Class 33

33001 St George's 20 April 1985

33001 passes St George's on 20 April 1985 with the 2C26 07:40 Milford Haven to Bristol Temple Meads service. This was the first of the class to enter service (as D6500), being delivered to Hither Green in January 1960. It was withdrawn in 1988 with minor collision damage, and was broken up at Vic Berry's, Leicester in 1989.

33001 Sherrington 8 March 1986

33001 passes Sherrington on 8 March 1986 with the 1V62 12:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central service. This was an excellent location, with uninterrupted views in both directions. I don't know why I didn't visit it more often when the 33s were in operation, but with Class 50s on the Cotswold Line at the time, the temptation was to always stay close to home!

33002 & 33114 Shapley Heath 21 July 1991

I have seen surprisingly few photographs taken from this lofty vantage point. 33002 & 33114 pass Shapley Heath (near Winchfield) on 21 July 1991 with the 1L08 10:26 Salisbury to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The much more commonly frequented bridge at Potbridge can be seen in the background.

33004 Pilning 11 October 1986

33004 climbs out of the Severn Tunnel and approaches Pilning on 11 October 1986 with the 1O43 14:05 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour service. Sudbrook Pumping Station can just be seen in the distance (on the other side of the River Severn, directly above the tunnel entrance). This was later largely obscured with the construction of the new Severn Bridge approach road.

33008 & 33119 Lee 17 June 1989

33008 Eastleigh & 33119 pass Lee with 4-TC set 8018 on 17 June 1989, working the 12:30 from Eastleigh, one of three special trains run to celebrate 150 years of railways in the town. The circular route was via Romsey (reverse) and Southampton. A warm summers day, with intermittent hazy sunshine.

33008 & 33119 Broadlands 17 June 1989

33008 Eastleigh & 33119 have 4-TC set 8018 in tow as they pass near to Broadlands (to the south of Romsey) with the 15:00 special from Eastleigh on 17 June 1989, one of three special trains run to celebrate 150 years of railways in the town. The train is just passing under the A27 Romsey to Southampton road.

33008 & 33026 Kidderminster (Hodgehill Farm) 30 July 1995

In brilliant sunshine (which unfortunately was not to last), 33008 Eastleigh & 33026 Seafire storm away from Kidderminster on 30 July 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 08:05 Bristol Temple Meads to Carlisle 'Crompton Crusader' railtour. If Kidderminster is an unusual location for a pair of 33s, then the Settle to Carlisle line later in the day certainly would be!

33008 & 33026 Greenholme 30 July 1995

33008 Eastleigh & 33026 Seafire pass Greenholme with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 18:34 Carlisle to Bristol Temple Meads 'Crompton Crusader' railtour on 30 July 1995. Shortly after taking this picture and driving back onto the M6 at Tebay, I went through one of the most spectacular thunderstorms I have ever encountered. So it was a good job that the train wasn't running late!

33011 & 33030 Deepcut 28 August 1987

33011 & 33030 round the curve at Deepcut on 28 August 1987 with a lengthy train of military vehicles, presumably destined for Ludgershall. Just out of sight around the corner, and soon to be overtaking this train, is 50014 Warspite working the 1V09 09:10 Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Network SouthEast service.

33012 Baglan 25 March 1987

33012 passes Baglan on 25 March 1987 with the 1O46 16:05 Swansea to Portsmouth Harbour service. 33012 was one of the first locos to make a break from the standard BR corporate blue livery, receiving full yellow cabs and black windows surrounds in 1981. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of this short lived variation.

33015 St Devereux 10 November 1984

33015 heads south through the Herefordshire countryside at St Devereux on 10 November 1984 with the 10:03 Crewe to Cardiff Central service. These trains remained loco hauled for a further two years, before DMUs took over - a very poor substitute for six Mk1 coaches! Although they were Southern Region locos, as this picture shows the 33s did stray considerably from their home area on day to day workings in the 1980s.

33017 Sherrington 8 March 1986

33017 heads down the scenic Wylye Valley with the 12:05 Bristol Temple Meads to Portsmouth Harbour service on 8 March 1986. It was only a few miles from here that this loco met its end less than two years later, when it hit a fallen tree while working a Portsmouth to Bristol service. At that late stage in their careers, even minor damage was enough reason for withdrawal. 33017 was placed in store for a while, before being moved to Vic Berry's of Leicester, where it was broken up in 1990.

33019 & 33057 Banbury 29 July 1995

33019 Griffon & 33057 Seagull pull away from Banbury on 29 July 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 07:18 Paddington to Long Marston 'Honey Monster' railtour. 47348 St. Christopher's Railway Home can be seen on the rear of the train. The Cromptons seem to be doing their best to replace the local all pervading smell of coffee (from the Kraft Foods factory) with the smell of diesel fumes!

33019 & 33057 Kineton 29 July 1995

33019 Griffon & 33057 Seagull amble down the MoD Fenny Compton to Kineton line with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 07:18 Paddington to Long Marston 'Honey Monster' railtour on 29 July 1995. They have just passed over the M40 motorway and are about to enter the confines of the Army base. Army locos 277 & 273 would then be used for a tour of the camp.

33019 & 33002 Restormel 22 June 1996

33019 Griffon & 33002 Sea King pass Restormel on 22 June 1996 with the 1Z33 17:22 Penzance to Birmingham New Street 'Penzance Flyer' railtour. This picture is taken from a field next to the River Fowey, not far from the famous Norman Restormel Castle.

33019 Congerstone 19 September 2009

33019 Griffon slows down for the severe speed restriction at the Congerstone footpath crossing on the Battlefield Line, during the line's Diesel Gala on 19 September 2009. It is working the 09:00 Shackerstone to Shenton service. The telegraph pole on the left certainly has been in use for a good few years!

33019 Congerstone 19 September 2009

33019 Griffon powers away from the speed restriction at Congerstone with the 16:45 Shenton to Shackerstone service during the Battlefield Line's Diesel Gala on 19 September 2009. There is certainly a mixture of liveries in this train!

33020 Llandevenny 21 October 1985

33020 passes Llandevenny on 21 October 1985 with the 1V20 08:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central service. It is just possible to discern the loco's non standard red buffer beam. The bridge in the background carries the new road that was built to connect with the M4 Junction 23a at Magor.

33021 Paddock Wood 28 August 1999

33021 Eastleigh arrives at Paddock Wood station on 28 August 1999 with one of the Maidstone Celebration of Steam & Transport shuttle trains working between Tonbridge and Maidstone. Although it matches the coaches here, thankfully 33021 did not retain this bizarre bright red livery for very long.

33021 & 33103 Washwood Heath 20 November 1999

33021 Eastleigh & 33103 pass Washwood Heath on 20 November 1999 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 05:34 Crewe to Gedling Colliery 'Crompton Collier' railtour. 33021's garish red livery certainly draws the eye amidst all the muted autumnal colours!

