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!

Read the Chairman's Report for the 2022 AGM 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!



D1013 bogie project - meeting held with SDR

An excellent meeting was held with the South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd to help clarify further costings required for D1013's bogie overhaul project (subject to NHLF funding). Items included: Costings […]

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Brake gauges for D1013 & D1062 to be sent away for calibration and refurbishment!

Following advice and recommendation from our Maintenance & Standards Engineer (Robin Jones) all brake gauges will shortly be removed from both locomotives and sent away to an approved contractor. The […]

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D1013 celebrated in Modern Locomotives Illustrated!

Editor Colin J Marsden has helped D1013 Western Ranger celebrate its 60th Birthday this year with a full feature article and front page photo in the December issue of Modern […]

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Spring Diesel Festival

Hear the thrash and feel the power as things get very loud, when the Severn Valley Railway hosts four intensively-timetabled days of diesel traction on 19th to 21st May at the Spring […]

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WLA Annual General Meeting
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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