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TSW: A Craving for Crompton

The classic BR Class 33 is coming soon to Train Sim World, initially for Windows PC.

1957, an order was placed for a batch of diesel-electric locomotives which were destined for the Southern Region of British Railways. Known at the time as the BRCW Type 3s, they were built as Bo-Bo, mixed-traffic locomotives, fitted with 1550 horsepower Sulzer engines that could propel them to a top speed of 85 mph. They housed Crompton Parkinson electrical equipment, forever giving them the nickname “Cromptons”.

The first BRCW Type 3s were rolled off the production line in 1959, entering service that December; the initial batch of 65 locomotives was delivered until 1961, and then a second batch was completed by 1962, totalling 98 locomotives across 3 main variants. Their early days were slow, delays in production and a shortage of steam locomotives left services without traction (as the Type 3s were built with state-of-the-art electric train heating, and not steam heating). They were supplemented by a fleet of Type 2s (Class 24s) until a workaround was found.

Once in regular service, the Type 3s quickly became a staple throughout the Southern Region, and particularly in the South Eastern Division to begin with, working principle passenger and freight services to Dover; steel trains between Sheerness and Willesden, cement runs, engineering trains, and the list goes on.

They were also used in the South West, where a subset of locomotives were fitted with SR multiple unit equipment so they could work push-pull trains to Salisbury and Weymouth that originated from London Waterloo, working in conjunction with the powerful 4-REP EMUs which would take charge of the train until the third rail was no more and vice versa. They were also used frequently on the Weymouth Boat Train services, slowly hauling coaches through the town to the coast.

Their widespread success in transforming key services throughout the Southern Region gave the Class 33s a keen following, and it is probably the reason that 29 have survived into preservation, including some which are mainline certified, not a bad effort for a fleet pushing for 60 years old. Two of the preserved locomotives; D6566 (33048) and D6575 (33057) “Seagull” have found a home on the West Somerset Railway, both operational and sporting the classic BR Green livery.

So, if you are a driver of our rendition of the scenic West Somerset Railway, you will be able to add the BR Class 33 into the mix for expanded diesel gala operations, because it will be coming soon to Train Sim World, initially for Windows PC.

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Packed with detail throughout, the BR Class 33 represents the first British add-on locomotive for Train Sim World, an add-on which shall deliver authentic Sulzer experiences to the scenic West Somerset Railway route.

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The cab of the Class 33 is the best seat in the house, and is being captured in absolute detail, looking and feeling like the real deal thanks to immersive interactivity – you can even wind the headcode blinds!

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Through a mixture of included scenarios and full integration into Service Mode, you’ll put the Class 33 to work on passenger services through West Somerset, giving those on-board a taste of Southern Region yesteryear amidst a diesel gala to remember (above and below).

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For passengers, there’s no better place to experience a diesel gala than from right behind the locomotives, and with a little creative use of the front camera, the full thrash of the Crompton can be witnessed from up close.

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The diesel gala is due another arrival in the form of the BR Class 33, which is coming soon to Train Sim World for the West Somerset Railway route.

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