33021 & 33103 Ashby-de-la-Zouch 20 November 1999

33021 Eastleigh & 33103 cross over the A42 near Ashby-de-la-Zouch with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 05:34 Crewe to Gedling Colliery 'Crompton Collier' railtour on 20 November 1999. 33103's green livery would look a lot better with the original 1960's style mid level white stripe, and 33021's livery would look a lot better if (make up your own answers)!

33021 & 33103 Bestwood Park 20 November 1999

Dramatic lighting at Bestwood Park on 20 November 1999, as 33021 Eastleigh & 33103 bring up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z90 05:34 Crewe to Gedling Colliery 'Crompton Collier' railtour. The Nottingham to Hucknall tramway now runs parallel with the line here.

33021 Hinksey 7 April 2001

Wearing its startling red livery (which thankfully it only carried for a short while), 33021 Eastleigh approaches Hinksey Yard (near Oxford) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z41 05:30 Crewe to Dungeness 'Marshes Marauder' railtour on 7 April 2001. Although the tour had departed exactly on time, as often happens with railtours, it was 45 minutes late by the time it passed me, although thankfully just ahead of the Turbo unit coming down the relief line!

33026 Sherborne 25 July 1992

33026 Seafire approaches Sherborne on 25 July 1992 with the 1O34 08:10 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. Although the Class 50s had finally relinquished their hold over the West of England route a couple of months earlier, it was still worth travelling down to the West Country for the Class 47s, or as in this case, the occasional Class 33.

33025 & 33116 Alrewas 28 January 1995

33025 Sultan & 33116 Hertfordshire Railtours pass Alrewas on 28 January 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:20 Swindon to Gladstone Dock 'Gladstone Bag' railtour. Although a pair of 33s would normally be quite enough, the highlight of this tour would have been the use of a pair of 73s in the Merseyside area, well away from their former Southern Region home. However, MerseyRail would not sanction their use due to the loco's poor condition.

33025 & 33116 Hooton 28 January 1995

Class 33s were used to meeting third rail EMUs whilst working on the Southern Region, however this is not the Southern, it is on the Wirral! 33025 Sultan & 33116 Hertfordshire Railtours pass Hooton on 28 January 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:20 Swindon to Gladstone Dock 'Gladstone Bag' railtour. The tour had just arrived from the Chester direction behind 56036 (the line goes off to the left by the fence in the background) and after reversing in Hooton station is now heading off towards Frodsham. This manoeuvre has slightly delayed 508125 which is working the 14:40 Ellesmere Port to Liverpool Central service.

33026 & 33008 Ruabon 30 July 1995

33026 Seafire & 33008 Eastleigh speed through Ruabon on 30 July 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 08:05 Bristol Temple Meads to Carlisle 'Crompton Crusader' railtour. Since this picture was taken another housing estate has sprung up on former railway land on the left edge of this picture.

33026 & 33008 Smardale 30 July 1995

With the driver seemingly pointing out something of interest up the valley off to the right, 33026 Seafire & 33008 Eastleigh cross Smardale Viaduct on 30 July 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 08:05 Bristol Temple Meads to Carlisle 'Crompton Crusader' railtour.

33027 & 33104 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 21 August 1982

33027 Earl Mountbatten of Burma & 33104 head north through Oxford on 21 August 1982 with the 4M60 12:36 Southampton Maritime to Lawley Street freightliner. This very long lens view taken from Walton Well Road shows the former loco depot in the background, with a Class 56 in residence.

33027 Claverton 20 April 1988

Cherry blossom time at Claverton on 20 April 1988. 33027 Earl Mountbatten of Burma heads up the Avon Valley with the 1O42 13:05 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour service. This was during the last few weeks of Class 33 workings on this route, with the loco hauled trains being replaced on 15 May by Class 155 units - hardly an adequate substitute!

33029 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 28 July 2014

33029 passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 28 July 2014 with the 5Z37 10:35 Bristol Kingsland Road to Southall ECS. Being freshly painted, the West Coast Railways liveried loco looks quite smart, but will soon no doubt become as shabby as the rest of their fleet. This working was returning the stock from the previous weekend's 'Weymouth Seaside Express' steam tour. Unfortunately, the sun was just on the edge of a large black cloud when this appeared, and the result looked hopeless, with only the rear half of the train in the sun. I have had to resort to some Photoshop manipulation to even up the picture.

33029 & 34067 South Marston 18 August 2014

33029 has Southern Railway Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2 34067 Tangmere in tow, as it passes South Marston on 18 August 2014 with the 5Z40 10:35 Bristol Kingsland Road to Southall ECS. Tangmere was in steam, but how much it was contributing here is questionable. Despite the awful light (naturally it was sunny as soon as I got back in the car!), 33029 still looks smart after its recent repaint, although there is a worrying rusty stain on the roof near the radiator fan, and all down the side of the loco. Note how rusty the line into South Marston Euro Terminal has become.

33030 Buckhorn Weston Tunnel 6 July 1991

33030 bursts out of Buckhorn Weston Tunnel on 6 July 1991 with the 1V10 11:14 Southampton to Plymouth Network SouthEast service. This train was booked for Class 50 haulage at the time and I remember being disappointed with this substitution. However, looking back on it, a Rail Blue 33, Inter City van and NSE stock certainly makes an interesting picture. Class 33s did of course appear on the route, along with ever increasing numbers of 47s towards the end of loco haulage.

33030, 33114 & 33026 North Perrott 6 July 1991

Terrible lighting, but what a rare working! Apart from railtours, triple headed Class 33 worked trains were extremely unusual. 33030, 33114 & 33026 pass North Perrott on 6 July 1991 with the 1O41 16:22 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The three 33s had not arrived as a triple header, but were being worked back together, presumably to save a light engine movement. Several attempts were made at Exeter to connect up 33026, but the multiple working equipment obviously wasn't used to three locos being joined, so in the event it was dead in tow, with just the two lead locos powering. Despite looking directly into the sun, it was definitely worth recording this unusual event. I believe 33030 & 33026 were detached at Salisbury.

33030, 33051 & 33207 Kennett 10 August 1996

33030, 33051 Shakespeare Cliff & 33207 Earl Mountbatten of Burma pass through Kennett station on 10 August 1996 with the 33111 Charters 1Z20 12:10 Kensington Olympia to Kensington Olympia (via Cambridge, Ipswich and Chelmsford) 'Multiple Marauder' railtour. This was part of a tour which started from Preston, which earlier in the day, in keeping with the train's name, had been hauled by three Class 31s. Coincidentally, I have another picture of 33030 leading a triple headed train, and that wasn't even on a railtour!

33031 Hinksey 12 March 1983

33031 passes Hinksey Yard on 12 March 1983 with the late running 4O84 03:17 Holyhead to Millbrook freightliner, with its customary single rake of five freightliner flats, with as usual, just a few boxes. With loads such as this, it is not surprising that the Holyhead freightliner terminal closed a few years later. Note the loco's number painted on the buffer beam.

