NON-SELG ARCHIVE NEWS : 2006


Page created 18th April 2008


Information placed Thurs. 15th February 2007

Extracts from Newsletters 45 issued
to members in Dec. 2006

West Coast Railway Company (WCRC)

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 : was named 'Glen Falloch' (Scottish Glen between Loch Lomond and Crianlarich) in early October 2006 prior to working with 33 029 from Barnetby to Aberystwyth and return on the 1Z52 Cambrian and Mid Wales Landcruise on Wednesday 18th October resulting the third visit of a pair of 33's to the Cambrian line on passenger duties this year. Prior to this year the Class had never ventured further west on passenger duties than Welshpool. The locomotive was on another railtour duty 3 days later when it worked the Railway Touring Company Cumbrian Mountain Explorer with 47 245 from Hellifield to Worcester. Saturday 18th and 25th November saw the locomotive in use at Kings Cross (18th) and York (25th) on ECS duties in connection with railtours utilising 4771 'Green Arrow'. On the 8th December, 025 was paired with 33 207 and stabled at York, waiting to work a return leg of steam railtour on 9th December from Barrow Hill to St Albans.

33 029 : has seen much use since working with 33 025 on the Cambrian and Mid Wales Pullman on 18th October. The locomotive was utilised on 26th October to work 5Z33 Carnforth - Cardiff Canton returning 6 Mk2 coaches which had been repainted in Arriva Trains blue. The locomotive returned to Carnforth with further coaches for repainting. On 22nd November the locomotive ran light engine from Carnforth to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway to collect 850 'Lord Nelson' and deliver the steam locomotive to the East Lancashire Railway the following day as the 5Z46 0849 Bishops Lydeard - Castleton. On 7th December, the locomotive travelled north with 40145 and a generator van from Carnforth to Bo'ness in readiness to work the 1Z40 0547 Linlithgow - Lincoln and 1Z42 1612 return on 9th December.

33 030 : whilst sidelined at Carnforth having donated components to keep the other 3 Class 33's in service, is still earmarked for a return when spares are forthcoming. The possible purchase of 33 109 (see below) by WCRC will clearly assist.

33 207 : following its amazing late summer adventures on Royal Scotsman duties, returned to Carnforth on 8th November working 5Z33 1300 Edinburgh Craigentinny - Carnforth Royal Scotsman ECS. Following a well earned rest, the locomotive was back in action on 9th December working a return leg of a steam charter with 33 025 from Barrow Hill to St Albans. Any predictions for where this very well travelled Crompton will venture in 2007?

Fragonset Merlin Rail Ltd

As we went to press it is understood that FMR Ltd have gone into voluntary administration.

33 046 : is sadly reported to have been sold to Thomsons at Stockton for scrap despite having a full bodywork overhaul in 2003! Hopefully its not too late for a mainline operator or preservation group to step in?

33 109 : is now reported to have been sold to West Coast Railway Company. More details to be advised when known.

33 202 : has had a troubled and largely inactive end to the year. The locomotive was sidelined with a fault at Doncaster for 2 months from 22nd September until 22nd November when the locomotive was collected by 31 128/31 459 (either end) and returned to Derby. Seemingly repaired, the locomotive ventured out on 24th November on the 0Z13 0700 Derby - Hams Hall (to work the 4Z13 Hams Hall - Derby) but failed in the Tamworth area on the outward run and was dumped at EMR Kingsbury until once again collected and returned to Derby for repairs!

Privately Owned

33 008 : continues to undergo restoration at Shackerstone with some external and internal bodywork repairs being completed in the last two months.

33 012 : remains out of traffic for extensive bodywork and other repairs and was unable to take part in the running weekend on 25th/26th November. Bodywork repairs are now almost complete with the locomotive in undercoat in early December awaiting repainting.

33 019 : is now considered privately owned rather than part of the FMR stable in view that it is owned personally by Martin Sargent of FMR Ltd.

