rd September. In mid September the locomotive travelled north to Scotland to perform Royal Scotsman ‘Western’ tour duties as per 33 029, commencing on Saturday 15th September with the final two weekends on 30th September/7th October’07 visiting Stirling rather than Wemyss Bay due to engineering works. With the Royal Scotsman ‘Western’ season now over, the locomotive returned to Carnforth with 33 029 and 47 826 on 10th October’07. The locomotive worked ECS from Doncaster to Stevenage early on 8th December for a charter to Chester operated by 57 601. 33 207 remained on the rear throughout and was later used to operate the ECS back from Stevenage to York. OTMR fitment is now planned before the end of the year.
33 019 : successfully performed at the recent Battlefield line galas on 14th, 15th and 16th September’07 and operated the daily diagram on 30th September.
33 021 : is earmarked for a return to operational use (with the overhauled engine and generator from 33 046) for the first time since its failure at the Mid Hants Gala in May 2004. The locomotive has recently received new batteries and has had its engines started before making its first operational appearance for over 3 years on 15th December 2007 when it worked passenger shuttles over the short demonstration line at Barrow Hill, top and tailed with 33 111. A full operational return beckons in 2008.
33 103 : continues to operate from Derby and has had recent outings on the saloon to Humberside and East Anglia. On hire to Cotswold, the locomotive travelled light engine to Carlisle on 3rd October (stopping at WCRC Carnforth for a top up of water!!) to work the 6Z 1600 Carlisle – Gloucester empty flat wagons. Still in the west, the locomotive was noted passing Bath light engine towards Bristol on the evening of 4th October before spending the weekend stabled at Bristol. Monday 8th October saw the locomotive haul HST power car, 43 145 to Loughborough whilst the following day the locomotive was back on saloon duty working from Derby to Hornsey and on the 10th worked back to Derby via Peterborough, Melton Mowbray and Leicester. The locomotive had a further outing on 19th November, hauling 56 011/021 from Coalville to Long Marston. A further stock move occupied the locomotive on 26th November when it took 86 223 and some stock from Oxley to Long Marston. The locomotive will require OTMR fitment in the coming weeks if it is to continue to operate on the mainline from 1st January.
33 002 : is now receiving internal attention following the completion of the excellent external restoration this summer. The turbocharger is currently away being overhauled whilst the cab interiors receive attention. The locomotive will hopefully return to traffic during 2008.
33 008 : continues to undergo restoration at Shackerstone with further external and internal bodywork repairs being completed in the last two months.
33 012 : has continued to be one of the hardest working preserved Class 33’s and had its final planned turns of 2007 at the 60’s weekend on Saturday 24th November.
33 046 : currently remains at Swanick Junction at the Midland Railway Centre where it awaits a decision on its future – spares donor or restoration project.
33 048 : continues in service supporting WSR infrastructure and revenue earning services. Is was designated standby at Williton for the Autumn Steam Gala from 4th to 7th October, and saw use at the smaller “Autumn in Somerset” mixed traffic gala on 28th October.
33 053 : has received 2 piece snowploughs in early September following completion of its replacement generator and operated at the Battlefield Gala on 14th 15th and 16th September 2007. The locomotive suffered with loss of power on the 15th and missed its initial afternoon diagram. However, this was rectified in time for the locomotive to take up the final two trips of the day, one solo and one paired with 33 019. The locomotive has had its electric train heating reinstated during October and was moved by road on to the Northampton and Lamport Railway on the 26th of November for a short stay until Christmas to work the Santa Specials top and tail with steam to provide the heat! The locomotive is then planned to guest at the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala on 1st/2nd March 2007 (it has a hard Crompton act to follow!) before moving back to the Chinnor and Risborough Railway where it will stay for the foreseeable future.
33 057 : Work continues on acquiring missing components and then fitting them. Air has been put through the loco with only one leak found. Work has continued on the electrical cubicle testing various items. The loco would be in a position to be started and take power, if only they had some batteries!!! The fibreglass cab window surrounds have been removed revealing the usual poor condition metalwork. Substantial bodywork repairs will be carried out under contract over the winter period. Engine wise, the locomotive is now complete and an engine start up could be on the cards as early as Spring 2008!
33 102 : was due to operate at the Diesel Railcar Gala on 30th September but unfortunately was failed with an earthing fault which resulted in a loss of power. The locomotive has received some external attention since the summer with a partial bogie/underframe repaint and t-cut to the cabs and bodysides. Full external restoration now awaits.
33 108 : has now started to receive collision damage repairs (at last) at Barrow Hill, with a timescale of about 8-10 weeks being anticipated for completion. Major parts of the front cab panel have been cut away ready for replacement with new metal.