33031 Orleton 18 June 1984

33031 passes Orleton on 18 June 1984 with the 1M70 07:45 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly service. The very long lens has emphasised the line of telegraph poles, which certainly lend a vintage look to the picture. Unfortunately I have very few pictures of Class 33s on this route, possibly because at the time it seemed like a very long drive!

33032 Ebbw Junction 21 October 1985

33032 passes Ebbw Junction, Newport with the 1V62 12:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central service on 21 October 1985. Alexandra Dock Junction Yard can be seen in the background, while the site of the former steam shed is on the left. Although an excellent location for viewing westbound trains, it is impossible to take pictures of anything in the other direction, as this redundant road bridge is right up against the A4042 Newport by-pass.

33035 Little Langford 8 March 1986

33035 bursts out from under the bridge at Little Langford in the Wylye Valley on 8 March 1986 with the 1V24 10:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads service. The 33s had just over two years to go on these trains before giving way to Sprinters. Both the locos and stock remained virtually exclusively rail blue until the very end.

33035 & 33201 Gunstone Mill 7 November 1990

33035 & 33201 pass Gunstone Mill (near Crediton) with the 7V84 Eastleigh to Meldon Quarry ballast empties on 7 November 1990. Its not immediately obvious from this angle, but the second locomotive is seven inches narrower than 33035, being one of the batch of twelve locos built to the narrower 'Hastings' gauge.

33035 Lydd Town 18 May 1995

The guard opens the level crossing gate next to the remains of Lydd Town station, so that 33035 Spitfire can proceed with the early running 7M95 12:37 Dungeness Power Station to Willesden nuclear flask on 18 May 1995. The train's point of origin, Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, can be seen on the horizon.

33035 Bewdley 19 May 2016

33035 passes through the tree lined cutting on the approach to Bewdley station with the 14:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service on 19 May 2016, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. It makes me feel old to realise that I had photographed this loco on the mainline over 30 years earlier!

33039 Bathampton 1 September 1985

33039 passes Bathampton with the 09:15 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central service on 1 September 1985. Not only has the loco been consigned to history, being withdrawn in May 1989 and cut up MC Metals at Glasgow two years later, but the bridge in the background has also been demolished. This was a farm occupation bridge, and as can be seen in this view it gave an excellent view of Bathampton Junction, where the Bradford-on-Avon line diverged from the Great Western Mainline.

33045 Marshfield 28 April 1984

33045 passes Marshfield on 28 April 1984 with the 2B26 10:43 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads service. Just visible in the background is 47462 which is stationary, after having failed whilst working the 10:16 Cardiff to Paddington relief. It would later be rescued by 37251 giving it a push from the rear as far as Newport.

33045 Little Langford 8 March 1986

A technique that I have only rarely used, but which can be very effective is panning, where the idea is to follow the train with the camera and fire the shutter while still keeping the camera moving, thereby giving the impression of speed. The possibilities of getting it wrong are endless, as to be effective a slow shutter speed is needed. At this time I was using two cameras on a bracket, which makes it even more difficult. However, it seems to have worked here. 33045 passes Little Langford on 8 March 1986 with the 1V25 11:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads service.

33048 Keynsham 14 May 1988

33048 passes Keynsham with the 13:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads service on 14 May 1988, the last day of Class 33 operation on the route. Although the hills in the background (part of the limestone hill range that further north are known as the Cotswolds) form an pleasant backdrop, the location here is a little restricted for photography, although thankfully there is just a sufficient gap to get a four coach train in the picture. The following day services ion this line went over to Class 155 DMU operation.

33049 Bradford-on-Avon 21 February 1987

33049 emerges from the avenue of trees on the approach to Bradford-on-Avon on 21 February 1987, as it works the 1O33 08:00 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour service. The footpath crossing is well used by locals, as it leads to a footbridge over the River Avon, one of only three river crossings in the town.

33050 Hawkeridge Junction 4 October 1987

33050 is neatly framed by the bridge at Hawkeridge Junction, as it heads south with the 1O40 11:10 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour service on 4 October 1987. Although it was slowing down for the Westbury stop, quick reactions were required here, as obviously the only warning of its approach was the good old Sulzer racket!

33050 & 33021 Goodrington 20 June 1992

33050 Isle of Grain & 33021 pass through the flower filled cutting at Goodrington on 20 June 1992 with the 14:10 Paignton to Kingswear service, during the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway's Diesel Gala. The pair of Cromptons had worked the 08:05 special from Paddington, swapping their InterCity liveried Mk1s for something much more vintage (including an autocoach!) at Paignton.

33051 & 33030 Haston 6 September 1997

33051 Shakespeare Cliff & 33030 pass Haston (between Shrewsbury and Wem) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z66 06:12 Salisbury to Holyhead 'Crompton Culminator' railtour. The wreath on the front of the train is not marking the end of the Class 33s (the final railtour was the following weekend), but it is in recognition of the funeral of Princess Diana, which was taking place on this day.

33051 & 33030 Rossett 6 September 1997

Under a suitably sombre sky, 33051 Shakespeare Cliff & 33030 pass Rossett on 6 September 1997 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z66 14:37 Holyhead to Salisbury 'Crompton Culminator' railtour, the penultimate Class 33 railtour. This was the day of Princess Diana's funeral, hence the wreath on the front of the locomotive.

33051 & 33030 Whiteball 13 September 1997

33051 Shakespeare Cliff & 33030 pass Whiteball on 13 September 1997 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 12:28 Bristol Temple Meads to Victoria (via Exeter) 'Six Five Special' railtour. The train had started from Victoria as the 1Z66 07:31 Victoria to Bristol Temple Meads, and on arrival in London would continue (with 33116) as the 1Z65 20:17 Victoria to Finsbury Park.

33051 & 33030 Seaton Junction 13 September 1997

33051 Shakespeare Cliff & 33030 pass the overgrown platforms of Seaton Junction station (closed along with the Seaton branch in 1966) with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 12:28 Bristol Temple Meads to Victoria (via Exeter) 'Six Five Special' railtour on 13 September 1997. Starting out from London as the 1Z66 07:31 Victoria to Bristol Temple Meads, this train was booked as the final Class 33 railtour, which explains the many photographers both on the station's footbridge, and the road bridge on which I was standing. Later in the evening 33116 would perform the last rites as it worked the 1Z65 20:17 Victoria to Finsbury Park.

33052 Claverton 20 April 1988

With the River Avon just visible on the left, 33052 Ashford approaches Claverton on 20 April 1988 with the 1V62 12:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central service. This was just a few weeks before these loco hauled trains were replaced by Class 155 units.

33053 Ferry Meadows 1 March 2008

33053 accelerates away from Ferry Meadows with the 1M48 13:06 Peterborough to Wansford service on 1 March 2008., during the Nene Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. The stock being used here is former Western Region Class 117 DMU 51401, 59508, & 51367. This is made up from vehicles from former sets L419 L421, & L429.

