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CROMPTON MEDIA

This page attempts to show all the books, videos and DVDs that have been published over the years.

Compared with other diesel classes there has not been that much produced, I suspect this is due to the limited geographical range of the Cromptons.

I am only counting items that are exclusively about Class 33s, and not including where they are part of a larger subject.

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Books


BR Class 33 Diesels

Author: Robert Tiller
Publisher: Bradford Barton
First Published: 1982
Type: Softback, 32 pages

A small book with a history of the Cromptons plus black and white photographs. There are also three tables a locomotive performance details.


The Power Of The 33s

Author: B. Morrison and J. Vaughan
Publisher: Oxpord Publishing Co.
First Published: 1982
Type: Hardback, 120 pages

A large photographic book with two or three pictures per page. Nice photos but unfortunately they are all in black and white.


Book Of The Thirty-Three's

Author: Norman Preedy
Publisher: Peter Watts
First Published: 1983
Type: Softback, 56 pages

The book is laid out with 2 black and white pictures per page, with one picture of each of the 98 locomotives. Ordering is by TOPS number with 33001 at the start and 33212 at the end. The final page has D6502 and D6576.


Rail Portfolios 6 - The Cromptons

Author: Colin J. Marsden
Publisher: Jane's
First Published: 1986
Type: Hardback, 56 pages

This is an all colour photograph album, well laid out with minimal white-space. There are some superb pictures of the locos in green livery. In fact all the photos are superb, not a duffer among them.


Locomotive Profile - Class 33 'Cromptons'

Author: B.K. Cooper
Publisher: Ian Allen
First Published: 1988
Type: Hardback, 96 pages

A comprehensive history and pictorial of the Cromptons. Contains text, diagrams, black and white pictures, and every other double page spread is in colour. Excellant.


The Class 33s - A Celebration of 30 Years

Author: John Hypher
Publisher: Runpast Publishing
First Published: 1990
Type: Softback, 80 pages

Another history and pictorial book. Contains some interesting items not in the other books, such as Daily Diagrams, and an Allocation History. Only four pages with colour photographs though.


Class 33 Photo File

Author: Mark Lawrence and Martin Loader
Publisher: Vanguard Publications
First Published: 1999
Type: Softback, 56 pages

A similar book to "Book Of The Thirty-Three's", with two pictures per page, one of each locomotive. The photographic reproduction is better than the previous book though. Also contains colour pictures inside the front and rear covers.


Diesel Retrospective - Class 33

Author: John Vaughan
Publisher: Ian Allen
First Published: 2008
Type: Hardback, 112 pages

This book is in the Diesel Retrospective series, which also contains books on Classes 37 and 47. It is mainly a picture book with captions, however there is a history of the class in the Introduction. The quality of the photos is generally good, but some of the reproduction is not of a high standard. The main disapointment is that despite the fact that most pictures were taken well into the colour era, 75% of the photos are in black and white.


Cromptons At Clapham & Beyond 1988-93

Author: Jason Shergold
Publisher: Blurb
First Published: 2012
Type: Softback, 86 pages

This is a self published book, with colour pictures of 33s between the dates in the title. The quality of the pictures is not always the best, but it is an enjoyable browse. The introduction and the photo captions are very good. The only critisism would be that all the pictures could have been made larger, there is a lot of unessary whitespace on the page. To obtain the book use this link: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4251115-cromptons-at-clapham-beyond-1988-93


Magazines


Modern Locomotives Illustrated - No. 184 The Class 33s

Publisher: TheRailwayCentre.Com
First Published: 2010
Type: Magazine

This part-work is solely devoted the Class 33s, except for a few adverts.


Videos


Video Profiles Vol.2 - The Class 33s

Publisher: Transport Video Publishing
First Published: 1991
Format: VHS
Running Time: 40 minutes

Includes: The History and development of the Class 33's. Class 33's on the Waterloo Main Line, At London Bridge, Eridge and Southampton. The Class 33's on the Bournemouth to Weymouth Push-Pull Services before their replacement by electrification during May 1988. Class 33 Haulage on the Portsmouth to Bristol Cross Country services with detailed coverage along the scenic Bath to Bradford-on-Avon section.