33 109 : was finally moved from the LNWR complex at Crewe to the nearby Heritage Centre on 3rd October in readiness for a move by road to the East Lancashire Railway which was undertaken on Wednesday 10th October. The locomotive will now undergo restoration at Bury and is now inside the shed at Buckley Wells receiving attention. A planned running date on Saturday 2nd February 2008 is the target return date for the ‘Captain’.
33 111 : is receiving the finishing touches to an excellent repaint at Barrow Hill thanks to the efforts of Richard Pinker. The cab interiors are the next major job to be handled but the end is nearly in sight. Other recent work includes repairing the governor and reinstatement of the vacuum brakes. The locomotive worked passenger shuttles along the short demonstration line alongside 33 021 on 15th December 2007 during a Christmas diesel running event. A welcome return to full operational service in 2008 is anticipated.
33 116 : continues to see operation in its ‘banger blue’ condition at the Great Central Railway and worked the 1215/1415 departures from Loughborough on Sunday 30th September and performed well at the diesel gala on 14th-16th September 2007. Rumours abound that the locomotive will finally lose its banger blue livery over the winter months and be painted into a non-authentic green livery to match the CIG at the railway which is also due to receive the green paintbrush treatment.
33 117 : has received continuing restoration at Bury since being taken out of traffic in November 2005. The locomotive has received one newly fabricated cab as part of the overhaul.
33 201 : has made a very welcome return to traffic at the Midland Railway Centre working its first trains since 2003 on 26th August followed by a full running day on 30th September.
33 208 : continues to see limited use at the Mid Hants Railway for their 2007 season usually rescuing booked steam or DMMU traction.
to members in July 2007
The 3 operational Class 33’s were taken out of traffic on 31st March/07 for expensive OTMR fitment in line with legislation which requires all mainline locomotives with an expected use beyond 31st December 2007 to be fitted with what is essentially a black box recording devise. This development can only be seen as positive news with regard to future WCRC plans! Following fitment, 33 029 and 33 207 have returned to traffic in late May and yes, once again…The Royal Scotsman is enjoying Crompton haulage…now where is that spare £3000!
33 025 : is currently stopped at Carnforth for OTMR fitment and possibly attention to its engine as it has been operating as 7LDA for the past couple of years with one cylinder missing! Those who have witnessed it will not forget the distinctive sound that resulted.
33 029 : was released to traffic following OTMR fitment on 24th May and promptly ran light engine to Fort William to take up its position as Royal Scotsman assisting locomotive for the Western leg of the luxury train. Making its debut in the West Highlands, The ‘Glen’ in the glen worked Fort William – Mallaig/Fort William – Bridge of Orchy on 26th May, Bridge of Orchy – Glasgow (27th May) and Wemyss Bay – Edinburgh (28th May). The following weekend it worked Fort William – Mallaig/Fort William – Bridge of Orchy on 2nd June and then Bridge of Orchy – Wemyss Bay on 3rd June which it also worked 16th/17th and 23rd/24th June. The removal of the Oban line section to Taynuilt and the 20mph speed restriction imposed by Network Rail for Class 33’s, should hopefully mean Cromptons are a regular fixture on this train for the 2007 season.
33 207 : 207 also had OTMR fitted at Carnforth and was completed by the end of May. It had a brief outing on 9th June when it conveyed 71000 and its support coach as 5Z71 from Penrith to Bury after the steam locomotive failed whilst working the return leg of the Cumbrian Mountain Express to Bedford. The locomotive had a greater adventure w/c 2nd July when it worked the Network Rail inspection saloon ‘Amanda’ on a tour of the Central Wales line, Aberystwyth, and Pwllheli, departing Derby on Monday 2nd July, returning to Carnforth on Thursday 5th July. The locomotive has recently had black oval 10A shed plates (former identity of Carnforth depot) painted on both of its lower cab fronts.
33 019 : 019 successfully performed at the recent Battlefield line gala which included the excellent pairing with newly restored short term resident, 33 053. The locomotive will feature at the next diesel gala on 15th/16th September and may have additional running days on Saturdays throughout the summer.
33 021 : was moved from Derby to Barrow Hill on 27th April by 31 128 where future restoration will take place.
33 103 : having been resident at Derby station ‘slum’ sidings since working the final leg of ‘The Lancashire Witch’ tour on 20th January, finally ventured onto the mainline again on 6th June, working the saloon from Derby to Derby via Wellingborough. The locomotive worked light engine from Derby to Bescot on 5th July to return with the 4Z33 13.37 Bescot – Chaddesden. The locomotive has not surprisingly had its cabside FM Rail branding painted over in the early months of the year.