33056 & 33021 Sevington 2 June 1989

33056 The Burma Star & 33021 pass Sevington with the 6C56 11:23 Grain to Shakespeare Cliff on 2 June 1989, conveying Channel Tunnel concrete lining sections. At this time construction of the tunnel was well underway, but the meeting of the British and French tunnels was still a year away. Class 33s were employed extensively on works trains, not just these concrete section trains, but ballast and spoil as well. This pair certainly look impressive in their matching Railfreight Construction livery, and they also sounded impressive too on such a heavy load!

33057 Patchway 17 December 1983

33057 puts on the power as it passes through Patchway station with the 1O79 12:05 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour service on 17 December 1983. Although I have a number of pictures of Class 33s on this route, in retrospect more effort should have been put into photographing these trains before they went over to Class 155 operation in 1988. Of course now even the Class 155s are history - time marches on!

33057 & 33019 Fenny Compton 29 July 1995

33057 Seagull & 33019 Griffon throw out a spectacular column of clag as they accelerate away from Fenny Compton with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 07:18 Paddington to Long Marston 'Honey Monster' railtour on 29 July 1995. The tour had just traversed Kineton Army depot, and was now heading for another (Long Marston) via a reversal at Oxford.

33057 & 33019 Moreton-in-Marsh 29 July 1995

Unusual motive power on the Cotswold Line. 33057 Seagull & 33019 Griffon pull away from Moreton-in-Marsh station on 29 July 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 17:05 Long Marston to Paddington 'Honey Monster' railtour. After a little late running earlier in the day, the tour was now running exactly to time, thanks to the nearly two hours of booked time at Long Marston allowing some recovery. The weedkilling train doesn't appear to have been this way recently, and certainly not up the two sidings!

33057 & 33026 Berwick (Sussex) 20 April 1996

33057 Seagull & 33026 Seafire pass through Berwick station on 20 April 1996 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 15:06 Eastbourne to Bristol Temple Meads 'Southern Coasterman' railtour. This is of course not the town of Berwick on the Scottish border, but the small Sussex village on the line between Eastbourne and Lewes. This was one of those occasions when there is a limited gap in which to take the photo, and no certain way to judge if it is large enough before the train arrives. The train was travelling at considerable speed, and while I have managed to get it clear of the signal, it is still too near the edge of the frame for my liking. Unfortunately the rollfilm version of this is hopeless, with 33057 disappearing off the edge of the picture! Class 71 E5001 also featured on the tour.

D6575 Dixton 29 July 2016

D6575 (33057) passes Dixton on 29 July 2016 with the 2C57 10:50 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service. The West Somerset Railway loco was visiting the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for their Diesel Gala.

D6575 & D6948 Hailes 31 July 2016

D6575 & D6948 pass Hailes on 31 July 2016 with the 2C53 09:30 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The footings of the soon to be reinstated Hailes Abbey Halt can just be seen amid the Rosebay Willowherb.

D6575 & D6948 Southam 31 July 2016

D6575 & D6948 pass Southam on 31 July 2016 with the 2C53 09:30 Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse service, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Diesel Gala. The 33 was visiting the line from the West Somerset Railway.

D6575 Southam 31 July 2016

D6575 pass Southam on 31 July 2016 with the 2L54 10:20 Cheltenham Racecourse to Laverton service. The West Somerset Railway loco was visiting the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for the line's Diesel Gala weekend.

33059 Severn Tunnel 12 July 1987

33059 emerges from the eastern portal of the Severn Tunnel on 12 July 1987 with the late running 1O40 11:10 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour service. This view is no longer possible, as the whole area next to the A403 Pilning to Avonmouth road has been palisade fenced off. It clearly wasn't in 1987!

33060 Sevington 2 June 1989

33060 just manages to escape a patch of cloud, as it accelerates away from Sevington with another string of empty wagons for Shakespeare Cliff on 2 June 1989. It will shortly return with another load of Channel Tunnel spoil. The Sevington site can just be seen on the left of this picture.

33063 Winchfield 28 August 1987

33063 races through Winchfield with the 14:10 Waterloo to Salisbury service on 28 August 1987. One year after the launch of Network SouthEast the rebranding had only extended as far as the repainting of two of the coaches in this train, plus of course the inevitable red lamposts on the platforms. Long after the removal of freight services from the station, a coal merchant was still trading from near the up platform in 1987.

33063 & 37714 Thurcaston 19 March 2017

There was a Trainload grey theme evident at the Great Central Railway's Spring 2017 Diesel Gala, with 33063 R. J. Mitchell & 37714 Cardiff Canton appearing in Mainline branded Trainload grey, and Trainload metals liveries respectively. The immaculate pair are pictured passing Thurcaston on 19 March 2017 with the 2B03 09:45 Loughborough to Leicester North service.

33063 & 37714 Thurcaston 19 March 2017

33063 R. J. Mitchell & 37714 Cardiff Canton pass Thurcaston on 19 March 2017 with the 2B06 10:30 Leicester North to Loughborough service, during the Great Central Railway's Diesel Gala. Very difficult lighting here, with a little unforecast sunshine further south resulting in some severe bodyside reflections from the bright sky in the background.

33064 Marshfield 28 April 1984

33064 passes Marshfield under a cloudless sky on 28 April 1984 with the 1V20 08:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central service. Almost a decade later this loco was involved in a serious collision with a 4-VEP EMU at Lingfield, which resulted in it being withdrawn.

33064 & 33102 Shrivenham 4 Aigust 1991

33064 & 33102 pass Shrivenham on 4 August 1991 with the Network SouthEast 1Z33 09:00 Waterloo to Gloucester 'Network Explorer II' railtour, run in connection with the Gloucester Rail Day. Although this was running virtually to time, due to the locos being borrowed for one of Pathfinder Tour's mini excursions during the day, the return train left Gloucester over an hour late.

33065 Patchway 17 December 1983

With a rugby match going on in the background, 33065 passes through Patchway station on 17 December 1983 with the 2B38 14:00 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads service. It wasn't long before the narrow strip of waste ground seen here between the road and the railway was commandeered as a bus depot.

33065 Norton Fitzwarren 30 October 1991

33065 Sealion passes Norton Fitzwarren on 30 October 1991 with the 6O74 11:20 Meldon Quarry to Tonbridge ballast train. Note the Taunton Cider vans on the right, a traffic flow that managed to briefly survive the end of Speedlink, which had ceased a few months before this picture was taken. In 1995 all cider production was moved to Shepton Mallet and this factory was closed.

