Welcome to the 

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

The WLA 2020 Calendar has just been published

The WLA 2020 Calendar features Westerns on freight duties with  pictures of the class working china clay trains, milk trains, Mendip stone workings and van trains. The Calendar costs £10 and can be bought from the WLA Sales Stand at Kidderminster Town Station during the SVR Autumn Diesel Gala or at the AGM. We can post the calendar  to UK addresses which will cost £13. Either order from the on-line shop or if anyone wishes to pay by the old fashioned method please send a cheque made payable to "Western Locomotive Association Ltd" to John Kite at :

13 St Barnabas House, Church Ave,                                                                                                    Warmley, Bristol. BS30 5HY.

Latest Edition - Release date 26th September 2019


It is with regret that following inspections and a Test Run on Saturday, 10th August, D1062 has been withdrawn from traffic. Unfortunately during a routine inspection a fault was noted with "B" End Bogie which will require the loco to be lifted for further inspection and rectification. 

The WLA is already working on a plan to carry out the work and return D1062 back to running condition as soon as it can, although at this this stage the WLA is not able to commit to any timescales for the completion of this work.

We will update where and when we can.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and support. 

D1013 Numberplate Raffle

The results of the WLA Numberplate raffle as follows:
1st prize Mark Allin ticket no. 0137
2nd prize N Ashfield ticket no. 0106
3rd prize Barry Johnson ticket no. 0612
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part

New to the Online Shop -
Replica Number & Nameplates in Miniature

Ideal for bookmarks and fridge-magnets, or why not collect the full set!

Meet the WLA Sales Team

The Sales Team fielded no less than six members over the Autumn Diesel Gala - who says you can't have too much of a good thing?.

With Christmas drawing near we have a panoply of new sales items for young and old  so do please visit our on-line shop. We will also have a selection go goodies at the AGM.

How about a caption competition to guess what Derek had just said?


From the online shop, or by 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!

Sorry to say that Driver Footplate Experiences on Class 52's for 2019 are sold out. 2020 dates will be published in the Spring. SVR website gives  full details and there are still places for other locos available for this year: 


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]