33 002 : continues to receive external restoration with all welding and metalwork completed on the second and final cab. The locomotive now has snowploughs fitted to Cab No. 1 end and was displayed at Buckfastleigh during the South Devon Railway Diesel Gala in June. The South Devon Diesel Group are hopefull it will make a full return to traffic at their Autumn diesel gala on 3rd/4th November 2007.
33 008 : continues to undergo restoration at Shackerstone with further external and internal bodywork repairs being completed in the last two months.
33 012 : continues to be one of the hardest working preserved Class 33’s and has further operating days as follows;
28th July, 1st Augsut, 4th August
Friday Night Fish & Chip Specials 5 round trips
13th July, 20th July, 10th August, 17th August, 24th August, 31st August, 21st September
Travelling Tavern Tuesdays/ Thursdays
5th July, 19th July, 31st July, 7th August, 9th August, 21st August, 23rd August, 6th September
Saturday 24th November/Sunday 25th November
33 046 : has been resold to the BRCWorkgroup and was moved by road from Derby to their base Swanick Junction at the Midland Railway Centre on 5th April for ongoing restoration assessment.
33 048 : has returned to traffic at the end of April at the West Somerset Railway following the fitting of a new heat exchanger and various other repairs.
33 053 : operated its first trains since 1995 when it made a triumphant return to operational use at the Battlefield line diesel gala on 22nd/23rd April. The speed of the restoration is a credit to all involved following such a long period of time out of use as it certainly put on a fantastic performance throughout the weekend. The locomotive was due to have its main generator disconnected w/c 25th June in readiness for a swap with either 33 021/046 due to faulty bearings. Once full restoration has been completed, it is intended to move the locomotive to the Northampton and Lamport Railway.
33 057 : will shortly move to the south yard at Williton for a repaint into Green livery.
33 102 : returned to traffic following engine repairs in time to perform at the Churnet Valley Railways diesel gala on 1st-3rd June and the ‘Anything Goes’ gala on 23rd/24th June. Plans are now to take the locomotive out of traffic for much needed bodywork repairs.
33 108 : was moved by road to Barrow Hill, departing Swanage on 21st June and finally arriving at Barrow Hill on 25th June for collision damage repairs to be undertaken by Mainline Rail. The locomotive is started up regularly at Swanage to ensure that the batteries remain charged and to keep the locomotive in an operational condition. Further repairs will be undertaken by the Class 33/1 Preservation Group whilst the locomotive is at Barrow Hill. The locomotive is not expected to be in use in 2007 until the Swanage 60’s weekend at the end of November.
33 109 : has recently been moved within the LNWR complex at Crewe to a siding adjacent to the Stoke line, indicating a move by road to the East Lancashire Railway is imminent.
33 110 : continues to receive full bodywork attention at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway and as with the majority of Crompton owners, closer inspection has revealed significant cab corrosion and extensive repairs required. Work is currently concentrating on Cab No.2 end and the opportunity has been taken to repair corrosion around the roof guttering and engine room door.
33 111 : is now in the advance process of bodywork repairs and a full repaint before entering traffic with the locomotive in green primer during June.
33 116 : continues to see operation in its ‘banger blue’ condition at the Great Central Railway and is booked to work 1215/1415 departures from Loughborough on Saturday 15th July and will operate at the diesel gala on 14th-16th September 2007.
33 117 : continues to undergo its 3 year body and engine overhaul. The turbocharger was removed during February for repair by an outside specialist.
33 208 : continues to see limited use at the Mid Hants Railway for their 2007 season usually rescuing booked steam or DMMU traction.
to members in April 2007
As ever, the West Coast Cromptons go from strength to strength and are flying the mainline Crompton flag to all corners of the rail network.
33 025 : together with 33 207 and 37 248, worked off Carnforth on 7th February as 0Z37 Carnforth – Cardiff in readiness for snowplough standby duties. 33 025 then worked across to Bristol Temple Meads to take up its duties and spent the 8th February stabled in the locomotive spur at the north end of the station. The first Crompton stabled there since May 1988 and the end of the Cardiff – Portsmouth workings! With the end of the snow, the locomotive worked back to Carnforth on 9th February.
33 029 : was also on snowplough standby duty having been fitted with mini snowploughs at Carnforth in January/February. The locomotive worked south from Carnforth with 47854 on 7th February and was stationed initially at Birmingham New Street before making its way to Stockport via Stafford by the night of the 9th February and arriving back at Carnforth on 10th February. The locomotive paired with 33 207, worked north on the morning of 15th March with the Royal Scotsman ECS from Carnforth to Bo’ness in readiness for the 2007 operating season . . . will this see more Crompton action in the Scottish Highlands?