33101 Worting Junction 24 May 1986

33101 passes Worting Junction on 24 May 1986 with the Southampton Eastern Docks to Waterloo Ocean Liner Boat Train. There was no mistaking this prestigious 'as required' train, even without reference to the 95 headcode. The train is made up of Clapham Junction Carriage Depot's dedicated rake of all first class Mk2 coaches, with the addition of a GUV at the head of the train for the passenger's luggage. This train would operate from either Eastern or Western Docks, dependant on which berth the cruise liner had used.

33102 Iver 22 February 1990

33102 passes Iver on 22 February 1990 with the 6V96 09:32 Tonbridge West to Meldon Quarry ballast empties. Iver station can be seen in the background, with the then fairly new concrete M25 motorway bridge just behind.

33102 & 33114 Cullompton 1 August 1990

33102 & 33114 pass the overgrown platforms of Cullompton station (closed in 1964) with the 6V96 09:50 Tonbridge to Meldon Quarry ballast empties on 1 August 1990. The goods shed has now gone the way of Class 33 hauled ballast trains, and this scene is now unrecognisable. The site is now occupied by the Shell garage and McDonalds of the M5 Cullompton Motorway services.

33102 Grateley 14 November 1991

33102 brings up the rear of the 'Swedish Scrubber' rail head cleaning train at Grateley on 14 November 1991. The train is being driven from the surviving half of Class 438 4-TC 8012. The actual scrubbing heads are fitted to the Network SouthEast livered van (ADB977695) directly in front of the loco. It seems like Grateley was on the border as far as the weather goes, with masses of dark clouds to the east, yet with mostly clear skies in the other direction.

33103 Mintlyn 21 November 1998

33103 passes Mintlyn on 21 November 1998 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z73 14:10 Ely to Crewe 'Crompton Pedigree' railtour. Top'n'tail loco 37242 can be seen on the rear of the train. This is the view from the Kings Lynn bypass, and shows the tour returning from Middleton Towers, a mile in the distance. This was formerly the Kings Lynn to East Dereham line, part of the once extensive network of cross country secondary lines in Norfolk. It was built by the Lynn & Dereham Railway Company, and opened in 1846. With the exception of the short section to the sand terminal at Middleton Towers, the line closed in 1968. In the background of this view is the embankment of the former Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway's Peterborough to Great Yarmouth line, which closed in 1959. Mintlyn is a deserted medieval village. Apart from Mintlyn Farm, the only evidence is the remains of a ruined church, situated a little to the left of this picture.

33103 Woofferton 6 November 1999

A fine display of autumn colours at Woofferton on 6 November 1999, as 33103 heads southwards with the 08:35 Crewe to Cardiff Rugby World Cup special. The train participants were off to the Millennium Stadium to see Australia beat France by 23 points in the final.

33103 Lockington 15 January 2000

Superb early morning light (that didn't last very long!) at Lockington on 15 January 2000, as 33103 is about to dive underneath the A50 hauling 4-TC set 417 with the Branch Line Society's 08:14 Birmingham New Street to Goole 'River Don' railtour.

33103 Brancliffe East Junction 15 January 2000

33103 takes the Doncaster line at Brancliffe East Junction (near Worksop) on 15 January 2000 with the Branch Line Society's 08:14 Birmingham New Street to Goole 'River Don' railtour. The stock is Class 438 4-TC set 417, one of two of these former Southern Region trailer sets that was repainted into all over blue livery in 1991, especially for use on charter trains such as this.

33103 Goole 15 January 2000

Possibly the first ever visit of a Class 33 to Goole. 33103 waits to depart wrong line with 4-TC set 417 on 15 January 2000 with the Branch Line Society's 'River Don' railtour. The tour which had started from Birmingham New Street had earlier visited freight lines around Shirebrook and Sheffield before arriving at Goole via the little used Knottingley and Snaith line. The very brief stop here while the crew changed ends was just sufficient for this time exposure before the tour headed away into the night towards Doncaster, gaining the correct running line just after the level crossing to the south of the station.

33103 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 22 January 2000

After a day of disappointing weather, with the sun vanishing behind clouds at the critical times, it all suddenly changed at the very end of the day on 22 January 2000. Just before 33103 was due with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z44 15:25 Appleford Sidings to Preston 'White Horse Rambler' railtour, the sun dropped out of the clouds and produced this fantastic lighting, with the dark clouds to the east really standing out. 33103 ambles along the down relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, prior to its booked ten minute stop at Challow.

33103 Challow 22 January 2000

Although the fabulous lighting of 15 minutes earlier at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth had now gone (as quickly as it had appeared), 33103 still finds a trace of late afternoon light as it pulls away from its booked stop at Challow on 22 January 2000 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z44 15:25 Appleford Sidings to Preston 'White Horse Rambler' railtour.

33103 & 33202 Dosthill 1 May 2004

33103 Swordfish leads 'Slim Jim' classmate 33202 Meteor through the Silver Birch lined cutting next to Kingsbury Brickworks at Dosthill with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z97 04:10 Yeovil Junction to Buxton 'Buxton Rotator' railtour on 1 May 2004.

33106 Newton Tony 19 April 1986

33106 races past Newton Tony (between Salisbury and Andover) with the 1L06 09:29 Salisbury to Waterloo service on 19 April 1986, comprising 4TC trailer set 423. At this time the Salisbury trains were working in push pull mode using Class 33/1s, while the Exeter trains were principally in the hands of Class 50s. Although there are some good locations in the area, it is not recommended to venture too far, as the proximity to Porton Down makes the likelihood of the Military Police taking an interest in any photographers quite high!

33106 Heytesbury 14 May 1988

33106 pass the disused Heytesbury station on 14 May 1988 with the 1O35 10:08 Bristol Temple Meads to Portsmouth Harbour service. This was the final day of loco hauled trains on this route, and with not a cloud in the sky, there were naturally many photographers around, recording the last workings.

33108 & 33021 Stranraer 18 May 2002

Very nearly a unique picture. Apart from a local walking his dog, only one other photographer was standing in the rain at Stranraer Harbour on 18 May 2002 to witness the remarkable sight of a pair of Class 33s at this remote Scottish outpost. 33108 Vampire & 33021 Eastleigh slowly pull out of the Harbour station with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 18:32 (the previous day!) Crewe to Glasgow Central 'Rhins & Machars Crompton' railtour. 56106, on the other end of the train had brought the train in to Stranraer from Largs. As can be seen, the weather was absolutely terrible.

33109 & D6535 Kirkham & Wesham 4 November 1995

33109 Captain Bill Smith RNR & D6535 (33116) Hertfordshire Railtours pass through Kirkham & Wesham station on 4 November 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z56 Euston to Blackpool North 'Crompton Bulb' railtour. The multiplicity of tracks here are due to the two separate routes to Blackpool diverging a few yards further on. The single track line to Blackpool South diverges from the nearest of the running lines in this picture.

33108 Foley Park Tunnel 4 October 2012

33108 looks very smart with its white window surrounds, as it emerges from Foley Park Tunnel on 4 October 2012 with the 12:30 Kidderminster to Bewdley service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. It had a minor problem earlier on in the day, which resulted in it being removed from its first booked train.

