‘Double Dutch’ 33046 & 33047
A great sounding pair of late condition Class 33s, wearing some evocative names, in the yellow and grey colours of the Civil Engineer’s department.
THE PREVIOUSLY ANONYMOUS Civil Engineer’s organisation also joined the publicity party in the early 1990s with its yellow and grey colour scheme that was soon dubbed ‘Dutch’ livery due to its similarity to that carried by Netherlands Railways. With passenger duties in decline, infrastructure work beckoned for the ‘Cromptons’ on a newly ‘dedicated resources’ railway. Fresh paint was applied during a series of surprise major overhauls that took place at Eastleigh Works and often involved complete cab replacement because of corrosion.
Further positive publicity was forthcoming with a series of namings linking the locos with the aircraft heritage of the locality (Southampton was home to Supermarine, designer of the Spitfire). How could we not chose to replicate Nos. 33046 Merlin & 33047 Spitfire, a classic pairing that could often be found working the heavy ballast trains out of Meldon Quarry? Note the variations with headlights and cab roof aerial pods. Again, the names will not be printed allowing other class members in this livery to be easily modelled. A complimentary selection of stainless steel nameplates will include ALL the ‘aircraft-themed’ names!