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Western Re-Union Film Show at Kidderminster Railway Museum 2nd March 2019 12:00

To celebrate 40 years of Diesel Preservation on the Severn Valley Railway the Western Locomotive Association are pleased to announce a Film Show on 2nd March 2019 in the Royal Star Room at Kidderminster Railway Museum.

We have a variety of exciting and varied film show speakers (see details below and in Schedule). We will be charging a small £5 entrance fee on the day which i hope you agree is excellent value for money for what will no doubt be 6 hours worth of great entertainment and memories. The Sales Stand will also be in attendance with hopefully some new additions to the sales range. Non-Members also welcome to join us.

SPEAKER DETAILS (see below image for agenda and timings)

- None other than our very own Henry Coates (Legal Secretary) will start proceedings on the day and will take us through a light-hearted look back at some of the characters of the WLA over the years.

- Doug Tomkins will then take us back to 1975 to 1977 looking at Westerns running in the west of England.

- Paul Chancellor will then take us through Penzance to Bristol over the years by Colour Rail which is possibly the largest and best known railway photographic archive in the world (visit www.colourrail.co.uk).

- Keith Bullock will then lead us through our final film show of the day from the British Transport Film Archive.

For full timings and order of running please see schedule included below. All speakers are subject to availability.


Picture above of Western Re-Union courtesy of Julian Ogle.

Western Re-Union Film Show Agenda and Timings (below)

WLA 2019 Calendar

The 2019 Calendar is now sold out. Many thanks to all who have supported the WLA & bought one, also to Railways Illustrated & Railway Magazine for giving it a good review. 

LOCO Current Status

D1062 is at Bridgnorth, has been cleaned and covered for protection whist electrical testing and winter maintenance is undertaken in preparation for 2019 running season.

D1013 is in the Kidderminster shed and will receive further attention over the winter as further major components are returned as part of her ongoing overhaul.


From the online shop, or my e-mail request to [email protected]

40 Years on The SVR with D1013 and D1062
Get your copies of these fantastic celebratory booklets size A4, in full colour, and compiled by Mark Townsend from material supplied by our wonderful contributors.

The 40th Anniversary of D1013 and D1062 on the SVR booklets are now availlable following a very successful launch over the Severn Valley Diesel Gala Weekend. Still hot off the press, these collectable booklets are priced at £7.50 each, £15 for both
Please note that postage for a single or for two booklets is £2.00 UK, and £2.50 for three or four. Postage price on asking for sending overseas. 

IT'S RENEWAL SEASON! Forget the glorious twelfth.... that's gone! NOW it's that time to dig deep and ensure your renewal is safely with us...... BEWARE..... Winter is coming!


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.


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!

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 Membership and Renewal, click here.


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

Awaiting dates for the 2019 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.

ABOVE: D1009 WESTERN INVADER takes a breather at Reading with the Burngullow-Sittinbourne china clay slurries (the "Clay-freighter" air-braked stock) bound for the Bowater paper plant on 23rd August 1976.

At Reading again is D1054 WESTERN GOVERNOR believed to be returning to Laira for attention on one engine only 23rd October 1976. If anyone has any information on D1054's workings around this date then please contact the Editor at [email protected]