33 108 : was unfortunately involved in a shunting accident at Swanage on 16th November when working an engineers train, it struck a rake of coaches. A full investigation is now underway although any fault on the locomotive has been ruled out. Damage has been caused to buffers and lower cab on cab no.1 end and will see the locomotive out of traffic for a number of months. As a result, the locomotive also missed the diesel event of 25th/26th November and the accident now leaves the Swanage Railway without a serviceable Class 33.

33 208 : is being offered for driver experience days by the Mid Hants Railway for their 2007 season.




Information placed Thurs. 10th December 2006

Extracts from Newsletters 43 & 44 issued
to members in Aug. & Oct. 2006 resp.

West Coast Railway Company (WCRC)

Following the transfer/sale of the four DRS 33's to WCRC in September 2005, three of the locomotives have now entered active mainline service and are seeing frequent use on charter work.

The locomotives are now passed for operation to Kyle, Mallaig and Wick/Thurso which should lead to some very exciting future railtour opportunities. Their RA6 status however has meant that they are unable to operate on the Oban route and thus are unlikely to see use on the Royal Scotsman service this year.

Scotland aside, the West Coast Railway and Fragonset Merlin locomotives have already broken significant new ground for the Class in their 46th year. As detailed below, 2006 has seen visits on passenger duties to, Aberystwyth, Barmouth, Cromer, Sheringham and New Holland Pier in addition to a return visit to Whitby! Who would have thought it?

A significant development has been the use of 33 207 'Jim Martin' on the Royal Scotsman Western Tour, replacing defective Class 37's and breaking new ground for the Class working the West Highland Line! The locomotive worked Mallaig - Fort William, Crianlarich - Taynuilt and Taynuilt - Wemyss Bay on the 3rd/4th, 17th/18th September , 1st/2nd October respectively and was due to work again on 15th/16th October! Two WCRC Class 33's were due to work a Green Express/Railtourer excursion from Barnetby to Aberystwyth on 18th October.

33 025 : has been busy proving the usefulness of retaining vacuum brake capability and has proved a solid and reliable performer! Frequently used to support steam charters, the locomotive has broken new ground for Class 33's through visits to New Holland Pier (1st April), Cromer and Sheringham (30th April) as well as operating from Lincoln - Norwich (1st May) and Crewe - Tyseley (20th May). In addition the locomotive visited the National Railway Museum at York for shunting duties on 8th May. The loco returned to more familiar previous territory on 7th June when it operated ECS into Victoria for a Steam Dreams excursion. After heading back north to Carnforth on 8th June, 33025 was in use again the following day working 5Z59 ECS from Carnforth to Lincoln with 57601 in readiness for a steam excursion the following day. The locomotive together with 33 029 operated a Kingfisher Tours excursion from Carnforth to Whitby on 17th June 2006.

The locomotive became the first of the Class to visit the West Highland line on 24th July when it accompanied steam locomotive 62005 and returned on 25th July with 61264 and Hogwarts. Whether the locomotive operated under its own power on the line or was merely acting as standby is unclear. The locomotive was repainted into WCRC maroon at the end of August in time to work Vintage Trains 'The Rutland Explorer' from Tyseley - Kettering (via Harringworth Viaduct) and Kettering - Melton Mowbray shuttle on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August, top and tail with steam locomotive 4960. Interestingly, the locomotive has also had its two upper lamp brackets removed and a new central bracket fitted between the cab rails. The locomotive was at Kings Cross on 3rd September in connection with filming the next Harry Potter film. On 16th September, the locomotive took 4 coaches from Carnforth to York and had more passenger action the following weekend when it operated the Bognor Regis - Littlehampton leg of a steam tour on 23rd September. The locomotive is due to be named Glen Falloch in the coming weeks - a further indication of continued planned use north of the border!