33109 Bishops Cleeve 10 July 2009

One of the attractions of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Summer 2009 Diesel Gala was the arrival of 33109 Captain Bill Smith RNR from the East Lancashire Railway. It is seen here passing Bishops Cleeve with the 14:45 Winchcombe to Cheltenham Racecourse service on 10 July 2009.

D6525 Burrs 7 March 2010

The 1852 built Peel Tower (commemorating Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the modern police force) dominates the background of this view, as D6525 Captain Bill Smith RNR rounds the curve at Burrs on 7 March with the 2J84 16:16 Rawtenstall to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Correct headcode on this one!

33109 Castor 11 April 2015

Framed by a couple of lineside trees, 33109 Captain Bill Smith RNR passes Castor on 11 April 2015 with the1E50 13:22 Wansford to Peterborough service, during The Nene Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. And no, this viewpoint wasn't a deliberate ploy to hide the foreign coaches!

33109 Castor 11 April 2015

33109 Captain Bill Smith RNR passes Castor on 11 April 2015 with the1M50 14:10 Peterborough to Wansford service, during the Nene Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. 66757 can just be seen on the rear of the train.

33110 Water Eaton 12 January 1985

33110 approaches Water Eaton, on the Bicester to Oxford line with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z25 'Concrete Cow' railtour on 12 January 1985. Needless to say with a name like that, the tour had just visited Milton Keynes, and was heading back towards the Southern Region on what at the time was still a freight only line. The stock comprised 4-TC units 401 & 421, with 33106 on the rear working top'n'tail.

33110 & 33065 Gunstone Mill 7 November 1990

33110 & 33065 pass Gunstone Mill with the 6O74 11:20 Meldon to Tonbridge ballast train on 7 November 1990. Although the train appears to be running wrong line, what looks like a double track mainline is in fact two single lines. The right hand track is the Barnstaple branch, which the Meldon line joins at Crediton, a few miles to the east of this spot. Unfortunately I was experimenting with film in the Pentax 6x7 at this time, and this picture is taken on the truly awful Kodak Ektachrome 400, so apologies for the poor technical quality!

33111 Harmans Cross 13 May 2012

The Swanage Railway's resident 33111 Hot Dog leaves Harmans Cross station during the Swanage Railway's Diesel Gala on 13 May 2012, with the 10:00 Norden to Swanage service. Needless to say the Hot Dog name was not carried in BR service!

33112, 33051 & 33209 High Halstow 3 September 1988

With the Isle of Grain Power Station in the background, 33112 Templecombe, 33051 Isle of Grain & 33209 pass the remains of a burnt out PW hut near High Halstow on 3 September 1988 with the Southern Electric Group 1Z23 10:18 Grain to Clapham Junction 'Coupled Crompton' railtour.

33113 Monxton 22 March 1986

I have very few pictures of Class 33/1s working with 4-TC sets on the West of England line, hence the inclusion of this less than perfect view of 33113 passing Monxton on a very gloomy 22 March 1986. The train is the 12:05 Basingstoke to Salisbury service. The 4-TC set is unidentified, but is clearly one of the 420-429 batch.

33114 Whitchurch 20 April 1991

33114 deputised for an unavailable Class 50 on 20 April 1991, and is seen here passing Whitchurch station at speed with the 1O37 12:25 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo Network SouthEast service, running 25 minutes late. It was not a good day for Class 50s, with D400 stopped with a speedo fault, and 50037 with low oil pressure. However on the plus side, 50007 did work an additional Salisbury to Westbury service, covering for a faulty Class 158 Sprinter. A pity I didn't know about that at the time!

33116 Silchester 5 July 1987

33116 catches the very last rays of the setting sun, as it passes Silchester on 5 July 1987 with the 2O17 20:00 Reading to Portsmouth Harbour Network SouthEast service. The coaching stock is Class 438 4-TC set 8022. I don't know why I didn't take more pictures of these trains. Even this was only taken on a Sunday evening on the way back from visiting relatives in Isleworth!

33116 Deepcut 28 August 1987

33116 heads east through the tree lined cutting near Deepcut on 28 August 1987 with a train of rails. Presumably, as this is a Friday, it was destined for some weekend engineering possession. At this time 33116 was just another anonymous member of the 33/1 fleet. It would be another six years before it acquired the name Hertfordshire Railtours, therefore becoming a railtour favourite.

33116 St James Park 10 July 1993

Making a fantastic racket, 33116 pushes Class 438 4-TCs 417 & 410 through St James Park station (Exeter) on 10 July 1993 with the 13:31 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo relief service. The severe 1 in 100 gradient, with eight well filled coaches was bound to produce plenty of Sulzer thrash!

33116 Cockhill 22 January 1994

33116 Hertfordshire Rail Tours is appropriate traction for that company's 1Z33 07:35 Waterloo to Weymouth 'Push Pull Farwell' tour, seen here at Cockhill (near Castle Cary) on 22 January 1994. The two 4-TC units (417 & 410) had been leading from London to Bristol (via Exeter!) and are pictured here heading for the coast in fading light.

D6535 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 5 June 1994

D6535 (33116) Hertfordshire Railtours passes Circourt Bridge, Denchworth on 5 June 1994 with the Waterloo to Weymouth 'Ocean Liner Express' railtour. The Great Western Mainline between Didcot and Swindon is definitely not the most direct route between London and Weymouth, and quite a rare route for a Class 33, as well!

33116 Tolworth 4 March 1995

33116 (D6535) Hertfordshire Railtours passes through 1930s Art Deco Tolworth station en-route to Chessington South with the D-Tours 'Tatty Cat' railtour on 4 March 1995. Utilising 4-VEP EMU 3581 as coaching stock, the tour started from Clapham Junction at 10:00, and travelled via Twickenham and Raynes Park to Waterloo. It then retraced its steps to Raynes Park, headed down the Chessington Branch, before proceeding to Wimbledon, Guildford, Norwood Junction, Tattenham Court, Purley, Caterham, London Bridge, and finally Victoria.

33116 Raynes Park 4 March 1995

33116 (D6535) Hertfordshire Railtours just manages to dodge the clouds, as it passes Raynes Park on 4 March 1995 with the D-Tours 10:00 Clapham Junction to Guildford 'Tatty Cat' railtour. Although this looks like a standard Class 33/1 & Class 438 4-TC formation, the coaching stock is in fact 4-VEP EMU 3581.

33116 & 33109 Abercwmboi 21 October 1995

33116 Hertfordshire Railtours & 33109 Captain Bill Smith RNR pass Abercwmboi on 21 October 1995 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 08:03 Paddington to Tower Colliery 'Faulty Tower' railtour. 56040 Oystermouth can be seen smoking heavily on the rear of the train.