Crompton Countdown

Publisher: Transport Video Publishing
First Published: 1991
Format: VHS
Running Time: 75 minutes

This video traces the changing fortunes of the 33s from their heyday in the early 80's through to "civil" years of the 90's, depicting the class at work on a superb variety of workings.


Cromptons - Featuring The Versatile Class 33s

Publisher: Transport Video Publishing
First Published: 1994
Format: VHS
Running Time: 60 minutes

Over two-thirds of the class are seen on a wide variety of duties in a manner of locations. Virtually all the liveries carried up to 1994 are seen. This is a good general purpose video and is highly recommended.


Skirl O'The Bagpipes

Publisher: Transport Video Publishing
First Published: 1995
Format: VHS
Running Time: 45 minutes

The official video of the railtour of the same name which ran on 31st March and 1st April 1995. Covers the tour from preparation of 33109 & 33116 at Stewarts Lane depot, lineside shots, and the stopovers at Preston, Perth, Boat of Garten, Aviemore and Inverness.


Capital Crompton

Publisher: Locomaster Profiles
First Published: 1995
Format: VHS
Running Time: 60 minutes

Filmed from the footplate of 33030 on journey across Londonís complex rail network. The Crompton is working Mainline Freightís 7L07 departmental trip from Hoo Junction in Kent to Temple Mills in East London. After a leisurely run through Kent from Hoo to Hither Green via Sidcup, the train pauses for a crew change. From then on, the Crompton negotiates an almost endless maze of trackwork and junctions, through Lewisham, Nunhead and Factory Junction, before crossing the Thames at Battersea Bridge. After passing through Kensington Olympia, 33030 gains the North London Line at Willesden High Level and then runs through Hampstead Heath and Camden before deviating at Lea Junction to pass behind Stratford depot. The journey concludes with arrival in the newly-reopened Temple Mills Yard.


Medway Crompton

Publisher: Locomaster Profiles
First Published: 1997
Format: VHS
Running Time: 60 minutes

Again filmed from the footplate of 33030 for what was once an everyday journey for the class, the departmental working from Hoo Junction to East Peckham. With a load of 550 tons, the veteran Crompton is "Wired for Sound" to capture the familiar beat that has echoed around the Southern Region for more than three decades.


Crompton Capitulation

Publisher: Oakwood Press
First Published: 1999
Format: VHS
Running Time: 105 minutes

This is the story of the ups and downs of the class 33 in its unexpected 39th year on the mainline. 1998 began with an octet of Cromptons on the EWS books, the stars of this programme working an incredible variety of duties ranging from 'Civils' work to heavyweight aggregate traffic from Angerstein Wharf and Cliffe. Other activities include Southampton Docks, Quidhampton and Dungeness trips, 442 deliveries to Crewe, strange bedfellows on the Furzebrook gas, 'Enterprising' in Kent, and oneoff trips: gypsum from Mountfield, a Freightliner turn and an MOD freight to Ludgershall. Location variety includes Wool, Ystrad Mynach, Crewe, Uttoxeter, Cheltenham, Wisbech, Welwyn Viaduct, Stoke Bank, and Barnetby.


DVDs


The South Western Class 33

Publisher: Anbrico Felixjaz
First Published: 2010
Format: DVD
Running Time: 64 minutes

Filmed on location on the South Western from 1975 to 2003. Has captions but no commentary.


Medway Countdown

Publisher: Locomaster Profiles
First Published: 2013
Format: DVD
Running Time: 90 minutes

A re-release of the 1997 DVD of the same name.


Crompton Countdown

Publisher: Locomaster Profiles
First Published: 2015
Format: DVD
Running Time: 90 minutes

A re-release of the 1995 DVD of the same name.


Class 33 Tribute

Publisher: Diesel Traction Video
First Published: 2017
Format: DVD
Running Time: 60 minutes

Action shots from the 1980s, with sound and no commentary. Locations include Exeter, Salisbury, Reading, Basingstoke, Waterloo and Norwich.