33 029 : re-entered traffic retaining DRS blue livery with branding removed on 22nd March working light engines from Carnforth to Butterley with 33207 to collect an inspection saloon and return it to Carnforth. Having successfully passed this test run, the locomotive broke new ground for the Class on 31st March when it worked with 33207 on Green Express 'The Cambrian Explorer' 1Z60 charter from Peterborough to Aberystwyth and 1600 return. The locomotive has since entered the paintshop at Carnforth and was outshopped in early June repainted in West Coast Railway maroon livery. The locomotive was utilised with 33 025 on the Carnforth - Whitby excursion on 17th June although problems with electrics/batteries resulted in several shutdowns during the outward run. This was rectified and the return run was said to be very impressive! The following week the locomotive, paired with 33 207 worked the Carlisle - Lancaster leg of a steam excursion on 24th June 2006.

There was relative inactivety during August and September apart from accompanying 37 248 on a test run from Carnforth in early August. The locomotive has been named 'Glen Loy' at Carnforth on 29th August 2006.

33 030 : remains unserviceable at Carnforth and has donated parts to the other three WCRC Class 33's. Restoration is likely to be a longer term project.

33 207 : has continued to see mainline use. As detailed above, the locomotive partnered 33029 on 22nd March to collect the inspection saloon from Butterley. The locomotive then worked the Green Express 'Cambrian Explorer' with 33029 from Peterborough to Aberystwyth on 31st March. The locomotive has since visited the Bo'ness and Kinneil railway for their Diesel Gala on 29th/30th April. Steam support duties followed in London (June) and Crewe on June 17th. On 24th June it paired with 33 029 worked the Carlisle - Lancaster leg of a steam excursion on 24th June 2006.

Again as '029', 207 has taken the headlines with its use on the prestigious Royal Scotsman over two weekends in September. The locomotive performed faultlessly on both occasions, including tackling the Oban line at 20mph - the restriction placed on the Class by Network Rail as they are RA6. Prior to its Royal Scotsman duties, the locomotive spent all of August at Machynlleth as standby for the Cambrian steam excursions. On its return to Carnforth on 29th August, it was soon despatched north to Springburn with an empty stock working before working a support role on a steam excursion in the Glasgow area on 1st/2nd September. It then ran light engine to Fort William to begin its Royal Scotsman adventure!

Fragonset Merlin Rail Ltd

33 019 : saw its first action of 2006 at the Battlefield Line Diesel Gala on 22nd/23rd April 2006 performing faultlessly after its winter layover. There were plans to repaint the locomotive into BR Blue for the Diesel Gala at the Battlefield Line on 16th/17th September 2006 but after having repairs completed to its power unit, it remains in Dutch grey livery.

33 021 : is now operating under the Fragonset Merlin banner and is reported to be undergoing engine repairs and TPWS fitting to enable a return to the mainline for the first time since 2003. The power unit originally intended for 33 046 is now likely to be destined for 33 021.

33 046 : located at Fragonset Derby, re-painted into SWT Blue livery. In the summer it was awaiting bogies and a turbocharger to complete its overhaul and mainline certification. By September 2006, FM Rail had offered 046 for sale, deemed surplus to operating requirements. The locomotive which had received full bodywork repairs at the Great Central Railway in 2003, has many internal components missing! Given the original aim of our Group.....if only we had £25,000 spare!!.