33116 & 33051 Uppermill 28 December 1996

33116 (D6535) Hertfordshire Railtours & 33051 Shakespeare Cliff pass through a snowy Pennine landscape near Uppermill on 28 December 1996 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 07:55 Kings Cross to York 'Duck & Weasel' railtour. As I approached the line of photographers waiting in the field, I was advised to keep to the footpath, as prior to my arrival the local farmer had been threatening to smash up people's cameras, for trespassing on his land!

33116 & 33051 Holme Chapel 28 December 1996

33116 (D6535) Hertfordshire Railtours & 33051 Shakespeare Cliff slog up the gradient towards Copy Pit Summit on 28 December 1996 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 07:55 Kings Cross to York 'Duck & Weasel' railtour. They are passing the small village of Holme Chapel. Burnley is just visible through the mist in the background.

33116 & 33051 Whitwell 15 February 1997

33116 Hertfordshire Railtours & 33051 Shakespeare Cliff pass between the disused signal box and goods shed at Whitwell on 15 February 1997, as they head north with the 33111 Charters 1Z33 07:32 Kings Cross to Scarborough 'Robin Reliant' railtour.

33116 & 33051 Saxondale 22 March 1997

33116 Hertfordshire Railtours is appropriate motive power for the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 08:33 Kings Cross to Skegness 'Swineshead Revisited' railtour on 22 March 1997. It is pictured here passing Saxondale in the company of classmate 33051 Shakespeare Cliff. With the various mixed combinations of coaching stock used on later railtours, note how professionally turned out and neat this rake of Inter City liveried Mk 1s looks (ignoring the single white roof!).

33116 & 33030 Whitby 14 June 1997

There is certainly no mistaking where this is, and its not a location that you would expect to see a pair of Class 33s! 33116 Hertfordshire Railtours & 33030 slowly leave Whitby on a miserably dull and cold 14 June 1997 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z49 14:30 Whitby to Kings Cross 'Whitby Jet' railtour.

33117 Bletchingdon 17 June 1983

33117 passes the site of Bletchingdon station (or Bletchington as the GWR called it) with the 1E22 12:46 Fridays only Portsmouth Harbour to Leeds service on 17 June 1983. This train regularly brought a Class 33 to the Oxford to Banbury line during the 1980s. Although the loco survives, this viewpoint does not! While in 1983 the old station site was just an overgrown area with a few piles of abandoned timber, today it is a thriving industrial unit, and the whole area is dominated by towering piles of pallets! Even if it was possible to stand in this spot now, you wouldn't be able to see anything of the railway!

33117 Micheldever 17 June 1984

33117 accelerates away from Micheldever station on 17 June 1984 with the 2O04 09:00 Reading to Portsmouth Harbour service. The stock is Class 438 4-TC set 407. Micheldever station is well over a mile from Micheldever, even though the railway passes within a short distance of the village.

33117 Worting Junction 24 May 1986

33117 passes the distinctive line of former rail workers cottages ay Worting Junction, as it heads westwards on 24 May 1986 with the 1L03 10:10 Waterloo to Salisbury service. Three decades later this view is still clear. The planting of conifers has only affected the background, rather than the foreground!

33201 & 33002 Newton St Cyres 1 August 1990

33201 & 33002 pass Newton St Cyres station on a cloudless 1 August 1990 with the 7V84 Eastleigh to Meldon Quarry ballast empties. This completely open view, with the remnants of the old down platform and various huts has since disappeared behind the inevitable wall of vegetation, leaving only a very head on picture from the bridge. Not of course that you are going to see a pair of 33s on freight at this location today!

D6586 Heap Bridge 3 July 2011

D6586 approaches Heap Bridge on 3 July 2011 with the 2J83 14:45 Heywood to Rawtenstall service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. D6586 is a long way from its original home, being one of the special narrow bodied Class 33s built for use on the Hastings line.

33202 & 33207 Culham 8 November 1986

The unusual appearance of a couple of 'Slim Jim' 33s in the Thames Valley. 33202 & 33207 pass Culham with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z36 07:28 Clapham Junction to Carlisle 'Eden Serpent' railtour on 8 November 1986. Didcot Power Station dominates the background, at what used to be (and to some extent still is) a popular location for northbound trains in the Oxford area. Probably the main reason for this is that it is on a main road and you don't have to walk very far from your car!

33202 Bradford-on-Avon 21 February 1987

33202 approaches Bradford-on-Avon with the 1O36 10:07 Bristol Temple Meads to Portsmouth Harbour service on 21 February 1987. 33202 was one of a dozen Class 33s built with a narrower body profile for working on the Hastings line with its restricted clearances. Class 33 haulage was to last just over a year on this route, and although I have a fair number of pictures, in hindsight a few more visits to the area wouldn't have gone amiss!

33202 Sevington 2 June 1989

33202 passes Sevington on 2 June 1989 with a Shakespeare Cliff to Sevington spoil train. The wagons contain material excavated from the Channel Tunnel, which at this time was still far from complete, with the British and French ends still a year away from meeting up under the sea.

33202 & 31405 Ravenglass 8 February 1997

The battle of the gauges! 33202 The Burma Star & 31405 Mappa Mundi arrive at Ravenglass on 8 February 1997 with the A1A Charters 1T54 05:10 Wolverhampton to Heysham Port 'North by North West' railtour, passing a line of fifteen inch gauge coaches stabled in the headshunt of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

33202 & 31405 Ravenglass 8 February 1997

After a brief stop at Ravenglass, 33202 The Burma Star & 31405 Mappa Mundi get under way again on 8 February 1997 with the A1A Charters 1T54 05:10 Wolverhampton to Heysham Port 'North by North West' railtour, seen here crossing the River Mite, with the village of Ravenglass in the background.

33202 Swanley 30 May 1998

'Slim Jim' 33202 accelerates away from Swanley station with a short rake of ARC PGA stone hoppers on 30 May 1998. This bridge affords an excellent vantage point in both directions, although you do have to know which way something interesting is going to come from as the road is the very busy A20 Swanley bypass and is not easy to cross in a hurry!

33202 Summerseat 11 September 1999

33202 The Burma Star accelerates away from Summerseat station on 11 September 1999 with the 09:22 Ramsbottom to Bury service, during the East Lancashire Railway' 'EWS Classic Traction' event. 33202 was one of a several locos at the event that were part of the officially stored EWS heritage pool.

33202 & 33103 Up Hatherley 10 September 2005

Running 90 minutes late (which at least meant the rain had stopped!) 33202 Meteor & 33103 Swordfish pass Up Hatherley (near Cheltenham) with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z48 06:27 Salisbury to Crewe 'Crewe Crusader' railtour on 10 September 2005.

33202 & 33103 Codsall Wood 29 April 2006

33202 Meteor & 33103 Swordfish head west near Codsall Wood with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z53 05:36 Taunton to Barmouth 'Cambrian Borderer' railtour on 29 April 2006. Still heavily backlit despite running an hour late, the 33s had taken over from 47703 at Birmingham New Street. At Machynlleth the 33s would split and work the train top'n'tail to Barmouth.

