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Welcome to the 
WESTERN LOCOMOTIVE ASSOCIATION

Owners and operators of two CLASS 52 DIESEL HYDRAULIC LOCOMOTIVES on the 
Severn Valley Railway.

The WLA has launched the D1013 Western Ranger Bogie Overhaul Appeal - help us to return D1013 to active service & to celebrate next year the 60th anniversary of her introduction into BR service in 1962.
Full details on the D1013 Bogie Appeal page - please DONATE now !


Desktop Western Photo Album


The 2021 WLA Desktop Calendar can also be used as an A5 photo album with the twelve photos on the calendar pages full size and three bonus shots including the above. Just a few left in the on-line store

We are delighted to announce that WLA can now offer bespoke clothing featuring the Western of your choice in maroon or blue livery with her name and numberplate below the loco. For full details see here


STOP PRESS

IF YOU USE AMAZON FOR ON-LINE SHOPPING THEN YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE WLA EVERY TIME YOU SHOP
More details here

A selection of photographs in Kidderminster Traction Maintenance Depot - a fabulous facility unique to SVR


JOIN THE WESTERN LOCOMOTIVE ASSOCIATION

For full details of membership benefits and options, please click here

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2021 ARE NOW DUE 

Please don't forget that WLA membership runs from 1st January to 31st December. A renewal form was included in the Autumn 2020 edition of Western Courier magazine, Or can now renew your membership online here

DRIVER FOOTPLATE EXPERIENCE

Unfortunately we are unable to offer Driver Footplate Experiences until further notice because of Coronavirus restrictions. We hope to restart DFE's in 2021, the SVR website gives more details.

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


MAKING A BEQUEST
If you would like to know more about making a bequest to the WLA, please click on the following 
link



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WORKING MEMBERS

PLEASE REMEMBER - that Working Members must be Members of the SVR as well as the WLA. This is mandatory for governance and insurance purposes. Click  here for Guidance Note


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.