BR Class 33 33108
33108 is a BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 33 locomotive, owned by the Class 33/1 Preservation Company Ltd. 33018 first visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway for the 2012 Diesel Gala, and again attended the Spring Diesel Festival in 2017. Following the latter, it has remained at the SVRSevern Valley Railway for an extended stay, initially until at least May 2018 and later further extended.
33108 in serviceD6521 entered service at Hither Green in September 1960, and was reallocated to Eastleigh in 1963, where it remained for the rest of its working life. It was renumbered 33108 on 1 January 1974. The locomotive ended its life as depot shunter at Eastleigh, and remained in working order until withdrawn on 24 May 1993, being sold to the Class 33/1 Preservation Company in January 1997.
33108 in preservation
The locomotive was moved to Crewe International Electric Depot for restoration, and attended the Crewe Depot open day on 3 May 1997 as a static exhibit. Restoration to working order at The Railway Age, Crewe (now the Crewe Heritage Centre) between 1997 and 1999, after which the locomotive was leased for five years to mainline operator Fragonset Railways. 33108 was named "Vampire" between 17 May 2002 and 25 April 2005, when it was returned from Fragonset Railways. An extended visit to the Swanage Railway occurred between 10 May 2005 and 21 June 2007, but 33108 was badly damaged in a collision on 16 November 2006. Repairs, including a full power unit overhaul, were performed at Barrow Hill, with test runs occurring on 21 March 2010.Since 2010, 33108 has attended numerous diesel galas across the country, including the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 2012 and 2017. Following the latter 33108 was invited for an extended stay at the SVRSevern Valley Railway and, in addition to passenger duties, the locomotive was regularly used on Permanent Way trains and other duties following the departure of Class 20s D8059 and D8188.
See alsoDiesel Locomotives visiting the SVR for galas
Locomotives running under different identities
Diesel Locomotives hired by the SVR
- SVR - Operational & non-operational diesel locomotives, accessed 14 January 2018
- Cromptons - BR Class 33 Locomotives - 33108, accessed 20 November 2017
- Class 33/1 Preservation Company - History of 33108 (D6521), accessed 20 November 2017
- SVR Forum - Class 33 33108, accessed 20 November 2017