Daily Archives: Friday, October 30, 2020

  • ‘Cromptons’ to run as ‘BE’

    As a tribute to the late Barry Evans, a well known Class 33 enthusiast and frequent visitor to the WSR, the two Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ under the care of the DEPG will be running with ‘BE’ headcodes on Monday 2nd November 2020.

    Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) proudly wearing the “BE” headcode in memory of the late Barry Evans. Photographed on 17th October 2020 at Williton by Ian Robins. © CC BY-NC 3.0

    DEPG Chairman Martin Howard writes:

    “Along with many of our volunteer staff, I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of our long-time friend and supporter Barry Evans from Andover who, after a short and brave fight, has succumbed to motor neurone disease.”

    “We will miss him dearly and in tribute to Barry we intend to put BE up on the headcodes on the next occasion the locomotives run. This is expected to be on the 2nd November and will begin with a double-headed run in multiple from Williton to Bishops Lydeard.”


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  • Double-heading ‘Cromptons’

    On Monday 2nd November, Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ D6566 (33 048) and D6575 (33 057) are going to be in action on the West Somerset Railway and will be running in MULTIPLE via the newly-restored Blue Star multiple unit connections.

    Blue Star multiple working connections being tested on Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ D6566 (33 048) and D6575 (33 057). Photographed at Williton on 21st March 2020 by Tom Courtney (c) CC BY-NC 3.0

    The Special Notice issued by WSR Operations Dept calls for the pair of ‘Cromptons’ to come off shed at 0900 on Monday for shunting duties within the Williton station limits before departing for Bishops Lydeard at 1000 with the “Quantock Belle” dining set (4 x Mk 1) and several hopper wagons in tow.

    If you are able to capture this event, either by photo or video, please post your work on this thread so that we can all share the moment. Thanks!

    Please remember that the stations remain closed to the public and the trespassing rules are there for a reason, so make sure that you do not breach these rules when attempting that “perfect angle”. 


    The two ‘Cromptons’ will undergo underframe and traction motor inspections over the pit at Westridge before separating, with D6566 remaining at BL and D6575 returning to Williton Light Engine.


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