Rails of Sheffield commissions minimodal '33'


By Howard Smith

25 November 2019

The retailer joins forces to offer models of Heljan's newly-tooled Class 33 in the short-lived 'minimodal'-branded Direct Rail Services livery.

Rails of Sheffield is to release an exclusive livery of Heljan's forthcoming re-tooled Class 33/0 as a twin-pack. The limited editions will offer the models featuring high-intensity square headlights, LED lighting, sprung buffers and improved radiator grilles with a revised front-end as 33025 and 33030. Delivery is expected for the second quarter of 2020.

All models will feature:

  • Digital & Digital Sound Capability - 8-pin socket
  • Directional LED lighting
  • NEM Coupling pockets
  • Sprung buffers
  • Accessory pack and headcodes provided
  • Highly detailed body with separately fitted parts
  • Metal chassis
  • Five-pole motor

In 2002, 33025 and 33030 were painted in DRS's dark blue paint scheme, supplemented by Minimodal decals and were used on a small container intermodal trial. Although the minimodal venture didn't continue, the locomotives went on to work both acid and nuclear flask traffic.

Visit the Rails of Sheffield website for more information www.railsofsheffield.com