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Ecclesbourne Railway 2/4

33103 started life as D6514, which was one of 45 similar locomotives ordered from the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in December 1957 and was taken into BR(SR) stock on 2nd. July 1960. Following many years of service on the national network the locomotive passed on to the care of Nemesis Rail and is nominally based at their depot in Burton on Trent. It now sports the BR Blue with full yellow ends livery. Following a brief period at the Bluebell Railway, the locomotive came to Ecclesbourne in April 2015 for a stay until October of the same year. It was then hired by the Dartmoor Railway for the Christmas period before returning to Wirksworth in March 2016 for a further hire period. The locomotive is still registered to travel on the main line rail network but not under its own power

Ecclesbourne Railway 2/4

33103 started life as D6514, which was one of 45 similar locomotives ordered from the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in December 1957 and was taken into BR(SR) stock on 2nd. July 1960. Following many years of service on the national network the locomotive passed on to the care of Nemesis Rail and is nominally based at their depot in Burton on Trent. It now sports the BR Blue with full yellow ends livery. Following a brief period at the Bluebell Railway, the locomotive came to Ecclesbourne in April 2015 for a stay until October of the same year. It was then hired by the Dartmoor Railway for the Christmas period before returning to Wirksworth in March 2016 for a further hire period. The locomotive is still registered to travel on the main line rail network but not under its own power

comments (10)

Nice shot of this loco!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth. I note you are picking up the jargon,'loco', must be the Frank effect smile
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 18 Apr 2017, 04:19
She's still looks quite potent, Brian.
Brian Walbey: She is in good trim, whether she is ever used or not I don't know.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Apr 2017, 06:22
These push-pull fitted 33/1s operated the Bournemouth-Weymouth line from the end of steam until electrification arrived in the late 1980s
Brian Walbey: I've read about those services, I believe there is quite a steep gradient coming out of Weymouth, no doubt these had the power to deal with that.
They were ugly things not helped by the dreadful colour scheme
Brian Walbey: I never did like this corporate colour scheme myself to be honest.
Ah those were the days Brian, the classic BR symbol.
Brian Walbey: That symbol is still in use I believe.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Apr 2017, 14:43
An interesting piece of history, it's good that it has not been consigned to the sidings.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Anne. Whilst I prfer to see steam locomotives as an enthusiast machines like this are still part of our railway history.
i like your presentation, Brian. the rich coat of paint looks very good. i thought the BR logo was a lion over a wagon wheel? something for me to look up now.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush. The BR logo you are thinking of went out of use many years ago and indeed there was several versions of it. There is quite a lot about it here https://thebeautyoftransport.com/2015/02/18/lions-and-wheels-british-railways-lion-emblems-1949-1964/
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Apr 2017, 17:41
I can remember the class 33s coming through Southampton before electrification was introduced. When electrification did come, these than ran between Bournemouth and Weymouth before that was electrified. I can also recall one along Weymouth quay for the boat train. Incredible to think that this are now nearly 60 years old.
Brian Walbey: Chris recalls the Weymouth service being hauled by these. I've seen pictures of them along the harbour.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 18 Apr 2017, 20:37
It looks as if it was pretty powerful, Brian
Brian Walbey: I think they are quite powerful Lisl, I don't know a lot about diesels to be honest.
the first yard diesel locomotives showed up in our railroad yard across the street was at about 1956... close to the same time Brian... then the changed the mainline steam engines a few years later....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Our last national steam hauled trains ran in August, 1968, by then it was nearly all diesel.

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