Welcome to the 

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

Your Autumn 2020 copy of the Western Courier Magazine should now be dropping through your letter box. Included in the magazine is your copy of the Member Voting Form for the re-election of the WLA Committee Officers. Deadline to submit your vote is 23.00 on Thursday 5th November.Simply complete the form, scan or take a photo, and email to [email protected] 
And remember to opt-in at the same time for regular on-line news updates and offers.


New for 2021 Desktop Calendar

For the first time this year John Kite has published a Desktop Calendar to complement his A3 Calendar. The theme is light engines or locos on shed which seems appropriate in these strange times. Different photographs in each Calendar so you'll need both!

The Autumn 2020 Western Courier Magazine has been posted to all WLA members who should receive their copy by the end of October. Copies are also now available to purchase at the WLA On Line Store.

Tickets are now available in the On-Line Store for the WLA Autumn Raffle.

1st Prize - D1017 Western Warrior Numberplate (replica). 

2nd Prize - your choice of £150 worth of goods from our on-line store.

3rd Prize - your choice of £75 worth of goods from our on-line store.

Tickets just £5.00 and a scan of your ticket(s) will be emailed to you.

NEW IN THE ONLINE               STORE - 2021                     CALENDAR

The 2021 Calendar features Westerns either on shed or light engine, basically Westerns not attached to a train, apart from the main pic on the front cover which features D1000. It's 60 years in December 2021 since D1000 entered traffic. Next years Calendar costs £15 including p&p. In light of the current difficult circumstances its extremely unlikely we will be able have a Sales Stand anywhere so it's anticipated most sales of the Calendar will be by post. Otherwise the price is £12. If anyone wishes to pay in the old fashioned way, please send a cheque for £15 & made payable to the "Western Locomotive Association ltd" to me John.Kite.

 13 St Barnabas House, Chruch Ave, Warmley. BS30 5HY.


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 are not currently available as the railway is shut down because of  coronavirus.

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


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]