33207 South Marston 16 June 1984

With just a very faint trace of evening sunlight remaining, 33207 passes South Marston (near Swindon) with the SEG / RCTS 1Z27 'Birmingham Boomerang' railtour on 16 June 1984. Starting from Waterloo at 08:00 this tour had visited Birmingham (naturally!), Shrewsbury, Llanwern, and Avonmouth before being pictured here en-route back to the capital. Although the buildings on the edge of Swindon can just be seen in the background, the relentless expansion of that town has resulted in this view having changing considerably since 1984. The field on the left is now occupied by a large retail park, while on the right a siding diverges into the Honda car plant.

33207 & 33029 Warton 9 June 2005

33207 & 33029 pass Warton with the 6C51 11:51 Sellafield to Heysham Power Station nuclear flask on 9 June 2005. Here we have two thirds of the DRS Class 33 fleet, which was disbanded shortly after this picture was taken. 3100 hp is is possibly a little over the top for a single wagon! This was a lucky shot, as I just stopped off at the line on spec on my way to Scotland.

33207 Lochyside 6 October 2007

33207 Jim Martin crosses over the River Lochy at the appropriately named Lochyside with the Royal Scotsman 1H86 08:23 Spean Bridge to Fort William 'Western Tour' on 6 October 2007, which has just reversed at Fort William, and is now en-route to Mallaig, before returning to Fort William later in the day. Just a few years ago the sight of a Class 33 in Scotland would have been considered exceptional, but now this is a dedicated Royal Scotsman loco. As is often the case, Ben Nevis in the background is enveloped in cloud.

33207 & 33025 Ashchurch 23 August 2008

Running sedately through Ashchurch station five minutes early, and obviously not wanting to gain any more time prior to the Cheltenham pick up, 33207 Jim Martin & 33025 Glen Falloch work the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 05:58 Crewe to Weymouth 'Dorset Coast Explorer / Great Wey Round' railtour on 23 August 2008. The seven inch difference in width between the narrow 'Hastings Gauge' loco at the front and the standard width machine can clearly be seen in this view.

33207 & 33025 Charlbury 23 August 2008

33207 Jim Martin & 33025 Glen Falloch pass through Charlbury station with the 1Z34 14:36 Weymouth to Crewe 'Dorset Coast Explorer / Great Wey Round' railtour on 23 August 2008. No doubt the highlight of this tour for many on board was the visit to the south coast, but for me it was definitely the chance to see a pair of 'Cromptons' on the Cotswold Line. Despite the atrocious lighting, I was not going to miss a picture of this unusual traction passing Brunel's 1853 built grade 2 listed station building. Unfortunately the tour's exemplary time keeping fell fowl of this single track section of the Cotswold Line, as it was delayed waiting for the late running 17:07 Great Malvern to Paddington First Great Western HST to clear the section at Wolvercote Junction.

33207 Ardley 5 September 2009

Joint Line Railtours ran their first special train on 5 September 2009 utilising a WCRC Class 33 & 37 in top'n'tail formation. 33207 Jim Martin is pictured here approaching Ardley in a very lucky patch of sunshine with the 1Z37 06:45 Worksop to Claydon LNE Junction (via Marylebone) 'Merry-le-Bone' railtour. Rather confusingly the headboard reads 'The Master Cutler'! 37516 is bringing up the rear. I had wanted to get a picture of this train on the Chiltern line, rather than opt for somewhere like Banbury, which sees far more diesel hauled specials. I had considering going to Fritwell, but looking at this picture it's certainly a good job I didn't, as that bridge (the second one in the distance) is completely in the shade.

33208 & 33116 Rudheath (Park Farm) 21 August 1994

33208 & 33116 (D6535) Hertfordshire Railtours pass Park Farm, near Rudheath, on the Northwich to Sandbach line, with the Hertfordshire Railtours Crewe to Crewe (via Chester) 'Cheshire Kitten' railtour on 21 August 1994. This was a mini-railtour run in connection with Hertfordshire's main Euston to Crewe 'Cheshire Cat' tour.

33208 & 33116 Chalford 25 March 1995

33208 & 33116 (D6535) Hertfordshire Railtours pound up Sapperton Bank at Chalford on 25 March 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 07:29 Coventry to Hastings 'Marsh 'n' Moor' railtour. Despite the fact that the weather was awful, I was surprised to be the only person at this location. A pair of 33s climbing through the Golden Valley is surely worth a look!

33208 & 33116 Kingsnorth 25 March 1995

Viewed from a convenient spot alongside the A2070 Ashford to Rye road, 33208 & 33116 (D6535) Hertfordshire Railtours pass Kingsnorth on 25 March 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z66 15:02 Hastings to Coventry 'Marsh 'n' Moor' railtour.

33208 & 33202 Little Bedwyn 24 August 1996

33208 & 33202 The Burma Star pass Little Bedwyn on 24 August 1996 with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z33 09:00 Paddington to Minehead 'Quantock Crompton' railtour. This was an extremely lucky picture, as not only was a boat passing though the lock on the Kennet & Avon Canal just at the right time, but also the sun broke through on what was a largely cloudy day. I went straight home after this, rather than following the train to the West Somerset Railway. This was just as well, as the weather was dire further west.

D6593 Heamies 22 November 1997

Surrounded by a smokescreen from LMS 'Black 5' 44767 at the head f the train, preserved D6593 (33208) brings up the rear of the 'Pines Express' railtour on 22 November 1997, as it heads back to Guildford from Crewe and passes Heamies (near Norton Bridge). This was the first occasion that a preserved Class 33 worked on the mainline.

D6593 Epsom Downs 8 January 2000

The single track branch line from Sutton to Epsom Downs was one of the highlights of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z96 08:55 Finsbury Park to Cannon Street 'Buffer Puffer' railtour on 8 January 2000. D6593 is pictured arriving at Epsom Downs, with the top'n'tail locomotive (73129) hiding behind the trees in the background. The tour visited various other locations around the south of London.

33209, 33051 & 33112 High Halstow 3 September 1988

As if a triple headed Class 33 wasn't unusual enough, the Southern Electric Group made sure that the 'Coupled Crompton' railtour on 3 September 1988 had one of each the three sub classes. 33/2 33209, 33/0 33051 Isle of Grain, & 33/1 33112 Templecombe pass High Halstow, on the Hoo Peninsula with the 1Z23 08:33 Clapham Junction to Grain.

33209, 33051 & 33112 Paddock Wood 3 September 1988

33209, 33051 Isle of Grain, & 33112 Templecombe speed through Paddock Wood station on 3 September 1988 with the Southern Electric Group 1Z23 10:18 Grain to Clapham Junction 'Coupled Crompton' railtour. Unfortunately the day was largely cloudy, but the unusual sight of one of each of the Class 33 sub classes makes up for the poor light.