The start of a New Year is a good time for a bit of an update on where we are with the project. There has been a positive response to our request to spread the word about what we are trying to do and to encourage others to get involved. Thank you to those that have done this. Since September 2011 the group of interested people has grown from 15 to just over 30 which is a great improvement. So what next? Well we still need to spread the word and improve the financial situation of the group to take the project forward so I would ask any of you that would like to set up a standing order for any amount to drop me an e-mail for the details. See the 'Contact Us' page.

James and I are going to look at the financial situation again towards the end of January and see if it is stable enough to allow some work to be started on the unit. We have two ways of taking the project forward during 2012 depending on the income which I will detail below.
Income above £750 a month
We will look to get one of the Driving Trailers into the workshop at Butterley in early February. Work will involve taking all of the windows out and resealing them, welding, and painting the vehicle. We would pay Butterley each month and they would do however much work we can afford. If we followed this route then there is a chance that the driving trailer could be taken to Swanage towards the end of 2012. At Swanage internal restoration would be completed and any wiring renewed if required. The idea would then be to use the coach as normal hauled stock with other air braked vehicles. However in the first instance it would have no heat, however we believe that we could do a slight modification to get this operational. By getting the vehicle to Swanage it would increase the publicity surrounding the project.
At the same time we would look to do some preventative work on the other vehicles. This would basically involve keeping the unit presentable and touching up paint work to stop corrosion.
Income between £250 and £750 a month.
We would look to build up some income to allow some work to be contracted out to start the work on one Driving Trailer. We would also look to see how much of the roof and underframe repainting we could do ourselves. However with the distances involved for some people it may actually make more sense for people to donate the money used for petrol and food rather than go to Butterley themselves. We would also look to do some preventative work on all vehicles.
Income under £250 a month.
Basically means that the unit will continue to rot as only the rent is covered.
If we can get one Driving Trailer sorted then the next objective will be the Brake Van. The reason for this is that all of the control gear is in this to allow multiple working etc. This would then mean that the two vehicles could be worked by a class 33/1 being coupled directly onto the brake van.
A few people have asked me what else they can do to assist. At the moment it is a little difficult as in a way we are still in our infancy and need to gain more support so spreading the word and setting up standing orders is the main thing. That said there maybe some opportunities to spread the word and raise the profile during 2012. The following events would be good for some publicity.
  • Swanage Diesel Gala Fri 11th - Sun 13th May. Opportunity to leaflet the trains and let people know what we are trying to do
  • MRC Volunteers weekend April 16th /17th April
  • MRC Diesel Gala May 21st and 22nd
  • MRC DMU event Sept 10th and 11th
At the MRC we could look at the possibility of opening the Driving Trailer up and maybe allowing people into the cab. This would allow us to explain what we are doing and also raise a little bit of money through donations. However we would need people to go and sit on the unit for a few hours and we would really need two people as it does become a little bit boring answering the same questions again and again.
That's it for now. The next update will hopefully be at the end of January 2012. In the meantime, here is a link to a recent picture of DTSO 76298 at Butterley which I found on Flickr
Happy New Year to you all.


After months, or is it years, of no action a few individuals associated with Class 33 preservation are looking to see whether there is any hope for the former LUL TC unit stored at Butterley. The unit has been in preservation for a number of years and those that were instrumental in saving the unit no longer have the time to push the project forward. Whilst the unit has been stored a large amount of cabling has been stolen from the unit including most of the 27 Way Jumpers and ETH cables that run the length of the vehicles. James Cox, who is heavily involved with 33012 and regularly borrowed by other Crompton owners has had a look at the unit and in conjunction with Richard Pinker, who has been heavily involved in the restoration of 33111 and 33108, are considering looking at taking the project forward.

However if this is to happen there has to be an understanding of what level of support there is for the project both financially and in man power if this is even going to be considered. It is obvious that a proper group with a constitution needs to be one of the starting points as this has never been finalised previously and this has been a major downfall in the project in the past. The long term aim is to bring all of the vehicles back into traffic however this will not happen over night so the initial aim is to concentrate on the brake vehicle and one of the driving trailers. If these can be overhauled externally then there is a possibility that these vehicles could be moved to the Swanage Railway where the owning group could complete the internal overhaul of the vehicles. The remaining two vehicles will then be looked at. At the moment this is all academic until the level of support for the project can be established.
If you are interested could you please e-mail James Cox and Richard Pinker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If after this appeal there is the belief that the project can be taken forward then the constitution will be drawn up and a temporary committee formed to take the unit forward. If however there isn't the support then a decision on what happens to the unit will have to be made and in its current state that may mean that it goes to the scrap yard.

Today, two of the coaches forming our 4TC set were wrapped up in tarpaulins at Swanwick Junction (the Midland Railway Centre). This is intended to protect them from the weather while they await restoration. A third coach will be similarly wrapped up in the near future, while the brake coach 70824 is hoped to move into the workshops to start restoration early in 2010, finances permitting.

4TC Unit 413 at Swanwick Junction awaiting tarpaulinsTarpaulin being applied to one of the DTSOsUnder the tarp

We have articles in both current issues of ´Railways Illustrated´ and ´RAIL´.

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Thanks to both magazines for their continuing support.

We intend to call an EGM to form the Group on the Saturday of the Swanage Railway Beer Festival and Diesel Gala (10th May) at Swanage at 15.00.

As the only agenda point will be the formation of a group, association, preservation society, or whatever, it will be a good opportunity to meet people and to share ideas.

We are still looking for someone to help with the mechanics of this and also to look into such things as Gift Aid, Charitable status and Lottery grants.

Anyone that's interested should confirm attendance with Alister on 07912 157769

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