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

2018 AGM - 10th November 2018

The Western Locomotive Association Annual General Meeting will take place on 10th November 2018. To celebrate 40 years of our locos being based on the Severn Valley Railway the meeting will be held at the Kidderminster Railway Museum in the Royal Star Room (Address is Station Approach, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, Worcs. DY10 1QX). Formal proceedings will start at 12:30. This will be our 44th 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. Members also vote in new Committee Members and the re-election of current Members. Non-members are more than welcome to come along and hear all about the running of the Association in what has been another amazing and successful year but of course will not be able to vote. The Sales Stand will be in attendance.

To celebrate 40 years (nearly to the day give or take a month) since 13 and 62 arrived on the SVR we will also have two presentations once formal proceedings have finished from 15:30 to 17:30 (free event). These will be on early hydraulic preservation, the first will be from Steve Crowther who was involved with Warship ‘Onslaught’ and Western Lady, the second will be from our former Secretary and current Legal Officer Henry Coates who will cover the early days of late 70s and 80s in particular of the WLA on the SVR. The idea is to get everyone reminiscing about the amazing dedication and efforts in the early years, and indeed still continues today. This will build on our 40 years on SVR Booklets so if you have any stories (with pictures ideally) you would like Henry to cover do contact me on Messenger. For those who supplied material for the Booklets we may use some for this presentation. It should be a Wizzo way to end another amazing year for the WLA.

Hope to see many of you on 10th November if not before.

Ian Clayton
Secretary Western Locomotive Association

Now available in the Online Store. Our 2019 Calendar which features the early withdrawn Westerns, from 1973 & early 74. The cover & inside page is of course 1062. £12.50p (£9.50p if bought from the Sales Stand).



Sat. 15th SEPTEMBER 2018

Unfortunately, we are having to cancel the Diner event due to a lack of bookings this year.

Full refunds are, of course, available by contacting Ian at [email protected]

We'll try again in 2019.


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. 

Emergency Shafts Appeal

Following the roll out of the "A" End Bogie on D1062 on 13th March 2018 an inspection of the final drive Cardan Shafts was carried out. Unfortunately one of the shafts has excessive play in the splines and will need replacing before the Bogie is refitted.

Unfortunately, a subsequent inspection of the "B" End Bogie on 14th March 2018 has revealed another defective shaft with defective universal joints.

The WLA are now urgently seeking funds to secure replacement shafts. If you are able to donate please click here. And please remember to Gift Aid! - Just click the Gift-Aid icon at the bottom of any page of this website and register your details.... and we'll do the rest!

         RANGER 04/02/18                  The Marine engine test fit              The "old" engine for refurb.

Stunning mix of heritage and mainline diesels working at the biggest diesel event in the country! Our Spring Diesel Festival brings three days of visiting heritage and modern diesel locomotives, home-fleet action, evening running and one or two surprises...   NOT TO BE MISSED

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!

Membership Forms will be distributed with the next Edition of your Western Courier Magazine, due out very soon. But why not beat the rush and re-joice and rejoin ONLINE NOW through the online store, or use the links at the bottom of the page! Don't waste a second! Rejoice today! 


2018 Calendar now available to buy in the Online Store. The Calendar features D1013 & D1062 at the SVR as the  year 2018 is the 40th anniversary of the 2 loco's being based there. 
£12.50p including P&P.
£9.50p if bought from the Sales Stand.

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.
The WLA 2018 Calendar will be available shortly.

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.


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.


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.

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.


Available from the Online Store:-
by Roger Geach

We are pleased to be selling this new book by our friend Roger Geach. This will make an ideal Christmas present particularly for those who are fond of the railways of Cornwall.

This new book takes the reader on a photographic journey on the Cornish railway main line from Plymouth to Penzance as seen through the camera lens of the author and friends. All... the existing main stations en route are illustrated in colour, along with some of the major infrastructure, such as some of the splendid viaducts. The photographs date from the late 1960s through to the present, with the majority taken in the 1970s and 1980s. The huge variety of regular diesel motive power is shown together with a few steam hauled specials that have run in the county since 1985. Regular motive power from the 1970s, including the popular diesel hydraulic Westerns, are shown working both passenger and freight traffic. The regular diesel electrics are also illustrated as well as some rare visitors to the county.

This book should be of interest to anyone who likes the railways of Cornwall. It should also appeal to modellers who wish to study train consist and station views from the past, and local historians.

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

Awaiting dates for the 2018 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]