33 103 : has continued to see frequent use for Fragonset Merlin Rail Ltd on a variety of duties but primarily with the inspection saloon where the versatility of push-pull operation has proven invaluable. These duties as ever, have taken the locomotive far off the beaten track, visiting Humberside, Skegness, East Anglia and Paddington in the last 3 months. The locomotive together with 33202 powered Pathfinder Tours 'The Cambrian Borderer' from Birmingham New Street to Barmouth and return to Taunton on 29th April, breaking further new ground for the Class. Problems with the multiple working the previous day prevented the locomotives starting the tour at Taunton. More serious problems were to occur on 20th May when the pair substituted at short notice for unavailable Class 47's on a Birmingham - Keighley (via London) tour. Mulitple working faults necessitated running the locomotives around each other in Northampton yard. Having cured this problem, 33202 failed in the Peterborough area and 33103 also stood down at Newark with loss of power. A 4 hour delay resulted with the tour being rescued by non other than 56302 which hauled the tour to Doncaster where it was duly terminated! 33103 and 33202 were restarted and hauled the ECS back to London. However on 22nd May, 33103 suffered a reoccurrence of the loss of power running light back to Derby and was hauled from Rugby back to Derby for much needed fitters attention. The locomotive was soon back in traffic, operating with saloon 'Caroline' on a tour of the Scottish Lowlands covering Berwick and Ayr on 13th June. The locomotive towed 56 011/021 to FM Rail's new base at Coalville from Derby on 26th June and was out again on 28th June with 'Caroline' on the 2Z01 0900 Derby - Wellingborough - Coalville - Derby.

The locomotive visited a number of locations in the Essex/Thames area in September although has been the victim of a graffiti attack along the bodysides and one cab during its stay in the South. The locomotive returned to Derby on 26th September - time for a repaint into the new FM livery perhaps?? 33 109 : continues to languish at LNWR Crewe but has now been purchased by FM Rail, a strange decision perhaps given its forlorn condition and given that 33 046 is deemed surplus to requirements. The only logical explanation is its value as a push-pull locomotive to support 33 103 on the extensive inspection saloon duties.

33 202 : during the spring of 2006, 202 continued to earn mainline revenue for Fragonset Merlin Rail Ltd, substituting for 33103 on saloon duties on a number of occasions operating in the Yorkshire area. In addition to the two railtour outings detailed above, the locomotive had a rare freight duty on 15th May when it collected some steel carriers from Stoke Marcroft Works and delivered them back to York.

Failed in the Peterborough area on the 20th May when paired with 33103 (see '103s report, above). Thereafter, it saw little use, stabled in the station sidings at Derby. The locomotive did almost venture to the Darlington ACORP event on 23rd/24th September but was sidelined at Doncaster en-route being collected by 47145 and returned to Dery, via Immingham on the 25th September!

Privately Owned

33 002 : continues to be restored at the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh. Partially repainted in 'Dutch' yellow/grey livery along with 'Seaking' nameplates, EH depot plaques and cast BR arrows for display at the June Diesel Gala. Full restoration continues with completion hopefully in time for the 2007 season.

33 008 : displayed to the public at the Battlefield line's Diesel Gala on 22nd/23rd April. The continued restoration had been estimated to be in the order of 2 years (mid-2008), however, the owner has purchased parts from scrapped 33 056 and the estimated return to traffic could be as early as Spring 2007!

33 012 : continues to see regular use at the Swanage Railway and this or 33108 was scheduled to work on the following planned dates in 2006;
July
29th Fireworks Specials
7th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th Travelling Tavern
August
5th Fireworks Specials
2nd, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th Travelling Tavern
23rd, 25th, 30th Travelling Tavern
September
1st, 5th, 6th, 22nd, 29th, 30th Travelling Tavern
November
25th & 26th Sixties Weekend

012 was taken out of traffic for bodywork and other repairs prior to returning to traffic on the 25th/26th November where it was expected to see action on both days with the former date being a 60's Day and the latter, a Diesel Day. Following bodywork repairs the locomotive will retain green livery.

33 035 : continues to receive attention at Barrow Hill as restoration gathers pace.

33 048 : has once again returned to traffic after some attention to cabs during the spring. The locomotive was expected to operate on a number of Saturdays during the Summer on a two-return-trip passenger diagram at the West Somerset Railway. The locomotive has also received a roof repaint, loosing its white roof in favour of standard BR Blue. The loco performed well all summer operating the Friday/Saturday diesel turn on 4 weekends between July - September in addition to a couple of mid-week turns covering for the DMU and a number of engineering trains. 048 was next due to operate at the Mixed Traffic weekend on 21st/22nd October.

