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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 IN THE ONLINE STORE - WLA SLIPPERS

 TWO BLUE WESTERNS?

HERE IS THE ANSWER

Among railway enthusiasts the colour of a locomotive is always one of the most emotive subjects. 

However when it comes to the WLA the rule is that only the colours carried by Westerns in service are acceptable - so BR black is out!

Green has been in the limelight lately but it's time to push for two blue Westerns and the WLA can help you out in the online store.

Wake up to two blue Westerns!


Lateral Dampers refered to opposite

Locknuts on thrust brackets

WESTERN COURIER
Latest Edition - Release date 26th September 2019

ALSO:-

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.

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.

Simples!

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

Sorry to say that Driver Footplate Experiences on Class 52's are not currently available as the railway is shut down because of  coronavirus.

 The SVR website will gives  full details once the railway reopens: 

https://www.svr.co.uk/footplate_dieseldrivingexperience.aspx

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 fabricated aluminium and steel 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]