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!


Bogie Appeal for D1013 surpasses £28k!

Following a recent, very generous donation, the WLA's Bogie Appeal for D1013's bogie overhaul has now surpassed £28k! Although the WLA were unable to progress the NLHF route, plans are […]

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Diesel Gala Success!

A massive thank you to everyone who supported the WLA at the SVR’s Diesel Gala event and especially to those who helped ensure that D1062 could play her part, the […]

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D1013 Bogie Overhaul Appeal Revised

Following recent correspondence with the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) it has been determined that the NHLF would no longer be the right funder for D1013 Western Ranger’s Bogie Project, […]

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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