‘Double Dutch’ 33046 & 33047

A great sounding pair of late condition Class 33s, wearing some evocative names, in the yellow and grey colours of the Civil Engineer’s department.

THE PREVIOUSLY ANONYMOUS Civil Engineer’s organisation also joined the publicity party in the early 1990s with its yellow and grey colour scheme that was soon dubbed ‘Dutch’ livery due to its similarity to that carried by Netherlands Railways. With passenger duties in decline, infrastructure work beckoned for the ‘Cromptons’ on a newly ‘dedicated resources’ railway. Fresh paint was applied during a series of surprise major overhauls that took place at Eastleigh Works and often involved complete cab replacement because of corrosion.

Further positive publicity was forthcoming with a series of namings linking the locos with the aircraft heritage of the locality (Southampton was home to Supermarine, designer of the Spitfire). How could we not chose to replicate Nos. 33046 Merlin & 33047 Spitfire, a classic pairing that could often be found working the heavy ballast trains out of Meldon Quarry? Note the variations with headlights and cab roof aerial pods. Again, the names will not be printed allowing other class members in this livery to be easily modelled. A complimentary selection of stainless steel nameplates will include ALL the ‘aircraft-themed’ names!


Full model specification (Pack 33E)

  • Remastered bodyshell depicting modified roof layout
  • Authentic roof cross-section taken from measurements
  • Accurately positioned cab front and side windows
  • Improved detail inc. vents and marker light lens twists
  • Etched metal bodyside radiator grilles (see-through)
  • Radiator aperture with framing (visible through grille)
  • Photo-etched metal roof fan grille
  • Painted metal lamp irons
  • Redesigned bufferbeams with chequer-plate steps
  • Metal-headed sprung ‘Oleo’-style round buffers
  • Underframe improvements inc. bogie front crossbeam
  • Plastic detail parts inc. snowplough and exhauster pipe
  • Complimentary etched brass underframe detail fret
  • Diecast chassis with flywheel-fitted five-pole motor
  • Smooth four-axle drive and eight-wheel pick-up
  • Directional headcode and head/marker/tail lighting
  • Late design fuel tank and clipped battery box cover
  • Accurate representation of ‘Dutch’ grey/yellow livery
  • Sharp lettering and painting inc. new roof effect
  • Supplied with free etched stainless steel nameplates
  • Wide range of headcode inserts and descriptions
  • DCC sound (ESU) and DCC-fitted options (Lenz)
  • ‘Made-to-order’ special edition low-volume production
  • Special packaging with full-colour signed certificate

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  • Prices:
    Standard: £199 + £4.95 P&P (Recorded Delivery)
    DCC sound: £399 + £4.95 P&P (Recorded Delivery)

Info and Status

  • Manufacturer: Heljan A/S, under contract to RAIL EXCLUSIVE
  • Catalogue Nos: 33E (Standard) & 33EDS (Sound).
  • Status: In development. Available to pre-order.
  • Delivery: Expected late 2012.


  • ‘Made-to-order’ production run
  • Fully remastered bodyshell
  • Accurate roof cross-section
  • Photo-etched roof/side grilles
  • Stainless steel worksplates
  • Optional plastic detail parts
  • Optional sound-fitted version
  • Working directional lighting
  • DCC socket (8-pin)

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