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).

During 2023, locomotive D1048 Western Lady was gifted to the WLA for which we were very proud to receive! The locomotive will receive a full assessment, following which, the Members will be asked to see if we can return D1048 to operational status, if at all possible.

With three Westerns to look after, we now need more Volunteers than ever before! To become a Working Member, please CLICK HERE!

Like to know more about the WLA?

Download our Business Plan here!

Find out how the WLA performed in 2023 with the Chairman's Report here! 

Find out how you've helped the WLA remain Carbon Neutral by planting over 300 trees in our "Trees for Life" scheme here! 

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

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

Become a Working Member! Find out more here! 

Join the WLA!

Become part of the WLA by clicking here!


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WLA acquires D1036!

Following a successful bid at an auction house on Saturday, 17th February 2024, the WLA acquired a pair of head-code doors, complete with blinds and mechanisms in remarkably good condition, […]

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SVR Open House Weekend

Join us for an Open House Weekend and get a closer look behind-the-scenes at areas not usually open to visitors. Take a look at the carriage works at Kidderminster, a […]

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SVR Spring Model Railway Weekend

The SVR may be more used to 12 inches to the foot scale but why not join the SVR for a celebration of slightly smaller trains during our Spring Model Railway Weekend at The Engine House, Highley.  

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SVR Spring Diesel Festival

Celebrating diesel preservation, hear the thrash and feel the power as things get very loud across four intensively-timetabled days of diesel traction from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May at the Spring Diesel Festival.
Locomotives of all classes from all eras of diesel traction will bring noise throughout the Valley. The best of the varied SVR fleet will be joined by special guests – both preserved and currently in main-line operation.

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Western Locomotive Association 50 Years

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