Western Locomotive Association

Welcome to the WLA

The Western Locomotive Association was founded in 1973 to celebrate and preserve British Rail’s Class 52 “Western” diesel-hydraulic locomotives. The WLA are the current owners and operators of D1013 Western Ranger and D1062 Western Courier, based on the Severn Valley Railway, which runs from Kidderminster (Worcestershire) to Bridgnorth (Shropshire).

Like to know more about the WLA?

Download our Business Plan here!

Like to know how you could help out as a Volunteer? 

Download our Guidance Notes for Volunteers, Working & Committee Members here!

Join the WLA!

Become part of the WLA by clicking here!


Full Size Reproduction D1013 Numberplates

High quality full-size reproduction numberplate made from MDF with laser-cut characters and numerals to give a sharp and authentic look are now available from the online shop, with a choice […]

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D1013 Western Ranger Bogie Appeal - Update

The total raised at the end of August 2022 was £13,080, thanks to all contributors - donations can easily be made by CLICKING HERE

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D1013 back inside Kidderminster TMD!

D1013 Western Ranger is now back inside Kidderminster TMD for body work repairs and continuing work on its overhaul. Work has alrady started on rubbing down metal, polishing and cleaning. […]

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D1062 Table C
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SVR O Gauge Autumn Model Railway Weekend
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SVR Diesel Gala Event
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Western Locomotive Association

The WESTERN LOCOMOTIVE ASSOCIATION is a company limited by guarantee - Registered No: 3873466
Registered Address: 5, Prospect Place, Millennium Way, Pride Park, Derby, England DE24 8HG. Charity No. 1115058