Friday, 22 May 2015

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala, 10th May 2015 - Locomotive Profile: 33201

33201 was delivered by BRCW in February 1962 as D6586, the first of the group of 12 locomotives built to Hasting Gauge, known as the "Slim Jims". Withdrawn in October 1993.

In preservation, the locomotive is owned by the BRCWorkgroup, who also own 33018, based at the Battlefield Line. A one year lease to the Swanage Railway started in January 2015.

My personal record shows that I first saw 33201 on 19th March 1988, I think at Eastleigh Works. I have a note that "Motive Power Monthly" had reported the locomotive condemned in a period soon before that, but I also have a question mark against this. (33202 did go through withdrawal and reinstatement in this period).

At Norden before the first train of the day.
Working that train, 2N03 10:00 from Norden, approaching Harman's Cross.
Between turns at Swanage.
Arriving at Corfe Castle with 1N07 14:50 from Norden.