33 053 : received a full repaint into BR Blue at Barrow Hill following completion of bodywork repairs in March 2006. The locomotive was then transferred by road to the Chinnor Railway on 3rd April where it will now undergo internal restoration.

33 056 : was sold to Booths for scrapping during May 2006. The locomotive was tripped from Oakmoor to Cheddleton in July for further component recovery for further use on 33 008 and 33 102. It left the Churnet Valley railway on 20th July to commence its last journey, by road to Booths Rotherham for disposal. The locomotive was cut up on the 25th July 2006. A very fond farewell to 'The Burma Star'.

33 057 : continued to receive bodywork attention at Minehead and by the end of May was sporting a coat of grey undercoat. Moved to Williton by Class 14 on 23rd September for restoration to continue. The locomotive will be repainted in BR green livery as D6575 and the good news is that a decision has now been taken to restore the locomotive to full working order in due course! The owners are now actively seeking all the necessary parts to complete the restoration which centre around new traction motors following its fire in 1996 which led to its original withdrawal.

33 102 : has continued to perform at the Churnet Valley Railway in 2006 and performed faultlessly at the 3 day Diesel Gala 2nd-4th June. Enjoyed by a number of the SELG team, the locomotive proudly carried our SELG on Tour headboard whilst operating the 1554 Froghall - Cheddleton on 2nd June. The locomotive is now scheduled to be taken out of traffic for a long deserved overhaul. However we shall wait and see as this has been planned for over 12 months and is continuously delayed by lack of serviceable replacement locomotives.

33 108 : has performed regularly at the Swanage Railway. Planned Class 33 operating dates at the Swanage Railway are detailed in 33 012 above. 108 performed the Friday Travelling Tavern duties whilst 33 012 was out of traffic (receiving a B exam at Swanage on 16th/17th September). The locomotive was due to see further action at the Diesel Day on 26th November.

33 110 : has once again been a performer at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway in 2006 and has had several Saturday passenger turns throughout the summer with more planned before operating at the September Diesel Gala on 16th/17th September. The locomotive has suffered some problems with traction motors in early July but performed well at the September Diesel Gala on 16th/17th September operating on 3 traction motors! After the September Diesel Gala, the locomotive was stopped in traffic for a year long bodywork and internal overhaul.

33 111 : 111 continues to receive attention at Barrow Hill and returned to fully operational order at the Barrow Hill Real Ale Festival where it operated several passenger turns along the demonstration line. Continued electrical work will take place after the Gala as will bodywork/repainting.

33 116 : performed well at the Great Central Railway Diesel Gala on 12th - 14th May 2006 creating a distinctly southern scene when operating with the CIG unit and again on 3rd June. Following completion of work on the CIG to allow push pull operation (successful test run on 20th May), 116 performed the first preserved passenger duties in push-pull mode on 19th/20th August with the CIG unit, bringing back many happy memories of the former Bournemouth - Weymouth and Waterloo - Salisbury workings! The locomotive has received some much needed paintwork attention on the cab ends but still awaits full bodywork attention including straightening the buffer damaged in the collision at Purley in August 1998. The locomotive also performed well at the recent Diesel Gala on 15th - 17th September.

33 117 : now out of traffic at the East Lancashire Railway to commence a 3 year overhaul. The loco is now stored in Buckley Wells shed at Bury with the plan to refurbish both cabs, do some remedial work in the engine room (gutters, cable trunking), re-wiring, and then a light engine overhaul. First work to be started is the stripping of one cab. As with all Cromptons (063!), there is quite a bit of corrosion round the windows and at floor level.

33 201 : will hopefully return to traffic at the October Midland Railway Centre Diesel Gala.

33 203 : is now reported to have been scrapped on site in Newton Stewart following the failure of the themed restaurant to gain the necessary planning permission to use the locomotive as a static exhibit. Initially there was some confusion regarding the scrapping but it is understood the loco was cut up on site in Newton Stewart on 10th May 2006 by S O'Hagan.

