Welcome to the 

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


Members have recently or will soon receive tickets for the WLA 2019 Raffle which this year has TWO Driver Footplate Experience prizes as the 2018 winner was unable to take his prize. So, your chance of winning is doubled!

Please return counterfoils and cheques to Western Locomotive Association, c/o 25 Foxhills Close, Appleton, Warrington, WA4 5DH.


Thursday 16th May to Saturday 18th May - SVR - Spring Diesel Festival

Sunday 19th May - Mixed Traction Day

Thursday 23rd May - D1062 L/E positioning move or rear of train BH - KR

Friday 24th May - D1062 - "A" Diagram

Saturday 25th May - D1062 - "B" Diagram

Monday 27th May - D1062 - "B" Diagram

Saturday 1st June - D1062 - "B" Diagram

Followed by L/E positioning move or rear of train KR - BH

Friday 12th June - D1062 L/E positioning move or rear of train BH - KR

Monday 15th July through Friday 19th July - D1062 - "A" Diagram

Saturday 20th July - D1062 - "B" Diagram

Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd July - D1062 - Diesel Footplate Experience

Tuesday 23rd July - D1062 L/E positioning move or rear of train KR - BH

Sunday 25th August - D1015 - "B" Diagram

and D1062 L/E positioning move or rear of train BH - KR

Monday 26th August - D1062 - "B" Diagram

Saturday 31st August (Classic Car) and Sunday 1st September (On the Buses)

with D1062 on "B" Diagram

Monday 2nd September through Friday 6th September - D1062 - "A" Diagram

Saturday 7th September - D1062 - "B" Diagram

Sunday 8th September and Monday 9th Sept. - D1062 - Diesel Footplate Experience

Friday 13th September - D1062 - Diesel Footplate Experience

Monday 16th September through Wednesday 18th September - D1062 - "A" Diagram

Monday 23rd September - D1062 L/E positioning move or rear of train KR - BH

Further operating days will be confirmed when details are known, and can be found on the WLA www.westernlocomotives.co.uk and SVR website www.svr.co.uk

The Sales Stand, seen here at Crewe Heritage Centre, will be on the station concourse at Kidderminster for the Diesel Gala on May 16th to 19th. Lots of new merchandise will be available such as tee shirts, 84A shedplates and more. Please make sure to come and see us there.

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 still available following their publication at the 2018 Severn Valley Diesel Gala . Still hot off the press, these collectable booklets are priced at £7.50 each, or only £12 the pair
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]