‘Minimodal Motivators’ 33025 & 33030
Fortunately, the enthusiast’s best friend, Direct Rail Services, also dabbled with ‘Cromptons’ giving us the opportunity to present this special set with extra bodyside branding.
EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE FREIGHT OPERATOR, Direct Rail Services had a brief flirtation with the Class 33s during the early 2000s. By far and away the most interesting use was that of Nos. 33025 & 33030 on a new small container intermodal trial. Their attractive dark blue paint scheme was supplemented by some eye-catching Minimodal decals for this work, which made them stand out from the rest of the DRS fleet. Although the Minimodal venture did not take off, the locomotives went on to work both acid and nuclear flask traffic.
Surprisingly, DRS blue has not feature on a standard Class 33 model in ‘OO’ gauge yet. Since the company’s activities seem so popular with our customers – reference our sold out Class 37/5s – we are ‘pulling out all the stops’ to make this twin pack as much fun as possible. This means the inclusion of some extra photo-etched chequer pattern kick steps and free ‘on a mission’ headboards! These locos will look stunning at the head of the forthcoming Bachmann FNA flask wagons.