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Welcome to the 
WESTERN LOCOMOTIVE ASSOCIATION

Owners and operators of 2 x CLASS 52 DIESEL HYDRAULIC LOCOMOTIVES on the 
Severn Valley Railway....... and at large.

NEW Item available in the Online Store. Soft Touch Blue Metal Pen Engraved with the WLA Logo. Black Ink.  £1.95p  Plus £1.00 p&p.
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The WLA 2018 Calendar will be available shortly.

WLA AGM 2017

After a successful and very enjoyable trip to Steam in Swindon last year, it is back to normal this year. The Western Locomotive Association Annual General Meeting will be held at our usual venue over recent years of the Birmingham & Midland Institute on 11th November 2017.The venue is a 5-10 minute walk from both New Street and Snow Hill Stations in central Birmingham (address is Margret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS). The meeting will start at 13:00 in the John Peek Room. This will be our 43rd AGM. As a Company Limited by guarantee and a registered charity we are bound to holding an AGM every year and it is an important part of its governance where members can ensure the Association is being run properly. Indeed, it was at last years AGM where members voted for a blue 62. Members also vote in new Committee Members and the re-election of current Members. Non-members can come along and hear all about the running of the Association but of course will not be able to vote. The Sales Stand will be in attendance.


Speaking of voting in new Committee Members, this has been my first year as Secretary of the WLA after getting voted in myself at Steam last November, and i must admit i've really enjoyed getting involved. This year we have two exciting opportunities to become a Committee Member. We are actively seeking willing volunteers to take on the roles of either Sales Officer or Publicity Officer. For more details on the roles please see two articles below. From my own experience from my first year the Committee are a great bunch to work with, they have welcomed me and it really has been enjoyable. So please do throw your hat in the ring if you are interested by sending an email to our address  info@westernlocomotives.co.uk

Cheers

Ian Clayton

Committee Member Sales Officer opportunity - call for volunteers
At the WLA AGM last November I announced that I will be standing down as Sales Officer at this years AGM, again in November & this is my intention. I shall still be around & more than willing to help out though.
Therefore we are looking for a willing volunteer to take on this role. It isn't a very difficult task & you dont need any sales experience. I never had any experience in this kind of role at all & you learn as you go along. The busiest times are generally during the Running Day & Gala season with Winter months being quieter.
You meet some great people & make good friends .When you're manning the Sales Stand with good company & its going well, its enormous fun,highly rewarding, particularly with the sight & sound of 1062 nearby & with the knowledge you're doing your bit.
If anyone is interested in taking on this role please get in touch via the email address info@westernlocomotives.co.uk
Cheers,
John.
Committee Member Publicity Officer opportunity - call for volunteers
We currently have a vacancy on our Committee for the role of Publicity Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the running of the Association and basically publicise the work we do and what we are about. The role will mainly be around liaising with railway magazines and the press writing articles, or organising the writing of articles, to publicise the great work of our Association and our two wonderful locomotives, as well as supporting our website and social media work. Ideally we are looking for someone with a background in publicity/communications but actually it isn't entirely essential. If you love Westerns and are interested in getting involved please do get in touch with me via our email address  info@westernlocomotives.co.uk
Cheers
Ian Clayton

Fabric Mousemat 22 x 18cm with 5mm Black Rubber Base. 

Available in the On Line Store.

£2.95 plus £1.00 p&p

Hardboard Coaster with 3mm hard wood base & gloss finish.
Available to buy in the On Line Store. 
£1.95 plus £1.00 p&p.
New Mugs  £5.00. 
Only available to buy from the Sales Stand.

Upcoming Events

The Sales Stand will at the Glos Warks Steam Railway Diesel Gala on Saturday & Sunday 29th & 30th July. We will be in the Diesel Shed at Toddington so please pop in & say hello.
Following this the Sales Stand will be at Kidderminster Station for 1062's Running Day on Saturday 5th August.

