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 for 2024 to 2026 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!


A Successful Spring Diesel Gala Event!

The WLA would like to thank all those that organised and supported the SVR’s highly successful Spring Diesel Gala! And a special thanks to all those who helped the WLA […]

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D1062 passes Test Run following Winter Maintenance!

After a long Winter of planned maintenance, D1062 Western Courier was finally operational again, following the completion of its B2 exam by Robin Jones, WLA Maintenance & Standards Engineer, and […]

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WLA Business Plan Updated!

The WLA has just updated its Business Plan for 2024 to 2026. Following a record year for trading during 2023, the WLA will be hard pressed to achieve similar results […]

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D1062 Private Wedding Charter

One return trip from Kidderminster.

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D1062 ECS Move: Kidderminster to Bridgnorth
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D1062 Table B

WTT-2024-Table B  

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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