Red ‘Crompton’ takes starring role at Churnet Valley anniversary gala

CLASS 33 No. 33021 made its debut at the Churnet Valley Railway’s (CVR) October 19-21 gala following an extensive overhaul and repaint.

The event marked the 40th anniversary of the North Staffordshire Railway Co (NSRC), incorporated on November 2, 1978.

Newly restored Class 33 No. 33021 Eastleigh approaches Hills Wood on the Churnet Valley Railway with a late-afternoon Cheddleton to Froghall service on October 20, during the anniversary gala. DAVE GIBSON

The charity provided the basis for the establishment of the Churnet Valley Railway, and continues to support the operating company, which celebrated its own Silver Jubilee in 2017.

The home fleet steam and diesel event featured ‘Crompton’ No. 33021 in its new Post Office red livery. Previously in BR blue, its Captain Charles name has been replaced by Eastleigh nameplates.

The livery is not authentic for a BR in-service loco, but it was carried by this loco from 1997-2002 when first preserved as its then owners worked for the Post Office.

It is remaining on the CVR for the foreseeable future, but available for short-term hire and diesel gala visits.

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