33 207 : left Carnforth with 33 025 and 37 248 on 7th February and found itself stationed at Ferme Park at the bottom of the East Coast Mainline on snowplough standby duties. The locomotive returned back to Carnforth on 9th February. As detailed above, the locomotive worked the Royal Scotsman ECS from Carnforth to Bo’ness with 33 029 on 15th March.
Possibly the final newsletter to feature this section as we detail the subsequent effects of the demise of the Company on the Class 33’s operated under the FM Rail banner.
33 019 : has always been classified as privately owned, albeit by M.Sargent, a former director of FM Rail and this locomotive is now part of his RAM Rail fleet. TOPS however shows it currently in the NRLS Nemesis Rail stored locomotive pool! Either way, despite recent developments, there are no plans to move the locomotive from its current home at the Battlefield line and the locomotive should feature at the diesel galas this year which are scheduled to take place on 21st/22nd April and 15th/16th September.
33 021 : has been transferred to the Nemesis Rail stored locomotives pool – NRLS in late February 2007.
33 046 : further to reports in the previous newsletter, has now been sold to Edward Stevenson in February 2007, who also owns 33 008 and 33 053 (see news below).
33 103 : has continued to see limited use on the mainline in 2007, most notably on 20th January 2007 when it became the first Crompton of 2007 to work a mainline passenger train when it rescued Hertfordshire Railtours Merrymaker ‘The Lancashire Witch’ Birmingham – Preston tour on the return leg from Derby to Birmingham New Street after 31 128 ran low on fuel. 33 103 took over and partnered 31 454 for the final leg to Birmingham. The locomotive was reallocated to Nemesis Rail operational pool – NRLO in late February 2007.
33 202 : was put on a tender list for sale in early January and was immediately purchased by Cotswold Rail for further use on 18th Janaury. 33 202 was reallocated to the CRRH pool and to GL (Gloucester) depot on 19th January 2007. The locomotive together with fellow purchased 31, 31 452 worked light engines from Derby to Gloucester on 22nd January 2007 as 0Z68 1021 Derby – Gloucester. 33 202 then worked from Gloucester to the West Somerset Railway on 2nd March as 0Z33 1240 Gloucester – Bishops Lydeard where it has been agreed the locomotive will spend a period of time on loan. Engineers at the West Somerset Railway have already fixed an electrical fault. During its stay, the locomotive is likely to be given a repaint in BR Blue livery.
33 002 : continues to receive external restoration with all welding and metalwork completed on the second and final cab. The results are superb and the locomotive will clearly be a credit to the South Devon Diesel Group when it hopefully returns to traffic later this year.
33 048 : suffered a heat exchanger failure between Christmas and New Year and is now out of traffic at the West Somerset Railway whilst repairs are effected. A new heat exchanger was fitted over the weekend of 10th/11th March.
33 053 : at the Chinnor and Risborough Railway, has been sold to Edward Stevenson in January 2007. The locomotive departed Chinnor by road on 14th March and was moved to its new home at Shackerstone on the Battlefield line arriving the same afternoon. The spare parts required to return the locomotive to operational condition have been acquired and an active appearance at the railways diesel gala on 21st/22nd April has not been ruled out.
33 108 : is currently awaiting collision damage repairs at Swanage. Tenders have been issued for the repairs and work will hopefully start in the very near future. Once repaired, the locomotive will be used in conjunction with 33 012 on the workings detailed in the 33 012 section during 2007.
33 109 : further to reports in the previous newsletter, 109 has actually been sold to the group at the East Lancashire Railway who own 33 117. The locomotive will be reunited with the various parts that were stripped during the bogie overhaul that was never completed, and will then be moved from Crewe to Bury for restoration.
33 110 : continues to receive full bodywork attention at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway and as with the majority of Crompton owners, closer inspection has revealed significant cab corrosion and extensive repairs required. It is hoped the locomotive will return to traffic for the September 2007 diesel gala on 22nd/23rd September 2007.
33 111 : having had internal repairs completed, is now in the process of receiving bodywork repairs and a full repaint before entering traffic. The locomotive is earmarked to operate on the demonstration line shuttles at the July gala at Barrow Hill on 14th/15th July 2007.
33 116 : should operate at the Great Central Railway on 28th/29th April and 14th-16th September 2007.
33 117 : continues to undergo its 3 year body and engine overhaul. As with 33 110, stripping of the bodywork has revealed significant corrosion especially around the cab windows. No. 1 cab has been heavily stripped to remove all the corroded steelwork and has revealed patched up collision damage on the second mans side. A more thorough repair will be done this time!
33 201 : is hoped to make a return to traffic during 2007.
33 208 : continues to see use at the Mid Hants Railway for their 2007 season and became probably the first Crompton to work a passenger train in 2007 when it operated 3 return trips on the Mid Hants on 14th January 2007 following the failure of the resident DMMU.