‘Tunnel Twins’ 33050 & 33056
This late condition ‘Crompton’ duo looks superb by virtue of their Roundel-designed Railfreight Construction livery. Who can resist those blue and yellow squadron markings?
A SPLASH OF COLOUR arrived in 1988 with the appearance of the first of a dozen overhauled ‘Cromptons’ for Channel Tunnel materials trains. Remember, these were the days before the Class 60s! Railfreight triple-grey with the prominent blue and yellow ‘building blocks’ branding of the Construction sub-sector looked good on the veterans as they plied between Isle of Grain and the TML’s Shakespeare Cliffe terminal with their Channel Tunnel concrete segment trains.
Our high profile pairing comprises a couple of ‘namers’ - Nos. 33050 Isle of Grain & 33056 The Burma Star – which also saw extensive use on other traffics. In fact, the period was a bit of an ‘anything goes’ as the type was commonly substituted for the unreliable Class 50s on the Waterloo-Exeter route and was increasingly in demand for railtours. Heljan never produced a Construction ‘33/0’ so our models will not feature printed nameplates or plaques (only etched separates) as these were removed in later years. This course of action simplifies renumbering if required.