British Rail Class 33 facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBRCW Type 3
British Rail Class 33
|Builder||Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company|
|Serial number||DEL92–DEL189 (not in order)|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Wheel diameter||3 ft 7 in (1.092 m)|
|Minimum curve||4 chains (80 m)|
|Wheelbase||39 ft 0 in (11.89 m)|
|Length||50 ft 9 in (15.47 m)|
|Width||D6500–D6585: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
D6586–D6597: 8 ft 1+1⁄2 in (2.5 m)
|Height||12 ft 8 in (3.86 m)|
|Locomotive weight||73 long tons (74.2 t) to 77 long tons (78.2 t)|
|Fuel capacity||800 imp gal (3,600 L; 960 US gal)|
|Prime mover||Sulzer 8LDA28|
|Transmission||DC generator, DC traction motors|
|Multiple working||★ Blue Star|
|Top speed||85 mph (137 km/h)|
|Power output||Engine: 1,550 bhp (1,156 kW)
At rail: 1,215 hp (906 kW)
|Tractive effort||Maximum: 45,000 lbf (200 kN)
Continuous: 26,000 lbf (116 kN)
|Train heating||Electric Train Heat|
|Locomotive brakeforce||35 long tons-force (349 kN)|
|Train brakes||Dual (Air & Vacuum)|
|Number||D6500–D6597; later 33001–33065, 33101–33119, 33201–33212|
|Axle load class||Route availability 6|
A total of 98 class 33s were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, and they were called "Cromptons" after the Crompton Parkinson electrical equipment installed in them.
Like their lower-powered BRCW sisters (BR classes 26 and 27) their bodywork and cab ends were of all steel construction
The original (1957) number sequence was D6500–D6597.
Images for kids
33118 at London Waterloo
33102 propelling a 4TC unit from Weymouth, 1987.
33109 arrives at the ferry terminal having negotiated the Weymouth Harbour Tramway on its way to quay in August 1981. Note the bell and beacon warning unit on the cab front and the platform height air brake pipes with two rolled flags wedged behind.
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