Birmingham RC&W Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ D6575 (33 057, leading) and D6566 (33 048) were pictured on 8th June 2013 as they tackled the gradient at Nornvis Bridge during the 2013 diesel gala. Photo by Graham Perry © CC BY-NC 3.0
As a result of the suspension of Class 35 ‘Hymek’ operations as announced in the previous DIESELGEN and ROUNDUP, our Class 33 ‘Cromptons’ D6566 (33 048) and D6575 (33 057) will be covering the diesel loco-hauled workings during the month of September.
The resulting and disappointing postponement of the ‘DEPG at 50’ event was explained in the roundup last week, but please be aware that our ‘Cromptons’ will be working on the following Saturdays and Sundays in September as per the WSR’s BLUE timetable. Note that Saturday 16th has a slightly modified timetable, available via the link in the table below:
|September 2023 dates||Loco rostered||Timetable|
|Saturday 2nd||D6575 (33 057)||BLUE timetable|
|Sunday 3rd||D6575 (33 057)||BLUE timetable|
|Saturday 16th||D6575 (33 057)||MODIFIED BLUE timetable|
|Sunday 17th||D6575 (33 057)||BLUE timetable|
|Saturday 23rd||D6566 (33 048) and D6575 (33 057) DOUBLE HEADING||BLUE timetable|
|Sunday 24th||D6566 (33 048)||BLUE timetable|
We will be running a double-headed Class 33 ‘Crompton’ hauled service on Saturday 23rd and the WSR may also be announcing another special working for that day, so keep this date available in your diary!
Here’s the plan for Saturday 23rd September:
10:00 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard worked by D6575 (33 057)
16:35 Bishops Lydeard to Minehead worked by D6566 (33 048)
Our DIESEL RUNNING DATES page is regularly updated and carries the list of diesel-hauled public services for 2023. This page is used in conjunction with DIESELGEN to provide a complete picture of diesel locomotive activities on the WSR:
Webcams are available at Bishops Lydeard, Crowcombe Heathfield, Williton, Blue Anchor, Minehead Seaward Way and Minehead Station. Select the appropriate webcam by clicking on the blue button on the webcam page. Many thanks to Railcam UK and the WSR for providing these webcam services.
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