DIESELGEN – Crompton D6566 on Freight

DIESELGEN – Crompton D6566 on Freight

BRCW Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) was pictured while running around its train at Minehead on the Saturday of the Diesel Gala, 11th June 2022. Also in the picture is Barclay 0-4-0DH 579 (ROF 2) on the far left and the tender of BR(W) 4-6-0 7822 ‘FOXCOTE MANOR’ on the right. Photo by Andy Royal © CC BY-NC 3.0


Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) will be hauling freight wagons on TuesdayWednesday and Thursday 5/6/7th July in connection with driver training courses being run by WSR Diesel Traction Inspector John Leach. The three drivers involved are currently steam loco drivers and they are adding the Class 33 diesel to their ‘tickets’.

These special workings start at Minehead and run to Norton Fitzwarren and back in the morning, then run to Bishops Lydeard and back in the afternoon. The timings below are approximate and may be varied on the day to suit operating conditions:


     Depart MD 0915 arrive NF 1056

     Depart NF 1130 arrive MD 1253

     Depart MD 1317 arrive BL 1510

     Depart BL 1526 arrive MD 1703


Public services are also scheduled – see the WSR timetable page for details.


ADVANCE INFORMATION – the 1000 MD diagram (two MD-BL-MD trips totalling 80 miles) will be hauled by Class 33 ‘Crompton’ D6566 (33 048) on Sat/Sun 9/10th July and by one of our two ‘Cromptons’ on Sat/Sun 16/17th July. See our new DIESEL RUNNING DATES page for the latest information on public services.


We have just introduced a new DIESEL RUNNING DATES page and we will be maintaining this in parallel to DIESELGEN bulletins. This new page is a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to PUBLIC SERVICE diesel running on the WSR.


The webcams provide a very good way of watching the action from afar. Here are the links:

Bishops Lydeard : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm

Crowcombe Heathfield : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ch1.htm

Williton : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-wn2.htm

Blue Anchor : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-ba1.htm

Seaward Way : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-md2.htm

Minehead : http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-md1.htm


Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.

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