Thank you for taking a look at the Western Locomotive Association’s web site. The WLA is the proud owner of two former BR Class 52 “Westerns” (D1013 Western Ranger and D1062 Western Courier) which are based on the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) at Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The purpose of this site is to provide you with some background information on the activities of the WLA and on the history and operation of the two locomotives.
At the present time D1013 Western Ranger is undergoing a major overhaul, which includes a complete rewire and component overhaul, having been taken out of service at the end of 2009. This is likely to be completed in 2015 subject to raising sufficient funds and people to help us with the work! The project will bring the loco up to a very high standard to ensure its continued reliability. D1062 Western Courier has already received a major, ten year overhaul which was completed in 2008, and included complete re-wiring and overhaul of all ancillary equipment, plus an overhauled transmission unit, thanks to HLF funding. The locomotive returned to traffic at the end of 2008. Both locomotives have had recent engine rebuilds, although a new engine is now earmarked for D1013. During 2008 both locos were repainted, D1062 in maroon with half yellows and D1013 in blue with full yellows.
The WLA has approx. 275No. members and is still keen to reach its target of 500No.; an increasing membership will help ensure that we can operate our Westerns for a long time to come! Without members, the WLA could not exist, so if you would like to consider joining, please click here for our membership form!
Both D1013 Western Ranger and D1062 Western Courier rely on constant WLA & public support. Many, many, small donations can make a HUGE difference. Why not consider a donation no matter how large or small by clicking here.