Peep behind the scenes weekend at SVR 15/07/2017

We'll have the sales stand at Kidderminster, and D1062 will be on display and undergoing maintenance on the turntable.

See you there!

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DIESEL GALA

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to ALL who supported us over the SVR Diesel Gala & helped to make it a very successful event for us. 
The winning Raffle Tickets, independently verified by a member of the "Royal Scots Grey" Support Group (with many thanks) are as follows:
Footplate Experience Raffle.
1st Prize: Ticket No 0283.
2nd Prize: Ticket No 0301.
3rd Prize: Ticket No 0294.
Cab Ride Raffle.
Winning Ticket No 0045.
Congratulations to you all.

Thanks to the Huddersfield Railway Modellers with their support in bringing "Bridge Norton" to the Diesel Gala and raising funds with a different kind of "driver experience" affording no fewer than five diesel hydraulic types!

NOTE : We can now take payment by credit/debit  card on sales items at the Sales Stand at events! 

Just a quick note about Gift-Aid!

We're in the process of recovering the Gift-Aid monies from HMRC at present, and the exercise has served to remind us of the importance of ensuring your Gift Aid declarations are completed fully on the Membership/Donation Forms whether online or paper copies. Incomplete forms may prevent us recovering hundreds of pounds ....... precious funds when our running costs are only going one way. Please remember to fully complete your form, and send it through where Gift Aid can be claimed. It matters! Many thanks for your support.

WLA.

D1062 Running Days for 2017

The timetabled running and Driver Experience days for D1062 are now confirmed (subject to availability) as below and are available as a download .pdf here.

NEW in the OnLine Store. 

Western Key Racks 

Made from mild steel & measuring just under 300mm with 6 key hooks. £25.00 including postage in the U.K.

Dapol OO Special Edition D1013

Get your Limited Edition OO Gauge model of D1013. Just 159.99 - available from the Online Store!

PLEASE NOTE - We're SOLD OUT of the 25 Limited Edition Red-backed plate models. HOWEVER, if you DO wish to purchase a red-plate version of D1013 then we can provide this, sadly no longer packaged as the special Limited Edition model - but still the same high quality model and finish!

And don't forget we still have Limited Edition black-backed plate models available!

Don't forget renewals run from 1st January to 31st December and you can now renew your membership online here! So why not join the growing number of members taking advantage of this simple online facility... you know it makes sense!

It's Renewal Season!

Of course, you can always renew using mail or e-mail, and your next edition of WESTERN COURIER magazine will have your membership application form enclosed should you prefer.

For joining information, click here.

For Menbership and Renewal, click here.

Simples!

D1054 - Courtesy of Chris Nuthall "down under" - lovely shot!

Awaiting dates for the 2017 Driver Footplate Experiences with D1062.

For details of membership benefits and options, please click on the following link

Why we're here........

The “Westerns” were always a little special, ever since their inception in 1961, and were the final development of the Western Region diesels using hydraulic transmission. Other regions based their designs on electric transmissions utilising large medium-speed diesel engines. The “Westerns” married superb bodywork styling and German-designed high-speed Maybach engines and Voith transmissions to produce a locomotive that was extremely powerful and considerably lighter than an equivalent diesel-electric.

A decision to rationalise the diesel locomotive types on British Rail marked the beginning of the end for the diesel-hydraulics. The “Westerns” were the last survivors and struggled on magnificently despite their neglected state until the final locomotives were withdrawn in February 1977.

With their impressive design, awesome engine sound and cast name and number plates, the “Westerns” had many marks of distinction. All 74 “Westerns” were named, proud names such as “Western Glory”, “Western Thunderer” and “Western Crusader”, and these endeared them to enthusiasts who saw them as the last sign of the spirit and traditions of the Great Western Railway.

The demise of the mighty “Westerns” evoked a fanatical following, the like of which had not been seen since the end of steam traction, and this led to the early efforts of the W.L.A. to preserve an example of the class. The results of these efforts, “Western Courier” and “Western Ranger”, can be seen on the Severn Valley Railway today.