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33109/D6525 Captain Bill Smith RNR
Status: Operational
Livery: BR Railfreight Grey
Running Number: 33109
Built: 1960 BRCW
No DEL 117
Traction Type: Diesel-Electric
Equipment: Crompton Parkinson
Power Unit: Sulzer 8LDA28
Power Output: 1,550 HP
Max Speed: 85 MPH
Train Brakes: Vacuum and Air
Train Heating: Electric (ETH)
Weight: 73 Tons
Length: 50' 9"
Height: 12' 9½"
Width: 8' 10"
Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company (BRCW) in 1960, D6525 entered traffic with British Railways on the 8th of October 1960.

33109 is one of two 33/1's at the ELR (the other being 33117). Nicknamed 'Bagpipes' due to the additional air pipework on the front, a total of 19 class 33/1's were adapted from 33/0's to include buckeye couplers with '3rd buffer', high level air pipes and control system modifications so that they could push or pull EMU sets on the Southern Region of British Railways, providing diesel traction where no 3rd Rail electric was available, most notably on Weymouth Harbour Tramway. More details can be found in the Fleet Profile PDF.

33109 was stored at Crewe for some time following the demise of the Fragonset company but was secured by a group from the ELR. The locomotive is named 'Captain Bill Smith RNR' and a photo of the plaque explaining his story can be seen below in the gallery.

Following remedial work on arrival at the ELR, 'Captain Bill' was returned to traffic on the 2nd of February 2008 performing a loaded test run pulling D335 and 47402 from Bury to Heywood and return then, later in the day, piloting D5054 on the regular diesel diagram.

Currently running in BR Blue with white window surrounds, 33109 is operational and a useful loco to the ELR. 2013 saw visits to both the Mid Hants and GCR(N) for Gala appearances, notably running at the MHR as Push-Pull with 4-VEP, 423417.

In 2015 Captain Bill made a visit to the Nene Valley Railway for their Diesel Gala over the 11th and 12th of April along with 50015 Valiant

July 2016 saw 33109 visit the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway for their diesel gala along with 40106 and 40135

A more detailed fleet profile can be downloaded below:

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ELR Events

There are a wide range of events at the East Lancashire Railway ranging from Family and Education, Re-enactments, Sci-Fi, Transport and Collector's Fairs.

Selected events are shown below. See the ELR Website for the full event schedule.

Event Date(s)
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 11th, Saturday 12th
and Sunday 13th October
DMU Weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

All events subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure events take place as advertised, rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate without prior notice.

ELR Website
Check out the ELR Website for the full event schedule.