BR Class 52 D1013 Western Ranger
British Railways (BRBritish Rail or British Railways) assigned Class 52 to the Type 4The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 2000 bhp to 2999 bhp diesel-hydraulic locomotives built between 1961 and 1964 for BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W). All were given two-word names beginning "Western", hence the type became known as Westerns.
D1013 in service
D1013 Western Ranger was outshopped from BRBritish Rail or British Railways Swindon Works in December 1962. Following service at Cardiff Canton, Old Oak Common, Swansea Landore and Plymouth Laira, Western Ranger was withdrawn from service in 1977 after around 1.3 million miles in service.
D1013 in preservation
On 14 May 1977 D1013 was purchased from BRBritish Rail or British Railways by Holdsworth Conversions Ltd., a company owned by Mr Richard Holdsworth, a member of the Western Locomotive Association. He put the locomotive under the care of the WLAWestern Locomotive Association Ltd.. Following purchase the locomotive was repainted in original maroon livery. In company with D1062 Western Courier, D1013 moved to the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway, and following tyre turning at Cardiff Canton both arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 29 September 1978.
In 1982, Western Ranger was used in the filming of the BBC TV sit-com L For Lester.
On 11 May 1984, D1013 was the first SVRSevern Valley Railway locomotive to work onto the newly acquired Kidderminster site, hauling a load of sleepers for installation at the station which was still under construction at the time.
In 1985 Holdsworth Conversions Ltd. became insolvent and the receiver advertised the locomotive for sale. The WLAWestern Locomotive Association Ltd. informed the receiver that major parts were owned by the Association, removal of which would render the locomotive out of gauge for removal. Sale was agreed and on 16 October 1995 ownership passed to Roger Smith, remaining under care of the WLAWestern Locomotive Association Ltd.. On 22 March 2000 ownership passed to Western Ranger Limited, before being passed to the WLAWestern Locomotive Association Ltd..
In 2008 the WLAWestern Locomotive Association Ltd. received a Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund award of £2,500, which covered the first stage of restoration. On 10 October 2009 she was withdrawn for overhaul at Bridgnorth, with rewiring a particular priority. Work is progressing, with D1013 moving to the Diesel Depot on 25 November 2018 to facilitate the rest of her overhaul.
The class's method of construction precludes locomotives being winched onto and off road trailers, and so moves off the SVRSevern Valley Railway are exclusively being hauled by rail. The locomotive's TOPS code is 89413.
See alsoDiesel Locomotives
SVR-based diesel locomotives visiting other events
Rolling stock currently under restoration
SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 77
-  PRISM Fund Annual Report 2008-2009
- WLAWestern Locomotive Association Ltd. Facebook 24 November 2018