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 Following service at Cardiff Canton, Old Oak Common, Swansea Landore and Plymouth Laira, Western Ranger was withdrawn from service in 1977 after around 1.3 million miles in service.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
D1013 was bought privately from BRBritish Rail or British Railways by a member of the Western Locomotive Association in May 1977. 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 still under construction at the time.As of 2018[update], D1013 has been undergoing an extended overhaul since 2009 at Bridgnorth. It is currently planned to return to service in 2018.
See alsoDiesel Locomotives
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events
Rolling stock currently under restoration
SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 77
- WLA Website, retrieved 21/12/2015