33 208 : continues to see limited use at the Mid Hants Railway.




Information placed Thurs. 1st June 2006

Extracts from Newsletter 42 issued to members in April 2006

West Coast Railway Company (WCRC)

Following the transfer/sale of the four DRS 33's to WCRC in September 2005, there has been some progress made with returning the locomotives back to mainline operation…and another new Class 33 livery and a new name! All 4 locomotives were transferred from KM to CS (Carnforth) and from the XHSS pool to the MBDL pool on the 24th February 2006.

While plans for use in 2006 are still being formulated it is expected that the locomotives will find use on the prestigious Royal Scotsman this year operating alongside the company's Class 47/57 locomotives. Railtours operated by Green Express and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society are also operated exclusively by WCRC…

33 025 : returned to traffic on 24th November 2005, still in DRS blue livery but with the DRS branding removed. The locomotive performed snowplough standby duties at Stockport on 24th November before collecting 37197 from Crewe and returning to Carnforth the following day. The locomotive was attached to the rear of a Stevenage - Edinburgh charter on 3rd December (operated by 47826) as a thunderbird but was not required to work. In readiness for the 2006 Royal Scotsman season, the locomotive together with 33 207, worked 5Z33 1500 Carnforth - Bo'ness empty coaching stock on 20th March.

33 029 : is serviceable but has not yet operated for WCRC. This is linked to WCRC and DRS resolving the outstanding issue with 37197 which has yet to transfer to DRS due to issues surrounding the ownership of the power unit. This is being resolved and when completed, 029 will return to traffic.

33 030 : remains unserviceable at Carnforth and has donated its snowploughs to 33 207. Parts have been ordered to effect the engine repairs required to return the locomotive to service.

33 207 : has become the first Class 33 to carry the West Coast Railways 'Royal Scotsman' maroon livery being outshopped on 24th November 2005 complete with snowploughs attached from 33 030. The locomotive unfortunately failed south of Carnforth on its first run on the same day and was towed back by 57601. The locomotive subsequently operated a successful test run the next day and made its passenger debut as a WCRC locomotive on 4th December operating top and tail with 47 854 on three return trips between Cardiff and Rhymney as part of the Rhymney loco hauled farewell gala. The locomotive was named 'Jim Martin' at Carnforth on 7th January 2006 in honour of a former employee who had recently passed away. On the same date the locomotive hauled a private special train 1Z33 1230 Carnforth - Hellifield - Carnforth for invited guests. The locomotive worked 5Z33 1500 Carnforth - Bo'ness with 33 025 on 20th March, taking the Royal Scotsman stock to Scotland in readiness for the 2006 season.

Fragonset Merlin Rail Ltd

33 019 : will see its first action of 2006 at the Battlefield Line Diesel Gala on 22nd/23rd April 2006.

33 021 : has been put up for sale by its owner, Tracey Leer and unconfirmed reports suggest it has been purchased by Fragonset and is currently being restored to mainline use at Derby.

33 046 : still remains at Fragonset Derby, re-painted into SWT Blue livery, awaiting bogies and a turbocharger to complete its overhaul and mainline certification.

33 103 : continues to earn revenue for Fragonset Merlin Rail Ltd on a variety of duties and received a set of snowploughs (only the second Class 33/1 to do so) in mid January 2006. The locomotive became the first Class 33 to haul a passenger train over the Severn Valley Railway when it was a star performer at the October diesel gala. One of the most infamous moments of its 46 year career took place on 3rd December when the locomotive, standing in as a late substitution for a steam locomotive on an excursion to Lincoln, ran out of fuel near Sleaford! With the nearest locomotive at Peterborough or Leicester, some quick thinking by the train crew resulted in a local farmer coming to the rescue and supplying fuel from his adjacent farm…there haven't been that many occasions where a Crompton has been rescued by a tractor! More recently the much travelled 33 has ventured to Devon and Cornwall with the Network Rail saloon visiting such exotic places as Falmouth, Gunnislake and St Ives on 16th/17th March.

