60 years of the Class 33s

60 years of the Class 33s

Ranging far beyond their Southern Region home, the Class 33s were highly versatile machines and 2020 marks six decades since their introduction. MARK CHIVERS looks at their varied duties and shows how to model them in ‘OO’ gauge.

BRITISH RAILWAYS’ (BR) Class 33 Bo-Bo diesel-electrics were first introduced to Southern Region (SR) metals in 1960 – 60 years ago this year. Initially they were used on South Eastern Division workings before taking up duties on Central and South Western Division freight and passenger services.

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