33 202 : continues to earn mainline revenue for Fragonset Merlin Rail Ltd. 2 Class 33's are booked to work a Pathfinder Tours excursion 'The Cambrian Borderer' from Taunton to Barmouth on Saturday 29th April which will detail a further new destination for the Class.

Privately Owned

33 002 : continues to be restored at the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh with a completion date expected for the 2006 season. Library records have amended the allocation sector from HNRS - MBDL on 11th November 2005.

33 008 : was moved from Smalmstown on 30th September 2005 to Allelys yard in Studley. The locomotive was then moved to Brush Loughborough for operational restoration on 10th October. However, the subsequent costs for repair were deemed too expensive and the locomotive was moved to the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone on 14th February 2006 where it will now undergo restoration. Library records have amended the allocation sector from HNRS - MBDL on 11th November 2005.

33 012 : continues to see regular use at the Swanage Railway and this or 33108 will work on the following planned dates in 2006:-
April
1st & 2nd Branchline Weekend
14th, 21st, 28th Travelling Tavern
May
20th & 21st Beer Festival Weekend
5th, 12th, 19th , 26th Travelling Tavern
June
9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Travelling Tavern
July
29th Fireworks Specials
7th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th Travelling Tavern
August
5th Fireworks Specials
2nd, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th Travelling Tavern
23rd, 25th, 30th Travelling Tavern
September
1st, 5th, 6th, 22nd, 29th, 30th Travelling Tavern
November
25th & 26th Sixties Weekend

33 023 : has finally been consigned to history when cutting up at EMR Kingsbury was completed on 18th November 2005. Library records have amended the allocation sector from HNRS - MBDL on 11th November 2005.

33 035 : continues to receive attention at Barrow Hill as restoration gathers pace.

33 048 : after a very busy 2005, is currently out of traffic until April 2006 as it receives attention to cabs and other areas.

33 053 : is undergoing restoration in the roundhouse at Barrow Hill and has received a full repaint into BR Blue as 33 053 in early March 2006. The locomotive remains destined for the Chinnor Railway. Library records have amended the allocation sector from HNRS - MBDL on 11th November 2005.

33 057 : has received bodywork attention at Williton which has included the replacement of missing and broken glass. The locomotive was towed by Class 25 D5723 to Minehead on 18th February where external restoration continues. The locomotive will be repainted in BR green livery as D6575.

33 102 : has continued to perform at the Churnet Valley Railway operating top and tail with steam on December Santa Specials. The locomotive has received NSE flashes to each cab front. Removal from traffic for overhaul is delayed until sufficient serviceable locomotives are available to replace.

33 108 : has performed regularly at the Swanage Railway including its first multiple working with 33 012 on the line during the Diesel Gala on 27th November. Planned Class 33 operating dates at the Swanage Railway are detailed in 33 012 above.

33 109 : continues to languish at LNWR Crewe whilst a decision is taken regarding its future plans.

33 110 : has once again been a reliable performer at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway throughout 2005 and is due to perform at the forthcoming Diesel Gala on 18th/19th March 2006.

33 111 : continues to receive attention at Barrow Hill to return it to fully operational order.

33 116 : performed well at a private charter at the Great Central Railway on 7th November and is due to perform at the Diesel Gala on 12th - 14th May 2006.

33 117 : has finally been taken out of traffic at the East Lancashire Railway to commence a 2-3 year overhaul. The locomotive performed well on its farewell running day on 13th November complete with Remembrance Day wreath.

33 201 : will hopefully return to traffic during 2006 following repairs and received a successful engine start up in November 2005. 33 203 : remains bizarrely stranded in Newton Stewart, Scotland awaiting removal by Harry Needle following the failure of the themed restaurant to gain the necessary planning permission.

33 208 : continues to see limited use at the Mid Hants Railway.






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